Wisdom’s Ways provide by the late Rev. A. Linford

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Rev. A. Linford, before his decease, was recognized as a good, great and interesting Bible teacher in the Assemblies of God Fellowship for many years. He was a well-loved Bible College lecturer and writer that bequeathed a tremendous amount of Biblical material in his generation. What a legacy he has left to be researched and brought forth to refresh our day! We shall be using such on this site: His writings from the book of Proverbs and also his Editorials that he wrote for the Redemption Tidings when he was its editor. I trust you will enjoy and appreciate his inspired teaching.

 

WISDOM IS LIFE

 

“For whoso findeth me findeth life” – Proverbs 8: 32-36

 

Again we have gracious appeal from the teacher to the pupil. It is a tender approach: the attitude of a tutor is of great importance to his acceptance, there must be a rapport between the giver of instruction and the receiver. The teaching is not merely mind to mind; it is also heart to heart. It is a teaching approach, for it is not enough to have words, one’s words must be apt, sententious, wise and knowledgeable. It is a timely approach – “Now, therefore”. Lessons need to be repeated with emphasis, recounted with fervour and received with enthusiasm.

 

A blessing: The path of obedience to wisdom’s directions is a blessed one. God’s blessing is more than happiness, which term by definition depends on happenings. It is true that as our ”hap happens” – Ruth 2:3 our lives are enriched with “handfuls of purpose”, but blessedness is happiness on a higher plane than providential benefits, it is felicity plus serenity plus assurance of well-being.

 

A benefit: if we receive intelligently divine insertion and do not neglect to apply its implications to our lives we shall be wise. This means that we shall fit in with God’s life- style, conduct our affairs with discretion and enjoy safe ways.

 

A boon: To wait at the gate of wisdom is to possess avidity for her instructions, alertness to her indications, and adroitness in imbibing her spirit. When our hearts are all agog to learn of God our life takes on a fuller meaning, a satisfying aspect. We do not lily exist, We live abundantly;

 

A benediction: To discover wisdom is to discover life: without wisdom life is vacuous, venal and vain. Of an existent void of wisdom to words of Ecclesiastes are true; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” – Ecclesiastes 1:2. Daily grace favours those who walk with God; His smile is ever upon those who walk humbly with Him.

 

A bane: All sin is against God. As the man who turns his back to the full walks in his own shadow, too those who turn against God live in a darkness created by their own folly. A literal translation is, ”He that misseth Me”. Failing to do God’s will is to miss His presence.

 

PRAYER:

 

Keep my steps in the way of wisdom, that l may live to Thee, O Lord.

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Great Stories

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                                        Rev. E. Anderson

UNRELIABILITY OF ALL BUT THE CROSS

 

In the Alpine Museum at Zermatt is a broken rope. It is stout: it looks strong: yet it failed at a critical moment. Here is the story.

 

Edward Whymper, a famous wood engraver and Alpine climber, had for many years been ambitious to scale the dizzy heights of the Matterhorn, but although many times reaching the great shoulder on the Italian side, never got to the top. On the day named he started again, the more eagerly because a party of Italians were to attempt it also on the same morning.

 

His party consisted of four climbers and three guides. The guides were two brothers named Tangwalder, and a famous guide, Michael Croz. All went well until the top was reached and for the first time they stood on the dizzy height enjoying a wonderful view, and, as Whymper described it, ‘one crowded hour of glorious life’.

 

Then they re-roped themselves to descend in the following order: Michael Croz, the guide, first; then three climbers; then the senior Tangwalder in front of Whymper and the younger Tangwalder in the rear. Carefully they were letting themselves down the fearful precipice, Michael Croz out of sight of the rear members helping the next man to find footing over the yawning abyss.

 

A startling cry rang out as a man fell on to Croz, hurling him off his slender foothold. The next two men were dragged after them, but the experienced climbers above tightened the rope between them and stood firm to bear the shock as one man. The rope ran its length and the blow came, but the cord snapped like a thread. The horrified climbers above saw their friends spreading arms and legs in a hopeless attempt to stop their slide over the precipice. They fell on the great glacier 4,000 feet below.

 

For nearly an hour the reaming three stood in terrified silence-petrified. At length the guides began to weep, saying they could never attempt the fearful descent. Mr. Whymper, however, nerved them to the effort, and hours later they arrived in Zermatt to tell their story.

 

The broken rope was examined. Why had it not held? Alas! It was not a genuine Alpine Club rope. Alpine ropes are distinguished by a red strand running through them, and this rope did not have one. How it was that a substitute rope was carried on such an occasion has ever since remained an inexplicable mystery.

 

It has often been said that the saving power of the Cross of Christ runs like a red cord through the heart of the Bible. Are you joined to the Saviour by this unbreakable cord? Or have you some substitute to which you are trusting? No other power will stand the strain; every substitutes will break when it is needed most.

 

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A Time for a Laugh

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                                        Rev. E. Anderson 

CHURCH BLOOPERS

 

·                                 I was asked to preach at a small country church in Missouri while home visiting my family.  I was sharing a sermon from the book of Isaiah, chapter 6.  I was reading through my scripture when I got to verse 6, “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken with tongs from the altar.”  That is how it should have read!  I, however, had a Freudian slip, and the seraphim took the coal with a “thong”.  Of course the older people in the congregation either missed the connection or thought I was talking about a flip-flop or sandal.  The younger people in the congregation of course busted out laughing.  I was so embarrassed.  After the service, one of the younger members of the church came up to me and shook my hand and said, “That’s not much to hold on to a hot coal with,” and turned and left me there six different shades of red.  I make sure to read a lot slower now and to use correct pronunciation. (Chris)

 

·                                 We have an after-school program called FUTURE, but we cancel it when school is not in session.  Invariably, the church calendar reads, “Thursday: No FUTURE” or even “FUTURE canceled.”  It has become such a joke among our church community that we’ve chosen to keep the wording! (Wes)

 

·                                 Our church participated in an annual Pregnancy Resource Center fundraiser–where we filled baby bottles with our loose change. At that time, I, as church secretary, met the pastor at a prearranged spot to hand him the church bulletin, which he would then take to the printer. It was a drizzly day and my pastor offered to buy me a cup of cocoa at the gas station convenience store. When he got to the register with our purchases, he was frustrated to find he had no coins whatsoever. He blurted out, “I can’t wait till this pregnancy thing is over. My wife keeps taking my change!” I looked at the perplexed cashier and attempted to explain… and then just cracked up and let it go. Shortly thereafter, I had an opportunity to “share” this with the congregation while giving an unrelated announcement. Now my pastor isn’t so sure about letting me stand up front anymore. I wonder why. (Julie)

 

·                                 My pastor in college preached an entire sermon on Jonah in the “whelly of the bale”. He said it several times, and would not believe he had actually done it until we replayed the tape of the service.

 

·                                 During a revival, the visiting evangelist arrived without his allergy medicine. Our pastor put him in touch with a doctor in our church for an emergency prescription to get him through the week. The evangelist was so appreciative of the doctor that during the last service, he recommended the doctor to the entire crowd. The ensuing laughter was a mystery to him until after the service. That was when the host pastor informed him that he had just recommended the local OB-GYN. (Lynn)

 

·                                 This happened one night right before the evening service was about to start. It was a casual time and the pastor motioned to the minister of music that it was time to start. The elderly music minister stood up and said, “Well the pastor just gave me the finger so I guess it is time to start”. The congregation erupted with laughter while the music minister had no idea what he had said that was so funny. When he was told later, he didn’t know what that meant. (John)

 

·                                 I am in charge of making the power-point for our worship service. The sermon was based on holding fast to t the Lord. The invitation was “I Surrender All”, and mistakenly the ending phrase was “All to my previous Savior, I surrender all”. (Kimberly)

 

·                                 One Sunday morning our interim pastor was giving the announcements.  He said that there was a car in the parking lot with the lights on.  He gave the make and color of the car, plus the license plate number.  After the congregational singing, he walked back up to the pulpit and asked that an usher come up to the pulpit.  The ushers looked a little confused, but one of them walked up to the pulpit.  The pastor handed him his keys out of his pocket! (Ellen)

 

·                                 I thought I should tell you about a recent blooper I heard 3 Sundays ago in my church.
The pastor called upon to lead the congregational hymn proudly announced, “All hail the power of Jesus’ name; let angels prostate fall” oops (Yinka)

 

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