Prayer Dynamics

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                                       Rev. E. Anderson

THE ESTRANGMENT OF A FRIEND

From the Prayers of Peter Marshall

“So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,  leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and over your gift” – Matthew 5: 23, 24

Father, Thou knowest the misunderstanding that has arisen between me and my friend. Harsh and thoughtless words have been spoken. I know that this rift grieves Thee, that Thou wouldst be far more impressed with a sacrifice of reconciliation on my part than with any vows of loyalty or material gift 1 could make Thee.

I dare not make this a prayer for Thee to change – my friend is Thy responsibility. I know that always I must begin with my responsibility – myself and my own shortcomings.

In subtle ways I confess to Thee that I have used friendship to cushion and make comfortable my own ego. Al1 too often I have sought my friend for my own pleasure and convenience; all too seldom have I thought of what pleasure I could give.

Thou hast asked me to love my neighbours and friends to the extent that l love myself. That, Lord, would be a lot of loving!

Enable me now to let all false pride go. Give me the grace of the outstretched hand and the open heart. Give me the courage that will enable me to go to – and be the first to say, “I have been wrong here and here, I am sorry. Forgive me.”Help me not to take myself too seriously. Grant to me objectivity and a quiet mind and a sense of humour.

Go Thou ahead of me to fling out a bridge of goodwill, to cast down all road-blocks of misunderstanding. And bless to Thy glory and the happiness of all concerned Ababa gesture of good- will undertaken in Thy name. Amen.

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Wisdom’s Ways

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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.

IGNORANCE IS LETHAL

“The mouth of the foolish is near destruction” – Proverbs 10:13,14

Wisdom and folly are poles apart, the former points to the south of happy climes, the latter to the frigidity of hapless existence. Wisdom enriches, as it preserves, life; folly evacuates life of proper meaning.

Ignorance is moral depletion: A wise man has insight; he can draw distinctions between right and wrong, between truth and error, between the seemly and the unseemly. Because of his discerning mind his words are fraught with worthwhile stuff. It is a pleasure to listen to him. as well as profitable. But an empty-headed fool – void of knowledge, void of good taste, void of good sense – only brings a rod of contempt upon his back. Men despise a fool. His lack of mental and moral equipment, his garrulous nonsense, his gullible mindless judgment, put him into the stocks of ridicule. He is empty of reason, empty of regard, empty of respect.

Ignorance is moral destruction:  A wise man stores up knowledge in his heart. He does not make a display of learning; his treasures of truth are firmly locked in the vaults of his mind, only to be released with deliberation and care. He does not cast his pearls before swine, but displays them before those who can appreciate and absorb things of moral worth. He always speaks the truth but he does not always tell it. Not so the foolish: their mind is like an open book, nay, more often like a blank page. They speak – but say nothing; they boast – but do nothing; they rant – but accomplish nothing. Worse than that, they often blurt out statements that do harm, they cut their own throat with the words of their mouth. Trust not such a man with a secret: he scatters confidences like firecrackers, sending death – dealing sparks abroad.

How often a conflagration of scandal has been started by the folly of these verbal arsonists. ‘”The mouth of a foolish man” spouts folly, produces mischief and brings destruction. Not only are characters assassinated by his lethal tongue, but the reaction upon himself is destructive. He gains a reputation for scandal: he becomes avoided like a plague.

PRAYER:

May I say something worthwhile when I speaks O Lord!

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Sermon Starters

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                                       Rev. E. Anderson

READ

Rev. Wm Barclay

There came into my hands recently a book which is not new, but which l had never seen before. It interested me greatly. It is a book called F& Book Room, in which Frank Cumbers tells the story of the Methodist Publishing House and the Epworth Press.

What interested me more than anything else was the attitude of John Wesley to books. One Methodist historian credits John Wesley with the publication of no fewer than 371 works, thirty of them jointly with Charles Wesley; and it is to be remembered that this was the work of the man who travelled more miles and preached more sermons every year than any man has ever done.

It was said of Southey that he was never happy except when he was reading or writing a book. That is not far from being true of John Wesley.

He insisted that his helpers and preachers should read, and read constantly. “Steadily spend all morning in this employ”, he writes, or at least five hours in the twenty-four”.

Someone objects, “But I have no taste for reading”. Wesley answers with a certain violence, “Then contract a taste for it, or return to your trade!”

Wesley knew well that the man has not yet been born who can continue to give out as a-preacher without taking in as a student and scholar. But Wesley a insisted that not only his helpers and preachers should be readers, but that all his people should read. “The work of grace would die out in one generation” he wrote, “if the Methodists were not a reading people”. “Reading Christians”, he said, “will be knowing Christians”.

In the Standing Orders there was the question: “What is the business of an assistant?” And part of the answer was : “To take care that every society is duly supplied with books”.

It is difficult to think of a world without books-theological works and detective stories too!

There are great values in constant and wide reading.

1/. THE MAN WHO READS WILL NEVER BE LONELY

 

Between the covers of books he will find people who will become very real to him; and thoughts which will ever keep his mind employed. 

2/. THE MAN WHO READS WILL NEVER BE BORED

The man who finds pleasure in a book has a pleasure which is open to him at any time. No man can use his leisure with profit and without boredom who never reads a book.

3/. THE MAN WHO READS WILL NEVER BE IGNORANT

He will be in constant touch with minds far greater than his own. A preacher without a library is like a workman with no tools. The preacher who ceases to read will also soon cease to preach in any real sense of the term. He is a bold man who thinks that he can afford to neglect what the great minds of the past and of the present have left to him.

Perhaps the decline in preaching is due to the fact that so many of us spend too much time at committees and too little time in our studies.

4/. THE MAN WHO READS WILL NEVER BE CIRCUMSCRIBED

By means of books he can live in any century, move in any society, travel in any country, and match himself with and against any thought.

Reading will save a man from parochialism, from small-mindedness, from forgetting world issues because he is immersed in local politics at ‘parish pump’ level.

To read is to have the horizons widened and the mind stored.

5/. TO THE CHRISTIAN THERE IS ALWAYS THE BOOK OF ALL BOOKS, THE BIBLE, TO BE READ.

He may study it for a lifetime but he will never exhaust it. The more strenuously and determinedly he studies it, the more it will give him.

CONCLUSION

“Give attendance to reading” – 1 Timothy 4: 13

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