points to ponder

Rev. E. Anderson

THE GREEN THING

In the line at the store, the check-out girl told an older man ahead of  me that he should bring his own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The man apologised to her and explained: “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

The girl responded: “That’s our problem today. Your generation did NOT CARE enough to save our environment.”

She was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day. Back then, we returned milk bottles, soft-drink bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the factory to be washed and sterilised and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower motor vehicle every time we had to go two blocks. But she was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s nappies because we didn’t have the throw-away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 240 volts — wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that girl is right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Alaska, Queensland or Alberta! In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a bubbler fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But we didn’t have the green
thing back then.

Back then, people took the tram or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their mums into a 24-hour taxi service. We had one power-point in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerised gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart young person.

  

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pastor’s weekly thought

Rev. Ian Williams

LEARNING TO FORGIVE

Ian spoke yesterday on three conditions of forgiveness:

Repentance – an inner remorse
Confession – a verbal admittance
Conversion – a change in behaviour.

Unforgiveness looks to trap people but forgiveness liberates and provides freedom. Forgiveness is the surrendering of your rights, relinquishing what you think you deserve and submitting to God. We all need to let loose the wrongs we have suffered because we need to learn to forgive which will result in living in freedom.

illustrious men and ministries

Stanley Frodsham (1882-1969)

At the time of Stanley Frodsham’s birth in 1882 in Bournemouth England, many women were losing their lives in childbirth, so his mother who walked with God gave herself unto prayer dedicating him to the Lord while he was yet in the womb. As he grew she would read to him from the Bible and often as she did tears would flow from her eyes. His father was also a godly man and known for his strict integrity. He always carried a copy of the book of proverbs with him and read a chapter a day by which he governed his life. Young Stanley was well educated as he grew, even beginning to learn French and Latin at the age of seven. From a young age he had a deep desire to be a writer. He was an avid reader and studied hard the English language but came to see that the simpler he wrote the better people understood him. He was raised in a congregational church where the greatest visiting speakers were always the simplest. One day he read the life story of Hudson Taylor the founder of the China Inland Mission, he was challenged to the core by the reality of this man of God and by his life of faith. He now hungered to know God just asTaylorhad known him. As he sought God he had a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ, the old sins of swearing and smoking fell off immediately. Along with his brother he started a business, God blessed them greatly and they were enabled to give large sums of money to Gods work. Against all pressure they refused to work or open on Sundays. All his days he gave up and shunned immediately anything he felt did not glorify God or that hinted of worldliness.

In the winter of 1906 over into 1907 he visitedCanadato explore the possibility of business investment. While there he began to hear about a spiritual revival of New Testament Christianity which was coming to the church across the world. When he returned toBritainhe travelled to Sunderland inEnglandin October 1908. It was there in the home of A.A. Boddy that Mrs Boddy laid hands on him and prayed, the Spirit of God filled him and “torrents of tongues poured from his lips.” In 1909Stanleybegan his publishing ministry by writing a Pentecostal paper called Victory. The second issue was distributed at the Sunderland Whitsuntide convention and so spread across the land. He joined the first Pentecostal church in Bournemouth called the Apostolic Faith, it was run by a very strong charactered leader who made a big emphasis on prophesy as well as the restoration of the ministry of Apostle and prophet. This leader accused him of something of which he was totally innocent, this threw him into a time of great heart ache and distress of soul, but he cried unto the lord. This led him to leave this church seeing that they had moved into err. Soon others left andStanleybecame their pastor even though he had no such formal training. The first time he saw someone healed was when he was called to pray for a man who was crippled with rheumatism, he anointed him with oil and prayed, the pain left and the man was healed. This was the first of many such healings. He was married to Alice Rowlands, the service was conducted by Smith Wigglesworth. In 1912 he attended theSunderlandconvention again, two of the speakers were Wigglesworth and Barratt, it was here that he also met the Carter brothers for the first time. Stepping out into a life of living by faith they moved toAmerica.

Their views on money were strong, they trusted God alone, did not make known their needs and lived a very simple life which allowed them to give much to God’s work. While pastoring a church there they took a break, when they returned they found that false stories had been circulated about them and the people turned on them. So they felt it best in the will of God to resign. At that very time J.W. Welch wrote to him thanking him for writing articles for the Pentecostal Evangel (the Assemblies of God magazine). At that time Welch was the magazine editor but felt out of place with it. He told Frodsham “We are praying for God’s man; are you the man?” He invited him to attend the 1916 General Council of the AoG. Here he was immediately elected as general secretary and appointed as a member of the committee to prepare the statement of fundamental truths. At the same time he was assistant editor of the Evangel. As the missionary treasurer he greatly raised missions giving through his written articles. They met in a church building with wooden benches and sawdust floor. Later this would become a central church where the Word would sound out of. In 1920 he became the editor of the Pentecostal Evangel. He would rise every morning at 4.30 to pray and study the Word before going to his writings. He knew that he could only give out to believers as he received from God. In 22 aBibleSchoolwas started in the basement of the church. In 26 he compiled his first book on the Pentecostal Revival which is still a classic called With Signs Following. He would eventually write 15 books which would soon be published into Russian, Spanish, Chinese and eventually Indian and other languages. Two other classics he wrote and compiled was Wigglesworth’s testimony called Apostle of Faith and his sermons. Also in 26 A.W. Ward came as pastor to the local church and became great friends with Frodsham who regularly published his sermons in the magazine.

In 49 he heard of a new and fresh outpouring of the Holy Ghost which initially brought a great unity amongst Pentecostals. From the beginning Frodsham accepted this as a move of God and recognised its similarity to that at the beginning of the century. Over the next years it would sweep the nation. Again the gifts were operating and not just a theological concept amongst Pentecostals. But their was soon opposition from some groups because of extremes.Stanleyalways stood for testing all things by scripture and always dealt with what was not so. But he had a real reviving in the midst of this outpouring. Some in the General Council made a strong stand against what they saw as the extremes in this move, and there were undoubtedly extremes and fanatics within it. After much prayer he sadly resigned as editor of the Evangel, then from the council and finally handed in his ministerial credentials. This cost him his reputation but he kept his conscience intact. It was a very sore time but he wanted to be free to minister amongst all believers and Pentecostal churches. He left on good terms in a spirit of love with his friends on the council feeling it was too small an issue for him to take such drastic actions, they disagreed with him but at the same time respected him. His stance was “Our differences are temporal, our unity is eternal.”

As he moved into a new wide faze of ministry amongst independent Pentecostals his ministry was totally Christ-centred and he was bold in dealing with error when he came across it. When he came across groups that were ‘way out’ if they did not hearken to the clarity of Scripture then he departed and avoided them. He gave himself afresh in a new way to the Word of God and prayer. Out of a deep hunger for God he was moved more than ever to give his early mornings and all nights to God in prayer. He said “We should be on our faces before him from dawn to dusk, and then long into the night. Im sure God has much for us who will get desperate and spend much time waiting on Him.” For the next 13 years he travelled constantly with his wife having no permanent home or base. It was a life lived out of a suitcase. So many invitations came that it was hard to follow them all up. In 64 the Spirit of God started to continually bring solemn prophetic warnings to him of coming delusion and error that would come to the churches (one such prophesy that was given to Frodsham is recorded under Warning on this site). He warned of a spirit of deception coming to those who did not hold fast to the Truth of the Bible and walk in holiness and righteousness. He could see afar off what was going to come in amongst Pentecostals and Charismatics. Looking back over forty years it is easy to see that he was truly hearing and warning from God. One fellow labourer and friend noted his characteristics, “his gentleness, his forgiving spirit to all who offended him, his abounding and unfailing generosity, the precious gift of prophesy, and his indomitable faith.” In 69 in the middle of the night he finished his pilgrimage and so God’s Penman went to be with his Lord. On the grave marker was engraved an open book with AMEN HALLELUJAH GLORY on it. The last letter written to his only daughter finished with these apt lines, “Make much of the Word of God.