a time to laugh


Rev. E. Anderson

A woman was having her portrait painted. She told the artist, “Paint me with diamond earrings and necklace, a big emerald ring, and a gold brooch with rubies.”

“But you are not wearing any of those things,” he replied.

“I know,” she said. “It’s in case I should die before my husband. I’m sure he will remarry right away, and I want his new wife should go crazy looking for the jewelry.”


A man dies and goes to heaven. St. Peter meets him at the Pearly Gates and says, “Here’s how it works. You need 100 points to make it into heaven. You tell me all the good things you’ve done and I give you a certain number of points for each item, depending on how good it was. When you reach 100 points, you get in.”

“Okay,” the man says, “I was married to the same woman for 50 years and never cheated on her and loved her deep in my heart.”

“That’s wonderful,” says St.Peter, “that’s worth two points.”

“Two points!?” he says. “Well, I attended church all my life and supported its ministry with my tithe and service.”

“Terrific!” says St.Peter. “That”s certainly worth a point.”

“One point!?!! Well, I started a soup kitchen in my city and worked in a shelter for homeless veterans.”

“Fantastic, that’s good for two more points,” he says.

“Two points!?!! Exasperated, the man cries, “At this rate the only way I’ll get into heaven is by the grace of God.”


“Bingo! 100 points! Come on in!” A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds.

After explaining the commandment to “honour thy father and thy mother,” she asked “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”

Without missing a beat one little boy answered, “Thou shall not kill.”

missing a beat one little boy answered, “Thou shall not kill.”




Rev. E. Anderson

“With much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief” – Ecclesiastes 1:18

Life is full of things we can’t control. We can’t control the weather. We can’t control the traffic on the way to work. We can’t control our co-workers’ moods. We can’t control the stock market. We can’t control the price of gasoline.

But instead of focusing on things over which we can exercise little management, maybe we ought to focus on things we can really get our hands around.
Perhaps, for example, we ought to leave everything else alone and focus on gaining wisdom and knowledge. After all, it follows that the more you know, the better equipped you will be to deal with whatever life throws at you.

Knowledge is power. We can use it to dominate things and people. But according to Solomon, wisdom and knowledge bring sorrow and grief. Ignorance really is bliss in some instances. The more we know, the more we realize we can’t change very much. We are nevertheless left with the burden of what we have studied and What we now understand. In other words, if we are looking for wisdom and knowledge to be our salvation, We are in big trouble.

Wisdom and knowledge cannot save anyone. Wisdom and knowledge may be helpful for many things, but they are not our hope. God alone is our hope, and by seeking Him, we can draw on His wisdom.

When was the last time you asked God to give you His wisdom for your circumstances?


message from the late rev david wilkerson


Rev. David Wilkerson
by Carter Conlon

Consider all that Jesus had to endure—the scorn, the beatings, the mock trial, the rejection of those He had walked with and even fed in the desert. Think of the cross—the violence and the fury of the opposition that Satan sent in his attempts to destroy the work of God. Little did the enemy know that he was actually supplying the necessary ingredient to secure its success.

According to the Scriptures, “without shedding of blood is no remission [of sin]” (Hebrews 9:22). Those who oppose the work of God are bread for us. There had to be violence, there had to be a cross, there had to be a death. We read in 1 Corinthians 2:8 that if the rulers of this age had known what they were doing, they never would have crucified the Lord of glory!

Recall the time when Peter and John approached the temple called Beautiful and took a lame man by the hand—a man who had spent many years begging while the religious crowd simply passed him by. Nobody had a problem with his powerlessness until Peter and John lifted him up in the name of Jesus, and God miraculously healed him.

Beloved, do not be afraid of opposition. It is a necessary ingredient in our lives; it is bread for us. Peter and John were called before the council of religious leaders and threatened twice. Yet what was the result of this threat? “And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is” (Acts 4:23-24).

We see here that opposition had ignited a prayer meeting! Instead of bowing to the threats, the disciples bent their knees to God and began to pray, “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, by stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus” (Acts 4:29-30). It was the healing of this lame man that brought all this trouble upon them, so they turned around and asked God to give them more boldness, more power, more healings!

Opposition is bread—it sends us into the presence of God where all our strength is found. Without opposition the church gets lazy and turns inward, seeking power without purpose—a formula for spiritual delusion.


dave’s snippets


Dr. David Allen

The founder of Islam, his name variously spelt, led a camel-train throughout Arabia and beyond. During his travels he met Christians of sorts: however, by that period, the seventh century of our era, they had become almost indistinguishable from authentic New Testament religion. Once a faith-based fellowship had become a “bells and smells” and a sacramental organisation. What troubled Muhammad was that most of all was that Christians seemed to worship many gods and, indeed, devotion to supposed saints confirmed this suspicion.
Unable to understand the doctrine of the Trinity – certainly a conundrum- made him became a rigid monolithic monotheist. Even today, some Muslims believe Christians worship three gods; and although the idea of jihad meant one should conquest the one’s personal sinfulness first of all, it has been forgotten in the pursuit of military conquest for the new religion. The prophet’s devotees, during the late seventh century onwards, spread the creed of Islam far and wide: North Africa, Egypt, Turkey, Spain, Portugal, Palestine and Syria all fell under their scimitar. Many of these lands and territories once were Christian ones.

Please note that Jesus made it quite clear, in his conversation with Pilate, that his disciples would not take up arms and that his kingdom was very different from all others – a kingdom of peaceful conquest. Despite that, in the mediaeval period, the nations of Christendom took arms in order to wrest the Holy Places of Palestine from Islamic occupiers, the Turks. Several so-called Crusades were organised and king Richard of England took a major role in the Third Crusade though these campaigns eventually petered out through sheer exhaustion.

However, during these expensive and futile forays in Palestine, a very different campaign took place. Francis of Assisi, heeding the words of Jesus, visited Egypt and preached the Gospel to the Sultan. We are unsure what the impact was. However, in later centuries, the Franciscans were in the forefront of missionary work amongst the Muslims, their preaching backed by charitable work among the poor and lepers. Majorcan Ramon Lull preached the Gospel in North Africa and was stoned to death near Tunis.

Jesus and his notable follower Francis reminds us that our campaign is one waged by word and Spirit and not by the sword. At the present time this message is surely needed once again. We may be tempted to begin a new Crusade against the forces of the Caliphate in Iraq, but long as it takes, His way is the best and the only way!
One final word, in the middle of yet another war over Palestine, we can only pray for a speedy return of the Lord into His land where final peace shall ensue. Amen, come, Lord Jesus!

christian testimony


Daniel Sturridge

ENGLAND and Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has seen his.career become born again since he made the move to Anfield.

An £8 million summer move from Chelsea – where he experienced very much a stop/start Premier League existence – has seen him fulfill all the potential he has shown since his early days at Manchester City. ‘

The 24-year-old has grabbed 12 goals in all competitions this season and has forced his way into the.England team to such a point he looks a certainty to be helping lead the nation’s attack in the World Cup this summer.

Sturridge has admitted that he is much more at ease with himself these days and as a result has been able to speak about his deep-seated Christian faith much more.

The devout youngster has confided on very rare occasions that he prays and reads his Bible but a google search throws up very little on his belief in Christ.

But at an international press conference he spoke of what God means to him in a career which can at times become seriously ungodly!


Sturridge told reporters: “I have-my faith in God and whatever you believe in, that’s for you to have and I would never discriminate. We are all friends. I pray a lot. I read the Bible.
I’ve got faith in God. I pray a lot and I’m just focused totally on my job and I’m enjoying it.

“I’m playing with a smile on my face.”


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A quick glance at Charlotte Gambill’s speaking schedule tells you she’s taking no prisoners. This globe—trotting preacher is booked up every weekend for months in advance, and that’s not even taking into account the work she does when she’s not inspiring thousands in conferences around the world.
it’s safe to say that Charlotte lives life full on, so she’s not surprised that people wonder where she gets the energy: “This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions on the different panels l have sat on,” she laughs.

“People ask for the secret formula to juggling all the different demands life can present us with, but honestly my answer always comes back to Matthew 11:28-30.

In the Message, it reads, ‘Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. l’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how l do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.’

“For me, the answer to being worn out does not equal work, but that is exactly what this verse is saying. lt is trying to teach us how to find real rest by not just working for God but working with God.”
Counterintuitive it may be, but if Charlotte’s fresh-faced enthusiasm is anything to go by, it’s effective.
“The verse goes on to say, ‘learn the unforced rhythms of grace,’ she continues. “l love this phrase, as I believe that is the aim for all of our lives, that we would find the grace flow to help our work-flow. Life will only be stressful if l try to do the journey by copying others’ schedules or routines.

“l can always learn skills for better planning from others, but only God can teach me the right rhythm for my life. God knows the tempo you perform best at; he knows the grace groove for your life. For some that’s running a home, business and ministry, and for others it’s raising a family or maybe a call to be a missionary.

“Each lifestyle has its own demands and therefore requires its own dance. God is an excellent dancing partner — he will never force steps on you that you cannot sustain.”

For Charlotte, though, being busy with the church is nothing new. In fact, she
has followed her father’s footsteps into the senior leader’s office at LIFE Church in Bradford. “My parents got saved as teenage parents — to me – so I have been blessed with being planted in the house all my life,” she explains. “And honestly, though there were times l could have uprooted or rebelled, l have always had such a deep love for God’s house.

“l grew up in the house of God. l have stayed and seen the benefits of how planting truly can lead to flourishing. My parents went on to pastor the church we joined and l have therefore been in the church as a kid, a pastor’s kid and now as the pastor.”

Despite her evident love for the church and the fact that she found her place in it at such an early age, Charlotte is under no illusions as to what life can throw at you.

“l think every stage has had its highs and lows, no road is completely smooth but the joy in the journey is when you know the purpose far out-weighs any pain. I saw through my own parent’s ministry what flourishing faithfulness leads to, as the church grew and people blossomed and destinies were realised. Now, as a pastor with my own kids, I pray that l would lead in a way that loves first and leads second. When your love is in front of your leading then the path, however bumpy, is a path that becomes something God can use to bring forth beauty.

God’s ability to bring beauty out of bumps is actually the theme of Charlotte’s latest book, too (yes, she even finds time to write). Titled ‘Turnaround God’, the book explores God’s power to work great change in even the most difficult of circumstances.

“We serve a God who can turn any situation around; he entered the void and chaos and turned it into order and creation, he sent to a sinful world a turn-around Saviour,” she says.

“The cross was a picture of God’s ultimate ‘turnaround’ nature, where all of our destinies were given the opportunity to be turned from death to everlasting life. Therefore, we are God’s turnaround agents now on the earth: it’s our job to take that turnaround power into our communities and beyond.”

Charlotte isn’t just about the blessing, though. Turnaround God is a challenge to readers everywhere to take a good look at themselves and ask God what he sees.

“I truly believe the greatest miracles we are yet to see await a people who are brave enough to allow God’s turnaround power to turn not only our lives around but our world around.”

Turning the world around and seeing things differently takes a bit of imagination, but Charlotte has a plentiful supply. “l think I have always been in touch with my creative side,” she agrees. “I love dreaming up crazy ideas, and I get fired up by new ventures and seeing new possibilities open up. I find a constant source of inspiration is the place where I am planted, in my local church. Week in and week out I meet inspirational, beautiful people who are overcoming challenges and raising great families, individuals who are making a difference in their communities and beyond.”

Church isn’t the only place that Charlotte finds inspiration, though! “There is a standard joke amongst my team,” she confides. “They threaten to unplug my treadmill at home or somehow sabotage it every now and again as it seems many of my ideas come to me when I am in the space I have carved out every day to run and focus.

“l run four miles every day and that’s my zone to think, pray and it’s often in those times I find ideas come and creativity flourishes. So, hey, if you want to be creative, get running. If nothing else happens ‘ at least you will burn a few calories!”


sermons to note


Rev. E. Anderson

Reading Romans 8

Text v37


MOOD: Paul appears to be in indomitable mood as he draws to a climax at this particular point in the letter. He expresses his conviction in no uncertain terms. There is the expression of what Christian believers are called to be in all conditions of life –‘we are more than conquerors…’ No doubt or fear seems to be present, only a spirit of faith and rich assurance. Somehow the believers must catch this spiritual thought and attitude and also his apprehension of the things as they truly stand.

DEED: He indicates what should characterize the mind and spirit of those who are genuine Christians in performance. It is more than something which is psychological and ideological: it must a be fact in spiritual deed. It is ‘more than conqueror ‘in works as well as words. They must be programmed in thought, word and deed. The idea prevalent is of one who triumphs in a magnificent and handsome manner and style. It is being in a position where there is a readiness to contest all opponents and obstacles whoever they are and whatever they may be. The more than conqueror has the “plus sign” over them and the bouts. There is the possession of that unique extra, that which is supremely, divinely additional.

Illustration: The ancient Phrygians had a legend that every time they conquered an enemy the victor absorbed the physical strength of his victim and added so much more to his own strength. By the conflict and conquest the stronger grows.

DEFINITION: The one who is “more than a conqueror” never leaves the issue in doubt. The triumphs are very obvious and undisputed. Phi “No, in all these things we win an overwhelming victory.” Vine “The word “hypernikao” lit. means to be super-victorious and has no English equivalent. It is used here only in the N .T. Not only are our adversaries deprived of power to snap the tie of our love for Christ, but their opposition is turned to our account, enhancing the power of our victory through Christ. As Chrysostom says – “This is a new order of victory, to conquer by means of our adversary”.

It is not success and triumph by the skin of our teeth, by a hair’s breadth; it is overwhelming domination and mastery. The supremacy is the outstanding feature. It is not the things in opposition that stand out; it is the conqueror.

Illustration: Israel at the Red Sea – Ex. 13-15

REASONS: There are sufficient reasons in this chapter alone that supply the knowledge why we are more than conquerors. Everything that is mentioned by the apostle states that the believer has more going for him from the divine standpoint than what is against from the world of evil. There has to be a taking into consideration all the advantages and assets so that there may be a full and strong preparation for this status of conqueror. There are truths and realities that put the Christian on the road and route of being an outstanding victor. They are intended to put the individual into the mind of strength and invincibility beforehand.

Look at the spiritual facts as they are presented:


• The big problem that man has to contend with in his unregenerate state, is the law of sin and death. The principle of evil is a fundamental factor within all humanity and humanity has to admit its powerlessness in the face of it – Rom. 7:14-24. There is no one capable, apart from Christ, to match the strength and mastery of evil. Everyone has fallen victim to the rule and mastery of sin. No one can claim, other than Jesus Christ, success over the force of evil. The story of the human race is that it has become subject to its reign. Man is victim instead of being victor.

• But the Gospel of Christ, which is Christ Himself, reveals and proclaims a change in the area of defeat. Jesus Christ contested sin and was “more than a conqueror.’ The law of life in Christ was too great and big for the principle and power of evil. He refused to bow and bend to the law of sin and death. As the Man He won an overwhelming victory for all mankind. In and through His work He makes available to all men His law of life that is capable of dealing with sin.

By His substitutionary death we became reconciled to God. His death atoned for our sin and the sinner and through it made it possible for men to be united to God – Rom. 5: 8-11. The base has been re-taken. The debt and catalogue of our offences have been cancelled out by His death making it possible for a union with God and a fresh start.

In association with Christ in His death there is a break with sin, but in union with Him in resurrection life and power, a new law of life is released in the believer. The blessing of a new dynamo and dynamic, which gives the spiritual boost and strength the person needs. It is greater than the law of sin and death. Where this law operates it has the power to deal with and overcome the lesser law.

Illustration: The law of gravity that the booster rocket has to overcome to launch the space-ship.

And wouldst thou know the secret of constant victory
Let in the Overcomer, And He shall conquer Thee
Thy broken spirit taken In sweet captivity, Shall glory in His triumph –
And share His victory.”
The word of assurance is given in Rom. 6: 14. This new law of life accepts and applies itself to a new life and life-style that conforms to the Spirit of God – 8: 4-13, being spiritually minded and motivated there is the production of a life of righteousness which pleases God and brings life and peace to the soul.


There is the pointing out of the truth that the person who is set free and has this new law operating is actually “a son of God.” The reconciliation that has been produced brings into a divine relationship and from that relationship something is known which makes the believer “more than.” There is no longer the facing of life in the limited strength of human power; there is the recognition of the heavenly title and its entitlements, the acting and living from the position of divine sonship. The knowledge of this should have a powerful effect upon:.

• Confidence. The believer does not receive a spirit of fear when he becomes a child of God but a spirit of faith v15. Fear is all part of man’s sinful and fallen nature and life; it is the product of the fall. Divine sonship is intended to introduce into a life of spiritual confidence. There can be assurance now because there is the ability to move into all associations with the supreme conviction of his authority as a son of God. The former state of fear is cancelled out and a new order of faith is experienced.

• Communion. It is possible for the son of God to call God Father and to enjoy all the advantages of His Father-hood in this life. One is more than conqueror because of the greatness of the Father and the role He plays in affairs. In the constant spiritual relatedness to the Father the son becomes aware of His capacities and capabilities. Father is behind him to back him up in every circumstance and as he confronts varied challenges. The right of access is ever open – Eph. 2:18 for the receiving of His counsel and strength. The fact that the son has recourse to the Father in fellowship assures of His favour and in His grace and favour there is the prospect of all His resources. The son is an heir, inheriting all that there is in Christ – 8: 32.


The Christian conqueror is given the firm assurance and guarantee in v28. All things fall in within the providence and arrangements of God. There is a real plan and progressive purpose which has its goal and ultimate in our glorious good and triumph. This is intended to inspire and create a very positive attitude to all that is occurring. The great consummation is glorification and this is the experience of the conqueror.

• Things that occur are not the result of chance or coincidence. Behind and above everything that is taking place is objective. Because there is sense and understanding in the things that occur, of a divine character, there is the impartation to the will to succeed. If things were non-sensical or merely coincidental then the vital inspiration for living and conquering is subtracted. Knowing that God is to be discovered in what is happening adds to the pleasure and assurance of triumph. Life is composed of steps and stages and everything in each step and stage is planned for and there must be overwhelming success all the way through.

• Things of an adverse nature are all part of the process and purpose. In “all things” there is the embracing of the dark and bitter things of life, the sufferings and trials are there and not omitted. They contribute greatly to the making of the conqueror. The trials are all part of the divine schedule for producing the ultimate conquest of the conqueror – w17, 18. Hardships and difficulties are looked at in the view they are working for good and glory.

Illustration: In the case of Joseph – God made him a conqueror through his problems.

God has determined that the very hard things should be the stepping stones to victory and glory. They are to urge on to supreme mastery and conquest.


Love is an all-conquering and overwhelming force even on the natural front that reveals a devotion that can contest the most arduous and demanding conflict. Where love resides and controls it inspires to acts and scenes of enormous bravery and success.

• Christ’s love enabled Him to face the toughest assignment ever given to a human being. The question is raised in v35 “Who shall separate us. .?” Love did not stop or hesitate to go to the great battlefield, Calvary, and there contest all the evil hatred of men and demonic powers. When facing all the full, frontal barrage of diabolical wickedness, love held and kept to the objective of victory. Love inspired Him to being more than a conqueror. Mere sentiment and emotion would not have been enough for the occasion, but true love won through. He would not be separated from God’s purpose for mankind because He loved both the Father and mankind. Love desired to prove itself and love makes people invincible.

• Christ’s love in the believer enables the believer to triumph. The love of God is demonstrated in the divine conqueror. The Christian believer succeeds because of devotion to Christ and this devotion is the result of Christ’s love. The inspiration of life is the love of Christ and this becomes the motivating, constraining and preserving factor and force. There is to be no forsaking the position and work for Christ. Love holds and sustains in every varying conflict. Through love there is the capacity to answer everyone and everything. So the Christian believer not only has the inspiring example without, he knows the inspiring dynamic within, “The aorist tense while referring specially to the great expression of His love in that He died for us (v34) also conveys the fact of His love as timeless and immutable.”


• In the light of the spiritual revelation of these truths and facts, no Christian should be wallowing in defeat.

• Christ not only wills you to be more than a conqueror, He makes it all gloriously possible.


powerful quotes


leigh 10Rev Leigh Goodwin

“Christianity is a demanding and serious religion. When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether” – Neil Postman

“Jesus promised his disciples three things; that they would be entirely fearless, absurdly happy, and that they would get into trouble” – W. Russell Maltby

“Most of us spend the first six days of each week sowing wild oats; then we go to church on Sunday and pray for a crop failure” – Fred Allen

“Let none pretend that they love the brethren in general, and love the people of God, and love the saints, while their love is not fervently exercised towards those who are in the same church society with them. Christ will try your love at the last day by your deportment in that church wherein you are” -John Owen


prayer dynamics

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Rev. E. Anderson
Tim Hughes (Worship Central)
“Every prayer room I’ve attended has only ever fuelled my heart for a deeper encounter with God and renewed a hope that greater things are yet to come.”
Here are five key steps to mobilising night and day prayer…

Who do you want to pray with? Your church, youth group, other students, work colleagues, a mission team or others? It only takes 24 people to pray an hour a day to fill a week with prayer. The strength of the community; your commitment to God and each other, is even more important than the size of the group, Gather them together, share the vision and get their support.

Most groups find a week of 24-7 Prayer long enough to be a challenge but short enough to be achievable. Choose how long you want to pray for and when; is there a significant opportunity or a time when the community is available? Give everyone lots of notice and prepare to pray.

Find somewhere that’s accessible 24 hours a day that can fit however many people will pray at once. You don’t want a massive space for one person or a cupboard for ten! People have prayed in churches, tents, caravans, shops, planes, basements, bedrooms and more.

Find a new language for talking with God in a creative 24-7 Prayer Room. When designing your room include inspirational images, verses and suggestions for prayer, as well as materials for art, music, activities and more. The aim is to engage the heart and mind of all ages and personality types in prayer.

Break the prayer week into hours using our online or paper sign-up sheet. Teach on prayer and remind people to get involved as the week approaches.
Then go for it!

Launching a 24-7 Prayer Room can be a little intimidating but as the week progresses you’ll see the hunger for prayer and the presence of God increase.


points to ponder

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Rev. E. Anderson


Lennard Sweet
• We’ll stay only five minutes.
• ‘This will be a short meeting. I’ll respect you in the morning.
• The check is in the mail.
• I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.
• This hurts me more than it hurts you.
• Your money will be cheerfully refunded.
• We service what we sell.
• Your table will be ready in just a minute.
• I’ll start exercising (dieting, forgiving) tomorrow.


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