welcome to this christian website

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May 25th – 2015
Rev. E. Anderson
WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Welcome to this Christian Website which has now been going for a number of years. Over 128,000 people have visited it since 2006. On the left hand side of the introductory page is a host of subjects and material that have been placed during this time and is there for your interest, study and perusal.

I feel it is time and right to change the format and to present day by day something a little simpler and trust will benefit and bless those who visit it. It will consist of a Prophetic Word for Today, A Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Just a Thought by Aaron Linford. Choice Quotationsand a miniature message from the Psalms that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

Now is the moment for you to sit still and to wait on the LORD in order to hear His voice and to receive further directions for your life and work. Do not ceaselessly carry on in what you are doing without giving special heed to hear His up-to-date word in your being either assuring what you are engaged in or be open to some new task and ministry that will advance His kingdom and enrich your life and service. All that has been before is preparation for much more to be known and exploited. Because you have proved in many ways in the past the reality of His presence and instructions, you will be emboldened for what is now to be made manifest. Your Lord never runs short of knowledge and the wherewithal to equip His servants, so you can rest in the fact that He will be to your requirements ahead.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

Isaiah 61; 1 (Web) “The Spirit of the Lord (Yahweh is on me because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good news to the humble. He has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to those who are bound”.

Isaiah 61 was a prophetic declaration of the ministry that Jesus would usher in when He started His public ministry. God’s heart has always been to proclaim good news for everyone who needs to hear it. He opens up every prison door and He sets every captive free! Hallelujah for a Saviour who is so committed to our personal freedom!”

His proclamation of freedom is as relevant today as it was the day that Isaiah penned these words. God wants us to be completely free because where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty! (2 Corinthians 3:17) My prayer today is that every prison door that still holds us captive would be consumed by the love of God so that we could live a really free life. It is for the very love of freedom that Jesus has set you and I free! (Galatians 5:1)

May each one of us experience a deeper level of God’s freedom today than we have experienced before. May every weight be lifted off our shoulders and may the joy of the Lord be our strength. He never created us to be captive.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THE CHALLENGE OF CHANGE

“The old is better” quoted Jesus (Luke 5:39); and in many cases this is true. The peaks of perfection in Ancient Greece in sculpture, philosophy and politics are still held in admiration. And what modern sounds can equal the music of Beethoven, or art the paintings of the medieval masters?

But change must come, for life can never be static. But how to keep balance between old and new is a challenge to all of us. The older generation usually resists change; the younger generally insist on change – but who is right?
A well-known saying offers help. lt is an appeal to God, who alone can solve this dilemma: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference”, is the usual form. But item two is a misquotation. It should read, “courage to change the things that can and should be changed”.

This makes all the difference. Not all things call for change. Tradition and custom are not all bad. The angry young man would abolish well-tried ways. He often ends up with Elijah’s complaint: “I am no better than my fathers”. Let us maintain what is best of old and new. Why should we squander our treasured culture or refuse newer ideals?

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.” – Macaulay

“Character building begins in our infancy and continues until death” -Eleanor Roosevelt

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
T. Addington
GREEN WITH ENVY

“All labour and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbour” Ecclesiastes 4:4

Keeping up with the Joneses is depressing. In fact, Solomon contends that it is. A meaningless and chasing after the wind. There is no redeeming quality about it.
But it’s a common issue: “All labour and all achievement spring from man’s envy of his neighbour” (Ecclesiastes 4:4). While it’s true that Solomon is sometimes given to hyperbole, that is still a strong statement. In fact, its power keeps us from immediately deciding it does not apply to us. We must consider if it does apply, and if so, how.

The implication is clear that if we are able to disconnect our strivings from what our neighbours have, then our lives will be much healthier and happier. What criteria do we use to evaluate whether our lives are chained to theirs? Income, house size, vacations, friends, cars, status in the community, clothes, furniture, health, a second home – all the usual things.

To what extent are your life goals and priorities connected with what your neighbours have-or at least what they seem to have? When you make financial decisions, how strong is the “neighbour factor”? Does it affect your recommendation about where your children apply to college? Does it affect how much you’re willing to spend on a car? The list goes on, but you get the picture.

It is interesting to note that Solomon’s solution doesn’t involve moving to a place with no neighbours at all. I-Ie doesn’t recommend that we live in some sort of hermetically sealed bubble, or that we take up residence at a cabin in the woods with no other houses in sight and no families with whom to compare ourselves. (In fact, later in Ecclesiastes he makes it very clear that friendship is one of God’s most valuable gifts.)
No, Solomon’s solution is to live with other people but not be chained to them when it comes to our own material priorities. What is your plan for separating what is important to you from what is important to them? Or, to use imagery from Ecclesiastes 4:4, how do you beat the envy beast back?

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