welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 30th – 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

One of the titles given to Oliver Cromwell was Lord Protectorate. This really can only be ascribed to the LORD who is precisely this to you in this life and for eternity. He it is that is committed to the safety and well being of you at all times and He is up to every occasion and any evil that would seek to waylay you. Really, you have naught to fear because He is forever diligent, does not need to close His eyes or go to sleep, He has all-power to cope with any threat that is focused on you and He will let no-one and nothing harm, in any way. David was conscious of this when he wrote Psalm 23 because he affirmed: “I will fear no evil, for YOU are with me”. Learn to live in the awareness that throughout your every day living He is your LORD Protectorate. For good measure and inspiration for a confidence booster, read Psalm 121.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness,
which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day;
and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing” – 2 Timothy 4: 8

The Apostle Paul is nearing the end of his life when he makes reference to his spiritual son, Timothy. He boldly proclaims that there is a crown of life/righteousness that is stored up in heaven for him that God Himself will place on his head on that special day.

He also says that there is not only a crown waiting for himself, but for all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to His appearing. That makes me wonder if there is a literal crown prepared for each one of us that is in some heavenly storage case waiting to be presented on the day of Christ’s appearing.

It is comforting for me to know that one day, I will stand before my God and Father and beside my elder brother, Jesus Christ, when the crowns will be handed out. Imagine what it will feel like to have the King of kings place a crown on your head that will never fade!

While I have no ability to process such a glorious thought, it does cause my spirit to rise up in anticipation for that amazing day.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
UPSIDE DOWNNESS

Isaiah chided Israel with perverting truth. “You turn things upside down,” he wrote, “as if the potter were thought to be the clay” (Isa 29:16 NIV).
Do we not see this today in much of Christendom? Things are upside down:-
When experience takes precedence over the word of God, when deeds direct doctrine, when systems outweigh Scripture. It is good to “taste and see that the Lord is gracious” – but He is gracious whether we taste or not. Priority belongs to the Bible: the final arbiter is the inspired Word.

When finance becomes more important than faith. “Silver and gold have I none,” said Peter (Acts 3:6). The Church started with an empty purse – but a mighty faith. If we believed more we would need to beg less.
When we let the world set our agenda. Yes, we must adjust some things to current culture, but the will of God must take precedence to the whims of the times. “Be not conformed to this world” (Rom 12:2). The modem age must not direct us, nor even a former age control us.

Whether it be tradition or fashion, nothing must supersede God’s revealed will. The apostles were described as “These that have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). Actually, they simply sought to put it right-side up. That is what the Gospel does. When we accept Jesus as Saviour and Lord, our concept of right and wrong is often reversed – and revived.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Often the test of courage is not to die but to live” – Alfieri

“The integrating strength that causes one to overcome tragedy” – Brussell

“Have courage for the great sorrow of life, and patience for the smaller ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake” –Victor Hugo

“Knowing what not to fear” – Plato

“Sometimes even to live is an act of courage” – Seneca

“Being scared to death-and saddling up anyway” – Wayne

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT LIVE ADVENTURE . Thomas Addington

“Be happy young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and The evidence indicates that Solomon probably addressed the Book of Ecclesiastes to up-and-coming leaders near the beginning of their careers. In that context, he has a simple suggestion: “Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment” (Ecclesiastes 11:9).

In our culture, an unsettledness regarding career options is prevalent. People often look around and ask the question, “What should I be doing?” They’re constantly questioning their calling and wondering if they should change jobs. Such concerns frequently arise among professionals in certain age groups, particularly those who are just beginning their careers and those who are in the middle of their careers.

These questions are never articulated by people who feel they are following their dreams. Rather, they are asked by those who are in one career context but would rather be doing something else. Should I begin my own business? Should I switch to a non-profit? Should I move over to that corporation where 1 could occupy that position? If I move from here to there, I will take on more risk. The results will be more uncertain. What should I do?

Solomon’s- advice? Live the adventure and do what your heart desires. Simply remember in the process that whatever you do will be evaluated by God. So make sure that the choices you make regarding your career are honouring to Him. Would you feel good about standing before God and explaining your rationale for what you are thinking of doing? If the answer is yes, don’t hesitate to pursue it. If the answer is no, put it out of your mind immediately.

Life is a fantastic adventure. Enjoy every hour of it. Take risks. Follow your heart. Let your creativity take over. Just make sure in everything you do to stay inside God’s boundaries. Someday you’ll have the opportunity to explain things to Him face to face.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 29th – 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

The LORD is not only your great Creator; He is your constant Renewer. He has the power to come to you when you are fatigued, weary, spiritually and physically drained and by His Spirit and Word infuse new life and energy that will transform your state. It does not matter how far gone you are, how much you may sense your weakness and weariness, in a moment, as you are prepared to look to and wait on Him He will make His presence and promise good. The prophetic word can be relied upon: “He gives power to the weak and to them that have no might He increaseth strength . . . They that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” – Isaiah 40: 29-31.. How about that then? Get your renewal today!!!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen” – 2 Tim 4: 18

Paul the Apostle, was writing to his spiritual son, Timothy, when he made this reference. We know from the telling of Paul’s life in the Bible that his life was difficult. He was stoned, beaten, ship wrecked, imprisoned and persecuted at every turn.

I am sure there were times where he struggled with discouragement. But even through the darkest moments, we do know that he eventually came to a place where he declared in Romans 8:38 that nothing on earth or in heaven, could ever separate him from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

From what I understand, this letter to Timothy was near the end of Paul’s life and he was already looking towards his eternal home in heaven. Praise God for his declaration that the Lord would rescue him from evil and safely deliver him into an everlasting kingdom where there would be no more pain or suffering.

Praise God for this promise! No matter what trials you are suffering at this moment, you can rest assured that our God and Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ will rescue you and safely deliver you into an amazing, everlasting kingdom.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
RAINLESS CLOUDS –  Jude 12

Clouds may take various forms – the high and horizontal STRATUS, the glowing halo of NIMBUS, or the thundery darkness of CUMULUS – but all are linked with moisture and the possibility of its precipitation in rain: God’s method of irrigation.
Clouds are part of the meteorological cycle that sustains nature (cf Eccles 1:3-7). Sun draws up moisture from the sea; ind drives the clouds thus formed over the land to be deposited in refreshing rain, rain flows in streams and rivers to the ocean whence it came – the cycle is complete. But what a vital contribution to earth’s ecology!

So spiritually, the sun of God’s love, the wind of God’s Spirit combine to send blessings to men. Our heartfelt response in praise and thanksgiving complete the cycle of divine purpose.

But “clouds without water” are not only a disappointment, they are an anomaly. Clouds are meant to be vessels of blessing. But Jude speaks of certain intruders into early Church fellowship who made a profession of faith, but ministered nothing good. They made a show of piety, but all they did was to darken the sky, hiding the light of God’s Truth, empty shams, rainless clouds.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“O Lord, convert the world – and begin with me” – A Chinese student’s prayer

“Conversion is but the first step in the divine life. As long as we live we should more and more be turning from all that is evil, and to all that is good” – Edwards

“Conversion is separating ourselves from the course and custom of this world, and devoting ourselves to the conduct of the word of God” – Henry

“Walk by new rules, towards new ends, from new principles. Make a new choice of the way. Choose new paths to walk in, new leaders to walk after, new companions to walk with. Old things should pass away, and all things become new. The man is what he was not, does what he did not” – Henry

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
LIVE JOYFULLY, BUT D0N’T FORGET THE TIMES OF TRIAL – Thomas Addington

“However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. But let him remember the days of darkness, for they will he many. Everything to come is meaningless” – Ecclesiastes 11:8

One of the most unusual aspects about Ecclesiastes is Solomon’s constant admonition to live in joy while not forgetting parts of life that are less pleasant. He does that again in these verses. “Enjoy all the years you have left,” he says, “but not without stopping every now and then to remember the hard times you’ve been through in your life.”

Ecclesiastes is a present-tense book. Solomon constantly asks us to enjoy the current season of life we’re in and the current job we have because, as he points out again and again, we just don’t know what tomorrow may hold. In saying that,

Solomon does not ignore the future, nor does he discount the past. He simply makes it clear that our goal in life is to enjoy the present. What’s done is done. V/hat’s to come will come soon enough, and it may be more pleasant or less pleasant than what we’re currently experiencing. But in either case, the focus of our time is now.

That in no way means that we should forget the past—-if we did that, we’d miss out on valuable lessons we learned during difficult times. Nor does it mean that we should not have an eye toward the future. Solomon frequently says that what we do today will be looked at by God in the future. Therefore, we have to make sure that our current activity aligns with His plan and His thinking.

The New Testament states that we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow because it has enough troubles of its own (Matthew 6:34). In other words, we don’t need to live in the future or in the past.

Have you been living in the ‘past? Then begin to live in the present and learn to enjoy life today.

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ernestanderson

June 28th – 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

Do not be intimidated by anyone or anything today because the LORD your GOD is with you to strengthen and impart the faith and courage to deal with all. He who fortified Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses etc, is alongside of you to enable to more than cope with everyone and everything He inspires with His promises and Holy Spirit so that you can stand fearless and overcome all, so the next hours you will record choice victories and be able to magnify Him who has wrought with you. The opportunity to prove Him and your own worth in and through Him is before you, so make full use of the time and circumstances so that history will register this has been a day of personal triumph. He rejoices with you as you make good His immense resources.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God’s will remains forever.” – 1 John 2:27

We live in a temporal society. Here today, gone tomorrow. Things rust, thieves break in and steal, economies crash. There is nothing in this life that will last forever. The Bible says that even the heavens and the earth will one day be re-created. We are encouraged in God’s Word to look at the unseen things and not the things that are seen; the eternal things, not the temporal things.

Much of the world’s focus is in the realm of the temporal things. What we wear, where we live, what car we drive, how much money is in the bank, etc. But God makes an unshakeable promise that has nothing to do with the temporal things of this world.

Those who do the will of our God and Father will live forever! What a promise! May we fix our eyes today on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith and seek to simply be obedient to what He calls us to do at this moment. Because of Jesus, we have a promise to live forever in His glorious kingdom. Hallelujah!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THREE LOOKS

The Christology of Hebrews is superb. No other New Testament scribe speaks so fully and so nobly of Jesus – the God-Man. Three times we are exhorted to look to Him.

In Hebrews 2:9 we see Jesus factually. Where Adam failed, our Lord triumphed. As we gaze upon Him “crowned with glory and honour’, we see the divine fulfilment of what God intended the human race to be. Redemption iIn Hebrews 9:28 we see Jesus forwardly. He came once to save our souls from sin, “unto them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”Our present experience is to be saved from sin‘s PENALTY and POWER; then we shall be saved from its very PRESENCE.

In Hebrews 12:2 we see Jesus focally. The Greek word translated “looking” means “to look away, fix one’s eyes trustingly on someone”. It is as we focus our gaze on Jesus, turning our eyes from surrounding circumstances to Him, that we can run the Christian race – and obtain the prize of etemal salvation. So keep on looking, brother, to Jesus.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Debate is masculine; conversation is feminine” – Alcott

“Silence is one great art of conversation” – Hazlitt

“The first ingredient in conversation is truth, the next good sense, the third good humour, and the fourth wit” – Temple

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
DON’T BE SWAYED BY CIRCUMSTANCES– Thomas Addiongton

“If clouds are fall of water; they pour rain upon the earth. Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where it falls, there will it lie. Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap” – Ecclesiastes 11:3-4

Stuff happens, or so the saying goes. Sometimes the stuff that happens is profound and full of meaning. Other times it’s just another tree falling in another forest. But regardless of its meaning or significance, stuff does happen. The real question is this: What are you going to do about it? This question is easy to answer when the situation is clear and the direction unequivocal. But what about other times—when the sky grows dim and the winds swirl, when the signals are mixed and the outcome is ambiguous?

The wrong time to shore up your foundation is after the storm hits. That’s the time to hunker down, focus in, and wait it out.

There is work to be done while the sun is shining. Are you making preparations? Preparations for what? you ask. For the storm. Calm days provide the best time to dig deeper, to reinforce the walls, and to repair the cracks in the foundation. Are you anchoring your heart in God? Are you fine-tuning your ears to hear Him better? Are you learning——studying—the sound of His voice? There will come a day when the wind will blow so strong that you cannot hear yourself think, let alone discern His voice.

If we do not know our course, our direction, or our instructions, we will be tossed about on the waves like a ship without a rudder. But if we are secure in Him, then we can ride out any storm of circumstance in peace and assurance.

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ernestanderson

June 27th – 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

The most secure and assured place for you to live is found in the words of the psalmist –“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the ALMIGHTY”- Psalm 90: 1. There is no doubt about it; He is more than able to look after those who choose to live under His wing and covering. In a world that is full of conflict, chaos and confusion there is someone you can retreat to and discover that He can relieve of all anxiety and stress. He is as His name declares – “THE ALMIGHTY”. So instead of trying to live by your own wits and meagre resources or looking to the world, in which you reside for assistance, know that the LORD is well able to offer full and complete protection now and eternally. It calls for your complete love, faith and obedience, so you will discover that He will not uphold but minister to you of His grace and favour under His wings.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”We are courageous, I say, and are willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be at home with the Lord” – 2 Cor 5:8

I am so glad that Paul the Apostle made this declaration that reveals a very special promise from God… To be absent from our body is to be present with the Lord! He promises to never leave us or forsake us in this world, and when it is time for us to leave this world, we are with Him forever!

Hebrews 12:1 says that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses that have gone before us that are cheering us on in our race. One day, we will be joined with Jesus, in eternal glory, and will echo the same cheers that the great cloud of witnesses voice today. Hallelujah that death has lost its sting! Nothing can ever separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ. When we are absent from our body, we will be at home in our Papa God’s presence.

This promise is very comforting for me and the thought of my loved ones who have gone on to be with the Lord already. My prayer today is that everyone who reads this promise today will be comforted in knowing that all those who hope in Christ have this promise of eternal life.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THE AGE OF NOISE

Aldous Auxley once commented: “The twentieth century is among other things the ‘Age of Noise’. Physical noise, mental noise and noise of desire . . . All the resources of our miraculous technology have been thrown into the current assault against silence.”

Unwanted noise, often merely a cacophony of senseless sound, is an assault on our privacy. Homes are no longer a sanctuary; they have become a sounding board for raucous music. Even churches are no longer an escape from the clashing cymbals of pop-designer music. Public address systems magnify often unwanted noise-forms into our worship. Why all this thunder of sound?

First, the devil does not want us to think. If he can fill our ears with ballad and chorus, he can close it to “the still small voice” of deeper and loftier things. Read 1 Kings 19:12; Psalm 104:34.

Secondly, human nature does not pause to think. To a quiet mind comes unsolvable problems: the world has gone mad, what can l do about it? Nothing! – so shut it out. But noise not only damages hearing, it deadens oursensibilities and dulls our thinking.

Christians must ever find a quiet comer in which to listen to God.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“It is right to be contented with what we have, never with what we are” – Mackintosh

“He is well paid that is well satisfied” – Shakespeare

“You say, “If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.” You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled” – Spurgeon

“A man’s contentment is in his mind, not in the extent of his possessions.” -Spurgeon

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT DON’T ALWAYS SAY WHAT YOU THINK – Thomas Addington

“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say” – Ecclesiastes 10:20

We’ve all had experiences in which we said something we really felt, only to find out later that it was passed on to someone we never intended to hear it. It’s an entirely natural impulse to give voioe to our thoughts about other people and their actions. Something in us wants our thoughts to have verbal expression. We simply enjoy talking about our opinions of other people.

The only trouble is that sometimes when we express our opinions, the expression does not end when we stop talking. In one form or another, it gets passed on to someone else. This is a great risk, especially with our growing dependence on e-mail and other forms of electronic communication. .

But this problem isn’t new. It didn’t just surface with the new economy. According to Solomon, we need to be careful to not revile our leaders or curse the rich because a “bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say” (Ecclesiastes 10:20). Even when we think we are being especially careful, our opinions may find expression in ways that would horrify us. We say in retrospect, “I never would have said that if I had any idea that person would find out what I was thinking.”

For Solomon, keeping quiet is another manifestation of someone who is wise. If the fool multiplies his words (Ecclesiastes 10:14), then the wise man watches his very carefully. In this case, when the words you want to say involve someone who is not in the room and whose presence would cause you not to say what you’re thinking, then it’s best to simply keep your mouth shut. In fact, Solomon says that we shouldn’t even think such thoughts. And if we shouldn’t think them, we certainly should be very careful about saying them. You just never know when and where that information will resurface.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 26th – 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

He who has called you to be and to do is the One that is with you to supply all the spiritual requirements to attain a great, quality character and to do things that are beyond the ordinary. Of course, you will be able to perform readily the natural demands each day but He is alongside to bring about the extra in and through you. So do not settle for less than what He has in mind for you. Daily faith and living is purposed to open you up and out into a very full, meaningful, profitable and pleasurable existence and experience. His summons therefore is to an ever-increasing expression of Himself and all His immense resources are immediately at hand to accomplish such. Be encouraged by what He has wrought through others who seemed to be nobodies, but made them into people of outstanding worth. He will do the same for you as you allow Him.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”The name of Yahweh is a strong tower: the righteous run to him, and are safe” – Proverbs 18: 10

The name of our Lord and God is a strong tower, a mighty fortress that we can run to any time, night or day, and find safety. Psalm 91 talks about this strong tower being ‘the secret place of the Most High’. It is a place where we can stay our entire lives, dwelling under the shadow of the Almighty.

Many of the anxieties that we experience in our society come from a place where we do not feel safe and secure. God is our strong tower! We can rest assured that safety is found in the borders of His love. What father wouldn’t have a heart to protect his children?

God is the perfect Father and promises to be there for us…as a fortress that we can depend on for shelter. When I think of this promise, I feel peace in my heart knowing that I have a safe place where I can go, and so do you!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
BUBBLES

Paul warned his converts of the force of “philosophy and vain deceit” by which their minds could be assaulted and their lives become a prey to “intellectualism or high-sounding nonsense” (Col 2:3, J B Phillips). The Greek for “vain” is Kenos, meaning “empty”. Much of human philosophy is like a bubble, attractive but empty, beautiful but liable to burst.

Millai’s famous picture of his grandson blowing bubbles later used as an advert for Pear’s soap) is pretty, but conveys the concept of childhood dreams that are pretty but ephemeral.

Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” gives us a more sinister portrait of “bubble-mindedness”. An old man is grasping at a pretty bubble, while a golden crown is just above his head.

To young and old are presented ideas that are attractive but empty. Man’s concept of beauty and goodness fall short of divine truth. Yet again and again the human mind prefers man’s fumblings to God’s realities.

In a day of many superficial dogmas and phrenetic ideas, we need to discover and dwell on the wholesome and soul- building truth revealed in the Scriptures, the inspired and profitable Word of God (2 Tim 3:16,17).

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“True contentment is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it” – Chesterton

“Enjoy your own life without comparing it with that of another” – Condorcet

“There is a sufficiency in the world for man’s need but not for man’s greed” – Gandhi

“Be happy with what you have and are, be generous with both, and you won’t have to hunt for happiness” – Gladstone

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
WISE WORDS – Thomas Addington

“Words from a wise man are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his own lips. At the beginning his words are folly, at the end they are wicked madness-—and the fool

It is amazing how much people love to talk about themselves. Sit next to the typical person at a business lunch or around the conference table before a meeting starts, and he will almost always direct conversation to what he thinks, what he likes, what he did, or what he accomplished. Seldom does anyone show any interest in asking about you. In fact, sometimes the conversations are so one-sided they are almost comical. It doesn’t matter how long the two of you talk—you get the feeling that if you extended the conversation another four days, the topic would never change.
One of the things that distinguish a wise person from a foolish person is the extent to which he talks about himself and whether his conversations have substance.

Solomon says that “the fool multiplies words” (Ecclesiastes 10:14). In other words, foolish individuals talk a lot but don’t necessarily say very much in the process. They offer long explanations without answering any questions. They sometimes talk just for the sake of speaking. While their words might be eloquent, when the whole conversation is over and you have time to reflect, you’re really not sure that they said anything of substance.

In contrast, words that come from a wise man are gracious words. They are courteous and thoughtful. They are logical and shed light on a situation. A wise man may not speak as often or use as many words as someone else, but the words he does say have real impact. People can’t deny their power and the advice that they represent. It takes very few wise words to completely silence the many words of a fool.

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ernestanderson

June 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

The great impulsive and compulsive that must be the inward driving force of your inward being must be ‘the love of God.’ Paul could state of Christians of the first century – “the love of Christ constraineth us” – 2 Cor 5: 14. If you are to live and work triumphantly and receive the approval of your LORD, you must possess the dynamic passion that motivated Him and caused Him to succeed against all seeming odds. He is able to possess and inspire you so that this is a reality and cause you to achieve seemingly impossible things. Even your opponents that appear irresistible will bow and bend to this unique power that dictates you and all you do and say. This sweet, heavenly quality will influence and also influence those that you minister to and so all that takes place goes down to this distinctive motivating force. Be available today to its incoming and so you will succeed.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Yahweh executes righteous acts, and justice for all who are oppressed” – Psalm 103:6
Isn’t it good to know that God promises to provide justice for those who are oppressed? I am amazed at the number of verses in the Bible which speak about God’s heart for the weak of this world, the poor, the mistreated, children, widows, orphans, etc. He has always been the protector of those who have difficulty protecting themselves.

He is a God that does not rejoice in evil or injustice, but rejoices when the truth wins out. (1 Corinthians 13:6) Whatever unjust situation that you find yourself in today, be encouraged to know that God is for you and He understands your life and your suffering. It is my prayer that each one of us will be able to rest in our God and Father’s saving, protecting power today.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
EXCELSIOR!

‘Excelsior – higher, higher!” cried the young enthusiast of Longfellow’s poem of that name. His trouble was that he started to climb a mountain in the worst season and in failing light. He heeded not the advice of experience, though he spurned the blandishments of beauty.
He failed: but his spirit was right. If only his enthusiasm had been matched by good sense!

As Christians we must ever press on to higher things. Our “excelsior” is to ever seek greater and richer experiences in God: as the hymn-writer puts it:-

“I’m pressing on the upward way, – New heights I’m gaining every day; Still praying as l onward bound, ‘Lord plant my feet on higher ground’.”
But, unlike the hapless youth of “Excelsior” fame, we have the Spirit of God to gird us and the Word of God to guide us. With these our holy ambition to reach the heights can be fulfilled. Yet not completely, for there will always be more of God to know. After a miraculous ministry, after ‘visions and revelations of the Lord” (2 Cor 12:1), Paul still felt he had not “attained” (Phil 3:12). In his declining years he felt there was so much more to know of Jesus – and he still pursued that prize.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Conscience is a sacred sanctuary where God alone may enter as judge” -Lamennais

“Conscience is a walkie-talkie set by which God speaks to us” – Metcalf

“Live with men as if God saw you; converse with God as if men heard you” – Seneca

“There is no witness so terrible-no accuser so powerful as conscience” -Sophocles

“Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge” -Stanislaus

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
GET IN THE GAME – Thomas Addington

“Whoever digs a pit may fall into it. . . whoever splits log: may he endangered by them. Ecclesiastes 10:8, 9

Everything we do in life has some element of risk. Every day we face relationships, in the stock market, in our next big decisions. Sometimes we face these risks with fierce tenacity; other times we cower in fear.

What causes some of us to be more adept at taking risks than others? Is it our confidence in our decision-making prowess? Is it that we don’t care about the results? Not usually. Some people see risks as opportunities. They ask themselves, What is the worst thing that can happen? and then they proceed to take the chance. Other people agonize day and night over risk-taking decisions until they either give themselves ulcers or the opportunity passes them by.

No matter how large or small your risk-taking muscles might be, God wants you to trust Him. He wants you to exercise faith that overcomes fear daily. Don’t stay on the sidelines. Engage. Struggle. Fail. Trust. Be courageous. Don’t become like the sluggard in Proverbs 22:13 who never takes a chance because he says, “There is a lion outside!” or, “I will be murdered in the streets!”

When’s the last time you took a risk so big that if God didn’t come through, you’d look like an absolute fool? Take a risk on God; He’s already taken a risk on you. He demonstrated His own love for you before you even knew Him (Romans 5:8). You could have rejected Him, but He took the risk.
Why are you holding back? Are you afraid of losing your status or power? Of being known as a Christian? Of sharing your faith with your friend? Go ahead—— take a chance. Don’t give up on God; He hasn’t given up on you.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 24th – 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

It is the eternal purpose of your LORD that you should live life to the full that is you might experience and enjoy fullness of living. He does not will that you exist and live below par. Out of His infinite grace and fullness He would impart all those ingredients that will enable you to step forth and out into your circumstances and not only master them but use them to achieve great results that in turn create untold satisfaction. He is ever in the creating and opening of life until all attains significance, worth and usefulness and that includes you. Do not berate yourself and gifts but seek Him, His input and assistance today and so you will bud, blossom and break out into a wholesomeness of living and fulfilment. You will see much wrought that will brighten the hours ahead.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God” – Matt 5: 9
How do you think a father feels when he sees his children are fighting with each other in his home? As a father myself, I know how grieved I have felt when I have seen my children not getting along. A father’s heart is for peace and harmony for his kids.
When I think of this promise, I am encouraged that there is a blessing for us when we love peace and we do everything within our power to live at peace with all those around us. Sometimes it is simply not possible, but as far as it is within our control, may we be a people that love peace. In today’s promise, we read that the children of God will be peacemakers.

Since we have been made one with Jesus and one of His names is the Prince of Peace, may we love to bring peace wherever we go. May we be dispensers of peace in places of turmoil. May the peace that passes our understanding guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. My heart’s cry is that all of us within the Body of Christ would look to nurture peace wherever we go.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
WHAT IS A HUMBUG?

Darwin was once accosted by two young practical jokers. They had artificially contrived a strange creature made up from parts of different insects, and presented it to the great naturalist for identification. Darwin inspected it closely. “Did it hum when you caught it?” he asked. “Yes, it did,” they replied. “Well, then, it is a humbug,” he concluded grandly.

Life is full of humbugs of various kinds, but the worst human humbug is one who is a fake – and does not know it. Jesus met them. He called them “hypocrites” – play-actors, people who put on a mask Are they ashamed of their real selves? As we read their encounter with our Lord we are led” to conclude that they acted the part so much that they ended up really believing what they fancied themselves to be.

A humbug has all the trimmings of piety, but not its reality; he claims a spirituality he does not possess; he “hums” of religious correctness, but his real life denies it. No wonder Jesus excoriated them so severely. “Be not deceived, God is not mocked” (Gal 6:7) – you can fool men, but not God.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“To enter into the world and there live firmly and fearlessly according to your own conscience, that is Christian greatness” – Anonymous

“A sleeping pill will never take the place of a clear conscience” – Cantor

“There is always a voice saying the right thing to you somewhere, if you’ll only listen for it” – Hughes

“Every man, however good has a yet better man within him. When the outer man is unfaithful to his deeper convictions, the hidden man whispers a protest. The name of this whisper in the soul is conscience” – Humboldt

“He will easily be content and at peace whose conscience is pure” – Kempis

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
WISE ACTION VERSUS IMPULSIVE ACTION – Thomas Addington

“If a ruler’s anger rises against you, do not leave your post: calmness can lay great errors to rest” – Ecclesastes 10:4

Sooner or later in any work context, something is going to make us really mad. It might be a misunderstanding. It could be an injustice. Or it might be some kind of strong disagreement. Regardless of the actual issue, the result might be to make us so angry that we just simply throw in the towel and walk out the door. “I’m not taking this anymore!” we fume. “I can’t work with a person who does that! I’m out of here!”

Even though our frustration might be completely justified, Solomon advises us to slow down and refrain from taking impulsive action. “If a ruler’s anger rises against you,” he says, “do not leave your post; calmness can lay great errors to rest.” In other words, continue on in your responsibility. Show a level of maturity that may be difficult but in the long run might serve as a stabilizing factor.

Obviously there are times when we need to walk of the job and never look back. But Solomon seems to be saying that those times may be fewer than we might think. More often than not, we simply need to grit our teeth, control our tongues, mask our reactions, and simply keep on working. That does not prevent us from walking off the job after we’ve had more time to think about it and reflect. But that should not be our first response.

How do you respond when your boss makes you mad? Do you take a deep breath and try to evaluate the situation objectively, or do you act impulsively? Be mature. Follow Solomon’s example.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 23rd – 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

He who sustains the universe and this planet is the very same that sustains you. If can He continuously and safely uphold the former, great as they are, recognise that you present no problem to Him in watching over and looking after you and your daily demands. Not only is His eye on the sparrow, they are lovingly resting ever upon you making sure that all you need will be met. You need really to meditate more oft on the thoughtfulness and mindfulness of your LORD for such is to serve as an inspiration and continual benediction. From eternity past to eternity future you will be ever in His thoughts, plans and workings so you have every reason to be glad, grateful and to make Him the object of your worship and praise today.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God” – Matt 5:9
How do you think a father feels when he sees his children are fighting with each other in his home? As a father myself, I know how grieved I have felt when I have seen my children not getting along. A father’s heart is for peace and harmony for his kids.

When I think of this promise, I am encouraged that there is a blessing for us when we love peace and we do everything within our power to live at peace with all those around us. Sometimes it is simply not possible, but as far as it is within our control, may we be a people that love peace. In today’s promise, we read that the children of God will be peacemakers.

Since we have been made one with Jesus and one of His names is the Prince of Peace, may we love to bring peace wherever we go. May we be dispensers of peace in places of turmoil. May the peace that passes our understanding guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. My heart’s cry is that all of us within the Body of Christ would look to nurture peace wherever we go.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
GOSPEL OF THE SECOND CHANCE

The story is told of Roy Riggles, an American athlete, who an a New Year’s Day football match in 1929, collected the ball, ran 65 yards in the wrong direction and scored for the wrong team. He was devastated – nay more, positively humiliated.
But, to his amazement, the coach put him on for the second half. “Roy,” he said, “Get up and go back. The game is only half over.” He went and played a magnificent game. So says the record.

Jonah the prophet must have felt humiliated when the Lord thwarted his plans to escape an onerous task. He, from patriotic bias, felt he could not preach to Nineveh, potential enemy to Israel, lest they repent and escape judgement. He ran away, but God ran faster and caught him up. Jonah was deposited into the foaming deep, and, delivered by a monstrous fish. That’ll teach you, Jonah, to disobey God!

A disobedient prophet! A pitiful wreck of a man! But did God cast him off‘? No! “And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time” (Jonah 3:1).
This is the Gospel of the Second Chance. Have you fallen short of your expectations or failed to fulfil your obligations? Don’t give up, trust in God and have another go. The game is not over yet!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“How calmly may we commit ourselves to the hands of Him who bears up the world” – Richter

“Look at that beautiful butterfly and learn from it to trust in God. One might wonder where it could live in tempestuous nights, in the whirlwind, or in the stormy day; but I have noticed it is safe and dry under the broad leaf while rivers have been flooded and the mountain oaks torn up from their roots” – J. Taylor

“Our confidence in Christ does not make us lazy, negligent or careless, but on the contrary it awakens us, urges us on, and makes us active in living righteous lives and doing good. There is no self- confidence to compare with this” – Ulrich Zwingli

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
WORK WITH YOUR HEAD, NOT JUST YOUR STRENGTH -Thomas Addington

“I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege-works against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor hut wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. . . . The quiet words of the wise are more to he heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools” -Ecclesiastes 9:13-15, 17

In the business world, it used to be that the big ate the small. Now, the fast eat the slow.

Here, Solomon suggests yet another scenario: the wise eat the fools. Once upon time, he says, there was a great king with real strength who decided to conquer a small city with few people. Nobody seriously questioned the outcome; after all, who could go up against this king and his mighty army? But hold on! One resident of the city was very poor yet very wise. He came up with a solution for conquering the great king and his strong army. His suggestion worked, and the king had to find another city to conquer.

The moral of the story is this: Wisdom is always in style, even when we don’t have very much power or authority. People generally feel as if they have less authority or power than they need to push a solution through to completion. That applies to CEOs as well as to people lower in ‘the organizational hierarchy. Yet Solomon suggests that working with our heads just might be more effective than tapping into the power grid.

In his story, an unlikely individual came up with a solution that saved the town. He certainly didn’t have positional authority, and we’re not even sure anybody asked his opinion. He simply offered what turned out to be very wise advice, and everybody was pleased with the result (except for the king who had to find another town to conquer).

So Solomon concludes, “The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.” Sometimes it’s better to sit back, close our eyes, and think than it is to rush.

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ernestanderson

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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

You are a son and person of light. Called out of darkness, the world of ignorance, unbelief and uncertainty to live and move in the pure and clear revelation of God and His purposes. Lay hold of this calling and conviction so the sunshine of heaven will be across your pathway and day and you will see and know what path to take, what decision to make, what company to keep, etc. Because of this positive state you will have the pleasure of introducing those around into the same and blessed condition. You are to be a dispeller of darkness and a means of great illumination to people that still exists in ignorance and death. Just as your LORD is the Light of Life so you will also be a choice luminary lighting up the world in which you dwell.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Or do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and patience,
not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?- Romans 2:4
I love this promise. Romans 2:4 basically says it is the very goodness of God that leads people to repent. Many times, when we think of repentance, we think of it as a shame based response to some form of judgment in our lives. But really, it means to go in another direction or to change our mind.

When Jesus said, ‘Repent for the kingdom is near’, He was calling people to go in a new direction, a new way of thinking where they would know the truth and the truth would set them free. For too long, the word repentance has had far too many negative connotations.

There may be a place for a fire and brimstone, or a turn or burn message in the proclaiming of the gospel. But there is also a place when we simply proclaim God’s goodness and His love and the result is that people will respond by going in a new direction… towards their loving Father through Christ. I believe that it is the love of God that will cause people to truly repent. In John 4:19, it says…We love because He first loved us.

God loved us while we were still His enemy (Romans 5:6-10). I believe it is the love of the Father that will melt the hearts of humanity and draw each one into His bosom through the free gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is our Papa’s goodness that will lead us to change our minds and go in a new direction.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THEOLOGY OF FAILURE

Haddon Robinson, senior editor of “Christianity Today”, once penned a remarkable concept. He wrote:

“Anyone can put together a theology of success. It is not hard to celebrate men and women who are winners, and explain what makes them great. The tough work lies in constructing a theology for failures. Perhaps because I have failed so often in my life I look for the word from God that will help me keep going when l feel I’ve let God and everyone else down.”

We may write the theology of failure ourselves, but God can edit it and expand it into a higher philosophy. In fact, He can take those very failures we moan about and make them a basis for success. The fact l may have failed so much is because I have attempted so much. Some folk never fail because they never try to succeed. They never fall because they never try to climb.

But God has a word for us: “Fear not, thou worm Jacob . . . I will help thee . thou shalt thresh the mountains” (Isa 41:14,15). The original Jacob seemed a failure until God took hold of him. But out of this frail, fickle and feckless man came blessings massive and etemal.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Small kindnesses, small courtesies, small considerations, habitually practices in our social conversations, give greater charm to the character than the display of great talents and accomplishments” – Kelly

“Life is not so short but that there is always room for courtesy” – Emerson

“Even power itself hath not one-half the might of gentleness” – Hunt

“Good manners are the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Whoever makes the fewest people uneasy is the best bred” – Swift

“We can not always oblige, but we can always speak obligingly” -Voltaire

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
WORK HARD WHILE YOU CAN – Thomas Addington

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom” – Ecclesiastes 9:10

“Life is short; play hard.” So the saying goes. That is actually not bad advice from Ecclesiastes. But Solomon adds another phrase to complement the first one: “Life is short; work hard.”

Our work lives have their ups and its downs. We enjoy some of what we do, while other tasks are less pleasant. We look forward to Fridays and don’t always relish the coming of Mondays.

Sometimes, work gets a bad rap because of bad theology. Work was designed by God, given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. But we sometimes think that work is a bad deal because it is talked about as part of the aftermath of the sin in which Adam and Eve engaged. That is, we think that work is a result of the curse. But although our jobs sometimes reinforce that idea, it’s not biblical.

According to Genesis 3:17-19, the work that God ordained in Genesis 1 and 2 became much more difficult because of the Fall. Just as childbearing—also ordained by God in the opening two chapters—became much more difficult and painful, so work would only be accomplished by the sweat of the brow and lots of hard labour. In other words, what was easy became difficult. But work still was as ordained byGod and blessed by God afler the Fall as it was before the Fall. ’

So what perspective does Solomon have on work? “\Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might,” he writes, “for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Essentially, he is suggesting that we enjoy the work we’re doing now, while we can still work, because the day will come when we look back with nostalgia on all of that planning, strategizing, and thinking that we were able to engage in during our careers.

Work is not a curse. It is a gift from God, a calling. Work hard while you can, because you don’t know what the future holds.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

June 21st – 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 Quotations and something to Focus your mind on are included that can be developed more fully by you. I trust you will find such refreshing and helpful

A PROPHETIC WORD FOR YOU

Live in the sure awareness that the LORD has pledged His Presence to be with always with you and to every act on your behalf whatever situation you are in or called to face. In no way will He desert and leave you to the limits of yourself but will be around to render all the required assistance and make certain that all is attended to your benefit. There is therefore no need for you to be unduly anxious or fretful because He is All-Sufficient and no seeming problem to you is to Him problematic. He has all the answers for life and eternity and you must learn to rest and live in the security of His constancy and ministry. So cast care aside, receive from Him the glorious conviction that He is present now to meet and minister into all of the requirements that will come your way. Together you will more than answer today with all of its demands.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Psalm 31:1

Do you sometimes feel so close to losing a battle in your life? Do you worry about being ashamed that you could not handle this battle yourself? Perhaps you have been unable to overcome some circumstances in your life and feel like a failure. You’ve been taught that good Christians don’t struggle, don’t have problems. I’m here to tell you that we all struggle and will struggle until we cross over to Glory.

We will never be ashamed if we put our trust fully in Jesus. You see, He uses our weaknesses, our failures, even our poor choices, for His purpose that His will be done on this earth. This day, can you trust Him fully, knowing that you will never be ashamed, bringing all of your trials, all of your weaknesses, all of your failures before Him? My prayer is that you will know His peace as you seek refuge in Him knowing that nothing is outside of His will for you.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford

JUST A THOUGHT – Rev. Aaron Linford
THEOLOGY OF FAILURE

Haddon Robinson, senior editor of “Christianity Today”, once penned a remarkable concept. He wrote:

“Anyone can put together a theology of success. It is not hard to celebrate men and women who are winners, and explain what makes them great. The tough work lies in constructing a theology for failures. Perhaps because I have failed so often in my life I look for the word from God that will help me keep going when l feel I’ve let God and everyone else down.”

We may write the theology of failure ourselves, but God can edit it and expand it into a higher philosophy. In fact, He can take those very failures we moan about and make them a basis for success. The fact l may have failed so much is because I have attempted so much. Some folk never fail because they never try to succeed. They never fall because they never try to climb.

But God has a word for us: “Fear not, thou worm Jacob . . . I will help thee . thou shalt thresh the mountains” (Isa 41:14,15). The original Jacob seemed a failure until God took hold of him. But out of this frail, fickle and feckless man came blessings massive and etemal.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love” – Anonymous

“A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something” – Antoninus

“The only correct actions are those which require no explanation and no apology” – Auerbach

“True politeness is perfect ease and freedom. It simply consists in treating others just as you love to be treated” – Lord Chesterfield

“A man can never be a true gentleman in manner until he is a true gentleman at heart” – Dickens

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
LIVE IN JOY WITHOUT APOLOGY – Thomas Addington

“Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, or it is now that God favours what you do. Always he clothed in white, and always anoints your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun-—all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labour under the sun” – Ecclesiastes 9:7-9

If life is full of mysteries that can’t be solved, and if our rational mind-set is simply to trust that God understands what’s going on and that He has a solution to what seems like a gross inequity, then how should we act?

We now know that we’re not supposed to allow those conundrums to prevent us from moving forward in life and in a relationship with God. But in the face of those realities, what should our perspective on life be? The answer to that question is crystal-clear: Don’t let the lack of an obvious answer to those mysteries prevent you from genuinely enjoying the best of life.

The things we can’t possibly solve are better left to God. He will figure them out in His time and in His way. Our job is to eat the food and drink the wine He provides. It is to keep a joyful heart and enjoy the love of a_ spouse. In a way that allows very little wiggle room, Solomon tells us to have fun, eat well, and revel in a great marriage relationship. He even suggests that we wear clothes that show freshness to life.
But how does this all fit together? How can we look at the darkness around us and yet respond to life with such abandoned enthusiasm? We know Solomon well enough to understand that he’s not suggesting that we simply ignore the darkness in order to revel in the light. .His purpose is not to make us forget that bad things go on, but to acknowledge that after we have done everything we can in our power to make things right, the rest is up to God. He wants to remind us that the darkness caused by others must not take away the joy that God wants us to experience.

Are you experiencing joy despite the difficulties and inequities that you see and experience at work?

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