welcome to this christian website

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July 18th – 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

Where you live spiritually is more important than where you dwell physically. Whilst it is a delight to live in a good physical and material area and environment, in a nice home, good job and financial assets, it is more important that you exist in a healthy state in choice spiritual surroundings and with added spiritual graces and gifts. The former will be left behind one day and it was you have stockpiled on the spiritual front that will ultimate count. Hearken to the counsel of your LORD on this: “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of Heaven and all these things will be added to you” – Matthew 6:33. You will not lose anything by making sure that the right emphasis and application is in your daily living in these things. May you be blessed abundantly.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me. You will stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies. Your right hand will save me” – Psalm 137:7

I took the photo for this promise at the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Canada. I chose this particular photo because it represents an overwhelming sense of being surrounded by an unstoppable, never-ending power. I imagine being in the center of this torrent of water while I am engulfed by the power of the rushing water around me.

In this promise, the psalmist declares that though he walks in the midst of trouble, God’s right hand will reach out and save him from his enemies. God is mighty to save us and will quiet us with His love (Zephaniah 3:17). We can rest in this. No matter what your circumstances are, no matter how insurmountable the odds, God promises to save you in the very midst of your troubles!

My encouragement today is for you to lean into your Heavenly Father’s comforting breast, feel His big strong arms wrap around you just like the rushing waters of Niagara Falls and watch Him come to your rescue. That is what fathers do. They protect their children in the midst of their troubles. God really is the best Dad ever and He will reach out with His mighty right hand and save you in the midst of every circumstance.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
“I AM A VOICE…..”

So said John the Baptist when pressed to identify himself and his mission (John 1:23), and in doing so bequeathed to us a superb definition of a preacher of the Gospel.

But such definition reflects others. There are, then, three kinds of effective preacher.

He is not a noise “Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a noise” (Jer 46:17) – all wind but no worth, sound without sense. To use the words of Shakespeare, such preaching is “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”. Or as Mark Twain once observed; “Words, words, nothing but words”.

He is not merely an echo, as Jesus sai this of Pilate “Sayest thou this of thyself, or did others tell thee?” (John 18:34). Effective preaching is not merely a reflection of what others think or say, but of personal conviction: as Paul said, “l believed, and therefore have l spoken”(2 Cor 4:13). We may learn much from others, but we must not let books think for us, or consider mere quotations as proofs.

He is a voice. That is, his ministry is personal; a voice-print is as unique as a finger-print; so should our preaching be our own, an expression of self. It is also articulate, not a mumble nor an ear-splitting blast, but a clear expression of thought and emotion. Greatest of all, it is meaningful. A true sermon is a message. A man of God does not merely use words, he says something, and when that something is based on Scripture and inspired by the Spirit it does something. Such a “voice” can become the voice of God.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Why didn’t someone tell me that I could become a Christian and settle the doubts afterward?” – Harper

“Cleave ever to the sunnier side of doubt, and cling to Faith beyond the forms of Faith” – Lord Tennyson

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt” – Shakespeare

“Whoso draws nigh to God one step through doubtings dim,God will advance a mile in blazing light to him” – Unknown

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
REAL RELIGION – Thomas Addington

“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” – James 1:26-27

What are the distinguishing traits of a person with real religion? Does he use a lot of God language? Does she vote for conservative candidates on Election Day? Does he listen to Christian music and not go to movies?

According to James, real religion is more than just external activities. It’s more than a list of dos and don’ts. Rather, it is a relationship with Jesus that is developed from the inside out.

Real religion involves taming the tongue. This takes more than a handful of self-help steps at a therapy group. It requires the power of the Creator God coming alongside us in areas that we are not able to tame by ourselves. A person who can control her speech is a person who has tapped into a supernatural power. We might not need the power of God to attend a church, a Bible study, or a prayer group. We don’t need a Higher Power to paste bumper stickers on our cars. But we do need strength from an external source——supernatural strength——to control our speech.

Real religion also demands that we help the helpless. James says that taking care of the disenfranchised and the less fortunate indicates that a person has a vital and ongoing connection with Jesus. To fulfil this mission, we must move outside our- selves to focus on someone in need.

In all likelihood, these people will never be able to pay us back. We will never receive an award or trophy for helping them. Perhaps that’s exactly why it weighs in as real religion.

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