welcome to this christian website

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July 20th – 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

There are occasions in your spiritual life when the ashes need to be removed from your altar so that the divine fire may burn better and greater, and even at times a fresh kindling is required so that there is full evidence of holy passion and fervour in the right things. Deterioration can set in without hardly recognising that you are not as hot or keen as you were for God and His plans for you life. Such must be known, arrested and attended to with help from above. Even the Wesley brothers recognised this factor and so many of their hymns focus on the need to be and keep on fire by and for God. This great hymn needs to be in stalled and activated in you “O Thou who camest from above; the pure celestial fire to impart. Kindle a flame of sacred love, on the mean altar of my heart”. As the LORD sets you afire others will see you burn and blaze!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

Psalm 30:11 (WEB) “You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness, – Psalm 30:11

We all struggle with grief at one time or another in life. We lose those we love. We suffer the loss of many things. In a life that ebbs and flows, there are seasons of mourning and seasons of dancing. In Ecclesiastes we read that there is a season for all things.

The promise for today acknowledges there is a season for grieving in our lives but it also points to the time when our God and Father will turn that season of mourning into a season of dancing. It is God Himself who will throw off our clothes of sadness and clothes us with joy!

In times of grief and heartbreak, God promises to be close to us. So if you are in that season, allow the love of God to fill your soul and carry you in your weakest moment. But be encouraged, that there is a time coming when God Himself will turn your mourning into dancing and will surround you with His own joy.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
“WHEN I BECAME A MAN…..”

1 Cor 13:11

Some people never grow up. At 50 they are as self-centred as a child of five. The Corinthian church had many “babes in Christ” (1 Cor 3:1). Again and again Paul urges them to be men, “perfect”, mature, fully grown (cf 2:6). “ln understanding be men” he says (1 Cor 14:20), “Quit you like men”, he urges (1 Cor 16:13). ln other words, “Expand your spiritual minds”, “Exercise your spiritual muscles” – use your brains, use your brawn, be thoughtful and active.

Childhood has its weaknesses. First, children (even babies) are supremely self-interested. They have to be to survive. But adulthood expands that interest to others – “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself’. In fact, the whole purpose of Christian ethics is to change from being egocentric to becoming Christocentric – a gradual, but necessary process.

Again, childhood has a limited conception of values or of occasions. A girl will break her heart over a battered doll. “Save your tears for greater sorrows”, chided a father l know; but it is all so real and hurtful at the time. Contrariwise, a little gaudy gift often seems to a child like a wealthy bounty. Adults usually have wider interests and truer valuation.

Also, a child finds it difficult to wait, they have “give-it-me now” minds. But a grown-up has learned that there are some things we must work and wait for. It is by “faith and patience that we inherit the promises” (Heb 6:12). But good things are worth waiting for.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Keep us, Lord, so awake in the duties of our callings that we may sleep in thy peace and wake in thy glory.”- Donne

“The reward of one duty is the power to fulfil another” – Eliot

“Let us have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us to the end dare to do our duty as we understand it” – Lincoln

“Let men laugh, if they will when you sacrifice desire to duty. You have time and eternity to rejoice in” – Parker

“Every duty, which we omit, obscures some truth, which we should have known. – Ruskin

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT THE DANGERS OF FAVOURITISM – Thomas Addiungton

“As believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favouritism” –James 2:1
As James continues his argument for real religion, he moves to another pillar of his discussion: favouritism. Real religion, he asserts, includes no trace of favouritism.
“Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in shabby clothes also comes in,” he writes. “If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, ‘Here’s a good seat for you,’ but say to the poor man, ‘You stand there’ or ‘Sit on the floor by my feet,’ have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?” flames 2:2—4).

This occasion for showing favouritism was a church service, a meeting of a group of believers. How could such an attitude ever manifest itself in the church? you might wonder. The church should he the one place where no distinction ever exists. That’s exactly right! There should not be a rich-over-here/poor-over-there mentality in the church. There should not be a famous-and-powerful section on one side and an average-and-unimportant section on the other side.

Unfortunately, however, that’s exactly how it is sometimes, even at church.
Don’t be hypnotized by the beautiful people and their nice clothes, expensive jewellery, and luxury cars. Look past their shine to their behaviour, their lives, and their characters. After all, we all have feet of clay.

What about at work? Do we practice favouritism there? Sadly, the answer is yes. The same kind of preferential positioning and treatment that often goes on at church also happens in the workplace. Some people might call it politics, but most of the time it’s just plain old favouritism.

So what is wrong with favouritism? At its core, it constitutes a breach of the law of love. God loves everyone unconditionally—-no matter what a person’s size, colour, shape, income level, or social status. He loves all of us. He is not impressed with-—or turned off by—0ur external packaging. He is focused on our hearts.

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