welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 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

One of the secrets and joys in life is create and cultivate healthy, spiritual relationships with others in the LORD. Not only will you be an enormous blessing and gift to others, they in turn will become great friends and confidants that will build your life more effective in and for the LORD. As you pursue this goal .the LORD will aid by causing the right folks to come across your path and you must sense and know that He desires the forming of a quality friendship in Him that will bear much fruit amongst other good saints. Do not miss out on this vital factor because it is by this means that Christ’s Church is advanced and blessed .

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devi” – Ephesians 6:11

In Ephesians 6, Paul the Apostle exhorts the church at Ephesus to put on the full armour of God in order to be able to stand against the tricks of the enemy. It is interesting to note that the armor does not belong to us, but it belongs to God. It is His armor.

He has given us His helmut of salvation to guard our mind and give us peace. He has given us His breastplate of righteousness to protect our heart. He has given us His belt of truth so that we would know the truth and the truth would set us free. He has prepared our feet with shoes of peace so we can proclaim the good news wherever we go. He has given us His shield of faith so that when we lift it up, we quench all of the firey arrows from the enemy.

And last but not least, He has given us an offensive weapon, the sword of the Spirit, the very Word of God so we can advance the kingdom. Our God and Father has given us everything we need to live a godly life through Jesus Christ our Lord. We stand in His armor, His power, His protection… not our own. So having done all to stand in the power of God’s might, continue to stand today.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
“WE SEE JESUS…..”

Heb 2:9

But it is how we see Him that matters.

Some see Him as just a MYTH, a product of someone’s imagination, a “cunningly devised fable”. But what genius could conceive such a character’?

Others say He was a mere MAN, a product of evolution, perfect but human. But those that knew Him best know Him as the unique Son of God.

Others concede Him to be a great MORALIST, but come short of regarding Him as divine.

Then there are those who describe Him as a MARTYR, a witness unto death of the principles He stood for: a saintly man in a sinful world.

But the Bible declares Him to be a MEDIATOR (1 Tim 2:5) who was at the same time God and man. His incarnation enabled Him to be what Job called for, “a daysman” who, because He was both human and divine could “lay his hand upon both” (Job 9:33).
Because Jesus Christ is God He can represent both sides of the human/divine dilemma. By the sacrifice of Himself He satisfied God’s justice and purchased mercy and forgiveness for all who trust Him. So to see Jesus is salvation.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Teaching a child how to talk-and then how to keep quiet.” -Anonymous

“here are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live” – James Adams

“The whole object of education is to develop the mind. The mind should be a thing that works” – Anderson

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not”.

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
FAITH WITHOUT WORKS – Thomas Addington

“What good is it, my brothers, a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? – James 2:14

When the Bible speaks of faith, what exactly does it mean? The word faith ould mean a body of belief or an adherence to a creed, or it could mean a warm personal trust toward God.

In James, the latter definition applies. That said, there’s no doubt that figuring out the connection between belief and behaviour has been a long and spirited debate. Sincere believers have been talking about this issue for thousands of years. Entire denominations have been formed and split as a result of these discussions.

James asks two questions as he introduces his opinion on this issue. First, he asks, What profit is there for someone who says he has faith but no good deeds to back up his plan to know God? Or, put another way, W/rat good are good works? To drive home his point, James provides a compelling example: “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” (James 2:15-16).

But James also wants to know something else: Can good works save me? Can a person present a long list of good deeds to God as the basis for an eternal relationship with Him? Will good conduct, benevolence, and philanthropy be enough to satisfy the demands of God and define a person’s relationship to Him?

The apostle Paul steps in with the answer to that question—a hearty no. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-—-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8—9).

Have you been relying on your “good works” as a basis for your eternal relationship with God? If so, confess to Him right now that you would like to receive His gift of salvation, based not on your Works, but on Jesus’ once-for-all, completed sacrifice (Romans 6:23; Hebrews 10:10).

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

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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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 19th – 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 nature of your LORD is to freely and fully give and He will not withhold anything that will mean your greatest good and enable you to make a wholesome and healthy accord with Himself. You must ever learn to trust Him and also, that you will become a choice and able person in this present life as well as prepare you for the eternal regions of blessedness and usefulness. You are here and within His kingdom so that you may be wholly exploited for the greatest do not be better planned or in greater and more loving hands. You can confidently expect Him to play His part,and as you respond, all will work to the greatest good.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“But let all those who take refuge in you rejoice, Let them always shout for joy, because you defend them. Let them also who love your name be joyful in you” – Psalm 5: 11

In the NLT & NIV Bible versions of this verse, the psalmist asks God to ‘spread His protection over them’. The Amplified Bible says ‘make a covering over them’. When I think of this promise, I imagine that Papa God spreads a huge canopy, a nice warm comforting blanket over us that provides warmth, protection and shelter all the days of our life.

The knowledge of a loving God that is brooding over us and protecting us will cause us to trust Him even more and fill us to overflowing with unspeakable joy. I chose this particular photo of cloud cover to remind me that just as the clouds can shield us from the heat of the sun’s rays, so God’s love covers us and shields us from the harshness that life can bring our way.

May each one of us snuggle under the blanket of God’s protecting love today and may our hearts be filled with joy knowing that we are safe and secure today and for the rest of our lives.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
WHEN I WAS A CHILD

1 Cor 13.-11

The full force of these words is often over-looked. Some adults forget that they were ever children. They judge the actions and words of young folk by their own grown-up (and sometimes cynical) standards.
Paul was more realistic. “l talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child” (NIV). The Greek word for child here is népios, like our term “nipper”.

A child is not a miniature adult. Louise M. Alcott’s classic, Little Women”, is a misnomer. Girls are girls and boys, boys. They live in their own world, have their own wants, and need to be understood. Potential is there: but childhood has limitations as well as possibilities.

Peter Parson tells the story of a boy who was asked, ‘What are you going to be when you grow up?” He answered, “I’m going to be possible”. The perplexed question, “Possible? What do you mean?” ‘Well, every day my mother tells me I am impossible”.

And every child needs to have extended to that patience, understanding and encouragement that makes the “impossible” become “possible”. Imagination, so rich in early childhood, can closer approach reality if we older ones remember what it was like to be young, and give guidance and scope (with directive and controlled discipline) to those younger ones who, though they may not always realise it, need us as much as we need them.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Happy is the man who has learned to do this one thing: To do the plain duty of the moment quickly and cheerfully, whatever it may be” -Anonymous

“It is the duty of men to love even those who injure them” — Marcus Antoninus

“In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty” – St. Augustine

“Our grand business is, not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies closely at hand” – Carlyle

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
SPREADING THE BOUNTY – Thomas Addington

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure an d faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress” – James 1:27

We live in a wealthy society. The rate and volume of wealth being produced in the modern world is staggering. The blessing and bounty trickles down to almost all of us, with a few notable exceptions. Two slices of our society continually struggle to make it day to day—widows and orphans. It was true two thousand years ago, and it is still true today.

The twenty-first-century business community is extremely wealthy; therefore, it has myriad opportunities to assist the less fortunate. The very soul of a business enterprise ought to include a desire to help, to reach outside itself and give back to those in need.

So how can a business give back? It can make quarterly disbursements to any community cause that focuses on orphans and widows. It can identify single parents and provide scholarships to send their children to schools, camps, and events. It can team up with a local church and provide assistance to the widows and orphans in the congregation. It can provide its products or services to widows and orphans at no charge.

However it’s done, the business community has a responsibility to turn some of its profits back into these environments of need. It is payback time.
Perhaps a whole new benchmark for return could develop if businesses began this approach. Along with ROI (return on investment), ROA (return on assets), and ROE (return on employees), we could add KROI, or Kingdom Return on Investment. In other words, based on a company’s investment, what kind of return is it getting in terms of shaping and delivering kingdom influence?

Taking care of the widows and orphans is not solely the church’s responsibility. It is not just the responsibility of a few rich, elderly men or women. The business community must get into the game. Are you willing to get involved?

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

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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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 17th – 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 and abide in a state of contentment for that is great wealth and yields untold blessings and benefits. In such a condition you will discover the enrichment of the Trinity, God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They will be free to minister and manifest heavenly favours that will wholly grace your life and service in an extraordinary daily. There is no need to get wound or worked up about anyone or anything because you are safeguarded and provided for in the greatest way possible. Being contented causes you to be in a place of peace and peace is a powerful status. You can govern life in a profitable manner as peace prevails and contentment prevails. So rest in your LORD today and allow no-one and nothing to disturb your contentment.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear has punishment. He who fears is not made perfect in love” – 1 John 4: 18

According to the Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for ‘perfect’ is complete. Imagine a love that is complete in every way. The love of a father, the love of a mother, the love of a friend, the love of a brother, the love of a spouse, etc. Whatever love we need, the true source is found in the completeness of God’s love.

In this passage, the word for love used here is the Greek word ‘agape’, which often describes the love that comes from God. In 1 John 4:16, God Himself is described as the complete expression of love and then two verses later the Apostle John says that God’s perfect love will violently throw out all fear from our hearts.

The root of worry is fear. The root of insecurity is fear. Fear of man, fear of the future, fear of the present, fear of lack, etc. There are many things in this world that cause us to be afraid but God continually is telling His kids “Do not fear!”

Fear cannot co-habit with love. When love comes, fear is banished forever! God is love. Whoever lives in love, lives in God! Today, allow the perfect, complete love that flows from the heart of Almighty God to fill your heart to overflowing and fear will have no option but to flee in response.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THE KISS IN THE WINDOW

Rita Snowden tells of young Stevie, too young to write letters himself, yet written to by his grandma, who always ended with a cross, which he was told was a kiss for him. With his mother he attended St Andrews Presbyterian Church, whose stained-glass window contained the symbol of their patron-saint, a St Andrew’s cross, to him, the form of a kiss, shaped in an ‘X’. When asked, “which church do you go to?” He answered, “The church with the kiss in the window”.

What a parable! To us a kiss is a token of love. Every church should have “a kiss in the window” metaphorically. At the door it should be seen in the hearty welcome, in the pew it should be clear in the sincere fellowship, in the pulpit it should show itself in courage-building and comfort-laden preaching. ‘

The father’s kiss of the prodigal son was the kiss of pardon, a reflection of the love which receives the penitent sinner (Luke 15:20); the symbol of Christian fellowship is the kiss of charity (1 Peter 5:14) – does our “British hand-shake” fulfil all that this implies? The acknowledgement of the Lordship of Jesus is seen in the kiss of submission (Ps 2:12). “Kiss the Son” which all who love the Saviour gladly do.

To define a kiss is not easy: “to smack with the pursed lips” shows how vain are words to describe this act. A kiss can only be fully appreciated in action, even as the forgiveness of God can only be known by personal experience.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Doubters invert the metaphor and insist that they need faith as big as a mountain in order to move a mustard seed” – Anonymous

“Every step toward Christ kills a doubt. Every thought, word, and deed for Him carries you away from discouragement” – Culyer

“If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things” – Descartes

“The sun, with all those planets moving round it, can ripen the smallest bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else to do. Why then should I doubt His power?” – Galileo

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

“He deceives himself and his religion is worthless.”£ – James1:26

Each of us has a religion-—a system of belief; that pulls together our view of God, our understanding of ourselves, and our approach to living. A friend says that his religion is bass fishing. That sounds a bit strange, but anything is possible.
The question is not whether you have a religion, but, rather, what is that religion really made of? What is your view of God and where did you get it? Is it autobiographical? Is God simply a magnified image of yourself or someone you know? Is your understanding of God a compilation of movies, sermons, novels, and bedtime stories? Your view of God, your understanding and acceptance of yourself, and your approach to living are three threads that weave into the fabric of your religion.

Your religion will show up in the way you spend your time. It will evidence itself in the kind of decisions that you make at work, in the way you view and treat other people, in the way you handle money, in the way you treat people who wrong you, and in the way you maintain self-control. If your religion is based on truth, it will be revealed in the way you look for the best in others, the way you deal with authority figures, and the way you deliver excellence every day on the job, and the way you refrain from griping and complaining.

What is the core of your religion? Is it, as James puts it, “worthless”? Another translation of this word is “empty.” Think of a nut, perhaps a pecan that, when. It is cracked open, has nothing inside. The pecan was only an empty shell. It’s the same way with a person whose religion is empty. All the external trappings are there, but there is no substance to his or her relationship with God. Strive to build and display a religion that is substantive and authentic.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 16th – 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 vital that you keep a spiritual freshness in your life, in faith, good works and ministry. There is no need for you to become dead and dried up for the LORD has provided for your daily refreshment. You can be made fragrant with the anointing of the Holy Spirit and He is the One that energises and educates in newness of life and living. The daily precepts and promises are there for your tasting and digestion and by such will you know the constant input of life and verve that revitalises every part of your being. There is no need to languish in anaemia bereft of spiritual dynamic that brings the go into your being. Heaven is open to you today to draw from its vast, eternal resources so that will rise with new vigour and freshness and even surprise yourself and others!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

Save your people, and bless your inheritance. Be their shepherd also, and bear them up forever.” – Psalm28:9

In this Bible verse, David is crying out for God to save His people, bless His inheritance, feed them and lift them up forever. In the NIV and NLT versions, he cries out for God to be their shepherd and carry them forever. We know that David was a man after God’s own heart.

As a boy, David learned a thing or two about the heart of a shepherd. In this Scripture passage, David is acknowledging that God is the ultimate Shepherd who has promised to feed His people and carry them in His arms forever!

In Isaiah 40:11, there is an amazing picture of God as a loving shepherd… 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (NIV Bible)

In Psalm 23, David takes time to describe the many benefits of being shepherded by the living God. Whatever challenges you are facing in your life today, be comforted in knowing that God has promised to shepherd you, bless you, feed you and carry you forever!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
THE GREAT ATTRACTOR

A recent news-flash states: “Astronomers may have solved the mystery of The Great Attractor, a hidden force that has been tugging stars across the universe from behind the milky way. lt has been identified as a cluster of galaxies billions of miles out in space”.

What a picture of the vast cosmos around us! Immense galaxies, each with billions of stars. And who knows what galaxies may be behind them? It is mind-boggling!
What is behind them all? What infinite mind or power sets and keeps all in motion and being? What links them all together in one Universe? Three elemental forces seem effective throughout the vast Cosmos. Illumination, we know heavenly bodies because they emit light. Then comes radiation, heavenly bodies are detected by energies radiated from their active explosive constituents; and gravitation expressed in the influence of the mass of such bodies. But what is behind it all?

The Bible offers a rational and sufficient explanation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). The binding force, the first great cause of all, is GOD. The rest of the Bible follows this.

The New Testament speaks of another great attractor. Jesus said: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me” (John 12:32). In the ethical universe of right and wrong, the Cross of Jesus is still, and ever will be, the great attracting power, drawing men from their sins unto God, leading fallen humanity to the source of forgiveness, of grace and of love.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“A sound discretion is not so much indicated by never making a mistake, as by never repeating it.” – Bovee

“Discretion is seeing as much as you ought, not as much as you can” -Montaigne

“Speak as little as may be of thy neighbour or of anything that concerns him, unless an opportunity offers to say something good of him” – Scupoli

“He who knows does not talk; he who talks does not know” – Lao Tze

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
THE DANGER OF EMPTY FAMILIARITY – Thomas Addington

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” – James 1:22
mpty familiarity doesn’t describe a social handicap or a physical deformity; it’s an innocuous-sounding phrase that describes a spiritual disaster. And it’s rampant in our culture.

We all know that we live in an information-heavy society. We hear and read about everything——the good, the bad, and even the ugly. In fact, we take in so much information that we can become familiar with all the right facts and terminology but not really understand what we are talking about. For example, we can talk about the stock market, computers, or sports simply by picking up on the jargon used in those fields. We think we’re engaging in intelligent conversation even as we mask our utter ignorance of the topic at hand.

This kind of pretence also applies to spiritual matters. We learn the language of the spiritual dimension, but we don’t necessarily put it into practice. For example, we can learn the language of prayer and all the proper names for the different kinds of prayer——adoration, confession, thanksgiving, petition, intercession, etc.-but never actually get down on our knees to engage in prayer.

We can learn all about forgiveness——when to forgive, why to forgive, even how to forgive—but in the heat of a controversy we might hold a grudge, try to get even, and stubbornly refuse to forgive. That is empty familiarity. We know the language, but we fail to experience the reality.

James says we must apply truth to our daily lives. We must become “doers” of what we have learned. Perhaps this should become the standard for the authentic expression of faith in today’s marketplace: not that we know the right spiritual jargon, but that we can deliver spiritual reality; not that we can weave God-talk into a conversation, but that we can inject the person of Jesus Christ into the busyness of the workday.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 15th – 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

Re-call and remember that you are now related as a child of God to One who is everywhere, knows everything and can perform the extraordinary at anytime. Being a son of God of your heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, places you in a special and heavily loaded state. Because you are truly loved, in an infinite manner, there is nothing He will not do for your good and blessedness. It is imperative that your faith is a living dynamic in Him for He purposes to enrich your life and situations on a daily basis as you maintain an accord with Him. This is altogether possible by His Word and the Holy Spirit. They would create and cultivate a wholesome confidence in Him so that it paves the way for untold manifestations of His goodness. Sop today look heaven-ward and God-ward because choice things are to be your lot from such sources.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

”Save your people, and bless your inheritance. Be their shepherd also, and bear them up forever” – Psalm 28:9

In this Bible verse, David is crying out for God to save His people, bless His inheritance, feed them and lift them up forever. In the NIV and NLT versions, he cries out for God to be their shepherd and carry them forever. We know that David was a man after God’s own heart.

As a boy, David learned a thing or two about the heart of a shepherd. In this Scripture passage, David is acknowledging that God is the ultimate Shepherd who has promised to feed His people and carry them in His arms forever!

In Isaiah 40:11, there is an amazing picture of God as a loving shepherd… 11 He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. (NIV Bible)

In Psalm 23, David takes time to describe the many benefits of being shepherded by the living God. Whatever challenges you are facing in your life today, be comforted in knowing that God has promised to shepherd you, bless you, feed you and carry you forever!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
HAVE A GOOD SING

Wherever the Spirit of God outflows there is “thanksgiving and the voice of melody” (lsa 51 :3). This fact is stressed by Paul, he describes what follows when believers are “filled with the Spirit” (Eph 5:18-20). The initial effect is “speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord”.

But such inspired song is varied, “psalms” (ie 0ld Testament scripture put to music), “hymns” (ie compositions of spirit-filled believers), “spiritual songs” (ie inspired impromptu utterances under divine anointing). They are also deeply emotional, heart-felt and heart-meant. They are congregational, a joint-worship in fellowship with other believers, often accompanied with instruments. They are edifying – “teaching and admonishing one another” (Col 3:16), and are an inspired and inspiring form of vocal worship.

John Wesley gives sound advice on the public enjoyment of joint-praise “Beware of singing as if you were half dead or half asleep. But sing modestly; do not bawl as if to be heard above or distinct from the rest of the congregation. Sing in time. Do not run before nor stay behind. Take care not to sing too slow. This drawling way naturally steals on all who are lazy; and it is high time to drive it out from among us, and sing all our tunes just as quick as we did at first. Amen!” So urges the Apostle of

So then, have a good sing. It not only fills the lungs and expands the mind it also can prove a holy exercise, an act of devotion to God, and a means of enjoying communal praise and fellowship.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The best way out of a difficulty is through it” – Anonymous

“The three things most difficult are – to keep a secret, to forget an injury, and to make good use of leisure” – Chilo

“Every noble acquisition is attended with its risks; he who fears to encounter the one must not expect to obtain the other” – Metastasio

“Settle one difficulty and you keep a hundred others away” – Unknown

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
YELLOW LIGHT, RED LIGHT – Thomas Addington

“Everyone should be . . . slow to become angry. . . . get rid of all moral filth” – James 1:19, 21

A yellow traffic light is a warning: Caution, slow down. Here, James instructs us to drive slowly into anger. Don’t be a quick trigger or easily angered, he says.
What makes you mad? What causes you to be short on patience and long on temper? People who don’t follow through with commitments? Circumstances that seem to create chaos and unpredictability? Losing control? Gossip? A boss who steals your good idea and never gives you the credit?

Anger might be a positive thing in some instances, but James clearly is guiding men and women of faith to be cautious of the dark side effects of anger.
So many followers of Jesus in today’s culture look and act angry. Although they talk a language of salvation and forgiveness, they project an image of resentment and anger. Their faces and eyes reveal the anger in their hearts.
The word James uses for anger implies more than a passing irritation or displeasure. It refers to a strong and persistent feeling of indignation and active anger. It is an uncontrollable animosity that begins to build deep inside a person. .

Yellow light—be slow to anger.
Red light——stop.

In some areas of life, it’s not enough to just slow down. We need to stop. Take moral uncleanness: for example. That’s an area we must get rid of completely. We need to throw it away, to put a stop to it immediately. Slowing down just isn’t enough.
James advises followers of Jesus to put off bad behaviour. The word picture is one of people stripping off garments. It is used elsewhere in Scripture to refer to divesting oneself of certain undesired qualities or deeds (Romans 13:12; Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:8; 1 Peter 2:1). God is never satisfied with partial purity, partial goodness, or partial righteousness. It starts with the word no.
Yellow light on anger. Red light on moral filth.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 14th – 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 not the purpose of your LORD that you should live in defeat but to experience continual victory. For this state to be, it is essential to possess the spiritual essentials that fortify the mind and spirit, strengthen the will and nerve the whole inward condition in a positive and heavenly manner. By being continually filled with His Holy Spirit and knowing the precepts and promises of God from His Word, you will be in situation where you can overcome all opposition and all negative and destructive thoughts and emotions. You will be made more than a match against any evil contending factor and force and prove to be a winner every time. Remember what Paul said: “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ” – 2 Cor 2: 14. Have a victorious day!!!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” –Phil 4:19

Our God and Father has promised to meet our every need according to the vast riches in the glorious storehouse of heaven that is in Jesus Christ. In an orphan world system that makes people feel all alone and responsible to claw and scratch for everything they get, this is really good news!

Our God knows what we need before we need it and He delights to provide for us what we need…when we need it. Whether a felt need or a spiritual one, our heavenly Dad is a Father who provides for His kids. In this particular passage, Paul is writing to the Philippians and is thanking them for the gift that they sent to help further the work of the kingdom.

Paul is encouraging them that as they have been obedient to share what they have, God will continue to pour in heaven’s resources when they need it. While we may not have an ample bank account stored up on earth, we can rest in the fact that we have access to the true eternal riches that are stored up in heaven for us through the glorious riches in our elder brother, Jesus Christ.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
DO YOU EVER GET ANGRY?

“Be angry, and sin not,” counselled Paul (Eph 4:26), and in this terse advice stresses two points. First, it is not always a sin to be angry. Second, but anger, like fire, must be kept within limits.

William Barclay puts it thus: “Anger is one of God’s greatest gifts to men. But anger is like a strong medicine, which if it is used in the right way, can do infinite good, and which, if used in the wrong way, can do infinite harm. What then, is the rule for anger? When anger is for our own sake, it is always wrong. When anger is for the sake of others, it is often divine right”.

How our Lord, with blazing fury, drove out the corrupting merchandise of the Temple! And later, how he, with caustic words, excoriated the hypocritical leaders of the Jews! Paul could say, “who is offended, and I bum not”? (2 Cor 11:29). When his converts were stumbled in their Christian way, he ‘became all “hot and bothered” to help them regain their feet. And the epistles of 2 Peter and Jude show how mad these men of God felt at the inroads of false teachers.

Yes, my friend, it is not always sinful to be angry, in fact it is sinful not to be angry at the atrocities of evil men and the vicious antics of the devil. The world has been blessed by angry men and women who became all fired-up in good causes.
But be careful. Let your personal irritations be blotted out by twilight lest Satan use our overwrought emotions to perpetuate evil.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Ten minutes spent in Christ’s society every day, aye, two minutes, if it were face to face and heart to heart, will make the whole life different.” -Drummond

“It is only in contemplative moments that life is truly vital” – Santayana

“When God intended to reveal any future events or high notions to His prophets, he then carried them either to the deserts or the seashore, that having so separated them from amidst the press of people and business, and the cares of the world, He might settle their mind in a quiet repose, and there make them fit for revelation” – Walton

“The mark of a saint is not perfection, but consecration. A saint is not a man without faults, but a man who has given himself without reserve to God” – Westcott

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
GREEN LIGHT, YELLOW LIGHT– Thomas Addington

“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak” – James 1:19

The Jewish rabbinic literature says it this way: “Silence is a fence for wisdom.” The green go light is for listening. The yellow caution light is for speaking. Green light—listen. Yellow light-—-speak. *

Proverbs 13:3 says it this way: “He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.” My (Steve’s) mother said it this way, “God gave you two ears and one mouth. Use them accordingly and proportionately.”

Quick to listen. Although James is referring to the way we receive instruction regarding truth, the phrase certainly has a much wider application. We all should be eager for learning. Would those who work next to you, over you, and under you say that you display a hearty appetite for instruction and learning? Would your listening skills/be a valuable quality on your resume? Would you say that you have gotten better or worse at listening during the last few months or years?

Slow to speak. This is a call for careful deliberation before we open our mouths and engage in dialogue. It’s difficult to talk and listen at the same time. We all need to practice keeping the right balance between the activities of the ears and the activities of the mouth.

Once a young man came to the great philosopher Socrates to be instructed in speech. From the moment the young man was introduced, he talked incessantly. When Socrates finally managed to get a word in edgewise, he said, “Young man, I will have to charge you a double fee.”.

“Why is that?” the bewildered student asked.

“I will have to teach you two sciences,” the philosopher replied. “First how to hold your tongue, then how to use it.”
Green light-—listen. Yellow light-—speak.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 13th – 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

You have been greatly blessed by the LORD in the past in order that you might share His goodness to others. You are not to be as the proverbial Dead Sea that has the just an inlet but no outlet. That is why it is thus named. Be sure that there are real, spiritual outlets in your day and life so that you are able to inspiringly communicate with others things that will do them good. Much exists of an up-to-date nature that you can use, a phone call, a letter or card and message through your pad or computer so that others are aware that they are in your thoughts and considerations. At the end of the day, reflect on those whom you have made contact with and then pray added blessing on them. From your home you can conduct a dynamic ministry. It does work, you know!!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put my law in their inward parts, and in their heart will I write it;
and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” – Jer 31:33

In this promise, the Lord tells Israel that a day is coming where He will place His very law in their inward parts and write it on their hearts. No longer will they struggle to walk in God’s plan and purpose for them because His plan and purpose will be inside of them.

When Jesus died and was buried and rose from the dead, He brought in a completely new covenant where He exchanged our life for His life. Everything that Jesus had, became ours. The law of our God has now been written on our hearts because our old life has died and our new life is hid with Christ in God.

Because of Jesus, His God has become our God, and we have become His people. What a glorious promise and the fulfilment of the new covenant that God spoke of in Jeremiah’s day. We are not separate from God and His ways. He lives in us and through us by the power of His Holy Spirit. We can rest in this amazing truth. He has written His law on our hearts!

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
“OUT OF THE MOUTH OF BABES”

Psalm 8:2
The Bible makes it clear that children and young People can enjoy deep experiences of God. We may not go all the way with Wordsworth, who spoke of new-born babes as “Trailing clouds of glory”, but Jesus certainly recognised the praises of “children crying in the Temple” as echoes of worship (Matt 21 :16).

Such a deep moment of a young teen-ager is described thus:

“l praise Thee because I know that thou art in me, and l am in Thee. l was by myself in the school playground at the back of the house last night, looking at the stars, and l don’t know why, but suddenly all the walls of everything seemed to be taken away: the walls of my body were not there; the walls of the distances which separate me from other things were not there. Everywhere was Here, and Here was Everywhere. There was no time, there was no distance, there were no walls, but just Thou and Me, and we were One together in eternity”.

Powerful stuff! But how easily we abandon the simplicities of soul-life, overwhelmed by the de-spiritualising sophistication of civilised behaviour.
When Jesus spoke of receiving the Kingdom of God ‘as a little child” (Mark 10:15) He intimated the sublime simplicities of an unspoilt infant, whose trust is so appealing that nothing binds its richness. To such “babes” are God’: secrets revealed that are hidden from the self-sufficient know-alls. May we ever retain our simple faith.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“The Devil’s best ruse is to persuade us that he does not exist” – Baudelaire

“Where God hath a temple, the Devil will have a chapel” – Burton

“The devil has power to suggest evil, but he was not given the power to compel you against your will” – Cyril

“The devil has at least one good quality that he will flee if we resist him -Though cowardly in him, it is safety for us” – Edwards

“I often laugh at Satan, and there is nothing that makes him so angry as when I attack him to his face, and tell him that through God I am more than a match for him” – Spurgeon

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
D0N’T TAKE THE BAIT – Thomas Addington

“Each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. James 1:14

Mark Antony was known as the silver-throated orator of Rome. He was a brilliant statesman who was magnificent in battle, courageous, and strong. He was handsome and endowed with many good qualities, but he had one fatal flaw-—moral weakness. On one occasion his mentor shouted in his face, “Oh Marcus, oh colossal child, able to conquer the whole world but unable to resist a single temptation!” Temptation is an appetite that lurks deep in the heart of every person.

Today’s workplace is full of temptations—the temptation to have an affair, to be rich, to wield power, or to acquire fame. There is even the temptation to strive for perfection, to shade the truth, or to cut corners.

Temptation can perhaps be best illustrated through the actions of a fisherman. He baits the hook and drops the line in place, hoping to lure an unsuspecting fish with the promise of fulfilled desire.

In James 1:14, James uses two terms that relate to the activity of a fisherman— “dragged away” and “enticed.” Later in the New Testament, both terms are used to describe the wiles of a harlot (2 Peter 2:14, 18). You no doubt get the picture: The fish is enticed by a juicy worm dangling on a hook. Hunger and craving prompt the fish to take the bait, unaware of the fatal consequences. He was deceived, of course, and now he’s caught. What he wanted for pleasure gave him nothing but pain.

Whenever we are confronted with an alluring temptation, we are free to choose whether to surrender to it. But we are not free to choose the consequences of the choice we make. Those were long ago determined by the eternal purposes of God.

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welcome to this christian website

ernestanderson

July 12th – 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 LORD that gives life and also gives the inspiration in life so that you can be possessed with great prospects and motivation. There are three levels in life to be known and understood: the mediocre, the medium and the momentous. You were born and possessed to achieve the latter. Instead of settling for the lesser, in the LORD you can know the higher and the best and attain the same by His indwelling and partnership. So do not settle down with a wrong mind and heart set, but seek and know His impartation so that rise to be and do things that are most fulfilling. You can experience His dynamic today and be different and make a difference in the hours before you. He can and will galvanize you with His Presence, Promises and Providence. What more could you want!! All the best!!!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“and hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” – Romans 5:8

Niagara Falls. The volumes of water that pass over both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls are absolutely astounding. Day and night, the water continues to pour over the edge of this escarpment crashing down on the rocks below. It simply never ends.

That is why I chose this photo to illustrate the promise that God continues to pour His love into our hearts by His Holy Spirit which He has given us. His love for us is a rushing river of His goodness towards us that never ends. While this truth is more real than everything else around us, it is easy to struggle to actually comprehend the greatness of God’s love for us. I often feel that words fail to adequately describe His love.

That is why we need the help of the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 3, Paul prays that we would be rooted and grounded in love and that we would have power to grasp how big and wide and high and deep is His love for us in Jesus Christ. Just as we could never count how many gallons of water are rushing over Niagara Falls every second, we cannot measure the love that God is pouring into our hearts by any natural means.

The only way we can hope to fathom the eternal, everlasting, never ending love that God has for us is by the Holy Spirit which He has given us. Today, why don’t you ask God to give you power to grasp the vastness of His love for you? For it is through His very own Spirit that He actually pours His love into our hearts 24 hours a day, just like the raging waters of Niagara Falls.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
TWO MIGHTY MITES

Luke 21 :1-4
The mite was one of the smallest coins ever minted. lt took two to make a farthing (Mark 12:42). Yet this minute gift has brought in millions to church coffers as its story is related in multitudinous sermons and appeals. The “poor widow” became an example of what giving can be.

“Two mites”. God’s estimate of values is different -from ours. We count giving by quantity, He by quality; we reckon by amount, He by cost; we estimate by what is given, He by what is left.

“Two mites”. Rabbinical law decreed that nothing less than two mites should ever mark a Temple-offering. But what the church treasurer counted unworthy to grace the ledgers of the Holy Place, God has recorded in His Book. The anonymous widow has achieved eternal fame. We will seek her out in heaven to thank her.
“Two mites”. ln giving to God or man, it is the heart that counts. A willing offering is always acceptable to the Almighty, not that He needs our gifts, for “the cattle on a thousand hills are His”, but it is the love, the reverence and the thankful heart that He looks for and appreciates.

Giving to God does not depend on the amount for its value, it is the unseen purposeand love of heart and mind that God weighs and assesses.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved” – Bryan

“Destiny waits in the hand of God, not in the hands of statesmen” — T.S. Eliot

“Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds” – Elliot

“One’s destiny is determined not by what he possesses, but by what possesses him” — Unknown

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
TRIAL OR TEMPTATION? – Thomas Addington

“When tempted, no one should say “God is tempting me. . . . For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does be tempt anyone” – James 1:13

A trial can be a test of our character, a heavy burden intended to help us attain emotional and spiritual maturity. Maturity isn’t always an automatic result of trials, but it is the original goal.

A temptation, however, is a snare designed to trick us, capture us, and drag us down. A snare is evil and treacherous.

We must never confuse a temptation with a trial. Although we may encounter both in a typical day at work, they are not the same—nor do they have the same outcome.

What exactly is temptation? Temptation is the urge and enticement to become involved in a good thing in a bad way. For example, sleep is a good thing, and it is normal. Laziness is a bad thing, and it is sin. Eating is a good thing, and it is normal. Gluttony is a bad thing, and it is sin. Sex in marriage is a good thing, and it is normal. Adultery is a bad thing, and it is sin.

Temptation is not sin; surrender to temptation is. Temptation becomes dangerous and harmful when, like an air-traffic controller, we provide clearance for sin to land in our lives. It is when we give that OK from the control tower that the real trouble begins.

But we do have a choice: We can turn the sin away, shut off the runway lights, and cease all communication from the tower. When we deny sin the permission to land in our hearts, we wisely follow the avenue of escape that God always provides –(1 Corinthians 10:13).

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