welcome to this christian website

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August 3rd -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

Never forget the final lap of the race is the most important, when you must be at your best and in a condition where you can finish your course in God successfully. Do not fail in the ultimate run in with head held high and heart full of assurance and delight. The LORD is with you at this final stage to inspire and impart the required will and strength to cross the finishing well and with a sense of inward triumph. His last words were in triumph, weak but triumphant: “It is finished”. He didn’t say ‘I am finished’ but the course of His life ended in notable victory. Paul also could append the words “I have finished my course”. So gird yourself in the Lord with His presence and promises and move into this concluding stage knowing you are a victor through Christ.

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“For God is the King of all the earth. Sing praises with understanding. God reigns over the nations. God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the peoples are gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God. He is greatly exalted!” – Psalm 47: 7-9

God is the King of all the earth. Jesus is proclaimed as the King of kings and the Lord of lords. There is no disputing the absolute and complete power of the living God. He is omnipotent, omnipresent and omniscient. While our adversary the devil, has limited power for a short season as the prince of the power of the air, the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it!

When everything around us seems to be shaken… Wars, economies, governments, etc., have no fear! God is seated in the heavens and He rules the earth. May we rise up and worship Him today for His goodness and His mercy and His majesty!

Hollywood often projects the battle of good versus evil as two equal, opposing forces clashing for victory. The truth is that our God is all powerful and ever present. He is so huge, that the universe cannot contain Him. We are not locked in a battle between good and evil that has an uncertain outcome. We win! Jesus has already declared the victory through His death and resurrection!

While we know that in this world we will have trouble, may each one of us be encouraged today in knowing that Jesus has overcome the world and that our heavenly Dad is the God and Father over all creation (Ephesians 4:4-6).

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
TOO BUSY

Men who have made their mark are mostly noted for periods in solitude -— either voluntarily or obligatory. Mohammed wrote the Koran in exile, Luther translated the Bible in prison, Marx penned “Das Capital” in the British Museum library, Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf ” in gaol. Jerome translated the Vulgate in his cell, Bunyan dreamed “Pilgrims Progress” in Bedford prison. All had solitary experiences in which were birthed written works of force and vast influence.

Look also at the Bible. Moses had 40 years in Midian, Paul a period in Arabia, John in exiled loneliness on Patmos. Above all, our blessed Lord Jesus was for almost 30 years shut away in Nazareth, an out-of-the-way town in Judea. All had periods when reflection was possible. And indeed, for any great work time is needed to brood, to consider, and (for a Christian) to wait on God.

We all need the silence of solitude to assess our ways, to reflect on our works, to seek heavenly guidance for our earthly task.

From the very beginning of time God set the standard. He rested (Gen 2:2). Not that He was weary or bereft of creative ideas, but to witness to all his creation that six days toil should be followed by one day’s rest. Human nature is built on this six to one ideal. The seventh day, cut off from normal rush and bustle, should be set apart for recreation, contemplation and worship. It is a special day, and to keep it such commands God’s blessing, promotes health and prosperity.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“No man is so insignificant as to be sure his example can do no hurt” – Hyde

“Nobody will know what you mean by saying that God is love unless you act it as well” – Jacks

“I have ever deemed it more honourable and more profitable, to set a good example than to follow a bad one” — Thomas Jefferson

“Children have more need of models than of critics” – Joubert

“Nothing is so infectious as example” – Kingsley

“A good example is far better than a good precept” – D.L. Moody

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
RETURNING TO GOD (PART TWO) – Thomas Addington

“Submit yourselves, then, to God . . . and be will lift you up” – James 4:7, 10
As we learned yesterday, the first two steps we must take to return to God involve submitting to Him and resisting the devil. Neither is easy, but both are necessary. The same is true for the remaining six steps.

Third, we must focus on moving near to God (v. 8). We often have difficulty distinguishing between the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the condemnation of Satan. But with God’s help, we can tell the difference. The conviction of the Holy Spirit is full of hope, whereas the condemnation of Satan is a downward pull of hopelessness. As James 4:8 reveals, God will move toward us when we focus on moving toward Him.

Next, we must cleanse our hands (v. 8). To cleanse our hands literally means to wash ourselves and become pure. This is an outward purging. We must eliminate any specific outward and external sins or sin patterns.

Fifth, we must purify our hearts, or make an inward examination of our attitudes (v. 8). This involves looking intently at ourselves and eradicating all the Only by purifying our hearts will we be able to stand in the presence of God (Psalm 245-4).

Sixth, we must feel sorrowful for our sins (v. 9). James is calling for honest, vulnerable confrontation with sin. This is often overlooked. Many times, repentance is merely a mental assent that we did something wrong. But there’s huge difference between repentance and remorse. Remorse is feeling sorry that we got caught; repentance is coming to grips with reality of our sins and expressing authentic sorrow over it.

Seventh, we must respond with visible signs of repentance (v. 9). We must grieve, to be sure, but we also must change our actions and our attitudes. If we say we’re sorry yet continue to do wrong, we may as well have never said anything in the first place.

Finally, we must reverse our response to our circumstances and to God (v. 9). Rather than engage in shallow laughter when confronted with sin or wrongdoing, we must respond how God would respond, with mourning.
By walking through these steps, our actions show God what He already knows to be in our hearts: humility. And when we humble ourselves before the Lord, He will lift us up. When we return to Him, He welcomes us with open arms.

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