welcome to this christian website

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August 7th -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

Don’t linger in the LORD’S Word or work when it has been revealed to you what is required of you by Him. Lingering can lead to not doing and failing to accomplish in a good and honourable spirit the plans that heaven has for you. Be as your LORD and Friend who could say openly to His Father: “ I delight to do your will”. There was not a bit of indifference or carelessness in Him only the immediate commitment to achieving all that was set out for Him. So it is to be with you, too. Never procrastinate or put off that which He has shown you so that He can read and bless your spiritual sense of immediacy. This is what he seeks to create and cultivate and you must wholeheartedly respond. Remember, sometime can means never, and that is not good enough!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“but the very hairs of your head are all numbered” – Matt 10:30

The entire context of this promise can be found in Matthew 10:29-31…
29 “Aren’t two sparrows sold for an assarion coin? Not one of them falls on the ground apart from your Father’s will, 30 but the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Therefore don’t be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. (WEB)

In Matthew 10, Jesus is commissioning His disciples to go out into the world to proclaim the good news of the kingdom. Heal the sick, cast out devils and freely give what you freely receive. In the midst of His charge to go, Jesus does talk about the reality that they will encounter opposition to this message. There will even be those who will want to kill them for what they represent. But all the while, Jesus is encouraging them not to be afraid.

He goes on to tell them that although sparrows are insignificant in the eyes of men, Father God always keeps a watchful eye on them. Jesus encourages His disciples that they are worth more than many sparrows, so if God watches over the birds, He will watch over them too! The source of much of our worry and anxiety is fear. Fear is rooted in a feeling that we are on our own and we have to try and manage life by ourselves.

Jesus encourages us to not fear because we are not on our own. We have a heavenly Father who loves us and is in control of our lives. He even has taken the time to number each one of the hairs on our heads! What attention to detail! What involvement in our lives! We have nothing to fear when the God of the universe is for us and is so intimately involved in our lives.

Knowing the Father’s love for us will not necessarily shield us from heartache, pain and suffering because Jesus did tell us that in the world we will have trouble. However, in the midst of all our struggles, He promises that perfect love will cast out all fear from our hearts (1 John 4:18). May each one of us go deeper into our Father’s love today, knowing that our worth to Him is far more than many sparrows.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
HUMAN RIGHTS

The American Declaration of Independence, has these powerful words: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Every clear, unbiased thinker must accept this concept. It banishes oppression, slavery and a multitude of impediments that ignorant, ignoble or iniquitous men would throw into the path of the personal progress to fulfilment of individuals or nations. There is a sense in which all men are brothers, for “God hath made of one blood all nations of men” (Acts 17:26). Our Lord, as Son of Man, could trace his genealogy back to Adam – and so could all of us if we had the knowledge. From a common source spring common rights – inalienable rights.

But with rights also come responsibilities. “Am l my brothers keeper? said the petulant man-slayer Cain (Gen 4:9). The answer must surely be, now as ever, “lf he is thy brother, thou art his keeper”.

Those who clamour for “human rights” should balance that act by an equally vociferous and practical clamour for “human responsibilities”. Only thus can the balance of life be achieved.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“Faith is kept alive in us, and gathers strength, more from practice than from speculations” – Addison

“Without faith, we are as stained glass windows in the dark.”- Anonymous

“There are no miracles to men who do not believe in them.”- Anonymous

“It is not faith and works; it is not faith or works; it is faith that works” -Anonymous

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
TWO WARNINGS ABOUT WEALTH – Thomas Addington

“Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. James 5:1.

James doesn’t mince words when it comes to admonishing people who are rich momentarily and poor spiritually.
Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes,” he writes. “Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. . . . Look! The wages you failed to pay the workmen who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. . . . You have condemned and murdered innocent men, who were not opposing you” (James 5:2—6).

In this passage, James isn’t condemning rich people, per se, but he does want to point out what can happen if wealth is elevated above God in a person’s life. Two strong warnings seem to flow from these verses: First, that earthly wealth is only temporary; and second, that earthly wealth can produce self-centeredness. It can lead us to hoard our money and become miserly. It can make us mistreat our employees by not paying them decent wages. It can cause us to become so focused on ourselves and our own luxurious comforts that we forget all about other people and their needs.

So what application do these verses have for those of us who want to avoid those traps and handle our wealth in a Christ-like manner? ]ames reminds us that the affluent have the ‘greatest responsibility to be stewards of what they have and that God also expects them to be more sensitive and responsive to human needs than those who don’t have as much. As Luke 12:48 says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”

How are you doing with the amount of wealth—however big or small—that God has entrusted to you? Is it slowly turning you into a self-centred miser, or are you using it to enrich the lives of others?

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