welcome to this christian website

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August 8th – 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

Be like a Jabez today who had this prayer in his heart and was of a determined, believing nature to see it occur. He said to the LORD: “Oh that you bless me indeed. . . .” 1 Chron 4:10. He knew if he was to fulfil his life’s potential and expectations he required the hand of the LORD upon him in a significant manner. He knew that he could approach and believe the LORD to bring this about. And it became so. Know that the LORD has never vacated man or the scenes of time and still responds to those who are keen to look to Him for His company and blessing. So today, make sure this prayer dictates and directs your inner being God-ward and you will experience the goodness of the LORD in bountiful ways. If there is one thing that he loves to do, it is to bless!

A GOLDEN PROMISE

“In whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him” – Eph 3:12

The NIV Bible says Ephesians 3:12 in this way… ‘In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.’ What a glorious promise! Through our new life in Jesus Christ, we have complete and unrestricted access to our Heavenly Father. Though angels bow down in reverence to Almighty God, we can call Him our Abba (Romans 8:15). Though He holds the earth in the palm of His hand, He calls us His little ones.

Praise God for giving us an amazing salvation through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! In the great exchange that happened on the cross, Jesus exchanged His life for our life. We no longer live apart from Christ (Galatians 2:20), so being in Christ, we have full access to our Father just like Jesus does. As a matter of fact, in Colossians 3, Paul says that we actually are hid with Christ in God, seated in the heavens!

As a father, I would be disappointed if I felt that my children were afraid to come into my presence. They are my children after all! They are welcome any time, night or day! If dads are intended to be a shadow of the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48), how much more is it His desire that we come boldly into His throne room with freedom and confidence?

May each one of us be encouraged today to come into our Papa’s presence with a new boldness. Not because of anything that we have done, but because our big brother, Jesus Christ, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, has made the way for us to approach God with a confident expectation that He will receive us and put us on His lap, day or night.

JUST A THOUGHT by Aaron Linford
“TOIL ON”

Paul has a remarkable link of life-enhancing virtues inn 1 Thessalonians 1:3 “Work of faith …. .. labour of love …. ..patience of hope”. What a trio! And what a pragmatic effect of inner spiritual force! Christianity is nothing if not practical. Our service for God finds its inspiration and fulfilment in these three graces in action.

Work of faith. Faith is not a matter of words, it is a source of works: doctrine finds its fulfilment in deeds, the practical proof of faith’s reality. We toil incessantly when we work at faith’s bidding.

Labour of love, takes us even further. By faith we “spend” for God, giving all we’ve got; but by love we are “spent? In His service, not counting the cost.
Patience of hope. Hope can be an inspiring expectation of the fulfilment of God’s rich plans for a glorious future. By it we endure to the end.
Paul speaks of Christian service as “labour” ( 1 Cor 15:10, 6:16). The Greek word for “Labour” is Kopiaw, “to toil to the point of weariness”, to exert oneself to the full. Service for God is often hard work, but it can be joyful and is certainly rewarding. So:
“Toil on, and in thy toil rejoice, For toil comes rest, for exile home; Soon shalt thou hear the Bridegroom’s voice, The midnight peal, “Behold, I come”.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS

“For what is faith unless it is to believe what you do not see?” – St. Augustine

“On the whole, more people are cheated by believing nothing than by believing too much” – Barnum

“!I should as soon attempt to raise flowers if there were no atmosphere, or produce fruits if there were neither light nor heat, as to regenerate men if I did not believe there was a Holy Spirit” — Henry Ward Beecher

“If your faith in God is stronger for every humble task in which you need and get His aid, then that humble task is necessary to the fullness of your faith in God. It will make the music of your life more firm and solid” –Phillips Brooks

“To believe only possibilities is not faith, but mere philosophy” – Thomas Browne

FOCUS – SOMETHING TO REALLY THINK ABOUT
THE POWER OF PATIENCE – Thomas Addington

“Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord’s coming” – James 5:7
Patience is a virtue, or so the saying goes. Based on this passage, it appears that James is in complete agreement with that cliché. He instructs his readers to be patient, and then he illustrates what he means by offering three examples of patience.

First, he brings up the farmer. “See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains,” he says (v. 7). Without patience, any kind of agribusiness would be a miserable failure. The farmer does the necessary soil preparation, planting, and maintenance, but beyond that, all he can do is wait. He can’t control the weather; he can’t make the plants grow faster. And if he tried to hurry their progress, he would destroy them.

As an example of patience in the face of suffering, James uses the “prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord” (v. l0). Next time you feel like complaining because you have it rough at work or because nobody understands you, think about what Elijah, Jonah, or Jeremiah had to endure. Chances are, you’ve never been pursued by a wicked queen or swallowed by a large fish. And it’s a safe bet that you haven’t spent more than forty years in the same position without a single success story or convert. (If you want to know what that’s like, read the Book of Jeremiah.)

Finally, James mentions ]ob as an example of someone who persevered and was blessed because of it (v. 11). Talk about a man who had to wait it out with no guarantee of a happy ending! And yet, throughout his sufferings, he refused to give up his belief that “the Lord is full of compassion and mercy” flames 5:11).

What are you waiting for? More important, what does the way you wait say about your faith?

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