welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchen

Nov 1st – 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 130,000 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 Golden Promise from the Scriptures, Wisdom that Works by Bob Stevenson, Choice Quotations and daily Meditations, working through the whole Bible. 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 GOLDEN PROMISE

“Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord promised to those who love him” –

God has made a promise to all those who love Him. He has promised each one of us a crown of life that we will wear for eternity! Because our Heavenly Dad never makes duplicates, I can only assume that each crown will be uniquely crafted and custom-fitted for the wearer.

I find it interesting that James speaks about the promise of a crown in the same verse where he talks about persevering under great trial. Perhaps the greater the trials, the bigger the crown? I don’t have a theological coat rack to hang my hat on for this one, but I do know that God’s heart is for the under privileged and the marginalized.

In chapter 2:5 James goes onto say… Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (NIV) So be of good cheer today. If you are suffering under great trials, God understands.

He sees everything you are going through and He promises a crown of life for all that love Him. So don’t give up, keep on going, for one day we will all be wearing a crown of life created for us by our loving Father.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
PULLING YOUR WEIGHT – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A lazy fellow is a pain to his employers — like smoke in their eyes or vinegar which sets their teeth on edge”. Read: Proverbs 10:26 It is so aggravating to have to work alongside someone who is not prepared to put the same effort into the task at hand! This is particularly galling if you happen to be in a team setting. Such a lack of initiative or motivation can have a demoralizing affect on everyone else who might be doing all they can to get the job done.

Jesus told a parable about an employer who went to the hiring agency of the day to get labour for work in his vineyard. Because the job wasn’t getting completed on schedule he goes and hires labourers on three occasions at three different times of the day. When it came to pay day he gave every labourer the same money irrespective of the time of day they started. This action caused a problem for those who had been toiling all day long because they felt they should have received more even though they had contracted for an agreed amount.

I can’t help but wonder whether the first and second batch of workers might not have adopted a ‘go-slow’ approach, forcing the employer to reassess his original estimate. Like smoke in your eyes and vinegar to your teeth you sometimes have to live the pain of laziness in others and the consequences that follow.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
LEARNING

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savoured – Earl Nightingale

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn -Benjamin Franklin

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel – Maya Angelou

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever – Mahatma Gandhi

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE

THE COMFORT ZONE – Genesis 12: 1; Matthew 16:21-28

In looking at the career of Abraham there are many things to be learned with regard to the start, progress and success of his pilgrimage with God. He is one of those great characters of times past that serve as an inspiration for all Christian believers to copy. He passed through so much that challenged his life and faith yet he came out on the best side of things just as the Lord desires the same for you.

It all commenced with a remarkable challenge at 75 years of age when the Lord
called him to leave his comfort zone in Ur of the Chaldees to go to a new land that
would be revealed to him. There had to be the leaving of family, friends and the
familiar in order to embrace a completely new way of life where he had to simply trust the Lord in every situation. He could have stayed where he was, but the Lord had said, “Get thee out of thy country . . . .” From the start he would have to believe be obedient. As Abraham rightly responded he would see an historic and dynamic life cut out for him that would be most rewarding.

Christianity is no less challenging, as can be detected from the words of Christ. Becoming and being a disciple of Christ means, more than anything else, to leave the comfort zone and be ready to follow Christ into what He has planned. It does mean denying ourselves but as Christ truly stated: “whosoever lose his life for my sake hall find it.” There is no way that the Christian will come off worse from rising to move into what Christ has in mind. It leads into the creation and cultivation of a godly character. It creates a life and service that is enjoyable and beneficial. It produces choice rewards both in this life and the one to come. Leaving the comfort zone means moving into a life of adventure and great prospects. Be ready, now, for the new challenges that are to be yours from the Lord!

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