welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchen

Dec 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 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

“Give us today our daily bread” – Matt 6:11

In Matthew 6:9-14 we read the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray…”After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen”- (KJV)

Since we know that Jesus encouraged us to ask, seek & knock, with the promise that our God and Father would hear our prayers, then we can only assume that everything we pray in The Lord’s Prayer will be answered by our Heavenly Dad.

In verse 11, Jesus teaches us to ask our Father to provide our daily bread. If Jesus told us to ask for daily provision, then it was because He knew that His Father would provide what we need every day. We only need to ask and trust Him to provide because that is what good fathers do.

So don’t be afraid to pray to your Heavenly Father today and say… “Give us this day our daily bread”. (For a further reminder of this promise, read Matthew 6:25-34.)

WISDOM THAT WORKS

SYMPATHY OR EMPATH – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“The common bond of rebels is their guilt. The common bond of godly people is good will. Only the person involved can know his own bitterness or joy – no one else can really share it”.

Read: Proverbs 14:9-10

To sympathise with somebody who is experiencing some form of bereavement is to feel as sorry as you can be, without having to go through the trauma they are experiencing for yourself. You are genuinely sorry for them but you are not able to truly identify with the emotional impact their bereavement is causing. On the other hand, if you have empathy as opposed to sympathy you stand a better chance of identifying with another’s grief because you will have had a similar experience to theirs.

Even then there will be certain limitations on your empathy because although the cause of the bereavement may be the same, the level of emotional responses will be different in each individual.
On top of that everyone has a different set of coping mechanisms so that although you can empathise to a point, the only person who can truly empathise is Jesus himself because He is the only one who has experienced the deepest of all sadness and sorrows.

So apart from Jesus, our proverb is correct when it points out that only the person involved can know their own bitterness or joy.

All the same, what a blessing it is to have those around us who truly care for us even though we know they are not able to really feel our pain.

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
Christmas Quotes

Christmas is the perfect time to celebrate the love of God and family and to create memories that will last forever. Jesus is God’s perfect, indescribable gift. The amazing thing is that not only are we able to receive this gift, but we are able to share it with others on Christmas and every other day of the year – Joel Osteen

Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful – Norman Vincent Peale

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. – Thomas S. Monson

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection – Winston Churchill

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
TESTING TIME – Genesis 42

Joseph never bargained for this in his career. Everything appeared to be going well and running on schedule when suddenly there was to be a dramatic change again in his life. He never thought that the day would come when he would meet his brothers. This had never been considered as a factor as he had been busily engaged in an enormous task. But his brothers turn up on his doorstep and this must have presented quite a challenge! He could easily have wreaked vengeance on them! They were now in his hands!

In this he seems to be under some kind of restraint as to what to do. Somehow he was not quite prepared for this eventuality and so he proceeded with care. He did not hurry into matters but sensed he must deal with it with caution and wisdom. It was needful that they be taught a lesson that would register and one that they would never forget. He must have looked to the Lord as to the best way to handle this issue and devised a plan to get his younger brother along side of him. He could not afford to get this wrong and make a mistake. Handling mistreatment by others requires the grace and guidance of God.

Conviction of wrong and evil committed began to break through to them as they sensed they were now in a threatened situation – 21. What was happening to them was due to the fact of what they had sown years before! There is little doubt that “whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap “- Galatians 6: 7. Sin always comes home to roost!

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