welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchen
Feb 2nd – 2016
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

“Yahweh has established his throne in the heavens. His kingdom rules over all” – Psalm 103:19

In Psalm 103:19, King David tells that God has prepared His throne in heaven and His kingdom reigns over everything in the universe. While this might be something that we all can agree on, do we live each day with the confidence that our God and Father really is the ruler of heaven and earth?

While we know that the Bible says that the devil is called ‘the prince of the power of the air’ (Ephesians 2:2), we also know that Jesus is called the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! While we know that the enemy goes about as a roaring lion seeking those whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8), we also know that our Savior is called the true Lion of Judah who has triumphed over all things (Revelation 5:5).

In Colossians 3:1-2, Paul the Apostle encourages us to keep our eyes fixed on heaven… 11 If then you were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth. (WEB) If we focus on all of the darkness that surrounds us in the world we live in, we may get discouraged and lose heart.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
WORKS LIKE MAGIC – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Truth from a ‘rebel or lies from a king are both unexpected. A bribe works like magic. Whoever uses it will prosper”. Read: Proverbs 17: 7-8

A tenet of biblical truth does not endorse I must confess to having some difficulty in working out what this proverb is actually trying to say. It’s one of those occasional verses in the Bible that state something to be a fact but without necessarily making a moral judgment. The more l look into other translations the more complex this verse seems to be. The word ‘gift’ in other renderings has been correctly translated ‘bribe’ and it could be ‘donation’, ‘present’, or ‘reward’. ln each case there is the sense of receiving some benefit in order to provide some service.

Now l have lived long enough on the earth to know that bribes do work like magic but it’s the “Whoever uses it will prosper” that gives me the problem. I cannot accept the ethic of wrong actions producing good results and of course the whole such action. However, if you mean by ‘prosper’ that a bribe will ‘do the trick’ I have no problem in agreeing with that.

The fact of the matter in essence is that this is factually true in life. A bribe does work like magic and will probably do the trick for the one using it. As to it being the right thing to do. I have serious reservations on that one!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
MEN

Men, as well as women, are much oftener led by their hearts than by their understandings – Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one –
Marcus Aurelius

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions – Leonardo da Vinci

I look only to the good qualities of men. Not being faultless myself, I won’t presume to probe into the faults of others. – Mahatma Gandhi

DAILY MEDITATIONS – A COURSE THROUGH THE BIBLE
KEEP YOUR WORD – Numbers 30

This is quite a chapter on the importance of keeping our word, especially our vows. Israel was expected to make sure that its word was its bond and this was certainly to be so in relation to the Lord. They could not afford to treat their words as worthless and meaningless. He was jealous for a people that they would always speak the truth, even if it meant its own detriment and loss at times. Extreme care had to be taken under Old Testament law so that there wasn’t the rash use of the mouth in utterance on any occasion to God.

It pays to take notice of some very sound and wise words that are given in Ecclesiastes on this issue: “When you vow a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no pleasure in fools; pay that which you have vowed. Better is it that you should not vow, than that you should vow and not pay” – 5: 4, 5. It is apparent that there must be a safeguarding of what one promises because God is aware of what is spoken. Further, genuineness of character is proven to a great extent by the keeping of one’s word. Divine counsel is given in God’s Word so that there will be a conforming to His standards.

Of course, it is a choice exercise to make promises to God and to live up to them. We are most impressed by the likes of Hannah who in the midst of great need made a covenant in her heart and with her lips to the Lord. Having received from the Lord her heart’s desire, she carried through her commitment and was duly rewarded in a magnificent manner by Him. She kept her word and so was bountifully blessed and became a pattern for others to follow – see 1 Samuel 1 & 2. Make sure you stick by your word towards God and man. All will be able to rely upon you and a glowing testimony will result concerning your person as you live up to your spoken word.

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