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ernestanderson
Feb 19th – 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

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” – Matthew 5:4

In Matthew 5, Jesus shares a kingdom message that we lovingly call The Beatitudes. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus reveals some of the values of His kingdom. Nine times He says that people are blessed in circumstances that would seem opposite to what the world system would see as blessed.

The Amplified Bible translates the word blessed that He uses as… (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous–with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions). (AMP)

At some point or another, we will all suffer the loss of a loved one and we will need the comfort that comes from God alone. In today’s promise, we read that when we mourn we will be blessed (from a kingdom perspective) with the comfort that comes only from God Himself. Psalm 34:18 says… Yahweh is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves those who have a crushed spirit. (WEB)

If you are going through a time of grieving right now, my prayer is that this promise would be very tangible to you. I pray that you would feel God’s closeness to you as He carries you through this season of mourning.

WISDOM THAT WORKS
DEFENCE MECHANISMS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”A lazy man is brother to the saboteu/1 The Lord is a strong fortress. The godly run to him and are safe”.  Read: Proverbs 18.’9- 10

Once again I am forced to part company with the Living Bible translators of this proverb. l feel they have left out one significant word which for me changes the whole thrust of this declaration.
We are told “The LORD is a strong fortress” and I have no argument with that because that is absolutely true. However when you include just one more word, which you will find in most other translations it puts a whole new slant on things.

You see other translations include the word ‘NAME’ so the proverb will read ‘THE NAME of the LORD is a strong fortress’. Now this opens up a whole new ball game to me. The many composite names there are for God are all designed to describe some attribute that He is endowed with for my benefit and safety.

For instance, if I know that one of the names of God is Jehovah Jira, (God my Provider), then when there is a need in my life to receive some form of provision, I can immediately run into the protection of that name and feel the security of knowing that God will provide all my needs according to His riches in glory. (See Phil 4:19)

One translation implies escapism whilst the other promotes security. So give me security any time!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
THANKFUL

Make it a habit to tell people thank you. To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return. Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you. Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it – Ralph Marston

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend – Melody Beattie

Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts – Alan Cohen

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow – Melody Beattie

DAILY MEDITATIONS
A LASTING WITNESS – Joshua 4

It was vital that this unique experience shouldn’t be forgotten, so Joshua was directed to take stones from out of Jordan and set them up as a token and memorial of this remarkable experience. They were placed where they lodged when they came out of the waters as a lasting and permanent witness to this amazing event – vv8, 20. When the generations to come discovered the heap of stones and asked the reason for their presence, the answer would be a declaration of this historic happening. The miraculous crossing was to serve as a living testimony as to their God and His ability to perform wonders.

The stones were not to be there so that they should live in the past and talk about it, but they existed to quicken and animate faith in the hearts of the up and coming generations in the God of Israel who is ever the God of the present. The crossing of those waters was but a sample and example of what Jehovah was capable of doing and that He was still to be trusted to work the impossible for His people. The memory was to be a stimulus to believe to see Him work even greater things on behalf of His elect household.

How encouraging to Christian believers today to be alert to the fact that what Christ wrought and left in sacred memory in a book, the Bible, is to serve in similar fashion. We are to believe in Him and His power to act in relation to those needs and situations that are impossible. Each believer should have lasting and constant witness of His supernatural doings in their affairs. Take note, He is just the same today to perform great things for you.

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