welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchen

Mar 6th – 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

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” – 1 Peter 2:9

I love how all of the letters in the New Testament speak of our old life as being in the past tense. We are no longer sinners, but are now sons and daughters. We no longer live in darkness, but we have been called into the glorious light and love of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In today’s Scripture verse, the Apostle Peter reminds us that we are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood set apart by God Himself. We no longer live in darkness for we are children of the light. My question in today’s blog is… Do we believe that we are living in the light of God right now?

In Revelation 12:10, John describes the devil as ‘the accuser of the brethren’. He is the father of lies and he will do everything he can do try and convince us that we still live in darkness (John 8:44). While we still live in a fallen world filled with darkness, we ourselves are children of the light. We are a new creation now. The old has passed away and all things are new! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

WISDOM THAT WORKS
MAN PROPOSES —GOD DISPOSES – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Get all the advice that you can and be wise the rest of your life. Man proposes but God disposes”.
Read: Proverbs 19:20-21

On a personal level I love to plan and strategise and have for many years now implemented a five year vision plan. All this has been an expression of my task oriented disposition and the forward looking bent in my personality. As I look back on past plans and goals, I can observe a very discernible pattern of God’s dealings in my life.

When I first started to implement my five year look ahead, I was always careful to put a strong caveat on all my planning. This was to the effect, that if any of my strategising was not to be in accordance with what God intended, then He was at complete liberty to blow any of it out of existence!

I have never taken it for granted that all of my dreams or ambitions are necessarily the same as what the Almighty might have for me. However, I do believe that to have some sort of ‘game plan’ in place, helps to make the day to day decision making more purposeful and focussed.

The best policy is to take the advice of Psalm 37:4 where it says we are to, “commit your ways to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He will bring it to pass” I may ‘propose’ but I also need to let God ‘dispose’. Amen!

CHOICE QUOTATIONS
BEST

A problem is a chance for you to do your best – Duke Ellington

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others – Mahatma Gandhi

In the practice of tolerance, one’s enemy is the best teacher – Dalai Lama

Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out. – John Wooden

DAILY MEDITATIONS
DIVINE REFUGE – Joshua 20

The Lord was concerned that this nation should have true justice existent and operative throughout the land. It was important that when wrong was wilfully done, that it should be rightly dealt with and this was certainly so in the case of anyone killed. He foresaw the fact that people would suffer the loss of life, sometimes accidentally, and so provision had to be made for the safeguarding of those who had regrettably been the cause. The wilful murderer had to pay the penalty for his evil action. There was to be no covering, protection or escape for those who were guilty of slaying in terms of innocent blood.

Six cities, at strategic places where located in the land, where people who had accidentally slain another could flee and go for refuge – vv1-6. The case would have to be presented and truly judged and if found not guilty would be able to reside in that city secure from any desiring avenging relative or friend. Residence would have to be taken up until the death of the high priest and then such could be free to return back to one’s proper home.

This is a type of the sinner finding refuge in Jesus Christ, God’s appointed means of salvation. He has been set apart as the One who offers refuge for those who have fallen by reason of sin and are exposed to divine wrath and judgement. Thankfully, He has atoned for all our sin and has the right to extend pardon to us. Our guilt has been fully dealt with and so we can rest in Him wholly covered and protected from any possibility of divine judgement. Outside of Christ there is judgement but in Him there is peace and security.

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