welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenMay 12th – 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

Be strong and courageous, don’t be afraid, nor be scared of them: for Yahweh your God, he it is who does go with you; he will not fail you, nor forsake you” – Deuteronomy 31:6

These words were spoken by Moses at the very end of his life when he told the Israelites that he wasn’t going to accompany them into the promised land. I can’t imagine how the nation of Israel must have felt when their trusted leader of 40 years told them that his time of leadership was at an end. They must have been struggling with fear because Moses encouraged them not to be afraid.

Moses went on to repeat this word of encouragement face to face to his trusted assistant Joshua in verses 7-8. It was important for Joshua to get a grasp on this promise from God as well because he was to be their new leader and the champion of their conquest of the Promised Land. In the time that these words were spoken, Israel was about to face literal giants in the land of Canaan so they needed to know for certain that God had promised to be with them wherever they went.

While it is not likely that any of us will be facing literal giants in our daily life, we are all facing giants of discouragement, fear and despair in one way or another. My prayer is that this promise from God spoken thousands of years ago to Israel would bring comfort and strength to each one of us today.
We don’t have to be afraid. God is with us and He will never leave us. May this truth go deep into our hearts so that we will have the strength we need when we face our own giants. God will not fail us!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

THE ALCOHOL TRAP – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Who, is the man with blood shot eyes and many wounds? It is the one who spends long hours in the taverns, trying out new mixtures. Don’t let the sparkle and smooth taste of strong wine deceive you”.

Read: Proverbs 23:29-35

When it comes to describing the comes when you get caught in the trap, these verses say it all. I think it sadness which I saw in my own family, by an over-indulgence in the amber which turned me off the alcohol trail. my non Christian days, I was never the mere boredom of sitting in some tavern a glass of ale in my hand. It all looked a pathetic and pointless to me.

This is probably why I became a total abstainer from my early teens and continued to be tea-total. However, whilst acknowledging that to abstinence is not taught in scripture, but rather that of moderation, if you are unable to exercise temperance in your drinking habits, you probably better opting for a tea-total position.

In my role as a pastor for many years I can testify to the tragedies which follow the excesses of alcohol intake. Along with all the descriptions in today’s Proverbs becoming a reality, marriages get broken, families and children get torn apart, and the human carnage brought about by the liquor bug is all too evident for all to see.

Above all else, don’t get caught in the alcohol trap and if you are, use every mean possible to get yourself out of it. 

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Robert H. Schuller

I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed

DAILY MEDITATIONS

CONFUSED PROCEDURES – Judges 17 & 18

These two chapters reveal a number of people doing that which was right in their own eyes and what they thought was in conformity to the Lord’s mind and will – v6.  Micah had some spiritual inclinations as expressed in his making of a house of gods and in appointing a Levite priest when he turned up – VV5, 7-13. He kind of equated the Lord with the other gods and so we see his mixed up thinking and believing. The priest appears to be no better and falls in line with the procedures. He was doing things his way and out of line with proper, divine procedures.

The Danites come in chapter 18 and they are somewhat impressed with the young priest and solicit his services that appeared to be most assuring – vv5, 6. When they are passing by the place again to go and take possession of fresh territory they go and wrongly take the priest from Micah with his so called spiritual attire etc. This shows again the confused spiritual condition that prevailed in the nation. If only they had consulted the law of God they would not have been in this state!

There is a lesson to be drawn from this. Do not in any way live in assumption because it will lead to confusion of both faith and practice. This has the potential to damage many in the process. God has given His Word and Holy Spirit to guide into the truth on how to know and build a pure relationship with Him, how prayers can be answered, and guidance known etc. so that life and work is not conducted in ignorance. In truly seeking Him, He will guide you aright in all things so that you will not fall foul of wrong ideas and actions but sense what is true.

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