welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)May 31st – 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

“being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” – Philippians 1:6

Before.the foundation of the world, God set a plan in motion. He saw you and He saw me and He made provision through His Son, Jesus Christ for us to be born into His family. (Ephesians 1:3-6) It was because of His great love for us that He devised a plan for us to be able to do the good works that He prepared for us to do even before the world was created. (Ephesians 2:10)

It has always been His work, not ours. It is God’s heart, God’s vision, and God’s power that will bring about all that He has planned and purposed in our lives. That is why the Apostle Paul encourages the Philippians in today’s promise to be confident in knowing that the One who began a good work in them would would perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

The NIV Bible says that God… will carry it on to completion, the NLT Bible says that God …will continue his work until it is finally finished. Whatever translation you prefer, be encouraged in knowing that God has committed His whole heart to you finishing your race. He started the good work in you and He will finish it on the day that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ returns to bring us home.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

OVERSTAYING YOUR WELCOME – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Don’t visit your neighbour too often, or you will wear out your welcome”.

Read: Proverbs 25:17

My father died when I was aged twenty leaving just myself and my mother at home. Having no brothers or sisters I became the breadwinner of the family and like any normal twenty year old, I wanted to be out and about as much as possible. As far as I can remember I didn’t seem to have a really close relationship with my father although he was a good dad in every respect.

I guess the combination of this loss and my own search for possible acceptance and recognition from others, caused me to latch on to the local pastor and his wife. I took advantage of every excuse I could to go round to their home. Their kindness and hospitality was always happily forthcoming toward me and this caused me to further impose myself upon them. They were of course conscious of a stop gap support to help make up for my loss

However the day came when I read this verse in Proverbs and realized that in spite of their open-heartedness toward me I was in danger of wearing out my welcome. It may be okay for a while but God s wisdom stands true for us all. Be careful not to overstay your welcome no matter how much you enjoy it!

A QUOTE TO NOTE – Dr. Martin Luther King (Jnr)

Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE DANGER OF FAMILIARITY – 1 Samuel  6:13-21

On the ark’s arrival back to Israel’s borders, the people of Bethshemesh were delighted at what they saw – v13. They welcomed the return and showed their joy and pleasure by building an altar and sacrificing the cows to the Lord. The priests were able to take the ark down off the cart and own it once again as the spiritual property of the nation. How good it was to see that their God was able to not only take care of Himself but to vindicate His Name and honour to all!

The tragedy occurred as v19 points out when the men of Bethshemesh with prying eyes looked into the ark. Instead of being filled with a sense of awe, wonder and reverence in the light of what had taken place, they wanted to be merely inquisitive and peep into the ark. Their brazened over familiarity cost them dearly -there was a loss of over 50,000 men! The Philistines had shown more respect! They needed to get a real understanding of the glory and greatness of their God.

How necessary it is that we do not become accustomed to God and the things of God! The danger is of treating the sacred as common and the awesome in a mundane manner. Because we are conversant with God, let us ever ensure that we do not demean Him in any way. We must not treat the divine in a routine fashion but always hold the Lord and all that is associated with Him in a worthy and wholesome way.

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