welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenJune 1st – 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

“in hope of eternal life, which God, who can’t lie, promised before time began” – Titus 1:2

Paul starts his letter to Titus off with the following two verses quoted from the English Standard Version Bible “…Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, 2 in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began” (ESV)

Paul wrote this message to Titus two thousand years ago and two thousand years later it is still as relevant as it was when he first penned the words… We can all hope in the promise of eternal life that God promised before the world began because God cannot lie. We can rest in this rock solid truth whether our emotions agree with it or not because the promise is based on God’s faithfulness, not ours!

I don’t know about you, but for me, it is encouraging to know that my eternal destiny is secure not because of my own self-effort, but because I have a Father who is unwavering in His commitment to keep His promises. Take a deep breath and relax. You are loved beyond imagination and the One who created you has prepared an eternal place for you to live forever in His presence. May hope rise up in all our hearts today as we reflect on this amazing promise.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

CHARACTER ASSASSINATION – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Telling lies about someone is as harmful as hitting him with an axe, or wounding him with a sword, or shooting him with a sharp arrow…..”

Read: Proverbs 25: 18- 19

My title for today’s Proverb may be a extreme in its summation of the expressed here, about the harm that can done, from wrongful accusations about person’s character.

Character assassination implies killing, but illustrations used to describe what when lies are told about somebody serious wounding, which may or may not in death. That means that the wounds are inflicted by an axe blow or a sword stab an arrow shot may not be life threatening they can be extremely debilitating. So it is character assassination! It may not kill you, it can have a long lasting adverse effect on future and your capacity to function normally in your day to day life. These wounds by the character assassinator can fester many a year following such an attack, and though completely unfounded, will often seem to find a sympathetic ear. An ear ready believe any lie that has been fabricated with malicious intent.

The moral behind this word of wisdom, is to be careful what you repeat of the negative nature about somebody’s character. You may not kill them, but your wounds can irreparable damage, not to mention the fact that you will be held accountable for words one day!

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

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINE INTERVENTIONS – 1 SAMUEL 7

At this time God’s people were not in a good relationship with the Lord and things were not going very well. The prophet, Samuel, was prepared to challenge them and to get them into divine accord. He appealed for their return and said: “If you return to the Lord with all your hearts, then put away all the strange gods . . . . and prepare your hearts unto the Lord and serve Him only: and He will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines” – v3. It was a demanding request that held good prospects for a better outcome. They were in that frame of spirit where they were ready to respond and so things were on divine course again. It has to be stated, so much depended on this surrender and obedience to God.

The enemy was there ready to initiate a conflict and throw them into immediate disarray. Their enemies, the Philistines, were there to create fear, disorder and make things difficult. Samuel, in the midst, was a spiritual rock at that time and had access to God. Through prayer he knew how to communicate with the Lord and get a positive reply – v9. The Lord moved in and totally decimated the enemy and Israel was able to go ahead on a mop up operation and reclaim the cities that belonged to them. That day a stone was erected and named – Ebenezer, which means, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” The Lord had been true to His word and marvellously helped them.

If we are not experiencing the help of God as we should, perhaps we truly need to return to the Lord. Our relationship ought to be of the best and highest order so that we might see Him working mightily on our behalf. He is just the same today and longs to intervene in our problematic situations. He who delivered then still delivers now and so you can expect His divine help on all fronts.

 FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE VALLEY OF TROUBLE

HOSEA 2

This is a very descriptive phrase and indicates from the chapter that much was to occur here of great importance. It is called particularly such by God v15 for it is in this situation that things of a tremendous nature and order to take place, hence the name. The name itself is rather off-putting and one that does not sound very nice and welcoming but it is a deliberate choice of words by Jehovah to affirm a

powerful message. lt was very apt and appropriate and fitted in precisely with the developments in connection with His people as also in the case of Hosea.

1/. IT WAS THE VALLEY OF DIVINE CHASTISEMENT — vv1 -13

Hence the name — the valley of trouble. lt was in this valley she would suffer untold difficulty, pain and hardship by reason of the way she had treated Jehovah her marriage partner. Throughout, He had been the One that had shown steadfast love towards her. As she had rejected and neglected the Lord so it was her turn to be treated in the same fashion by Him and at the end of the day she would be stripped naked and seen as reprehensible before all. Nobody would want her as

she was desolated of all. Nothing would go right: everything would go wrong in contrast as the Lord took hold of the proceedings. All His blessings would be taken away, she would be kind of fenced and hedged in and her paramours would not desire her any longer. People and the false gods would all fail and she would be a complete write off.

2/. IT WAS TO BE THE VALLEY OF DIVINE TRANSFORMATION — vv14,15

There is a great ‘but’ amidst this real predicament – “But then l will win her back once again . . . .” The thing to be realised here is that though Israel has forgotten Him, he has not forgotten her. There is still fidelity within Him to His covenanted word and He cannot afford to let this end in failure and tragedy. In this awful and evil state when everything is gone and dark, this valley of trouble becomes a place of hope because of Jehovah. He has not given up in the worst of circumstances. The valley is to be the place of unique change and renewal. She will be miraculously transformed as she gives herself afresh to Jehovah.

3/. IT WAS TO BE THE VALLEY OF DIVINE TRIUMPH — vv16-22

Instead of calling the gods ‘my master’ she will call out of a close relationship to the Lord, ‘my husband.‘ A divine bond of true love and affection will be birthed in the heart for Him and it will be love for Him alone. The blessings of His husbandry will be witnessed in every way: it will be now an experience of peace, righteousness, love and unparalleled manifestation of natural things of a delightful kind. A new era will be in evidence for all to see.

CLIMAX

God’s people will be so completely transformed and restored that He will be able to speak words of truth about the new situation and they will respond. He will say: “Loved! My People!” and they will truthfully reply: “You are my God.”

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