welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)June 9th – 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

“by which will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” – Hebrews 10:10

I love the finality of this promise. We are made holy by the once and for all sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross. The price He paid two thousand years ago covers our past sins, our present sins and our future sins. There is nothing else that needs to be paid or could be paid. As Jesus cried out on the cross, “It is finished!”

Hallelujah for such a promise! Our sanctification is secure for all eternity because of the finished work of our elder brother, Jesus Christ! As Paul says in Romans 8:1, there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus! What a glorious promise.

Sometimes it is easy for us to vacillate between living in the forgiveness that God has already given us and feeling guilt and shame. The blood of Jesus has settled this issue once and for all! All we need to do is simply accept this free gift and walk in the assuredness that we could never add anything to the amazing, extravagant gift that God the Father has already given us.

When I think of the permanence of Jesus’ sacrifice, and how my redemption and sanctification has been secured for eternity, it brings me into a reassuring peace and rest knowing that when God looks at me, He doesn’t see all my sin and my shortcomings. …He sees me through the once and for all finished sacrifice of the spotless Lamb of God. What good news!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 CONCEITEDNESS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“As a dog returns. to its vomit, so a foot repeats his folly There is one thing worse than a foot, and that is a man who is conceited”.

Read: Proverbs 26.-t9~12

More often than not the fool doesn’t even know he is acting like a fool. Being consumed with his own ways, he is ignorant of his modus operandi and quite oblivious to the fact that his actions, words and machinations, stand out like a sore thumb to those less full of their own importance.

Conceit on the other hand cannot hide behind ignorance, lack of instruction, or mental blankness, which characterizes those unwilling learn — even from their own manifest mistakes!

Conceit is the magnetic pull within a personality which has an over-inflated estimation of their power of attraction, usually far in excess of their real measure.

Conceitedness is the expectation of undeserved plaudits or appreciation on the basis of your prideful assessment of your own worthiness.

Deceit is to fool somebody by knowingly and cunningly portraying a picture that is false in order to gain an advantage. On the other hand conceit is the willing participation in a deception, known or unknown, for the sole purpose of self adulation, ego inflation or an undeserved personal prominence.

In John’s third epistle he refers to a man by the name of Diotrephes who we are told, loved to have the pre-eminence amongst men. May the Lord help us all to avoid such a pre-eminence and so gain the reputation of being one thing worse than a fool.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A NOBLE EXAMPLE – 1 Samuel 12:1-5; 1 Timothy 4: 12-16

This aged prophet was able to stand before the nation, God’s people, and confront them with the testimony of his own life; how he had truly conducted himself in relation to all things. What he had to report was of an exemplary life: from childhood right through to this late stage of his spiritual career. There had been nothing shady or hypocritical in the way he had behaved amongst them as a leader. At no time had he cheated them or acted adversely in their interests. He had been committed to their welfare even at personal cost to himself.

In reply, the people had to confess and admit the truthfulness of his words and example. They knew that he had been a noble person driven with pure, divine motivation caring for them in all things; giving spiritual directive and guidance when it was necessary. There had been no deviation throughout a long life – v4. They had relied upon him as a genuine and trustworthy, God-inspired leader. The seer could place his life and work open for scrutiny to everyone knowing that all he had done was true and honest.

There is still a demand for such personnel in the Church of Christ. Paul sought to challenge Timothy in this area of his life. A premium does need to be placed on being a noble example for others to note and copy. Ask the Lord to produce in you His quality characteristics and so be a pattern for others to see. Role models for others to emulate are still a vital requirement in the household of faith and you do the Christian cause a great deal of positive good by being one.

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