welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)June 10th – 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

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” – Psalm 103:5

How far is the east from the west? Since these two anchors point in polar opposite directions for all eternity, I would say that there is no greater way to express the farthest distance than east from west. I love how God has used this analogy to illustrate the promise of what He has done with our sin. He has removed every speck of our sin from us as far as the east is from the west! They could not have been removed any further than that!

Many of us struggle with the continual, ever present awareness of our sinful condition. Somehow we think that our sin consciousness is actually pleasing to God. That somehow we will stay in a posture of humility by remembering how wretched we are.

I believe that the very opposite is true! We are justified by our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ and we know by Hebrews 11:6 that it is our faith that pleases God. So next time the enemy of your soul wants to remind you of all your past failures, declare this promise aloud… God has removed all my sins from me as far as the east is from the west!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

THE WORK SHY – Rev. Bob Stevenson

The lazy man won’t go to work. “There might be a lion outside!” he says. He sticks to his bed like a door to its hinges! He is too tired to even lift his food from his dish to his mouth! Yet in his own opinion he is smarter that seven wise men”.

Read: Proverbs 26: 13,14

I was raised with a heritage that included a strong work ethic and as I look at my own offspring that same ethic seems to have duplicated itself.

I remember when my daughter finished her formal education saying to me, “Dad, I am never going to be out of work”. She said this, not in the environment of full employment for all, but when there was 30% unemployment in the economically depressed area where we lived atthe time. Even though she was educationally more qualified, the only employment she could find was as a kitchen-hand in the canteen of a local manufacturing company. She would cycle off on some early morning shift schedule and happily fulfil her mundane tasks. I admired her attitude so much and her willingness to do the most menial of duties in order to pay her way in life. Not surprisingly somebody else noticed that same disposition and it wasn’t long before offers of more suitably appropriate employment came her way within that same company.

Of course there were always those ready to point out they could get almost as much pay by claiming unemployment benefits and staying in bed all day. In their opinion they were the smart ones. Here I am thirty or more years on from that experience, and I know who the smart one was!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A SOLEMN OCCASION – 1 Samuel 12: 6-25

There are quite a number of solemn occasions revealed in the Scriptures and this is one of them where God has to make known the seriousness associated with what was taking place. For the first time a king was to be appointed and God needed to make evident what He felt about matters. It was not what he had desired or designed and He needed to install into His people a realisation of this and the awakening of true respect for Himself. They ought to know the God that they were in relationship with. Twice Samuel mentioned the need for a healthy fear of the Lord –v14, 24.

God gave an awesome display of His power that day by sending thunder and rain in a unique manner – v16-19. It caused the people to be in a state of dread and made them sense how foolish they had been in their quest. Why did they require a king when they had an awesome and powerful God like Him? This was a solemn disclosure of the One responsible for Israel’s birth and progress and was still on the scene to superintend affairs. They needed to know the greatness of Him that was truly in charge of the nation’s administration and affairs.

How important it is that we cultivate this wholesome respect for the Lord in our lives. In Isaiah 8: 13 we are given a specific counsel on this issue – “Sanctify the Lord of hosts Himself; and let Him be your dread.” He is to be set apart as king in our lives and constantly respected, and in so doing, we shall know His constant direction, provision and protection. In fearing Him we shall fear no one else and not even our circumstances. It is something that everyone should do on the individual level.

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