welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenJune 11th – 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

“Stand firm therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and don’t be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” – Galatians 5:1

This promise exhorts us to stand firm in the freedom in which Christ has set us free! This is not an option, it is a command. Another version of the Bible says that it is for the very sake of freedom that Christ has set us free. God loves it when we agree with Him and choose to live a life free of bondage and condemnation.

In all of the letters in the New Testament, the saints are always referred to as being new creations in Christ. There is no reason why we should retreat back into the yoke of bondage that we used to live in. Christ has set us free! So enjoy your freedom! Tell others how they can get free too!

Religion will try to keep us in bondage but Jesus came to set us free. In John 8:36, Jesus says that we shall know the truth and that truth will set us free. Anything that keeps us in captivity is not from God. God loves freedom!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 INTERFERING BUSY BODIES – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Yanking a dog’s ears is no more foolish titan interfering in an argument that isn’t any of your business”.

Read: Proverbs 26: 17

How can you assess the difference between trying to be helpful and poking your nose in where it doesn’t belong? How do you strike the balance between offering some friendly advice on occasions and being a downright nosy parker? The answer can usually be found in the prefix you apply to the middle three letters of the word interfere which is ‘fer’. This suffix is placed on the end of a word to denote a person or thing that bears or produces something specified. For example, if you CON‘fer’, you produce an agreed outcome. If you lN‘fer’, you produce an implied suggestion without directly referring to the subject you are talking about. It’s the same with PRE’fer’. You express your partiality, choice, desire or inclination. So, if you lNTER’fer’e, you are a person who ‘stands between‘ in a literal sense.

Now if you are going to stand between two conflicting parties, you need to be sure you have certain safeguards in place. First of all you need a strong relationship ith both parties. You need acceptance and respect from both parties. You also need an invitation from both parties before you get involved. The absence of any one of these will get you the same response that you will get if you pull a dog’s ear — you stand the risk of being turned on and bitten savagely.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

People with handicaps teach me that being is more important than doing, the heart is more important than the mind, and caring together is better than caring alone.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A FOOLISH PROCEDURE – 1 Samuel 13

One would have thought in such a responsible position in his life and with a clear directive from his spiritual, prophetical mentor that Saul would have been extremely careful that he got things right. It was imperative that he proceeded with due care and attention. He needed to ensure that he maintained due regard especially to the instructions that had been clearly given to him. He had apparently been told to wait for the arrival of the prophet – v8. At no time previously had this ancient seer given reason to doubt his word.

This was a pressure period because he had not turned up and some of the Israelites dispersed while the Philistines continued to gather in large numbers. A sense of panic prevailed so that Saul impatiently did something that was not within his divine calling: he offered up the sacrifice which was the sole right of the priest. No sooner did he do it when Samuel arrived and rebuked him for his rash act – v13 “Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord. . .” He lost his destiny through it and paid an awful price for his action.

Many a thing done in haste is repented of at leisure but with what dire consequences. How wise and careful we have to be in our movements and action that we do not transgress God’s will at any point in our lives and ministries! It is possible to miss out on greater things and a more fulfilled vocation because we do not listen and note what God is saying to us. Be on our guard against indiscipline.

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