welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)June 12th – 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

“Now he who establishes us with you in Christ, and anointed us, is God; who also sealed us, and gave us the down payment of the Spirit in our hearts” – 2 Corinthians 1:21-22

It is amazing to think that God gave us His own Holy Spirit to anoint us and to seal us with His very presence. The gift of His very own heart is but a down payment of what is yet to come! In 1 Corinthians 13, Pauls says that we only see in part, but one day we will see Him face to face. The proof of our citizenship in heaven is that God has placed His own Spirit in the very core of our being now.

The NIV Bible says that He set His “seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” What an amazing promise. We belong to God! There is so much we have to look forward to throughout all eternity because of His desire to make us His own!

When I think of this promise, my prayer is that we will all become more and more sensitive to His loving presence that already lives inside of us. May we all rejoice in the knowledge that Almighty God has given us His own Spirit as a down payment for what is yet to come!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 ONLY JOKING – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A man who is caught lying to his neighbour and says, “I was only fooling”  – is like a madman throwing around firebrands, arrows and death”.

Read: Proverbs 26: 18- 19

How many times have we said something jokingly that may have caused serious offence and then had to later acknowledge that our choice of words was, to say the least, unwise! In an effort to redeem ourselves or the situation we have come out with the comment, “| was only joking”. There are those off the cuff remarks that can land us in hot water if we are not careful, simply because they have been miss- interpreted in a way we could never have imagined or intended.

Most of us have been guilty of such offences but at least we can console ourselves with the knowledge that our outburst although hurtful, was not intentional or malicious.

What about those individuals who do fabricate fanciful stories about their friends and colleagues just for the sake of getting an adverse reaction. the subject of their jibes, they get some weird satisfaction out of their misguided meddling and then when the damage is done, come out with the “I was only joking” escape clause!

In actual fact it is no joke at all and anyone foolish enough to imagine that there is no harm done, is like a madman throwing firebrands, arrows and death around, all of which are capable of inflicting serious long term damage.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

The fruits of your labours may be reaped two generations from now. Trust, even when you don’t see the results.

DAILY MEDITATIONS    

A COURAGEOUS DEED – 1 Samuel 14: 1-23

When you read this short account of these two men it is realised that there was no need for Saul to have been unduly disturbed previously and to perform a wrong act. His son, Jonathan, along with his armour-bearer, had a fantastic disposition. They were by no means intimidated by the position they were in, although numbers of soldiers and weapons were small on their side. They were made of stronger and sterner stuff and as a team of two were prepared to take on the enemy and trust the Lord for His help – v6 “Nothing can hinder the Lord from saving, whether by many or by few”, was their concept and conviction.

They were not to be disappointed in any way as the Lord confirmed the sign and gave His presence and assistance. In the first attack they killed 20 men and then the Lord joined in and caused the Philistines to panic and the ground divinely shook. The Philistines were struck with confusion and began to slay each other and Saul’s men were able to move in and finish the task. The courage of two men in God was able to trigger off an overwhelming victory. At the end of the day it could be recorded – v23, “so the Lord rescued Israel.” It so happened because of the devotion and positive spiritual state of two people.

This deed should quicken as an inspiration to us to rise and perform for the Lord whatever the negative situations are. Instead of being overwhelmed by the enemy we need to overwhelm the enemy through God and to witness His hand being with us. Let us not sit around in defeat and depression but respond to the divine impulse within us and go and contend and evidence a dynamic demonstration of God’s power and performance.

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