welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenJune 13th – 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

 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,  with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow” – James 1:17

Just think of this promise for a moment. God is saying that anything good that you receive in your life comes directly from Him. That beautiful sunrise, the twinkle in a loved one’s eye, even that raise at work. All good gifts come from the one true Father.

The Bible says that the sun shines on the just and the unjust. So that means His gifts are not just reserved for those who have received the free gift of eternal life. Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father of Lights.

In James 1:17, it also says that God does not change like shifting shadows. He is the same yesterday, today and forever! Hallelujah for such a gracious, loving heavenly Father who is a giver at the very center of His heart!

In Matthew 7:7-11, Jesus encourages us to keep on asking, seeking and knocking because God is a good Father and delights to give good gifts to His children. Like any healthy father/child relationship, it breaks the Father’s heart if we only seek Him for the things He gives us. The gifts He gives are really only the icing on the cake.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 FIRE EXTINGUISHERS – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“The fire goes out for lack of fuel, and tensions disappear when gossip stops”.

Read: Proverbs 26:20

During my Royal Air Force training we had to be drilled in the dangers of a fire outbreak and all the procedures for extinguishing the flames of various combustible substances. This was essential for the safety of every member of the squadron who all had to work in a potentially volatile environment when it came to flammable materials.

Apparently fire requires three components to be present before it will combust. There has of course to be FUEL. Then there must be FLAME or something capable of igniting. Then there must also be AIR. Take away from a blaze any one of these ingredients and you will render it harmless. It is the same when it comes to human interaction. Tension and misunderstanding only become inflamed when we allow the following three ingredients to get out of hand. The fuel is our WORDS. The FLAME is very often our controlled emotions. The AIR is the atmosphere we create with our attitude, demeanour body language. Hose down any one of these and the chances are that the rest will their potency and eventually fizzle out.

When it comes to gossip and idle talk we need to be fire extinguishers and not pour oil troubled waters.

QUOTES TO NOTE –  H. Jackson Brown (Jnr)

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN UNNECESSARY PROHIBITION – 1 Samuel 14: 24, 25

At a time when the Lord was moving to effect a glorious victory for Israel the king made a decree that was not to the advantages of his forces in the conflict. He stated in v24, “Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.” It was an unwise and foolish embargo to put on his fighting men in such a situation. On examination it appeared to be self motivated without any due consideration to the men and circumstances. When his son found out about it, the one who had been used by the Lord to initiate the victory, he said, “my father hath troubled the land.”

Circumstances naturally fell into their favour that they were able to renew themselves in battle by the discovery of some honey which Jonathan partook of and encouraged the others to do so to benefit. It was wisdom to take it so that they could go on and finish the task that had been commenced. Because the Lord did not answer him, Saul took it that it was due to something being wrong and again made a wild direction and command – vv37-39. He made the rueful discovery that it was his son, but the people stood with Jonathan in the situation.  They were wiser than the king.

The lesson from this incident should instruct us against making senseless announcements that eventually lead to awful embarrassment and create needless tension. More thought needs to go into what we say and affirm so that we avoid anything that will harm others and ourselves. Wise decisions are called for at all times and may you always be enabled to make the choices that profit.

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