welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)June 18th – 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

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you” – Isaiah 43:2

I took this photo when my wife and I were in New Zealand a few years back. These volcanic geysers continually release boiling hot water onto the earth’s surface and it is a truly amazing sight to see. In the natural, no one could walk through these gushing waters without getting burned.

Yet in this Bible verse, God says that even if we walk through fire, we will not be burned. When I think of this promise, I do not think of passing through literal waters or fires, but the raging waters and fires of adversity that we all face in life.

The NLT Bible calls it ‘the fire of oppression’ that we sometimes experience. I find great comfort in knowing that God promises that He will be with us as we go through our trials and that ultimately these trials will not overcome us.

One day when Jesus comes back or we go home to be with Him, we will be in a place where there is no more pain or suffering. But in this life, we will continue to experience hardships simply because we live in a fallen world. The next time you go through a difficult experience, remember God’s promise to be with you in the midst of the trial.

My prayer is that the flames of adversity will not consume you as you pass through them. May you be kept safe in the secret place of the Most High (Psalm 91) no matter what life throws at you!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

 HATRED IN DISGUISE – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Flattery is a form of hatred and wounds cruelly”.

Read: Proverbs 26:28

If you really love somebody sincerely, that has to be unconditional. This means that you accept that person just as they are — warts and all. If a relationship can only exist with one party or the other having to rise to expectations being imposed upon them, then sooner or later that relationship will be in trouble. In the way, if flattery is the only mechanism that has the power to sustain a relationship there will eventually come a time when such a will be uncovered. It is in fact a form of hatred and can have devastating effects upon it’s victim. You see flattery is a confidence trick. One party uses it to gain favour or advantage whilst the party on the receiving end is oblivious of its duplicity. The one being flattered sincerely accepts the expressions of love and admiration, believing them to be genuine.

When we truly believe that somebody loves and admires us we become more open and trusting toward that person. This in turn makesus more vulnerable especially when such sincerity is revealed to be a sham!

The wounds and scars which can be inflicted after the flattery that is given is ultimately torn away, are indeed cruel, and therefore as hateful as the perpetrator.

QUOTES TO NOTE –  H. Jackson Brown (Jnr)

Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

WHERE GOD LOOKS– 1 Samuel 16: 1-13

God’s plans and purposes must go forward in spite of the let down caused by people who fail to live up to expectations. He was not floundering and in confusion because of Saul’s unfortunate demise but had someone and something in mind that would be a successful replacement. His eyes had moved to an individual that would be schooled in His ways and who was already showing signs of obedience and trust. He was just an early teenager that had a great affection for God and was showing immense promise. Samuel was called upon to go to the family of Jesse because the future king of Israel was amongst his sons – v1.

He had a number of sons that were quite impressive from the natural standpoint and the prophet could easily have made a mistake. The Lord gave him some sound advice that aided him in his assignment – “Look not on his countenance . . . for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart” v7. It was essential to get the right person and the Lord would point him out. In this case, it was the least likely that turned out to be the divine choice.

This still appertains today. We are still likely to make mistakes and capable of choosing people according to our own carnal reasoning and judgment. It is imperative that we are prompted by the Lord and have His perception and understanding because He knows people through and through and sees the end from the beginning. He only makes the correct assessment and He is to be trusted. He is able to inspire you to prepare the way for those who will be major successors.

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