welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)June 22nd – 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

“Or do you despise the riches of his goodness, forbearance, and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” – Romans 2:4

I love this promise. Romans 2:4 basically says it is the very goodness of God that leads people to repent. Many times, when we think of repentance, we think of it as a shame based response to some form of judgment in our lives. But really, it means to go in another direction or to change our mind.

When Jesus said, ‘Repent for the kingdom is near’, He was calling people to go in a new direction, a new way of thinking where they would know the truth and the truth would set them free. For too long, the word repentance has had far too many negative connotations.

There may be a place for a fire and brimstone, or a turn or burn message in the proclaiming of the gospel. But there is also a place when we simply proclaim God’s goodness and His love and the result is that people will respond by going in a new direction… towards their loving Father through Christ. I  believe that it is the love of God that will cause people to truly repent. In John 4:19, it says…We love because He first loved us.

God loved us while we were still His enemy (Romans 5:6-10). I believe it is the love of the Father that will melt the hearts of humanity and draw each one into His bosom through the free gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is our Papa’s goodness that will lead us to change our minds and go in a new direction.

When I think of this promise in this light, it changes the way I see evangelism. It is the goodness of our Heavenly Father that will cause the biggest transformation in a person’s heart.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

FAMILY TIES – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”Even honey seems tasteless to a man who is full; but if he is hungry, he’ll eat anything. A man who strays from home is like a bird that wanders from its nest. Friendly suggestions are as pleasant as perfume”.

Read: Proverbs 27:7-9

There come times in the lives of most of us when we want to settle down and begin to feather our nest. ln the normal course of events we are happy to spend our quality time just being together with our newfound loved one.

This doesn’t mean that we cut ourselves off from friendships, associations and pastimes that have occupied us in the past. Even in a marriage relationship there has to be opportunity given for the individual pursuits of each partner. However problems can arise if we imagine that we can live the same kind of lifestyle that we enjoyed in our single state. Once we make a commitment to a permanent relationship we have to be prepared to accept the responsibility and in some instances, the restrictions on our movements that such a commitment requires.

The animal kingdom can teach us many lessons on parental and relational responsibilities. Like the bird referred to here, the significant word that is used is ‘wander’.

 

Legitimate times and seasons of separation do no relationship any harm whatsoever, but If the wanderlust spirit is allowed to get the upper hand, those family ties can soon be jeopardized and trouble is ahead!

Remember, absence makes the heart grow fonder too much absence makes it wander! So make sure you don’t stray too far away from home!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE – 1 Samuel 17; 2 Corinthians 10: 1-5

Besides trusting in the Name of the Lord and in His ability, David had a proven track record with his sling. Through his shepherd days he learned the art of throwing stones with a sling and hitting the mark with devastating impact. He knew that Goliath was depending on his might, size and weapons in the contest. His sling and stone seemed insignificant in contrast.  But he was confident in his God that all he required was one stone to register in the right place and so he threw with inspiration, power and direction. With God’s help he succeeded in bringing his opponent down – “So David prevailed over the Philistine with sling and stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David” – v50.

Paul made it abundantly clear that in his life and ministry for Christ, victory and success depended not on carnal weapons but the prayerful use of spiritual abilities that God has given through His Spirit and Word. Strongholds of evil were no match for the people who were trained and gifted by God with the armour of righteousness, love and truth etc. Satan, and the hosts of wickedness, could be beaten by the right means.

We learn the lesson that we must become familiar with the use of our spiritual artillery so that we can successfully wage war with the wicked powers arrayed against us. No weapon that is formed against us can prosper so victory is ours! We can win the day and register triumph in our times over the power of evil. It is now opportune for us to register divine triumphs by the same means.

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