welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)June 29th – 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

“And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me for his heavenly Kingdom; to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18

Paul the Apostle, was writing to his spiritual son, Timothy, when he made this reference. We know from the telling of Paul’s life in the Bible that his life was difficult. He was stoned, beaten, ship wrecked, imprisoned and persecuted at every turn.

I am sure there were times where he struggled with discouragement. But even through the darkest moments, we do know that he eventually came to a place where he declared in Romans 8:38 that nothing on earth or in heaven, could ever separate him from the love of God in Jesus Christ.

From what I understand, this letter to Timothy was near the end of Paul’s life and he was already looking towards his eternal home in heaven. Praise God for his declaration that the Lord would rescue him from evil and safely deliver him into an everlasting kingdom where there would be no more pain or suffering.

Praise God for this promise! No matter what trials you are suffering at this moment, you can rest assured that our God and Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ will rescue you and safely deliver you into an amazing, everlasting kingdom.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

THE COMPLAINTS DEPARTMENT – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A constant dripping on a rainy day and a cranky woman are much. alike! You can no more stop her complaints than you can stop the wind or hold on to anything with oil slick hands. .”.

Read: Proverbs 27:15-16

In these days of ‘user friendliness’ and customer satisfaction, many of the major retailers provide a Complaints Department. This is not so much for the individual satisfaction of some aggrieved shopper but rather a sincere attempt to give due diligence to all the various aspects of an effective customer service. I have the greatest admiration for the staff who have to service these outposts of verbal frustration from the public. These outbursts oftentimes develop into personal abuse and anger which has to be so carefully managed.

Sensible organizations roster staff carefully so they do not become frazzled or unnerved by the constant bombardments of abuse. Imagine then, the domestic scenario of having to live day after day with a complaining and nagging partner, hell bent on unloading their daily dissatisfactions and unpleasantries. I use the word ‘partner’ for a purpose! Although our proverb singles out the female gender, my experience has taught me that there are more than enough individuals of both sexes ready to bend somebody’s ear with their moans and groans.

Given time, like dripping water, it will be a constant annoyance and any attempt you make to silence these complaints will have as much chance of success as trying to halt the wind with your outstretched hand, or take hold of something with greasy fingers.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

ENCOURAGEMENT – 1 Samuel 23

There were moments when David required encouragement, especially in the circumstances that he was placed in when Saul was after him. Having been kind to the people of Keilah in delivering them from the Philistines, Saul discovering his whereabouts was determined to go there and destroy him. In inquiring of the Lord as to what the inhabitants would do should this occur, the Lord makes it plain that the people could not be trusted to secure his welfare. The fact that the Lord informed him of this must have been an encouragement’

At this point Jonathan his friend was able to make contact and it states in v16 – “Then Jonathan, Saul’s son, arose and went to David in the woods and strengthened his hand in God.” What a choice ministry to perform at a difficult time! He went out of his way to give assurance and encouragement. David must have welcomed the sight of him and his words. He was further encouraged when Saul had to retreat from him when he was very near because of the invasion of the Philistines – v27.

It is well to realize that one of the urgent ministries in life and in the Christian Church is to be an encourager. It is enriching to be in the situation where you are able to speak the right inspired word, perform a gracious deed that will lift the spirit of someone and refresh their heart. Why not seek out someone who is in desperate need of some stimulated word and assistance that will make them feel good and enable them to carry on and press through! It is a rewarding exercise!

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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TOO LATE!

HOSEA 5

The Lord plainly tells His people that there will come a moment when it will be too late to seek Him because they have gone too far over the edge and judgment will be inevitable – v5. He was addressing the professed spiritual leaders and expressing the fact that the northern part was doomed because of the utter wickedness of all. There was no way that He could forestall judgement any further and no action on their part could stop what was to be. These are very sad words – “Too Late!” They disclose and describe a hopeless state of affairs.

(1) IT WAS SEEMINGLY TOO LATE TO AMEND THEIR WAYS

It appears from v6 that there does look as if there was some attempt to find God and make amendment but one just wonders whether it was genuine or mere outward show. Maybe it was an effort to try and prevent what they knew was going to happen and there was an absence of a true seeking of the Lord. They could now read the signs and so were driven by fear rather than a wholesome desire to know, love and worship Jehovah. The Lord could read the situation perfectly and had no time for it.

(2) IT WAS TOO LATE FOR THE LORD TO RETURN AND SHOW GRACE

The Lord had left them to their true deserts. They had tested His grace to the utmost limit and it was now time to withdraw it. To have further demonstrated some favour may well have brought further abuse of it. It would have been senseless to have gone back because it would not have improved matters as God in His wisdom could foresee. The only way forward was to let things take their course.

(3) IT WAS TOO LATE TO PREVENT THE AWFUL CONFLICT And SLAVERY

The Lord foretells what is to be and it does not make comfortable reading. Judgment is to fall like a waterfall – v1 O. The people will be consumed like a moth eats wool and their strength will be utterly weakened like dry rot. It is just an exposure and end as revealed in their nature and practise. They will be torn apart and finish up in bondage – v14. When it all occurs they will know that there is no escape route.

(4) IT WAS TOO LATE UNTIL THE TIME OF RENEWAL OCCURRED

Thankfully, at the concluding part of this section there is the promise of the Lord’s return and the revelation of His grace. Until that time schedule and ultimate intervention everything is in abeyance. God’s people will have to wait the Lord’s time for the restoration of His grace that will ensure a new beginning and future. Whilst the Lord says “Too Late”, Now! thankfully His covenant word and grace still exist for future unveiling.

CLIMAX

There is a major lesson to learn in all this. One must not presume upon or abuse God’s grace and favour. One should know Him and His timing.

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