welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenJune 30th – 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

“From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day; and not to me only, but also to all those who have loved his appearing” – 2 Tim 4:8

The Apostle Paul is nearing the end of his life when he makes reference to his spiritual son, Timothy. He boldly proclaims that there is a crown of life/righteousness that is stored up in heaven for him that God Himself will place on his head on that special day.

He also says that there is not only a crown waiting for himself, but for all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and look forward to His appearing. That makes me wonder if there is a literal crown prepared for each one of us that is in some heavenly storage case waiting to be presented on the day of Christ’s appearing.

It is comforting for me to know that one day, I will stand before my God and Father and beside my elder brother, Jesus Christ, when the crowns will be handed out. Imagine what it will feel like to have the King of kings place a crown on your head that will never fade!

While I have no ability to process such a glorious thought, it does cause my spirit to rise up in anticipation for that amazing day.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

MAKING THE SPARKS FLY – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“A friendly discussion is as stimulating as the sparks that fly when iron strikes iron”.

Read: Proverbs 27:17’

This phrase is commonly used in a negative sense to describe the outcome of some imminent confrontation between conflicting parties. I well remember my mother exhorting me to get some task completed before myfather came home from work, warning me, ‘Otherwise, sparks will fly’.

The setting in which these ‘flying sparks’ are put here in Proverbs has quite the opposite of meanings.

I don’t know about you but there is something arresting and compelling about the sight of sparks flying. It grabs your attention irrespective of the means by which they are generated. In my younger days I had opportunity to watch a blacksmith at work. Sam, as he was called, was outwardly one of the most uncouth individuals I have ever met. Yet for all this, I loved to see him at work in his blacksmiths shop and could spend my whole lunch break captivated by the sparks he made to fly, as his hammer made contact with red hot metal. These same moments of inspiration are replicated when you are able to talk with somebody who is on your wavelength, who rings your bell so to speak, and engages you in stimulating conversation. Just like those sparks, it holds your attention and has you on the edge of your seat, and when appropriate, stimulates you to contribute your insights and observations. So keep those friendly discussions going!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henry Ward Beecher
It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOOD INSTEAD OF EVIL – 1 Samuel 24; Romans 12: 17-21

It did appear as if Saul had been deliberately put into David’s way to dispose of him. He was certainly put under pressure by his men that this was the opportune hour to get rid of the man that was making his life extremely difficult. The argument that they stressed seemed legitimate: “This is the day of which the Lord said to you ‘Behold I will deliver your enemy into your hand. . .’”. It would have been easy to have  yielded to the will of these men who had stood by him, but he restrained himself from such a deed although it seemed justified.

He discovered a greater principle directing his action and thus he was saved from making a grave mistake.  Even though Saul was in this evil grip he was aware of the fact that he had been appointed and anointed king by the Lord. It was not his responsibility to perform this evil but to show kindness and this he did leaving his enemy convicted and overwhelmed. He put into operation the principle taught by Christ in Matthew 5: 43-48 and Paul in Romans 12: 17-21. He could not afford to live with real regrets on this matter.

Be determined to always practice that which is kind and good even to those who may not seek your welfare. Do not to be overcome by wrong attitudes and deeds but be positive in your approach that would work in opposition and seek your humiliation. The best way is to “kill our foes with kindness.” This Christ-like procedure can have a powerful effect upon them and cause them to know the reality of the Christian message. In showing the Christian disposition you are not only revealing the law of the divine Kingdom, you are releasing a powerful ministry and influence.

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