welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)July 5th – 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

“A father of the fatherless, and a defender of the widows,  is God in his holy habitation” – Psalm 68:5

It is such a comfort to know that God promises to be a father to the fatherless. In this fatherless generation that we live in, there has never been a greater need for a Father’s love than right now. With almost 50% of homes in many western countries ending up in divorce, there is a cry today that is echoed by Jesus’ disciples in John 14:8 to… “Show us the Father and it will be enough!”

God not only promises to be a father to the literal fatherless, but also for every person who feels an empty void in their heart for the love that can only come from God Himself. No matter how great our earthly dads are or were, even the best of their love cannot compare to the immense love that flows from the Father to us through His Holy Spirit.

In the same way that fatherless children need fathers, widows need a husband. Divorcees, singles, etc. all need a protecting love. The NKJV, NLT, NIV Bible versions all translate the above WEB Bible to say that God is a defender of widows. The ESV Bible says that God is their protector. In Isaiah 62:5, God promises to rejoice over Israel just like a bridegroom rejoices over His bride.

So whatever love we need, God is the ultimate source of it. 1 John 4:16 tells us that God is love. Whether we need a father, a mother, a friend or a husband, the love of God promises to fill every love deficit in our heart. May we all be comforted in knowing this today.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

THE POWER OF ONE – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“To complain about the law is to praise wickedness. To obey the law is to fight evil. Evil men don’! understand the importance of justice, but those who follow the Lord are much concerned about it”.

Read: Proverbs 28:3-5

It has been well said, that, “Evil reigns when good men do nothing” and we can tend to think that our lone voice counts for nothing in the bigger scheme of things.

The fact of the matter is quite the opposite, and even more so, now that we have access to all the internet social networking sites capable of disseminating information into millions of homes in a matter of minutes.

Maybe like me, you have had reason to question some determinations passed down against people who you have felt in your heart deserved much better treatment. After all, the basic fabric of law and order is about justice being served, and yet political correctness and stifled voices of the truth of a matter, have so often prevented this from happening.

Time and again we have seen the effectiveness of people power even when it has only been a minority voice. So we do well not to sell ourselves short on the power of a lone voice even when such a voice seems to be just crying in a wilderness!

Jesus said we are light and salt. The light of a lone candle can dispel a darkness totally disproportionate to its flicker. So let’s believe it and try to act accordingly, even if we are the only voice speaking out. (See Matt 5:14)

QUOTES TO NOTE – Albert Schweitzer

The willow which bends to the tempest, often escapes better than the oak which resists it; and so in great calamities, it sometimes happens that light and frivolous spirits recover their elasticity and presence of mind sooner than those of a loftier character.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINE MERCY – 1 Samuel 29

It seems rather strange that David should join forces with the Philistines to go and fight his own people. No mention is given as to why he actually did this. Maybe Achish the king sought to enforce his mind and will on him seeing he had shown kindness to him and David felt some obligation to him. It is possible that he was not too sure as to God’s purpose at this time and that he would have opportunity to turn on Israel’s enemy in the conflict. The other Philistines were aware of this fact and possibility and so decided to send him back to Ziklag. At least they would eliminate this problem and relieve any anxiety on that front.

Being embroiled in this contest that could cause a tremendous amount of embarrassment later on when it was time to be king. Behind it all was the divine restraint of heaven so preventing David becoming involved in an issue that could prove awkward later if an explanation was called for. There were also developments at Ziklag requiring immediate attention.

Sometimes we may have to face situations of this nature where we are rejected and our service, too. Instead of being upset and chagrined with it, it would be wise to ponder the hand of God in it. There are some things that the Lord does not want us to become entangled with because such could tie us up in knots. In these experiences the Lord releases because there are other matters to attend to and He does not want us to finish up embarrassed in any way.

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FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE GREAT LONGINGS OF THE LORD

HOSEA 6

What is evident in this section are the rich, deep consistent desires of the Lord with regard to His people. He does not conceal the truth with respect to His own personal longings with regard to their conduct and future. These are made plain in the words of the prophet. Nothing but the good, choice and best was entertained in His mind and heart concerning them and how He yearned that they would respond to those things that mattered.

(1) HE LONGED FOR A GENUINE CHANGE IN THEM — vv1-5

There is this deep-seated desire that they will truly repent and turn from their wicked ways. He would even put the words in their minds and hearts saying ‘Let us return to the Lord’ so great is the concern in His being. lf only they will make earnest and honest movement to Him He will be there in a flash to receive and restore. But He knows that anything of that nature that may be revealed is but a flash in the pan; it is short-lived and so there is no hope of anything permanent. It is like morning mist or dew, quick to come and go – v4.

(2) HE LONGED FOR A GRACIOUS DISPOSITION IN THEM – v6

There is this strong desire that some real kindness in spirit would be birthed and expressed in and through them. They had become very callous and hard with no heart or good-will. Their attitude towards one another was brutal and left much to be desired. The process and product of sin had made them hard.

(3) HE LONGED THAT THEY WOULD REALLY KNOW HIM – v6

The sad thing about it all was they had not come to a real knowledge and experience of Him. lf only they had known an intimate fellowship and union with Him things would have been so vastly different. He was not interested in ritual and ceremony but in reality and communion.

(4) HE LONGED TO SEE THEIR FORTUNES ALTERED — v11

It is openly stated in v11 that He “wanted so much to restore the fortunes of my people!” He had no pleasure in seeing them degraded and downtrodden and missing out on the natural blessings of life. The reason why He had made and preserved them as His special possession was that He might see them blessed in every way and made the envy of the nations. He wanted them to be a wonderful testimony to His great goodness so that other nations would become switched on to Him. Even though they had been reduced to such a low condition it was essential for them top know that it was still in His heart to see all restored.

CLIMAX

Knowing that these were the wholesome desires of the Lord should have had some decided effect upon this ancient people for good, but, alas! this was not to be. It has to be remembered that these rich longings still are existent in the Lord for His people today. It is imperative that we do not disappoint Him. This being so, we shall not be disappointed by Him.

 

 

 

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