welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenJuly 7th – 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 135,000 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 he said, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of Yahweh your God, and will do that which is right in his eyes, and will pay attention to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you, which I have put on the Egyptians; for I am Yahweh who heals you” – Exodus 15:26

This promise takes place at the waters of Marah, where the Israelites came looking to find fresh water to quench their thirst. Instead of finding a place to drink, they found bitter water which caused them to rise up and complain against Moses. In response to Moses’ prayer, the Lord showed him a tree to throw into the water. As soon as the tree went into the water, the water became sweet and drinkable.

It is right after this encounter that God makes today’s promise to the Israelites. He tells them that if they will only listen to Him and obey His direction, that they will not suffer the diseases that the Egyptians suffered. Our Heavenly Father goes on to declare a promise that is as relevant today as it was back then… “For I am the LORD that healeth thee”. (KJV)

Whatever your affliction, whatever your sickness, God can take the bitterness of your experience and make the bitter waters sweet by one single tree, which I believe represents the cross of Christ. The Bible says that Jesus was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities and by His stripes we are healed. This is a promise that we can count on…for our God is a God that heals us!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

EXPLOITATION – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”Income from exploiting the poor will end up in the hands of someone who pities them. God doesn’t listen to the prayers of those who flout the law. . . . . . .”.

Read: Proverbs 28:8-10

Once again we look to the almost weekly stories that appear on our television screens of poor folk who have been exploited by unscrupulous operators. Whether it is an Age Pensioner who has been taken advantage of by a shonky building contractor, or an inexperienced internet user taken in by the myriad of scams that appear from time to time. In either case their vulnerability is exploited, and God says that such income will somehow end up in the hands of those who care about them.

The harsh fact remains, that many of these victims have had their life savings wiped out as a result of somebody cashing in on their ignorance or naivety.

I notice that the exploitation here mentioned is of the poor. So because they are poor in financial terms they are not likely to be milked of their money. But that does not mean they cannot be exploited! They could well be cheated out of the wages they have earned for the labour they have provided.

Whatever the scenario might be in which such exploitation takes place the old adage stands true, that “What goes around, comes around”, and as someone has pointed out, this is why coinage is of a circular shape!

In any event, God will make sure it happens one way or another!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Albert Schweitzer

In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. Albert Schweitzer

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A TRAGIC END – I Samuel 31

There are lessons to be learned in life and from the lives of others. The way that people end their days often becomes a salutary point to truly consider as in the case of king, Saul. He had known what it was to have had such a divine start to his kingship and yet he ends up in a forlorn and ruined state. No one could have had more prospect and potential, and with God taking a tremendous interest in him,

In it all is the kindness and goodness of God. He did not want David to become should have produced lasting good, but he finishes up slain with his sons. To finish up as he did serves as an example not to tread a similar pathway. History is there as an apt reminder of what can occur.

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It was not the way that God wanted it to be, a victim of his enemies, the Philistines. In no way did He desire that he and his family should fall foul of the main opposition of his day, but it happened. What a sad thing it was to die on the battlefield and then to have one’s head removed plus the fastening of his body to the wall of Bethshan! – V, 9, 10. Thankfully, valiant men from Jabesh Gilead did something about this sordid factor – vv11, 12. But this underlines the fact and truth that is important to finish well and not just commence well.

 

When we come to the conclusion of our time on this planet we want to be able to emulate Paul who could say; “I have fought a good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Let us spend this day and every day in faith and obedience to the Lord and this will aid us in making sure that we have a fitting end that glorifies God and paves the way for an abundant entrance into Christ’s eternal Kingdom. God does not want us to finish disgraced but truly honoured and promoted. This must envision and inspire the life and work at all times and sanctify all action.

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