welcome to this christian website

ernest (2)July 19th – 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 hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” – Romans 5:5

The photo of today’s promise was taken at Niagara Falls. Since I have the luxury of living within 15 miles of this great natural wonder, it is easy for me to go there anytime I like. The volumes of water that pass over both the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls are absolutely astounding. Day and night, the water continues to pour over the edge of this escarpment crashing down on the rocks below. It simply never ends.

That is why I chose this photo to illustrate the promise that God continues to pour His love into our hearts by His Holy Spirit which He has given us. His love for us is a rushing river of His goodness towards us that never ends. While this truth is more real than everything else around us, it is easy to struggle to actually comprehend the greatness of God’s love for us. I often feel that words fail to adequately describe His love.

That is why we need the help of the Holy Spirit. In Ephesians 3, Paul prays that we would be rooted and grounded in love and that we would have power to grasp how big and wide and high and deep is His love for us in Jesus Christ. Just as we could never count how many gallons of water are rushing over Niagara Falls every second, we cannot measure the love that God is pouring into our hearts by any natural means.

The only way we can hope to fathom the eternal, everlasting, never ending love that God has for us is by the Holy Spirit which He has given us. Today, why don’t you ask God to give you power to grasp the vastness of His love for you? For it is through His very own Spirit that He actually pours His love into our hearts 24 hours a day, just like the raging waters of Niagara Falls.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

CRITICISM – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“The man who is often reproved but refuses to accept criticism will suddenly be broken and never have another chance.

Read: Proverbs 29:1

There are two kinds of criticism and may be more if you really want to think about it. There is  ‘constructive’ criticism which is usually given by somebody who has your best interests at heart. In contrast, there is the negative brand which comes at us from a variety of directions.

If we can but see it, all criticism is good for us, even the kind that is no so well intentioned. We must always be prepared to take on board even the most unpalatable comments made about us, because it may well be, that there could be an element of truth in what is being said. Strip away all the adverse motivation behind the criticism along with your own emotional hurt or offence and it could be that such a criticism is valid.

There is no deception worse than self deception and we do well to take note in the most positive way even of negative, possibly overstated criticism. Failure to adopt this policy in our lives could leave us completely desensitized to the possibility of our own shortcomings and eventually find ourselves out in the cold, separate from society and maybe even God!

The key word here is “often”. Occasional criticism can be dismissed with a certain amount of safety. But if we are often’ reproved for the same thing then maybe we need  to take notice!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come. 



DAILY MEDITATIONS

TOTAL COVERING – Psalm 23

This undoubtedly is the best known and loved of all the psalms written by David and speaks of a special and close relationship that the Lord has with His people. They are designated as His sheep and He holds the responsibility of being their personal Shepherd. This is what the psalmist found out so early in life on the Judean hills. He knew what it was to act in this role in a natural calling and was aware of the fact that this is what the Lord was to him. He provided all the covering he needed in life and for life and lacked nothing because of the Lord’s full and constant input.

In taking into account what He says, it is wonderful to note that at least seven Jehovah titles appear within it. Jehovah always signifies He is the God of the now and is ever everlastingly present. David affirmed within these ascriptions that He found the Lord to be his Shepherd, provider, peace, healer, righteousness, protector and empowerer. It becomes very obvious that he knew the Lord lived to all of his expectations. There was no need to make recourse to others because He was all sufficient. Whatever the demand may be, He was always up to it

We need to know both the psalm and the Shepherd. As you meditate in the psalm you will come to appreciate the wonder and wealth of the Shepherd of all His people, and behind and in it all you will sense His great, eternal love. It is important that you have an up-to-date accord with Him and allow Him to fulfil His role every day within your experience. Be in the position where you can say – “The Lord IS MY Shepherd.” He is delighted when you affirm this truth and He will give testimony to the reality of it

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