welcome to our christian website

ernest (2)July 21st – 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

You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness” _ Psalm 30:11
We all struggle with grief at one time or another in life. We lose those we love. We suffer the loss of many things. In a life that ebbs and flows, there are seasons of mourning and seasons of dancing. In Ecclesiastes we read that there is a season for all things.

The promise for today acknowledges there is a season for grieving in our lives but it also points to the time when our God and Father will turn that season of mourning into a season of dancing. It is God Himself who will throw off our clothes of sadness and clothes us with joy!

In times of grief and heartbreak, God promises to be close to us. So if you are in that season, allow the love of God to fill your soul and carry you in your weakest moment. But be encouraged, that there is a time coming when God Himself will turn your mourning into dancing and will surround you with His own joy.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

BEWARE THE FLATTERER – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Flattery is easy trap; evil men are caught in it, but good men stay away and sing for joy. A good man knows the poor mans rights; the godless don’t care. .

Read: Proverbs 29:5-8

Flattery is a trap we are told and how true those words are. Only a few days ago we covered some of the characteristics of flattery and now we are cautioned once again to avoid at all cost the-flatterer.

I was surprised to read the severe description given to the one who gets sucked in by the flattering tongue. The Bible calls them evil and yet I have to admit myself to being temporarily duped into enjoying the ego trip which comes from being ‘flattered and would not like to think of myself as being evil. Deceived yes! But evil, I don’t think so.

So, why are evil men, or women for that matter, caught by flattery? It is

that sinister backslapping that comes by being encouraged in wrongdoing so as to engender a feeling of pride instead of a sense of shame for the evil which has been committed?

The following part of this proverb gives us the key to understand the effects of flattery. Flattery is based on false acclaim and motivation. It can only result eventually in the loss of all that is genuine and sincere. Whatever it may be that drives us to have an unhealthy longing for an over inflated ego, it will always bring sadness and misery. If you want to keep a song in your heart — beware the flatterer!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Henri Nouwen

When we have nothing to cling to as our own and cease thinking of ourselves as people who must defend privileges, we can open ourselves freely to others with the faithful expectation that our strength will manifest itself in our shared weakness.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

PASSING THE TEST – Psalm 26

The psalmist is quite prepared to allow himself to be put through a rigid test by the Lord. He makes the prayer in v2 – “Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; my reins and my heart.” There is the readiness to let the Lord scrutinize his whole inward motivation and outward conduct and he is assured that everything will be up to divine standard requirement. He knows in his being that he will pass the test not with a presumptuous pride but with a humble sense of divine help and achievement.

From further expressions in the psalm it is possible to discern why he could invite the Lord to do this and why he knew for a certainty he would receive the divine approval. He had been committed to the principle and procedure of integrity and made the Lord his trust – v1. He had refrained from being associated with evil people in their conduct of life – vv4, 5.  Throughout there had been a will to keep innocent and a will to glorify the Lord in everything and a real pleasure in being in God’s house – vv7, 8. There was no desire whatsoever to be linked up with those who were of a perverse nature and life style – vv9, 10. The mind and heart set of his whole being was to maintain the way of righteousness and that’s why he need not fear the test. He would come out of this crucial exam with flying colours.

It should be obvious, too, that we are able to live with ourselves in the awareness of our true character that has been created by the Lord. As we are upright we shall stand out for others to observe to good effect. The world requires people that possess this divine quality and you can make a valid contribution to the well being of society by your divine integrity.

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