welcome to this christian website

 ernest kitchenJuly 27th – 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

“For what great nation is there, that has a God so near to them, as Yahweh is near to us whenever we call on him? ­ Deut Deuteronomy 4:7

In this particular Bible verse, the nation of Israel is marvelling that there is no other nation on the earth that has a God that is so close to them that He is near whenever they cry out. What an advantage over every other nation of the day! They worshipped a God who was near and attentive to the cries of His people.

And that was the Old Covenant relationship with God. In the New Covenant, God is even closer! He lives within those who have accepted the free gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. We are the very temple of the living God! He is closer to each one of us than we could possibly imagine.

My prayer today is that each one of us would be aware of the tangible presence that dwells within us and that we would know that our God is really close to us when we cry out to Him.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

PAMPERING – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“Pamper a servant from childhood, and the will expect you to treat him as a son! A not tempered man starts fights and gets into all kinds of trouble.

Read: Proverbs 29: 21-22

Let’s face it, we all enjoy a bit of pampering now and again even if it is only something a simple as a back scratch or foot massage after a particularly hard day. However, like everything else in life, if the desire for pampering goes beyond reasonable bounds, you are heading for trouble.

Pampering creates an over genteelness which is not healthy. In the real world we are all going to have to get our hands dirty at some time or another. Pampering is a pandering to a fleshly appetite and as far as God is concerned, our flesh or carnal nature needs to be treated with the corrective discipline it deserves.

Pandering can be a form of over protectiveness, especially in the rearing of children. How unfortunate those juveniles are, who are never allowed to do the normal things kids do, for fear of contracting some germ or illness. Or getting injured on the playground equipment and being exposed to some potential hazard. And then there is the pampering which can come with position or status, bringing with it the unwholesome desire to be recognized or acknowledged beyond a level of normality.

In the context of our lives as followers of Jesus there is no room for pampering. Whatever our social status we are all called to serve, whatever the cost. So don’t get accustomed to too much pampering!

QUOTES TO NOTE – Jim Elliot

Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores – more than abundantly – what it takes away

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN ORDERED PATH – Psalm 37: 21-40

The psalmist had been greatly disturbed and agitated with regard to the evil-doer. It seemed that everything went smoothly and sweetly for him whilst the righteous had a difficult time. He had given a great deal of time and thought to this issue and come to a definite conviction on it and formed a procedure of life. His opening remark sums this up in v1 – “Fret not yourself because of evildoers” and he describes their end – vv35, 36. It is not worth getting upset about because the end of the wicked is horrendous. He refused to be wound up about their easy pathway and apparent success because he had discovered something better.

In v23 he highlights what makes the difference – “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way.” It could not be better. Someone remarked: “The stops as well as the steps are directed by Him.” This indicates God has a purposed plan for the life of those who make Him their grounds of trust and rest. Security and real prosperity is not to be found in things but in the Lord. Even when things are far from easy, when one looks likely to topple and fall, He is around in a supportive role and keeps the believer going on in the right direction and with the right perspectives.

As you step out into the next hours, realize who is in control of your life and destiny. He wills that you move forward conscious of His presence and direction. His goodness will lead you to experience His kindness and make you into a good person. You will not envy the wicked: the wicked will envy you because you are on a better road and achieving more lasting qualities. The Lord has so much to achieve in and through you as you go all the way with Him.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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DESCRIPTIONS OF GOD’S PEOPLE

HOSEA 7

Throughout this chapter there is an unveiling of the actual state of God’s people. In no uncertain words or terms the messenger of God makes very clear the awful condition that they had sunk to that made judgement inevitable. Each comparison illustrated some particular aspect that described the awful situation that they were in and had arrived at.

(1) THEY WERE LIKE A BAKER’S OVEN — vv4-7

It is a revelation of a burning fire and is indicative of passion and desire. Unfortunately it represents evil lusts and longings and exposes what inflamed their hearts. They were impassioned by carnal appetites that drove them to do abominable things. insatiable yearnings of an evil character burned within.

(2) THEY WERE LIKE A HALF-BAKED CAKE – v8

Possibly there can be nothing worse to the palate than the partaking of something that is half-done/baked.. This is so in the case of real bread and pastries. Such is good for nothing and is reckoned to be objectionable, not to be tolerated, rejected and is to be spewed out. It gives no satisfaction/delight.

(3) THEY WERE LIKE A GREYING HEAD — v9

The greying hair is symptomatic of old age, deterioration and weakness. It speaks of the loss of the vitals of life and is a forerunner of the end. The first grey hair is usually pulled out because it is a sign of decadence and a pointer to the fact that one is on the way out.

(4) THEY WERE LIKE A SENSELESS DOVE – vv1 1,12

The description is ‘ a witless dove’ and signifies a bird that lacks sense. It is in a state of confusion and conflict and is chasing around looking for help everywhere. It does not know where to go or who to turn to. There is no prevailing knowledge, faith and peace and as it is at panic stations.

(5) THEY WERE LIKE A CROOKED BOW – v16

This piece of weaponry lacks the ability to give direction. The archer would place the arrow in the bow but was absolutely sure that it would veer off in flight and not hit the target. It would not achieve purpose or destiny. It did not sense the end for which it had been made. There was a failure to fulfil and so it was really useless in spite of the archer’s skill.

CLIMAX

When all these images are put together it can be truly noted how bad God’s people were. They unveil in their full view the terrible plight of God’s elect and make it apparent that there is no alternative but rejection and judgement. It is a needful exercise to consider whether these signs are existent in the Church of today and also pondered at a personal level. They can help in assessing where we fit in our relationship with God and His true judgment on us

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