welcome to this christian website

ernest kitchenJuly 29th – 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 perusa

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

“Therefore, I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?” – Matthew 6:25,26

This is a relatively short promise compared to the lengthy corresponding Bible text. But if you look at the simple message that Jesus is saying, the promise is short and sweet. When I was growing up, I was taught that worry was a sign of being responsible. If I didn’t worry, then I didn’t care.

As I get older, I am learning that many of the things that I was told were actually not the truth. Worry is not helpful to us. Worry is not a sign of responsibility. While worry cannot extend our lives, studies show that it can shorten our lives because over 70% of illnesses are stress related. This only goes to show that our bodies were not created to deal with a lot of stress.

Jesus encourages us to ‘take no thought for our life’…period. The reason we don’t have to worry is because we have a Father in heaven who has promised to take care of us all of the days of our lives. In this passage of Scripture, Jesus tells how His Father cares for the birds of the air who do not sow or reap or store into barns. He then asks the question… How much more valuable are you than the birds?

Worry is a sign that we are not yet convinced of our value to God. Don’t worry about how much you worry though! Just ask God to give you a deeper revelation of your worth to Him. Fathers provide for their children. Children don’t have to beg for their provision, they can just rest in the knowledge that they are being cared for by a loving Dad. Don’t worry… God will take care of you!

WISDOM THAT WORKS

INTIMIDATION – Rev. Bob Stevenson

”A man who assists a thief must really hate himself! For he knows the consequence but does it anyway. Fear of man is a dangerous trap, but to trust God means safety”.

Read: Proverbs 29:24—25

It is a sad fact of life that there will always be those pathetic individuals who by various ways and means use the power of intimidation to achieve their nefarious ends. Whether by verbal or physical abuse, their strategy is to gain the controlling upper hand by instilling fear into their victims mind and heart leaving them powerless and demeaned.

It is also a sad fact that there are always going to be the more gentle spirited folk around for such bullies to take advantage of. Fear will ultimately paralyze and immobilize to such a degree that it makes any attempt to enjoy a normal, healthy life impossible — especially the fear of man, or woman for that matter. And don’t imagine that it is only the abusive that can create a sense of fear. There are those who can be quite charming in every respect but nevertheless intimidating and controlling.

But praise God here is the good news. Whatever your temperament, the antidote to such intimidation is twofold. Firstly you must see it as a dangerous trap and therefore to be avoided at all costs. Secondly, you have to develop a confidence and trust in the Lord, enabling you yourself to be strong and of a good courage. Why‘? Because if God is for you, who can be against you! Be sure you know it! (See Rom 9:37-39)

QUOTES TO NOTE – John Maxwell

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A SUPREME QUALITY – Psalm 40

One of the distinct and crowning virtues of life is that of patience. If there is one quality that the Lord seeks to create and cultivate within a person in relationship with Him, it is this one; the ability to wait with grace, patience, faith and calmness for His out-workings on their behalf. Seemingly the psalmist had this distinctive resigned attitude to the Lord in this given situation of great straits and difficulty. It says: “I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” When placed in a very arduous circumstance he somehow has learned to remain calm, cool, collected and confident.

In v2 he describes the state he was in. He was in a horrible pit, in sinking miry clay and he looked as if he would disappear. He was not simply in a hole; he was like Jeremiah, in a mire that was pulling him ever downward to death. Panic could have easily taken over in the light and force of his extreme need. In the situation he prays, and prayer had a calming influence causing him to look to the Lord in assurance knowing He would step in even if it seemed to be the last  moment.

It may well be that you are stuck in an experience where you are really threatened and everything would cause you to be distressed and panic. Hold steady at this moment and place yourself and request into the hands of the sovereign Lord and He will quieten your spirit and cause you to rest in Him. Waiting for the Lord is the best line to take, and be assured in your being; He will not fail or let you down. The answer when it comes will be on time and will more than meet the situation. Remember, patience is one of the greatest rewarding virtues of life, and although it takes a great deal of divine cultivation, it is worth possessing.

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