welcome to this christian website

Aug 9th -2016

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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

”in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him” – Ephesians 3:12

The NIV Bible says Ephesians 3:12 in this way… ‘In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.’ What a glorious promise! Through our new life in Jesus Christ, we have complete and unrestricted access to our Heavenly Father. Though angels bow down in reverence to Almighty God, we can call Him our Abba (Romans 8:15). Though He holds the earth in the palm of His hand, He calls us His little ones.

Praise God for giving us an amazing salvation through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In the great exchange that happened on the cross, Jesus exchanged His life for our life. We no longer live apart from Christ (Galatians 2:20), so being in Christ, we have full access to our Father just like Jesus does. As a matter of fact, in Colossians 3, Paul says that we actually are hid with Christ in God, seated in the heavens!

As a father, I would be disappointed if I felt that my children were afraid to come into my presence. They are my children after all! They are welcome any time, night or day! If dads are intended to be a shadow of the perfect Father (Matthew 5:48), how much more is it His desire that we come boldly into His throne room with freedom and confidence?

May each one of us be encouraged today to come into our Papa’s presence with a new boldness. Not because of anything that we have done, but because our big brother, Jesus Christ, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world, has made the way for us to approach God with a confident expectation that He will receive us and put us on His lap, day or night.

WISDOM THAT WORKS

LOUDMOUTHS  – Rev. Bob Stevenson

“If you have been a fool by being proud of plotting evil, don’t brag about it – cover your mouth with your hand in shame…..”

Read: Proverbs 30:32

It is quite amazing to me what some folk delight in bragging about in order to gain some kind of kudos. Bragging, after all, is the surest evidence of insecurity or inadequacy. Braggers are usually out to prove a point about themselves in an attempt to gain acceptance from others by extolling their own virtues or achievements. We have mentioned already in these proverbs that it is better to let someone else praise you and not you yourself, because even when blowing your own trumpet as softly as you can, it can sound like a foghorn in the ears of the socially sophisticated!

For those of lesser social perception the braggers appear to be the great achievers when in actual fact those who are really the great achievers let their achievements speak for themselves irrespective of forthcoming accolades. No matter what the issue might be that may warrant some kind of accolade, the slightest hint of braggadocia immediately robs the accolade of its value.

How much more then, is the black-guardly nature of an individual who shoots his mouth oft with nauseous pride, about some wicked evil plot they have perpetrated. To be a braggart of itself carries a shame ot its own, but to brag about evil is of even greater shame.

QUOTES TO NOTE – Nelson Mandela

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE FOLLY OF ATHEISM – Psalm 5

The psalmist calls the man a fool that does not believe in God – v1 “The fool has said in his heart there is no God.” The atheist reveals both a pride of mind and heart on the issue and a real lack of wisdom. It is a downright denial and rebellion against the true fact of life and existence and is an insult to God and human intelligence. Professing to be wise, he is a fool. One of the main reasons this stance and attitude is taken, is that accepting the fact God exists, means a responsibility and reverence should be manifested towards Him and they are not prepared to fulfil that because they love their own ideas and ways.

One of the awful consequences of atheism is godlessness. The godless are equated with being wicked in the psalm and reveal the depths of sin and defilement that they sink into as a result. In not retaining a conviction of God and commitment to Him they find a license to do what they please and so come under the great power of evil. There is no one to guide or restrain as they live under their own pretensions. They are left to the mercy of themselves and their fears by this procedure and at the end have to face the One they denied.

The truly wise learn from this and refrain from adopting this belief and behaviour. It is possible to discover God in and through the Scriptures, Jesus Christ, creation, conscience etc., and be brought to an increased understanding of Him and His ways. Knowing God is the great key and guide to life and living. May this day be the occasion where He is revealed to you in a greater way and where you are prepared to respond to His laws and direction in all things.

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FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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REAPING THE WHIRLWIND

HOSEA 8

Here there is the facing up of God’s people with the consequences of their evil doings. The end result is quite violent and vicious as envisaged in the words of the prophet in v7 “You have sown the wind, you have reaped the whirlwind.” This declaration alone gives a great insight into the end product of evil and it is vital to

give it some consideration. Implicit in this expression are the following truths and facts.

(1) SIN DOES ULTIMATELY YIELD A HARVEST

There is no getting away from the fact, that the principle of evil if allowed to be sown does bring forth its fruit. It has that within it to produce quite a telling harvest. lts life and nature makes sure that as it is allowed its role and function, it achieve results. Man is the possessor of the power and bias of evil in his being and if not dealt with is sure to bring a state of reaping and harvest that is not profitable.. The New Testament reminds of the fact that “whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reaping” – Galatians 6:7. All are involved in sowing and all will be involved in a production one way or another. Giving freedom to sin means there will sure to be the coming of an inevitable bad harvest. People are sowing with their lives and deeds either that which is good or bad and this has to be recognised.

(2) SIN DOES PRODUCE MUCH MORE THAN IS REALISED

The words strongly indicate here that sin has a way of prolifically multiplying and bringing in a bumper harvest of the wrong sort. lt is quite a lesson to learn that sin is like a weed or virus that possesses a phenomenal rate of reproduction and in the end is of an overwhelming quantity. There appears to be no limit to which it can corrupt, debase and yield abundantly. The wind turns into a whirlwind. That which appears to be in a measure controllable turns out to be uncontrollable. It moves on in its wake and turns into a monstrous size that no one can handle. It completely takes over and masters the life. lt is like a garden that becomes overrun and overgrown with weeds etc.

Illustration: Garden that has been left unattended for years

(3) SIN DOES EFFECT THAT WHICH BRINGS UTTER RUINATION

The idea that comes over very forcibly as represented in the whirlwind is that it leaves in its wake a terrible state of devastation. This kind of wind is so angry and violent that it shows no mercy and brings about a sad conclusion. God makes it clear that the ‘idols and idolatrous system will be smashed to bits — v6.’ The country will be put into a state of ruin and the people themselves will be completely devastated. There will be no one capable of rescuing them from the tyranny of this enormous wind. The sin that has been rampant will introduce a rampant force that will cause dismay, terror and death. This is what sin brings into being.

CLIMAX

From this affirmation alone it should become obvious that there should be no compromise made with evil. If allowed in and permitted to take over, there is only one end – a terrible harvest of judgment! It must be avoided – 10:12.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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