welcome to this christian website

Oct 28th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

A DAILY MESSAGE

One of the great features of life is to be experiencing enjoyment. That is how the Lord intended it to be for you. When He is in charge of life and a relationship is known and formed with Him, there is sure to be this delightful factor existent. He is not a miserable God and neither does He create it. Be aware of the fact that one of the great inspirations and source of strength is discovered here: “the joy of the Lord” is to be a means where divine strength is meted out to you. Know, believe and serve Him today with good heart and spirit and you will experience incredible delight and pleasure in the process. The psalmist was absolutely right when he said: “O taste and see that He is good and that He satisfies the longing soul”. Above all, enjoy the wonder, wealth and work of your Lord in increasing degree and measure and be satisfied with the finest and best. Jesus said: “Come unto Me and drink and out of your innermost being shall flow rivers of living water”. It is not a case of just enough to exist on, but abundance and overflow to bless others!

SACRED SONGS

One of the great favourites of the Christian Church is, Blessed Assurance Jesus is Mine, written by Fanny Crosby, which became outstanding and memorable in the Billy Graham Crusades. How the crowds loved to sing ‘Blessed Assurance’ led by inimitable Cliff Barrows! Voices were lifted unashamedly and enthusiastically as one in affirming the faith to be known in and through Christ. The words were easy to learn and sing out to a great tune.

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine; Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Saviour all the day long. (Repeat)

Perfect submission, perfect delight, Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;Angels descending, bring from above Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Saviour am happy and blest;
Watching and waiting, looking above, Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Ira Sankey, good friend of hymn author Fanny Crosby, once related this story about the comfort “Blessed Assurance” provides:

“’During the recent war in the Transvaal,’ said a gentleman at my meeting in Exeter Hall, London, in 1900, ‘when the soldiers going to the front were passing another company whom they recognized, their greetings used to be, “Four-nine-four, boys; four-nine-four;” and the salute would invariably be answered with “Six further on, boys; six further on.” The significance of this was that, in ‘Sacred Songs and Solos,’ a number of copies of the small edition of which had been sent to the front, number 494 was ‘God be with you till we meet again’; and six further on than 494, or number 500, was ‘Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine’.

From the very day she wrote them, Crosby’s words have provided comfort for millions of Christians in the face of fear, persecution, sorrow, and doubt. In spite of all the trials that may come, we know that we serve a Saviour who came to bring the Kingdom of God on earth, and as we serve Him, we participate in, and belong to, that Kingdom. We each play our own part in that “glorious foretaste” of what is still to come. We belong to Christ and his Kingdom – what an assurance this is!

QUOTES TO NOTE – LOVE

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love – Max Muller

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GETTING OUT OF THE BOAT – Matthew 14: 14-36

It was far from an easy thing for Peter to do on that occasion when one considers the circumstances that he was in. One would have considered it to have been a crazy course of action to take. Nobody had done it before and it was in the most atrocious weather conditions. The night was dark and the sea was stormy and all that he had to launch himself out on was the words of Christ. The call was to get out of the boat, trust Christ and walk on the turbulent water. It appeared to be an unreasonable and illogical thing to accomplish.

What did he learn in this experience? Quite a few things if he got out of the boat! He discovered that he could do a thing that was contrary to nature: walk on the sea as if it was solid under his feet; that also, when you take your eyes of Christ and observe the negative conditions you are in difficulty. There came the knowledge that in spite of extreme and desperate possible calamity, Christ was up to intervening and saving. Finally, it was possible to walk with Christ in the realm of the impossible,

It is now time for you to make further and greater moves in your relationship with Jesus Christ. He comes to you amidst your particular environment and experience with a supreme challenge that you have never confronted before. Of course, you can remain where you are or get up and start moving into the sphere of the unusual. The call is for one of faith for you to prove that Christ will not fail and that you can possess a divine testimony that you have been able to accomplish things that others have not attempted.

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