welcome to this christian website

Oct 31st – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

A current and prevailing danger in life is to leave undone the things that ought to be done. Minor factors appear at times to take precedent over the major, and so unfulfilled and vital tasks lay strewn across our pathway which we have left behind. There is urgent need to take stock of what you are involved with and assess all for its worth and contribution to real living. Remember the old saying which is so true: “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you should do today”. In other words, ‘Don’t procrastinate”. And it also has been said that ‘Procrastination is the thief of time’’. Be aware of that which is primary and important and attend to such with all diligence and industry so you will reap bountifully and much more fulfilment and blessing will be yours. Some things are not worthy of your attention whilst other factors require close commitment. Loving and serving God and people are to be a major concern and as you give yourself to such you will be greatly rewarded now and in the eternal future.

SACRED SONGS

The Old Rugged Cross

Perhaps the greatest well-known and loved hymn above all is the Old Rugged Cross. It has been a great heritage of the Christian Church and countless Christians regard it as being very precious to their faith and experience. It declares beyond doubt the clearness and certainty of the Christian Faith as founded by Christ.

The year was 1912 and George Bennard, an evangelist traveling throughout the Midwest, was heckled incessantly by several youth at a revival meeting in Michigan. A Vision, a Melody and the Completion of the First Verse Troubled by their disregard for the gospel, Bennard turned to Scripture to reflect on the work of Christ on the cross. He later recalled, “I seemed to have a vision . . .  I saw the Christ and the cross inseparable.”

The melody came easily, and the first verse was completed by Bennard during a series of meetings in Albion, Michigan.Several months later, the remaining three verses were completed in Pokagon, Michigan, where Bennard was leading meetings at a local church. After completing the hymn, he performed the song in its entirety for the sponsoring pastor and his wife, Rev. Leroy and Ruby Bostwick, in the living room of the parsonage. The Bostwicks were moved to tears and incorporated the song in the revival service on June 7, 1913. First, Bennard sang his hymn with guitar accompaniment, and then a five voice choir sang with organ and violin accompaniment.

Today, that same church building, originally a hops barn, is owned by the non-profit Old Rugged Cross Foundation and welcomes thousands of visitors ann  hymn quickly spread throughout the region and came to the attention of the evangelist Billy Sunday, who frequently utilized it in his meetings. Two years later, Bennard sold the copyright to the song for a payment of $500, forgoing future royalties. Upon the renewal of the copyright 28 years later, he received a final payment of $5000 annually. 

The Old Rugged Cross

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross, The emblem of suffering and shame;
And I love that old cross where the dearest and best  For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Refrain

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross Till my trophies at last I lay down;
I will cling to the old rugged cross, And exchange it some day for a crown.

O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world, Has a wondrous attraction for me;
For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above To bear it to dark Calvary.

Refrain

In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine, A wondrous beauty I see,
For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died, To pardon and sanctify me.

Refrain

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true; Its shame and reproach gladly bear;
Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away, Where His glory forever I’ll share.

QUOTES TO NOTE – INSPIRATION

Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible –  Francis of Assisi

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN AMAZING TIME – Matthew 15: 29-31

The content of these verses unveil the amazing ministry and ability of Jesus Christ. When it was discovered He was around the people came with their desperate needs and major problems and discovered that He was capable of answering each person and situation. It affirms outrightly, “He healed them all” – v30 Living Bible. Everyone that came to Him were not to be disappointed as they experienced the power of Christ manifested in their physical bodies. The lame, blind, maimed, and those who couldn’t speak, and many others were laid at His feet. It was an enormous challenge to put before Him, but He was up to it.

It must have been a great spectacle of need but the greater spectacle was to follow! There is testimony on this occasion that even those with missing arms and legs had new ones. That must have been astonishing to behold! It was an unforgettable experience for all who witnessed the scene. No wonder the people revelled in what they saw and greatly praised God. It was an amazing time for them to be involved in as they saw the Master-Physician at work. The reason why Christ performed in such a manner was due to the fact that Christ loved the people and He was ready to honour their faith in Him.

The Scriptures declare the up-to-date presence and ability of Christ – Hebrews 13:8. Be assured that He has neither lost His compassion and touch. It is imperative that you draw nigh to Him in prayer and faith and lay yourself and need before Him. It is possible for you to know His healing grace and power and make full recovery. Amazing things and times are still to be known through Christ.

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