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Nov 6th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson



The Bible teaches and emphasizes that ‘a gentle and quiet spirit is of infinite worth. No real price can be on the person who is able to keep a peaceful and calm control of the spirit, thoughts, emotions and actions. The wise proverb has it: “He that keeps control of his spirit is better than he that takes a city.”. People are very much like God when they can happily and ready maintain a composed state of mind, heart and mouth when in a tense situation. The wonder of the Almighty is that He rules and reigns from this eternal condition. No one and nothing can alarm or get Him doing the wrong thing because He never loses composure of being no matter how challenging and demanding. So when all is topsy-turvy and seeking to make you unbalanced and uptight, retain a dignified quality of spirit and maintain personal mastery and see the difference it makes.


Praise My Soul the King of Heaven

How good on this Sunday morning to life up one’s being in praise and adoration of the Lord! There are many and every reason why there should be a raising of heart and voice in gladsome acknowledgement pf all His kindness and goodness. It should not be difficult to reflect on the choice things he has brought to pass and find pleasure in saying and singing thanks. Let today be one of praise and note the wonderful atmosphere that is created by this spiritual action. Do not miss out in charging the scene with hallowed praise to the Almighty. Be sure of this: He is watching and listening and will respond.

Based on the 103rd Psalm, Henry Lyte’s stately hymn of praise has probably begun more solemn ceremonies than any hymn in the English language. Lyte himself is of course more immediately connected with his hymn “Abide With Me” but the story of his hymn-writing goes back to the time when he was a curate at Marazion in Cornwall where he had come after his college days in Dublin. There, when he was twenty-five, he had a deep religious experience caused by the illness and death of a brother clergyman.

This experience turned Lyte from being a conventional and formal clergyman, with a gift for versifying, into a poet with a religious message. He says that the death of his friend ‘who died happy in the thought that there was One who would atone for his delinquencies’ made him ‘study my Bible and preach in another manner than I had previously done.
Born in Scotland and educated at Enniskillen and Trinity College in Dublin, Lyte’s most significant appointment was as Anglican curate at Lower Brixham, Devonshire, England, where he served for 24 years.

Kenneth Osbeck notes that Lyte “was known as a man frail in body but strong in faith and spirit.” Suffering from chronic asthma and tuberculosis, he retired from his parish in September 1847. Seeking a better climate in Italy, he died that November in Nice, France, on his way to Rome.

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, To his feet thy tribute bring;
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, Who like me his praise should sing?
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise the everlasting King.

Praise him for his grace and favour To our fathers in distress;
Praise him still the same as ever, Slow to chide, and swift to bless:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Glorious in his faithfulness.

Father-like, he tends and spares us, Well our feeble frame he knows;
In his hands he gently bears us, Rescues us from all our foes:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Widely as his mercy flows.

Angels, help us to adore him; Ye behold him face to face;
Sun and moon, bow down before him, Dwellers all in time and space:
Alleluia! Alleluia! Praise with us the God of grace. 


The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up – Mark Twain


A SUPREME QUALITY – Matthew 18: 1-6; Philippians 2; 1-11

It commenced with quite a challenging question from the disciples. They inquired: “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?” –v1. It reveals to an extent what was in their minds and hearts. Their thoughts and desires were focussing on seats of position and power within God’s Kingdom, the places to be occupied of seeming note in the most important realm of all. Christ was ready to answer it and underlined a supreme virtue that must have taken them by surprise. It stands in opposition to the general ideas and values of this world.

The thing that matters as far as God is concerned is the distinct grace of humility and He likens it to the lovely attitude of sweet, innocent and gracious children that lack arrogance, a spirit of superiority and egotism. It is the possession of a childlike disposition that is bereft of forwardness and upmanship. There is no self-seeking but the will to truly and graciously relate. It is the very disposition of Christ as made known by Paul. Although God, Christ became man, a servant to man and even sacrificed Himself for man. He humbled himself and this is to be the nature of the subjects and rulers in Christ’s Kingdom.

The Lord would truly seek to create and cultivate this divine virtue in you so that you may obtain a place of honour in His realm. A spirit of self-importance and conceit must be removed so that this grace may take root and flourish. He is at work within your life endeavouring to produce this quality that will make you stand out amongst those who united with you in His Kingdom.








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