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Nov 17th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

You have been renewed by the Spirit of God so that you can live life each hour and day by the enabling of heaven. Instead of being a victim to all that befalls, you are transformed into being a victor. Whatever comes across your pathway today is known beforehand by the LORD and He has all the answers and affords all the assistance necessary to be successful. There is no cause for despair or downheartedness because you have the witness within that you are now more than a conqueror’. You are to record constant triumphs and to be able to share with others how the LORD turns things to your gain and advantage. Welcome the hours ahead as further opportunity of adding to your testimony to the grace and power of God in all your affairs.

SACRED SONGS

How sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds

This is a sacred son where many believers have found release and solace. In meditation on Jesus, his Name and attributes has brought and ministered untold blessings. The quotation and singing of the refrain seems to make immediate impact and brings uplift and release.

This hymn was based on Song of Solomon 1:3, “Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out.” (NIV). Following a long tradition of reading the Church as the Bride and Christ as the Bridegroom in Song of Solomon, John Newton elaborated on the theme of the bride adoring her bridegroom’s name. This undivided attention to Christ also brings to mind another verse: “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple” (Psalm 27:4 NIV).

When John Newton was ordained a curate of Olney Parish in Buckinghamshire, England, after a hard past of working as a sailor and slave trader, he gave particular attention to ministering to the people in ways that went above and beyond the weekly worship service. He began arranging spiritual gatherings during the week: one on Thursday afternoons for children, where he would explain the Scriptures to them “in their own little way,” and one in the evenings for adults to allow for extemporaneous prayer and teaching.

For these meetings Newton began to compose little bits of verse to be sung, probably as a way to summarize and impress the Scripture lessons on the minds and hearts of his congregants.

Regarding his composition of these hymns, Benson writes

Newton was not a poet and did not pretend to be one. . . . He was writing for plain people, and made his hymns so simple that these could follow and understand. In all this he took his cue from Dr. Watts. Newton had a ready pen, some imagination, deep feeling, a knowledge of Scripture, and an urgent motive.

How sweet the Name of Jesus sounds in a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, and drives away his fear.

It makes the wounded spirit whole, and calms the troubled breast;
’Tis manna to the hungry soul and to the weary, rest.

Dear Name, the rock on which I build, my shield and hiding-place,
My never-failing treasury, filled  with boundless stores of grace!

Jesus! my Shepherd, Brother, Friend, my Prophet, Priest and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End, accept the praise I bring.

Weak is the effort of my heart, and cold my warmest thought;
But when I see thee as thou art, I’ll praise thee as I ought.

Till then I would thy love proclaim with every fleeting breath;
And may the music of thy Name refresh my soul in death!

QUOTES TO NOTE – FAITH

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence – Helen Keller

DAILY MEDITATIONS

PERFORMING ONE’S DUTY – Matthew 22: 15-22; Romans 13

The Pharisees in their approach to Christ sought to entangle and trip Him with a hard, subversive question. They felt they could make Him look foolish and be stumped for an appropriate answer. The question was: “Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar or not?”  It came from hypocritical hearts because the questioners would like to have been freed from the yoke of Rome and the domination of its emperor. So the query was not honest at all and deserved total rejection. However, Jesus Christ is all wisdom and gave an answer for all time in these matters: “render unto Caesar’s the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” – v21

They had to discriminate and pay the respects due in both cases. Of course, the greatest honour belongs to God by right of His person and authority, but this does not mean that the government of men should be rejected and flaunted. When they laid down righteous laws of government and made decrees that were true and just they had to be recognized and accepted. If there was a real conflict in the conscience it should be applied in a gracious and honest manner.

The teaching here is helpful to Christians everywhere in relation to outside authorities. Christians are not a law to themselves but they must make sure they conform to the rules of governments as long as they do not contravene God’s laws. When and if they do protest then it must be done in a righteous and gracious way, which demands faith and courage. In these days when God’s standards are constantly undermined you must not be afraid to protest against evil.

 

 

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