welcome to this christian website

Nov 19th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

The death and resurrection of your Saviour and Lord is purposed to introduce you into a life of perfect and absolute freedom. It is being loosed from the dictatorship of Satan, from the domination of sin ad the control of self. You are to discover that Christian liberty is not a licence to do what you want but a wholesome freedom to choose and do always what is right and good by Christ’s indwelling and inspiration. God has given you great rights in Christ and they are to be exercised in a righteous and gracious manner so they yield the maximum spiritual profit. In freeing you it is with this in mind, that you always choose the highest and best so that you will have no regrets. As you live in and off Christ, feeding on His love, wisdom and grace you will find the will and strength to think and do always that which yields a life of peace, power and prosperity. Enjoy your freedom today in the best sense.

SACRED SONGS

There’s  a  Land that is Fairer than Day

HYMN HISTORY:

Just like all the rest of us, composer Joseph Webster had his off days. So when he walked into the office of his friend Dr. Sandford Bennett, the doctor instinctively knew that the musician was down in the dumps.

‘What’s the trouble now,’ Bennett asked Webster, who appeared rather melancholy.

‘Oh, nothing,’ came the dejected reply. ‘Everything will be alright by and by.’

Dr. Bennett turned back to his desk where he wrote prescriptions as a profession and verse as a hobby. “By and by”, he mused. “The sweet by and by.” He paused, looked over at Webster who by this time was warming himself at the stove and then reached for his writing paper and pen.

The man at the stove, Joseph Philbrick Webster was an out and out musician. In the east, where he was born in 1819, he had been an active member of the Handel and Hayden society and a prolific composer of popular songs. In his early thirties he made the great move west, first to Indiana and then in 1857 to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, where he eventually settled.

When the verse writing physician, Sandford Fillmore Bennett moved to the same town in 1861, it was natural that the two should strike up a partnership.

After six years Bennett knew Webster like a song-book and he soon learned that the best remedy for his partner’s bouts of gloom was a batch of verses to be set to music.

But on that particular day in 1867, the clever doctor had no such remedy in stock. However, Webster’s casual remark had given him a theme and quickly he had gone to work.

While the physician wrote hastily at his desk two other townsfolk joined the musician at the stove. In a few minutes Bennett handed Webster three verses and a chorus; and in less time than it had taken the doctor to write the words the composer set it to music.

He gave the melody a few rounds on his violin and the four men sang the new hymn for the first time.

1/. There’s a land that is fairer than day, and by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way to prepare us a dwelling place there.

Refrain:
In the sweet by and by, we shall meet on that beautiful shore – repeat

2/. We shall sing on that beautiful shore the melodious songs of the blest,
And our spirits shall sorrow no more, not a sigh for the blessing of rest. [Refrain]

3/.  To our bountiful Father above, we will offer our tribute of praise
For the glorious gift of His love, and the blessings that hallow our days. [Refrain]

QUOTES TO NOTE – FAITH

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe – Saint Augustine

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOD OF THE LIVING – Matthew 22: 23-46

In a simple and superb way Christ answered the question of the Sadducee’s that was put before Him. They were vainly attempting to make a mockery of the idea of resurrection and life after death, while at the same time trying to make a fool of Christ. Instead of them being able to justify their belief and position, Jesus utterly exposed their folly and ignorance. He showed them to be in error and ignorance and told them so. He said: “Your error is caused by your ignorance of the Scriptures and of God’s power” – v29.  The story they had just told was ludicrous and fictitious and so their whole approach was not genuine.

The answer given is illuminating. The future state of life reveals a difference for those who are raised to live and rule in His kingdom. The status is entirely new. There is no marriage or sexuality, as people now know it. A brand new, spiritual body is to be given and known that differs to the natural as experienced now – see 1 Corinthians 15: 40-49. He then draws the veil aside by revealing that believers live on after death. In the interpretation of the Biblical statement – “I Am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” He shows, “God is not the God of the dead but the living” -32

You do not have to be anxious or disturbed about death or your eternal future. Christ has answered it in word and deed. By virtue of His own death and resurrection He has proved this to be true. A spiritual body has been prepared for you that will find complete fulfilment in the new world order. Even at death there is nothing to fear. You will join the illustrious company of living saints and believers that are waiting for the trumpet call to resurrection and life – see 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18.

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