welcome to this christian website

Nov 20th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

The great delight of life is to know GOD as your FATHER. The purpose of Christ coming into the world as the Son of God was to make you into a son of God, to become a chosen and choice member of God’s Family and to be in the wholesome position of calling and knowing Him and His Fatherhood in your life in all of its affairs. In and through prayer, you are to call Him Father and to enjoy His loving superintendence and providence at all times in things. He wants to contribute each day and to bring to pass things for you that will totally bless and enrich life. He is interested in all and desires to see you enriched and advanced in His household. Remember, at all times that he has got you covered for time and eternity so you can rest in Him that He will brings things to pass for your great good and blessedness. So pray today, dear Father, may I know your friendship and fellowship and the joy of answered prayer!

SACRED SONGS

O to be Like Thee

A very much loved sacred song that expresses the rich and most important prayer of the soul!

Thomas O. Chisholm was born in Franklin, Kentucky in 1866. His boyhood was spent ona farm and in teaching district schools. He spent fiver years as editor of the local paper at Franklin. He was converted to Christianity at the age of 26 and soon after was business manager and office editor of the “Pentecostal Herald” or Louisville, Ky. In 1903 he entered the ministry of the M. E. Church South. His aim in writing was to incorporate as much as Scripture as possible and to avoid flippant or sentimental themes.

Chisholm was just starting on his journey, and had some feelings he wanted to share. In the 1890’s, young Thomas Chisholm was a humble believer who nevertheless had ambition that moved him. Later, he might have had reason to feel discouraged at one point, as he’d tried a few vocations that didn’t last, forcing him into plan B…or was it in fact C or D? Could it be that his real purpose didn’t jell with the paths he initially chose?  Could this 20-something have suspected, as he wrote “Oh, To Be Like Thee” in that last decade of the century, what still lay ahead and how his life up to that point had been shaping him for the future? ‘Being like thee’ no doubt took Chisholm places he had not suspected were in his path.

Franklin, his humble yet skilful prose was apparent in the poetry he composed in “Oh, To Be Like Thee”. He knew, as a new believer, how his life compared to God’s, and so he called out to Him. Chisholm’s words show the zeal of this new Christian, as he sought His character traits, not merely to admire them, but to shape himself.

1/. O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer; This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I’ll forfeit all of earth’s treasures, Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear
Refrain

O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee! Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;   Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart. (Refrain)

2/. Oh! to be like Thee, full of compassion, Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting, Seeking the wand’ring sinner to find. [Refrain]

3/. Oh! to be like Thee, lowly in spirit, Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches, Willing to suffer, others to save. [Refrain]

4/. Oh! to be like Thee, Lord, I am coming, Now to receive th’ anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing, Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine. [Refrain]

5/. Oh! to be like Thee, while I am pleading, Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love,
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling, Fit me for life and Heaven above. (Refrain)

QUOTES TO NOTE – FAITH

Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that a man could stake his life on it a thousand times – Martin Luther

DAILY MEDITATIONS

PUTTING ON A SHOW – Matthew 23

A whole chapter is given to the subject of hypocrisy by Christ, which shows the serious nature of this evil. In considering His words one notes what an awful wickedness it is and how so easily hypocrisy can invade and affect the life in so many ways. It was the religious leaders of a holy nation that He addressed and exposed the inward motivation of their being and behaviour. He showed them up for what they were and they did not appreciate it. It was imperative that the light of divine truth revealed their real state. They were play-acting with regard to sacred factors and it was not right or good.

The seriousness of hypocrisy can be weighed by the pronunciation of divine judgment on such conduct. Again and again the word is repeated –“Woe.” The deception will be met by the severity it deserves. There will be the exposure and the ultimate sentence of punishment against those guilty of such travesty. The show that has been put on will be seen for what it is and be dealt with in a drastic manner by God. God who is the Judge of all men will attend to the Pharisaical attitude and action.

Every professing Christian must make sure that their Christianity is real. It is possible in Christendom to be guilty of lip service and a lot of outward show that does not ring true. You need to constantly guard against this insidious evil that invades the heart and life. Jesus did say: “More than anything else, beware of these Pharisees and the way they pretend to be good when they aren’t” – Luke 12: 1 Living Bible. It is always a current danger. Make certain that root and branch are removed from your inward being. Be real in all you say and do and thus safeguard your life and faith.

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