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Nov 29th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Life is usually filled with routine business but then it can be suddenly hit by surprise, tragedy and uncertainty. Knowing how to cope when these things are sprung upon you unannounced is not an easy matter. It is most helpful when you have a great deal of wisdom, patience and faith to deal with such. The great thing is, having the LORD as your Friend and Partner is so beneficial. In a quiet and unassuming manner, when He is turned to, He has the answers and somehow assists to cope and deal with the difficult situations. There is no need to be fearful or fretful if He is alongside because He will not fail to lend His expertise and energy. So do not exist in negativity and alarm if He is with you. That is the vital consideration. Each day, throughout it, you must ascertain He is with and for you and so you will handle everything and everyone in a wise and positive fashion and come out on top.

SACRED SONGS

In the Cross be my Glory Ever

Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) was the author of over 8,500 gospel songs. Though blind at 6 weeks of age, Crosby began composing texts at age 6. She later became a teacher at the New York School for the Blind, where she was a student. A friend of several presidents, Crosby became one of the most important advocates for the cause of the blind in the United States.

This hymn first appeared in the collection Bright Jewels (1869), compiled by Bradbury, Doane, W.F. Sherwin and Chester G. Allen, at least two of whom were famous writers of gospel song tunes. Indeed, it was Doane who wrote the music and then gave it to Fanny Crosby to add the text—a practice that was not uncommon in their relationship.

UM Hymnal editor Carlton R. Young notes: “It is one of many texts by Crosby that combine vivid imagery (she was blinded in her childhood) and powerful biblical and evangelical metaphors: the Cross, a fountain of healing streams, free grace, the daily walk of faith, God’s pursuing love and mercy, Jesus, the Lamb of God, beyond the river of death—heaven with its golden streets—and rest for the post-Raptured souls.”

Though an instrument of cruel punishment and torture, the Cross is a source of a “healing stream” (stanza one) and a place where “the bright and morning star sheds its beams” on us (stanza two).

The famous evangelist Dwight L. Moody was said to have asked Crosby the following question toward the end of her life: “If you could have just one wish granted, what would it be?”

Moody expected her to ask for sight. Sensing this she is said to have replied, “If I could have one wish, I’d wish that I might continue blind the rest of my life.” Moody was taken back and asked, “How can you say that?” Crosby was said to have responded, “Because, after being blind for all these years, the first face I want to see now is the face of Jesus.”

1/. Jesus, keep me near the cross, There a precious fountain—
Free to all, a healing stream—Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.

Refrain:
In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river.

2/. Near the cross, a trembling soul, Love and Mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star Sheds its beams around me – refrain

3/. Near the cross! O Lamb of God, Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day, With its shadows o’er me – refrain

4/. Near the cross I’ll watch and wait Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand, Just beyond the river – refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – THANKFUL

I don’t think you should spend your life praying for things, but I do believe you should thank God for what He’s given you… but I think the scripture teaches us that we can pray for our dreams, pray for the big things… he’s not a small God; this God is incredible. Joel Osteen

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOD’S CONFIRMATION – Matthew 27: 32-66

When Christ was dying He really did look a victim and one that was seemingly friendless and forsaken. Although He was in personal spiritual victory throughout, yet He looked to be helpless. How easily He could have come down from the Cross and answered the taunts but He refused. In Hebrews 12: 2 we are told, “He endured the Cross.” The crowd called out for God’s vindication as to whether He was the Son of God. Christ had to wait for that, and it happened!

No sooner had he cried out His final words of accomplishment – v50, that God steps in and performs extraordinary things in confirmation. First and best of all, the veil in the Temple that separated the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place was split in two. The way into God’s Presence was now wide open for all to enter through the sacrifice of Christ. Creation added its witness with the shaking of the earth and other things took place. Those around suddenly changed their minds and said: “Surely this was the God’s Son” – v54.

God has given full evidence as to the identity and the work of Christ by the fact of His death. You can now place your full faith in His death and enjoy the benefit of knowing the intimate, rich fellowship of God. Now it is possible for you to draw nigh to God wholly pardoned and cleansed from sin by virtue of His death for you. His death was not in vain: it was to provide you with the opportunity of fellowship with God. Make the most of it!

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE DIVINE SIFTING

Amos  9

God makes very clear in v9 what His intentions are with what is going to occur in relation to His people. He is not in a negative state of mind and action as Israel is about to face a tremendous ordeal. In and through it He is going to perform and amazing work in relation to a certain group.  The object of His exercise in the proceedings is that he is going to perform a serious job of sifting with two principal factors in mind: one to discover and get rid of the rubbish and to save and secure that which is good and profitable. It can be seen that Jehovah is on a worthwhile enterprise and will see it through to a satisfactory conclusion.

1/. THE DIVINE SIFTING IS GOING TO OCCUR THROUGH SEVERE JUDGMENT – vv1-8

The word has it: ‘none will escape.’ No one will be able to hide or run away from this experience. The eyes of the Lord miss no one and nothing and all will be called upon to face the reality and severity of this ordeal.- v8. Sinners will have to confront this and even saints will be faced with the issue. The former have every reason to be afraid whilst the latter have every cause to have faith and trust in Jehovah. The judgment and the Judge will both have to be face and no one should be under any wrong illusions. Just as corn is thrown to the strong wind so that the chaff may be blown away so there is the fierce gale of wrath to blow. Another illustration is of gold and dross in the melting pot: both experience the heat and pressure.

2/. THE DIVINE SIFTING IS TO BE UNDERTAKEN WITH GREAT CARE – v9

The assurance is that not one good grain will fall to the earth and be lost. That which is worth something surfaces and is brought to view and is uniquely preserved. It can come through the trial knowing that in the end it will show its true character. The Lord knows all that are His and He is able to determine those who are precious and vital.

3/. THE DIVINE SIFTING IS TO BE WITH SUPREME OBJECTIVES – vv11-15

There are tremendous beneficial ends that the Lord has in mind for those who have been wonderfully preserved. The preservation is for a divine purpose. The Holy City is to be is to be divinely restored and the land is to be relieved of its curse and so are the people. They are going to enjoy to the full the maximum amount of blessings and prosperity the like that the Holy Land has never witnessed before.

CONCLUSION

It is important to be amongst those who are preserved in the sifting and not to perish. Psalm one reveals what the consummation of the righteous is.

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