welcome to this christian website

Dec 2nd – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

GRACEFUL OR GRACELESS! Which? Because of the message of God’s grace has met you in Jesus Christ, His grace must become the inward dynamic and drive of your life henceforth. Such grace was ministered and released in you when God forgave you all your sin, releasing from the prospect of eternal judgment and introducing you as a new member into God’s family whereby you became His son. Because a principal feature of the nature of God is grace, this is what He is desirous of becoming revealed as a main line quality in those who now live in union with Him. As He has been showing you His boundless love and favour, and still does, so this must now become a paramount virtue in you. Jesus Christ was full of grace and truth and so must this become true of you, too. You are not to be hard, bitter, cruel and resentful but kind and attractive with this factor presiding. So release His grace now and let others see God in and through you today.

SACRED SONGS

We’re Marching to Zion

This sacred song was generally sung at convention and conference meetings when people met together from various churches, delighted at being together as one. It expresses the glorious prospect of the whole Christian Church when it will literally gather together as one with Christ when He comes again.

words: Isaac Watts

chorus: Robert Lowry

music: Robert Lowry

“Should we sing psalms or hymns in our church services? This was the controversy stirring many congregations during the 17th and 18th Centuries. Isaac Watts was the life-long champion of the ‘humanly composed’ hymn while the majority of the English-speaking churhes insisted on the traditional psalm settings. Tempers frequently flared, and some churches actually split in the heat of this decidedly unharmonious musical conflict. In some churches a compromise was reached. The psalm setting would be sung in the early part of the service with a hymn used at the close; during which time the parishioners could leave or simply refuse to sing.

 

Isaac Watts’ ‘Come, We That Love the LORD’ was no doubt written in part to refute his critics, who termed his hymns “Watts’ Whims”, as well as to provide some subtle barbs for those who refused to sing his hymns: ‘Let those refuse to sing who never knew our God; but children of the heavenly Kings may speak their joys abroad.’ The hymn first appeared in Watt’s Hymns and Spiritual Songs of 1707 and was titled ‘Heavenly Joy on Earth’.

May we remember the importance of ‘psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the LORD’ (Ephesians 5:19) implies harmony–spiritual harmony as well as spiritual words and music.”

1/. Come we that love the Lord, And let our joys be known;
Join in a song with sweet accord, And thus surround the throne.

Refrain:
We’re marching to Zion, Beautiful, beautiful Zion;
We’re marching upward to Zion, The beautiful city of God.,

2/. Let those refuse to sing  Who never knew our God;
But children of the heavenly King  Must speak their joys abroad – refrain

3/. The men of grace have found  Glory begun below;
Celestial fruits on earthly ground From faith and hope may grow – refrain

4/. The hill of Zion yields A thousand sacred sweets
Before we reach the heavenly fields, Or walk the golden streets – refrain

5/.Then let our songs abound, And every tear be dry;
We’re marching through Immanuel’s ground To fairer worlds on – refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. – Audrey Hepburn

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN ULTIMATE PRICE – 1 Kings 14: 1-20

The wicked king, Jeroboam, had seemingly got away with his sinful course over a long period of time. He had played fast and loose with God and His goodness over a long stretch of years. Though God had given him the opportunity of carving out a meaningful future, he had blown it. There had been the total disregard of His word and the prophetic messenger and message he had brought with such outstanding signs. May be he had come to the conclusion, at this late point in his life, that God was not too bothered and was overlooking what had happened.

He sends, when his son was very ill, seeking help from the former prophet that had spoken into his life. The answer he received was more than what he bargained for. Instead of knowing a favourable reply he was clearly told what was going to occur to him and his household and to the northern kingdom. The ultimate price for all their sinful conduct was removal. His household would suffer divine judgment and Israel would be exiled in another land. This was the ultimate price to be paid for all the wickedness that had been done. Sin is never overlooked!

The folly of others has always been intended to be a warning light to all generations. People cannot sin and continue in their evil ways and expect to get away with it at the end. Learn from the history and end of others so that you build the proper spiritual safeguards within your life and behaviour. Never reject God or His counsel in your affairs but make sure that you diligently give yourself to pleasing Him in every way. It is the wisest and most rewarding way to live.  The ultimate should always have a great bearing on the immediate regarding conduct.

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