welcome to this christian website

Dec 4th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Disappointments are often God’s appointments, which, if accepted in good grace test your spiritual reaction as to whether your faith and trust is in Him or in your circumstances. All men of divine worth and character and who have attained something significant and worthwhile, have had to go through this procedure and process. It is a sure sign of God’s interest and commitment to you and embraces a worthy future. When things do not turn out as you think there is the tendency to lose heart and confidence and one can land in no man’s land and be dejected. But being placed in the Lord’s perspective and workings leads to promotion and praise. Even in trials you be at peace and live in assurance of a noteworthy and praiseworthy end.

SACRED SONGS

Hallelujah for the Cross

How we revelled in singing this hymn over Easter time! I don’t think I can ever forget singing this sacred song with gusto along with other believers. The atmosphere was charged and faith predominant as we vocalized out assurance and delight over the enormous personal triumph of Christ over the Cross. Yes! It was the greatest day and event of history! Things dramatically altered because of it for eternity!

Dr. Horatius Bonar was an evangelical pastor in Scotland, and a great hymn writer. (I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say is another of his hundreds of songs.) In the present one he exalts the cross of Christ. “It is the old cross still, ”where by the grace of God “Christ, the blessed Son” atoned for our sins (CH-2).

“Alleluia” is the Greek form of the Hebrew word Hallelujah. The latter is a compound expression, made up of the Hebrew words halal (meaning to glory in, or boast of), and Yah (a shortened form of Yahweh, or Jehovah). Thus “Hallelujah!” repeated thirty times in this hymn (counting the refrains) means “Praise the Lord!”

During the nineteenth century, the winds of scepticism and unbelief were blowing. The Bible was being attacked by liberal scholars, and schools of theology were turning out pastors who no longer stood for the verbal inspiration of the Scriptures (II Tim. 3:16), or the fundamentals of the apostolic faith (cf. Jude 1:3).

“Many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ” (Phil. 3:18). For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God” (1 Cor. 1:18).

The church of Jesus Christ needed those who would proclaim the Word with clarity and power, and God raised up men who did just that. There might be spiritual drift and apostasy on the part of some, but God’s truth had not changed. The gospel of grace, and the saving power of the cross were needed as much as ever.

1/. The cross, it standeth fast— Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Defying every blast—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
The winds of hell have blown, The world its hate hath shown,
Yet it is not overthrown—Hallelujah for the cross!

Refrain

Hallelujah, hallelujah, Hallelujah for the cross;
Hallelujah, hallelujah, It shall never suffer loss!

2/. It is the old cross still—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Its triumph let us tell—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
The grace of God here shone Thru Christ, the blessèd Son,
Who did for sin atone—Hallelujah for the cross! – refrain

3/.’Twas here the debt was paid—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
Our sins on Jesus laid—Hallelujah, hallelujah!
So round the cross we sing Of Christ, our offering,
Of Christ, our living king—Hallelujah for the cross! – refrain

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment – Jim Rohn

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A NOBLE MOTIVATION – 1 Kings 15

There is seen a contrast in the one that follows Rehoboam and Abijam. Asa, the son of Abijam, was of a different persuasion and character. Instead of following his immediate father and grandfather’s footsteps, he decides to go back further still and adopt the faith and conduct of his ancestor David. It was a wise desire and move. He made it is his first and major concern to please the Lord. It was a bold and courageous action because it meant that some important measures had to be adopted throughout the land for the benefit of the people.

He gave himself to the removal of all the evil practices that had displeased the Lord. He even expelled his grandmother who had been one of the responsible people for the degenerate state – vv12, 13. Within him was this noble motivation to please the Lord and to put the nation back on line with the Lord. He could see where things had gone wrong, which had brought a load of problems and difficulties. He had the sense to see where it stemmed from. The only remedial course was to get rid of all the pollution and purify the land and put God in His rightful place.

There are times when drastic measures have to be adopted if there is going to be any acceptance by God and the restoration of His favour. It is no good thinking that the life style that has been created by others is to be accepted as the norm if such displeases God. There has to be a daring to make a difference and the readiness to dispose of that which is offensive to God. No excuse can be accepted. Perhaps you need to arise and be bold to take action against evil that has established itself in your life. If you are to please God then all sin has to go, root and branch, so that nothing is tolerated that offends Him.

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