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Dec 5th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

To be successful in Christian life and living, besides have a mind that is capable of receiving and being taught of the Lord and a heart that loves His directions, there must be the possession of an energized will by the Holy Spirit in order to carry through to perfect fulfilment all that is revealed. The clear teaching of Christ is, it is those that do what is made known that matters, hence the demand that the will be healthy, holy and immediately responsive so all is carried through to complete heaven’s design and desire. So pay attention not only to hear well and to truly desire what is required, but let your will be strong and decisive to obey so that there is no breakdown. Christ sets the example because He allowed nothing and no one to sidetrack Him and hinder His to total obedience. It is the believer that does what God the Father requires that receive His approval and blessing.

SACRED SONGS

O Happy Day that Fixed my Choice

Though lesser known than Charles Wesley, Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) has been ranked as one of the finer poets of the 18th century. Among his friends was the famous hymn-writer Isaac Watts (1674-1748).

Doddridge, the youngest of 20 children, was born in London, England. He was cared for by friends when, as a young boy, his parents died. Though orphaned, his talents did not go unnoticed, and the Duchess of Bedford offered to send him to Cambridge if he would become an Anglican priest upon graduation.

Doddridge declined this gracious offer as he felt that he was called to minister in the non-conformist church. After attending Kibworth Academy in Leicestershire, he began preaching at age 21.

At age 27, Doddridge became the pastor of Castle Hill Congregational Chapel in Northampton and the principal of the Northampton Academy. Teaching most subjects at the school including Greek, Hebrew, mathematics, philosophy, the Bible and theology, he was known as a brilliant scholar and recognized as a Doctor of Divinity from Aberdeen University in 1736.

Doddridge was also known as an author with his most famous theological works being a monograph, “The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul” and a New Testament commentary entitled Family Exposition.

“O happy day,” expressing the profound joy of one whose faith resides in Jesus Christ, is the poet’s best known hymn today. It was originally entitled “Rejoicing in Our Covenant Engagement to God” based upon 2 Chronicles 15:15: “And all Judah rejoiced over the oath; for they had sworn with all their heart, and had sought him with their whole desire, and he was found by them, and the LORD gave them rest around about” (RSV).

The author celebrates the “great transaction” of God’s love between humanity and the Divine (stanza 3). The poet’s “long-divided heart” finds “a nobler part . . . [where] heavenly pleasures fill my breast” (stanza 4). In the final stanza we find that the vows made in earlier stanzas take us to “high heaven” where the “bond” between the Christian and Christ is finally and fully consummated, a customary ending for so many hymns of this era.

Doddridge developed tuberculosis at age 48. Funds were collected by friends to send him to Lisbon, Portugal, with the hope of prolonging his life, but he died in Lisbon in 1851 and is buried in the English cemetery there.

1/. O happy day, that fixed my choice On Thee, my Saviour and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice, And tell its raptures all abroad.

Refrain

Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away!
He taught me how to watch and pray, and live rejoicing every day
Happy day, happy day, when Jesus washed my sins away.

2/. O happy bond, that seals my vows To Him Who merits all my love!
Let cheerful anthems fill His house, While to that sacred shrine I move – refrain

3/. ’Tis done: the great transaction’s done! I am the Lord’s and He is mine;
He drew me, and I followed on; Charmed to confess the voice divine – refrain

4/. Now rest, my long divided heart, Fixed on this blissful centre, rest.
Here have I found a nobler part; Here heavenly pleasures fill my breast – refrain

5/. High heaven, that heard the solemn vow, That vow renewed shall daily hear,
Till in life’s latest hour I bow And bless in death a bond so dear.

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing – Socrates

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A LESSON NEVER LEARNED – 1 Kings 16

In reviewing the spiritual situation that existed in the northern kingdom known as Israel, it becomes obvious that the succession of rulers never learned the lesson that should have been understood and applied. Each monarch that replaces the next one seems to be worse and the nation is plunged into ruin. They violate the laws of God and refuse to give Him a proper place of respect and worship. The sin, intrigue and violence meant that no one could be trusted. Not one of the leaders was prepared to make a break with evil.

The worst one of all the rulers was Ahab. The Living Bible states: “But he was more wicked than his father Omri; he was worse than any other king of Israel” – v30.  He went further by marrying a very wicked woman by the name of Jezebel. Her name has become synonymous with evil. All failed to understand that this way was proving to be the undoing of the people and the nation. Selfishness appears to be the thing that drove them to this kind of conduct. There was a need for this to be dramatically altered to save the crisis that they were all in.

All ought to evaluate the things that have occurred throughout history especially in relation to sin. If there is one thing that stands out for each person to be convinced of it is this: sin eventually results in ruination. This is so at a personal and national level. Make sure that Christ effectively deals with the principle of evil in your life lest it brings about your devastation and demise.

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