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Dec 7th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE  

DAILY MESSAGE

Don’t flinch from the challenge that is set before you today; be steadfast in mind, heart and in will in and through your Lord. Life is purposed to be a series of God-appointed tests which teach reliance upon Him for understanding, faith and strength which will enable you to become a quality character on and through whom extraordinary abilities will be manifest both in time and eternity. Such is a difficult and hard process but in observing the life of saints of old and Christ’s attainments, they serve to inspire to true success. God is not wasting time or life on you but has big vision for your development and usefulness. So accept life with all of its demands. Determine to be resolute and you will know the strength of the Lord inspiring, sensing that you are well able to deal with that which will test your spiritual moral and natural strength. There is no likelihood that you will fail, falter or fall because you will be divinely sustained and be a winner.

SACRED SONGS

Crown Him with Many Crowns

This was a great hymn for Sunday morning and in our great Convention Gatherings. How Christian believers felt good about Him and rose to really exalt the King. There was an immense sense of His Majesty being present!

In the 1800s there was great tension between the Catholic and Anglican churches (see: History of Hymns). Crown Him with Many Crowns is a wonderful example of how God takes the troubles of man and turns them around for good (Romans 8:28).

The song was originally penned in 1851 by Matthew Bridges (1800-1894), who once wrote a book condemning Roman Catholic theology, and then later converted to Catholicism. Bridges wrote six stanzas, based upon Revelations 19:12, “…and on His head were many crowns.”

Godfrey Thring (1823-1903) was a devout Anglican clergyman who was concerned that this popular hymn was allowing Catholic theology to be sung by protestant congregations. And so he wrote six new verses.

The 12 stanzas have been mixed and matched down through the years. Interestingly, of the following six verses most commonly appearing in hymnals today, three were written by Bridges (vs 1,2,and 4) and three by Thring (vs 3,5 and 6).

Crown Him with many crowns, the Lamb upon His throne.
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love, behold His hands and side,
Those wounds, yet visible above, in beauty glorified.
No angel in the sky can fully bear that sight,
But downward bends his burning eye at mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of life, who triumphed over the grave,
And rose victorious in the strife for those He came to save.
His glories now we sing, who died, and rose on high,
Who died eternal life to bring, and lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of heaven: One with the Father known,
One with the Spirit Through Him given From yonder glorious throne.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail Throughout eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of lords, who over all doth reign,
Who once on earth, the incarnate Word, for ransomed sinners slain,
Now lives in realms of light, where saints with angels sing
Their songs before Him day and night, their God, Redeemer, King.

Crown Him the Lord of years, the Potentate of time,
Creator of the rolling spheres, ineffably sublime.
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou has died for me;
Thy praise and glory shall not fail throughout eternity.

QUOTES TO NOTE – WISDOM

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Henry David Thoreau 

DAILY MEDITATIONS

NATURAL AND MIRACULOUS PROVISION – 1 Kings 17: 2-5

The consequences of the divine judgment would fall on all the land and people; therefore it was essential that the Lord attend to the safety and well being of His servant Elijah. Having performed a courageous mission, it was now the responsibility of the Lord to ensure the protection of the prophet. He would have to be truly provided for so that he would come to no harm. From the narrative it is obvious that this had not been overlooked.

A place had been appointed where he could hide and where he would not lack. The Lord said: “Go to the east and hide by Cherith brook at a place where it enters the Jordan river” – v3. It was there that he knew both a natural and supernatural provision. There was fresh water to drink from the brook and birds were sent daily with food for him to eat. The Lord was not without His means or messengers to make sure that His man was daily sustained. It was here that Elijah discovered the faithfulness and ability of God to meet his current demand.

As you fulfil God’s will in your life and work there is no need to worry or be over-concerned about your preservation or how He will meet your physical needs. The important thing is to be in the place where He has appointed you. It is in that location where you will discover the abundant supply of God. The promise is sure from Philippians 4: 19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” The opportunity will be given to prove that He can perform with an open hand both naturally and supernaturally on your behalf.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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NO ESCAPE    

JONAH 1

This is a very intriguing and instructive story recorded in God’s Word. It reveals the Lord’s dealings with a man in order to deal with a pagan and wicked city. In both cases it is to be observed that the Lord was most gracious. For Jonah there was to be no escape from fulfilling the divine call and his important destiny. Jonah was the man and messenger who was on the run and became a fugitive. Up to this point in time he must have been a prophet to his own people but then the Lord redirects his call and ministry. And he doesn’t like or favour it and so seeks an escape route. Although he tried to escape on a number of fronts yet there was to be no escape.

1/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM PAYING HIS OWN FARE – 1:3

This was not God’s way, will and choice, so he had to foot the bill. His expenses were not covered by this kind of action. He thought it was cheaper doing what he wanted rather than doing God’s plan. But it became in the first instance a financing of his own mission.

2/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM THE STORM – 1: 4

No sooner is he en-route and out to sea and feeling some-what comfortable, the sea lets loose its ferocity. He finds that wind and wave combine together in violent protest to the prophet’s decision and action. He is not going to get away so easily from his moral and spiritual responsibility. They rise in testimony against what he is doing and so all is threatened by his rebellion.

3/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM THE MARINERS AND THE CASTING OF THE LOTS – 1: 6-10

He now discovers that the captain and sailors are now in no mood to tolerate what is occurring. They sense that this unusual storm has some significant reason for its occurrence. For this to happen, somebody is responsible. To stir up the wrath of the gods means something exists amongst them that needs sorting out. The seeming quiet trip is turning out to be horrendous, a horrible nightmare! The truth is made known and there is no escape for Jonah amidst the seeming godless.

4/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM BEING THROWN OVERBOARD – 1: 15,16

He now has to be cast to the mercy of the sea away from the security of the boat. He is now himself in real jeopardy. And when all is suddenly quieted he must have been aware of the gravity of his sin. But he is alone in the great waters.

5/. THERE WAS TO BE NO ESCAPE FROM BEING SWALLOWED BY THE FISH – 1: 17

He must have been somewhat shocked and surprised to find this big fish awaiting to take him on board. There is no way of escaping the Lord. He’s in charge!

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