welcome to this christian website

Dec 8th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

God has given a choice instrument to be used to utmost profit – the mind. It can be employed in many ways that bring blessing and advantage. One of its uses is memory. It is a veritable computer storing up things that have occurred in a person’s lifetime and can serve especially in relationship with the LORD. You can take a step back and look on the amazing mercy and kindness that has been manifest towards you and be filled with overwhelming gratitude. Maybe today, it would be a good and wise decision to take some time reflecting and recording out of the archives of your life’s history the times He has stepped in an answered your prayers and worked the unique in terms of provision, guidance, protection etc. By so doing, there will come an emboldening of faith and the will to believe and expect in the immediate. The remembering will be but the platform for even the birthing of newer and greater revelations of His love, wisdom and power in your affairs, now.

SACRED SONGS

Abide with me

This is a hymn that is known by a great amount of people in the UK. It is is one that is annually sung at Wembley at the Cup Final. It is part of the important proceedings. It expresses the truth that above all there is the need God alone is the One that must be around at all times to secure our well being. Being godless is detrimental. Having Him close at hand at all times is glorious security and prospect. Sing it in faith today and enjoy the sense of His nearness and ministry. A hymn which, as Erik Routley put it, “looks death itself in the face” and embodies the human craving for companionship in extremis.

The text is the work of Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847), a neurotic curate who spent most of his career in the fishing village of Lower Brixham in Devon. He had been haunted by the phrase, repeatedly muttered by his close friend, William Le Hunte, as he lay dying.

It was misremembered from Luke 24:29, where the disciples meet but do not recognise the resurrected Jesus. “Abide with us,” they ask him, “for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.”

As has often been remarked, the change to the singular pronoun is what gives the hymn its comforting emotional intimacy. Lyte wrote Abide with me to his own tune, but today it is sung to Eventide, composed in 10 minutes by the organist William Monk, during what his widow recalled as “a time of great sorrow. Hand in hand we were silently watching the glory of the setting sun (our daily habit) until the golden hue had faded… Then he took paper and pencilled the tune which has gone all over the world.”

Abide with me was hugely popular in the trenches of the First World War, and was sung by Nurse Edith Cavell the night before the Germans shot her for helping British soldiers to escape from occupied Belgium.

A great favourite of the Royal Family, it was played at the weddings of the future George VI to Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon and their daughter Elizabeth to Prince Philip. It is a fixture of the FA Cup final, Anzac Day and the British Legion’s Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. On Sept 21, 2001 it was unforgettably played at Ground Zero by a Salvation Army band during the commemoration of the September 11 attacks. It also features on the soundtracks of several movies – The Full Monty, 28 Days Later, A Bridge Too Far – and is always associated with mourning and tragedy.

1/. Abide with me; fast falls the eventide: The darkness deepens; Lord, with me abide:
When other helpers fail, and comforts  flee,  Help of the helpless, O abide with me.

2/. Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away;
Change and decay in all around I see: O thou who changest not, abide with me.

3/. I need thy presence ev’ry passing hour; What but thy grace can foil the  tempter’s power?
Who like thyself my guide and stay can be? Through cloud and sunshine, Lord  abide with me.

4/. I fear no foe, with thee at hand to bless; Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory? I triumph still, if thou abide with me.

5/. Hold thou thy Cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies:
Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee: In life, in death, o Lord, abide with me.

QUOTES TO NOTE – CHRISTMAS

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. Thomas S. Monson

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A TRUE PROPHET OF GOD – 1 Kings 17: 8-24

Further developments had to take place in the growth of faith in this choice man of God. He needed to make progress in order to fulfil his calling. The brook dried up and ravens stopped their daily visits. Elijah was re-directed and told to go and stay with a widow woman who was in great straits. The Lord was to teach him and the widow vital lessons. The prophet was going to turn out to be a real answer to this woman in a dynamic fashion. She was going to respond to his word of faith and he was going to be cared for by her over quite a period of time. There was to be a significant outworking of the providence of God for all.

The widow was to find out that this unique individual that moved into her situation in a crisis moment was truly God’s servant and thus confirm his standing before God.  There was the daily, miraculous provision in the unfailing cruse of oil and handful of flour. It was affirmed there would be a bountiful and unending supply. The death and resurrection of her son through the prophet just added to the witness of his relationship with God. There was also the confirmation that whatever evil may have been linked with her past, all was forgiven and forgotten.

There are times when you really need to know who you are and that the Lord is truly with you to fulfil your destiny. He has His own way of giving His assurance. As you act in love, faith and obedience to Him, there will be His approval and answers in many ways. He will use other people and circumstances to test but these will be the factors that will assure you of your calling and His acceptance. What He has in mind is your perfect development so that you may advance to achieve His real purpose for your life.

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