welcome to this christian website

Dec 14th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

The Bible is a ‘David and Goliath’ book. It teaches us that every act of God in our lives is designed to increase, not decrease, our dependence on Him. He’ll never give us an assignment, which does not require His direct involvement and participation. Those things that appear to threaten and challenge your faith and conviction of an immense order can be more than answered as you rely upon His revelation and input. In no way will He leave you at the mercy of anyone or anything but is always present to perform outstandingly on your behalf. He will give you cause to record testimony both to His greatness and goodness. All things are possible to us in and through Him so let’s believe and go for God at work on a supernatural scale and so let others see he is still around to achieve choice things.

SACRED SONGS

O Come All ye Faithful

This is one of most popular and well-remembered carols of all sung so often at Christmas. It is an invitation to consider the coming of Christ to Bethlehem’s manger to bring about the salvation of mankind. The babe in the manger was none other than the King of Angels, Son of God. Every reason to bring and give Him the true, inspired worshipped entitled to Him. Thank God, he is no longer in a cradle or a Cross but on the throne crowned, King of kings!

“O Come, All Ye Faithful” (originally written in Latin as Adeste Fideles) is a Christmas carol which has been attributed to various authors, including John Francis Wade (1711–1786), with the earliest copies of the hymn all bearing his signature, John Reading (1645–1692) and King John IV of Portugal (1604–1656).

The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley, written in 1841, is widespread in most English speaking countries. The present harmonisation is from the English Hymnal (1906).

An original manuscript of the oldest known version, dating from 1751, is held by Stonyhurst College in Lancashire.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant! O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore Him, (3×) Christ the Lord.

God of God, light of light, Lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten, not created: nO come, let us adore Him, (3×) Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest: O come, let us adore Him, (3×) Christ the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! O come, let us adore Him, (3×) Christ the Lord..

QUOTES TO NOTE – CHRISTMAS

Christmas is the day that holds all time together – Alexander Smit

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A WORTHY ASSISTANT – 1 Kings 19: 15-21

After his rather difficult experience and discovering God in a new way, Elijah is called to have an assistant who will turn out to be a worthy assistant and successor. He was to find out that the Lord had plans not only for him but the next generation. In no way was he alone in his faith and devotion to God: he was to quickly find out there were other noble people who were devoted to God in a very real way. The Lord sent him on a mission to call the young man Elisha to come alongside himself and take up a role that would prove most beneficial.

When he meets up with this young man he sees that he is busy at work. As soon as he throws his mantle on him the response is immediate. It seems that he is utterly sensitive to its meaning and makes a commitment straightaway to follow Elijah and be his assistant. What a fantastic person he turned out to be, with an outstanding ministry and service! He was ready to serve and also be tutored in God in order to be prepared for greater enterprise for God. Elijah could not have chosen a better understudy himself. Elisha was the ideal person in every way.

There are occasions when God desires that other people should be introduced into our lives and situations so that they may serve us and that we might serve them in the interests of God. The baton needs to be passed on. What has been gathered over the years by way of experience and knowledge needs to be invested in others for them and the next generation to profit. Note who the Lord is placing alongside of you and make certain that you do your part to inspire and guide them aright.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THINGS LEARNED IN CRISIS 

Jonah 2 

It is at this point in the career of Jonah, when plunged into extenuating circumstances, that he discovers things of note.  He is allowed to encounter this demanding situation where his life was truly threatened in order to reveal factors of supreme worth. Though he was disobedient and a fugitive, the Lord was still prepared to have dealings with him and to work most amazingly on his behalf.  It was the Lord who had sent the storm and prepared the fish and it was in the divine purpose that these arrangements had been made. He was responsible for the crisis and out of it other things were to develop.

1/. THERE CAME THE EXPRESSION OF PRAYER –  v1

Prayer has been made through the centuries of time in some strange places; here we have a man praying from inside a fish. He knew he was in crisis and there was no way out without divine intervention. The Lord could both see and hear him from this situation. He may be hidden from natural view but not from G

2/. THERE WAS AN AWARENESS OF THE HAND OF GOD – v3

Jonah knew without any doubt that he was in this plight by reason of the action of God. His own inner conviction and outward conditions were both a testimony and he confessed the facts and honesty of everything. God’s hand was in all these matters and only His hand could amend the same.

3/. THERE WAS A FRESH NEED TO LOOK TO GOD – v4

His predicament was awful but amidst it he would give his mind and heart towards thinking and looking heavenward. He had to get rid of his personal pride and bias and face the facts: He needed to t look again to the Lord. The Lord was giving him this renewed opportunity and he needed to seize it. 

4/. THERE WAS THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S GRACE – v7

In remembering the Lord, it was with a deep sense of His grace. Thankfully, the Lord was not like Jonah.  He was conscious of the compassion and kindness of the Lord and this was a factor he had problems with!

5/. THERE WAS A READINESS FOR FRESH COMMITMENT – v9

He is brought to the realisation that the Lord expected something from him: thanksgiving and re-dedication. He was cornered and it was time to do the right thing before the Lord. Nothing pleases the Lord more than our renewal.

6/. THERE WAS THE BLESSING OF A MIRACLE – v10

The great thing was, the Lord had arranged for the fish to transport him to the right place and vomit him on shore. He not only survived, he was rescued.

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