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Dec 18th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson



As the Celebration of Christmas is upon you, make sure that He is the focus and centre of your pleasure. Give time, thought and pure devotion to Him who vacated the Divine Form and Throne to become the Infant Babe and future Saviour of mankind. Because He came, you now enjoy the blessings of absolution for all your sins, reconciliation to fellowship with the Father, adoption into His Family guidance and providence for this life as well as the prospect of living in heaven for endless ages. Bethlehem was the beginning but the fruits of his life, death resurrection, ascension and coming advent are eternal. Do not be so enmeshed in the trivia that you forget the most important truths and realities. Because He came and made the difference, so your present and future prospects are altogether fantastic and phenomenal.


Jesus, Keep me Near the  Cross

Another great hymn from Fanny Crosby’s pen which has proved an immense pleasure and blessing to countless thousand. She underlines the fact of how important, precious and valuable is the Cross of Christ to the Christian believer. It is there where we found release from the burden of sin and reconciliation and restoration to the Father. Like Paul, we will glory in no other factor!

The glory of the Cross, a theme of the refrain, is a common metaphor of Romantic-era hymnody. The Cross, a place where the pain of earth and the joy of heaven come together, is a kind of spiritual altar to which we might draw near for refuge and solace. From it flows a “precious fountain”—an image perhaps borrowed from the 18th-century poet William Cowper and his hymn “There is a fountain filled with blood” (UM Hymnal, No. 622).

Though an instrument of cruel punishment and torture, the Cross is a source of a “healing stream” (stanza one) and a place where “the bright and morning star sheds its beams” on us (stanza two).

Many writers have commented on Fanny Crosby’s ability to employ the technique of hypotyposis—painting a vivid scene as if it were present—even though she was blinded soon after birth.

The famous evangelist Dwight L. Moody was said to have asked Crosby the following question toward the end of her life: “If you could have just one wish granted, what would it be?”

Moody expected her to ask for sight. Sensing this she is said to have replied, “If I could have one wish, I’d wish that I might continue blind the rest of my life.” Moody was taken back and asked, “How can you say that?” Crosby was said to have responded, “Because, after being blind for all these years, the first face I want to see now is the face of Jesus.”

1/. Jesus, keep me near the cross, There’s a precious fountain,

Free to all, a healing stream – Flows from Calvary’s mountain

In the cross, in the cross, Be my glory ever;
Till my raptured soul shall find Rest beyond the river.

2/. Near the cross, a trembling soul, Love and Mercy found me;
There the bright and morning star Sheds its beams around me – refrain

3/. Near the cross! O Lamb of God, Bring its scenes before me;
Help me walk from day to day, With its shadows o’er me – refrain

4/. Near the cross I’ll watch and wait Hoping, trusting ever,
Till I reach the golden strand, Just beyond the river – refrain


“The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums.
The world would mould men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behaviour, but Christ can change human nature” ― Ezra Taft Benson



It is important to know as to who should be listened to on important issues. Ahab and Jehoshaphat had joined forces to go into conflict and the former was listening to the wrong voices for direction. The latter was not impressed by the utterance of the false prophets and so raised the question in v7 – “Is there not here a prophet of the Lord besides that we may inquire of him?” He was not going to be deceived by the message that was uttered by these questionable messengers. He sensed that they were not speaking the truth: a more reliable person with a genuine message was needed.

One individual could be relied upon to courageously speak out in contrast. Ahab didn’t like him because he highlighted his evil ways but he was a true mouthpiece for God. As he was sent for the true prophet made it clear he would only utter what the Lord gave him – v14, and he proceeded to do so although it would temporarily prove costly to him. At the end of the day he turned out to be the one who had the right word into the situation. The king paid an awful price with the loss of his life and kingdom. God, His Word or His messenger were not to be despised.

It is imperative that the word of truth is declared into all life’s situations and experiences so that all may be guided aright. Also, it is vital that there be the genuine communicators of truth that are sent from God. You owe it to yourself to make sure that what your mind and heart is fed with is the spiritual and factual that proceeds from God so that your faith and conduct is correctly inspired. Further, it is needful that you speak the truth at all times especially that which God has sown within your being. Be a true messenger for God to those around you.



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