welcome to this christian website

Dec 23rd – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

One of the important things you should seek and maintain is a keen sense of values, to know what is important, of worth, and such to be jealously guarded and implemented. At this season of the year which is special in the Calendar of the Christian Church, Christmas, it is vital that Christ occupies first place in your faith and procedure. Whilst it is great to give gifts and party, the essential spiritual values of the scriptures, prayer and meeting together in Christian Fellowship as to conduct heavenly business. Many things of divine value are relegated to a subsidiary situation in the pursuit of the merely natural factors. It should be an occasion when you come to know Christ better and where your roots go deeper into Him. He is the most important factor in your daily agenda and at this season. Have a Happy Christmas with Christ in it!

SACRED SONGS

While Shepherds Watch their Flocks by Night

An unforgettable carol based on an indescribable experience by humble shepherds tending their flock.  That night would never be forgotten in what they heard and saw and the knowledge of the Christ child would live on in their minds and hearts. May it be so for you. too!

This is a carol that cannot be forgotten at Christmas time. It is an apt reminder of the way that God broke into the humble life and lifestyle of those shepherds and give them an indescribable and memorable experience. What a privilege was accorded them of see the greatest baby ever to be born!

It is a Christmas Carol describing the Annunciation to the shepherds with words attributed to Irish hymnist, lyricist and England’s Poet Laureate Nahum Tate.

George Kirby, about whom little is known, was employed by Este to arrange some of tunes featured in his The Whole Book of Psalms and it is his arrangement of Tye’s work that appears in the  Psalter to accompany Psalm 84″How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” with the melody in the tenor. The tune and hymn text were probably first published together in an arrangement by William Henry Monk for  Hymns Ancient and Modern.

Professor Jeremy Dibble of Durham University has noted that “While Shepherds Watched” was “the only Christmas hymn to be approved by the Church of England in the 18th century and this allowed it to be disseminated across the country with the Book of Common Prayer. This was because most carols, which had roots in folk music, were considered too secular and thus not used in church services until the end of the 18th century.

1/. While shepherds watched Their flocks by night All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down And glory shone around And glory shone around

2/ “Fear not,” he said, For mighty dread Had seized their troubled minds
“Glad tidings of great joy I bring To you and all mankind, To you and all mankind.”

3/. “To you in David’s Town this day Is born of David’s line
The Saviour who is Christ the Lord And this shall be the sign And this shall be the sign.”

4/. “The heavenly Babe You there shall find To human view displayed
And meanly wrapped In swathing bands And in a manger laid And in a manger laid.”

5/. Thus spake the seraph, And forthwith Appeared a shining throng
Of angels praising God, who thus Addressed their joyful song Addressed their joyful song

6/. “All glory be to God on high And to the earth be peace;
Goodwill henceforth From heaven to men Begin and never cease Begin and never cease!” 

QUOTES TO NOTE – CHRIST

“If someone proved to me that Christ is outside the truth and that in reality the truth were outside of Christ, then I should prefer to remain with Christ rather than with the truth” ― Fyodor Dostyevsky

DAILY MEDITATIONS

JUST THE MAN– 2 Kings 3: 1-20

A real emergency existed: the two nations had become one in a conflict to overthrow Moab. Jehoshaphat had linked up with Jehoram to wage war with the king of Moab and suddenly they found themselves in real difficulty. There was no water whatsoever to sustain the vast army and they were vulnerable to defeat at the hands of their enemies. What should be done in this embarrassing situation? Jehoshaphat being a godly monarch felt the need for the help of God. Was there a man of God, a messenger of the Lord, that could give divine guidance and solution?

The reply came that Elisha was present. As far as Jehoshaphat was concerned, he was the person to turn to. He said, “He’s just the man we want” (Living Bible– v12.) He was relieved to know that was such a servant of Jehovah on hand. After rebuking Jehoram he delivers the word and gives a remarkable solution. Ditches had to be dug in faith in preparation for the water that was to flow, and so it happened. God justified the faith of Jehoshaphat and the prophetic word of his servant. There came the amazing deliverance for the host.

There will be crises that will arise that require a divine solution in these current days of evil. The Church of Christ must be possessed of people that know God well enough to be able to be an answer to these critical issues. God is ever around to be turned to. He will give the necessary inspiration and instruction so that people will know He is God and that He cares. You need to live in daily communion with Him so that people will seek your help and that you will be just the person for the crises.

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