welcome to this christian website

Dec 26th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

Remember, Christmas was but the beginning of Christ’s life on earth. There were many other days following that was to map out His work for all of humanity, yes, even you. He knew what it was to be a baby, child, teenager and so on until He reached manhood. At the peak of His manhood He did something infinitely more wonderful that being born in a manger. He died on a Cross and was crucified on behalf of all men, yes, you. The reason He came spelt out in Mark 10:45 “For the son of man came not to be ministered unto but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many”. His birth is ever to be linked with His death. They are inseparable. You can happily meditate and rejoice in them both because they were both a major success. He came amongst to do something for and in us and how successful He was. What a Friend, Saviour and Lord.

SACRED SONGS

O Holy Night

In 1847, Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure was the commissionaire of wines in a small French town. Known more for his poetry than his church attendance, it probably shocked Placide when his parish priest asked the commissionaire to pen a poem for Christmas mass. Nevertheless, the poet was honoued to share his talents with the church.

In a dusty coach traveling down a bumpy road to France’s capital city, Placide Cappeau considered the priest’s request. Using the gospel of Luke as his guide, Cappeau imagined witnessing the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Thoughts of being present on the blessed night inspired him. By the time he arrived in Paris, “Cantique de Noel” had been completed.

Moved by his own work, Cappeau decided that his “Cantique de Noel” was not just a poem, but a song in need of a master musician’s hand. Not musically inclined himself, the poet turned to one of his friends, Adolphe Charles Adams for help.
The son of a well-known classical musician, Adolphe had studied in the Paris conservatoire. His talent and fame brought requests to write works for orchestras and ballets all over the world. Yet the lyrics that his friend Cappeau gave him must have challenged the composer in a fashion unlike anything he received from London, Berlin,or At, Petersburg.

As a man of Jewish ancestry, for Adolphe the words of “Cantique de Noel” represented a day he didn’t celebrate and a man he did not view as the son of God. Nevertheless, Adams quickly went to work, attempting to marry an original score to Cappeau’s beautiful words. Adams’ finished work pleased both poet and priest. The song was performed just three weeks later at a Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

Initially, “Cantique de Noel” was wholeheartedly accepted by the church in France and the song quickly found its way into various Catholic Christmas services. But when Placide Cappeau walked away from the church and became a part of the socialist movement, and church leaders discovered that Adolphe Adams was a Jew, the song–which had quickly grown to be one of the most beloved Christmas songs in France–was suddenly and uniformly denounced by the church. The heads of the French Catholic church of the time deemed “Cantique de Noel” as unfit for church services because of its lack of musical taste and “total absence of the spirit of religion.” Yet even as the church tried to bury the Christmas song, the French people continued to sing it, and a decade later a reclusive American writer brought it to a whole new audience halfway around the world. Not only did this American writer–John Sullivan Dwight–feel that this wonderful Christmas songs needed to be introduced to America, he saw something else in the song that moved him beyond the story of the birth of Christ. An ardent abolitionist, Dwight strongly identified with the lines of the third verse: “Truly he taught us to love one another; his law is love and his gospel is peace. Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother; and in his name all oppression shall cease.” The text supported Dwight’s own view of slavery in the South. Published in his magazine, Dwight’s English translation of “O Holy Night” quickly found found favor in America, especially in the North during the Civil War.

 

  1. O holy night, the stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth;
    Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
    A thrill of hope the weary world1rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn;

Chorus
Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices!  O night divine! O night when Christ was born.
O night, O holy night, O night divine.

  1. Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming; With glowing hearts by his cradle we stand:
    So, led by light of a star sweetly gleaming, Here come the wise men from Orient land,
    The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger, In all our trials born to be our friend – Chorus
    He knows our need, To our weakness no stranger! Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
    Behold your King! your King! before him bend!
  1. Truly He taught us to love one another; His law is Love and His gospel is Peace;
    Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother, And in his name all oppression shall cease,
    Sweet hymns of joy in grateful Chorus raise we; Let all within us praise his Holy name! Chorus

Christ is the Lord, then ever! ever praise we! His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!
His pow’r and glory, evermore proclaim!

QUOTES TO NOTE – FORGIVENESS

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies – Martin Luther King, Jr.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A RELENTLESS QUEST – 2 Kings 4: 18-37

The woman in the account reveals a relentless mind and spirit when a real emergency suddenly occurred. The son that had been divinely given through prophecy unexpectedly was ill and died. She knew immediately that the answer to the problem was the prophet. It was imperative that she got to him with urgency. She needed to find him and secure his ministry. She said to her servant, “Hurry Don’t slow don’t down for my comfort unless I tell you to” -24. This indicates the determined frame of mind she was in as she proceeded with her task.

On meeting God’s servant she continued to reflect this determined state by catching hold of his feet and expressing her thought and emotion. Elisha knew there was something sadly wrong and discovered it was focused on her son. He sent his servant to go and minister but she was not satisfied because she knew that God was with Elisha. In no way was she going back without the anointed man of God. When Elisha arrived to deal with the extreme situation he likewise showed the same relentless attitude so that the miracle occurred. All ended well for all.

Often the reason why many do not know true and powerful answers to their critical conditions is due to the fact they do not learn to press through. There is a seeming willingness to accept what looks inevitable instead of pursuing and allowing God to work. Every crisis issue is the opportunity to believe and look to the Lord to act in His own unique ways. Perhaps you are facing one now: do not quit and despair but deliberately reach out to God and the right people and see His hand at work today.

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