welcome to this christian website

Dec 28th – 2016

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

DAILY MESSAGE

The Scouts Motto is very apt at this point of time in your life – Be Prepared. As you are about to embark on another year you need to spend moments assessing where you are in God, with others, family, friends the church fellowship, service and so on. Give thanks for where you have arrived, that you are around to view things and to consider what yet needs to be wrought. Having come so far, in spite of challenges and difficulties, something has been wrought. There may have only been seemingly minor progress but still you are around and so is the Lord. This can be your year where you really begin to motor and see dreams and plans come to fruition. Even though it appears late in the day, as the old saying goes, ‘it never is too late’. Many have risen at what appears the last hour and opportunity and it has witnessed a choice finale. Let me encouraged you to go for it and enjoy the journey and outcome.

SACRED SONGS

I Know that my Redeemer Liveth

It is good to be reminded of the fact that Christ rose from the dead and is still alive and in business. The great news is, He is back from heaven to takes all those that belong to Him back to His heavenly home. This song proclaims the rich and abiding assurance that fills the being of those who know and of their expectations concerning this wonderful Saviour, Friend and Lord.

Author: Jessie Brown Pounds

Jessie Brown Pounds was born in Hiram, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland on 31 August 1861. She was not in good health when she was a child so she was taught at home. She began to write verses for the Cleveland newspapers and religious weeklies when she was fifteen. After an editor of a collection of her verses noted that some of them would be well suited for church or Sunday School hymns, J. H. Fillmore wrote to her asking her to write some hymns for a book he was publishing. She then regularly wrote hymns for Fillmore Brothers. She worked as an editor with Standard Publishing Company in Cincinnati from 1885 to 1896, when she married Rev. John E. Pounds, who at that time was a pastor of the Central Christian Church in Indianapolis.

1/. I know that my Redeemer liveth, And on the earth again shall stand;
I know eternal life He giveth, That grace and power are in His hand.

Chorus:
I know, I know that Jesus liveth, And on the earth again shall stand;
I know, I know that life He giveth, That grace and power are in His hand.

2/. I know His promise never faileth, The word He speaks, it cannot die;
Tho’ cruel death my flesh assaileth, Yet I shall see Him by and by. [Chorus]

3/. I know my mansion He prepareth, That where He is there I may be;
Oh, wondrous thought, for me He careth, And He at last will come for me. [Chorus]

 

QUOTES TO NOTE – FORGIVENESS

Forgiveness says you are given another chance to make a new beginning –  Desmond Tutu

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN UNUSUAL MESSENGER – 2 Kings 5: 1-6

She turned out to be rather an unusual messenger to a man of importance and in desperate straits. Only a captive maid-girl yet she became the bearer of vital news that was going to make a difference to a military commander. The little girl had been taken as a slave by the Syrian forces that had made inroads into northern Israel. She was made to serve a mistress of the leader that had possibly led the expedition. She could have easily resented this domestic work and failed in her area of work.

When her master contracted the dreaded leprosy she is the one that came up with the answer to her mistress. She said, “I wish my master would go and see the prophet in Samaria. He would heal him of his leprosy” (Living Bible.) Her mistress and master believed the girl because of her conduct. The miracle was not only in the captain’s deliverance but also in the fact that he was ready to trust the word and message of this captive maid. Little did she know that she would be making history and that later on Jesus Christ would refer to this incident! Her witness was crucial!

It is inspiring and encouraging to know that the Lord can use such an instrument to impact in a big way. Life and testimony go together to create faith in others to look to God to answer them. You can be personally used by God to bring an answer to those around you that require a miracle. There are people that are crying out for a solution to major crises in their lives. As you manifest integrity and dedication to the Lord, He will engage you to be His messenger and you will have the delight of seeing Him at work. Light up your daily scene of labour with honest endeavour and a base will be established for fruitful witness.

FURTHER NOTES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THREE OUTSTANDING FACTORS  

Jonah 3

There are things that stand out further in the commission of Jonah by Jehovah in the accomplishing of the divine purpose and each are related one to the other. When examined and properly considered they reveal the true method by which the grace and salvation of the Lord is brought into effect. The things show how vital it is to be conversant with the way in which God does seek to intervene in crisis conditions. This was so with regard to both Jonah and the inhabitants of Nineveh. It is possible to learn something here of major note and worth that can aid in present work and service.

1/. THE OBEDIENCE OF THE PROPHET – vv1-4

The first thing that occurred was the Lord speaking again to Jonah. This indicates that He had not altered His mind or changed the commission. It also makes the point that He was giving him a further realisation that he was being gracious to him. He is immediately prompted to obey and goes without questioning to fulfil the command. Any previous reluctance has been dealt with and there appears to have been a good empowering upon his life and word. As he enters the city he lifts up his voice boldly and powerfully to declare what was to happen in the way of judgment because of the wickedness of the people. The prophetic word was sounded with authority and certainty and it hit home.

2/. THE REPENTANCE OF THE PEOPLE – vv5-9

It seems as if the whole city of people was suddenly awakened in spirit and felt the thrust of the prophetic word. They felt the cutting edge of truth and sensed they were in real jeopardy and the need to do something to show their sorrow. Maybe before the prophet’s arrival they were aware of the decline and degeneration but did not know how to call it to a halt but the intervention of the prophet and the divine word became a catalyst for genuine action. The need for them was to get right and get right with God hence the humbling of themselves.

3/. THE BENEVOLENCE OF THE LORD – v10

Because of the recognition of the fact they were sinners and because there was a readiness to make a definite change, the Lord was immediate in expressing His love, forgiveness and grace. The judgment that was due is halted and the people are relieved to know that God’s favour has been extended to them. It is still true today: God ever wills to express His mercy and grace, hence the Gospel of Christ.

CONCLUSION

The benevolence of the Lord that had been exercised towards the prophet and people and is the great characteristic of  God at all times. He wills to be gracious.

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  1. December 28, 2016 at 9:35 am

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