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Jan 4th – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We start with the word ‘meditation’ and see its relevance to an effectual, blessed faith and lifestyle.

Meditating on God’s Creation – God and You

The psalmist affirms – “What is man that you are mindful of him … I am fearfully and wonderfully made . . . .” Psalm 8:4. He makes reference to himself with regard to himself which is true of all men in Psalm 139:14 “I will praise Thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are your works; and that my soul knoweth right well. It is good to ponder on your real composition. You are made of three parts integrated together: The spirit to cause you to be God-conscious; the soul to make you self-conscious, and the body to make you world conscious to people, things etc.

Consider your body and see what systems that are blended together in order for you to have a great life. There are heating, communication, photographic, tasting etc., factors combined to cause you to function in so many ways. Man was the ‘crown of God’s creation’. He was made for something big, to run this world and ultimately the universe, and that includes. You are all part of His immense programme,. You must give Him today due thought as to where you fit in etc. Record what the Lord has in mind for you and go for it.

SACRED SONGS

Jesus Only is our Message

This song heralds in no uncertain manner the wonderful  message of the Gospel of Christ. It is a public, personal declaration of Christ and His tremendous abilities and sovereign position.  It is good to voice our spiritual sentiments concerning His worth and what he has done and ultimately will be seen to be.

The Music of the Simpson Songs

Simpson’s musical background was not extensive. Although he attempted to learn the violin as a youth, he was unsuccessful and never learned more than to pick out a melody on the piano with one finger. Others provided the harmony. In spite of this, he composed many of the melodies for his own hymns, an unusual accomplishment for hymn-writers of the day. Of the forty-one hymns that bear his name in the first Hymns of the Christian Life, he is credited with the music for thirty-two. Of the 162 hymns credited to Simpson in the seven editions of Hymns of the Christian Life, fully 119 were set to music of his own writing.

Always a poet, he began writing hymns while a pastor at the Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, from 1873 to 1879. He made no pretence of being a composer of stature, as his unpolished melodies readily confirm. They reveal, rather, an intense involvement with other business, as well as an urgency that did not allow for careful revision. Later in his career, Simpson relegated the melody writing to others, including his daughter, Margaret. By that time, the first hymn tunes had become so closely associated with the Alliance that they could never be changed. Often his daughter was called at the spur of the moment to help him with a song. Long after his death, she recalled some of the song-writing methods her father had used: …he used to call me often and say, ‘I have a message for you for my sermon tomorrow. Meet me at the piano soon.’…there we laboured together till he was satisfied it carried his inspiration. Sometimes he would say, ‘Here, take this. I can’t do a thing with it, but this is what I want.’ And where it was crescendo [loud], he would demonstrate it by singing out loudly enough to be heard down the hill, with obvious punctuations and emphasis. When you grasped his idea, he would glow with ecstasy and say, ‘You’ve got it, there, that’s fine.’

1/. Jesus only is our message, Jesus all our theme shall be;
We will lift up Jesus ever, Jesus only will we see.

Refrain
Jesus only, Jesus ever, Jesus all in all we sing,
Saviour, Sanctifier, and Healer, Glorious Lord and coming King.

2/. Jesus only is our Saviour, All our guilt He bore away,
All our righteousness He gives us, All our strength from day to day – refrain

3/. Jesus is our Sanctifier, Cleansing us from self and sin,
And with all His Spirit’s fullness, Filling all our hearts within – refrain

4/. Jesus only is our Healer, All our sicknesses He bare,
And His risen life and fullness, All His members still may share – refrain

5/. Jesus only is our Power, He the Gift of Pentecost,
Jesus, breathe Thy power upon us, Fill us with the Holy Ghost – refrain

6/. And for Jesus we are waiting, Listening for the advent call;
But ‘twill still be Jesus only, Jesus ever, all in all – refrain.

QUOTES TO NOTE – motivational

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts – Eleanor Roosevelt

DAILY MEDITATIONS

AN AWESOME DISCLOSURE – 2 Kings 8: 7-15

God’s servant had evidently established good relations with the king of Syria. This is obvious by the fact that the he went to Damascus and could go there without fear. The king was far from well and on hearing Elisha was around sent to inquire  as to whether he would make a recovery. Through the prophet good relations had come about between the two countries, Syria and Israel, and peace prevailed. The monarch knew he could trust this man of God for a true answer.

It was distressing for Elisha as the Lord made known what was going to take place through Hazael as he was standing before him. He would become responsible for both the murder of his master and appalling wickedness against Israel. No wonder God’s servant wept. Hazael rejected the awful disclosure with the words “I would never do that sort of thing.” However the narrative shows that he became an evil opportunist and seized the moment of position and power for his own ends. The truth was that he did not realize the depth of depravity in his own being.

It is obvious from this account that no one truly knows the level to which an individual can sink because of the inner strength of evil. We need to recognise that even the greatest angel of all, Satan, fell to the most atrocious wickedness of seeking to dethrone God, and that similar sinful disposition is latent in the human nature waiting to be manifest. How essential it is that we be freed from all the influence of sin so that it will not pervert or destroy others and us in any way. Christ not only removes all evil, He gives the grace and power to be its conqueror. It is possible to triumph over sin, self and Satan.

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