Jan 21st – 2017

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Rev. E. Anderson

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. We now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. It is essentially ‘love’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with an for God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him in this all essential.

Love –The Essential Teaching – John’s Epistles

It is well-known that John a very close disciple of Christ was respected as the ‘apostle of love’. A particular mention is made of the fact that Christ had due regard for this follower for it states in John 20:2 ‘the other disciple, who Jesus loved’. He had gone through a spiritual change for this to be so because he had be called along with his brother James, ‘sons of thunder’.  The ministering an moulding impact of Christ on his inward spirit and life had transformed and given him the nature of Christ. He could not remain the same after over 3 years with Him who who was imbued an motivated by holy passion.

His three New Testament letters to Christian believers is a powerful emphasis on the demand for the whole Christian community to be governed by the love of God. There is due emphasis on the fact that ‘God is love’ – 1 John 4:8. The point I made that God the Gather chose to make mankind His children, forming them into His Family through the inspiration of His love – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” – 1 John 3:1. Being born of Him means there should be the revelation o the Father’s likeness and image in every one of His sons.

It is in this world where there is so much hatred an violence of people towards one another that the Christian household has to give a visible and virtuous display of God the Father’s heart of love. Christ gave a full view of it an he expects that those who claim to be Christian give indisputable and incredible witness of the same quality. The Church has to be a working model of God the Father’s love so that all become influenced an convince of Him. Today you will have opportunity to manifest it to many!

SACRED SONGS

I’ve Found the Pearl of Greatest  Price

The hymnist captures in this song the wonderful riches an blessings that are to be discovered in Christ. Everything that is needed to satisfy an fulfil life completely are provide in Him. The important thing is to live in Him and from His immense resources to take from Him so that every part of living is covered now. This is what He is to be eternally, too!

Author: John Mason – The known facts of his life are scanty. He was the son of a Dissenting Minister, and the grandfather of John Mason, the author of A Treatise on Self-Knowledge. He was educated at Strixton School, Northants, and Clare Hall, Cambridge. After taking his M.A., he became Curate of Isham; and in 1668, Vicar of Stantonbury, Bucks. A little more than five years afterwards he was appointed Rector of Water-Stratford. Here he composed the volume containing The Songs of Praise,

Mason’s text in this hymn is from the parable in Matthew 13:45, ‘Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

1/. I’ve found the pearl of greatest  price, My heart doth sing for joy,

An sing I must, for Christ I have – Oh, what a Christ have I!

2/. My Christ, He is the ‘Lord of lords’, The sovereign King of kings’,

The risen ‘un of Righteousness’, With healing in His wings.

3/. My Christ, He is ‘the Tree of Life’, That in God’s Eden grows;

The living ‘clear an crystal stream’  Whence life forever flows.

4/. Christ is my Meat, Christ is my Drink, My Medicine, an my health,

My Portion, mine inheritance, Yea, all my boundless wealth.

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

When you practice gratefulness, there is a sense of respect toward others – Dalai Lama

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A GREAT DISCOVERY – 2 Kings 22

The decease of two bad kings prepared the way for another whose heart was set towards the Lord. Josiah, though so young, had a readiness to place the Lord in His rightful place and honour Him in every way. He wanted to adopt the way of faith and life of his great ancestor, David. His first priority was to restore the Temple, the dwelling place of the Lord. This goal reveals Josiah’s emphasis of his being to be in quest of the Lord and His glory. What a noble commencement to the beginning of his reign!

In restoring the divine sanctuary, they came across the sacred writings contained in a book, which enclosed God’s laws and requirements.  When they brought it to Josiah he wanted to discover what God had to say and was both horrified and mortified over the fact of the disobedience of previous monarchs and people. He humbled himself immediately and asked the priest to find out the current position with God. Relationship with Him must be restored above all. And the Lord was pleased with his attitude and responded in a positive manner, so judgment was spared in his days. The book made a remarkable difference!

God has given a wonderful legacy of truth to mankind in the production of the Holy Scriptures as contained in the Bible. Everyone needs to discover its wealth and worth and find out what He has to say in life about life. Make certain that you read, study, and meditate in God’s Word on a daily basis so that you are properly informed as to His mind and ways. Have a heart and hunger to know what His plans and purposes are, and as you are diligent in His Word, you will safeguard your life from many evils and at the same time benefit from faith in and obedience to Him throughout all your days.

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