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Feb 15th – 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 now turn our thoughts to another important factor if there is to be positive dealing with God. The word is ‘joy’, a spiritual reality to be entered into if one is to know God to live a true life and extract the best from life.

JOY – A MEANS OF DIVINE STRENGTH – Nehemiah 8

Nehemiah was born at a difficult time when Israel was recovering after a long period of slavery an domination. They had been captives in Babylon and life had been brutal and demanding. In a marvellous manner the Lord had opened up the way to get back to their homeland but on return, things were in a mess and it was easy to lose heart and a sense of fresh excitement absent at the possibility of the impossible. They were going to have to have a positive spiritual attitude to cope.

Thankfully, God sent them a leader with the right mind and mood to get things going. Nehemiah gave up a cushy job as the heathen king’s cup bearer to respond to God’s call and go and stir and motivate His people. He rose to it and began to inspire and move this people to action and out of a heap of rubble began rebuilding the broken walls. With the help of God they were able to achieve a significant work. He motivated them with God’s Word and revealed to them what would be the means of galvanizing them – “the joy of the Lord is your strength” – v10. He would be along and inside to give sublime encouragement. The word encourage imply means – ‘to put heart into a person’.

It still is the same truth and message now. Your task may seem beyond you and so discouragement be present at the outset. Look beyond the challenge and know what it is to be immersed with His delight and you will begin to get stuck into the task, knowing you were made for this. Instead of letting it get on top of you, the opposite is manifest. A trail of triumph takes place terminating with a rapturous witness of a task well one.

SACRED SONGS

Join all the Glorious Names

Author, Isaac Watts was the son of a schoolmaster, and was born in Southampton, July 17, 1674. He is said to have shown remarkable precocity in childhood, beginning the study of Latin, in his fourth year, and writing respectable verses at the age of seven. At the age of sixteen, he went to London to study in the Academy of the Rev. Thomas Rowe, an Independent minister. In 1698, he became assistant minister of the Independent Church, Berry St., London. In 1702, he became pastor. In 1712, he accepted an invitation to visit Sir Thomas Abney, at his residence of Abney Park, and at Sir Thomas’ pressing request, made it his home for the remainder of his life. It was a residence most favourable for his health, and for the prosecution of his literary…

This is a choice hymn that come from this inspire writer. It truly throws the spotlight on Christ and highlight outstanding facts about His person and work. It leads to a recognition an admiration of Him who created an leads the Christian community

1/. Join all the glorious names Of wisdom, love, and pow’r,
That mortals ever knew, That angels ever bore;
All are too mean to speak His worth, Too mean to set my Saviour forth.

2/. Great Prophet of my God,  My tongue would bless Thy name;
By Thee the joyful news  Of our salvation came;
The joyful news of sins forgiv’n, Of death annulled, and Thy life giv’n.

3/. Jesus, my great High Priest, Offered His blood, and died;
My guilty conscience seeks  No sacrifice beside:
His pow’rful blood did me redeem, ’Tis worthy of my heart’s esteem.

4/. I love my Shepherd’s voice: His watchful eye shall keep
My wand’ring soul among  The thousands of His sheep:
He feeds His flock, He calls their names, His bosom bears the tender lambs.

5/. My Saviour and my Lord,  My Conqu’ror and my King,
Thy sceptre and Thy sword, Thy reigning grace I sing:
Thine is the pow’r; behold I sit In willing bonds beneath Thy feet

QUOTES TO NOTE – inspiration

Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you – Walt Whitman

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINELY TAUGHT – Psalm 78

The psalm is focused on the matter of divine teaching, as there are vital lessons to be gathered and known from what has taken place in history. What has occurred and has been recorded must be shared so that each subsequent generation can be properly informed of God’s gracious dealings with His people. All must be constantly acquainted with the way the Lord had shown His law, love and power to His covenant people. Their spiritual history was to be a cause for incessant meditation. What a pageant of grace and power it had been!

One of the main reasons for this procedure is affirmed in v7 – “So each generation can set its hope anew on God.” As the past is genuinely reflected upon it was in order that dynamic faith towards God in the present would be provoked so that there would be the continuing display of God’s omnipotence on their behalf. The reflection was to pave the way for more manifestations of the Lord. It was to prove to be a healthy exercise. What had occurred was but a start of what the Lord wanted to do on a much greater scale.

Take time out today to think and consider all that has happened in and through God, in the two Testaments, in Church history and in your own life. Reap the blessing of this practice in a heightened increase trust in God. From this will proceed more of the acts of the Lord in your affairs. You will not be simply reading other people’s testimonies but so much will be happening and abroad in your own life of a divine order that you will be able to share with others.

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