welcome to this christian website

Mar 31st

 

Rev. E. Anderson

WELCOME TO THIS CHRISTIAN WEBSITE

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘fulfilment’. During your life and stay of earth and within the church of Christ you must be able to perform so that you achieve your God-given destiny. Christ lived a fulfilled life and at the end he could say to His heavenly Father, “I have finished the work you gave me to do”. So you, too, must be able to complete your course in life and work.

FULFILMENT– IN ASSISTING IN HOSPITALITY – Acts 16: 14, 15, 40

How grateful people should be to those who go out of their way to open up their homes and to provide loving hospitality! The apostle Paul was most thankful for these kind of people that were ready at an instant to go out of their way to demonstrate love and kindness in a beautiful manner. Amongst the great list was Lydia who not only received the Gospel, opening her heart to the Christian message, she was prepared to house the apostle and others and cater for their physical needs.

She evidently sensed she had the opportunity and gift to use her material assets to bless God’s servants and in so doing do her part in building the kingdom of God. By providing food and a place to rest she was able to bring physical renewal to these gifted servants of Christ and so aid them in their mission. When Paul was released from the Philippian jail, he knew where he was welcome – v40.

It does speak of ministries within the body of Christ as ‘given to hospitality.’ This means making your home and what you possess to be at the disposal of others. This still needs pursuing today in our modern society. Why lock a preacher or Christians in a hotel when they can have the advantage of time with the saints? It mentions in Scripture that ‘some have entertained angels unaware’. Develop the gift of hospitality and see who you can assist when opportunity knocks.

QUOTES TO NOTE Fear

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. Nelson Mandela

SACRED SONGS

Out of my Bondage Sorrow and Night

These verses express all that can occur when a person really comes to Christ and places their faith in Him and His ministry. When He is allowed inside the heart and life He has the capacity to do some extraordinary things. Certainly life and experience does not remain the same. He deals with the worst of conditions and imparts the best and leaves life enriched and renewed. There is no doubt about it. He totally transforms now and prepares for heaven!

1/.  Out of my bondage, sorrow and night, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light, Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health, Out of my want and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself, Jesus, I come to Thee.

2/.  Out of my shameful failure and loss, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross, Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm, Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress to jubilant psalm, Jesus, I come to Thee.

3/.  Out of unrest and arrogant pride, Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into Thy blessed will to abide, Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love, Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward for aye on wings like a dove, Jesus, I come to Thee.

4/.  Out of the fear and dread of the tomb, Jesus I come, Jesus I come;
Into the joy and light of Thy home, Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold, Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold, Jesus, I come to Thee. 

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A FALSE CONFIDENCE AND HOPE – Isaiah 30

Here the Lord is taking His people to task over a very serious matter.  Instead of placing their faith and trust in Him in the light of a threatened foe of great might, they were turning to Egypt for assistance. He did not come into their reckoning, plans or confidence. They were ready to pay through the nose and go to this foreign nation and pin their hopes in their strength and ability to deliver them rather than turn to the Lord and seek His aid. This was a sinful maneuver that annoyed Him and in the long run would prove costly to them in every way.

In spite of this attitude and action, there is this appeal of the Lord at this late hour. This is what is stated: “The Sovereign LORD, The Holy One of Israel says, ‘Only in returning unto Me and waiting for Me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength’” – v15. The enemy or circumstances need not alarm them if only they would truly repent and resort to placing their complete trust in Him. If history had anything to teach them it was this: He had been up to every crisis before and work supernaturally on their behalf. He would not fail them even at this hour!

One of the things that always needs taking account of is one’s faith in God. Often the believer is reduced to situations where assistance of an extraordinary nature is required. It is easy to panic and take fright and to hasten to all kinds of people and remedies to find an answer. The wonderful thing is: God is always around and is truly interested in showing His love and power. He seeks to develop the faith of His people. Do not allow your confidence in God to be eroded or taken from you but trust Him completely in your difficulty and He will certainly personally answer you.

 

 

 

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