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June 26th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

The Scriptures speak about being “built up in your most holy faith”. This would indicate and emphasise the demand to move from an initial experience and understanding to something more. Every Christian must know how to grow at a steady and sure rate in and through Christ so that they please Him. There are spiritual means available that enable such. The systematic reading of the Scriptures, the listening to and obedience to good preaching and teaching from the pulpit and house group, plus constant prayer privately and unitedly, the readiness to witness for Christ and other devotions soon expand and bless and make it useful and fruitful. Do not stagnate but instigate and propagate that which is wholesome and satisfying and you will truly grow like Christ and be blessed and an inspiring example.

Sermon Starters

THE KING IN HIS PLACE – Psalm 2. The opening verses give a picture of world of humanity in utter confusion and chaos and it is because of its utter godlessness and rejection of GOD – vv2,3. But He puts things in perspective for all to see and accept and informs who is in charge. He can afford to laugh because He is in the ascendant position – vv4,5. Two things to recognise: 1/. He has placed His King, Christ on the throne, and all will be subject to Him and His rule – vv8,9 and calls for all to submit to Him. 2/. The wise respond and acknowledge His authority and live under His covering – vv 10-12. Things could not be better or happier under His sovereign control – “O blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are all those who seek refuge and put their trust in Him”.

HUMOUR

A two-year old girl was with her mother while her older sister was at the dentist. She kept herself busy playing with toys in the waiting room until she noticed her mum was resting, her eyes closed. With about six other patients in the waiting room, she marched up to her mother, looked at her and shook her shoulder. “Mummy,” she yelled. “Wake up! This is not church!”

WISE SAYINGS

After Carl Lewis had won the gold medal for the long jump in the 1996 Olympic Games he was asked: “You have competed for almost 20 years. How come?” His memorable answer: “Remembering that you have both wins and losses along the way. Don’t take either too seriously.”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GREAT KINDNESS Acts 28: 1-16

One of the all-important things in life is that of kindness. It is most impressive and welcome. As these shipwrecked people arrived on shore, in such a bewildered and broken condition, the people on the island of Malta ministered immediately to their requirements. The Scriptures affirm: “The people were very kind to us” – v2. They were quick to relieve their needs. Later, as Paul arrives at a place called Melita and then at Rome, he finds a group of believers ready to show their love and care – vv12-15. There was the great expression of this vital service at a needful time.

Paul was able to demonstrate the kindness of God in return, especially to the island’s inhabitants. First of all, he was used to bring healing to the father of Publius who had been so courteous. This triggered a great move amongst the people as they brought the sick to him to be ministered to. They were divinely cured and so the testimony of the Lord abounded. The Lord did for them what no one else could do. The consequence of this moved the people to demonstrate further kindness – v10.

A little kindness shown can initiate and produce so much more. It can start to let this golden opportunity pass by without using it to maximum profit for the spread of the Gospel. He wisely invited the local Jewish leaders in on good terms to present his case and views to them, and they came in and conversed with him regarding the Scriptures and the Christian Faith. He was to show and prove to them the veracity of Christ and His message. There were those who came to believe whilst others were not inclined, so he turned to the Gentiles.

For two years many came to visit him and he did not waste the occasion but used such to present the Kingdom of God as revealed in Jesus Christ – vv30, 31. The rented home became the venue where many listened with conviction to the news that could and did transform their lives. He may have been a prisoner in his own home but he rejoiced in being able to fulfil his Christian vocation as an evangelist- teacher. The soldiers who were stationed near him would become acquainted with the message he preached. No doubt there were those who became Christians.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 25th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Every day can be a special day when you know the presence, blessing and direction of the Lord. He comes to light up life and bring a life of genuine life. He is both Life-giver and Light-bearer, the two basic things required for you to know how to live and the driving force to achieve. Christ is always going places and as you are joined dynamically with Him there is no doubt you will achieve the best. So may the next hours see you progressively moving ahead into choice blessing and achievement?

Sermon Starters

Just a few thoughts to start you going and thinking: BEING ON THE RIGHT TRACK – Psalm 1. 1/. It is to be considered a blessed factor – opening word v1 ‘Blessed’ – what it means to be blessed from God’s standpoint. 2/. It is knows, believes God’s sacred word – v 2. Turning from the negative to the positive. 3/.It is becoming something of outstanding and lasting worthy – v3 a tree rightly planted, ever flourishing and no decadence. Being on the right track is arduous but worth it because of the end result.

HUMOUR

BORN TO LOSE. Once, walking through the twisted streetss of Kowloon in Hoing Kong, I cme upon a tattoo studio. In the window were displaced samples of the tattoos available. On the chest or arms you could have tattooed an anchor or flag or mermaid or whatever. But what struck me with force were three words that could be tattooed on one’s flesh: Born to lose. I entered the shop in astonishment and, pointing to the words, asked the Chinese tattoo artist, “Does anyone really have that terrible phrase, Born to lose, tattooed on his body?”

He replied, “Yes, sometimes.”]

“But,” I said, “I just can’t believe that anyone in his right mind would do that.”

The Chinese man simply tapped his forehead and said in broken English, “Before tattoo on body, tattoo on mind.”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE GREAT ESCAPE – Acts 27:27-44

This is one of the most amazing recorded escapes ever known at sea. Two hundred and seventy six people were saved in the most appalling conditions from angry winds and waves that battered them and their ship. For two weeks they had been in an embattled state with a raging tempest and it seemed there was no likelihood of escape from this intense situation. They certainly were demoralised and depressed because of what they had encountered and endured. All but one man on board must have felt that the end was near and there was no way out of this.

Paul was able to take charge and bring inspiration and hope in these desolate circumstances. He encouraged them to eat and inspired them by example. There was the bold, prophetic announcement that not one person on board would perish but that all would make it. Certainly, it was an audacious message to declare in such an appalling situation. Then came the calamitous moment when the ship became stuck on a shoal and was broken up. The remarkable thing was that all made it to land one way or another and were saved.

This incident teaches the great care of God for people and for the fulfilment of His word. He is jealous over both and makes sure that they are regarded. In the midst of experiences where everything appears to be loaded with evil against a person and people, He is able to express His thought and commitment in giving an assured word of hope and salvation. If you are placed in extreme conditions, where all is set to destroy, do not give in to despair: the Lord will give an apt word in which you can trust and rest and bring the same to pass in His own inimitable way.

 

 

 

 

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June 24th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Fear is an ever prevailing evil and makes its presence known in all kinds of situations. There are different types of fear and all have to be faced, combated and conquered. Through the indwelling of Christ and the enabling presence of the Holy Spirit and God’s inspired Word, it is possible to face each one head on and be top-dog. Instead of being a victim you can and will be a supreme victor. Faith will be dominant and deal with any presentation fear will make and you will have abundant proof and tstimony to victory. So slay all your fears today and prove your status in Christ. You are more than conqueror.

HUMOUR

VICARS

There was once a very rough Parish Church Council meeting. Strong opinions were express and sharp disagreements surfaced.

The next day one of the PCC members felt bad about the whole meeting, and asked the vicar if he had slept well after the meeting had ended.

He replied, “I slept like a baby”.

“Really?”

“Yes, I woke up every hour crying!”

“It is nice to work for the Lord. The pay isn’t much but the retirement plan is out of this world!”

Old ministers never die, they just go out to pastor!”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

UNDER SEVERE TESTING – Acts 27: 13-26

This account shows the utter disobedience of the commander, captain and crew to the divine counsel that had been afforded them. Seeing that the state of affairs looked okay they felt justified in going ahead with the passage. It affirms – “When a light wind began blowing from the south, the sailors thought they could make it” – v3. In viewing the external circumstances they were filled with the notion that Paul’s revelation was utterly unreliable. They did not accept what he had said was true because the natural factors were evidently contrary.

It wasn’t very long before they were to discover how right he was but then it was too late to return as they were swept into a severe time of testing. Everything changed in a moment as a northeasterly gale rose and made the sea tumultuous. The next few days were hazardous and nerve-racking as they used all their wit and strength to save the boat and themselves against the natural elements. In the pressure of the storm the Lord spoke and gave assurance of salvation – vv22-25. Divine hope was given when all was hopeless! It would have to be a word tested in the most critical conditions but it would not fail.

There are occasions when Christian believers land themselves in some awkward and trying settings because of the failure to heed the direct advice of the Lord. Being self-opinionated they feel that they can judge where they are at and what must be done better than Him. The result of their actions lands them in extreme circumstances of difficulty where they require Him to bale them out. In His grace He is most kind and helpful. If you are so placed, have the humility and sense to ask for His assistance. He will come to your aid.

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June 23rd


Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Life has been giving to you by your loving, Heavenly Father, that you might exploit and enjoy it to the full on a day by day basis. All is not thrown at you in a moment to overwhelm, rather, bit by bit, little by little, as much as you can handle efficiently and with satisfaction. He is alongside to aid in bringing all to fruition so that as you revue what has been done, all will have been done well. Simply look to Him for today’s agenda and all will become clear and possible. Act in love and good faith and you will have every reason to be thankful

HUMOUR

A lawyer, who had a wife and 8 children, needed to move because his rental agreement was terminated by the owner who wanted to reoccupy the home. But he was having a lot of difficulty finding a new house. When he said, he had / children, no one would rent a home to him because they felt that the children would destroy the place. He couldn’t say he had no children, because he couldn’t lie.

So, he sent his wife for a walk to the cemetery with 7 of their kids. He took the remaining one with him to see rental homes with the real estate agent.

He loved one of the homes and the price was right — the agent asked: “How many children do you have?”

He answered: “Eight.”

The agent asked, “Where are the others?”

The lawyer, with his best courtroom sad look, answered “They’re in the cemetery with their mother.”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A WORD OF WARNING – Acts 27: 1-12

As the journey is made to Rome by boat it was going to prove to be a hazardous voyage. It was going to prove to be most eventful as it was at a time of the year, autumn, when things were not at their best at sea. They encountered forceful headwinds that made things difficult and protracted the trip right from the start. A tremendous amount of time was lost and the prospects certainly looked full of foreboding for the ship and all on board. It really required some insight and a clear word as to what course of action to take in these circumstances.

Paul was more than a missionary-preacher: he heard from God. His Master knew full well what lay ahead in terms of climate conditions and could give an up-to-date weather report. A word of warning came from above and so this prisoner could state truly how things would be. He said, “Sirs, I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on –shipwreck, loss of cargo, injuries and dangers to our lives” – v10. There was a definite threat if they proceeded. The matter was simply weighed up from a human angle and the word from the Lord was disregarded. It was to be to their undoing.

When things are not plain sailing in Christian life and experience, it is time to take stock and to find out as to what is occurring and is to happen. It is foolish to continue without knowing the Lord’s mind on matters. Thankfully, He wills to reveal the truth so that no mistakes will be made and things end up tragically. Be awake to the Lord’s word; it may come as a warning, admonishing you not to continue on the present route that you are on. He is thinking about your safety!

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 June 22nd

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Ever realise that there is an eternal freshness and fullness in your God that He wills that you should draw and live on the same. One of the main reasons for the advent of Christ into this world and into your life was that you might know such on a daily basis. Be reminded of what He said: “I Am come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly” – – John 10:10. So do not miss out on the dynamic life you should be knowing and receiving from heaven during your stay on earth. Let there be freshness and fullness manifest in and through you, now, today.

HUMOUR

X-RAY

A young girl was told she needed an X-ray. She went in and seemed especially nervous.

When she came out of the X-ray room, she told her mother, “They took a picture of my bones.”

“Yes, dear,” replied her mother. “Did everything go alright?”

“Sure,” said the girl. “It was great. I didn’t have to take my skin off!”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

ALMOST PERSUADED – Acts 26

Again Paul was given the chance to give a defence of his position and used it to seek to make king Agrippa aware of the reality of the Christian Faith. He simply gave a personal testimony on what he had been and how Christ made Himself known to him on the Damascus Road and as a result he had become a Christian. It would be obvious to his listeners that here was man who had truly had an encounter with Christ and had become fully persuaded as to His person and mission. There had come a radical change that indicated his commitment to Christ.

The reason why he was in the dock that day was due to this experience and his readiness to proclaim Him to others. He proved to the king, from the Scriptures, that Christ was the fulfilment of the predictions of Israel’s prophets and so were His ministry, death and resurrection. The preacher was aware of the fact that the monarch was aware of what the prophets had spoken and challenged him to a belief in Christ. He replied with the words: “Almost you persuade me to be a Christian?” – v28.  He was almost there but not fully. It would have been great if he had been! The prospect at that moment was good but he missed it.

Two things come out of this witness by Paul: the first is that there should be a speaking with utter conviction the assurance concerning Christ and what He has truly done through His life, death and resurrection. Also, a pure and sure testimony as to the inroad and impact of Christ’s grace and power in your conversion to Him. The consequence of such will create and generate faith in the hearer towards Christ. Who knows whether you will see someone brought to faith in Christ through your assured witness!

 

 

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June 21st

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

Because ‘all things are possible with God’, because He is your Father and you are now His child through Jesus Christ His Son, so whatever was accomplished by and through Him is also within the realm of your believing and achieving. There is nothing that cannot be wrought for your highest good and benefit through faith and prayer. God would take the limits off so that you can know and experience the greatest in your earthly pilgrimage. So as the hymn-write puts: “Large petitions with you bring”.

HUMOUR

ZEAL

There is a well-known story about young Teddy Roosevelt: Mittie (his mother) had found he was so afraid of the Madison Square Church that he refused to set foot inside if alone. He was terrified, she discovered, of something called the ‘zeal’’. It was crouched in the dark corners of the church ready to jump at him, he said. When she asked what a zeal might be, he said he was not sure, but thought it was probably a large animal like an alligator or a dragon. He had heard the minister read about it from the Bible.

Using a concordance, she read those passages containing the word ZEAL, until suddenly, very excited, he told her to stop. The line was from John 2: 17: And His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘The ZEAL of thine house hath eaten me up”.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A TURN IN EVENTS – Acts 25

Yet another turn of events was to make for a further expression of the Christian message. Festus replaced Felix and was approached in Jerusalem by the Jewish leaders to have Paul tried in Jerusalem. He was prepared to go along with this not aware of their evil design. When Paul was asked he declined sensing a wicked intention. The next step was to appeal to Caesar. This incident was to mark a turn in events and reveal the unfolding plan of God for advancing Christianity.

It was a bold thing to do but it was to serve the higher interests of the Kingdom of Christ. There was a divine wisdom afforded to him in it all. Whilst seeking his personal security it was also in the knowledge that he had a work to do for the Lord. He was not afraid to die but he was not ready to give up his life without some good cause. Festus was prepared to hearken to him and so everything was settled for him to go before the greatest person of his day to express his faith. He had already got the word that he would finish up in Rome – Acts 23: 11.

There are occasions when things in Christian life and experience have to open up in a much wider way and the Lord may use adversaries and adverse circumstances to activate it. A divine sensitivity must prevail and a faithful readiness to move out into unchartered waters knowing the Lord is directing affairs. It does not matter how formidable and fearful the thing set before you is, the Lord will enable you to negotiate with an assurance that He has some worthwhile end in view that will glorify Him and increase your usefulness.

 

 

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June 20th


Life is purposed by God the Father to spring some welcome surprises and discoveries for those who are now His sons through His beloved Son, Jesus Christ. You could not be in a greater position. He, who created, owns and runs the universe is now your beloved Father and Friend. He is fully conversant of you and all your demands and has the wherewithal to bring good things to pass. Remember what Christ has taught you: “how much more shall heavenly Father Give good things to those that ask Him”- Matthew 7:11. Through the ancient prophet of Old He affirmed: “Call on Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things” – Jer33: 3. Don’t miss on what He wills to do for you NOW!

HUMOUR

HYMNS FOR THE ROAD

  1. At 45 mph . . . .“God will take of you”
  2. At 55 mph . . . . “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah”
  3. At 65 mph . . . . “Nearer my God to Thee”
  4. At 85 mph . . . . “This world is not my home”
  5. At 95 mph . . . . “Lord, I’m coming home”

At 100 mph . . . “Precious memories” HYMNS FOR THE ROAD

  1. At 45 mph . . . .“God will take of you”
  2. At 55 mph . . . . “Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah”
  3. At 65 mph . . . . “Nearer my God to Thee”
  4. At 85 mph . . . . “This world is not my home”
  5. At 95 mph . . . . “Lord, I’m coming home”
  6. At 100 mph . . . “Precious memories

DAILY MEDITATIONS

CONFESSION TIME – Acts 24

Things were now to open up on a far greater scale for the apostle as he was called to defend himself against charges of disturbance and riot. His accusers were present to put their case before Festus who was to judge the issue. All they could do was to fabricate matters but Paul used the opportunity to decisively share his faith. He admitted to being a follower of Christ who is the Way and asserted his utmost confidence in Mosaic Law and the Scriptures. There was also the confession of his hope, quality of life and godly motive of living. In no way did he seek to create conflict amongst the people and agitate a religious disorder.

The judge must have been quite impressed by his defence as he decided to await the commander’s version on what had occurred. He even gave Paul freedom and to allow his friends to cater for his needs. In the forthcoming days he sent for him often and God’s servant was not afraid to face this political leader with the truth. It was an occasion where he divinely confessed the truths of the Gospel and this man was brought under immense conviction but was not prepared to change. He said: “Go away for now, when it is more convenient, I’ll call for you again” – v25. Really the appropriate moment was then for him to settle matters with God.

The Lord desires to use believers at all times in making confession of their faith in Him to others. In varied circumstances and seasons He gives the privilege of being able to declare to others the reality of the Christian faith and life. Make sure that you are wide-awake to the door He opens to you to bear a clear testimony to the workings of His grace and power in your life. Those around are dependent upon your clear confession and the golden opportunity to receive Christ and His love.

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS

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A CALL TO DIVINE FAITHFULNESS

Malachi 3

One of the essential values that the Lord is seeking for, is faithfulness in every area of life. This is a matter of major concern to Him, that there should be a fidelity, loyalty and consistency in every way. This should be provoked and promoted in His own elect household by reason of His own faithfulness. It is certain and sure, one can depend and rely upon God at all times under all conditions. He makes a tremendous statement on this front in 3: 6 – “I am the Lord, and I do not change”. In the midst of their unfaithfulness, HE IS FAITHFUL.

1/. THERE IS TO BE FAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD’S INSTITUTION – 2: 10-16 

The Lord was grieved because there was a breach amongst them with regard to the marriage covenant. He makes it plain to them that ‘He hates divorce.’ As far as He is concerned, it should not be. The men-folk should prove trustworthy to their wives and honour their commitment. As far as He was concerned their offerings meant nothing to Him if this thing evil prevailed.

2/. THERE IS TO BE FAITHFULNESS TO THE CONFESSION OF THE LORD’S NATURE – 2:17

There was a questioning of His justice. They were trying to make out that the Lord favoured evildoers. The divine word and history proved beyond any doubt that this was not the case. As moral Governor and Judge He held loyal to the matter of righteousness and they should hold up to the integrity of the Lord.

3/. THERE IS TO BE FAITHFULNESS TO GIVING TO THE LORD – 3: 8-12

There was a real break down here and they let the Lord and themselves down in not conforming to His requirements with regard to it. The divine direction and command of the law was to tithe to the Lord. It was an order and they were under an obligation to give gladly and willingly in the light of His goodness to them. This being so, they would see the faithfulness of God in an abundant manner in the way of blessing. They could not out-give Him.

4/. THERE IS TO BE FAITHFULNESS TO THE LORD’S WORK – 3:13-15

They were saying: “What’s the use of serving the Lord? What have we gained by obeying His commands or by trying to show the Lord Almighty that we are sorry for our sins?” Their reasoning was altogether wrong and attitude, too. They needed to straighten both out before Him so that they would truly serve Him.

Thankfully, there were would be those who would respond and express a genuine reverence for the Lord and give Him deference. Because of their love and loyalty they would not come unstuck because a divine record would be made and kept. He will regard them and their faithfulness and make them His special treasure and heritage. It will become obvious to all that divine faithfulness counts in the saints.

 

 

 

 

 

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June 19th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

A brand new work-week is before you and the Lord is conversant with regard to each day and all that is to occur. The best and wisest course of action is to be linked into Him and find what His desires and designs are. He only thinks of the best and in the long term interests so it is the finest thing to co-operate with Him. As you ponder the lives of the bible characters, see how well it turned out for them because they followed out His plans for their lives. There is much to be wrought of a satisfying nature that yields untold rewards1

HUMOUR

HELPING

I was visiting a primary school to write a report on an incident of vandalism, when I was interrupted by a little girl who looked about six. She looked up and down at my uniform and asked: “Are you a policeman?”

“Yes, I am,” I replied and went back to my report.

“My mummy said if eve rI needed help I should ask a policemen. Is that right?”

“Yes, it is,” I told her. “Well, then,” she said, extending her foot towards me. ”Could you tie my shoe lace, please?”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

OUTWITTED – Acts 23: 12-35

The Lord knows how to outwit and overrule the dark designs of men and evil powers. There are always ways and means at His disposal whereby He is able to outdo anything that sinister forces would do in detriment to His servants and people. A band of 40 men made an oath and commitment that they would not eat or drink until they had witnessed Paul’s death and dreamed up of a plan for this to be carried out. They did not know that Paul’s nephew had overheard them and he was able to acquaint his uncle with what was being determined.

The upshot of it all, Paul was able to get his nephew to let the commander know and as a result he took immediate action. He was able to outwit the foul intentions of these wicked men and so save himself from a great deal of embarrassment. All these soldiers were employed to safeguard the interests of this choice man of God. In the whole incident the plan of God comes to pass because He wants His messenger to be able to present the Gospel to some noteworthy people and to give a tremendous witness in an important setting.

It is always a pleasure to consider and meditate upon the procedures of God in giving His people security and at the same time giving the opportunity for the Good News of Christ to be heralded wide and far. He is able to cause things that lead to the furtherance of the Gospel. Know that He is able to do the same for you. Although the enemy would plan your demise and seek to bring disaster across your pathway, know this, the Lord is not only to preserve but is able to make it serve your good and His great gain. He oversees all and works to the good of His own.

 

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June 18th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

To be able to stand, walk and run effectively one needs the all important factor of balance. When you really begin to enter the older age bracket never more does this become more apparent? It has to be said, this applies to one’s thinking and feeling. Somehow things can go awry when the gray hairs come upon you. Some, unfortunately, lose it altogether and that is very sad! We need the Lord to daily input our lives with His Spirit and Word so that He can keep us straight, calm and in a wholesome condition. One is reminded how well Moses was at 120! May you all be enabled to keep your marbles and feelings!

REMINISCENCES 

A lovely couple joined us in our assembly that proved an immense asset and blessing in so many things, Tom and Edna Dawson. They were only little but they packed a work and industry. Tom was of a practical nature and loved doing deaconing tasks although not in an official role. Well, Edna was a gifted pianist, seamstress and loved a laugh. We had some lovely women singers and she was able to create a women’s sextet that was excellent in its ministry. She spent endless hours in practice and they ministered in many places. She also was good on the sewing machine and I have been personally grateful to her for altering suits and trousers to make them fit smartly. How lovely to have all types of people in the fellowship proving an overall ministry to the blessing of all!

HUMOUR

The minister was talking to a group of young children about being good and going to heaven. At the end of his talk, he asked, “Where do you want to go?”

“Heaven!” they all piped up.

“And what do you have to do to get there?” the pastor asked.

In unison they all replied, “Dead!”

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A DIVINE ASSURANCE– Acts 23: 1-11

The opportunity was to be given to this messenger of Christ to speak to the religious leadership to present his case and testimony. In a remarkable way he was able to make a stand for the resurrection of Christ and at the same time produce a division amongst the company for his good. They could not agree amongst themselves as to his situation and so conflict arose. The commander had to move in again and rescue him from their hands. He was not to be left to the mercy of these prejudiced leaders. Something more was in the mind and will of God.

When he required guidance and assurance it was to be afforded him from the Lord. There came the divine strengthening with the words – “Be encouraged” – v11, and a divine enlightening to the fact that he would become an increasing witness. His testimony to Christ would reach even to the principal city of Rome. Events later would reveal that he would touch a lot more people en-route. Because he dared to show his allegiance to Christ, so Christ would show His allegiance to him and make him a more influential witness than ever.

In speaking out for Christ it is possible to discover that He is able to make the testimony greater than ever. He has ways of opening doors by which the believer is able to share on a much wider front. Instead of being inhibited and fearful, a remarkable boldness can take over which appears to pave the way for the message to be made to a bigger audience. It seems to be a steppingstone to increased testimony that ensures the growth of the Gospel and Kingdom. The Lord would assure you to get on with being a witness for Him where you are – Acts 1: 8.

 

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June 17th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

There is much to capture your interest and commitment in the world around you that would draw you away from your focus on and relationship with the Lord. They are very tempting and seducing factors that would take up much of your time and monies. In the end, if pursued, they will create a bankruptcy of Him and all that He wills to achieve in and through you of lasting value. It is decision time to resolve that the Lord is the One you love above all and you are determined to see His plans fulfilled in every way. Remember this, it is only what is done in and for Christ that lasts!

REMINISCENCES 

Stanley Kynaston was a member of Carmel Church, Denton and was a choice person. He was there when I arrived and was still there when we moved on. He was a most reliable individual and loved cycling and travelled quite a distant to be part of the fellowship. He was a lovely tenor singer and could hit the high notes without difficulty. He loved to sing and with his smiling face and humorous approach made a great difference when he contributed to a service. It was a great day when Tricia Holmes came and along with her mum and dad found Christ because eventually she was to become his bride and they had a lovely life together. Stan has been called home to glory, along with Trish,  and no doubt his singing will be enhanced and he will be enjoying lifting his voice to His Saviour and Lord.

HUMOUR

Misunderstanding: There was a woman who spent some months serving God in Kenya. On her final visit to a remote township she attended a medical clinic. As the Maasai women there began to sing together, she found herself deeply moved by their beautiful harmonies. She wanted to always remember this moment and try to share it with friends when she arrived home.

With tears flowing down her cheeks, she turned to her friend and asked, “Can you please tell me the translation of the words of this song?”

Her fried looked at her and solemnly replied, “If you boil the water, you won’t get dysentery”.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINELY PRESERVED – Acts 22

This great servant of the Lord had some close encounters with intense suffering and death. Although he went through a lot of trials and troubles it is evident that the Lord had a way of delivering him in the midst of them. He also had some choice purposes to achieve in those difficult experiences. The Lord enabled him to negotiate these arduous times to maximum profit in relation to the spread of the Christian message, and at the same time securing the well being of this man of God. He was able to preserve him in numerous situations and ways.

The religious Jews were prepared to listen to what he had to say as he addressed them in their own tongue until he mentioned the name ‘Gentiles’. This agitated them to become violent and desire his death. But intervention came. The commander then ordered Paul to be flogged, but he escaped this by stating he was a Roman. Both the commander and soldiers sensed they had gone too far as they realized they had broken Roman law. So God’s special servant knew divine protection in difficult circumstances.

Christians have to face up to the fact that they live in a hostile world and society that is at variance with the Christian message and its standards. Believers have to be ready to lay their lives on the line for the Lord so all may know in truth and reality the glorious message of Christ. There is a cost that has to be paid so that even those opposed may hear the Good News. As you make your stand for Christ, be bold in your witness even though it may stir conflict. Be assured, that He who looked after Paul will also preserve you and the testimony you make for Him.

 

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