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June 27th

 

Rev. E. Anderson

IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

There is ever need to listen to the teaching on Christ on all subjects so that belief and behaviour are based and formed correctly. He does say very clearly that we must “Beware of false prophets, which come in to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves. You shall know them by their fruits” – Matthew 7: 15, 16. We need to be aware of mere professing preachers and people within the church and political leaders and people and others outside Christendom who have no righteous principles or conduct. So do not be led down the garden path is a wise saying to be taken note of. Do not be duped or sucked in by such!

Sermon Starters

WHAT IF?

I heard one of men speak in the morning devotions on these two words and it Illuminating and helpful. His Scripture passage was Genesis 37. He related it to Joseph. 1/. What if he had not received the dreams and spoke of them? What if his brothers had not badly re-acted to him and his dreams? 3/. What if he had not discovered their whereabouts? 4/. What if the Ishmaelite’s had not passed by?  5/. What if he had secured a God position in Potiphar’s home? 6/. What if he had not suffered wrongful imprisonment? 7/. What if the butler failed to ultimately remember? And so on. It seems that God’s unfolding plans for a fulfilled life in and through is dependent on so many incidents and scenes. Someone once said: “Big doors often hang on small hinges.”

WISE SAYINGS

LONELINESS

The German philosopher Schopenhauer compared the human race to a bunch of porcupines huddling together on a cold winter’s night. He said, “The colder it gets outside, the more we huddle together for warmth, but the closer we get to one another, the more we hurt one another with our sharp quills. And in the lonely night of earth’s winter eventually we begin to drift apart and wander out on our own and freeze to death in our loneliness.” Christ has given us an alternative: to forgive the pokes we receive. This allows us to stay together and stay warm.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

HOME EVANGELISM – Acts 28: 17-30

The apostle was given the privilege of renting his own house when he arrived in Rome but was placed under the continual jurisdiction of a soldier – v16. He was not 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.

How fascinating to read of a man who seized every situation to place the claims of Christ before others! The home should be a venue, which should be sacredly used to make Christ known. When people come to your abode are they aware of who you are and what you believe? In an appropriate manner you can make it clear to your visitors that Christ is the most important person to be associated with it. Let your residence be the venue where many are introduced to the reality of Christ.

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE MINOR PROPHETS

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THE BENEFITS OF DIVINE REVERENCE

Malachi 4

An assured promise is extended to those who have true respect for the Lord that is of great worth and significance. It will be seen in the context that there are enormous benefits to be discovered and known for those who have a healthy regard for the LORD Almighty. They do not lose out but enjoy to the utmost level and degree so much from Him. It is right and proper to honour the Lord apart from His love and goodness in the knowledge of who He is, but He also delights to show utmost regard for them who do so.

1/. THERE IS THE BLESSING OF HEALING – v2

The Lord is described as the Sun of Righteousness and He has the properties of health and the power to administer life and health to those that He arises upon. He is like the appearance of the sun as it arises in full glory and splendour to shine and bring its warmth and that brings its strength to bear upon creation for good. So the Lord comes to those who look for Him and regards Him with healing virtue.

2/. THERE IS THE BLESSING OF LIBERTY – v2

The description here is of young calves let loose to spring forth and reveal their vitality and liberty of life. They cannot contain their inward feelings but break forth to declare their pleasure and delight. Joy of an abundant nature becomes a manifest characteristic. There is no holding in of the delight felt.

3/. THERE IS THE BLESSING OF VICTORY – v3

The wicked and unrighteous that have had no respect for the Lord will be at the mercy of those who have treated the Lord aright. The righteous will triumph over the unrighteous and it will be altogether apparent that sin does not pay. In the first verse it is seen, the wicked will be utterly removed.

4/. THERE IS THE BLESSING OF OBEDIENCE – v4

The Lord will convey to them the importance of truly responding to His covenant law and because there is due respect for Him there will be due regard for His Word. Blessedness and divine benefits are always tied up in loving obedience to the Lord and this obtains under both covenants.

5/. THERE IS THE BLESSING OF RESTORATION – vv5, 6

There is the assurance that the Lord is to send His divine messenger who will bring restoration on a much wider front. There will be a turning to the Lord through his ministry and He will be greatly reverenced. John the Baptist preceded Him who came to bring divine knowledge and would draw people to a worthy and noble regard for God.

 

 

 

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