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Nov 10th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

 NEW BEGINNINGS IN DIVINE PRESIDENCY

God does not simply desire to occupy a part of your being and life. He gracious will is that He might have sovereign place and rule in everything. This does not altogether take place at the beginning of your relationship. He consistently and lovingly acts in order that He may become to you All in All and that you will learn to submit to Him so that you may enjoy the benefits of His complete Lord-ship. The sooner you realize this to be so and respond in a good-hearted manner, the quicker will be your progress, blessedness and success. Israel failed in this and spent a needless 40 years in the wilderness! He was waiting to be Jehovah, the great I Am to them and bring them into the Promised Land. Do not forestall Him, therefore, as He seeks priority in your life at all times.DAILY MEDITATIONS

A DESPERATE CRY – Luke 18: 31-43

An opportunity was presented to this blind beggar, Bartimaeus, as Jesus passed his way. He had heard of this wonderful healer and his spirit must have leapt when he realised He was close by. It was needful for him to do something quick because it was his opportune moment and it may never return. He sensed the closeness of Christ and knew what he had to do: cry out above the noise that was already present. It was vital that he get the attention of Christ if there was to be any ministry into his outstanding need.

The crowd sought to stifle him but he would not be muzzled and cried out all the more. He recognised who Jesus was and of His capacity to show mercy to him and answer his blind condition. His appeal on two occasions was to Christ’s love and kindness – “have mercy on me.” – vv38, 39. It was good for him to know that the Lord had heard his desperate cry above the din around and called for him. Christ responded to his faith and tenacity and immediately he received his sight. Having received it, he decided to follow Jesus in the way. He only had eyes for Jesus!

It is essential not to miss out on any blessing that could be the lot of any Christian believer. Sometimes there are obstacles in the way to prevent the good thing happening. People can often be the cause of not getting from the Lord what He desires to give, so it is imperative, when the situation is right, to press through and claim from Christ what He wills to give. As He passes by on a constant basis in life, make certain that you grab His attention. Let Him hear your desperate cry and He will stop and minister today into your personal need.

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Oct 24th

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:

NEW BEGINNINGS IN FAITH

There times and occasions when all require a fresh start, the opening out into something meaningful, pleasurable and profitable. It can be so in spite of age, circumstances or prospects

Why not know a new beginning in using, enlarging and enriching the God-given abilities and aptitudes that are yours! Some gifts and graces may have been neglected or even despised and so have withered to some extent. The real you in Christ is not so evident. Paul called Timothy, a choice young man to ‘stir up the gift of God within him’. It could break out and yield much more. The apostle was with him in such a fresh release and break-out. This day is to mark for you some choice addition to existing qualities as you step out anew with God. You have got to believe and expect !

DAILY MEDITATIONS

UNDER DIVINE COMMISSION – Luke 9: 1-17

Christ was a man under divine commission and possessed a unique and absolute authority in exercising it. He had the right to call and appoint other people to be involved with Him in serving the great cause of God and humanity. Here He enlisted the services of men who were one with Him in the ministry of the Kingdom of God. He sent them forth to preach concerning the Kingdom of God and to evidence the power of it in a supernatural way. Those to whom they were to speak and minister would be given abundant proof of its appearance and worth in the deliverance of people from their diseases and demonic power.

As they went forward in faith under the commission they saw what Christ said would come to pass. They were not to be disappointed in any way but God’s grace and power was much in evidence. In their obedience to the summons they were to witness some astonishing happenings. It states: “So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing the people everywhere” – v6. What a wonderful period in the life of these apostles as they were used to bring so much blessing to all the people! They must have been thrilled as they returned with good reports.

It must never be forgotten that Christ has given the Christian Church a great commission for all time – Matthew 28: 18-20; Mark 16: 15-20. Every believer is called to be a witness for Christ and the Kingdom of God and can expect His confirmation as they testify for and of Him to those who do not know Him. He has given the Holy Spirit to bear divine testimony both in word and deed so that great miracles of healing and deliverances will take place in confirmation. Know that He is with you to bless as you diligently live and work under His commission.

 

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Oct 3rd

Rev. E. Anderson

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – SUFFICIENCY

“Our sufficiency is of God” – 2 Cor 3:5 – what an encouraging affirmation to make! Paul knew his own limitations, inadequacies and weaknesses and was not afraid to name them. On the positive side, however, he was deeply conscious of the presence and enabling giftings of God which caused him to live an extraordinary life and achieve incredible things. One person backed and blessed with this ‘all sufficiency’ is up to anyone and everything. It is open to you to draw and live in and by it. Learn to receive to the maximum all that you require to leave a testimony to God’s bestowal.

WISE SAYINGS

“For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you” – John 13:15

The most valuable gift you can give another is a good example. There is no substitute for a person who can be their attitudes, words and deeds set the finest of images to duplicate. Be taught by the best and you will become the best

DAILY MEDITATIONS

GOD APPROVED – Luke 3: 21-38

As Christ makes His public appearance and is acknowledged by John the Baptist as being the Christ, the Anointed One of God, so there is given a tremendous approval from heaven both in word and deed. The Father gives His accreditation of His Son by saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I well pleased” – v22, and the blessing of the fullness of the Holy Spirit comes to rest and reside upon Him in a gracious and generous manner. In reviewing the private years of Christ in the seeming backwoods, there was the admission that His Son had done everything right.

What mattered to Christ above everything else in life was that He might do and fall in line with all that had been appointed Him of the Father. The inward motivation both of life and service was that He might live in His favour and do all in such a way that He glorified His Father and bring Him untold delight. This sanctified His whole approach concerning every day and issue. It kept Him free from selfishness and sin and caused Him to be an immeasurable blessing to all others around Him. The Father could only speak the truth and confer such a blessing on such a life.

No better or greater motive could occupy the being of any man than this – “to please God in everything.” Christ comes to sow this disposition in the heart of all who would be His worthy followers. In pleasing God there is a begetting of His noble desires and designs within a person that enhances character and ministry of the highest quality. As you allow this divine principle and procedure to inspire, it will cause life to be fulfilled in the best possible way. Not only so, God will not only speak His approval, there will come a rich anointing of His Spirit for all to see.

 

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April 20th  

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

You live in a world of constant change and it is easy to keep abreast with what is taking place at this level. But never forget you are the Lord’s constant work and He will not be satisfied until He has transformed you completely into the likeness of His Son. He has not simply saved you to forgive you of your sin, place you in His family, given hopes of heaven, His real desire and design is that He will behold the glorious image and portrait of His beautiful Son in you forever. Let that inspire all the changes that are still needed.

WISE WORDS

Make sure that you are making the best and wisest investments that bring in the best eternal gains and returns. Christ and His kingdom are the greatest and the wise go with Him.                   

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘patience” If there is one thing that history and present day living teaches us, it is this: we live in a world of where there is a demand for a great deal of patience. It is that superb quality that brings calm, composure and balance and enables a person to wait and plan for the outworking of factors to highest good. The sin of impatience often ruins things and the person concerned. So it is a factor that such figure high in our thoughts and creation.

PATIENCE TO ENDURE THE WORST OF SUFFERINGS THAT APPEAR INEXPLICABLE – Job 1 -2

Most know the story of Job, which actually occurred, in order to assist others in suffering and to gain the virtue of patience and strong faith amidst such. From observation, it didn’t seem right that an individual of Job’s nature, character and standing should have to encounter this kind of thing. He was true, loving God and others and yet subjected to awful physical and spiritual torture.

Behind the scenes we get the one responsible for this brutal attack, Satan. He did not like Job or God and wanted to see this accord broken. He got his ideas wrong about God and Job. He thought if he could really put pressure on Job through affliction, he would turn him away from love and loyalty of God. He also thought that God would not permit Job to be put through such a horrid ordeal. He got his sums wrong. In remarkable manner Job was able to keep his faith and spirit intact and see all to a great conclusion.

The end of the day he is brought into a richer and greater state all because the path of suffering was truly negotiated – see chapter 42. He is compensated by the Lord in a bountiful fashion thus showing that sufferings can lead to immense compensations. It was Satan that suffered the set back. Learn the lesson and also prove and know the workings of the Lord. Who knows what the Lord has in mind and store for you in terms of blessing as you persevere in good faith!

A GOOD QUOTE – NATURE

Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift. Albert Einstein

DAILY MEDITATIONS

STUBBORNNESS – Isaiah 48

This is the charge that the Lord brings against His own people. He calls on them to listen to what He has to say about their nature and it is not very complimentary. In all His dealings with them over a long stretch of time He had observed this streak within their beings. Throughout the centuries He had spoken and encouraged them to hearken to His directions but they had continually wanted to do their own thing. He says in v4 “I know how stubborn and obstinate you are. Your necks are as unbending as iron. You are as hardheaded as bronze.” There was a spiritual resistance in them that rebelled against His desires and will for their highest good.

The reason why He speaks plainly and bluntly is to show them what they really are so that they will repent and amend their ways. It was now time to face up to themselves and see how guilty they were of this charge and to be completely altered in their relationship with Him. The time for refinement had come where this inbred and consistent evil is dealt with once and for all. No longer should they go making promises and oaths they had no intention of keeping. If they got rid of this malignant and cancerous evil then the future would be full of great prospects.

Examination of the spiritual life reveals that this is a wickedness that still seeks to gain room and advantage. Samuel the prophet shows how serious this sin is when confronting king Saul. He proclaimed: “For rebellion is the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry” – 1 Samuel 15: 23. It can put on a mere show of obedience but in point of fact is classified as obstinacy of an awful kind. Every child of God must seek to develop a submissive and responsive spirit and action to the Lord in everything.  In your loving obedience lies your divine happiness.

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April 17th  

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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AN IN MESSAGE FOR TODAY

No sooner had Christ risen from the dead but He joined two of His disciples on the Emmaus road to show and prove it. So He comes, now, to you, to make known the fact that He is still around and wills to share the fullness of His being and blessings so that today and everyday will be increasingly enriched. Do no miss out on His company and companionship, today.

WISE WORDS

Christ did not die and rise from the dead to simply create an Easter holiday. No, it was to create the basis and blessing of constant holy-days in the life of the Christian. Such is the fountain of all happiness and blessedness. 

Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘patience” If there is one thing that history and present day living teaches us, it is this: we live in a world of where there is a demand for a great deal of patience. It is that superb quality that brings calm, composure and balance and enables a person to wait and plan for the outworking of factors to highest good. The sin of impatience often ruins things and the person concerned. So it is a factor that such figure high in our thoughts and creation.

PATIENCE TO SEE THE OUTWORKING OF HIS WILL – Genesis 45

After a long and gruelling ordeal in many ways, light shone into Joseph’s mind and he could perceive all that the Lord had been doing and working out not just for himself, but for his close family. He sees divine sense and knows now how God has worked in all the drama, difficulty and detail to bring about not simply his promotion but the preservation of His family, dad, brothers and family for the greater purpose he has in mind. He could say to them: v5 “God did send me before you to preserve life”.

Whilst he was important to God, he came to perceive the bigger picture. He must have been thankful and inspired to see how the Master-Planner had brought all the jig-saw pieces together to form a complete view and knowledge for all to comprehend and be delighted about. Patience was required all round in Joseph, Jacob and his brothers to ultimately appreciate there had been a strange and sure hand bringing good things to pass.

Even now you may be in that situation where there does not appear to be any sense of reason in what is occurring to you or your loved ones etc. You are somewhat baffled and bewildered by the proceedings at the moment. Nothing appears to be knitting and forming together. Let your faith rest in Him who works according to the counsel of His own will. Be sure of this: He will not fail or disappoint in the climax but will pleasantly surprise in the final unveiling.

A GOOD QUOTE – NATURE

Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. Hans Christian Andersen

DAILY MEDITATIONS

ALTOGETHER TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS – Isaiah 45: 14-24

This is the true image that is asserted by God with regard to Himself. God wants it to be fully understood by His people that He is righteous and speaks the things that are right, just and fair – vv19, 28. Because of this aspect of His character alone He can be wholly trusted and depended on. There is nothing questionable in His person or ways. He cannot stand anything that is contrary to these vital qualities of character. In all of His dealings with them in the past and now in the present, He remains constant in these essential virtues.

What He has said and done for them can be believed, accepted and acted upon. In the immediate setting He is affirming beforehand that He will rescue them out of the plight they are in and so they must look expectantly for the fulfilment of His word. Their history will prove beyond doubt that He had been doing this all the time; therefore they should not doubt Him in any way. The gods of the heathen could not speak at all but He had given distinct revelation of His intentions. As they acted in accord with His word, so they would become righteous, too.

How imperative it is that the Christian believer forms a wholesome conviction about God’s character and word. He abominates any falsehood and only can declare those things that are truth so that both He and His word can be relied upon. You need to settle in your mind and heart that the Lord will only deal with you on the basis of truth and faith. You need to adopt the same stance in your relationship with Him. As you respond in this fashion to Him you will discover that He will make His righteousness known to and through you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mar 24th – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. To be able to achieve and succeed in daily living we require strength. One may have all the ‘know-how’ but have little or no strength to perform and do. It is imperative that you have the life and energy physically, spiritually, morally, mentally etc., so that you see things coming to pass that will gladden your days. The Scriptures are present to guide you into knowing how to know strength of an incredible nature be yours to achieve.

STRENGTH – To Endure Suffering – Job 2

Many individuals within the scriptures knew what it was to be put through their paces with regard to pain and suffering, amongst them is Job. Everything was successfully moving along in an unprecedented season of growth and blessing on every front. Then major calamities struck his family and then his own person – Job 1. He must have wondered what he had done wrong for all this to suddenly happen and then to be put under extreme pressure by his wife and so-called friends.

As far as God was concerned, Job handled it well although he had his moments! Within the ordeal he did make some very choice expressions that have served to inspire others when in extreme suffering. He did make the bold confession: “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God . . .” Job 19: 24-27.  In spite of his awful circumstances he did not curse or blame God but believed all would turn out alright, and it did! – Job 42:10-17. He came through with flying colours with a testimony to God’s goodness.

It may be that you are in the midst of a tough and rough experience right now. The Lord can and will provide both added grace and strength to more than manage it. Be assured in your being that He will make the ordeal serve to your development and blessedness. You will not be alone but His support will be extended and enable you to turn all to a quality character and future. The suffering will not be a waste but a road to spiritual maturity and prospect.

QUOTES TO NOTEFamily

My family is my strength and my weakness. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

SACRED SONGS

Jesus the Name High Over All

What a Name has been given to Christendom to be used and bring blessing! JESUS! As it is sung with faith and inspiration it invades the atmosphere and manifests its influence and dynamic. If there is one thing that Christ responds to, it is the proper use of His name by the Christian believer. So make sure it has its place in your life and experience!

This is one of those hymns which, as Dr. Tel­ford re­marks, has “stamped it­self deep in the re­li­gious life of Meth­od­ism.” Few hymns have been more quot­ed by Meth­od­ist min­is­ters in their dy­ing hours than this, es­pe­cial­ly the last stan­za. But per­haps the young­est “preach­er” that ev­er made use of it ten­der­ly and ef­fect­iv­ely in the dy­ing hour is de­scribed in the fol­low­ing in­ci­dent, which serves al­so to show how the ear­ly Meth­od­ists taught such hymns as this to their child­ren at home and in Sun­day Schools:

By a dis­tress­ing ac­ci­dent a lit­tle girl on­ly sev­en years of age was se­vere­ly burned and had to be tak­en to a hos­pi­tal in Lon­don. At a Meth­od­ist Sun­day school she had learned to love and to sing the hymn be­gin­ning, “Je­sus, the name high over all.” On the last night of her life all the pa­tients were qui­et in the ward where she lay, and no­thing was heard but the tick and strike of the clock, when sud­den­ly the lit­tle suf­fer­er broke the si­lence by sweet­ly sing­ing…from her fa­vor­ite hymn…Then si­lence reigned again in the room, and for some time, as be­fore, on­ly the tick­ing of the clock was heard when the me­lo­di­ous voice of the lit­tle suf­fer­er again broke the si­lence and many other suf­fer­ers in the room heard her sing­ing soft­ly: “Hap­py, if with my lat­est breath I may but gasp his name”…

And with that the lit­tle preach­er’s voice was in­deed hushed in death, but not un­til ma­ny had heard, in the words of this ten­der song as she so sweet­ly sang it, a gos­pel mess­age ne­ver to be for­got­ten.

1/. Jesus! the Name high over all, In hell or earth or sky;
Angels and men before it fall, And devils fear and fly.

2/. He breaks the power of cancelled sin, And sets the prisoner free;

His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood avails for me.

3/. Jesus! the Name to sinners dear, The Name to sinners giv’n;
It scatters all their guilty fear, It turns their hell to Heav’n.

4/. Jesus! the prisoner’s fetters breaks, And bruises Satan’s head;
Power into strengthless souls it speaks, And life into the dead.

5/. Oh, that the world might taste and see The riches of His grace!
The arms of love that compass me Would all the world embrace.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

DIVINE CONTEMPT – Isaiah 23

The Lord can and does show His contempt for those who disregard Him and the ways of truth, goodness and mercy. He has the capability of not only pouring scorn on people that deliberately pay no attention to grace and justice but He takes action against them. This is the subject matter of this chapter. In moving in opposition to Tyre in judgment He reveals His disapproval of their wickedness. In v9 it states: “The Lord Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show His contempt for all human greatness.”

He abominates the sinful arrogance of men and nations, which in due course He judges. No matter how great, strong and proud a person and nation may become, God eventually reaches the point where they have to be rightly dealt with. In the case of Tyre, it meant its removal. There were those who felt it was impossible for this secure and lucrative nation to be reduced to nothing. Whatever heights Tyre may have reached, the Lord would have the last say by its total destruction.

One of the vital lessons of history to be noted is of God causing people and nations to be humbled through His judgments. There has been over the centuries and millenniums of time the rise of human power to enormous heights of strength and position but because of their attitude to God through conceit and self-importance have fallen into nothingness. How essential, at a personal level, it is to ensure that success doesn’t lead to vanity and immodesty taking over. When such takes place, there is the inevitable humbling by God.

 

 

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Mar 13th    – 2017

 

Rev. E. Anderson

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Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. One of the things that man has been created with is sensitivity and it plays a very important role within the enjoyment and blessedness of life. He was made to exist and experience two kinds of senses: spiritual and natural. The first to be able to be conscious and taste spiritual realities, the second, to know the immense delights in the natural such as hearing, seeing . .  and so on. He was meant to live and experience two worlds, the spiritual to major and impact the natural.

SENSITIVITY – A GAINED SENSITIVITY – Genesis  27 & 28

Things were not looking good for Jacob. His twin brother, Esau, was incensed over his awful action of robbery of the birthright and its blessings. He vowed he would deal wih Jacob in an evil fashion after his father’s demise. Rebekah thought that the best course of action was to send Jacob to her family situated in the North and so allow the temper of Esau to abate. As he settles down for the night to rest on the journey, God breaks through to Jacob and impacts his life in a dynamic fashion. He discovers that heaven is touching earth and that he is a subject of heaven’s interests and purposes.

As he awakes from the dream he is awestruck and becomes sensitive to eternal matters. He makes a memorable declaration and raises an altar in sacred memory. He said: “How dreadful is this place! This is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven” – v17. he renames the place and calls it Bethel – the House of God and makes a personal vow: “If God will be with me, and will keep me in his way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God” – vv20, 21. From that day forward things were to change and he too!

The forthcoming years were going to be difficult and extraordinary but the LORD was to be faithful and a new, holy sensitivity was to be known. There was to be no escape from the ever watchful eye of the Lord and he was to know His hand being with Him in remarkable ways. Today can mark a new beginning for you. The LORD can break in upon you and your affairs and both you and things be dramatically altered. He has a vested interest in you and you must become alive and committed to it for your real future is bound up in this.

QUOTES TO NOTE

Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on. Carrie Underwood

SACRED SONGS

O How Sweet the Message, Simple Faith may Claim

This lovely song is a reminder of the continuity and constancy of Jesus Christ.  What ever is happening, He is still around to minister and render His present support to those who desire it. He moves and works in the realm of the impossible and is up to every emergency. It is up to one and all to prove Him and discover His matchless worth. As you sing or recite this hymn today enjoy and experience His up-to-date word and ministry.

1/.  O how sweet the glorious message, Simple faith may claim;
Yesterday, today, forever, Jesus is the same.
Still He loves to save the sinful,  Heal the sick and lame;
Cheer the mourner, still the tempest; Glory to His name!

Chorus

Yesterday, today, forever,  Jesus is the same,
All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His name,
Glory to His name,  Glory to His name;
All may change, but Jesus never! Glory to His name.

2/. He who pardoned erring Peter, Never need’st thou fear;
He that came to faithless Thomas, All thy doubt will clear,
He who let the loved disciple  On His bosom rest,
Bids thee still, with love as tender, Lean upon His breast.

3/. He who ‘mid the raging billows, Walked upon the sea;

Still can hush our wildest tempest,  As on Galilee.

He who wept and prayed in anguish, In Gethsemane,

Drinks with us each cup of trembling, In our agony.

4/. As of old He walked to Emmaus, With them to abide;
So through all life’s way He walketh,  Ever near our side.
Soon again we shall behold Him, Hasten, Lord, the day!
But ’twill still be “this same Jesus,”  As He went away.

DAILY MEDITATIONS

STOP WORRYING! – Isaiah 7: 1-9

The message was to be given to king Ahaz that he had to quit worrying in a situation of very real threat. – v4 “Tell him to stop worrying” (New Living Translation.) Two kings, Syria and Israel from the north, were set on bringing his reign to an end. It was a genuine crisis that profoundly disturbed his spirit. He felt that if they were united in their effort they would cause chaos to him and his people. They appeared to be firebrands filled with malice and violent intent to reduce God’s elect to nothing. It was imperative that the king did not fall foul of their evil plans.

God’s servant placed things in proper perspective showing from the Lord’s viewpoint how matters stood – “But this is what the Sovereign LORD says” -v7. He had up-to-date knowledge of what was happening and could let the king know the outcome. He informs him that the conflict will never happen – v7. Therefore his worrying was pointless in the light of this fact. The Lord would see to it that their plans and arrangements would all fall apart and they would be rendered incapable of pursuing their designs. He need not be scared when he possessed this inside information!

The word often needs to be spoken into life today to stop worrying because of threatened circumstances. Worry is an evil that can and does beset even Christians to rob them of their faith, joy and peace. Do not allow this evil room or place in your life even though you are facing a crisis that appears to be real and bent on crippling and destroying you and your future. Remember this: the Lord is well able to negate all that is set against you in a moment. The weapons formed against you will not prosper but will fail; so be at peace.

 

 

 

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Feb 24th – 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. The word is ‘consecrate’, a spiritual reality to be entered into if one is to know God to live a true life and extract the best from life. One of the vital and glorious considerations of life is the knowledge that you are demonstrating a genuine commitment to Christ which is real and fulfilling.

CONSECRATE – In Being in a Divine Team – 1 Kings 18;16-21

It would seem that there is revealed in the Scriptures that the Lord desires people who can work together as a team in His interests an purposes, where people are set apart to and for God and each other for His glory an each other’s good. For the partnership to be successful requires each one to be wholly committed an devoted continually. It was to each other’s advantage and progress when relations were harmonious and selfless.

Aaron was require to link up with his brother Moses and nerve him in a major enterprise. Joshua had a Caleb who was courageously committed with him to see the ultimate goal realised for Israel. Elijah was called upon to summon a young Elisha an involve him in sacred calling. He was ready and immediately responsive to the summons. There was to be no half-measures with him as he instantly dedicated himself to the Lord an His servant and serve in an honourable manner an with distinction.

It may be the Lord desires you to be joined in mission an ministry with some person or people. The call of heaven is in an on you to join spiritual forces so that much more can be wrought. The Lord in His commissioning sent His disciples out in pairs. There was a heavenly wisdom in this. Perhaps the time is now for you to be effectually linked with someone in prayer, evangelism, caring so that a greater task force I created and a bigger work done.

SACRED SONGS
When the Roll is Called up Yonder

This was really a favourite in early Pentecostal days, especially in times of Convention an Conference. How the saints were filled with rapture an enthusiasm at the prospect of Christ’ return! There I certainly a need for a fresh emphasis with regard to it today in the evidence of the signs of the times. Christ’s coming is imminent and so the call to be on the tip-toe of expectancy for His arrival.

Words & Music: James Black, a Methodist Sunday school teacher in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, was calling roll one day for a youth meeting. Young Bessie, daughter of a drunkard, did not show up, and he was disappointed at her failure to appear. Black made a comment to the effect, “Well, I trust when the roll is called up yonder, she’ll be there.” He tried to respond with an appropriate song, but could not find one in his song book:

This lack of a fitting song caused me both sorrow and disappointment. An inner voice seemed to say, “Why don’t you write one?” I put away the thought. As I opened the gate on my way home, the same thought came again so strongly that tears filled my eyes. I entered the house and sat down at the piano. The words came to me effortlessly…The tune came the same way—I dared not change a single note or word.

1/. When the trumpet of the Lord shall sound, and time shall be no more,

When the saved of earth shall gather over on the other shore,
And the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

Refrain
When the roll is called up yonder (repeat 3 x)
When the roll is called up yonder I’ll be there

2/. On that bright an cloudless morning, when the dead in Christ shall rise,
An the glory of His resurrection share:
When His chosen ones will gather to their homes beyond the skie,
An the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

3/Let us labour for the Master from the dawn till setting sun,
Let us talk of all His wondrous love an care,
Then, when all f life is over, an our work on earth is done,
An the roll is called up yonder, I’ll be there.

QUOTES TO NOTE – life

There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why – William Barclay

DAILY MEDITATIONS
AN ABIDING PROMISE – Psalm 84

There are choice, spiritual truths stated within the verses of this lovely psalm that are mentioned in order to stimulate faith and relationship with God. At the outset, a due emphasis is placed upon knowing and living within the sanctuary of God in order to appreciate the wonder of God in every way. If the sparrow can take delight in making and having a home there, how much His people! No better place could be found to dwell than within the covering of the Lord. It is a blessed thing above all other factors to be spending life in His presence.

Because this occurs, there will be the inevitable consequence of walking in accord with His words and ways. The desire will be present and active in seeking to please Him in everything. As this comes to pass, so the good things of God are introduced and are manifested in a constant manner and measure. The promise is realized: “No good thing will the Lord withhold from those who do what is right” – v11. God’s grace and goodness abound in such a degree and fashion so that the individual is enriched. The Lord did not withhold but sought to bestow all that was wonderful upon His ancient people as they honoured Him and His house.

It is imperative that there is born within you a wholesome and fervent desire for God and His dwelling place and to seek to live under His constant covering. He welcomes all those who would give Him preference above all and in return assures that life will be filled with His choice blessings. Not only does He give promise of what is to be: He is ever in the position where He can make real what He has covenanted. The promise holds good now and you can enter into the reality of His untold blessedness. Life is fulfilled when He is at work in permanent blessing.

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Welcome to this Christian website

Feb 5th – 2017 

ernest kitchen

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 ‘life’, a spiritual reality to be entered into if one is to know God to live a true life and extract the best from life.

LIFE – IN ITS BEGINNING – Genesis 1-27-29; 2:7,8

The book of Genesis is rightly entitled, the Book of Beginnings. It is the account of how things started and how the first, human pair came on to the scene of time. Their existence is credited as being formed by God in a special manner; He fashioned and created man and what a fantastic work they turned out to be! Only God could have brought it about! No wonder the psalmist said: “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” – Psalm 139; 13-16. The amazing intricate systems known to be found in man are the result of the divine genius. And He gave men His first breath and that was enough! Gen 2: 7.

Through this dynamic inspiration he was able to taste and enjoy life on two levels. It was first to be a spiritual reality to be entered into which would cause him to know and have fellowship with God Through such he would know an increasing sense of his destiny and move to fulfilment of the highest order. There was also natural life that enabled him to exist in this natural world enjoying its provisions.  The evil one, Satan, pressed home on the latter and cause him to go for the natural and so sold out on his accord with God. As a consequence of his sin he spiritually died and lost out on the real source of life.

Thankfully, God had His answer to this failure and loss and in the course of human history provided a way by which man could be quickened anew by His divine breath. Christ atoned for the sin factor and made it possible to receive this heavenly quickening to new birth and life and open the spiritual life on a great front. Make sure that you have received this from God in Christ. It will make all the difference to how you believe and behave in this world now and give you a restored relationship with God.

SACRED SONGS

Let Me Come Closer to Thee, Lord Jesus

This quiet, lovely song expresses a deep respect for the Lord and the desire to be at one’s best and render the best in holy and wholesome devotion. Having been won to Christ one, yearns to be completely conquered by Him so that there is a complete consecration of being and life to Him at all times. He wills to draw so close until He is known in all His beauty, splendour and worth and there is an utter expression of Him so He seen in every part of one’s life. Christ seeks to switch us on to Himself so that He can live and shine through to others that they may discover His magnificence and worth.

1/. Let me come closer to Thee, Lord Jesus,  oh, closer day by day!

Let me lean harder on Thee, Lord Jesus, yes, harder all the way.

2/. Let me show forth Thy beauty, Lord Jesus,  like the sunshine on the hills;

Oh, let my lips pour forth Thy sweetness,  in joyous, sparkling rills!

3/. Yes, like a fountain, precious Lord Jesus,  make me and let me be;

Keep me and use me daily, Lord Jesus, for Thee, for only Thee.

4/. In all my heart and will, Lord Jesus, be altogether King!

Make me a loyal subject, Lord Jesus, to Thee in everything.

5/.Thirsting and hungering for Thee, Lord Jesus,  with blessed hunger here,

looking for home on Zion‟s mountain,  no thirst, no hunger there. ……

 QUOTES TO NOTE – attitude

Virtually nothing is impossible in this world if you just put your mind to it and maintain a positive attitude – Lou Holtz

DAILY MEDITATIONS

THE CONQUERING LORD – Psalm 68

We have a declaration and description of the procession of the Lord in conquest. It commences in v1 with the request – “Arise O God” and then there is the evidence of the Lord in full flight ready to take on any enemy and situation and to reveal His power. Nothing and no one can stand in His way as He marches forth to lead His people to victory. The enemies melt like wax before Him. His people could live in high hopes as long as He assumed the leadership. As sovereign Lord He was able to manifest His sovereignty at all times. He majestically subdued all.

As a consequence of His conquering power, His people were able to enjoy the fruits of His conquests. God’s people became the possessors of the Promised Land with all of its blessings – v10. He conquers in order to distribute gifts and to load His people with benefits – vv18, 19. In His train and trail of triumph He leaves blessing after blessing. Ancient conquerors made sure that those who fought with them enjoyed the fruits of conquest – see David 1 Samuel 30: 22-31. No one was to be left out of the pleasure of the conquest.

This is but a picture of the absolute victory of Christ over all evil forces that He confronted. He came on to the scene to contend with man’s enemy, Satan, and in one great act registered His conquest at the Cross. He gave proof of this by His resurrection. It is well to realize that He now occupies the throne in heaven and all is subject to Him. Realize that He would share the spoils of His conquest with you. He not only frees from the power of the enemy but also offers the blessing of His gifts into your life. Make sure that you receive all that He wills to bequeath now.

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welcome to this christian website

Jan 14th – 2017

 ernest kitchen

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. It is ‘communion’. This is a crucial factor if there is to be fruitful and worthwhile relation with God. Nothing of any worth will be known or accomplished without a vibrant and close accord with Him.

Communion – Fellowship with the Saints – Acts 2: 41-47; Hebrews 10: 23-25

Christ me it very clear what would happen when saints gathered together to meet with HIM. He gave a sacred promise: “He would be present, in the midst” Matthew 18:20. And he always keeps His word. This was the immediate action of the infant New Testament Church – Acts 2; 41,42. They felt it imperative to gather every day to enjoy each others company and to built up in their initial faith. Tremendous things occurred because they were excited at the prospect of what would take place in so many ways.

The command is given in Hebrews 10:25 not to forget this sacred ordinance. Satan, above all, would seek to prevent this wholesome habit and saints need to be aware of it. If he can hinder you from this sacred devotion he knows he is on a winner. Do not give him any advantage whatsoever. He will tempt by offering other things to replace that look attractive an inviting, but know they are a very poor substitutes to fellowshipping with saints an the Lord. As you congregate, the Lord would inspire and renew with vision of Himself and make known he intends to open up your life and ministry in a greater manner. Even when you are being tried, meeting with Him and the saints gives the opportunity to be renewed and to move on better for the experience.

Seek to set a good example and tone to other Christian believers by your regular present in the immediate future. Contribute where and when you can in the gathering in so many ways so that the contents are rich and where Christ is known and enjoyed. You can make a difference by encouraging others to attend and encourage those who lead and participate in any way. Be sure of this, Christ will make sure you will not miss out!

SACRED SONGS

Will Your Anchor Hold?

In a world that appears to be fast falling apart on all fronts, how vital it is to have a true anchor to lay hold to keep one steady and hopeful. That is where Christ fits in so admirable an effectually. One can discover a refuge and strength in Him because He never fell apart although severely tested. He won through and when He returns to rule all those who have fixed their faith in Him will not be disappointed. Make sure you have made your contact with Him and become consolidated in and by him.

Author: Owens, Priscilla Jane, was born July 21, 1829, of Scotch and Welsh descent, and is now (1906) resident at Baltimore, where she was engaged in public-school work. For 50 years Miss Owen had interested herself in Sunday-school work, and most of her hymns were written for children’s services. 

1/.  Will your anchor hold in the storms of life, when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain, will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
[Refrain:]

We have an anchor that keeps the soul steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!

2/.  Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear, when the breakers roar and the reef is near?
While the surges rave, and the wild winds blow, shall the angry waves then your bark o’erflow? [Refrain]

3/.  Will your anchor hold in the floods of death, when the waters cold chill your latest breath?
On the rising tide you can never fail, while your anchor holds within the veil. [Refrain]

4/ Will your eyes behold through the morning light the city of gold and the harbour bright?
Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore, when life’s storms are past for evermore? [Refrain]

QUOTES TO NOTE – marriage

Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave –  Martin Luther

DAILY MEDITATIONS

A BAD EXAMPLE – 2 Kings 16

There was certainly nothing good to record about this king of Judah, Ahaz. Right from start to finish he virtually ignored the Lord and reveals that he had no intentions of abiding by His laws and ways. It seems that he copied the kings of the northern kingdom in introducing idolatrous worship, which was an offence to the Lord. One would have thought that he would have gone down the same track of his grandfather and father. However, he was determined to do his own thing.

It was not a profitable course of action because he was invaded both by Syria and Israel and suffered loss. This should have taught him a salutary lesson. Even so he called on the assistance of the king of Assyria to help out and he had to pay for it. He wanted to do his own thing again by introducing a new altar to the Temple and removing the other from its true place. He was bent on carrying out his own idea irrespective of the Lord’s revealed will. As the monarch he proved to be a spiritual liability to his people and one that failed his task and duty. He had a great opportunity of making the kingdom great for God but missed it completely.

Everyone leaves a record behind either for good or bad. There is no possibility of being able to amend this man’s record. It remains as history and has to be accounted for in the final Day of Judgment. How essential it is that all make sure that they honour the Lord. One of the ways of doing this is by adopting godly principles of faith and conduct. No one will be permitted to have a re-run of life to amend the errors and failures so it is imperative to have things right first time before God. Make sure that what you believe and do meet with God’s approval so you will leave a good example for others to emulate.

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