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The law of God

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 12, 2014

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These laws given by God still stand today despite what some people would say. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Continuing in sin is self-condemnation. Are you guilty of this?

Leviticus 18

New International Version (NIV)

Unlawful Sexual Relations

18 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord.

“‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.

“‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

“‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father.

“‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

10 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you.

11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

12 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative.

13 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative.

14 “‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

15 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.

16 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother.

17 “‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

18 “‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

19 “‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

20 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.

21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.

22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

24 “‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

29 “‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.’”

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

Romans 1

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

What may be considered right and proper in today’s society, same-sex marriages, fornication, debauchery, pornography and other degrading things does not mean it is right in the eyes of God. Repent and turn away from such things, your eternal salvation may depend upon it. Heaven or Hell? Which will you choose?

Shirley Anne

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It was all known long ago

Posted by Shirley Anne on March 21, 2014

English: This illustration shows abstracted &q...

English: This illustration shows abstracted “slices” of space at different points in time. It is simplified as it shows only two of three spatial dimensions, to allow for the time axis to be displayed conveniently. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was watching a program about the creation of the Universe presented by Professor Stephen Hawking which told the story about the mechanics of the creation step by step right up to the creation of life. The Universe sprang up from nothing it was said, created from nothing as nothing existed before its creation, even time itself. Step by step we were taken through the process and why it became possible in the first place. There had to be imperfection for it to work because theoretically perfection would be the natural result of what is described as the Big Bang, creation. Professor Hawking is only one of the many scientists who have made the study of the origin of the Universe their life’s work. Once the Universe’s creation began it was gravity which was and is the force that set things in motion. Thousands of years ago, before there were scientists and theorists to explain these things an accurate account of Creation was written down. Scientists today have proven its validity but cannot explain how it was possible to know these things all those years ago. That account is in the first book in The Bible………….

The Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (The heavens and the Earth were a creation) Now the earth was formless and empty, (The Earth had just been formed by the coagulation of matter through gravitational force) darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (The Sun had yet to be formed or was still in the process)

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. (The Earth rotated) God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. (Water in the atmosphere was there before it was on the land as it could only be whilst the land was cooling down) And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” (Formation of the continents and islands) And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” (Development of life) And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” (Acknowledgement of the creation of the stars, sun and moon) And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God

blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the

water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals

according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and

all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then

God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole

earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours

for food.30 And

to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the

creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of

life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

When I watched that program all the events highlighted in red were explained in detail just as it was written those thousands of years ago. The big question is….. How did the writer know these things? Who told him? There are other references to things in the Universe written in Scripture which at the time of writing could not possibly have been known. Again, how did the writer know these things? The Bible is considered to be the inspired word of God, that is those who wrote it were inspired to do so. It wasn’t guesswork but fact and it has subsequently been proven so. Even Professor Hawking confessed to there being a Creational force at work. The Universe wasn’t created by chance but by design.

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Dust thou art!

Posted by Shirley Anne on March 14, 2014

This article is re-blogged in its entirety and all credit is given to its author the Reverend  Dane E. Boston, Curate of Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut.

http://bostondane.wordpress.com/2014/03/05/dust-thou-art-and-unto-dust-shalt-thou-return/

Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

by bostondane

May I speak in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Amen.

“Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Those strange and solemn words are at the heart of this strange and solemn day. They are the words that you will hear in a more contemporary form when you come forward to receive the mark of ashes as a sign of penitence. In that moment, the dust will be physical, literal—the gritty symbol of real ashes smudged on fingers and faces—but the force of those words will connect them to our need for repentance, and our mortality. ”Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

Book of Genesis, Fall of Man.

Book of Genesis, Fall of Man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But where do these strange and solemn words come from? If you look
back over the readings in your bulletin, you will not find them
there. The prophet Joel is not interested in ashes—in the outward signs
of repentance—as he calls the people of Israel to “rend [their]
hearts and not [their] garments.” Our Lord Jesus is not thinking of
smudged foreheads—indeed, he seems to challenge, if not expressly to
forbid, practices such as these—as he urges his disciples, ”When you
fast, put oil on your head and wash your face.”

No, to find the source of today’s reminder that ”Dust thou art, and
unto dust shalt thou return,” we must go back beyond our appointed
lessons—back beyond the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ; back beyond
the prophetic pronouncements of Joel. We must go back to the beginning,
to the Book of Genesis.

In Genesis, we are told of how God created the heavens and the
earth. We are told of how the Spirit of God moved mightily over the face
of the waters, and how, out of chaos and darkness, God brought order
and light. In Genesis, we are told of God’s great goodness in calling
forth the bounty and rich diversity of this earth: plants and
animals, fish and birds, the beasts of the earth and the cattle of the
fields and “every creeping thing that creepeth upon” the ground.

In Genesis, we are told of how God in his mercy and in his love made
human beings in his image—out of the dust of the earth and enlivened
with the breath of his Spirit. We are told of how he set them over the
good earth which he had made, to tend and keep it, in order that we
might rule and serve all creatures. In Genesis, we are told that God set
the first humans in a garden full of good fruit growing on abundant
trees.

And one more thing. We are told of one command that the Lord gave to
the first people—the dust creatures made in the image of God: ”Of every
tree in the garden, thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day
that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.”

Of course, we know what happens nest. The serpent seduces. The people
eat. And God comes to walk through the Garden of Eden in the cool of
the day, only to find Adam and Eve hiding: ashamed of their
nakedness. The relationship of trust and intimacy that the first people
enjoyed with the Lord their God was broken.

And so it is, at last, that in the Third Chapter of the Book of
Genesis, we find the strange and solemn words for which we have been
searching: the dread words that we will hear again in just a few moments
this evening. The Lord pronounces judgment, first upon the
serpent, then upon the woman, and then at last on Adam, the first
man, whose name in Hebrew means ”earth.” God declares: ”In the sweat of
thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out
of it thou wast taken. For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou
return.”

Here, beloved, is the source of this tonight’s strange
pronouncement. Here, then, is the meaning of this day’s solemn
declaration. The startling and unsettling truth proclaimed in the
imposition of ashes is that you and I stand in the line of Adam. Over
us is spoken the same condemnation, the same curse. ”Remember that you
are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Now perhaps this is too much for you. Perhaps here you might raise an
objection. Perhaps, as modern Americans in Greenwich, Connecticut in
2014, you chafe against so simple an application of so ancient a
story. Talking serpents? First parents? A divine curse? Can you imagine a
more preposterous explanation of human origins?

But let us be very clear this Ash Wednesday. The story we have just
heard—and the curse at the heart of that story—is not meant to explain
the past. The truth of this tale cannot be confirmed by an
archaeological dig or a mitochondrial analysis. The story of Adam and
Eve is not a story about where we come from, explaining our background.
This is a story about where we are, and it explains where we are
headed. This is not a story about the past, but about the present and
the future. For the truth is that the fruits of Eden’s loss still fall,
heavy and rotten, all around us.

We see them falling in the Crimea, as the great powers of the
world once again find themselves drawn into the tired, terrible dance of
war. To be sure, this day we hope and pray that peace will yet
prevail. But we must also acknowledge that each time nations collide and
tyranny rises and blood is spilt, the fruits of Adam’s fall can be
seen, and the ancient curse can be heard again in our time: ”Dust thou
art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

We see those fruits falling in Mexico, where Joaquin “El Chapo”
Guzman now sits in federal custody. The arrest of perhaps the world’s
most powerful drug lord late last month has been major news, supplanted
only by the crisis in the Ukraine. Guzman rules over a multi-billion
dollar cartel. His actions and activities have brought misery and pain
to the streets and suburbs of America, even as he has brought violent
death to the towns and cities of Mexico. Yet we must not forget that his
enormous wealth is driven by the enormous American appetite for his
products—cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroine—and therefore, by
the enslaving power of addiction. Here, surely, around one life we see
the fatal fruit fall abundantly, and hear the curse spoken to so many of
the innocent and guilty alike: ”Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou
return.”

And lest we forget the purpose of this season of Lent, if we would
see the truth of this day’s pronouncement—if we would see the fruit of
Adam’s fall—let us look within ourselves. You and I may not be as brash
as Vladimir Putin or as ruthless as “El Chapo” Guzman. But can you
outrun the terrible words we hear this night? For all our advancement
and enlightenment, for all our wealth and wisdom, for all our piety and
our spiritual practices, who among us can claim a perfectly clean
conscience, or the knowledge that we have not been disobedient?

We know what it is to exploit our fellow human beings in ways big and
small. We know what it is to eat gluttonously, to
drink intemperately, to look and act lustfully, to yearn enviously, to
react wrathfully, to amass greedily, and to stand pridefully. And what
is the price of all this? What is the cost of these actions? Is it not
the same penalty paid by Adam: the loss of a relationship of intimacy
and trust with the Lord our God, and with one another?

For all our sophistication and satisfaction, for all our charity and
our credentials, for all our goodness and our gratitude, who among
us can escape death? ”Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

And yet let us make something very clear. Ash Wednesday is not, in
fact, a day to sit in our sin; to wallow in the warped, worn-out
weariness of our hearts; to fixate on death. Our worship this day does
not end with the imposition of ashes. Our story this day does
not conclude with the pronouncement of a curse.

For behold, Christian, the shape of the ashes that will soon
bedeck your brow! The dust with which you are marked today is no mere
smudge. Instead, the symbol of mortality applied to our foreheads this
night will be made in the form of a cross.

And that realization lifts us to the true and better meaning of
this strange and solemn day. For what that sign of a cross shows
forth is that we have not been left alone in our fallenness and our
mortality. What we remember this day is that the same God whose justice
drove Eve out of Eden has come down from heaven to be born a son of
Eve. The same God whose righteousness could not bear the disobedience of
our father Adam took on our flesh—our flesh of earth and dust—to become
for us a new Adam, a new creation: a new and better beginning for our
race.

The sign we receive this Ash Wednesday reminds us, not only that we
are dust, but that God himself has come to share in our dusty, deathward
life. The purpose of this long season of Lent is not to fix our hearts
on our fallenness, but to prepare us for the announcement that on the
Cross of Calvary, Jesus our Lord has conquered Death and Sin
forever, and in the bright light of the Resurrection he calls us to
share in a new life that cannot end.

So it is that this evening (and only this evening in the whole cycle
of the Church year) we come forward twice. The first time, we come
forward to hear the dread reminder; to be told “Dust thou art”; to
acknowledge and bewail the fact that the seeds of Adam’s fall have taken
root in us and grown up and produced rank fruit in our souls.

But then, beloved, once we have been marked with the cross and have
made our confession, and heard words of absolution, we will be called
forward again. We will be called forward to hear, not a curse, but words
of blessing and holy union. We will be called forward to taste, not the
bitter fruit of fallenness, but a new and better fruit: the fruit of
the new Jerusalem, the fruit of Christ’s Body and Blood.

Tonight, Christ Jesus invites all those who have shared in his death
through baptism, and who repent of their sins, and who embark now on the
holy road of Lent, to draw near in faith, and to see the fulfillment of
words not from the first book–from Genesis–but from the last book–from
Revelation–and to taste at this altar the fruit of the Tree of Life.

“And the angel showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as
crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the lamb. In the
midst of the street of the city, and on either side of the river, there
was the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded
her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing
of the nations.

“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the
lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall
see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”

AMEN.

 

Shirley Anne

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Walking blind

Posted by Shirley Anne on February 28, 2014

Cover of "Faith"

Cover of Faith

I have always been an inquisitive person, always wanted to know how things work. My interests have always been in seeking knowledge in one field or another, especially in Astronomy and Science. I was never one who sat and read a novel and even now the thought of doing that is foreign to me. My preferences have always been in fact and not fiction. It was understandable therefore that anything I considered to be fiction was left for others. As I grew up I don’t remember having learned much if anything about religion and God though my mother often told me that I had. When I became a teenager I rejected any notion of there being a creator God and when anyone suggested it I refused to believe. It would be many years before that changed and I finally came to believe. That was 25 years ago almost to the day (actually 6th February 1989) and more about that can be read in the ‘My Faith‘ page above. Save to say I had been walking blind, a veil covered my eyes and I couldn’t see the light. I remember watching a presentation in church which sought to show unbelievers that they were walking in the dark. A guy, the unbeliever, had his back toward a very bright light which could be seen by those he was facing, his friends. They were encouraging him to turn around and see for himself but his stubborn heart refused to allow him despite his friends telling him how good it was and trying to explain just what he was missing. In the presentation sketch he did finally turn to look and he was amazed at what he saw. He couldn’t understand why he hadn’t responded sooner. He hadn’t realised that his friends were not fooling and that what they said was in fact the truth. That truth was Jesus Christ, He was the bright light behind him and all Jesus wanted was for him to turn around and see. The good news he was missing out on was the offer of life eternal and it was free! Quite often people who don’t believe in God have to reach a crisis point in their lives before they reach out to Him. There is nothing like finding out the truth sooner but finding it even later is better than not finding it at all. The greatest thing that ever happened to me was finding that truth, finding out that God was real because I took the time to seek Him. My inquisitive heart lead me to God and to believe in Him and in the One He sent, Jesus Christ. The blindness would lead to death but now the veil was lifted and I could see.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

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Short and sweet then longer and to the point

Posted by Shirley Anne on February 18, 2014

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God or no God?

Posted by Shirley Anne on January 30, 2014

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Evolution?

Posted by Shirley Anne on January 12, 2014

The article below is copyright and has been copied here in its entirety. Full credit is given to http://www.creationsciencetoday.com

Why Do People Believe So Strongly in Evolution?

Does It Matter?

One of the primary reasons for abandoning faith in God is the widespread acceptance of evolutionary thinking—that everything made itself by natural processes and God is unnecessary. Why does it matter? First of all, it matters because the assumption of evolution is based on a LIE— the greatest deception in modern history.

There is only one unpardonable sin as expressed in John 3:18 (NIV): “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” It also matters because removing God and prayer from school and family life, including Christmas and Easter celebration, has led to a collapse of our ethical and moral foundation and is the primary reason for today’s social ills. There seems to be a willful (many would term ferocious) determination by some to turn America into a godless, amoral, secular-humanist society. Most importantly, it matters because our eternal salvation depends on our belief and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. We are familiar with the Scripture of John 3:16 (NIV), “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Jesus Christ is our heavenly father from ancient times (from beyond time), “His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” (Micah 5:2, NAS) He is the Creator of the heavens and earth and all that exists—and He created a sinless world where everything was perfectly upheld (John 1:1–3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3). This perfection was lost by the rebellion of Adam. Today, we are in a world that “groans and suffers” (Romans 8:22, NAS) because of the Edenic Curse. Unless we let go of our pride and arrogance, and realize that Jesus Christ is our Heavenly Father, we will never understand the significance of His death on the Cross and work of redemption and we will be lost for eternity.

In the Age of Grace, Romans 10:13 (KJV) victoriously announces that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”—it requires just one simple act before God in prayer. By freely accepting and believing in our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, anyone, no matter what sins an individual has committed, can obtain the free gift of eternal salvation. Believing the Lord Jesus Christ died and shed his blood for our sins on the Cross is a matter of where you will spend eternity—eternally and everlasting.

Moses said to Israel, “I have set before you life and death … choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NIV)

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By Roger G. Gallop, Ph.D., P.G., adapted from the book by Gallop, R.G. (2011). evolution – The Greatest Deception in Modern History. [Purchase the book]

Be sure to visit Creation Ministries International (CMI) at Creation.com and browse their bookstore, media center, and magazine section. Although the CreationScienceToday website is not affiliated with the Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis, and Creation Research Society, readers may also find these websites informative: ICR.org, AnswersinGenesis.org, and CreationResearch.org.

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And off we go again!

Posted by Shirley Anne on December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice (Photo credit: Matthew Burpee)

This day, Saturday at 1711 hours or eleven minutes after five o’clock in the afternoon marks the time of the Winter Solstice at my location on the planet. This means that from that moment onwards the daylight hours will begin to lengthen once again and the actual new year begins. Another year, another day and off we go again on the never-ending cycle of life. I sometimes wonder how many more times I will  see the Winter Solstice before my time is up but I don’t dwell on such things. For many people the (official) new year marks the beginning of promises that they will make to themselves, resolutions that they promise to keep which often fall by the wayside once the initial flush of determination fades away. Many will keep their promises too. In an ever-changing world it is perhaps understandable that we oftimes neglect things. The pressures of life and the personal struggles we all endure can cloud our judgement if we don’t stay focused. All we can do is live our lives to the best of our ability. I don’t make any resolutions other than to enjoy my life in whatever circumstances I find myself. Life is very short when we consider the enormity of eternity, merely a whisper in fact and we are fortunate to be able to experience it. We are not here by chance, we are not a by-product of an accidental universe, we were designed and purpose made. If you think otherwise then you have no hope and life is pointless. Whatever else you believe or what you do with your life this year seek to know the truth. Seek the One who made it all possible. If you make no other resolution, enjoy the life given to you.

Shirley Anne

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Do what you do

Posted by Shirley Anne on December 9, 2013

christmas tree

christmas tree (Photo credit: fsse8info)

Many people, probably the majority of those today who observe Christmas have no idea what it is all about or what the celebration is all about. They assume that by observing the season of goodwill to all men and by that I mean their so-called holiday season and having a good time with family and friends is enough but it isn’t. They readily forget the rest of the year and the way they treat others. They forget their selfish attitude, they forget those who are in need and most of all they forget they have a need for a Saviour. They don’t believe in God and such things so their celebrations are a sham and are totally meaningless. For the Christian Christmas, if celebrated, for it isn’t a requirement, is done so in the knowledge that what it stands for is an year-round thing. A Christian knows the importance of the reasons why Jesus Christ was born, died and rose again to eternal life and why without him there is no salvation, no heaven but the prospect of eternal damnation. I wrote this brief comment on Lucy’s blog recently in response to what she was writing about, the sending of Christmas cards and who to send them to.

Christmas isn’t about sending cards. It isn’t about self-indulgence. It
isn’t about partying. It isn’t about ‘having a great time’. It isn’t
about cheer and goodwill for the season. It isn’t about magic. It isn’t
about giving and receiving presents. It is about the one present and
only present worth receiving, the birth of your Saviour without whom
eternity will be something you do not want to be a part of. The whole
Christmas festival is a man-made meaningless affair that is now totally
driven by money, consumerism and the ‘must have’ attitude of many. It has become a
sentimental thing that we teach our children and has nothing to do with
life itself. Christmas is for believers in Jesus Christ but the
celebration has been hi-jacked by those who have no belief in God or
Jesus Christ or have a distorted view. It is such a shame that people
miss the point and why Christ was born into the world. It is such a
shame that they feel the need to comply with the watered-down secular
version of what should be a real celebration. Christmas should start on
1st January and end on 31st December………Christianity is a lifestyle
as well as a belief.
I no longer partake of a celebration that has
departed so far away from its initial intention so I do not have to
worry about sending cards to people I hardly ever see or to those who
are not part of my life. I give no presents and I receive none. I
celebrate Christmas in a different way and I celebrate it all
year-round. God demands that I do.

Shirley Anne

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Balaam’s Donkey

Posted by Shirley Anne on October 30, 2013

Balaam and the angel, painting from Gustav Jae...

Balaam and the angel, painting from Gustav Jaeger, 1836. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the days of Moses when the Israelites  were moving toward the promised land the king of Moab, Balak, felt threatened by their huge presence and sent for a diviner that he might place a curse upon them. That man was Balaam but when he was asked he made it known that he could only do as God directed. He kept refusing to visit Balak until finally God allowed him to provided he only did what God was to tell him. On the way his donkey refused to proceed past a certain point and Balaam beat the animal. Three times the donkey stopped and was beaten until finally God opened the donkey’s mouth and he spoke. Imagine the shock that would have been for Balaam! The donkey had seen the angel of the Lord blocking their passage and that is why the donkey prevented them moving forward. Eventually Balaam himself saw the angel and he received a message from God. It says elsewhere in Scripture that angels are capable of presenting themselves as ordinary human beings and who amongst us is to know whether they have entertained the company of an angel without realising the fact?

Hebrews 13:2
‘Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.’

Angels are spoken about many times in Scripture. They are the messengers of God for that is what the name means. In Balaam’s case an angel had to be seen before Balaam would listen to what God was saying to him and in life who is able to say they haven’t received wise instruction from an angel? Who can say they have never heard the voice of God when He speaks through one of His angels if they haven’t realised the messenger was an angel? Keep your heart open that you might hear the voice of God and respond to His call upon your life.

Shirley Anne

 

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Feet in both camps?

Posted by Shirley Anne on October 29, 2013

In a day or two many people will be celebrating Halloween and many of those people confess themselves to be Christian. As Halloween is based upon ancient pagan and other rituals those who call themselves Christian should consider into which camp they are placing their feet for we cannot worship both God and the things of Satan. This article explains the history surrounding the festival known as Halloween and is taken from this site…

http://www.halloween24.com/blog/archives/

 

 

 

The history of Halloween

 

Torn between fun and scary traditions, between religious celebration and pagan superstition, Halloween has long surpassed the boundaries of the English speaking countries. The holiday marked by costumed parties, bonfires, carved pumpkins, wandering souls and creepy house decorations made its triumphal entry in different cultures all over the world, demolishing religious barriers and quenching people’s thirst for spooky fun. However, Halloween has passed through numerous stages and has been constantly “refined” by religious beliefs and historical conditions until it reached its current version. Its history has been marked by witchcraft, strange beliefs, pagan rituals and Christian vanities, culminating with a tribute paid to the Holly Marketing which managed to make Halloween a profitable business all over the world.

 

Origins

 

During Samhain people dressed up in animal skins to chase away the spirits and the wild animals which may get close to the celebrating crowd. There was also the habit for women to endorse manly clothing and men to dress up in women’s clothing to deceive the spirits. This is probably the first trace of the Halloween costume tradition, a tradition that will be successfully perpetuated along time.

 

Another Halloween tradition that it’s supposed to have its origins in this 2,000 years old festival is the pumpkin carving. The Celts took parts of the bonfire to their homes to protect their belongings from the avenging spirits, so they carved turnips, rutabagas and gourds to safely transport the fire. However, other traditions, legends and myths, including the well-known Stingy Jack’s story, are also associated with the pumpkin carving tradition.

 

 

Halloween and the Roman Conquest

 

In 43 A.D., the territories inhabited by Celtic population were conquered by the Romans, who brought with them their own culture civilization and beliefs. The Romans celebrated the dead on Feralia, a holiday which took place in late October, so the Celtic traditions were successfully combined with the Roman ones, bringing Halloween one step closer to the holiday we all know today. In addition to Feralia, there was another Roman holiday which impacted Halloween – Pomona. Pomona was the goddess of trees and was symbolized by an apple, therefore there are signs that the tradition of bobbing apples was a Roman ritual taken over by the Celts and incorporated in the traditional Samhain.

 

Halloween and Christianity

 

Samhain was a celebration which survived in time and the Celtic beliefs, although altered by the passing of time, continued to have a great impact on the British Islands inhabitants. Their Christianization has not affected their faith in wandering spirits, in the purifying power of bonfires and in Druidic prophecies. However, the Christian authorities were not fond of the idea that a festival reminiscent from a pagan religion was still practiced in Christian communities. Therefore the efforts of abolishing the Samhain were more intense in the 7th and 8th century, culminating with a “Christianization” of the original celebration.

 

In 609 A.D. Pope Boniface IV established May 13th as Day of the Dead in an attempt to erase old Celtic rituals and beliefs. However, the bonfires and costumes specific to Samhain were still seen in the last day of October, sign that the pagan celebration was held in parallel with the Christian holiday. This determined Pope Gregory III to overlap the Christian holiday with the pagan ritual, in an attempt to transform the old celebration in a religious holiday that will commemorate the dead as well as the Christian martyrs and saints. The holiday was renamed “All Saints Day” or “All Hollows Day” (or Hallowmas which in Old English stands for “All Saints Day”) and was celebrated on November 1st. Yet, the ghost of Samhain continued to hunt the Christian authorities as the English communities did not want to give up the ancient festival. Because it preceded All Hollows Day, the celebration was known as “All Hollows Eve” (which has later on evolved into “Halloween”).

 

Alongside the religious celebration, another Halloween tradition was born. Instead of leaving food at the doors for the wandering spirits, people were encouraged to share parts of their meals or specially baked “soul cookies” with the poor in exchange of prayers for dead’s souls. Christians believed that the dead will not step in the other world unless the living prayed intensely for their soul. In exchange of a “soul cookie” (sweet pastry) poor people promised to pray for the dead, ensuring their smooth passage in the other world. The process was called “go a-souling” and it rapidly grew popular among children too, preceding what we now know as “trick-or-treat”.

 

Halloween and Guy Fawkes

 

Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes

 

The introduction of the Protestant religion left people without one of their favorite holidays: the All Hollow’s Eve. The Protestants did not recognize the saints and their importance in the mediation between person and God, therefore a holiday that would celebrate the saints was unnecessary. However, the holiday was reincarnated in Guy Fawkes Day in 1606, when Fawkes was executed for his attempt of removing King James from the throne on November, 5th. Bonfires (known as “bone fires”) were lit again, this time to symbolically burn Pope’s bones, while children roamed from door to door asking for money to build their own effigies. While the phrase “a penny for Guy” was popular at the time, the Guy Fawkes Day was soon left in oblivion.

 

Halloween is a complex holiday which has grown, evolved and refined along with the times and societies in which it has been practiced. Yet, its core always remained the same: there is a time when boundaries are blurred, social barriers are crossed and reality mingles with fantasy in a one of a kind moment. That time is called Halloween!

 

Christian, come out from among those who worship not the things of God……..

Shirley Anne

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When will your eyes be opened?

Posted by Shirley Anne on October 27, 2013

Priest not far Behind

idols of modern man

There may be thousands of idols that transfix the imagination of modern man, but three of them are now rising to the surface around the globe. They have all, but replaced religious convictions and their universality is appealing to almost everyone. What are they?

Feelings; The idol of flesh

“How can it be wrong if it feels so right?” The idiom of the lost generation.

The argument against Darwinism notwithstanding, the clear product of the evolutionary model is that it allows and encourages the fulfillment of one of scriptures strongest last day’s warnings. It is prophetic prediction in action at the dawn of the 21st century.

In his treatment of the last day’s emergence of homosexuality and other perversions, the Apostle Paul declared that feelings would become the reason man would end up worshipping himself.

Oddly, while true Biblical Christianity requires a change, a transformation and a new beginning, so does the move into the idol worship of the last days. The world and the individuals who make flesh an idol must accept this change. Darwinism is so convenient for them; it is almost an answer to prayer – or the lack of it!

“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.” (Ro 1: 25)

The idea that strong feelings are what synthesize a real bond or marriage is prevalent throughout the PC strata’s of modern society and only recently was exemplified in the State of New Jersey, which legalized gay marriage.

Even animals have strong feelings, but they are not perverted. Of the ten species of birds that mate for life none of them mate with the same sex. Funny how nature can’t be perverted, but those supposedly highest on the evolutionary chain are so easily led astray. The Dodo bird is not a species that mates for life, but we can assume it doesn’t seek mating partners of the same sex. Are we smarter than the Dodo?

When Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker married several same sex couples on the stairs in City Hall, after one person was thrown out of the ceremony for declaring that “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ,” one of the couples remarked “The ceremony crystallized the feelings she has felt for her partner for the past three years.”

Feelings can neither crystallize nor sanctify inordinate affections according to scripture. It is God who joins and sanctifies marriage unions and he is not inconsistent, as are we. He calls for marriage between one man and one woman and will not be changing his mind before he returns to judge a world gone perv.

That love is often misdirected, dangerously obsessive and outright perverted should be proof enough that love alone cannot sanctify any union, it takes the sanctification of God. If his sanctification is required then it is also his rules that decide if it is the real thing.

In fact, inordinate affections or misplaced and misguided love is what precipitates the judgments of God against our entire world. To wit:

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.” (Col 3: 5, 6)

The commandments of God and his moral laws are thought to buck modern man’s pursuit of true love and perhaps life itself. In fact, God’s commandments produce life, but in a perverted world that maxim is rejected for the temporary fulfillment of the lusts of the flesh. It is the idol of the day and it is worshipped with full adherence and adoration, but it is a lie.

One man seeking the path to eternal life asked what he must do to assure his future in the presence of God. Jesus answered him in no uncertain terms.

“…if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Mt 19: 17b)

Intellectualism – The Idol Built by Mixing Knowledge and Pride

Knocking Christians for being ‘anti-science’ is the latest rage among Darwinists and atheists. Recently University of Southern California professor Craig Stanford said Ray Comfort’s video ‘Evolution vs. God’ was biblical porn.

Prof. Craig Stanford said no one would be influenced by the video, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it has already been viewed and purchased by a quarter of a million people and Comfort’s next offering is set to be a blockbuster.

Stanford contends that believers and creationists are becoming increasingly marginalized, that also is wishful thinking. Converts to Christianity are on the rise around the world. Stanford like all Darwinists doesn’t recognize that Christians have a heritage of martyrs, those whose blood was shed to stand for the faith. Darwinists haven’t lost a soul yet, but in the day of Christ’s appearing there won’t be a single Darwinist left on the globe. Looking at the sign of the Son of man in the eastern skies will be the instant cure for Darwinism.

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Mt 24: 30)

Most Christians are not against science at all, but rather they are advocates of all legitimate scientific inquiry that serves to elevate the health, safety and benefit of mankind. Some Christians are also scientists, so where does this notion come from, why do scientists feel compelled to bad mouth believers?

Stanford’s claim that Ray Comfort was one sided and dishonest is lost in a greater question that yet looms over Darwinian world indoctrination. Those thought to be stuck in the world of mistaken mythology and religious nonsense are waiting with baited breath for the evidence so conspicuously missing from evolutionary hype, namely, the missing links. They tried with Ida and lobbed Lucy at the world as proof, but both are now no more than daydreams in the annals of wishful thinking.

Transitional forms of life from the idea of inter species evolution remain missing to the eyes of an entire world that somehow finds cause to call Christians stupid for believing in the Creator. This too is last day’s perversion.

Christians are the purveyors of revelation and they don’t pit reason against what God has shown to the world, they combine reason and revelation and thus the science of Christian apologetics is offered as a better alternative to Darwinian indoctrination.

To the believer there is no doubt God gave us a brain to be used to its maximum. To us, science is the tool used to discover the secrets of God’s creation, not an excuse to dismiss him from the equation.

Science is good stuff, but like all of man’s pursuits it is met with the sin nature of man and is almost instantly corrupted. It is appealing to man’s pride to declare what has been discovered about the creation, but it is abhorrent to admit that it was created, not simply discovered.

Man can take no credit for creation, but is fully willing to give credit to time, chance and wishful thinking. Is that intellectual?

The ‘everything from nothing’ crowd is perfectly willing to replace the princess who kissed the frog with a few billion years of time to produce the handsome prince. Both are entertaining fairy tales but neither has any preponderance of legitimate evidence.

Once again the biblical record disagrees with modernity’s conclusions. Not only is Darwinism a satanic tool to dismiss accountability to God in the last days, but all of man’s technology will not lift him out of the coming judgment. If the mark of the beast and universal identification and tracking are any clue, technology will bring the world to the final judgment in great haste.

Sadly, it is the Apostle Paul who declared that men would always be learning but never quite able to cross the finish line because of human pride. Paul said they would be, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim 3: 7)

Social Acceptance – The Idol Built by Political Correctness, Tolerance and Diversity LLC

Rome wasn’t built in a day – how long does it take to build a sweeping secular worldview for an entire generation?

Prophecy is an aspect of the bible that transcends time. It doesn’t care about the ancient world and it sees right through the modern world. It is pre-written history with the highest purpose of anything in the bible – except the gospel itself.

It is prophecy that contends that man will waltz up to the last generation with a head full of notions about their own social and civilizational advancements in every area and discipline including social science. They will try to live in peace and harmony, but the effort is predicted to fail because they leave God out of their society, they may allow some religions but a Savior is out of the question. They will force PC and tolerance on everyone, but it hasn’t got a chance.

The prophet Daniel said, “…they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” (Da 2: 43)

The force used to put everyone under the same rule comes from the idea that a consensus, a majority or a complete confluence of ideas, is the proof and the precedent by which to enforce all acceptable PC behavioral patterns and ideas. They all agree this is the way to go.

The wisest of the wise says – not so! The Wisdom of Solomon as seen in the book of Proverbs exclaims that men are readily fooled by their own efforts at collective behavioral adjustments based on pop-culture standards of morality. To wit:

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Pr 16: 25)

Looking for consensus of evil ideas among evil men is the greatest dead end spoken of in the entire bible. It is forbidden and will leave the adherents of such nonsense completely culpable and totally vulnerable in the last days. It is ancient, it is modern and it is final.

“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment.” (Ex 23: 2)

The more popular or PC your belief is in modern ideas of morality the greater danger you are in of being found in error and open to scrutiny. Check it now, if your morality comes from today’s push for peer equality and universal social acceptance you are probably completely out of the will and purpose of God.

The Coming Great High Priest of Man’s Self-Indulgent Idolatry – Alive today?

Prophecy teachers and students alike are in a general acceptance about the person known as the antichrist. He will be the final ruler over the earth just before the second coming of Christ and the fulfillment of all the portents and events found in the book of Revelation. One item that most of them agree upon is that he is alive today; in fact since almost all of the last day’s signs are now converging, if he was not alive, he would be late.

This megalomaniacal, political military and economics genius will be the embodiment of all man’s highest but Godless aspirations. He will fully concur with all three great idols of the last days, but there is one single and profound difference between him and all other rulers like him throughout history.

He will rise to power on the wings of full acceptance but during the middle of his entire reign of seven years he will cast off the garments of the high priest of modern idols and present himself as God Almighty.

Think the world will never accept that? Think again – he will be lauded and worshipped by billions, even those who thought all religions should be banned and actively brought down. He will institute an economic system that will cover the world, mandatory, without exception and deadly! To wit:

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” (Rev 14: 9, 10)

This is the high priest of today’s world, too big for his britches, too deadly for words. But not too late to be warned about, while the day is at hand.

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Can we know everything?

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 29, 2013

knowledge

knowledge (Photo credit: pfv.)

Mankind is forever searching for knowledge and never seems satisfied until all is known that can be known about any subject. When he thinks that he has the answers something else comes along to upset the theories and a re-think is needed. At the lower end of knowledge we know enough to solve our everyday problems and the system works fine but as we seek a deeper knowledge things are not what they seem. I remember learning about straight lines at school and how each end of a straight line extends to infinity in either direction. In more recent times the scientists tell us that there is no such thing as a striaight line in space because space itself bends. How do they know that? Years of painstaking study is how and a determination to discover new things. Some knowledge is learned quite by accident or as a by-product of other research. At any given point in time there are scientists at work searching for solutions to mankind’s problems, for example in the area of medicine looking for a cure for specific diseases and ailments. Will they ever reach a point though when all we can know is known? In The Book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible we read  Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body’ (Eccl.12:11b)

The whole chapter

Ecclesiastes 12

New International VersionUK (NIVUK)

12 Remember your Creator
    in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
    and the years approach when you will say,
    ‘I find no pleasure in them’–
before the sun and the light
    and the moon and the stars grow dark,
    and the clouds return after the rain;
when the keepers of the house tremble,
    and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
    and those looking through the windows grow dim;
when the doors to the street are closed
    and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
    but all their songs grow faint;
when people are afraid of heights
    and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
    and the grasshopper drags itself along
    and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
    and mourners go about the streets.

Remember him – before the silver cord is severed,
    and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
    and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
    and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher.
    ‘Everything is meaningless!’

The conclusion of the matter

Not
only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the
people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.
10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails – given by one shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

13 Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
    including every hidden thing,
    whether it is good or evil.

And speaking about God it says in Isaiah 44:25 -’who overthrows the learning of the wise
    and turns it into nonsense,’

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Isaiah 44:24-26

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Jerusalem to be inhabited

24 ‘This is what the Lord says –
    your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

I am the Lord,
    the Maker of all things,
    who stretches out the heavens,
    who spreads out the earth by myself,
25 who foils the signs of false prophets
    and makes fools of diviners,
who overthrows the learning of the wise
    and turns it into nonsense,
26 who carries out the words of his servants
    and fulfils the predictions of his messengers,

who says of Jerusalem, “It shall be inhabited,”
    of the towns of Judah, “They shall be rebuilt,”
    and of their ruins, “I will restore them,”

For all the knowledge mankind seeks is meaningless, it will count for nothing in the end. How much knowledge do we really need? How much of what we know and seek is completely useless to our requirements? We can know too much and yet what we know seems not enough for some. Are we really any better off than our ancestors for gaining some of the knowledge we have?

Shirley Anne

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Yahweh

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 24, 2013

You are my own true God

You make my life Your own

All that I am I owe to You

You are my God O Mighty One

My heart is filled, filled with such praise

I’ll worship you The Ancient of Days

My heart is filled, filled with such praise

I’ll worship you The Ancient of Days

1 Samuel 12:22

Copyright Shirley Anne 28 Nov 2011

Just because I love Him

Shirley Anne

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Enduring till the end

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 21, 2013

Saint Timothy (ortodox icon)

Saint Timothy (ortodox icon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 Timothy 3 (New International Version – UK)

1 But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

A final charge to Timothy

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings – what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Footnotes:

(2 Timothy 3:17 Or that you, a man of God,)

Do you see yourself in this list? It may not all apply but is there something that has a ring of truth about it when you consider your own life?

The Bible tells us that as Christians who follow Jesus, who believe in the truth as given in Scripture, who wish to live to please God we will face persecution and isn’t that true today? If we make a stand for righteousness, holiness and the things of God we face condemnation by the secular and unbelieving world. Other faiths and religions come against us too. We stand because we know the truth, we have experienced the touch of God upon our lives, we have heard the good news and have turned to the light, to the giver of life and nothing will turn our hearts from believing in these things for we know that through endurance we will win in the end. We have an eternal promise which is far better than anything we have now apart from the knowledge that is in and through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Unbelievers don’t have such a promise, their lives centre around the things of this earth, their lives are empty without Jesus but they don’t realize it. They are not filled with the Spirit of God nor can they be until their hearts change and they reach out to Him. Finding a diamond is a fine thing and once found, treasured. If you want something better than a diamond, come to Jesus.

Shirley Anne

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God does what He says He will do

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 14, 2013

The Greatest Promise of God

The Greatest Promise of God (Photo credit: MikeVC)

Isaiah 9 v 2-7

2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and for ever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

In a couple of month’s time, yes it isn’t that far off, Christians and non-Christians alike will be celebrating Christmas. Those who believe will be celebrating the birth of their Saviour and the rest will be celebrating for other reasons. Those other reasons may well be for good things such as being with family and friends and enjoying pleasant times together but they will not be celebrating the birth of a saviour, yet a saviour is exactly what they need. They don’t see that because their eyes are blind to the truth, their backs are turned away from the light and they are held captive by the things of the flesh. Their hearts are cold. God foretold the birth of a saviour, the Saviour of the world, His only begotten Son our Lord Jesus the Christ, the Messiah some six hundred years or more before it happened. Not only His birth but how it was to come about! His birth was therefore expected and yet when Jesus came and died for mankind many rejected Him. Even today they still reject Him, yet they need Him. The problem is they do not realize their need nor recognize it. Why did God give His Son? Why did Jesus suffer on a cross? Because we are all sinners and that alone keeps us from God, separates us from Him but God demonstrates His love for us in this…………

Romans 5:8
But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

He died that we, if we repent and believe in our hearts that He died for us we will be saved. Saved from what? Saved from eternal damnation and separation from God. God is just and will judge our hearts but He is merciful not wanting that anyone should perish. He offers us a way out, a free gift, Jesus. Would you really not accept such a gift? Why remain stubborn and condemned? Do something about it today, come to Jesus. Remember, God is true to His word, He will do what He promises to do……..

Shirley Anne

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The way of men

Posted by Shirley Anne on August 16, 2013

All About Evil

All About Evil (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Isaiah 5:19-21

New International Version (NIV)

19 to those who say, “Let God hurry;
let him hasten his work
so we may see it.
The plan of the Holy One of Israel
let it approach, let it come into view,
so we may know it.”

20 Woe to those who call evil good
and good evil,
who put darkness for light
and light for darkness,
who put bitter for sweet
and sweet for bitter.

21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes
and clever in their own sight.

There are those in the world who would believe in God if He was to show Himself. They would believe only if they see God in action but they never will receive a demonstration specifically for them, or will they? In fact God has already revealed Himself by His Creation and has demonstrated His love for us (everyone) in this, ‘Whilst we were still sinners Christ died for us’. The fact that Jesus died for sinners falls on many deaf ears and they stubbornly refuse to believe. Instead of believing in God many place their trust in nothing and live their lives in the ignorance of their sins. They call good things evil but are ready to accept lies, they walk in darkness for they cannot walk in the light for fear of their wicked ways being exposed. Accepting what is wrong in Gods eyes condemns them, they think themselves so wise but God will prove them wrong and will bring them down. Don’t be amongst them, put your hope and trust in God through His Son Jesus Christ. This decision will bring you everlasting, eternal life!

Shirley Anne

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O Stubborn Heart

Posted by Shirley Anne on August 6, 2013

Heart of Jesus

Heart of Jesus

Romans 2:4-6

Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realising that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgement will be revealed. God ‘will repay each person according to what they have done.’

Many times in Scripture we see the word ‘stubborn’. Throughout their 40 year journey wandering in the desert and later when they had settled in the land God had given them, the Israelites were a stubborn people forever turning away from God and reverting to their old ways. God was very patient with them and although He punished them and allowed them to make mistakes which were to their own detriment, He always forgave them and give them another chance to reform their wicked ways. God is slow to anger but quick to save, not wanting to punish us for our wickedness and sinful lives but because of His righteousness and just ways He shows us a way out. If we fail to respond to His goodness and mercy His wrath will be upon us. We all sin against our Creator but He gives us a chance to be right with Him through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ His Son. God wants us to accept His free gift of everlasting life rather than have His wrath upon us. If we haven’t accepted this gift before we die we will face eternal damnation and His wrath will be unavoidable. Rid yourselves of your stubborn hearts and refusal to repent before it is too late. As I said in a previous post….you may never get another chance.

Your prayer should be….’O Lord God and Father of all mankind, I have ignored your sovereignty and your free gift of life through Jesus Christ because of my stubborn heart. Please forgive me for my foolish ways and for ignoring you. I repent of all my wrongdoing and ask forgiveness. I invite Jesus into my heart this day and accept the promise of your free gift of everlasting life in his name. Now Father, take my hand and guide me through life in the ways I should go and fill me with your Spirit’. Amen.

Shirley Anne

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On whom do you call?

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 29, 2013

English: David praying the Lord. A Georgian mi...

David praying to the Lord. A Georgian miniature (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On whom do you call in times of trouble? When faced with danger do you cry out for help? From where does that help come? People will often call out to God when things are going wrong or they find themselves in sticky situations but fail to believe in the One they are calling out to! Calling on God’s name is done without thought, it has become automatic and totally without meaning or faith. I am not sure what they expect will happen but they will probably say it makes them feel better but that is a false security for without God we have nothing. Next time you call upon the name of The Lord make sure He knows who is calling out to Him. If you don’t have a relationship with Him He may not respond. Call out to Him for mercy with a repentant heart, not as one who is a stranger but one who loves Him as you ought….

Psalm 20
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
2 May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
3 May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
4 May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
5 May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the Lord grant all your requests.
6 Now this I know:
the Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
8 They are brought to their knees and fall,
but we rise up and stand firm.
9 Lord, give victory to the king!
Answer us when we call!
Shirley Anne

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Nice comments

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 19, 2013

It isn’t that often I receive nice comments and compliments from my readers, or anyone else for that matter, so it is lovely to receive one when it happens. This is especially so when it is received from a complete stranger. Brandye, as she is known had read one or two of my posts and pages and decided to follow my blog, which was very nice of her to do. As always when somebody follows my blog I write back and thank them. Unfortunately not all those who do leave contact information and I am unable to respond but I thank them anyway. Here is the thread on her blog in connection to Brandye’s ‘follow’ of my site,

Shirley Anne says:

July 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for the follow at Minkyweasel World

Shirley Anne x

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Brandye Dague says:

July 19, 2013 at 4:52 am

Has anyone told u lately that you’re awesome! I love your about me page! I can feel a love flowing from you just from the words you wrote! Wow, so you were an atheist – what was that like? When did u accept Yeshua & how did it happen? I think this comment stuck out the most when reading your page: In all that I do I try to be fair with people and will not shy away from those I meet who are in need.

You are awesome! Father, I pray that your wisdom & guidance be upon Shirley. I thank you for her heart. Fill her with ALL of you Yah, a burning fire w/in her heart that cannot be snuffed out by anything or anyone. I bless her w/ peace, abundance & perfect self-expression in Your name – amen.

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Shirley Anne says:

July 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thank you for your nice comments, I don’t deserve them. What you want to know is on another page, ‘My Faith’. However, I became a Christian on 6th February 1989 at the age of 43. I began searching for God the year before through the poems and songs I’d written at that time. I began to read the Bible and I did that from beginning to end. I wanted to learn and God was teaching me. I have since read The Bible 30 more times and continue to do so. The whole story can be found in the other pages at Minkyweasel World if you are interested.  That fire in my heart continues to burn and it shall not be snuffed out, it is guarded by The Holy Spirit within me.

Shirley Anne x

If anyone wants to know more about me the information is all there in the above pages but more especially and importantly the information on how to receive forgiveness for sins and eternal life through and in the name of Jesus is there too. You only have to seek God with all sincerity of heart and He shall be found. It is something you should not ignore for tomorrow may be too late.

Shirley Anne

 

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