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Something I posted earlier in the year…..

Posted by Shirley Anne on October 5, 2014

I am posting this again for I am being urged to do so. Many will not have seen it before in any case…………

 

God’s Plan of Salvation

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 4, 2014

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The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven

Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

Good works cannot save you.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner.“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)
  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
What to pray:Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)


If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should:

  1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105)
  2. Talk to God in prayer every day.“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
  3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
  4. Tell others about Christ.“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

 

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You need Him more than you know

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 12, 2014

English: Jesus Christ - detail from Deesis mos...

Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have been reading the Book of Job in the Old Testament of The Bible as part of my ongoing study of Scripture. I have said before that I have read The Bible many times from beginning to end and that each time I read something from it I learn something new or are shown something in a different light. As a Christian I have an obligation and a desire to tell others about Salvation, about our need for it, about our Creator God and the love He has for every one of us no matter who we are. I make no excuses for doing so here but I do realise that not all of my readers believe in what I have to say. All I ask is that they read it with an open mind and heart. It is also for this reason that I don’t swamp my blog with too many references to the Christian faith. I don’t wish to drive folk away. In that light you will find me posting such things infrequently. Anyway, back to today’s post. In an effort to show the love that God has I use Scripture itself and whilst I was reading through this particular passage it dawn on me that yet again God is telling us of His love and what He had planned in advance of it actually happening. The Book of Job it is said is probably one of if not the oldest in The Bible so it is even more amazing that we find messages in it relating to future events. In God’s eyes we are all sinners, yes even Christians and because of that God has His back to us. As a righteous and holy God He must mete out the punishment we deserve, however, this is something He really doesn’t wish to do but has to because He is not a liar. If we play a game of football we abide by the rules for if we don’t there is a penalty to pay. God sets the rules for life so if we don’t abide by them there is also a penalty to pay and that could be everlasting. Job was an upright and righteous man who became afflicted and lost everything but through it all he never blamed God. During his discourse he had these words to say to the friends who had come to console him….

Job chapter 9

25 ‘My days are swifter than a runner;
they fly away without a glimpse of joy.
26 They skim past like boats of papyrus,
like eagles swooping down on their prey.
27 If I say, “I will forget my complaint,
I will change my expression, and smile,”
28 I still dread all my sufferings,
for I know you will not hold me innocent.
29 Since I am already found guilty,
why should I struggle in vain?
30 Even if I washed myself with soap
and my hands with cleansing powder,
31 you would plunge me into a slime pit
so that even my clothes would detest me.

32 ‘He is not a mere mortal like me that I might answer him,
that we might confront each other in court.
33 If only there were someone to mediate between us,
someone to bring us together,
34 someone to remove God’s rod from me,
so that his terror would frighten me no more.
35 Then I would speak up without fear of him,
but as it now stands with me, I cannot.

…………….As you can see (highlighted in red) he realised that no matter how clean and pure he might have thought he was God would show him that he was no better than if he had been wallowing in a slimy pit, he was still unclean and filled with sin. No matter what we do either, we are still sinners in Gods pure eyes. He called out in a plea wishing there was an intercessor between himself and God, someone to speak on his behalf, someone to plead his case. In the next chapter we read the following……

Chapter 10

12 You gave me life and showed me kindness,
and in your providence watched over my spirit.

………God did show him kindness and restored him. God shows that same kindness to us too. He provided a mediator, an intercessor for us too. That person is Jesus Christ himself. He is the one who stands in our place, the one who has dealt with our uncleanliness, our impurity, our sins. All this is ours if we accept this free gift from God. God lays down the rules and dishes out the punishment and in Jesus Christ has shown us a way out. There is but one mediator between God and man and that is Jesus. No-one else can do it. Come to him and find out..

Shirley Anne.

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Women in the Church

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 18, 2014

the word of God

the word of God (Photo credit: jangkwee)

1 Corinthians 14:33-40

33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace – as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to enquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

36 Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
Footnotes:

1 Corinthians 14:34 Or peace. As in all the congregations of the Lord’s people, 34 women

It has become more and more commonplace for the Word of God to be twisted or ignored by those professing to be Christian followers of the faith and worse still those who are members of the Church whether clergy or not. It seems that the pressures of the world’s view, morals and standards come before what God says. Initially ordaining women into the priesthood was an absolute non-starter but gradually the longstanding adherence to God’s word has been eroded. What makes men think they can alter what God dictates with impunity? Look at verse 36 above. This attitude follows on from accepting other things that are wrong as being right, for example homosexuality. There are several verses which point to the fact that God doesn’t accept homosexuality but they are ignored in preference to ‘human rights’ legislation and the pressure and influence of the unbelieving masses. They will quote that love is supreme and of course it is but there is a difference between the love they talk about and the righteous love of God. We must love one another no matter who they are but that isn’t an excuse to accept their way of life when it goes against the word of God. The amazing thing is that all these things are prophesied in Scripture but it appears even the clergy miss that point. Remember one thing though in all of this, we are all sinners and must not judge one another for we ourselves, if believers, saved by the blood of Christ, saved by faith through the mercy and grace of our Lord, will be judged too.

Shirley Anne

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Scoffers……you were foretold

Posted by Shirley Anne on May 21, 2014

Each day the people of this world are proving The Bible’s prophecies are true. How? Because they are fulfilling them. None of the prophecies that were prophesied have failed and those that await fulfillment will surely follow. It is easy to dismiss something because you do not believe and the question is often asked of those who do believe, ‘What proof have you?’ People dismiss God, Jesus Christ, The Bible yet cannot explain where we came from and why it is that we die at an appointed time for instance. Science hasn’t proven that God doesn’t exist. Oh yes, there will be some who say it has but their theories hold no water, they are full of holes. The end of the world as we know it will come one day and in the way it says in Scripture and right up to the end there will still be those who scoff, who will remain stubborn until the end.

English: Jesus Christ - detail from Deesis mos...

English: Jesus Christ – detail from Deesis mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 Peter 3

New International Version – UK
The day of the Lord

Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Saviour through your apostles.
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, ‘Where is this “coming” he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote to you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever! Amen.

Shirley Anne

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Well connected

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 30, 2014

KJV Bible

KJV Bible (Photo credit: knowhimonline)

Written by forty different authors spanning several centuries yet all contributions knit together like a jigsaw puzzle and have a thread within them which links them together. The Bible. Many have sought its destruction and have failed, many have tried to disprove its content and also have failed. The collection of books we know collectively as The Bible cover many subjects but overall it is a history book and a book of prophesy. It is a book about life and the purpose and future of mankind. It is a manual for living and the words it contains are alive. Many have no understanding of its purpose and meaning often preferring to dismiss it without prior study, often preferring to believe in something else yet not being able to justify it. One of the main characters and contributors in the New Testament, Paul, was vehemently against the followers of Christ to the point of seeking them out and persecuting them until one day as he made his way to Damascus to pursue his passion of hate he was confronted by God. That experience led him to repent and become a driving force in the early Church. My own experience followed a similar vein. The Bible has been called a fairy tale by those who oppose the faith, some even going out of their way to bring it to disrepute. Often this is because they do not want to have their way of life challenged in any way and that is probably because The Bible speaks out against the practices of some. Religion has been blamed as the cause of friction and the many wars that mankind has endured over the millennia but in fact it has been proven not to be true, in fact most wars have been caused by other things not related to religion. This argument is a non-starter for an excuse not to believe in God. There will be scoffers, there will be unbelievers, there will be those who reject the truth, there will be those who are immoral, who slander, who cheat and lie, who think there will be no punishment or judgement, even those things are prophesied in The Bible. I say to those people read the book and gain an understanding, ask God that He open your heart to the truth of the matter. If you are sincere and persistent, He WILL answer and that’s a fact.

Shirley Anne

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God’s Plan of Salvation

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 4, 2014

Click on the link beneath the cartoon on the right

Copyright http://www.chick.com/information/general/salvation.asp

The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven

Jesus said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

Good works cannot save you.

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

Trust Jesus Christ today! Here’s what you must do:

  1. Admit you are a sinner.“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” (Romans 3:23)“Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:” (Romans 5:12)“If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:10)
  2. Be willing to turn from sin (repent).Jesus said: “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:5)“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:” (Acts 17:30)
  3. Believe that Jesus Christ died for you, was buried, and rose from the dead.For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners. Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus into your life to become your personal Saviour.“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:10)“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)
What to pray:Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood and died for my sin. I am willing to turn from sin. I now invite Christ to come into my heart and life as my personal Saviour.

“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” (John 1:12)

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)


If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should:

  1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better.“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15)“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” (Psalms 119:105)
  2. Talk to God in prayer every day.“And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.” (Matthew 21:22)“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
  3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority.“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:” (Matthew 28:19)“Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Timothy 3:16)
  4. Tell others about Christ.“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15)“For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16)“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16)

 

Jack Chick's famous cartoon salvation message.

People actually thank me when I witness to them!
I’ve found the secret.Free online tracts
Embed them on your webpage, MySpace, Blogs, etc.It doesn’t have to be this hard
Witnessing ideas from well-known speaker Mark Cahill.

Smoking or non-smoking?
Choose your section…

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God or no God?

Posted by Shirley Anne on January 30, 2014

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I am who I am

Posted by Shirley Anne on December 19, 2013

English: Jacob Wrestling with the Angel. Česky...

English: Jacob Wrestling with the Angel. Česky: Jákob zápasící s andělem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Republished from http://www.ucb.co.uk/word-for-today.html

There is also a link to their site above under ‘A word for today’

TODAY’S WORD FOR TODAY

Walking in Your God-Given

Identity

‘…What is your name?’

Genesis 32:27

Job 1-4, Lk 1:1-25, Ps 105:23-36 , Ecc 7:5-8

There are many folk who could claim they know who they are, who know no matter what others might say about them that they are not what others say. Sadly not all will know that freedom and they remain hidden and closeted for fear of exposing who they really are. For a Christian believer knowing they are special in God’s eyes is important. The realization of God’s true love and acceptance is of greater value than any earthly acknowledgement. We walk in His love in the identity He gave us.

Shirley Anne

 

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A simple message

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 17, 2013

Česky: Kříže - symbol utrpení Ježíše Krista a ...

Česky: Kříže – symbol utrpení Ježíše Krista a jeho ukřižování (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe in God and the Lord Jesus Christ. Once I did not. In my life I have been an atheist far longer than I have been a Christian. I wanted to know about God, I wanted to know if He really did exist so I searched for Him. I wrote poems about Him and I asked if He would reveal Himself to me. I started to read The Bible. I knew there was a message to hear and I wanted to know what it was. For some time I had an idea of what it meant to be a Christian and to follow Jesus but my doctrine was a little off-course. I was encouraged by a friend to speak to the pastor of the church she attended so that I could find out more. I was a little reluctant at first but plucked up the courage to make the appointment. It was a very relaxed and informal meeting I had with this pastor and later his wife and we chatted about my beliefs. I was under no pressure and was simply encouraged to read certain passages from my Bible at my leisure. The pastor explained a few things about Scripture, about religion and about the message of salvation as I recall and after an hour I left for home. Many ‘born again’ Christians will tell you they had an experience of some sort, a revelation, an encounter with God and I can tell you they are not making it up for I had such an encounter if you will. Three days after that meeting whilst lying in bed, I felt an overwhelming sense of love engulf me and I instinctively knew it was God, The Holy Spirit. My whole body was cocooned in a loving embrace which I have never yet been able to truly explain or convey. It was an experience that had to be experienced at a personal level. I was born again. For each person who comes to God, to Jesus, it is different. When someone is living in a dark room and the light is switched on they begin to see things they never knew or saw before. So it is with those who come to believe. They receive forgiveness of sins if they repent, they receive a gift like no other gift they have ever received, they receive the gift of salvation and everlasting life because they believed in God the Father and in the One He sent, His only begotten Son Jesus Christ who actually died for all their wrongdoing. As John 3:16 says

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.

And that is it! The message is simple, the gift is free and all you have to do is reach out and take it………

Shirley Anne

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Progress or something more sinister?

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 9, 2013

An array of seven CCTV (closed-circuit televis...

An array of seven CCTV (closed-circuit television) cameras at an exit to Birmingham New Street station, the busiest station in the United Kingdom outside London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We live in an ever-increasing surveillance society, cameras are everywhere in towns and cities and it won’t be too long before they will be found in the countryside too. As a matter of fact some cameras already operate in the countryside not only to monitor the prevalence of ‘fly tipping‘ but to monitor traffic also. Tesco‘s, the supermarket chain we are all familiar with are proposing to install cameras to monitor their customers. Specifically these cameras will record information regarding a person’s facial appearance and their gender. They then propose to personalise their advertising to suit each individual. Evidently customers cannot opt out of the scheme! These are only a couple of things which are being done in the name of progress. Once upon a time people bartered for things they wanted then along came cash which gave them much more flexibility and it served mankind for thousands of years. In more recent times along came the cheque (check) book followed by debit and credit cards and now the mobile phone! However as good as these things may be there is something else on the horizon which will prove to be very contentious. This is the implanted silicon chip. These minute devices are already in use in animals both for identity and medical history and the next step will be using them in human beings. If my information is correct some people already have such devices implanted under the skin on their hand. Now these chips may at the moment be solely for medical use but developments already exist to make chips which will monitor location, identity, medical history and credit worthiness. With such a chip embedded under the skin there would no longer be the need for cash as one’s bank account could be debited/credited by simply passing one’s hand over a reader. It doesn’t stop there either because governments would be able to control populations by regulating what people can purchase or even if they can purchase anything. Once such a chip is embedded there would be no hiding place and little or no privacy. Now all of this may smack of 1984 but it isn’t a fairy-tale. Although in its infancy it is only a matter of time before it all comes into practice and it will be slowly and little by little. People can be persuaded so easily to accept the unusual but often they don’t realise they are being duped. If I were to tell you that all of this has already been forecast to happen you might believe me but if I told you it is all in The Bible you most probably wouldn’t, see how easy you are prepared to ignore that which has been foretold and will surely come to pass! You would call me crazy but am I? Time will tell and it will be too late then……
Revelation 13:11-18
The beast out of the earth

11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honour of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.
18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

Shirley Anne

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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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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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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

Reply

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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Revelation 20

Posted by Shirley Anne on July 14, 2013

The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelat...

The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelation. 13th century manuscript. British Library, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 20

The judgement of the dead

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. 15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
I have always been fascinated with The Book of Revelation, the last book in The Bible. It is a book of prophecy, things yet to come. In the above passage it speaks about the fate of all mankind and what each person’s future holds in store for them personally. Not all are believers though and will scoff at what is presented above as they will with most or all that is written in The Bible. Verse 15 applies to such people, if they continue in their unbelief and do not repent. Repentance is only the first step, one must also accept the free gift of everlasting life which is in Jesus Christ. Isn’t it better to turn to God and ask forgiveness than to suffer what is destined for all those whose names are not listed in the book of life? What are you waiting for? Does God change His mind? Will He accept you if you insist on rejecting Him? God has shown us the way and it is up to us to respond. The Book of Revelation is pointing to what is going to happen, not to what might happen! You have been warned. Leave it no longer to come to Jesus, tomorrow may be too late.

Shirley Anne

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A bit of a milestone perhaps?

Posted by Shirley Anne on May 15, 2013

English: "Selkirk reading his Bible"

“Selkirk reading his Bible” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday last week I reached a bit of a milestone. Since becoming a Christian I set my mind to reading though The Bible as many times as I could, simply to gain more understanding as to the reasons I came to believe and what it all actually means. During the previous seven months to my conversion, my deliverance, my accepting Jesus as my Saviour, call it what you will, I had read through The Bible from cover to cover in my search for God and to gain understanding. I was determined to read through its pages again for I realised there was much more to learn than just from reading it through once or by selecting abstract passages alone. The whole set of its books must be read because they are inextricably linked. I have honoured that promise I made to myself and throughout my 24 years as a Christian I have read through The Bible now 30 times having just finished reading through from cover to cover again on Wednesday. That is on average more than once a year. Of course I read many of its books and pages in isolation as well as making reference frequently to confirm what other Christians are saying or just for self-edification and reassurance but mostly to learn and to gain understanding. People who make reference to certain passages to perhaps justify their unbelief or their attitude and lifestyles and who have probably not read through The Bible even once do not realise that The Bible cannot be used in this way. The Bible and the messages it contains need to be studied in-depth and that takes time. Although I have read it more than 30 times I am still learning and I am the first to admit that I have much to learn yet. A milestone may have been reached but there are many more of them along the road yet! After a short break I will probably return again to The Book of Genesis and start over.

Shirley Anne

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Illogical Atheists?

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 11, 2013

Atheists, Reconsider

Atheists, Reconsider

First of all I must state that as a Christian I have no problem with those who are atheist for I was one once. It isn’t a disease just as much as being a Christian isn’t. Conflict arises where there are social issues and concerns to consider. Christians are people who believe in a deity, a creator who made all things, everything we can and cannot see even ourselves whereas atheists do not believe in a deity and therefore must believe everything we see including ourselves came about by other means. That is simple logic. Christians are under attack when they try to influence how everyone else is supposed to live and which laws we should have to govern our societies. In the case of the UK, Christianity has been the influencing power, whether for the good or in some cases unfortunately for the bad over most of the last two millenia. Our laws are based upon those written in Scripture and from a Christian’s point of view, God-given. At this point I think many, if not all atheists would agree with the basic laws we have but not necessarily all of the others, the ones written in Scripture concerning certain moral and behavioural lifestyles. The Christian believes and agrees with the whole tenet of the law whereas the atheist agrees only in part. As an example, atheists who happen to be homosexual would not agree with what Scripture says about it but may be perfectly in agreement over the law which says, we should not kill (murder). There are many other examples. People will pick and choose from Scripture as it suits their belief system or non-belief system. Either the Bible is wholly true or none of it is. It cannot be both, at least to the believer. Atheism is also a belief system, though many atheists would immediately disagree and this is where they are illogical. Everybody believes in something, including atheists. Ask an atheist what they believe and it will probably be different from another who is an atheist. The real problem starts with Creation. Just how did we get here? This is a question that has been asked since the birth of mankind and there are only two fundamental possibilities. One is that everything was created and the other is that all things have eternally existed and only one of those can be right. When the latter possibility is studied and examined it becomes impossible to believe but when we study Creation as having been created by God everything falls into place quite easily. The more we delve into the Universe and how it came about the more the Creation model appears to be the truth. Unless we consider how the Universe was made we cannot make the decision that God doesn’t exist. If only the atheist would see that. Christians have the faith to believe He does.

Shirley Anne

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That’s ridiculous isn’t it?

Posted by Shirley Anne on March 31, 2013

This video was originally posted on http://vineoflife.net

People just do not want to admit that God exists even when there is much evidence. I mean it’s ridiculous isn’t it that there should be a God who wants us to know about Him. Those who take the time to watch this short video may turn and say things like ‘There are unseen forces that we know nothing about yet’, or ‘We have much to learn about the human body and its capabilities to heal’. They will make up any story other than face the fact that God really does exist. The Bible says as much. There is a veil which blinds them to the truth and their hearts are hardened. They see with their eyes yet they cannot understand. I know these things for I was in that state before the veil was lifted from my eyes. I always chose not to believe until that one day I began to seek God out and months later it all finally dawned upon me. I became a Christian and if you’d have known the previous version of me you would swear it was impossible. Since that glorious day when I saw and understood I have come into contact with more and more evidence of things like miraculous healing and  activity in the spirit realm. You see, if you are not actively following God you are doing something else which keeps you from seeing these things because they are of no interest to you. Here is a remarkable story about God’s angels and the subsequent miraculous healing that followed one man’s rescue from certain death.  Take the time to watch this short video.

 

 

Jesus Heals ... Cancer??

Jesus Heals … Cancer?? (Photo credit: Better Than Bacon)

I thought you might like to follow the thread which follows the above picture as shown on Wikipedia……….

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  1. politbike(62 months ago)

    Why is it sad? There are well documented cases of The Lord Jesus healing people of cancer (for instance, see: www.godhealscancer.com/ ) – the evidence is there if we open our eyes & look, but some people still choose not to believe the evidence, because of the word “God”. Atheism & Secularism are belief systems, not the antithesis of belief. It was G K Chesterton who said: “When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.”

  2. Better Than Bacon (59 months ago)

    Well, you know why I think it’s sad.

    Am I supposed to go buy that book now? I’ll trust double-blind studies over anecdotal “cases,” no matter how ‘documented’ they are. One of the only studies cited in support of prayer is by R. C. Byrd, and I think the most he could claim is that Jesus Power gives you +6% chance of surviving a specific ailment, or something, which is fishy first of all and hilarious even if it’s true.

    You don’t understand what constitutes evidence. You just don’t understand how it works, and how easy it is to delude yourself with anecdotes. That’s sad, too.

  3. politbike(59 months ago)

    My comment was a question, yours is a judgmental statement. What makes you think I “don’t understand what constitutes evidence”, especially as you neither know me, or my background?

    If somebody has what the doctors diagnose as inoperable cancer and then as a direct result of prayer and laying on of hands has no sign of the disease, I would call that evidence of a miracle, as would any intelligent person.

    Please do not accuse me of being “deluded with anecdotes”, simply because of your own unbelief. I have first hand experience of healing miracles. If you choose not to believe, that is your choice, but please do not insult the intelligence of those who have seen, beyond doubt, the healing power of prayer.

    You must remember that Bible believing Christians are NOT some sort of uneducated, gullible sub-culture. Many Christians were once hard hearted atheists. What makes you so sure that you will never change?

  4. Better Than Bacon (59 months ago)

    “If somebody has what the doctors diagnose as inoperable cancer and then, a few days later has no sign of the disease, I would call that evidence of a miracle, as would any intelligent person.”

    Yeesh. Turns out I was right to be judgemental.

    There are plenty of intelligent, educated Christians, for sure. I was arguing with a friend one time about the effects of his prayers, and how he could ‘see’ that it worked and that it couldn’t be tested. Twenty minutes later, the conversation drifted, and we ended up both sharing a bewildered laugh at how stupid people were for doing rain dances, for centuries, because they could ‘see’ that it worked but never bothered to really check. Despite being an intelligent guy (more so than I), the irony was lost on him.

  5. politbike(59 months ago)

    People doubt because they have preconceived opinions as to what does and does not constitute truth. It is pride which prevents people from acknowledging the work of God when they see it; pride in thinking that just perhaps the prejudices they have against God’s word are wrong. Also, many non-believers ideas of Christianity are totally deluded, but they refuse to be educated, thinking that they know best.

    There are some healings I have seen which go beyond doubt, where even the most atheistic doctors are lost for words. It is these which I would say are the true miracles. Unfortunately, even then, the skeptics will claim that the illness would have got better on its own. Some people refuse to see the evidence of God working, even when it is obvious.

  6. Better Than Bacon (59 months ago)

    I know this is condescending but, to give a feeling for how you sound to someone like me, I’ll translate your reply:

    However, there are some rain storms I have seen which go beyond doubt, where even the most atheistic meteorologists are lost for words. It is these which I would say are the true miracles. Unfortunately, even then, the skeptics will claim that the rain would have come on its own. Some people refuse to see the evidence of the rain dance working, even when it is obvious.

    Or, if that seems too far removed (it doesn’t to me), think of analogous ‘translations’ for Islam, Scientology, or the IPU. Like it or not, you’re lumped with them because your explanation is equally unjustified, superficial, and unsatisfying.

  7. politbike(59 months ago)

    You disappoint me, my friend. Just when you were beginning to look at the subject with an open mind, your humanistic fear of anything which cannot be scientifically rationalised begins to rear its ugly head again.

    Do you have first hand experience of atomic science, brain surgery, Radio Astronomy, etc. No? But you trust the teachings of those who do. However, when it comes to Christian healing, you have no first hand experience or knowledge of the subject, but you claim to be an expert, able to dismiss out of hand the knowledge of those who do!

    It was you, not me who first mooted the strange idea of linking Christian healing with native American rain dances. For someone who eschews “superstition”, you seem to have a fixation with this particular tradition. Your analogy is very tenuous, so let me offer another “translation”…

    “Or, if that seems too far removed (it doesn’t to me, because I’m open to any discussion except on the subject of Christianity, because I’m an expert on it), think of analogous ‘translations’ for Islam, Scientology, Humanism, Secularism, Atheism, or the IPU. Like it or not, I’m lumped with them because my explanation is equally unjustified, superficial, and unsatisfying”.

    Touche?

    You can’t have a balanced, open discussion if you are not open to listening to all explanations. There are many testimonies to the fact that Jesus DOES heal. Your argument relies on providing evidence that Jesus does NOT heal. If you cannot provide this evidence, your comments stand on shaky ground. In other words, either put up, or shut up. Your preconceived prejudices on the subject of Christian healing, together with your arrogant assumption that all Christian views are “wrong” are serious blockages to your supposed search for rational enlightenment.

  8. Better Than Bacon (59 months ago)

    Do you have first hand experience of atomic science, brain surgery, Radio Astronomy, etc. No? But you trust the teachings of those who do.

    If there were Hindu astronomy, Christian astronomy, Secular astronomy etc, and they all arrived at different conclusions via the same means, we’d both be sceptical about those means. That situation would suggest that the methodology doesn’t separate what is true from what is false.

    The fact that we don’t have Christian astronomy versus Islamic astronomy bodes well for the methodology of science; it factors out the human bias as much as possible, and humans can be pretty biased depending on what culture/era they’re born in. If you were transported to India as an infant and raised there, you’d have a totally different set of beliefs incompatible with Christianity. Would you be saved? If not, who’s ‘fault’ is it then?

    The question of whether prayer increases one’s chances of surviving cancer is a scientific question, because you’re positing both an observable cause and an observable effect. People have done these intercessory prayer studies for all kinds of illnesses, and the double-blind studies invariably find no relationship. This doesn’t rule out Jesus healing people, it just means that whenever scientists are watching ol’ J.C is content letting people (and their families) suffer horribly drawn out deaths.

    However, when it comes to Christian healing, you have no first hand experience or knowledge of the subject, but you claim to be an expert

    I am most certainly not an expert, and don’t ever intend to be, for the same reason I’m not an expert in Scientology. You’re not an expert in Scientology, so how can you discount the power of their Tech? Maybe because you think they’re a cult espousing totally retarded nonsense made up by a second-rate sci-fi writer? (okay, now I’m speaking for you, sorry…). Again, you trust what people have to say if you trust their methodology, and that’s why I trust what scientists have to say, and not what Scientologists or Christians think happened.

    Anyway, you said the analogy between rain dancing and prayer was tenuous, but I don’t understand what distinguishes one “cause->effect” hypothesis from the other.

    There are many testimonies to the fact that Jesus DOES heal.

    Don’t conflate testimonials with evidence. Double-blind studies are evidence, and they speak volumes. Someone who just goes around witnessing ‘miracle healing’ doesn’t have any perspective on all the times healing didn’t occur, because they’re not paying attention.

    Your argument relies on providing evidence that Jesus does NOT heal. If you cannot provide this evidence, your comments stand on shaky ground. In other words, either put up, or shut up.

    I tried to bypass this kind of silliness with the IPU link. Maybe you can put up or shut up about the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Ugh, these replies are getting longer and rehashing standard arguments. Go do some reading. I have to work.

  9. politbike(59 months ago)

    Your comments on the IPU and the Flying Spaghetti Monster are totally spurious. Atheists do not actually believe in these things, they are just a childish “insult” thrown at people whose faith they do not, cannot, or will not share. That is their choice. Atheism is NOT “anti belief”, it is simply another belief system. I can tell that you are getting nervous, when you throw casual “insults” like “do some reading”. I have read much more on the subject that you have, otherwise I wouldn’t take the stand I now do. As I have said, you do not know me, my background or qualifications, so you should think before you speak/type.

    In the paraphrased words of St. Paul; “If we [Christians] are wrong, we are to be pitied, but in the end, have lost nothing. If You [non-believers] are wrong, you will have lost everything. The choice is yours, but are you prepared to take that chance?

    I too have a life outside YouTube and it appears we’re not going to convince each other. I will pray for you.

  10. Better Than Bacon (59 months ago)

    The point of IPU and FSM is to show you what it’s like to argue with a believer. I could go on and on pretending to believe in strict Pastafarianism—challenging you to prove me wrong, “Pasta has spread all over the world, where’s the evidence that FSM doesn’t exist?” and so forth—all to show you what it’s like to face a ridiculous statement like “YOU must provide evidence that Jesus does NOT heal.” Don’t dismiss the comparison—use it to gain perspective and to avoid sounding similarly ridiculous yourself.

    I’m sure you’ve read a lot on the subject of religion, but I’m suggesting you read on the subject of refuting religious arguments. If you want to convince a sceptic to reflect on his or her biases, you’ve got to do better than parroting standard nonsense like Pascal’s wager and “atheism is just another belief system” (you know the quote “atheism is a religion like ‘not collecting stamps’ is a hobby”).

    Besides, atheism is a conclusion, not a ‘system’. Anyway, except for its effects on politics all of this is just philosophical, so no sense getting too upset about it. Have a nice life.

  11. politbike(59 months ago)

    Who’s getting upset? All I am saying is you cannot be conclusive. Like most Christians, I have made the transition from non-belief to belief. You may do the same one day. In the meantime, your use of insults and claimed “conclusions” is unnecessary, unhelpful and uneducated. God bless.

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    How stubborn are the hearts who refuse to claim the truth, who refuse the free gift of everlasting life through Jesus Christ who took upon himself the sins of the world, even your sins, so that all who believe in him and the One who sent him shall be saved and have that everlasting life! If it was a free gift of £10,000 you’d take it………this free gift is for eternity!

    Shirley Anne

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It’s not for me they say

Posted by Shirley Anne on March 20, 2013

A picture of Pisgah Baptist Church in Four Oak...

A picture of Pisgah Baptist Church in Four Oaks, North Carolina, USA.

There are many things in this life that hold no interest for me and this is the same for everyone on the planet. We can’t all like the same things or have the same interests right across the board. I hear people talking about their hobbies and interests and sometimes those things coincide with mine but not always. For so long in my life I couldn’t understand why people went to church on a Sunday and I felt it was more to do with their traditional habits than their belief in God. Of course at that time I had no interest in God so going to church meant nothing to me. When I actually started going to church on a regular basis it was a ritual for me, it meant nothing spiritually and it was more to do with my children. For reasons not known to me at that time I felt pushed to take them along but wasn’t quite sure why. The children enjoyed going, which helped and I felt happy that they were learning the traditions of men, not realising they were learning about God and Jesus Christ too! As I sat in the pews my experience was one of listening but not understanding. It was simply what I did on a Sunday morning. Before too long we moved away to where we live now and I found another church to attend on a Sunday. Both of these two churches were Methodist. It was during my first year at the second church that I began to take an interest in God and I read the Bible from the beginning to the end for the first time. This ultimately lead to me conversion and I had a ‘born again’ experience. I also began to attend a Pentecostal church about this time. These events are listed in my pages above for those who wish to know more so I won’t elaborate here. My life was changed completely for the better once I became a Christian believer and my sole wish was to tell others about this pearl of information I had discovered so they too might benefit by coming to God as I had done. This desire to ‘preach the Gospel‘ has stuck with me ever since and really it should be the desire of every born again believer! So I witness to people given every opportunity. You might ask why we Christians want others, complete strangers to know about God and salvation but there is a new driving force within us called the Holy Spirit empowering us and there is a new love in our hearts for those who don’t know. Writing about God in a Blog is a very easy thing to do, far easier than speaking with people face to face but I enjoy doing both. I expect a lot of rejection for my efforts for many say in their own way, ‘It’s not for me’, as if it were a hobby or a pastime for me, something I just do as a hobby or because I have an interest in Christianity. Christianity isn’t anything like Islam or Buddhism, Hinduism or any other ‘religions’ for it is the only one with the promise of eternal life.  Believing in a deity, is difficult to accept for many people so they dismiss it out of hand. It is only by openly pursuing God that He will be found though. We have to make the effort and earnestly seek Him. Saying that God doesn’t exist doesn’t mean He doesn’t but people will say the opposite,’believing in God doesn’t mean He exists either’. Well I didn’t know avocados existed before I saw one! The difference is that I can take avocados or not as I please without any consequences but this isn’t the same for God. If I don’t take hold of His free gift of life everlasting in Jesus Christ I will pay the consequences and these consequences will last an eternity! There will not be a second chance so why take that chance? Why gamble with your destiny? No, Christianity isn’t just a hobby or an interest, it isn’t all about going to a church or following the traditions of men as many do. It is about salvation, ETERNAL SALVATION. Pooh-pooh the idea if you think that isn’t true and I know many of you will do exactly that. It won’t stop me trying to get through to you though because I know the gift is very much worth accepting.

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Shirley Anne

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Another good reason

Posted by Shirley Anne on March 14, 2013

English: Norwood Green in spring. These lovely...

English: Norwood Green in spring. These lovely daffodils are often “harvested” for Mothers’ Day. Sad that “Mothering Sunday” should be so abused.

Sunday marked the anniversary of the birth of our youngest son. He is now 28 years old. He paid us a visit of course in order to give his mum a small gift as it was also Mothering Sunday, another of those annual events that have become fashionable to observe in the last century, possibly half-century? The tradition goes back quite a few hundred years in fact (check the link below this post). Time flies by rather quickly these days, well obviously it doesn’t but it seems to as we get older. Monday, today as I write this, is back again and it only seems like yesterday it was Monday. In my part of the country it is very sunny with only a few clouds in the sky but it is bitterly cold in the strong north-easterly wind making the 1 degree temperature seem minus 7! It is very pleasant in the sunshine and in fact I have to close the curtain for a few minutes as I sit writing this for I cannot see the screen. I have just been out to do a small job locally and have returned home because there are no other jobs scheduled. I am in two minds as to whether a trip to the pub for lunch is on the cards. I will decide later. I didn’t wish to get out of bed this morning but my commitment to work forced me to. Actually, I have been trying not to spend too much time in bed and getting more active instead. For the first time this year I saw the sun shining into my bedroom which faces more or less north-easterly. As the sun rises progressively from a more northerly point until the summer solstice it gets to shine more and more into my room in the early hours after sunrise, another good reason for getting out of bed. The job I had to do was very simple indeed and took next to no time to do once I’d visited the supplier for the part I needed. The elderly gentleman asked me if I would like a drink and I accepted. He is 75 years old but doesn’t look anything like it and he was surprised to learn that I was 67. He admired the fact that I don’t look my age either. He asked about my history as an electrician and commented on the fact that it was unusual for a woman to have been trained as an electrician way back in 1962! I had to concur but said nothing more about it. He seemingly supports the idea that women should be able to do anything that men do in the workplace. I have to agree with him. He then asked about my faith for he remembered that I am a Christian from a previous visit to do another job for him last year. He was intrigued and asked questions so I gave him the ‘full monty’ as they say, explaining the Gospel message and what it means to be a Christian. He asked about other faiths too and I explained what God says about them in the Bible. So most of my time with him was spent chatting rather than working but I think it was time well spent. Another good reason for getting out of bed and meeting people! I take every opportunity to spread the Gospel message for I know only too well what I was like before I became a believer.

Shirley Anne

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Out of the mouths of children

Posted by Shirley Anne on March 8, 2013

This guy is really on fire for the Lord and so young too….

Ecclesiastes 12

New International VersionUK

1 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.[a]
‘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.[b] 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.

Footnotes:

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 9 and 10
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:11 Or Shepherd

Shirley Anne

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