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What reason?

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Stand in front of a mirror and then ask yourself these questions….
What is the reason for my existence?
Why have I been born?
What is the purpose of my life?

No doubt there will be many opinions about these questions and of course many differing answers. I suppose stock answers spoken without much thought will concentrate on the practical and not the spiritual.

The reason for my existence…………….’Just to enjoy myself and the life I have’
Why have I been born?………….’Not sure, it’s a by-product of the birth of the universe
The purpose………………’Don’t know that there is one so I just get on with it’.

If I told you that there is a reason for your existence, your birth and the purpose of it all you would most probably not believe me.
It all depends on what you believe regarding creation and a supreme being, about God.
It is difficult to understand something we cannot see or prove to be true and even more difficult to believe but many do.galaxy13
Just how did the Universe come into being? If we look at pictures of deep space we see literally thousands upon thousands of ‘Island universes’, galaxies we call them, and each one of then is filled with millions upon millions of stars like our Sun, much larger and some much smaller. The human brain cannot grasp the size and distances involved in the vastness of space and there is a limit to how far into space we can see. What lies beyond could be replica universes. Scientists are attempting to discover how everything came into existence but they are stumbling over the physics involved and put forth many theories trying to explain it all. The fact according to what The Bible says is that everything we see came into existence, was made from something that wasn’t previously there! In other words God made it all from nothing. He produced everything simply by speaking it into existence. That is a tremendous stumbling block to the unbeliever who continues to struggle with discovering the un-discoverable. Scientists have reached a dead-end and can only speculate.

Why am I here? What is the purpose of my life? I am here because I am God’s creation just like everything else. I have a purpose and that is to worship my Creator. I don’t worship the created thing but the One who made it all for His good purpose. That is the purpose of my life. How do I go about that? By believing in Him and living as best I can to please Him.

Shirley Anne

 

 

Just so you know

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Jesus is the Bread of life (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My duty as a Christian and the duty all Christians should be fulfilling is to spread the message of The Gospel, which means ‘Good News‘. It is a commandment that we tell others about this good news, the promise of salvation and everlasting life in Jesus Christ. For those who hear the message, believe and repent there is that promise. Once the message is received and understood of course it follows that there is then no excuse for rejecting it. The consequences of refusal rest with the individual. All sorts of excuses are put forward for not believing, no God, no Saviour, no sin but often no replacement argument that can stand is offered. Atheists have a hard time trying to prove their case as well as in trying to demolish what we as believers know to be the truth. If anyone is filled with The Spirit of God they will know that what I am saying and the message I have given is indeed truth. A few years ago I wrote a personal letter to a new friend, someone I met on-line and then later in person. She had some strange ideas regarding who God is and was a believer in Theosophy often quoting one of that ideology’s original proponents. Anyone can search about Theosophy over The Internet so I won’t go into detail here. In my letter I mention Theosophy but you can substitute any other belief system in regards to my argument. As Christians we have a compassionate concern for the unbeliever but we should never witness brandishing a stick as many of our misguided forebears did. We should witness in love, delivering the message in an attitude of love and pray that it is received and accepted. We have no control over what happens, The Lord is in control. Here is that Letter with amendments to protect the identity of its recipient, my friend…

Que sera, sera (name). Whatever will be will be. In this wicked world in which we live there are always going to be those who oppose you and what you believe. There will always be those who do that in love and those who do it out of hatred or even fear. A rant in a newspaper article is going to change nothing except maybe allow you to vent your anger, but to whom is that anger directed? If you confess that you love your fellow-man then you have to accept them for what they are and what they believe else you are showing the same bigotry and hatred as they do. Jesus did say that we should love our neighbours as ourselves, it is a, dare I use the word, fundamental law of God? (She had a thing about ‘fundamental’ Christians). I respect your views on religion but that doesn’t mean I agree with them and it is the same for anyone else. But my message is to you personally here is, and you may not think this is true, that I like you (name) and I consider you as a friend. Accept that fact or not, it remains the truth. In your article, to give it the respect it deserves, you say in your closing sentence that you know the answers to the questions you posed in the script. Then you must know that what I am saying about other people is true. It just seems that you are struggling a little coming to terms with it all and I can understand why. I know perhaps I shouldn’t say this as it is probably the last thing you want to hear but I think you need God in your life. You refer to God as ‘it’ in some lines and as God in others which shows me that you really have no idea who God really is. I know your thoughts on Theosophy and the doctrine of universal oneness, re-incarnation, karma and such but what do you really know about it? I mean, by what means did you come to the point that Theosophy is the way to go? Have a look at this link http://www.allaboutcults.org/theosophical-society.htm  (and the whole site which I think is amazing and revealing) and see if it compares to how you view things  for the whole site click here http://www.allaboutspirituality.org/. You are right in saying that God does not interfere with our lives and lifestyles, we forsook that privilege when we fell from grace but that does not mean that we are not loved by Him, on the contrary we are.
John 3:16-17
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
16 “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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

That is through Jesus, not through someone else or any philosophical or religious ideal. When I wrote to you about other Christians who you consider fundamentalists because they seem to be preaching hatred and bigotry, they do it because they see the wickedness that has a grip on men’s (mankind) hearts, sinful behaviour in the sight of God. They do that because they are concerned knowing that God punishes those who are disobedient. If God didn’t do that He would not be a fair and just God. He makes the rules for our benefit, though many, many people do not see that. He wants us to come to Him of our own free will, not because He is brandishing a whip but because His arms are wide open waiting for us to make the right decision. Those who make a stand against the evil in this world make a stand for Jesus, for God but some unfortunately do not do that in love. I apologise on their behalf. It is right and proper for a Christian to make such a stand against what is God’s Word and that can include anything like homosexuality, lesbianism, fornication, murder, theft, immorality in general and a host of other things. However I do not think as Christians we should hold political sway which forces our beliefs on an unbelieving nation. We must tell them about The Gospel, about the coming Kingdom of God, about Jesus and real salvation. It is by doing these things that we, as Christians fulfill God’s wishes. The decision to respond must rest with the recipient.
So I hope you will accept what I am saying and receive it in the spirit of its intentions, to show you love and friendship, as well as a real concern for your welfare.
Take care, love

Shirley Anne

The same message is for you too if you are not a Christian

Little problems

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English: Claw hammer

Claw hammer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just as I thought the day was going to be boring with nothing for me to do it all changed with a phone call. I had been up and about for almost four hours on Monday morning and it was still only nine o’clock. I have gotten into the habit of retiring early and getting up early too but I am not sure how long that will last. Anyway I had eaten breakfast by a quarter to six and had spent some time reading The Bible. I decided to re-read the whole Bible again from beginning to end earlier in the year and have now reached the last few books and am in the book of Hebrews. This I think is the 34th or 35th reading and I never tire of it, in fact I learn something new each time I read it! That’s one in the eye for those who love to dispute Scripture most of whom maybe have read it once or not all of it. It takes years to fully understand the whole of Scripture but I make no boasts regarding my knowledge of it. Even after so many readings there are still questions. I digress. As a matter of fact I was out on the patio and had just closed my Bible after having read quite a lot and was just admiring some of the flowers close-up when my phone rang. It was a call from a local man for whom I had done some work previously and he was asking me if I could check out a faulty power outlet that supplied his washing machine. I was there fifteen minutes later sorting out the problem. In fact the outlet was indeed faulty and the neutral half of the supply was disconnected because of a burned terminal I learned after I had removed it. It was one of those jobs seemingly set up originally to be awkward to work on. I am right-handed (though I can work with either hand) and the outlet was hard against the left-hand side of the space where it was located. It was also positioned behind where the machine sat. The outlets fixing screws were seized and could not be unscrewed because the steel box sunk into the concrete rendered wall, yes concrete, had severely rusted up. Some time ago there had been a water leak and the wall had gotten wet. Now you would think the power outlet would have been checked at the time but alas it seems not. I had to use a claw hammer in order to remove the outlet so that I could disconnect the wiring and reposition a new outlet this time inside the adjacent kitchen unit to the machine. Working in confined spaces is an art only perfected by years of struggling in similar situations and I have had plenty of those. Experience only counts when considering how best to approach a problem and it helps more than a little in its execution! The problems are still the same no matter how experienced we are. Knowing Percival Veerance and Patience Strong helps a lot! It took me a little less than an hour and a half and I was finished. I actually like these little jobs for they pay very well and can be quite challenging. Recently I have been taking stock and remembering all the different things I have been involved with in my life’s work. Much of my working life has involved maintenance in one form or another and that means plenty of experience in fault-finding and finding solutions to problems. So I take pride in the knowledge that I can provide solutions for the problems people ask me to resolve for them, even those such as the one I had on Monday morning.

Shirley Anne

They think it is right

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Same Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently same sex (gender) marriage was pronounced lawful in the US. As in many other western countries supposedly and purportedly claiming to be Christian they ignore what God says on the matter and quote ‘Human Rights’ for justification. For myself I don’t care what they might think about same sex marriage, it still doesn’t make it right and in God’s eyes it isn’t. Yes God demands that we love one another and some think that is an excuse for their unnatural behaviour. It isn’t, they are deluded. I don’t judge them. It is God who will judge them.

Romans 1
God’s wrath against sinful humanity

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 worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is for ever 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 worth while 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.

Romans 14:11

It is written:

“As surely as I live,” says the Lord,
“Every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.”

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

And also….1 Cor 6:9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men

Shirley Anne

Amazing

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DVD selectionFor more than a week I was without work that is until Friday or should I say Thursday for that is when I received phone call requests? Anyway it meant that I had three places to visit and three jobs to do, the last one the biggest. The old guy who had moved in to the house in January had been trying to get someone to separate two lights both operating on the one switch. The strange thing was the lights were in adjacent rooms! Evidently the previous owner had a wall built to make two separate rooms. There had been a large archway in the original set up. However they hadn’t got as far as to put an extra switch in to allow independent control of the lights. Furthermore the now two rooms had their ceilings lowered or rather a false ceiling had been constructed beneath the original ceilings. My job was to disconnect one light from the existing circuit and then re-feed it from another source. It all sounds easy but doing it wasn’t! Anyhow by the time I’d gotten home I didn’t much feel like doing anything else so I didn’t. Nevertheless I got more calls in the evening but refused them all except for one which I promised I would look at on Saturday morning. The other requests were too large for me to tackle but this one was very simple, not really a job at all in the real sense. The lady on the phone explained her predicament in that her lights had fused whilst at the same time indicating that she knew what the problem was, a faulty lamp had caused the fuse to blow. She wanted to know how to replace the fuse. These particular fuses are of the cartridge type and are easy to replace once the fuse carrier could be removed. She was having difficulty in doing that so I explained to her what she had to do and how to replace the fuse as she had some in stock. As long as she didn’t use the faulty light all would be OK and I would pop in on my way to my supplier in the morning to check everything. I had planned to go to the supplier anyway. So I arrived at nine o’clock as promised and she welcomed me in. Everything was in order so I didn’t even need to get out my tools. Instead she offered me a drink of tea and we chatted for a half-hour. When she had opened the door to me I recognised her immediately but said nothing. She is a Christian lady who once went to the same church as myself but she didn’t recognise me, why would she? She had been a member there for seven years and I for ten though perhaps I wasn’t there for the whole period that she had been or vice-versa. In any case she didn’t remember me. I told her that I knew she was a Christian and that I was also and she asked how I knew and which church had I attended. I told her which church, the same one as herself but still the penny hadn’t dropped. I think she assumed our paths had not crossed during our time at the same church. I said I had seen her on several occasions at church venues and functions and she understood. Naturally we talked about the faith and she asked if I was attending a church at present. I am not and I told her so. We talked about prophecy and she showed me some things concerning the subject. It appears we are both interested in such things. I had to leave and she had to get ready for a friend who was calling. They were off to some church event in Liverpool for the day and I was invited along. I declined the offer for I had other plans. She presented me with a sealed DVD labelled ‘The Daniel Project’ for me to view and then pass on to someone else. The material concerns biblical prophecy and takes the form of an hour and a half’s length documentary, a separate half-hour interview and a short three and a half-minute summary of the presentation. It is produced by Studio Scotland Ltd. I had planned to do some gardening after lunch but decided to watch the two-hour presentation instead. I was glad I did for I found it fascinating and well worth the viewing. For myself it was more of an edifying experience but for those who do not believe in God, Jesus and The Bible it would prove to be a real eye-opener. There are many prophecies in Scripture, well over three hundred, and many have been fulfilled. Some have yet to be as I have mentioned in many of my previous posts. The presentation is not out to win souls and it leaves the viewer to ponder the facts for themselves. The real challenge to anyone is presented in the interview following where the facts are presented logically. If you get the chance to view the DVD or wish to purchase a copy I would strongly recommend it as being worthwhile. Incidentally the narrative is presented by a self-confessed atheist who himself had questions to ask in the interview. They were answered.

 

Here is the link to the site where you may purchase the DVD http://www.thedanielprojectmovie.com/index.htm

A film called The Daniel Connection based on the documentary has been produced and if I get the chance I will certainly go and see it.

 

I got to do some gardening later in the afternoon.

 

Shirley Anne

 

The prophets

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Baruch Writing Jeremiah’s Prophecies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If someone were to tell you that a particular thing would happen to you at a future time you would probably be very skeptical. If however that prophecy came true you might think twice about what was foretold. On the other hand you may think it was just a coincidence. What if someone were to tell you of a future event that not only affected you but that it would affect everyone? Would you think them out of their mind or would you consider that it may be true? You wouldn’t be alone in your skepticism for many in the past have heard prophecies and didn’t believe they would happen. Pity the poor Prophets though who deliver the message in the first place. A prophet must surely be believed if indeed their prophecy becomes true, yes? Trouble with that is that many who have prophesied what in fact became true died long before the event happened and they were forgotten. This happened and is recorded in Scripture though some prophets remained alive to see their prophecies come about. Some people today disregard what is written the The Bible believing it is a collection of fairy tales yet if they read the prophecies and their manifestations they might think twice. The birth of Jesus Christ was foretold long before it happened. Look at these verses:

 Isaiah 9: 6-7

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. 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.
These verses are but one of the prophecies concerning the birth of Christ. There are others.
Concerning the future state of Israel and again the birth of Christ we read:

Jeremiah 23:5-8

5‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
    and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
    and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteous Saviour.

‘So then, the days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when people will no longer say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,” but they will say, “As surely as the Lord lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.” Then they will live in their own land.’

What do you make of verse 8 highlighted in red? Is this a reference to the present land of Israel? If it is, and it certainly looks that way then what about other prophecies not yet fulfilled? Those mentioned in the Book of Daniel and Revelations which predict the future of mankind and the coming judgement? If former prophets got it right (they couldn’t fail actually as the messages were from God) then surely these as yet unfulfilled prophecies will come about too? Would you still not believe what God is saying to you? Repent and believe in the One who gave you your life. Turn to Jesus for your salvation for he is the only way to that salvation.

Pray this prayer or something similar if you have made the decision to come to Jesus.  ‘Dear heavenly Father I have rejected you all of my life but now I realise I was mistaken. I am sorry for the things I have done in my life which have kept us apart, my sins. I repent of them and turn to you for forgiveness and salvation. You gave your only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ who became an atoning sacrifice for all those who believe in you and in him. I believe that Jesus took upon himself my sins so that I could go free. He took my punishment, that which I deserve, upon himself. Thank you Jesus for being my Saviour. Thank you Father for Jesus. I welcome The Holy Spirit into my heart right now to be my guide and my teacher. Help me now Lord to follow you all the days of my life.’

Now go and find a church which teaches The Bible’s truth and meet with other Christians to help you in your new life.

Shirley Anne

The beginning of the end?

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I have included all of chapter 13 for the sake of clarity…..It is wise not to take Scripture out of context. The Book of Revelation is essentially prophetic, a vision of future times was given to John whilst he was on the island of Patmos (Rev 1:9). He was shown what will happen to all of mankind when God‘s wrath is levelled at all those who refuse to put their faith in Him. It will be a time of destruction and of woes of all different kinds. There will be signs pointing toward these events so that there will be no excuses when they come about. It is a warning, God always warns His people before taking action giving the opportunity to repent and be saved. He would rather everyone repent and be saved but being a just God He allows us to make the decisions ourselves.

I saw an item of news on television last night which caught my attention. It appears that office workers in some organisation in the UK have had electronic chips inserted beneath the skin on their right hand. This authorises them access to various areas and to make use of equipment by placing their hand close to it. It also allows them access to their cafeteria and I presume make payment for the food. When I first saw animals being ‘chipped’ I thought to myself it is only one small step to do the same for human beings. Now it seems that day has come and like anything let out of Pandora’s box, it cannot be put back again. Mark my words this system will be extended until everyone is obliged to be chipped. I can see our health records programmed onto a chip  and inserted beneath our skin which will make treatment much easier in the event of accidents or ill-health. I can see a time when goods will be paid for in this way, in fact the precursor to this has been the implementation of credit and debit cards followed by ‘smart apps’ on mobile phones. Once that happens we will be slaves to a system that will know everything about us and even where we are or where we’ve been. Do you really think all of this is harmless? Think again. It may not all happen in your lifetime but it will certainly come about in the lives of those who follow………..and it is all written in Scripture…..

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 Fresco illustrating the Apocalypse (Book of Revelation) Osogovo Monastery, Macedonia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Revelation 13 New International Version – UK

The beast out of the sea

1 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. 2 The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. 3 One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was filled with wonder and followed the beast. 4 People worshipped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshipped the beast and asked, ‘Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?’

5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling-place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast – all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world

9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.

10 ‘If anyone is to go into captivity,
into captivity they will go.
If anyone is to be killed with the sword,
with the sword they will be killed.’
This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

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

How wise are you?

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Scroll of the Book of Proverbs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember when young people telling me to get wise. They meant gain an understanding. Well what is wisdom anyway? It is gaining an understanding but not just the understanding, it is more than that. We may gain an understanding about something yet take no notice or action on what we learn. In my line of work I need not only an understanding but more importantly how to implement the knowledge gained. It is the same for anything. What is the use in knowing what is right then doing the opposite? If we use our knowledge wisely we gain from it. If we don’t we lose out. For those who don’t know, there is a book in the Bible entitled ‘Proverbs‘ and it speaks about wisdom. The things spoken about may seem a little basic and obvious to some but when all is considered there are many who have ignored the wisdom of its messages and have suffered accordingly. There is a right and a wrong path to take in life and sadly many choose the wrong path because they ignored sound advice. We can learn to be wise through our experiences but doesn’t it make sense to learn the wisdom first?

Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Shirley Anne

O Stubborn Heart

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Sitting here with nought to do
But all my thoughts are fixed on you.
I’ve tried so many times I’ve tried
To reach you with the love of Christ.

Your heart is hardened like a stone
And all you do is moan and groan.
I hope and pray your life will be
Forever changed so that you’ll see.

You don’t believe there is a God
His message isn’t understood.
You know your life will end one day
And that’s the end I hear you say.

But life is more than simply that
And one day you will realise.
God loves you and He longs to see
You with Him for eternity.

Copyright Shirley Anne 23 Feb 2013

Many times I post here about the love and mercy of God, the sacrifice He made for each and every one of us through His son Jesus Christ. The message is so simple. God loves us but our sins keep us apart from Him. The only way to bridge that gap is through Jesus. He is our mediator, the one who took upon himself our sins so that if we believe in him and accept that sacrifice he made we can be forgiven and reconciled with God. It is God’s free gift to us but we have to take it for it to be ours. Head knowledge means nothing. It is through God’s grace and mercy and our own faith in what He has done that we are saved. We need saving for without it we are lost forever. We will never believe if our hearts remain stubborn but God will eventually turn His back on us completely if we continue to ignore Him. I could quote all sorts of Bible verses to show how much God loves us but to the stubborn heart it is a waste of time. Why do I persist in trying to reach you? Could it be that I am concerned for you? Yes I am. Could it be that there is a reason for that? Yes there is. Could it be that my eyes have been opened? Yes they have. Could it mean that I know something I didn’t know before? Yes I do. You too can know if you open your heart. Reach out to God and he will reach out to you. The alternative doesn’t bear thinking about.

Shirley Anne

Something I posted earlier in the year…..

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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

Click on the link beneath the cartoon on the right

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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

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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.

Women in the Church

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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

Scoffers……you were foretold

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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.

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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

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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

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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)

 

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
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