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All in His love (and immersion heaters)

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I am a Christian, a person who believes in Jesus Christ and has accepted God‘s gift of eternal life through him. Here I could quote numerous verses regarding why I (anyone) needed salvation but I am not using today’s post as a witness to my readers, especially as that was the theme of my previous post. I promised my readers that I wouldn’t be filling this blog with the single theme of my faith. However, as a Christian I speak with my Heavenly Father and ask of Him all sorts of things. Occasionally I will ask that I get the opportunity to witness to someone on that particular day or the next day and as often as I ask I get my wish fulfilled. They are fulfilled because I am not asking for selfish reasons but to serve and besides I love to witness.
This past week has seen me with almost no electrical work at all, one job on Monday morning and one on Saturday morning so in between those days I have had to occupy myself with other things and for a few days I have worked out in the garden. It is the season of the year where many are not thinking about work they want doing at home, they are thinking about their vacations. Swings and roundabouts, some months of the year can be very hectic in my profession which is nice but it is also nice to be able to relax and do nothing at all some days. My job on Saturday morning was for a lady recently divorced from her husband because of his behaviour and she was trying her best to settle down to being single and living in a new apartment having given up her bungalow. She was trying to make ends meet basically. She wanted a timer unit checking out and a new power outlet installed near her front door which was downstairs. Her apartment was on the first floor. The apartment block is only two storeys high. The timer unit wasn’t faulty but one of the immersion heaters it was controlling was at fault. I ceased changing immersion heaters a few years ago though I still have the equipment. Sometimes they are difficult to remove from the copper storage tank and can damage it if care isn’t taken. I don’t take that chance anymore and leave it to a plumber. I will do such jobs at home of course and often do so. It will take some considerable time to drain her water tank and replace the heater so she didn’t like the idea of having it done just yet anyway because of the cost involved. The lower immersion heater was the faulty one and normally only switched on during the night when the cost of the electricity was far less. The upper heater was available during the day as a booster but at a higher running cost. She told me she hardly uses hot water except to was dishes as she has an electric shower and the washing machine will heat its own water. I suggested switching the supply from the bottom heater and connecting it to the upper one so that the upper third of the tank could be heated overnight at the cheaper rate. She was happy about the suggestion for it would keep the costs down until perhaps she was in a position to have the lower heater replaced. As for the power outlet, when I told her what would be involved she decided against the idea purely for financial reasons. She had thought it possible to wire the new outlet from another circuit not knowing that it couldn’t and shouldn’t be done that way. She was grateful that I had sorted out the water heating problem and at a much lower price than she had envisaged and I was paid my minimum charge. Afterward we drank coffee and chatted for a little while and it was then that I was given the opportunity to witness to her. Naturally I hope she will respond to the message. I will leave that in Gods hands. I was just grateful for answered prayer and the opportunity to do His will.

Shirley Anne

Just so you know

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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

They think it is right

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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

Hearing things

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Taijitu within a frame of trigrams and a demon warding mirror, these charms photographed above a window in in a residential area of Harbin Road, are believed to frighten away evil spirits and to protect the dwelling from bad luck. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I had been out in the garden for a while on Monday and E had gone out. It was around one o’clock and I had ideas of dining out sometime later in the afternoon. I ended up not dining out as you will have read in yesterday’s post. As I came into the house through the cellar I could hear quite plainly the muffled  sound of voices above my head and seemingly from the lounge. As I continued to walk across the cellar room I began to think that E was back home but the voice sounded more like that of  our youngest son. All this happened in the space of a few seconds, the time it took to walk across the room. When I opened the door to enter the small hallway in the cellar where the stairway to the upper floor is located the sound of voices disappeared. I still thought E was at home but when I checked it was apparent that she wasn’t. Now it may have been that I was  ‘just hearing things’ as some people might say but the voices sounded so genuine when I heard them. A similar event happened two years ago and I wrote about it in a post. which you can read here http://minkyweasel.com/2013/03/12/spirit-world/ . It is possible that there are roaming spirits in the house but I still have reservations about that. As a Christian I am well aware that houses can be occupied by evil spirits and if I thought that the case I would certainly be seeking help to get rid of them. I certainly wouldn’t be relying upon an artifact nailed to the outside of a window as in the picture shown. I do not think myself to be in any danger though for I believe Jesus Christ is my protection. Nevertheless it is weird to hear things yet not know for certain if the sounds were just in my head or if they came from an unseen force.

Shirley Anne

If not now, when?

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Debate between Catholics and Oriental Christians in the 13th century, Acre 1290. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I remember years ago being challenged by my (then) friends regarding my lack of faith and belief in God. As it happens these friends were Catholics and regularly attended their local church like most Catholics do. They often urged me to think about the possibility of God’s existence but in those days I was still very much an atheist. Never once did they preach to me though. When one day in 1988 I casually picked up an old Bible belonging to E from the days when she went through the Church of England communion process. She was made to go to church by her mom and I guess that is why she is strongly against the faith now. She has always been a stubborn person and takes after her late father in that respect. Getting back to the good book, I read it through from beginning to end though at the time I didn’t know what drove me to do it. Long before then I remember seeing a card somewhere with the following verse printed on it, a tract, the type given out by Christians as an outreach. The verse was this: Matthew 16:24…. If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. I didn’t exactly know what the verse meant but it stuck in my mind. Having read the Bible through completely it sparked an urge to learn more and I pursued that desire for I had to know one way or the other if this God was true. Although I had been an atheist for many years I found myself reaching out to God through my poetry and later I found that rather strange. However I didn’t even think about it being strange at the time for my thoughts were focused on the one thing, getting to know God, His gift of life through Jesus and the power of The Holy Spirit. So often I read comments from unbelievers who think all religion is false and unnecessary and in fact I actually believe the same! I believe however that we can have a relationship with our Creator God and that we can have salvation through Jesus Christ but these things don’t come automatically, we have to reach out and take the gift and we have to believe both in God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. We also have to repent and take up our cross and follow him, just as the verse says. Our whole life changes in that we look upon things differently and our attitudes change, we steer clear of evil things and seek always God’s ways. We don’t always succeed but we persevere asking forgiveness when we get it wrong. God looks at our hearts, what makes us tick and whether we place our trust in Him or not. Our reward is in Heaven and for those who still don’t believe in anything beyond the grave I think I prefer an eternity in Heaven to a short life in the flesh, no matter how great we might think our present lives are. There isn’t any reason  why we cannot have a great life now as well as a greater one in eternity but we must desire and seek after God’s will or neither will be ours.

 

Shirley Anne

 

Not satisfied

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If you were to be asked to indulge in something which went against your principles or your beliefs do you think you would do so anyway? If it were to partake in some ritual perhaps or something in which you thought stupid and pointless would you still resist? How about joining a witches coven? A devil worshiping group? Perhaps these things might be of interest to some but I’ll wager not the majority of people. Suppose you were asked to think about becoming a Muslim or a Christian, a Buddhist or a Hindu if you don’t have any religious convictions, would you refuse? Well of course you would, each of us have our beliefs and when confronted with something totally against our desires and wills we resist. We may be persuaded or not depending upon our openness to such things. For instance those who are not Hindus probably wouldn’t observe Hindu festivals, those who are Muslims not Christian festivals and so on. There are those however who would celebrate festivals of faiths not their own, you have only to see what happens on and around 25 December! Christmas is celebrated by those who don’t believe in Christ and have even gone so far as to demand that Christ is left out of the celebrations. They misunderstand what Christmas is all about and have turned it into something completely different. In the western world this has become the standard, the way people behave, yet it doesn’t stop there. Not satisfied with corrupting Christmas their thoughts now turn to Easter and in a few years I can see that festival going the same way. It all starts supposedly innocently with the introduction of the Easter egg, then the Easter bunny and chicks. I wonder what next they will think of in the name of commercialism and it is all fueled by commercialism. Look at the advertisements on television on the approach to Easter. Special foodstuffs are now being promoted just as they do at Christmas. In fact every known gift is being advertised, things such as perfumes and aftershave lotions. What these have to do with Easter can only be imagined. These sacred festivals become something they are not meant to be and their message is lost to those who might otherwise hear and believe. How many children will be stuffing their faces with chocolate this Easter and not hearing the message about Jesus dying for them? How many parents couldn’t care less? They say secularism and Christianity should be kept poles apart. Try telling that to those in commerce. Where there is money to be made they will never be satisfied. As for me I believe that Jesus died for me, took my punishment for all my sins upon himself thereby setting me free. He didn’t come with a chocolate egg!

Shirley Anne

Brothers and sisters

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For so many years I was an avid unbeliever, an atheist, stubbornly refusing to have anything to do with ‘religion’ and totally against the idea of a creator God. That all changed about twenty-six years ago when I began to study The Bible and finding myself reaching out to this god whom I had rejected. At that time I was writing poems and verses and most of them concerned God and my reaching out to Him. I became a Christian, born again of The Spirit of God or as many say a ‘born again Christian‘. Whatever terminology is used I became a believer and began to understand what it meant to be a Christian. The message was quite simple, is quite simple…..We are all sinners, helpless to pay the price for those sins and we need a Saviour, someone who would pay the price for us and thereby set us free. That Saviour is Jesus. We need to repent of our sins and accept Jesus as Saviour so that we can be saved from eternal punishment.
John 3:16 ‘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.’

God did it for us. How amazing is that? We have to reach out and take that gift though. I did that early in 1989 when I became a Christian believer. I learned that I had to tell others for it was and is incumbent on me to do so. A Christian believer who fails to witness to others is being disobedient to the One who saves them.

The great commission

Matthew 28:

 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’

We are to tell others about The Gospel…..the Good News………..the truth that is in Christ Jesus and the salvation offered in his name. So brothers and sisters in Christ remember your obligation and witness wherever you are and as the opportunity arises.

Shirley Anne

The real meaning of Christmas

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For some time now I have not celebrated Christmas as I once used to. As a child I was brought up in the traditional ways of Christmas celebrations, decorations, trees, lights, tinsel, presents, Christmas fayre, festivities, and the like and when I became an adult, alcohol and parties too were all part of what Christmas was about. It was simply a time of year to do these things and ‘live it up’. It was only after I became a Christian that I began to question many of these traditions. Why do we do these things? What is it really all about especially if Christ is left out of it all? The real answer to these questions is that Christ wasn’t in them in first place! All of what we do, if we do these things hasn’t anything to do with Christ or the celebration of his birth, they are all simply man-made traditions and are the ways of the world. If people wish to celebrate in this way then I say let them but don’t pretend it is a celebration of  Christ’s birth, it isn’t that. So I choose not to be a part of it but am encouraged to comply wherever I look.

 

Thank God for Jesus Christ but we have to thank the ways of the world for all the rubbish that is supposed to be for His birthday celebration.

Shirley Anne

School bans Christmas tree

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January 3, 1863 cover of Harper’s Weekly, one of the first depictions of Santa Claus (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently there was an article posted on Vine of Life about an American school banning Christmas trees and the colours red and green as part of their policy not to allow any religion to be promoted for fear of offending those who may be anti-Christian. The link to the whole article is below.
One respondent’s comment follows…

Even though a school would have no right to shove God Jehovah
Jireh down the throats of anyone – This school does not realize just how
‘Biblically’ correct they are being with banning the
‘Christmas/Anti-Christ tree of Satan and the ‘Satanic colors of red and
green. Christians refuse to listen to the truth because they want to
play Christmas and be involved in all of the shopping and gifts and the
garbage so they have to somehow justify what they do by pretending as if
Christmas is about Jesus Christ, when Christmas is about the
Anti-Christ. They worship the death of Christ by celebrating Christmas –
and they justify it in their minds so they can believe that they are
‘Biblically’ correct.

Even the name, “Christmas” is pagan! “Christi” meant “Christ”, while
“Mas” meant Mass. Since all pagan Masses are commemorating “death”, the
name, “Christmas” literally means the “death of Christ”. A deeper
meaning lies in the mention of “Christ” without specifying Jesus. Thus,
Antichrist is in view here; the pagans celebrate “Christmas” as a
celebration of their coming Antichrist, who will deal a death blow to
the Jesus Christ of Christianity.

Consider the pagan roots of our popular symbols of Christmas:

(1) Christmas Tree – The sacred tree of the winter-god; Druids believed
the spirit of their gods resided in the tree. Most ancient pagans knew
the tree represented Nimrod reincarnated into Tammuz! Pagans also looked
upon the tree as a phallic symbol.

(2) Star – Pentalpha, the five-pointed star. The pentalpha is a
powerful symbol of Satan, second only to the hexagram. The star is the
sacred symbol of Nimrod, and has nothing whatsoever to do with
Christianity.

(3) Candles represent the sun-gods’ newly-born fire. Pagans the world
over love and use candles in their rituals and ceremonies. Certain
colors are also thought to represent specific powers. The extensive use
of candles is usually a very good indication that the service is pagan,
no matter what the outward trappings might be.

(4) Mistletoe is the sacred plant of the Druids, symbolizing pagan
blessings of fertility; thus, kissing under the mistletoe is the first
step in the reproductive cycle! Witches also use the white berries in
potions.

(5) Wreaths are circular, and so they represent the female sexual
organs. Wreaths are associated with fertility and the “circle of life”.

(6) Santa Claus – Former Satanists have told me that “Santa” is an
anagram for “Satan”. In the New Age, the god, “Sanat Kamura”, is most
definitely an anagram for “Satan”. The mythical attributes and powers
ascribed to Santa are eerily close to those possessed by Jesus Christ.

(7) Reindeer are horned animals representing the “horned-god” or the
“stag-god” of pagan religion! Santa’s traditional number of reindeer in
his team is eight (8); in Satanic gematria, eight is the number of “new
beginnings”, or the cycle of reincarnation. The Illuminati views the
number “eight” as a symbol of their New World Order.

(8) Elves are imp-like creatures who are Santa’s (Satan’s) little helpers. They are also demons.

(9) Green and Red are the traditional colors of the season, as they
are the traditional pagan colors of winter. Green is Satan’s favorite
color, so it is appropriate it should be one of the traditional colors
for Christmas; red is the color of human blood, Satan’s highest form of
sacrifice – for this reason, Communism adopted red as it main color!

(10) December 25 is known as the “nativity” of the sun. This date is
the birthday of Tammuz, the son, the reincarnation of the sun god.
Traditionally, December 21 is known as Yule. The Roman Catholic Church
moved the celebration of Yule to December 25.

(11) December 25 is also known to the Romans as “Saturnalia”, a time
of deliberate debauchery. Drinking through repeated toasting – known as
‘wassail’ – was a key to the debauchery of this celebration. Fornication
was symbolized by the mistletoe, and the entire event was finished with
a Great Feast, the Christmas Dinner.

(12) Even the name, “Christmas” is pagan! “Christi” meant “Christ”,
while “Mas” meant Mass. Since all pagan Masses are commemorating
“death”, the name, “Christmas” literally means the “death of Christ”. A
deeper meaning lies in the mention of “Christ” without specifying Jesus.
Thus, Antichrist is in view here; the pagans celebrate “Christmas” as a
celebration of their coming Antichrist, who will deal a death blow to
the Jesus Christ of Christianity.

Early American Christian Pilgrims refused to celebrate this day.

And you thought you were celebrating the birth of Christ by following the traditions of men? Well those of you who are Christians. For those who are not it means nothing to them anyway but in my opinion they are siding with satan by going along with it all.

Shirley Anne

A simple message

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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

Feet in both camps?

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

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

 

 

 

The history of Halloween

 

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

 

Origins

 

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

 

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

 

 

Halloween and the Roman Conquest

 

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

 

Halloween and Christianity

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Halloween and Guy Fawkes

 

Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes

 

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

 

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

 

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

Shirley Anne

God does what He says He will do

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The Greatest Promise of God

The Greatest Promise of God (Photo credit: MikeVC)

Isaiah 9 v 2-7

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

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

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

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

Shirley Anne

Nice comments

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

Shirley Anne says:

July 17, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Thanks for the follow at Minkyweasel World

Shirley Anne x

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Brandye Dague says:

July 19, 2013 at 4:52 am

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

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

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Shirley Anne says:

July 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

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

Shirley Anne x

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

Shirley Anne

 

A bit of a milestone perhaps?

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“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

Illogical Atheists?

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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