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Awareness

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Most of my life is centred around work of one type or another. I am either working at my electrical jobs for others or I am doing something at home, presently involving the refurbishment of a bedroom. It is nice to do some painting for a change, it is easy albeit a little monotonous but there is no hurry especially in this instance. Nevertheless all the emulsion painting is now completed as far as it needs to be; I will continue with it once the furniture has been fitted for it has to be a different colour. Anyway my Saturday was basically taken up painting for most of the daylight hours. I sometimes think about my lifestyle and about life in general, in fact I think about these things a lot each day. I think on these verses from Scripture…….

Ecclesiastes 9

A common destiny for all

 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no one knows whether love or hate awaits them. All share a common destiny – the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not.

As it is with the good,
    so with the sinful;
as it is with those who take oaths,
    so with those who are afraid to take them.

This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of people, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterwards they join the dead. Anyone who is among the living has hope – even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

For the living know that they will die,
    but the dead know nothing;
they have no further reward,
    and even their name is forgotten.
Their love, their hate
    and their jealousy have long since vanished;
never again will they have a part
    in anything that happens under the sun.

7 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for God has already approved what you do. Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun – all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labour under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.

11 I have seen something else under the sun:

The race is not to the swift
    or the battle to the strong,
nor does food come to the wise
    or wealth to the brilliant
    or favour to the learned;
but time and chance happen to them all.

12 Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come:

As fish are caught in a cruel net,
    or birds are taken in a snare,
so people are trapped by evil times
    that fall unexpectedly upon them.

You see, no matter what we do in this life it will all come to an abrupt end one day. These thoughts are in my mind every day but I am not focussing on the futility of what I am doing, for everything we do is futile if you really think about it, no, I am thinking about what comes after. Life has nothing to do with what we do for each of us does something different but life does have meaning. Why is there life at all? What is the source of our being? Well I can tell you if you have a listening ear. We are not the by-product of the forces of Nature, the Universe or anything else but we are the product of our Creator, created by Him for His good pleasure. Jesus Christ is the source of our being. We will all die one day and we will all face our Creator God some to everlasting shame and some to everlasting life. So be cheerful and live life the best way you can for one day it will all end. Think therefore not only about this life but the one to come…………remember your Creator while you still can.

Shirley Anne

Payment due

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Repairs to the roof Repairs to Horsley Church roof. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’ve spent a lot of money lately having things done at home by others or will be done by others soon. I have worked hard to earn the money to pay for it all too and there is still more work to be done yet unaccounted for, the roof repairs. The roof repair is probably the most important of them all but as I write this on Friday afternoon  it remains undone. As my readers will remember, the insurance company will not pay for the roof repairs so I contacted the guy I use for such works. At the moment all he has done is look at the problem from inside the house. No arrangements have been made to erect scaffolding and we are now waiting again. The other building works are almost completed and payment is due. All I will say is that the bill was a little more than expected so it means I have a little less at the moment to spend elsewhere. Time hopefully will change things. For everything we have there is a price to pay, for everything we do that we ought not do there is a price to pay, even if we think we’ve gotten away with it! Ultimately we will pay the price for our wrongdoing for we will be judged by our Creator God. Being a Christian will not alter the fact that I will be judged too. So why be a Christian if judgement remains? Jesus has paid the price we owe for all our sins, we have been set free because of this if we believe but nevertheless God must maintain justice as He is a just God, righteous in every way and therefore sin has to be dealt with. Believers in Christ Jesus have had their sins paid for and dealt with but those who refuse to believe their sins remain not dealt with. The result of not paying what we owe results in us paying in other ways, maybe for all eternity! All debts must be paid for both in this world and the next and if not in this world most definitely in the next! Pay your earthly debts to others but remember there is a higher authority to whom we must pay our debts too. Remember too that no amount of money can pay off our debts to God, only Jesus can pay off our debts so believe in him and be debt-free!

Shirley Anne

Are you being called?

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Isaiah the prophet reaching up to heaven

John 12
37 Even after Jesus had performed so many signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him. 38 This was to fulfil the word of Isaiah the prophet:

‘Lord, who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?’ (Isaiah 53:1)

39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:

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‘He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
nor turn – and I would heal them.’

41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus’ glory and spoke about him.

Remember, Isaiah lived hundreds of years before Christ’s birth and foretold of these things and of Christ’s birth and the manner of his death. So who told him? Don’t you yet see that prophetic messages come from God? Yet you still refuse to believe? If you feel that God is calling out to you, if you feel in your hearts that there is something more than this life and that there is a heaven to be gained and a hell to be shunned then believe your heart. Reach out to God and He will reach out to you. Seek Him whilst he may be found, before it is too late. Remember it is never too late whilst you have the breath of life in you but once you die it will be. Come to Jesus and be saved for all eternity.

Shirley Anne

Still skeptical?

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God isn’t kidding. He warns us in advance of His plans. Where? You might say. It is all in Scripture, all in the written word, The Holy Bible, The Word of God. It is all in prophecy and if it is in prophecy it is surely going to happen. Some prophecies have already been fulfilled, some as yet have to be. If you cannot see what is in front of your own eyes then you are either blind or just plain stubborn or both! You have only to see the developments that have happened during these last few years to know where it is all heading. Allow your spirit an everlasting existence in Heaven. The alternative is hell. Come to The Lord Jesus Christ and be saved.

It is time for a reckoning and a decision. Change your life forever in 2016.

Shirley Anne

Counting the cost

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Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu.

Christmas lights on Aleksanterinkatu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I pity those who now face the prospect of repaying their debts or those now having to cut back on their expenditure as a result of being extravagant for the Christmas holiday. What is really sad is why they feel the need to do it in the first place. Peer pressure, tradition, going with the flow, pick one, any could apply. Following the course means counting the cost later for so many people but they cannot be persuaded otherwise. This is how ridiculous the whole affair is becoming, people actually wait until the ‘January Sales‘ before buying gifts for others! Some go as far as to sleep outside their chosen retail store as early as Christmas Eve to do so! They miss the Christmas Day celebrations for the privilege! How stupid is that? It proves what a mockery it has become. The headlines in a local free newspaper hereabouts read, ‘The greatest gift anyone could receive’ but they weren’t talking about the birth and gift of a Saviour, they were talking about the gift someone was to receive from their sibling, a renal transplant. It is good to make gifts like these whereby someone’s life might be saved but the greater gift is an eternal one. That kidney may extend the recipient’s life for a few years, ten, twenty or more but in the end death awaits. Think about an eternal gift that saves the soul, wouldn’t you rather receive such a gift rather than one which extends your physical existence for a few years?. You will live forever one way or another. It will be too late to count the cost or repay the debt once you die. This gift has no monetary value, it cannot be purchased. It cannot deteriorate as your flesh does therefore it will last forever. Most of all it is freely available to everyone, yes everyone, no-one is excluded. It doesn’t matter how rich you are or how poor, what gender or race, it is free to all who ask. Many things in this world seem desirable but once obtained soon become forgotten and we look elsewhere, we are always looking for something new that will give us some pleasure yet we are never gratified. With this gift you will never need to seek another. The gift came humbly as a baby and died humbly and painfully as a man and by doing so made it possible for all to live forever. All we have to do is receive it. Jesus Christ is that free gift for he bore the sins of the world upon himself and paid the penalty for them all, even your sins and mine! It means that the punishment we should receive was endured on our behalf. If we believe that God sent Jesus as an atoning sacrifice for us and if we repent and turn to Him that gift will be ours, eternal life. Jesus didn’t count the cost before he died for us, he did it willingly. This is one debt that has been paid for those of us who believe.

John 3:18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Shirley Anne

Wake up!

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Now that Christmas is over and things in your life get back to normal once again think what it was all about. What did you really benefit from the holiday? Yes, you will say that you were able to spend time with family and friends and have a good time together but why wait until Christmas each year to do that? Surely you love your family and they you that you can spend time with them more often? The truth is for many that they never see their family other than at this time of year so for them it is special. People say Christmas is for children and it is a time for celebrations and good-will to all men (mankind), so why when the holiday is over does that good-will disappear? People are blind to the message of hope and reconciliation that Christ offers to those who will place that hope in him. The world is under the control of an evil force which seeks only to destroy God‘s creation, and we are God’s creation. We are blinded from the truth and it is done in a subtle way. We choose to ignore it at our peril and then it is too late. Wake up people and understand the times…………………….

 

Seek the Lord your God before it is too late. Make this coming year something really special for your life, come to Jesus Christ whilst you still have the time…………

Shirley Anne

Jesus

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JESUS CHRIST IS LORD

IF YOU ARE CELEBRATING THIS DAY REMEMBER WHOSE ‘BIRTHDAY‘ THE CELEBRATION IS FOR……………..JESUS

CELEBRATE THEREFORE AND GIVE THANKS FOR THE SAVIOUR OF MANKIND

AND TOMORROW?

HE IS STILL YOUR SAVIOUR SO IN HIM PUT YOUR TRUST AND HOPE AND FAITH.

Shirley Anne

Beans at the ready

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It has become somewhat of a tradition for me over the last few years, having beans on toast for my Christmas Day dinner.

English: Beans on toast

Beans on toast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Usually though mine will be topped with a lightly fried egg. Since I no longer celebrate Christmas as I once did, at least in the way that has become a tradition in the homes of many throughout the land and around the world, I have no need for the rich food and drink that came with it. I celebrate Christ‘s coming of course I do, as a Christian this is quite a normal thing to do but I do it in another way. I have turned my back upon the hedonistic celebrations that have no part in the meaning of the birth of our Saviour. People say they honour Christ in the celebration but in fact the opposite is true. The worldly celebrations are self-centered, self-indulgent and dare I add selfish? People who believe in God should believe in what He has to say about things. God really hates our festivals and our rituals, what He requires of us is that we should look after the widows and orphans, the poor among us and live holy lives before Him. Listen we are all sinners, me included, I try to live as I should too and I guess I miss the mark often enough but Jesus came into this world from Heaven, in order to save the likes of me and you. Without the forgiveness of our sins through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross we would all perish and end up in hell. Those who repent and accept Jesus have their sins forgiven and have eternal life. This is the real reason for Christmas, not an excuse to revel, get drunk and party. I am glad I have Jesus as my Saviour for surely I need him. I thank him too for many other things, hey, and not least of all baked beans on toast. I wish everyone reading this will enjoy their holiday (holy day) but give thought to what it should be about.

Shirley Anne x

My beliefs

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In order to satisfy the curiosity of those who wish to question what I post about God, Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit I am posting this article written by others which represents exactly my own beliefs. As any Christian will know, if indeed they are Christian, we are taught not to proselytise and attempt to persuade those of another faith to reconsider that faith. I have been receiving comments somewhat along these lines in response to some of my posts on the subject. I wish to make it absolutely clear that first of all I am not going to turn from that which I believe to be the truth and second I do not persuade others of different faiths and beliefs to do likewise. All I do is present the truth according to my beliefs (and many others who believe the same). Whether my readers agree with the information is entirely up to them. All I say is that the subject is not up for discussion because that only leads to disagreement and heated argument. Simply read it and accept it or not. That has always been your choice, the free will given by God.
Pentecostal beliefs
As with other followers of the Christian faith, beliefs and theology are important to Pentecostals. hold to the core doctrines of the Trinity, the deity of Jesus Christ, and the belief that the Bible is the Word of God. Also like other Christians, they believe the Holy Spirit is the divine, third person of the Trinity, coequal to the Father and Son, who the ascended Jesus sent on the day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2.But unlike some Christians, Pentecostals are united by the belief that after the Holy Spirit applies Christ’s salvation to the sinner, there is another experience available to the believer where the Holy Spirit fills them, which many believe is evidence by speaking in tongues. Most Pentecostals believe this experience should be the norm for all Christians, whatever their denomination.

“Tongues” in the English translation of the New Testament Greek word “charisma,” which is one of nine gifts of the Spirit described in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 in the New Testament. Some believe “tongues,” is speaking known languages, but which are unfamiliar to the speaker; others believe “tongues” is speaking in languages unknown to anyone. Still others believe both are possibilities.

Summary of Pentecostal Theology

The 16 Fundamental Truths of the Assemblies of God

Assemblies of God is the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world and the fastest-growing denominations in the Christian faith. Because this is true, their beliefs offer a good representation of basic Pentecostal theology.

The 16 Fundamental Truths were articulated in 1916 at the 4th General Council is large part to combat unorthodox teachings entering their churches.

STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS

The Bible is our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. This Statement of Fundamental Truths is intended simply as a basis of fellowship among us (i.e., that we all speak the same thing, 1 Corinthians 1:10; Acts 2:42). The phraseology employed in this statement is not inspired or contended for, but the truth set forth is held to be essential to a full-gospel ministry. No claim is made that it contains all biblical truth, only that it covers our need as to these fundamental doctrines.

1. The Scriptures Inspired

The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testament, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct (2 Timothy 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:21).

2. The One True God

The one true God has revealed himself as the eternally self-existent “I AM,” the Creator of heaven and earth and the Redeemer of mankind. He has further revealed himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 43:10,11; Matthew 28:19; Luke 3:22).

The Adorable Godhead

(a) Terms Defined

The terms trinity and persons, as related to the godhead, while not found in the Scriptures, are words in harmony with Scripture, whereby we may convey to others our immediate understanding of the doctrine of Jesus Christ respecting the Being of God, as distinguished from “gods many and lords many.” We therefore may speak with propriety of the Lord our God, who is One Lord, as a Trinity or as one Being of three persons, and still be absolutely scriptural (examples, Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:16,17).

(b) Distinction and Relationship in the Godhead

Christ taught a distinction of persons in the godhead which He expressed in specific terms of relationship, as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but that this distinction and relationship, as to its mode is inscrutable and incomprehensible, because unexplained (Luke 1:35; 1 Corinthians 1:24; Matthew 11:25-27; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 John 1:3,4).

(c) Unity of the One Being of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Accordingly, therefore, there is that in the Father which constitutes Him the Father and not the Son; there is that in the Son which constitutes Him the Son and not the Father; and there is that in the Holy Spirit which constitutes Him the Holy Spirit and not either the Father or the Son. Wherefore, the Father is the Begetter; the Son is the Begotten; and the Holy Spirit is the One proceeding from the Father and the Son. Therefore, because these three persons in the godhead are in a state of unity, there is but one Lord God Almighty and His name one (John 1:18; 15:26; 17:11,21; Zechariah 14:9).

(d) Identity and Cooperation in the Godhead

The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are never identical as to person; nor confused as to relation; nor divided in respect to the godhead; nor opposed as to cooperation. The Son is in the Father and the Father is in the Son as to relationship. The Son is with the Father and the Father is with the Son, as to fellowship. The Father is not from the Son, but the Son is from the Father, as to authority. The Holy Spirit is from the Father and the Son proceeding, as to nature, relationship, cooperation, and authority. Hence, no person in the godhead either exists or works separately or independently of the others (John 5:17-30,32,37; 8:17,18).

(e) The Title, Lord Jesus Christ

The appellation Lord Jesus Christ, is a proper name. It is never applied in the New Testament either to the Father or to the Holy Spirit. It therefore belongs exclusively to the Son of God (Romans 1:1-3,7; 2 John 3).

(f) The Lord Jesus Christ, God With Us

The Lord Jesus Christ, as to His divine and eternal nature, is the proper and only Begotten of the Father, but as to His human nature, He is the proper Son of Man. He is, therefore, acknowledged to be both God and man; who because He is God and man, is “Immanuel,” God with us (Matthew 1:23; 1 John 4:2,10,14; Revelation 1:13,17).

(g) The Title, Son of God

Since the name Immanuel embraces both God and man, in the one person, our Lord Jesus Christ, it follows that the title Son of God describes His proper deity, and the title Son of Man, His proper humanity. Therefore, the title Son of God belongs to the order of eternity, and the title Son of Man to the order of time (Matthew 1:21-23; 2 John 3; 1 John 3:8; Hebrews 7:3; 1:1-13).

(h) Transgression of the Doctrine of Christ

Wherefore, it is a transgression of the doctrine of Christ to say that Jesus Christ derived the title Son of God solely from the fact of the Incarnation, or because of His relation to the economy of redemption. Therefore, to deny that the Father is a real and eternal Father, and that the Son is a real and eternal Son, is a denial of the distinction and relationship in the Being of God; a denial of the Father and the Son; and a displacement of the truth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh (2 John 9; John 1:1,2,14,18,29,49; 1 John 2:22,23; 4:1-5; Hebrews 12:2).

(i) Exaltation of Jesus Christ as Lord

The Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, having by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, angels and principalities and powers having been made subject unto Him. And having been made both Lord and Christ, He sent the Holy Spirit that we, in the name of Jesus, might bow our knees and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father until the end, when the Son shall become subject to the Father that God may be all in all (Hebrews 1:3; 1 Peter 3:22; Acts 2:32-36; Romans 14:11; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28).

(j) Equal Honor to the Father and to the Son

Wherefore, since the Father has delivered all judgment unto the Son, it is not only the express duty of all in heaven and on earth to bow the knee, but it is an unspeakable joy in the Holy Spirit to ascribe unto the Son all the attributes of deity, and to give Him all the honor and the glory contained in all the names and titles of the godhead except those which express relationship (see paragraphs b, c, and d), and thus honor the Son even as we honor the Father (John 5:22,23; 1Peter 1:8; Revelation 5:6-14; Philippians 2:8,9; Revelation 7:9,10; 4:8-11).

3. The Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. The Scriptures declare: a. His virgin birth (Matthew 1:23; Luke 1:31,35). b. His sinless life (Hebrews 7:26; 1 Peter 2:22). c. His miracles (Acts 2:22; 10:38). d. His substitutionary work on the cross (1 Corinthians 15:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21). e. His bodily resurrection from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Luke 24:39; 1 Corinthians 15:4). f. His exaltation to the right hand of God (Acts 1:9,11; 2:33; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3).

4. The Fall of Man

Man was created good and upright; for God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” However, man by voluntary transgression fell and thereby incurred not only physical death but also spiritual death, which is separation from God (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:17; 3:6; Romans 5:12-19).

5. The Salvation of Man

Man’s only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

a. Conditions to Salvation

Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God according to the hope of eternal life (Luke 24:47; John 3:3; Romans 10:13-15; Ephesians 2:8; Titus 2:11; 3:5-7).

b. The Evidences of Salvation

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit (Romans 8:16). The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 2:12).

6. The Ordinances of the Church

a. Baptism in Water

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded in the Scriptures. All who repent and believe on Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47,48; Romans 6:4).

b. Holy Communion

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26); and is enjoined on all believers “till He come!”

7. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31). This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).

8. The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10,28), but different in purpose and use.

9. Sanctification

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God (Romans 12:1,2; 1Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:12). Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15,16). Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit (Romans 6:1-11,13; 8:1,2,13; Galatians 2:20; Philippians 2:12,13; 1 Peter 1:5).

10. The Church and Its Mission

The Church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22,23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

Since God’s purpose concerning man is to seek and to save that which is lost, to be worshiped by man, and to build a body of believers in the image of His Son, the priority reason-for-being of the Assemblies of God as part of the Church is:

a. To be an agency of God for evangelizing the world (Acts 1:8; Matthew28:19,20; Mark 16:15,16). b. To be a corporate body in which man may worship God (1 Corinthians 12:13). c. To be a channel of God’s purpose to build a body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 14:12). The Assemblies of God exists expressly to give continuing emphasis to this reason-for-being in the New Testament apostolic pattern by teaching and encouraging believers to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. This experience: a. Enables them to evangelize in the power of the Spirit with accompanying supernatural signs (Mark 16:15-20; Acts 4:29-31; Hebrews 2:3,4). b. Adds a necessary dimension to a worshipful relationship with God (1Corinthians 2:10-16; 1 Corinthians 12-14). c. Enables them to respond to the full working of the Holy Spirit in expression of fruit and gifts and ministries as in New Testament times for the edifying of the body of Christ (Galatians 5:22-26; 1 Corinthians 14:12; Ephesians 4:11,12; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Colossians 1:29).

11. The Ministry

A divinely called and scripturally ordained ministry has been provided by our Lord for the threefold purpose of leading the Church in: (1) evangelization of the world (Mark 16:15-20), (2) worship of God (John 4:23,24), and (3) building a Body of saints being perfected in the image of His Son (Ephesians 4:11,16).

12. Divine Healing

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the Atonement, and is the privilege of all believers (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; James 5:14-16).

13. The Blessed Hope

The resurrection of those who have fallen asleep in Christ and their translation together with those who are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord is the imminent and blessed hope of the Church (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; Romans 8:23; Titus 2:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51,52).

14. The Millennial Reign of Christ

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on the earth for one thousand years (Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:27,30; Revelation 1:7;19:11-14; 20:1-6). This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel (Ezekiel 37:21,22; Zephaniah 3:19,20; Romans 11:26,27) and the establishment of universal peace (Isaiah 11:6-9; Psalm 72:3-8; Micah 4:3,4).

15. The Final Judgment

There will be a final judgment in which the wicked dead will be raised and judged according to their works. Whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, together with the devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, will be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Matthew 25:46; Mark 9:43-48; Revelation 19:20; 20:11-15; 21:8).

16. The New Heavens and the New Earth

“We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21,22).

The above article is credited to “Pentecostal Beliefs.” ReligionFacts.com. 10 Nov. 2015. Web. Accessed 19 Dec. 2015. <www.religionfacts.com/pentecostalism/beliefs

Shirley Anne

You need God

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Frans Floris – The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Gathering and Protecting Mankind – WGA7949 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I do not care that you are an unbeliever or a follower of some other faith, some other religion, a Muslim, a Buddhist, a Hindu or anything else……YOU NEED GOD……..YOU NEED JESUS CHRIST.

Despite what you are being told there is only one God and only one saviour. His name is Jesus Christ. There is no other name under heaven by which we MUST be saved. Whilst I am saying this know also that there are NOT other ways which lead to God. There is but one way and that is through Jesus Christ.

We live in the physical realm but there is a spiritual realm too. Without the spiritual realm the physical realm would not exist for the physical realm was created by supernatural power. That power is supernatural which means it is above the laws of the physical and the laws in the physical realm have no affect upon it.

‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.’ (Revelation 4:11)

Throughout Scripture we are shown that God created all things and all things (creation) have their meaning in Him. Without God you simply wouldn’t be here! Yet you turn your back upon him, you refuse to believe in miracles and the witness of others, you rely upon false gods and false teachings and in doing so you condemn yourselves. God gave you free will to think for yourselves because he doesn’t want you to follow him by force. What would be the point in that? He wants you to seek him because you WANT TO. The evidence is all around you, you have no excuse but know this, without Jesus Christ as your Saviour you are destined for hell. I pull no punches, you are destined for hell. No it isn’t me speaking, GOD SAYS SO. My brothers and sisters who follow some other god or religion turn NOW to your Creator God through Jesus Christ for your salvation. Your god won’t save you, your religion won’t save you, you worship at the temple of your god and he doesn’t answer. He never will because he isn’t GOD. Do not believe in anything I have written but seek the Lord yourself then know I speak the truth. I speak this truth because I know it is the truth and I want YOU to be blessed by it. Come to the truth which is in Jesus Christ. Stay as you are and stay condemned.

YOU NEED GOD, YOU NEED JESUS

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.

Shirley Anne

Faith

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228Have you faith? Do you have faith in anything or anyone? Maybe you have trusted in that faith and have been let down? Now you have become wary of trusting in anything as a result perhaps? How can you trust in anything anymore? You can live in the hope that things will work out but you can never be sure, or can you? Is there anything in which you can place your faith and have your hopes fulfilled?

Hebrews 11  (New International Version – UK)
Faith in action

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (read more…) 

If you have continued to read you will see that faith in action and the results that followed. In God we are promised eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ but only if we have the faith to believe it. The first requirement is to be open to the possibility that God actually exists and then reach out to Him. If we are sincere and have that faith He will respond. Of course we must also repent of our sins and place our trust in Jesus having that faith……….

Ephesians 2:7-9

in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

Put your faith in something that will reap the best reward you could ever receive……….eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.

Shirley Anne

A milestone for some

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Long ago when people travelled along a highway there were no signposts or markers along the way. Unless they used a particular route often they would have no idea how long it would be to journey’s end. Eventually signs were posted, either carved onto a rock or made of wood. Those carved into a rock might show the distance in miles left to a town or city. They were called milestones for that reason. Life’s journey is like that, there are ‘milestones’ along life’s path too. Many people celebrate the passing of another year in their lives, the anniversary of their birth day now called birthday. Not everyone celebrates their birthday but in modern times it has become an excuse (if there was one) to indulge in revelry and the drinking of alcohol. Today actually marks my own seventieth birthday and I suppose it counts as a milestone along life’s highway though I don’t celebrate it. Once upon a time I did but over the last few years that novelty has worn off or rather has been ignored as something pointless by myself. It is a man-made celebration only begun in relatively recent times as are many of the other so-called celebrations that many observe. If the truth be known my birthday is no different from any other day in my life and it simply reminds me that I am another day older and closer to death. When I was young life’s road lay ahead and as I ventured along it I experienced new things not even considering what lay at the end of it. As I grew older and dare I say wiser, I began to wonder and I pondered these things. I always thought that at the end of my life there was nothing to follow, I didn’t believe in a Creator God or an afterlife. It wasn’t until I was about forty-three years of age that I began to think differently and I found myself on a new road with promises of something at the end of it. I had become a Christian, a believer in God and an everlasting life in Jesus Christ. My life up to that point was meaningless, I passed milestone after milestone and was going nowhere. My life since has purpose and meaning and I now realise that all that went before was a chasing after the wind, a merry-go-round on a useless road to damnation. It doesn’t matter to me if I die today or tomorrow or in ten years time. What matters is that I am promised something far better and something that will last forever. Time will have no meaning at all for there won’t be any. In this life we measure the passage of time by all sorts of ways and none of them are really important, not even the milestones we create for ourselves, not even my birthday. During my working day I sometimes get the opportunity to be a witness for God, for Jesus and I fulfill my duty in telling others about God’s wonderful gift of life, the Gospel or good news about the reconciliation we all can have with our Creator God though His Son Jesus Christ. Some listen and some do not. Some might consider these things and others will not. Scripture tells us this. There may not be many more milestones to come in your life so why not take stock before you reach the last one?

Shirley Anne

No hope

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There is no hope for those who refuse to believe that there is. I will try to make that a little easier to understand. Quite often in my working day I find myself discussing my Christian faith with those I am working for and I get all sorts of responses. Some will agree with what I say and some will not and I expect that. As a believer in a creator God I believe that after my physical death there is something else, an afterlife that I will experience in a spiritual way. This for the believer has been made possible by Jesus Christ. The unbeliever will not have that hope, for the unbeliever there is no hope in that respect. The unbeliever will believe that after death there is nothing else and they will simply no longer exist, they will also believe that we are all simply a by-product of the creation of the universe. A key word here would be ‘creation’. For something to be created it needs a creator, that is logical but to an unbeliever it doesn’t mean God. Ask people where the universe came from and they draw a blank but tell them it was made from nothing and they will have difficulty in believing that. In Scripture we are told that out of nothing God created everything. According to Scripture it didn’t just pop into existence. Scientists today are attempting to find how it all happened and are spending huge amounts doing it. If, and I mean a BIG IF that they discover how the universe was made they will still argue that it didn’t happen because of divine intervention. For them and for all who choose not to believe there is no hope. Paul writes about the resurrection of Jesus Christ and how he was seen by many people after he had died and rose again on the third day after which he ascended to heaven.  He writes……

1 Corinthians 15

The Resurrection of Christ

Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11 Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

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Holy Thorn Reliquary; Resurrection of the Dead on the Last Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.

29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31 I face death every day—yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,

“Let us eat and drink,
    for tomorrow we die.”

33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.

Following on he writes this about the resurrection body…………

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?” 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man is of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

 

You see or should see that you are a spirit being living in a body made of flesh and that when your physical body wastes away the spiritual body will still exist. If you live outside of the hope of an afterlife you have no hope but your spirit will rest somewhere! My advice is to think on these things and turn to your creator God through the only means possible, through Jesus Christ and then you will have hope.

Shirley Anne

Just sick of it all

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I was watching the news program on television on Saturday morning and there was an article about a guy who had built a ‘house of horrors‘ with a Halloween theme for people to explore and be frightened all in the name of charity. It basically showed me how much people are willing to experience all kinds of things in support of charity. Absolutely nothing wrong in supporting a charity. However, charitable giving should be done privately and not done so that we can be praised by others for doing so. Ah but this is the secular world where those sentiments mean nothing. People like to boast about what they have done or are doing, half the time to impress others. It is all about pride. There is a greater reward for those who remain silent about what they do. I speak as a Christian and feel sad for the secular world where everything is done with great pomp and boastfulness. The world has sadly lost its way. The secular world is a treadmill, a calendar of repetition jumping from one event to the next throughout the year all guided and fuelled by commerce where all follow as if mesmerised. During the past week it has been very difficult to watch television without there being some reference to Halloween somewhere. Everything is geared to persuading participation in the meaningless celebrations surrounding it. Don’t they know they are dabbling with the occult? Of course they don’t, they don’t believe in such things, how can they if they don’t believe in God? That is the whole problem, people will believe in anything but the truth that is in God’s Word. Some confess a belief in God yet still follow in the ways of this world and its useless and worthless celebrations. What shall it profit a man if he gains the (whole) world yet loses his soul?  (Matt 16:26 paraphrased).

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Pudsey Bear raising funds for BBC Children in Need 2009, in a Sheffield Pizza Express (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For many weeks during October and into November the BBC  promote the ‘Children in Need‘ event which encourages people to raise funds for the charity by any and many different ways in their own community. Shouldn’t they be doing that anyway? Many do of course but far more don’t. How one supports a charity is really not the point. The point is that yes we should support whatever charity or charities we are drawn to support but there should be no song and dance about it. The BBC promotes many things but we don’t need it all ramming down our throats every day. Well maybe the secular world does and maybe the secular world likes it but I don’t. We are told it is all about supply and demand but really without the supply there would be no demand. People will follow like sheep. Next in line Guy Fawkes, Armistice Day, Christmas, New Year, St Valentines Day, Easter……………..For Halloween our town has started yet another excuse to get people to spend their time and money chasing after the wind, they have called it ‘Screamfest in Spookport’ (Southport) and guess what? Yes, it was successful.

Shirley Anne

Perfect Peace

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Perfect Peace (Matthew 6:31–33)

Imagine a perfectly peaceful life—your life minus all conflict and stress. No arguments with your friends or family. No regrets about the past or worries about the future. Just a peaceful life without trouble.
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God is the ultimate Peacemaker. He even sent his Son as the Prince of Peace. And he wants you to be able to rest in him completely, knowing that he has everything in your life fully taken care of (see Matthew 6:31–33). He doesn’t want you to experience anxiety (see John 14:27) or the stress of thinking you’re on your own. God has got you.

You don’t have to create a life of peace; God will give this peace as you trust him: “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
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God not only wants you to have personal peace, but he also wants you to have peace with others. Imagine having peace in your relationships. Imagine everyone getting along—being honest and respectful with each other.

Now imagine that perfection extending to the whole world. Everyone is treated fairly. There’s no fighting, no discrimination, no war. It’s a world ruled by justice.

That’s what God ultimately envisions for the world in the last days. “Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore. Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the Lord Almighty has spoken” (Micah 4:3–4).
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Even now, this is how God wants your life, your relationships and your world to be. You’ve had longings for this, and God wants you to experience it. So when God gives you guidelines in his Word on how to live at peace with others, this is the kind of peaceful life that he is steering you toward. He’s not giving you rules just so he can tell you what to do, he’s shepherding you toward a life of richness. Listen to what he says, follow him and let him lead you to a life of peace.

Taken from The Great Rescue Bible

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