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Brothers and sisters

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Brothers & Sisters (song)

Brothers & Sisters (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

What is wrong with you all?

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Hatred, Passions and Infidelity

Hatred, Passions and Infidelity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Damn the thief, the liar, the cheat, the proud, the arrogant, the adulterer, the child molester, the paedophile, the slanderer, the fornicator, the wife beater, the fraudster, the false witness, the idolaters, the murderer, the dishonourable, those who covet and all who do such things. Now wait a minute, that means the whole of mankind should be condemned should it not for we all fall short in some way? Those who claim to be squeaky clean are disillusioned, no-one is perfect I keep getting told. I often wonder how we all manage to live in close proximity without some sort of friction. The fact is we don’t if we are being honest. We may get along with most people we meet but the truth is we don’t get along with everyone. Why is that? The saying goes that love covers all imperfections might be true for those we are in a close relationship with but I doubt it applies to everyone else in our lives. There seems to exist different levels of love and appreciation toward those in our lives ranging from absolute love to absolute hatred and everything in-between. Personalities and lifestyles of others may be disagreeable to us and some of us carry those traits to the extreme either on the one hand making an aggressive stand against those we perceive as abhorrent to our nature or on the other hand endeavouring to bridge the gaps between us. If there was one single thing that could overcome our differences, our biases, our dislikes, what might it be? More to the point why should we bother? The real problem is love, a lack of it in our lives. Where there is love there is also hatred and life is a struggle because of them both. On the one hand we try to be loving but sometimes we have to fight against the hate. When God created the world and all living creatures He did it out of love. Everything He creates He loves. He loves us so much He didn’t want to leave us with no hope in our struggle against sin for we are unable to overcome the wickedness of sin without His strength. Now some may say that they are not sinners and they are able to combat evil but that is far from the truth. They may not admit to committing any of the things listed in the opening sentences of this post but they are wrong for at some point their guard will fall and they will make mistakes. No-one is perfect and no-one is without sin but does that matter? Well yes it does, it matters to God. Romans 3:23 says…’for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’. For this reason we are all condemned but for this reason too and because of God’s great love for us we can be reconciled with Him. 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.’ His Son is Jesus Christ. We can know real love when we accept Jesus as our Saviour and we can look at the world through a changed heart and with opened eyes in a way that was impossible before because of our sinful nature. We continue to struggle against sin because we remain here immersed in it. Look around you and see the sin that abounds then turn your back on it and come to Jesus.

Shirley Anne

Well?

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Does anyone remember this song? When I first heard it I liked it but to me it only had a sense of romanticism to it. The message (if any was intended) it contained eluded me but since that time all those years ago I have come to realise what the song was really all about. It is based on the message of the Gospel, the Good News, that Jesus spoke about. It is about forgiveness and salvation a free gift from God through His Son Jesus Christ. Romans 3:23for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,’

Listen to the music then ask yourself the question…..Where am I going when I die?

 

I hope it will be Heaven but only you can decide that.

Shirley Anne

The prophets

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English: Baruch Writing Jeremiah's Prophecies

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

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

 Isaiah 9: 6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and for ever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.
These verses are but one of the prophecies concerning the birth of Christ. There are others.
Concerning the future state of Israel and again the birth of Christ we read:

Jeremiah 23:5-8

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

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

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

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

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

Shirley Anne

This is life

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Now have a look at the site it was posted on and think about the message it proclaims. Watch the videos too..

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2014/04/ancient-high-performance-electric-motors-discovered-that-are-still-in-production-2685290.html?currentSplittedPage=0

Shirley Anne

Blind?

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Blind Company (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Obviously those who are blind will not be able to read this, their disability alters everything that happens in their lives. Those who have their sight may not realise what it must be like to live without being able to see and especially how life-changing losing one’s sight can be. Even simple tasks become challenging and often help is needed in order to carry out some things. Dependency on others becomes a necessity. Imagine for a moment how you would feel if you suddenly lost your sight and how your circumstances would  change. Everything you took for granted, your ability to do certain things, your independence, everything, would change. Now that describes to a point the effects of physical blindness but we can be blind in other ways too. Imagine living in a world and being ignorant of the possibility of living a better life. You would be unaware that things could be so much better for you, you would be blind to it unless someone told you.Come to think of it we are all blind to the things in life until we learn of them one way or another. We will never understand all things whilst we live, it is impossible. Some may claim to have great wisdom and understanding and know most things but they are really blind, they just don’t know it. For many people the truth of the matter escapes them even though it might be right under their noses! It could be that they ‘see’ it but choose not to acknowledge it. How many rest on their laurels thinking they have no need for anything other than their possessions? They are the spiritually blind. So we may not be physically blind but we can be spiritually blind.

Revelation 3:17 You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.

Open your spiritual eyes and see that God is good…………’I once was lost but now am found was blind but now I see’.

Shirley Anne

God’s ‘mother’

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John 1

The Word became flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, ‘This is the one I spoke about when I said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”’) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

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I finished my working week on Friday morning chatting to an old lady in whose house I shall be working on Wednesday. I had been working in another house a half-hour earlier and was ready to work in her house but she was going out with her daughter later in the morning. It turned out that she had been born in Liverpool as I had and we chatted about that. She knew all the places that I mentioned whilst telling her where I had lived. We had a good laugh together during the time I was there making an assessment of the work she wanted me to do which was to supply and fit lighting beneath the wall units in her kitchen. After I had left her house I went to the electrical supplier and purchased what was necessary. I don’t remember how the subject arose but she mentioned something about God. I asked her if she believed in God and in Jesus and she said that ever since she was a young girl she had believed. I told her that I was a Christian believer. Then she said something that took me by surprise. She said that when she prayed she prayed first of all to God’s mother. In reply I said God doesn’t have a mother. She was referring to Mary of course and immediately I knew she was a Catholic. I quoted the first two lines of John’s Gospel as above. The opening verses are self-explanatory but for those who miss the point they are saying that from the beginning of all time Jesus (the Word) was with God (The Father) and that he was (is) God. Now look at these verses…

Genesis

The beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

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The Scutum Fidei, a diagram frequently used by...

The Scutum Fidei, a diagram frequently used by Christian apologists to explain the Trinity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They are saying that the Holy Spirit was also there at the beginning. So we have God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son and God the Holy Spirit, all God. No-one else existed for the material world only came into existence through Jesus Christ (verse 9 above). This means that Mary wasn’t there either! If we say that Mary is the mother of God as the Catholics maintain, then Mary must be God BUT SHE ISN’T. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I asked the lady that if it was her birthday and I was to present her with a gift would it be hers for I had also asked if she claimed to be a Christian? She told me that she had been a church-goer all her life but that was the point, had she taken the gift that is offered by God so freely, forgiveness and salvation through Jesus? I got no answer which told me she hadn’t. I explained that the (theoretical) gift I was presenting would not be hers until she took hold of it. I said that we have to invite Jesus to be our Saviour, for that is what Scripture tells us we must do. God’s gift isn’t ours unless we take hold of it. Salvation isn’t an automatic right. I had to leave at that point and although I will be returning I will make no further mention about what we had discussed unless she brings up the subject of course but I pray she will consider what I was saying.

To worship anyone else but God is wrong, it is idolatry. To put anyone else above God is wrong.

1 Timothy 2:5

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,

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This is why we pray though Jesus and no-one else.

No, God doesn’t have a mother as many have been led to believe.

Shirley Anne

Blame it on religion

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Religion Inc.

Religion Inc. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whenever we hear of the killing of innocent people in the name of one religion or another we blame that religion and label all religion as the cause of mankind’s problems. Well many people do but for those who reason things out, who don’t jump to conclusions, religion has nothing to do with it. People who kill in the name of their religion are following the wrong religion else their own evil interpretation of it. I claim to have no religion but a relationship with my Maker. My Maker is a loving God who in no way would advocate the evil practices of those who claim to follow the truth as they perceive it to be in their religion. My God is a God of love, peace, mercy, grace, faithfulness, righteousness and holiness. He is a God who wants no-one to perish but to come into a relationship with Him by accepting that they are sinners who need to be saved. It is the sins in the hearts of people that destroy them and keep them from really knowing God’s love. As a parent I always wanted the best for my children and I still do. God’s love for His children is just the same, He wants the best for His children too and we are all His children. There are those who reject His love, reject Him and choose to follow their own hearts and ways. No matter how much we try to reach them they will not listen. They have chosen to remain in the dark. God still loves them and still offers them the same way back to Him as others who have chosen to listen. God has prepared the way through His Son Jesus Christ. Without Jesus there is no way back to God.

 

John 14:6
Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’.

 

Not through Mohammed, not through Buddha, not through Krishna, not through Nature, not through religion or your interpretation of it………..only through His Son Jesus Christ. God wants the best for you. Do you want the best for yourself? You know what you must do…………….Invite God into your life, ask Jesus to save you……………..and you shall be saved.

 

Shirley Anne

 

 

 

Stuck in the material world

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Spirits in the material world US Cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was born into the material world and am stuck with that. The desires of the flesh, the lusts of the mind, the sights for the eyes and sounds for the ears to hear are all part of this existence. Those drawn to the materialistic side of life are lost to it for they know little else and are not prepared to seek out the spiritual. We are spirit beings but for the moment live in the material world. We are here for a reason. This life is a testing ground if you will. It tests our ability to resist temptation. It tests our ability to love and not be selfish, to be humble and not proud or boastful, to be kind and not be arrogant, aggressive or mean. Everything we do is recorded and those who think otherwise are in for a huge surprise. Everything we have will remain after we are gone, our treasured possessions, if we have any, will be given to someone else or be destroyed. What we thought was important now has no meaning or use for a spirit being no longer in the material world. For those who are wise, they never did. Which is more important, what you own, what you possess or how you treat your fellow beings and how generous you are? If in your life you are number one there is something wrong but you will most probably not know. If you do know then it is even worse unless you change your attitude. The material world has its attractions but they don’t last. How many times have folk enjoyed themselves in some way only to find they need to do it again or look for something better? They never will. The pleasures of this world are so transitory.

Matthew 6:19-21

‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’

How do we do that? Invite Jesus into your heart and everything will change. You will still be in the material world but you will see it for what it is, you will look at it with a different view. Your real treasure will be elsewhere and stored away for when you depart.
John 14:6
Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Romans 1:25
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.
Shirley Anne

Thursday didn’t happen

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Now the day has gone what was all the fuss about? Was it all worth the time and effort, the cost, the worry, the extra food that never got eaten, the hangover on Friday morning? If you had said yes I have to assume you went with the flow, did it all because it was expected of you. Well everyone else seemed to be doing the same and you didn’t wish to be different, besides you really enjoyed it all and why shouldn’t you? You worked hard for it. Now is the day for reflection. Now is the time to consider what it really was all about maybe? If I went to a birthday party I would presumably take a gift for my host. Did you bring a gift to the host of your birthday party?

Isn’t Christmas Day for remembering someone’s birthday? If it isn’t then what is it for? In reality there isn’t a gift you could have taken but there was one that you could have received! God offers you right now where you are a free gift, the gift of His Son and all you have to do is take it. Who would refuse such a gift? This gift however is an everlasting one, one that never wears out, it is for eternity. You see we are all separated from our Maker because of our disobedience, our sinful ways, our selfishness, our greed, our unbelief. The list is long. By taking Gods gift we can put all that right, not us ourselves but Jesus does it for us. He paid the ultimate price for each and every one of us. All we have to do is accept that fact, repent and turn to him. That is the best Christmas present anyone could receive.

Post Script~ I did go out into the garden in the afternoon and I moved all six of the gooseberry bushes from behind the laurel shrubs next to the patio (for those who have been following for some time). I ended up with seven bushes though. After repositioning them I dug out the soil to lay some pieces of flagstone between the laurels and the gooseberries which are now something over a metre and a half apart. See earlier recent post regarding what I might do on Christmas Day (Dec 22). I held back from finishing the stonework around the ‘mound’ though. I didn’t want to be working all afternoon!

Shirley Anne

The Christmas festival

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Your New Moon feasts and your appointed festivals I hate with all my being. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them.

I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.
                                          
Strong words indeed. Each year millions of people celebrate Christmas. Many of them are believers and have turned to Jesus in repentance. Many have a head knowledge but have made no commitment and the rest are unbelievers or just do not understand why Christ Jesus came amongst us and for what purpose. Christmas to the unbeliever is far different to one who has become a Christian yet even for Christians the celebration of the birth of their Saviour is sometimes overshadowed by the traditions they grew up with. Christmas for many is simply a time for family, friends, presents and gatherings filled with too much food and drink in surroundings far removed from the central message. I talk about the tree, the decorations and all the commercial paraphernalia that has become the tradition. It is good to celebrate the birth of a Saviour but not in this way. God says it Himself. God would rather we repented and accept His gift of life offered so freely in Christ Jesus. He would rather we loved one another as ourselves, take care of the poor, the widow and fatherless among us and lead lives more in keeping with His wishes. To the Christian reader….remember these things. To others……….consider why we have Christmas in the first place.
Shirley Anne

A forgiving God

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Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2 Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
3 If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
5 I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
6 I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
7 Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
8 He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.

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Everything You Want for Christmas

Everything You Want for Christmas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I will be the first to admit that I am a sinner and that my life is a constant struggle against sin. I fall short of succeeding in that sometimes and I hate myself for it. My God sacrificed His only begotten Son for me that I might live, that my sins might be paid for, my debt done away with and forgotten. When therefore, that I do let slip, my shame overcomes me and I am sorrowful for having succumbed to temptation. It is because I have let my Saviour down that I am remorseful for He paid such a price for me. Praise be to my God and my Saviour, He who came in the flesh, He for whom the Christmas celebrations are intended. It is such a shame that some who celebrate Christmas do so for all the wrong reasons. Let us remember why we needed a saviour in the first place. I praise my God for He is a forgiving and merciful God. You can know His love, forgiveness and salvation too. Turn to Him this Christmas, turn to Jesus and know real love and real forgiveness.

Shirley Anne

A new year beckons and a new you is born?

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St Mary’s Parish Church The bells ring out on Christmas morning to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In three week’s time it will be a new year. Many will be making their usual new year resolutions, promises to themselves that they will make changes in their life and lifestyles and although many will keep those resolutions most will probably not. The main problem is that the ways of the world overcome us and we succumb to the temptations the world offers us. It is difficult to step aside and take a new path that we haven’t trod before yet that path may be far better than the one we were on! In a couple of week’s time 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 LordJesus 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……..

So if you are going to make new year resolutions try asking God into your life, asking  Jesus to walk into your home and you may be surprised. In fact I know you will. The world has nice things to offer it is true but Jesus offers something that the world cannot give, peace and reconciliation with God and an everlasting life. The things of the world do not last…………

Shirley Anne

I’ll be glad when it’s over

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the sexy santa assistants were there to take a photo of you in front of the xmas tree or you could just ask them to take a photo with you and pretend that your girlfriend is a sexy santa assistant See where this picture was taken. [?] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since my birthday on 21st November we have been bombarded with advertisements mostly centred around the forthcoming ‘festive season‘. That term in itself embraces what Christmas has metamorphosed into, no longer a celebration of the birth of a Saviour for many who indulge in it do not believe anyway. The (man-made) holiday (holy day) has been hijacked by the unbeliever in fact. Christmas somehow became ‘magical’, a time to drink to excess, eat to excess, spend money on non-essential things, often falling into great debt for that privilege. Why? Because everyone else does it. We are encouraged to do all kinds of things but never are we encouraged to find out what the celebration is supposed to be about, not by the media at any rate. The media are geared to the ways of the world and everyone is encouraged to follow and keep the wheels of commercialism turning at all costs. I really hate this time of year for it is difficult trying to isolate myself from it all. What I find hard to understand is why people think it is vital that they should over-indulge. When I was younger I did the same thing but there came a time when it all changed and I stood back and saw the stupidity of it all. Now before I get comments saying that I am a ‘stick-in-the-mud’ I have to point out that is not true. I like having a good time just the same as others but refuse to treat this special time as I might do at other times in the year. Not that I over-indulge in anything these days. I no longer drink alcohol but will still socialise, I have no need for stocking my larder with food I don’t need because it is what people eat at Christmas. Christmas is a time to reflect upon my salvation, what my Saviour did for me and more importantly why. Then I think to myself, I do these things every day! Real celebrations should be about what Jesus did for us all but unfortunately this falls on many deaf ears. I pray for such people every day. Without God, without Jesus, life is meaningless, celebrations are meaningless and everything we do is futile and meaningless. The world couldn’t care less and shows it. Come out of the world and seek your Saviour. Your eyes will be opened and you will see.

Shirley Anne

O Stubborn Heart

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

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

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

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

Copyright Shirley Anne 23 Feb 2013

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

Shirley Anne