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The law of God

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 12, 2014


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These laws given by God still stand today despite what some people would say. God loves the sinner but hates the sin. Continuing in sin is self-condemnation. Are you guilty of this?

Leviticus 18

New International Version (NIV)

Unlawful Sexual Relations

18 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘I am the Lord your God. You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. You must obey my laws and be careful to follow my decrees. I am the Lord your God. Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord.

“‘No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.

“‘Do not dishonor your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.

“‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s wife; that would dishonor your father.

“‘Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.

10 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your son’s daughter or your daughter’s daughter; that would dishonor you.

11 “‘Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father’s wife, born to your father; she is your sister.

12 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your father’s sister; she is your father’s close relative.

13 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your mother’s sister, because she is your mother’s close relative.

14 “‘Do not dishonor your father’s brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.

15 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son’s wife; do not have relations with her.

16 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor your brother.

17 “‘Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.

18 “‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

19 “‘Do not approach a woman to have sexual relations during the uncleanness of her monthly period.

20 “‘Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife and defile yourself with her.

21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the Lord.

22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

24 “‘Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. 25 Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the foreigners residing among you must not do any of these detestable things, 27 for all these things were done by the people who lived in the land before you, and the land became defiled. 28 And if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.

29 “‘Everyone who does any of these detestable things—such persons must be cut off from their people. 30 Keep my requirements and do not follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came and do not defile yourselves with them. I am the Lord your God.’”

God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity

Romans 1

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 worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever 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 worthwhile 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.

What may be considered right and proper in today’s society, same-sex marriages, fornication, debauchery, pornography and other degrading things does not mean it is right in the eyes of God. Repent and turn away from such things, your eternal salvation may depend upon it. Heaven or Hell? Which will you choose?

Shirley Anne

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God’s Plan of Salvation

Posted by Shirley Anne on April 4, 2014

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The Bible says there is only one way to Heaven

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

Good works cannot save you.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Dust thou art!

Posted by Shirley Anne on March 14, 2014

This article is re-blogged in its entirety and all credit is given to its author the Reverend  Dane E. Boston, Curate of Christ Church, Greenwich, Connecticut.


Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

by bostondane

May I speak in the Name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Amen.

“Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

Those strange and solemn words are at the heart of this strange and solemn day. They are the words that you will hear in a more contemporary form when you come forward to receive the mark of ashes as a sign of penitence. In that moment, the dust will be physical, literal—the gritty symbol of real ashes smudged on fingers and faces—but the force of those words will connect them to our need for repentance, and our mortality. ”Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”

Book of Genesis, Fall of Man.

Book of Genesis, Fall of Man. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But where do these strange and solemn words come from? If you look
back over the readings in your bulletin, you will not find them
there. The prophet Joel is not interested in ashes—in the outward signs
of repentance—as he calls the people of Israel to “rend [their]
hearts and not [their] garments.” Our Lord Jesus is not thinking of
smudged foreheads—indeed, he seems to challenge, if not expressly to
forbid, practices such as these—as he urges his disciples, ”When you
fast, put oil on your head and wash your face.”

No, to find the source of today’s reminder that ”Dust thou art, and
unto dust shalt thou return,” we must go back beyond our appointed
lessons—back beyond the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ; back beyond
the prophetic pronouncements of Joel. We must go back to the beginning,
to the Book of Genesis.

In Genesis, we are told of how God created the heavens and the
earth. We are told of how the Spirit of God moved mightily over the face
of the waters, and how, out of chaos and darkness, God brought order
and light. In Genesis, we are told of God’s great goodness in calling
forth the bounty and rich diversity of this earth: plants and
animals, fish and birds, the beasts of the earth and the cattle of the
fields and “every creeping thing that creepeth upon” the ground.

In Genesis, we are told of how God in his mercy and in his love made
human beings in his image—out of the dust of the earth and enlivened
with the breath of his Spirit. We are told of how he set them over the
good earth which he had made, to tend and keep it, in order that we
might rule and serve all creatures. In Genesis, we are told that God set
the first humans in a garden full of good fruit growing on abundant

And one more thing. We are told of one command that the Lord gave to
the first people—the dust creatures made in the image of God: ”Of every
tree in the garden, thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day
that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.”

Of course, we know what happens nest. The serpent seduces. The people
eat. And God comes to walk through the Garden of Eden in the cool of
the day, only to find Adam and Eve hiding: ashamed of their
nakedness. The relationship of trust and intimacy that the first people
enjoyed with the Lord their God was broken.

And so it is, at last, that in the Third Chapter of the Book of
Genesis, we find the strange and solemn words for which we have been
searching: the dread words that we will hear again in just a few moments
this evening. The Lord pronounces judgment, first upon the
serpent, then upon the woman, and then at last on Adam, the first
man, whose name in Hebrew means ”earth.” God declares: ”In the sweat of
thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out
of it thou wast taken. For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou

Here, beloved, is the source of this tonight’s strange
pronouncement. Here, then, is the meaning of this day’s solemn
declaration. The startling and unsettling truth proclaimed in the
imposition of ashes is that you and I stand in the line of Adam. Over
us is spoken the same condemnation, the same curse. ”Remember that you
are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Now perhaps this is too much for you. Perhaps here you might raise an
objection. Perhaps, as modern Americans in Greenwich, Connecticut in
2014, you chafe against so simple an application of so ancient a
story. Talking serpents? First parents? A divine curse? Can you imagine a
more preposterous explanation of human origins?

But let us be very clear this Ash Wednesday. The story we have just
heard—and the curse at the heart of that story—is not meant to explain
the past. The truth of this tale cannot be confirmed by an
archaeological dig or a mitochondrial analysis. The story of Adam and
Eve is not a story about where we come from, explaining our background.
This is a story about where we are, and it explains where we are
headed. This is not a story about the past, but about the present and
the future. For the truth is that the fruits of Eden’s loss still fall,
heavy and rotten, all around us.

We see them falling in the Crimea, as the great powers of the
world once again find themselves drawn into the tired, terrible dance of
war. To be sure, this day we hope and pray that peace will yet
prevail. But we must also acknowledge that each time nations collide and
tyranny rises and blood is spilt, the fruits of Adam’s fall can be
seen, and the ancient curse can be heard again in our time: ”Dust thou
art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

We see those fruits falling in Mexico, where Joaquin “El Chapo”
Guzman now sits in federal custody. The arrest of perhaps the world’s
most powerful drug lord late last month has been major news, supplanted
only by the crisis in the Ukraine. Guzman rules over a multi-billion
dollar cartel. His actions and activities have brought misery and pain
to the streets and suburbs of America, even as he has brought violent
death to the towns and cities of Mexico. Yet we must not forget that his
enormous wealth is driven by the enormous American appetite for his
products—cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroine—and therefore, by
the enslaving power of addiction. Here, surely, around one life we see
the fatal fruit fall abundantly, and hear the curse spoken to so many of
the innocent and guilty alike: ”Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou

And lest we forget the purpose of this season of Lent, if we would
see the truth of this day’s pronouncement—if we would see the fruit of
Adam’s fall—let us look within ourselves. You and I may not be as brash
as Vladimir Putin or as ruthless as “El Chapo” Guzman. But can you
outrun the terrible words we hear this night? For all our advancement
and enlightenment, for all our wealth and wisdom, for all our piety and
our spiritual practices, who among us can claim a perfectly clean
conscience, or the knowledge that we have not been disobedient?

We know what it is to exploit our fellow human beings in ways big and
small. We know what it is to eat gluttonously, to
drink intemperately, to look and act lustfully, to yearn enviously, to
react wrathfully, to amass greedily, and to stand pridefully. And what
is the price of all this? What is the cost of these actions? Is it not
the same penalty paid by Adam: the loss of a relationship of intimacy
and trust with the Lord our God, and with one another?

For all our sophistication and satisfaction, for all our charity and
our credentials, for all our goodness and our gratitude, who among
us can escape death? ”Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

And yet let us make something very clear. Ash Wednesday is not, in
fact, a day to sit in our sin; to wallow in the warped, worn-out
weariness of our hearts; to fixate on death. Our worship this day does
not end with the imposition of ashes. Our story this day does
not conclude with the pronouncement of a curse.

For behold, Christian, the shape of the ashes that will soon
bedeck your brow! The dust with which you are marked today is no mere
smudge. Instead, the symbol of mortality applied to our foreheads this
night will be made in the form of a cross.

And that realization lifts us to the true and better meaning of
this strange and solemn day. For what that sign of a cross shows
forth is that we have not been left alone in our fallenness and our
mortality. What we remember this day is that the same God whose justice
drove Eve out of Eden has come down from heaven to be born a son of
Eve. The same God whose righteousness could not bear the disobedience of
our father Adam took on our flesh—our flesh of earth and dust—to become
for us a new Adam, a new creation: a new and better beginning for our

The sign we receive this Ash Wednesday reminds us, not only that we
are dust, but that God himself has come to share in our dusty, deathward
life. The purpose of this long season of Lent is not to fix our hearts
on our fallenness, but to prepare us for the announcement that on the
Cross of Calvary, Jesus our Lord has conquered Death and Sin
forever, and in the bright light of the Resurrection he calls us to
share in a new life that cannot end.

So it is that this evening (and only this evening in the whole cycle
of the Church year) we come forward twice. The first time, we come
forward to hear the dread reminder; to be told “Dust thou art”; to
acknowledge and bewail the fact that the seeds of Adam’s fall have taken
root in us and grown up and produced rank fruit in our souls.

But then, beloved, once we have been marked with the cross and have
made our confession, and heard words of absolution, we will be called
forward again. We will be called forward to hear, not a curse, but words
of blessing and holy union. We will be called forward to taste, not the
bitter fruit of fallenness, but a new and better fruit: the fruit of
the new Jerusalem, the fruit of Christ’s Body and Blood.

Tonight, Christ Jesus invites all those who have shared in his death
through baptism, and who repent of their sins, and who embark now on the
holy road of Lent, to draw near in faith, and to see the fulfillment of
words not from the first book–from Genesis–but from the last book–from
Revelation–and to taste at this altar the fruit of the Tree of Life.

“And the angel showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as
crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the lamb. In the
midst of the street of the city, and on either side of the river, there
was the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded
her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing
of the nations.

“And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the
lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall
see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.”



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Walking blind

Posted by Shirley Anne on February 28, 2014

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Cover of Faith

I have always been an inquisitive person, always wanted to know how things work. My interests have always been in seeking knowledge in one field or another, especially in Astronomy and Science. I was never one who sat and read a novel and even now the thought of doing that is foreign to me. My preferences have always been in fact and not fiction. It was understandable therefore that anything I considered to be fiction was left for others. As I grew up I don’t remember having learned much if anything about religion and God though my mother often told me that I had. When I became a teenager I rejected any notion of there being a creator God and when anyone suggested it I refused to believe. It would be many years before that changed and I finally came to believe. That was 25 years ago almost to the day (actually 6th February 1989) and more about that can be read in the ‘My Faith‘ page above. Save to say I had been walking blind, a veil covered my eyes and I couldn’t see the light. I remember watching a presentation in church which sought to show unbelievers that they were walking in the dark. A guy, the unbeliever, had his back toward a very bright light which could be seen by those he was facing, his friends. They were encouraging him to turn around and see for himself but his stubborn heart refused to allow him despite his friends telling him how good it was and trying to explain just what he was missing. In the presentation sketch he did finally turn to look and he was amazed at what he saw. He couldn’t understand why he hadn’t responded sooner. He hadn’t realised that his friends were not fooling and that what they said was in fact the truth. That truth was Jesus Christ, He was the bright light behind him and all Jesus wanted was for him to turn around and see. The good news he was missing out on was the offer of life eternal and it was free! Quite often people who don’t believe in God have to reach a crisis point in their lives before they reach out to Him. There is nothing like finding out the truth sooner but finding it even later is better than not finding it at all. The greatest thing that ever happened to me was finding that truth, finding out that God was real because I took the time to seek Him. My inquisitive heart lead me to God and to believe in Him and in the One He sent, Jesus Christ. The blindness would lead to death but now the veil was lifted and I could see.

Ephesians 2:8-9

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.

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God or no God?

Posted by Shirley Anne on January 30, 2014

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How can a good God allow evil and suffering?

Posted by Shirley Anne on January 21, 2014

The following article is copied in its entirety from http://www.faithfacts.org and full credit to them is given and recognised.

How can a good God allow evil and suffering?

There may be several reasons for suffering. A major factor is our fallen, sinful world. Because of sin, throughout the ages, the perfection and goodness of the world is tainted. We experience illness, disease, natural disasters, hunger, and all types of suffering.

As mortals, we cannot know all of God’s reasons. But, God loves us enough to give us free will. We are not robots. As a result, people make mistakes. People turn away from God’s perfect goodness through sin.

Thus, our own choices sometimes produce evil over good. It is impossible for God to have created man with free will and evil not be a consequence. Also, the choices of others (including previous generations) can produce suffering. The consequences of bad choices sometimes affect not only the person who makes the wrong choice but also their family, friends, and sometimes even society.

The Old and New Testaments make it clear that suffering can be a result of God’s discipline in our lives—similar to the discipline a loving parent has for his child. A loving parent stops a child from putting his hand on a hot stove. The child “suffers” at the moment by being denied access and by the temporary pain of a spanking. But the parent sees the “big picture” and disciplines the child. So, too, can God discipline us. Hebrews 12:10-11 illustrates this point: “…but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

While God whispers to us in our comfort, suffering is God’s megaphone to a deaf world. Suffering can produce benefits greater than the suffering itself. It can strengthen people, lead people to faith, help us to appreciate the good, and be a tool to influence others. Indeed, suffering can mold us. “Suffering produces perseverance… character… hope….” (Romans 5:3-5). The actual trials of faith are worthwhile and precious as is faith itself! Our faith is strengthened as we rely on Christ to see us through troubling times.

In Acts 8:1-13 we see the story of Stephen, the first martyr recorded in the Bible. He died a horrible death by stoning. Why would God let that happen? We are told that the persecution of the church led to Christians being scattered. Wherever they went they and preached the word. This scattering resulted in the good news being preached throughout the world (Acts 2:5, 19:10; Romans 1:8, 10:18, 16:25-27; Colossians 1:6, 1:23).

Photo of Tony Snow This interview with Tony Snow about his cancer gives a wonderful testimony of faith through suffering. Tony passed away in the summer of 2008. The title of the interview is: “Cancer’s Unexpected Blessings” and the subtitle is: “When you enter the valley of the shadow of death, things change.” Here is the interview from Christianity Today.

We may not know the reason for suffering in any individual situation. But we can affirm, with relief and joy, that in “all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28). The Psalms are full of cries for deliverance from trouble as well as the assurance that God is with us and will deliver us from suffering.

Our observation is that this issue is used as an excuse by some to try to blame God or to deny God’s existence. But on reflection, most will acknowledge that we really cannot blame God for our troubles. Actually, the reality of evil, suffering, and injustice—when considered fully—is an argument for the existence of a good God. Certainly, abandoning God does not make the problem of suffering any easier. Philosopher Alvin Plantinga, as quoted by Tim Keller in his book Reason for God, put it thus:

“Could there really be any such thing as horrifying wickedness [if there were no God and we just evolved]? I don’t see how. There can be such a thing only if there is a way that rational creatures are supposed to live, obliged to live….A [secular] way of looking at the world has no place for genuine moral obligation of any sort…and thus no way to say there is such a thing as genuine and appalling wickedness. Accordingly, if you think there really is such a thing as horrifying wickedness (…and not just an illusion of some sort), then you have a powerful…argument [for the reality of God].”

It is the knowledge that God sent His only son to suffer and die for us that our sins are forgiven and that our ultimate suffering will be relieved. As Paul Little proclaims, God is “not only aware of suffering—he feels it. No pain or suffering has ever come to us that has not first passed through the heart and hand of God…Comforting are the words of Isaiah the prophet, foretelling the agony of Christ: ‘He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering’ (Isaiah 53:3).”

And as Tim Keller comforts the believer, “The Biblical view of things is resurrection—not a future that is just a consolation for the life we never had but a restoration of the life you always wanted. This means that every horrible thing that ever happened will not only be undone and repaired but will in some way make the eventual glory and joy even greater.”

Why do bad things happen to good people? The Christian answer is that there are no good people! None of us deserves the life that we have, which is a gratuitous gift from God. (See Innocent People.)

The skeptic can use evil and suffering as a stone against Christianity, but he has no consolation in his own worldview. Christianity is the only religion or worldview that has an answer to evil and suffering. Eastern religions ignore evil; Darwinism and Communism rely on it; atheism is clueless about it; and Islam has a superficial view of it. Only Christianity provides an answer—that we are living in an abnormal world which God will restore. For more on this, see our Christian Cram Course.

For more helpful insights into this topic, check out these links:

The Problem of Evil

A Good Reason for Evil

Got Questions

Student versus Professor


Shirley Anne

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Posted by Shirley Anne on January 12, 2014

The article below is copyright and has been copied here in its entirety. Full credit is given to http://www.creationsciencetoday.com

Why Do People Believe So Strongly in Evolution?

Does It Matter?

One of the primary reasons for abandoning faith in God is the widespread acceptance of evolutionary thinking—that everything made itself by natural processes and God is unnecessary. Why does it matter? First of all, it matters because the assumption of evolution is based on a LIE— the greatest deception in modern history.

There is only one unpardonable sin as expressed in John 3:18 (NIV): “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” It also matters because removing God and prayer from school and family life, including Christmas and Easter celebration, has led to a collapse of our ethical and moral foundation and is the primary reason for today’s social ills. There seems to be a willful (many would term ferocious) determination by some to turn America into a godless, amoral, secular-humanist society. Most importantly, it matters because our eternal salvation depends on our belief and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. We are familiar with the Scripture of John 3:16 (NIV), “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.”

Jesus Christ is our heavenly father from ancient times (from beyond time), “His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity.” (Micah 5:2, NAS) He is the Creator of the heavens and earth and all that exists—and He created a sinless world where everything was perfectly upheld (John 1:1–3; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3). This perfection was lost by the rebellion of Adam. Today, we are in a world that “groans and suffers” (Romans 8:22, NAS) because of the Edenic Curse. Unless we let go of our pride and arrogance, and realize that Jesus Christ is our Heavenly Father, we will never understand the significance of His death on the Cross and work of redemption and we will be lost for eternity.

In the Age of Grace, Romans 10:13 (KJV) victoriously announces that “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”—it requires just one simple act before God in prayer. By freely accepting and believing in our Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ, anyone, no matter what sins an individual has committed, can obtain the free gift of eternal salvation. Believing the Lord Jesus Christ died and shed his blood for our sins on the Cross is a matter of where you will spend eternity—eternally and everlasting.

Moses said to Israel, “I have set before you life and death … choose life.” (Deuteronomy 30:19, NIV)


By Roger G. Gallop, Ph.D., P.G., adapted from the book by Gallop, R.G. (2011). evolution – The Greatest Deception in Modern History. [Purchase the book]

Be sure to visit Creation Ministries International (CMI) at Creation.com and browse their bookstore, media center, and magazine section. Although the CreationScienceToday website is not affiliated with the Institute for Creation Research, Answers in Genesis, and Creation Research Society, readers may also find these websites informative: ICR.org, AnswersinGenesis.org, and CreationResearch.org.

Speaking Engagements: Roger Gallop does limited speaking engagements for those interested in hearing in person about evolution – The Greatest Deception in Modern History. If your organization is interested in a presentation, please visit our speaking engagements page for more information. Dr. Gallop will get back in touch with you regarding possible dates.

Website Design and Development: Rachel Blaisdell, Interactive Media Design (www.raylay.com)
Pangaea Flood Video: Final drawings and video design by Chris Gallop (www.chrisgallop.com).
Phase diagram of the worldwide flood was created by the author, Roger Gallop.

Copyright ©, 2011

Be sure to explore the rest of this very interesting website http://www.creationsciencetoday.com

Shirley Anne

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Always Do What’s Right

Posted by Shirley Anne on December 29, 2013



Always Do What’s Right


‘…Hold fast what is good.’

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Jn 14:6-11, Acts 4:8-12, Acts 16:22-34 , Mt 1:18-21

I wanted to post this immediately I had read it a few days ago but I had so many posts already scheduled I left off doing it. It is one of the daily ‘Word for today’ messages I receive through an email subscription from United Christian Broadcasters ( http://www.ucb.co.uk ). I think it is fair to say the message is not far off the mark!

Shirley Anne


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And off we go again!

Posted by Shirley Anne on December 21, 2013

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice (Photo credit: Matthew Burpee)

This day, Saturday at 1711 hours or eleven minutes after five o’clock in the afternoon marks the time of the Winter Solstice at my location on the planet. This means that from that moment onwards the daylight hours will begin to lengthen once again and the actual new year begins. Another year, another day and off we go again on the never-ending cycle of life. I sometimes wonder how many more times I will  see the Winter Solstice before my time is up but I don’t dwell on such things. For many people the (official) new year marks the beginning of promises that they will make to themselves, resolutions that they promise to keep which often fall by the wayside once the initial flush of determination fades away. Many will keep their promises too. In an ever-changing world it is perhaps understandable that we oftimes neglect things. The pressures of life and the personal struggles we all endure can cloud our judgement if we don’t stay focused. All we can do is live our lives to the best of our ability. I don’t make any resolutions other than to enjoy my life in whatever circumstances I find myself. Life is very short when we consider the enormity of eternity, merely a whisper in fact and we are fortunate to be able to experience it. We are not here by chance, we are not a by-product of an accidental universe, we were designed and purpose made. If you think otherwise then you have no hope and life is pointless. Whatever else you believe or what you do with your life this year seek to know the truth. Seek the One who made it all possible. If you make no other resolution, enjoy the life given to you.

Shirley Anne

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I am who I am

Posted by Shirley Anne on December 19, 2013

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

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

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

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


Walking in Your God-Given


‘…What is your name?’

Genesis 32:27

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

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

Shirley Anne


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A simple message

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 17, 2013

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

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

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

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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

Shirley Anne

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1 John 2:15-27

Posted by Shirley Anne on November 7, 2013

God's Mercy Seat

God’s Mercy Seat (Photo credit: Lawrence OP)

On not loving the world

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For
everything in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – comes not from the Father but from the world.
17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives for ever.

Warnings against denying the Son

18 Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 21 I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist – denying the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us – eternal life. 26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him.

So, do you love the world and everything in it? Are you so much a hedonist that you only like the pleasures of the flesh, what the world can offer you? If you were to die tonight what do you think will happen to your spirit? You have one, everyone does. Do you believe there is a God? It is easy to deny God and many do but that doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist. Those who know Jesus as their Saviour will know God the Father too for the truth has been revealed to them. You can know God by accepting Jesus as your Saviour, as the one who has paid the penalty for all the sins you have committed, for it is those sins which keep God at arm’s length. Jesus has bridged that gap if you accept him. Only Jesus can do that for he is the only way to salvation, the only way to reach God……

Acts 4:12

Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.’
And you need to be saved if you don’t have Jesus already…..
Shirley Anne

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Balaam’s Donkey

Posted by Shirley Anne on October 30, 2013

Balaam and the angel, painting from Gustav Jae...

Balaam and the angel, painting from Gustav Jaeger, 1836. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In the days of Moses when the Israelites  were moving toward the promised land the king of Moab, Balak, felt threatened by their huge presence and sent for a diviner that he might place a curse upon them. That man was Balaam but when he was asked he made it known that he could only do as God directed. He kept refusing to visit Balak until finally God allowed him to provided he only did what God was to tell him. On the way his donkey refused to proceed past a certain point and Balaam beat the animal. Three times the donkey stopped and was beaten until finally God opened the donkey’s mouth and he spoke. Imagine the shock that would have been for Balaam! The donkey had seen the angel of the Lord blocking their passage and that is why the donkey prevented them moving forward. Eventually Balaam himself saw the angel and he received a message from God. It says elsewhere in Scripture that angels are capable of presenting themselves as ordinary human beings and who amongst us is to know whether they have entertained the company of an angel without realising the fact?

Hebrews 13:2
‘Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.’

Angels are spoken about many times in Scripture. They are the messengers of God for that is what the name means. In Balaam’s case an angel had to be seen before Balaam would listen to what God was saying to him and in life who is able to say they haven’t received wise instruction from an angel? Who can say they have never heard the voice of God when He speaks through one of His angels if they haven’t realised the messenger was an angel? Keep your heart open that you might hear the voice of God and respond to His call upon your life.

Shirley Anne


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When will your eyes be opened?

Posted by Shirley Anne on October 27, 2013

Priest not far Behind

idols of modern man

There may be thousands of idols that transfix the imagination of modern man, but three of them are now rising to the surface around the globe. They have all, but replaced religious convictions and their universality is appealing to almost everyone. What are they?

Feelings; The idol of flesh

“How can it be wrong if it feels so right?” The idiom of the lost generation.

The argument against Darwinism notwithstanding, the clear product of the evolutionary model is that it allows and encourages the fulfillment of one of scriptures strongest last day’s warnings. It is prophetic prediction in action at the dawn of the 21st century.

In his treatment of the last day’s emergence of homosexuality and other perversions, the Apostle Paul declared that feelings would become the reason man would end up worshipping himself.

Oddly, while true Biblical Christianity requires a change, a transformation and a new beginning, so does the move into the idol worship of the last days. The world and the individuals who make flesh an idol must accept this change. Darwinism is so convenient for them; it is almost an answer to prayer – or the lack of it!

“Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever.” (Ro 1: 25)

The idea that strong feelings are what synthesize a real bond or marriage is prevalent throughout the PC strata’s of modern society and only recently was exemplified in the State of New Jersey, which legalized gay marriage.

Even animals have strong feelings, but they are not perverted. Of the ten species of birds that mate for life none of them mate with the same sex. Funny how nature can’t be perverted, but those supposedly highest on the evolutionary chain are so easily led astray. The Dodo bird is not a species that mates for life, but we can assume it doesn’t seek mating partners of the same sex. Are we smarter than the Dodo?

When Newark Mayor and Senator-elect Cory Booker married several same sex couples on the stairs in City Hall, after one person was thrown out of the ceremony for declaring that “This is unlawful in the eyes of God and Jesus Christ,” one of the couples remarked “The ceremony crystallized the feelings she has felt for her partner for the past three years.”

Feelings can neither crystallize nor sanctify inordinate affections according to scripture. It is God who joins and sanctifies marriage unions and he is not inconsistent, as are we. He calls for marriage between one man and one woman and will not be changing his mind before he returns to judge a world gone perv.

That love is often misdirected, dangerously obsessive and outright perverted should be proof enough that love alone cannot sanctify any union, it takes the sanctification of God. If his sanctification is required then it is also his rules that decide if it is the real thing.

In fact, inordinate affections or misplaced and misguided love is what precipitates the judgments of God against our entire world. To wit:

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.” (Col 3: 5, 6)

The commandments of God and his moral laws are thought to buck modern man’s pursuit of true love and perhaps life itself. In fact, God’s commandments produce life, but in a perverted world that maxim is rejected for the temporary fulfillment of the lusts of the flesh. It is the idol of the day and it is worshipped with full adherence and adoration, but it is a lie.

One man seeking the path to eternal life asked what he must do to assure his future in the presence of God. Jesus answered him in no uncertain terms.

“…if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.” (Mt 19: 17b)

Intellectualism – The Idol Built by Mixing Knowledge and Pride

Knocking Christians for being ‘anti-science’ is the latest rage among Darwinists and atheists. Recently University of Southern California professor Craig Stanford said Ray Comfort’s video ‘Evolution vs. God’ was biblical porn.

Prof. Craig Stanford said no one would be influenced by the video, but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, it has already been viewed and purchased by a quarter of a million people and Comfort’s next offering is set to be a blockbuster.

Stanford contends that believers and creationists are becoming increasingly marginalized, that also is wishful thinking. Converts to Christianity are on the rise around the world. Stanford like all Darwinists doesn’t recognize that Christians have a heritage of martyrs, those whose blood was shed to stand for the faith. Darwinists haven’t lost a soul yet, but in the day of Christ’s appearing there won’t be a single Darwinist left on the globe. Looking at the sign of the Son of man in the eastern skies will be the instant cure for Darwinism.

“And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.” (Mt 24: 30)

Most Christians are not against science at all, but rather they are advocates of all legitimate scientific inquiry that serves to elevate the health, safety and benefit of mankind. Some Christians are also scientists, so where does this notion come from, why do scientists feel compelled to bad mouth believers?

Stanford’s claim that Ray Comfort was one sided and dishonest is lost in a greater question that yet looms over Darwinian world indoctrination. Those thought to be stuck in the world of mistaken mythology and religious nonsense are waiting with baited breath for the evidence so conspicuously missing from evolutionary hype, namely, the missing links. They tried with Ida and lobbed Lucy at the world as proof, but both are now no more than daydreams in the annals of wishful thinking.

Transitional forms of life from the idea of inter species evolution remain missing to the eyes of an entire world that somehow finds cause to call Christians stupid for believing in the Creator. This too is last day’s perversion.

Christians are the purveyors of revelation and they don’t pit reason against what God has shown to the world, they combine reason and revelation and thus the science of Christian apologetics is offered as a better alternative to Darwinian indoctrination.

To the believer there is no doubt God gave us a brain to be used to its maximum. To us, science is the tool used to discover the secrets of God’s creation, not an excuse to dismiss him from the equation.

Science is good stuff, but like all of man’s pursuits it is met with the sin nature of man and is almost instantly corrupted. It is appealing to man’s pride to declare what has been discovered about the creation, but it is abhorrent to admit that it was created, not simply discovered.

Man can take no credit for creation, but is fully willing to give credit to time, chance and wishful thinking. Is that intellectual?

The ‘everything from nothing’ crowd is perfectly willing to replace the princess who kissed the frog with a few billion years of time to produce the handsome prince. Both are entertaining fairy tales but neither has any preponderance of legitimate evidence.

Once again the biblical record disagrees with modernity’s conclusions. Not only is Darwinism a satanic tool to dismiss accountability to God in the last days, but all of man’s technology will not lift him out of the coming judgment. If the mark of the beast and universal identification and tracking are any clue, technology will bring the world to the final judgment in great haste.

Sadly, it is the Apostle Paul who declared that men would always be learning but never quite able to cross the finish line because of human pride. Paul said they would be, “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim 3: 7)

Social Acceptance – The Idol Built by Political Correctness, Tolerance and Diversity LLC

Rome wasn’t built in a day – how long does it take to build a sweeping secular worldview for an entire generation?

Prophecy is an aspect of the bible that transcends time. It doesn’t care about the ancient world and it sees right through the modern world. It is pre-written history with the highest purpose of anything in the bible – except the gospel itself.

It is prophecy that contends that man will waltz up to the last generation with a head full of notions about their own social and civilizational advancements in every area and discipline including social science. They will try to live in peace and harmony, but the effort is predicted to fail because they leave God out of their society, they may allow some religions but a Savior is out of the question. They will force PC and tolerance on everyone, but it hasn’t got a chance.

The prophet Daniel said, “…they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.” (Da 2: 43)

The force used to put everyone under the same rule comes from the idea that a consensus, a majority or a complete confluence of ideas, is the proof and the precedent by which to enforce all acceptable PC behavioral patterns and ideas. They all agree this is the way to go.

The wisest of the wise says – not so! The Wisdom of Solomon as seen in the book of Proverbs exclaims that men are readily fooled by their own efforts at collective behavioral adjustments based on pop-culture standards of morality. To wit:

“There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Pr 16: 25)

Looking for consensus of evil ideas among evil men is the greatest dead end spoken of in the entire bible. It is forbidden and will leave the adherents of such nonsense completely culpable and totally vulnerable in the last days. It is ancient, it is modern and it is final.

“Thou shalt not follow a multitude to do evil; neither shalt thou speak in a cause to decline after many to wrest judgment.” (Ex 23: 2)

The more popular or PC your belief is in modern ideas of morality the greater danger you are in of being found in error and open to scrutiny. Check it now, if your morality comes from today’s push for peer equality and universal social acceptance you are probably completely out of the will and purpose of God.

The Coming Great High Priest of Man’s Self-Indulgent Idolatry – Alive today?

Prophecy teachers and students alike are in a general acceptance about the person known as the antichrist. He will be the final ruler over the earth just before the second coming of Christ and the fulfillment of all the portents and events found in the book of Revelation. One item that most of them agree upon is that he is alive today; in fact since almost all of the last day’s signs are now converging, if he was not alive, he would be late.

This megalomaniacal, political military and economics genius will be the embodiment of all man’s highest but Godless aspirations. He will fully concur with all three great idols of the last days, but there is one single and profound difference between him and all other rulers like him throughout history.

He will rise to power on the wings of full acceptance but during the middle of his entire reign of seven years he will cast off the garments of the high priest of modern idols and present himself as God Almighty.

Think the world will never accept that? Think again – he will be lauded and worshipped by billions, even those who thought all religions should be banned and actively brought down. He will institute an economic system that will cover the world, mandatory, without exception and deadly! To wit:

“And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb.” (Rev 14: 9, 10)

This is the high priest of today’s world, too big for his britches, too deadly for words. But not too late to be warned about, while the day is at hand.

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Posted by Shirley Anne on October 17, 2013

"αθεοι" (atheoi), Greek for "th...

“αθεοι” (atheoi), Greek for “those without god”, as it appears in the Epistle to the Ephesians on the third-century papyrus known as “Papyrus 46″ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My life was empty
Till you came to me
You broke my chains
And then you set me free
You paid the price
That I could never pay
You took my place
And died on Calvary


Copyright Shirley Anne 23 Sept 2011

You may not think it but if you don’t know Jesus as your personal Saviour then you are in captivity. You are in chains and have no hope of going to heaven. You are a sinner with your sins unforgiven but you say ‘I don’t believe in God and have no need of a Saviour’. I want to tell you that you do! I only came to believe in God when I was 43 years of age and after a lifetime of openly denying His existence. However, something happened in my heart and I began to search for God and because I was serious about that I found Him and discovered a love that went far beyond anything I had ever experienced before. This God whom I had denied throughout my life loved me, in fact He loved me so much that He gave His only begotten Son as an atoning sacrifice for all the sins I ever committed or ever will. 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’. You see, because I discovered just how much of a sinner I was, and everyone is a sinner, I discovered that it was the sin in my life which kept me separated from God, not just in my life but for all eternity! I was headed for Hell and there was nothing I could do to prevent that but God provided a way through His Son, Jesus. Jesus died and took my sins upon Himself and in doing so released me from the chains I was shackled in. I was free! I was given eternal life because of what Jesus did for me. All I had to do was repent of my sins, believe that Jesus died for me and believe in the One who sent Him. I needed salvation and God provided me with it through Jesus. It is by grace that I have been saved and this not of myself. As Ephesians 2:8-9 points out ‘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’. In other words I could never earn it by ‘being a good person’ no matter how good I think I am. The same applies to you if Jesus isn’t your Saviour so why not do something about it? The alternative is something you really do not want.

Shirley Anne


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Posted by Shirley Anne on October 9, 2013

Perfect Life (Levinhurst album)

Perfect Life (Levinhurst album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Too scared to show what’s deep inside

Too frightened that you’ll lose your pride.

Too fearful of what people say

So in the closet you will stay.

The clock ticks on, time passes by

And you begin to wonder why

You have to hide away from life

And be as timid as a mouse.

Then one day you decide to be

So brave and face reality

When now at last you realise

You have no time to compromise

You put away that old dark cloak

And put on something more bespoke

Look out dear world I hear you say

The real me now is here to stay.

Copyright Shirley Anne 25 March-2 Sept 2008

I was prompted to post this having read someone else’s blog post recently where she spoke of the rough time she had spent during her ‘pre-self’ life. Not everyone, in fact nobody is born perfect and that is despite what some of my Christian brothers and sisters might say. We are intended to be perfect but that perfection comes through Jesus Christ. Unfortunately sin entered the world and God‘s beautiful Creation became tainted. But I write about how Society treats those who have just as much right to be here as the rest. People who perceive themselves to be different in some way often resort to living out their lives in a closet, too afraid to come out and face the world. I am not condoning what some people do or how they act, for instance, sexually or in the many other ways they do but nevertheless Society in general has much to be ashamed of in the treatment they mete out to some minority groups and individuals. There is a lack of understanding, compassion and love. My dad used always to say that what bothered him the most about Society, people, was ‘Man’s inhumanity toward his fellow man’. It used to upset him to think that mankind could be so hateful toward others. It bothers me in the same way. No-one is perfect but we can all love one another.

Shirley Anne

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Can we know everything?

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 29, 2013


knowledge (Photo credit: pfv.)

Mankind is forever searching for knowledge and never seems satisfied until all is known that can be known about any subject. When he thinks that he has the answers something else comes along to upset the theories and a re-think is needed. At the lower end of knowledge we know enough to solve our everyday problems and the system works fine but as we seek a deeper knowledge things are not what they seem. I remember learning about straight lines at school and how each end of a straight line extends to infinity in either direction. In more recent times the scientists tell us that there is no such thing as a striaight line in space because space itself bends. How do they know that? Years of painstaking study is how and a determination to discover new things. Some knowledge is learned quite by accident or as a by-product of other research. At any given point in time there are scientists at work searching for solutions to mankind’s problems, for example in the area of medicine looking for a cure for specific diseases and ailments. Will they ever reach a point though when all we can know is known? In The Book of Ecclesiastes in The Bible we read  Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body’ (Eccl.12:11b)

The whole chapter

Ecclesiastes 12

New International VersionUK (NIVUK)

12 Remember your Creator
    in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
    and the years approach when you will say,
    ‘I find no pleasure in them’–
before the sun and the light
    and the moon and the stars grow dark,
    and the clouds return after the rain;
when the keepers of the house tremble,
    and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
    and those looking through the windows grow dim;
when the doors to the street are closed
    and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
    but all their songs grow faint;
when people are afraid of heights
    and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
    and the grasshopper drags itself along
    and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
    and mourners go about the streets.

Remember him – before the silver cord is severed,
    and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
    and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
    and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

‘Meaningless! Meaningless!’ says the Teacher.
    ‘Everything is meaningless!’

The conclusion of the matter

only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the
people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.
10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails – given by one shepherd. 12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

13 Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
    including every hidden thing,
    whether it is good or evil.

And speaking about God it says in Isaiah 44:25 -’who overthrows the learning of the wise
    and turns it into nonsense,’

The whole chapter

Isaiah 44:24-26

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

Jerusalem to be inhabited

24 ‘This is what the Lord says –
    your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb:

I am the Lord,
    the Maker of all things,
    who stretches out the heavens,
    who spreads out the earth by myself,
25 who foils the signs of false prophets
    and makes fools of diviners,
who overthrows the learning of the wise
    and turns it into nonsense,
26 who carries out the words of his servants
    and fulfils the predictions of his messengers,

who says of Jerusalem, “It shall be inhabited,”
    of the towns of Judah, “They shall be rebuilt,”
    and of their ruins, “I will restore them,”

For all the knowledge mankind seeks is meaningless, it will count for nothing in the end. How much knowledge do we really need? How much of what we know and seek is completely useless to our requirements? We can know too much and yet what we know seems not enough for some. Are we really any better off than our ancestors for gaining some of the knowledge we have?

Shirley Anne

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Posted by Shirley Anne on September 24, 2013

You are my own true God

You make my life Your own

All that I am I owe to You

You are my God O Mighty One

My heart is filled, filled with such praise

I’ll worship you The Ancient of Days

My heart is filled, filled with such praise

I’ll worship you The Ancient of Days

1 Samuel 12:22

Copyright Shirley Anne 28 Nov 2011

Just because I love Him

Shirley Anne

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Enduring till the end

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 21, 2013

Saint Timothy (ortodox icon)

Saint Timothy (ortodox icon) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2 Timothy 3 (New International Version – UK)

1 But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. 6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so also these teachers oppose the truth. They are men of depraved minds, who, as far as the faith is concerned, are rejected. 9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.

A final charge to Timothy

10 You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance, 11 persecutions, sufferings – what kinds of things happened to me in Antioch, Iconium and Lystra, the persecutions I endured. Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. 12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

(2 Timothy 3:17 Or that you, a man of God,)

Do you see yourself in this list? It may not all apply but is there something that has a ring of truth about it when you consider your own life?

The Bible tells us that as Christians who follow Jesus, who believe in the truth as given in Scripture, who wish to live to please God we will face persecution and isn’t that true today? If we make a stand for righteousness, holiness and the things of God we face condemnation by the secular and unbelieving world. Other faiths and religions come against us too. We stand because we know the truth, we have experienced the touch of God upon our lives, we have heard the good news and have turned to the light, to the giver of life and nothing will turn our hearts from believing in these things for we know that through endurance we will win in the end. We have an eternal promise which is far better than anything we have now apart from the knowledge that is in and through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Unbelievers don’t have such a promise, their lives centre around the things of this earth, their lives are empty without Jesus but they don’t realize it. They are not filled with the Spirit of God nor can they be until their hearts change and they reach out to Him. Finding a diamond is a fine thing and once found, treasured. If you want something better than a diamond, come to Jesus.

Shirley Anne

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God does what He says He will do

Posted by Shirley Anne on September 14, 2013

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

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