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What a sad world

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Revelation 13:16-18 (NIV)

16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.

The Beast Inside

The Beast Inside (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I happened to have seen an advertisement on the television during a program I had been watching and it was in regard to a new model of mobile phone by manufacturer ‘Samsung‘. Like most adverts use of subtleties, suggestions and general assumptions were used to convey the idea that we, the public, wanted what was advertised. Throughout the advert a song was being played, the words of which suggested we did, ‘Give them what they want’……Well maybe I am the odd one out here but that suggestion is a subtle way of attempting us to believe that we want the latest product because everyone else wants one and I am not taking the bait. In fact I don’t like the kind of technology that one day threatens to run our lives. If you don’t believe that then just look around and see how many people are joined at the hip to their ‘smart’ phones. No-one takes any notice of their surroundings anymore, their eyes are glued to their little (or big) screens and their ears are being pumped whatever sounds they are tuned into. This is only the beginning, technology is only in its infancy despite what has been achieved so far. You can be sure more is to come. In relation to the Bible verses above one day technology will dispense with the need to carry cash, cards (even those with RFID chips) or smart phones to make purchases. The technology will be inside us! Those who allow it that is. However, as the verses state, nothing will be purchasable without it! We will be under the control of others………….Okay it might not happen during our own lifetime but there again the technology is already here and in some countries people really do have RFID chips implanted. Imagine what the world would be and will be like when everyone has implanted technology………

Read the Book of Revelation. It is the last book in The Bible for a reason……

Shirley Anne

 

Still skeptical?

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

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

Shirley Anne

Home for a change

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A point2point intercom

A point2point intercom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I spent all of Thursday at home. Expecting someone to phone asking me to work I dressed accordingly but even though no-one did it meant I could work at home and still remain available. Sometimes I get calls during the day whilst I am at home and if I’ve a mind I will stop what I am doing and accommodate. I didn’t eat breakfast until 9.30 then spent an hour and a half reading Scripture. Over the years since becoming a Christian I have read the whole Bible now 35 times I think. Finally I decided to get out of my chair and investigate what needed to be done to complete installing the front door intercom unit. The unit we have isn’t as shown in the picture as it has a screen. I will include a picture when the work is completed. I don’t know why manufacturers make devices that have their electrical connections in the rear but design the units to be mounted directly onto a flat surface thereby making access to those connections awkward. In this instance the intercom screen is connected using small plugs which when fitted prevent the unit from lying flat on any surface. This meant I had to make a base to raise the unit off the wall where it is to be fitted and provide access for the wiring by cutting out a space in it. I used some plywood to make the base and cut a slot in it. I then painted it with an undercoat ready for painting over later. Having done that I investigated what I needed to do for the electrical side of the job. I left off continuing with the project until the base was dry. At the time of writing I am not sure when I will continue with it but it will be soon. As we have been having unseasonal weather this month with a prospect of it not ending in the near future I thought it best to unwrap our Phoenix Canariensis trees of the plastic bubble-wrap I had tied around three of them until and if the weather changes for the worse. The idea is to protect them from the cold winds of Winter. They are quite hardy and can withstand low temperatures but the wind burns them if it is too cold. E went out for a couple of hours in the afternoon and whilst she was out I finished off the remainder of the gloss painting she had started a while ago, basically those areas over the window by the kitchen sink which are awkward to reach. I was able to over-paint the wood base I had made earlier as the undercoat I had applied was by now dry. I try not to waste my time doing nothing when I am at home though sometimes I just want to relax instead.

Shirley Anne

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

Amazing

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

 

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

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

 

I got to do some gardening later in the afternoon.

 

Shirley Anne

 

Death? What’s that?

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Poster for It's a Wonderful Afterlife

Poster for It’s a Wonderful Afterlife (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Let me ask you a question. Do you believe in an afterlife or do you believe this life is all there is? No doubt if you believe in only this life you will not be afraid of death. Is that true of yourself? Are you frightened of dying? Many will be unsure about what happens after death and may be too frightened to even think about it. There are some who just don’t give it a thought. There are many religious beliefs in the world and probably all of them have a take on the subject of an afterlife and more especially how to get there, what you have to do yourself to get there. It may be that you believe in re-incarnation and that when you die you come back as a different person or even a different creature! Only the Christian faith tells us that we cannot earn a place in Heaven and that we don’t have to do much either to get into hell! Our afterlife as a Christian is determined by whether we accept the gift that our Creator God offers to us. Of course if one is a Christian that gift has already been accepted. The Bible tells us that we cannot earn the right no matter how ‘good’ we are in this life for if we could get to Heaven under our own steam I suppose there wouldn’t be a person living who would not make the effort. The truth is none of us have the ability for the gift is only by God’s grace and the sacrifice of Jesus who died that we may live, live in His presence for all eternity. Death has lost its sting for those who are in Christ Jesus, our debts have all been paid and we have been set free as prisoners who have served their time for their wrongdoing. Jesus took upon himself the punishment we ought to pay for our wrongdoing , if we believe and repent of them. What could be easier, what could be simpler? We may think we deserve a life hereafter in Heaven but unless our sins, our wrongdoings are paid for beforehand we will pay the price for them in hell. Jesus is the answer, He alone is our salvation, He alone can cleanse us from our wrongdoing and present us clean and holy before God. If you believe otherwise then ask yourself this question, ‘Can I really know that what I believe will be enough? When I die, what really happens to me and will it be too late once I am dead’? It would be a horrible thing not to have accepted Jesus then find out you were wrong. If believers are wrong they have lost nothing but if unbelievers are wrong they have lost an eternity in Paradise. Death, where is thy sting?

Shirley Anne

Well connected

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KJV Bible

KJV Bible (Photo credit: knowhimonline)

Written by forty different authors spanning several centuries yet all contributions knit together like a jigsaw puzzle and have a thread within them which links them together. The Bible. Many have sought its destruction and have failed, many have tried to disprove its content and also have failed. The collection of books we know collectively as The Bible cover many subjects but overall it is a history book and a book of prophesy. It is a book about life and the purpose and future of mankind. It is a manual for living and the words it contains are alive. Many have no understanding of its purpose and meaning often preferring to dismiss it without prior study, often preferring to believe in something else yet not being able to justify it. One of the main characters and contributors in the New Testament, Paul, was vehemently against the followers of Christ to the point of seeking them out and persecuting them until one day as he made his way to Damascus to pursue his passion of hate he was confronted by God. That experience led him to repent and become a driving force in the early Church. My own experience followed a similar vein. The Bible has been called a fairy tale by those who oppose the faith, some even going out of their way to bring it to disrepute. Often this is because they do not want to have their way of life challenged in any way and that is probably because The Bible speaks out against the practices of some. Religion has been blamed as the cause of friction and the many wars that mankind has endured over the millennia but in fact it has been proven not to be true, in fact most wars have been caused by other things not related to religion. This argument is a non-starter for an excuse not to believe in God. There will be scoffers, there will be unbelievers, there will be those who reject the truth, there will be those who are immoral, who slander, who cheat and lie, who think there will be no punishment or judgement, even those things are prophesied in The Bible. I say to those people read the book and gain an understanding, ask God that He open your heart to the truth of the matter. If you are sincere and persistent, He WILL answer and that’s a fact.

Shirley Anne

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It was all known long ago

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English: This illustration shows abstracted “slices” of space at different points in time. It is simplified as it shows only two of three spatial dimensions, to allow for the time axis to be displayed conveniently. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was watching a program about the creation of the Universe presented by Professor Stephen Hawking which told the story about the mechanics of the creation step by step right up to the creation of life. The Universe sprang up from nothing it was said, created from nothing as nothing existed before its creation, even time itself. Step by step we were taken through the process and why it became possible in the first place. There had to be imperfection for it to work because theoretically perfection would be the natural result of what is described as the Big Bang, creation. Professor Hawking is only one of the many scientists who have made the study of the origin of the Universe their life’s work. Once the Universe’s creation began it was gravity which was and is the force that set things in motion. Thousands of years ago, before there were scientists and theorists to explain these things an accurate account of Creation was written down. Scientists today have proven its validity but cannot explain how it was possible to know these things all those years ago. That account is in the first book in The Bible………….

The Beginning

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (The heavens and the Earth were a creation) Now the earth was formless and empty, (The Earth had just been formed by the coagulation of matter through gravitational force) darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. (The Sun had yet to be formed or was still in the process)

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. (The Earth rotated) God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. (Water in the atmosphere was there before it was on the land as it could only be whilst the land was cooling down) And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” (Formation of the continents and islands) And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” (Development of life) And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” (Acknowledgement of the creation of the stars, sun and moon) And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God

blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the

water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals

according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and

all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then

God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole

earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours

for food.30 And

to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the

creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of

life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

When I watched that program all the events highlighted in red were explained in detail just as it was written those thousands of years ago. The big question is….. How did the writer know these things? Who told him? There are other references to things in the Universe written in Scripture which at the time of writing could not possibly have been known. Again, how did the writer know these things? The Bible is considered to be the inspired word of God, that is those who wrote it were inspired to do so. It wasn’t guesswork but fact and it has subsequently been proven so. Even Professor Hawking confessed to there being a Creational force at work. The Universe wasn’t created by chance but by design.

Shirley Anne

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For those with deaf ears, blind eyes and a closed mind

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Palatine Hill, Rome

Palatine Hill, Rome (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article was published in http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org and is copied here in its entirety. All credit goes to Last Trumpet Ministries and its author Pastor David J. Meyer for the article.

 

                   Be Nobody’s Valentine

 

Each year on February 14th

countless millions of people celebrate a day known as “St. Valentine’s

Day.” Millions of heart-shaped cards and boxes of chocolates are given as

gifts, and even churches have Valentine parties on this so-called “Day of

Love.” In schools, from pre-school and kindergarten on up, children draw names

from a box  and exchange heart-shapes notes which “pair off” the

children and is said to be “all in fun.” People of all ages get into the

act, and the words that are heard everywhere on that day are, “Be My

Valentine.”

The sad fact is that most

people never question the origin of the customs that they involve themselves

with. Most people do not ask questions but do what everybody else does, never

stopping to consider how the Almighty God of Heaven feels about their

activities.  When we consider that Valentine’s Day is a day

of preoccupation with the heart, it is essential that we listen to the

following words spoken by the Almighty, “The heart is deceitful above all

things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I

try the reins, even to give every man according to his wages, and according to

the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:9-10

Christians should be known

by their discernment  and should be

asking questions regarding Valentine’s Day. What is the origin of this unusual

day?  Why is there a preoccupation

with the color red? Where did the heart shape come from, and what does it mean?

These and other questions will now be answered, as we examine the roots and

pagan origin of this popular day.

In the days of the Roman

Empire, the month of February was the last and shortest month of the year.

February originally had 30 days, but when Julius Caesar named the month of July

after himself, he decided to make that month longer and shortened February to 29

days while making July a month of 31 days. Later when Octavius Caesar, also

known as Augustus, came to power, he named the month of August after himself,

and not be outdone he also subtracted a day from February and gave the month of

August 31 days. To this very day it remains that way. The ancient Romans

believed that every month had a spirit that gained in strength and reached its

peak or apex of power in the middle or ides of the month.

This was usually the 15th day, and it was a day when witches and augurs,

or soothsayers worked their magic. An augur was a person filled with a spirit of

divination, and from the word augur we get the word “inaugurate”, which

means to “take omens”.  Since

February had been robbed by Caesars and had only 28 days, the ides of February

became the 14th day of that month. Since the Ides of a month was celebrated on

the preceding eve, the month of February was unique, because it was the 13th day

that became the eve of the Ides that month, and it became a very important pagan

holiday in the Empire of Rome. The sacred day of February 14th was called

Lupercalia” or “day of the wolf.”

This was a day that was sacred to the sexual frenzy of the goddess Juno.

This day also honored the Roman gods, Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the

legendary twin brothers, who supposedly founded Rome, Remus and Romulus. These

two are said to have been suckled by wolves in a cave on Palatine Hill in Rome.

The cave was called Lupercal and was the center of the celebrating on the eve of

Lupercalia or February 14th. On this day, Lupercalia, which was later named

Valentine’s Day, the Luperci or priests of Lupercus dressed in goatskins for a

bloody ceremony. The priests of Lupercus, the wolf god, would sacrifice goats

and a dog and then smear themselves with blood. These priests, made red with

sacrificial blood, would run around Palatine Hill in a wild frenzy while carving

a goatskin thong called a “februa.” Women would sit all around the hill, as

the bloody priests would strike them with the goatskin thongs to make them

fertile. The young women would then gather in the city and their names were put

in boxes. These “love notes” were called “billets.” The men of Rome

would draw a billet, and the woman whose name was on it became his sexual lust

partner with whom he would fornicate until the next Lupercalia or February 14th.

Thus, February 14th became a

day of unbridled sexual lust. The color “red” was sacred to that day because

of the blood and the “heart shape”  that

is popular to this day. The heart-shape was not a representation of the human

heart, which looks nothing like it. This shape represents the human female

matrix or opening to the chamber of sacred copulation.

When the Gnostic Catholic

Church began to get a foothold in Rome around the 3rd century A.D., they became

known as Valentinians. The Catholic  Valentinians

retained the sexual license of the festival in what they called “angels in a

nuptial chamber”, which was also called the “sacrament of copulation.”

This was said to be an reenactment of the marriage of “Sophia and the

Redeemer.” As the participants of the February 14th ritual began their sexual

sacrament, presided over and watched by the priests known as Valentinians, the

following literary was spoken: “Let the seed of light descend into thy bridal

chamber, receive the bridegroom… open thine arms to embrace him. Behold, grace

has descended upon thee.”

As time went on, the

Orthodox Church suppressed the Gnostic Catholics and manufactured “St.

Valentine”, whose day continues to be celebrated in these modern times.

It

should be without saying that the Christians should avoid Valentine’s Day like

a plague.  In God’s eyes, it is

still “Lupercalia”, the “Day Of

The Wolf.” Men become wolves, as they carry on the Satanic rituals of

fornication, which means sexual intercourse without marriage. We have heard of

the “wolf whistle”, and we all know that wolves do not whistle. It is

lustful men and women, who carry on Satan’s blasphemy

to this very day.

In

conclusion, we must ask ourselves, “Should a true Christian be associated in

any way with this celebration of evil roots? Should we be doing what the heathen

have done for so many years  and try

to justify it as love?” Romans 12:2 answers this very well, “And be not

conformed to this world: but be ye transformed

by the renewing of your mind…”

The

shocking information in this tract can be easily verified at any public library.  If you want more information, please contact us at:

Last

Trumpet Ministries International

PO

Box 806

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Dam, WI 53916

These

tracts have been prayed over, and you will never be the same after reading this

message. May our Lord Jesus Christ grant unto you a desire to walk in His truth.

Pastor

David J. Meyer

Shirley Anne

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You might think

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Rotating Black Hole

Many of my readers will have gathered by now that I like my work and I like working at home because of the many posts I have dedicated to it, especially more recently. Many will be wondering if I have any sort of life beyond what I do at work. They may think that all I do is work, work, work. Well that isn’t true of course. I might not write much about the many things I get up to but you can be sure I am active in other areas apart from my work. I play my guitar quite often but there is little to remark about that. I read quite a lot too but the things I read about are not fiction. they are all based on fact, I don’t read much fiction, hardly any at all. Most everything I read is factual. I read The Bible often and you might be thinking well, isn’t that fiction? I can assure you that it isn’t, it is filled with actual historic events all of which have been corroborated through other historical texts. The parts many people do not understand are those which make reference to a deity, a creator God and a redeemer called Jesus, thinking they are just fiction. Of course I disagree with such people because I have first-hand experience of God and Jesus, something which I cannot deny and that is why I believe in them both. I watched a television program a while back in which they were discussing observations of ‘Black Holes’. There are such phenomenal gravitational forces associated with Black Holes that once material is sucked into them it is lost forever, even light itself cannot escape such a strong gravity which is why we cannot see Black Holes and why they are so described. Yet something created all of what we do see and even what we don’t. Some people will say that we will one day be able to understand how the Universe was made for no-one so far has been able to. Many have put forward theories regarding Creation but the real answer lies in Creation having been created, suddenly popping into existence where nothing existed before. Many would argue that the Universe was created by a Black Hole expelling all of the material it had previously accumulated, which could actually be true but where did that material originally come from? God made it all. Simple. The Bible tells us that God created material from nothing, it wasn’t there before God made it. People might say that cannot be proven but I am already convinced and do not need tangible ‘proof’, my faith tells me it is true. Faith is like a receipt for something that has yet to be delivered, a sort of guarantee that it will arrive, a promise. You might think all of this is nonsense but you will always think that way unless your heart changes.

Shirley Anne

It is bad but it will get worse!

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Now I know this post will be met with disbelief for even I as a Christian find it hard to understand. It is only because of my faith that I can accept what is suggested. For those familiar with the Bible there are certain subjects contained therein which when first read seem not to be fully explained but when a proper study is made the truth is exposed. In the Old Testament mention is made of a race of giants which roamed the earth and little else is said of them but the information is there if one really looks for it. In the link below you will read about these giant beings and an explanation as to why they were here and if they will return. I hope you find the article of interest. Click on the link below….

http://vineoflife.net/2013/05/15/fallen-angels-hybrids-and-pure-evil/

Shirley Anne

A bit of a milestone perhaps?

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English: "Selkirk reading his Bible"

“Selkirk reading his Bible” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday last week I reached a bit of a milestone. Since becoming a Christian I set my mind to reading though The Bible as many times as I could, simply to gain more understanding as to the reasons I came to believe and what it all actually means. During the previous seven months to my conversion, my deliverance, my accepting Jesus as my Saviour, call it what you will, I had read through The Bible from cover to cover in my search for God and to gain understanding. I was determined to read through its pages again for I realised there was much more to learn than just from reading it through once or by selecting abstract passages alone. The whole set of its books must be read because they are inextricably linked. I have honoured that promise I made to myself and throughout my 24 years as a Christian I have read through The Bible now 30 times having just finished reading through from cover to cover again on Wednesday. That is on average more than once a year. Of course I read many of its books and pages in isolation as well as making reference frequently to confirm what other Christians are saying or just for self-edification and reassurance but mostly to learn and to gain understanding. People who make reference to certain passages to perhaps justify their unbelief or their attitude and lifestyles and who have probably not read through The Bible even once do not realise that The Bible cannot be used in this way. The Bible and the messages it contains need to be studied in-depth and that takes time. Although I have read it more than 30 times I am still learning and I am the first to admit that I have much to learn yet. A milestone may have been reached but there are many more of them along the road yet! After a short break I will probably return again to The Book of Genesis and start over.

Shirley Anne

Illogical Atheists?

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Atheists, Reconsider

Atheists, Reconsider

First of all I must state that as a Christian I have no problem with those who are atheist for I was one once. It isn’t a disease just as much as being a Christian isn’t. Conflict arises where there are social issues and concerns to consider. Christians are people who believe in a deity, a creator who made all things, everything we can and cannot see even ourselves whereas atheists do not believe in a deity and therefore must believe everything we see including ourselves came about by other means. That is simple logic. Christians are under attack when they try to influence how everyone else is supposed to live and which laws we should have to govern our societies. In the case of the UK, Christianity has been the influencing power, whether for the good or in some cases unfortunately for the bad over most of the last two millenia. Our laws are based upon those written in Scripture and from a Christian’s point of view, God-given. At this point I think many, if not all atheists would agree with the basic laws we have but not necessarily all of the others, the ones written in Scripture concerning certain moral and behavioural lifestyles. The Christian believes and agrees with the whole tenet of the law whereas the atheist agrees only in part. As an example, atheists who happen to be homosexual would not agree with what Scripture says about it but may be perfectly in agreement over the law which says, we should not kill (murder). There are many other examples. People will pick and choose from Scripture as it suits their belief system or non-belief system. Either the Bible is wholly true or none of it is. It cannot be both, at least to the believer. Atheism is also a belief system, though many atheists would immediately disagree and this is where they are illogical. Everybody believes in something, including atheists. Ask an atheist what they believe and it will probably be different from another who is an atheist. The real problem starts with Creation. Just how did we get here? This is a question that has been asked since the birth of mankind and there are only two fundamental possibilities. One is that everything was created and the other is that all things have eternally existed and only one of those can be right. When the latter possibility is studied and examined it becomes impossible to believe but when we study Creation as having been created by God everything falls into place quite easily. The more we delve into the Universe and how it came about the more the Creation model appears to be the truth. Unless we consider how the Universe was made we cannot make the decision that God doesn’t exist. If only the atheist would see that. Christians have the faith to believe He does.

Shirley Anne

It’s not for me they say

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A picture of Pisgah Baptist Church in Four Oak...

A picture of Pisgah Baptist Church in Four Oaks, North Carolina, USA.

There are many things in this life that hold no interest for me and this is the same for everyone on the planet. We can’t all like the same things or have the same interests right across the board. I hear people talking about their hobbies and interests and sometimes those things coincide with mine but not always. For so long in my life I couldn’t understand why people went to church on a Sunday and I felt it was more to do with their traditional habits than their belief in God. Of course at that time I had no interest in God so going to church meant nothing to me. When I actually started going to church on a regular basis it was a ritual for me, it meant nothing spiritually and it was more to do with my children. For reasons not known to me at that time I felt pushed to take them along but wasn’t quite sure why. The children enjoyed going, which helped and I felt happy that they were learning the traditions of men, not realising they were learning about God and Jesus Christ too! As I sat in the pews my experience was one of listening but not understanding. It was simply what I did on a Sunday morning. Before too long we moved away to where we live now and I found another church to attend on a Sunday. Both of these two churches were Methodist. It was during my first year at the second church that I began to take an interest in God and I read the Bible from the beginning to the end for the first time. This ultimately lead to me conversion and I had a ‘born again’ experience. I also began to attend a Pentecostal church about this time. These events are listed in my pages above for those who wish to know more so I won’t elaborate here. My life was changed completely for the better once I became a Christian believer and my sole wish was to tell others about this pearl of information I had discovered so they too might benefit by coming to God as I had done. This desire to ‘preach the Gospel‘ has stuck with me ever since and really it should be the desire of every born again believer! So I witness to people given every opportunity. You might ask why we Christians want others, complete strangers to know about God and salvation but there is a new driving force within us called the Holy Spirit empowering us and there is a new love in our hearts for those who don’t know. Writing about God in a Blog is a very easy thing to do, far easier than speaking with people face to face but I enjoy doing both. I expect a lot of rejection for my efforts for many say in their own way, ‘It’s not for me’, as if it were a hobby or a pastime for me, something I just do as a hobby or because I have an interest in Christianity. Christianity isn’t anything like Islam or Buddhism, Hinduism or any other ‘religions’ for it is the only one with the promise of eternal life.  Believing in a deity, is difficult to accept for many people so they dismiss it out of hand. It is only by openly pursuing God that He will be found though. We have to make the effort and earnestly seek Him. Saying that God doesn’t exist doesn’t mean He doesn’t but people will say the opposite,’believing in God doesn’t mean He exists either’. Well I didn’t know avocados existed before I saw one! The difference is that I can take avocados or not as I please without any consequences but this isn’t the same for God. If I don’t take hold of His free gift of life everlasting in Jesus Christ I will pay the consequences and these consequences will last an eternity! There will not be a second chance so why take that chance? Why gamble with your destiny? No, Christianity isn’t just a hobby or an interest, it isn’t all about going to a church or following the traditions of men as many do. It is about salvation, ETERNAL SALVATION. Pooh-pooh the idea if you think that isn’t true and I know many of you will do exactly that. It won’t stop me trying to get through to you though because I know the gift is very much worth accepting.

Click here for some eye-openers

http://www.finalfrontier.org.uk/

Shirley Anne

Out of the mouths of children

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This guy is really on fire for the Lord and so young too….

Ecclesiastes 12

New International VersionUK

1 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.[a]
‘Everything is meaningless!’

The conclusion of the matter

Not 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.[b] 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.

Footnotes:

  1. Ecclesiastes 12:8 Or the leader of the assembly; also in verses 9 and 10
  2. Ecclesiastes 12:11 Or Shepherd

Shirley Anne

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