They think it is right

Same Sex Marriage
Same Sex Marriage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently same sex (gender) marriage was pronounced lawful in the US. As in many other western countries supposedly and purportedly claiming to be Christian they ignore what God says on the matter and quote ‘Human Rights’ for justification. For myself I don’t care what they might think about same sex marriage, it still doesn’t make it right and in God’s eyes it isn’t. Yes God demands that we love one another and some think that is an excuse for their unnatural behaviour. It isn’t, they are deluded. I don’t judge them. It is God who will judge them.

Romans 1
God’s wrath against sinful humanity

18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is for ever praised. Amen.

26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.

28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worth while to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.

Romans 14:11

It is written:

“As surely as I live,” says the Lord,
“Every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will acknowledge God.”

12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

And also….1 Cor 6:9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men

Shirley Anne

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Not that way for all

I Accuse My Parents
I Accuse My Parents (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘We played many different games as children much as they do now., hide and seek, hopscotch, tag, football and cricket, rounders, skipping and a few others. During the summer months mum and dad took us out on weekly day trips, usually to the seaside and it was such fun getting things ready for the day out. We would make sandwiches with all different fillings, take a cake and biscuits some lemonade and a few items of fruit. We had to be certain we’d packed our swimsuits too! Half the excitement was in the preparation and getting to the destination. If it showed any signs of possible rain dad would tell us that the trip was off but most of the time he was just teasing us. Unless it was pouring down with rain and unlikely to stop we would make the trip. Often on the journey home we would tuck in to the remainder of the sandwiches and we would all be very tired after the day’s events. Those days were some of the most enjoyable times in my life and were only made so because our parents loved us so much. I thank them both.’ (Extract from ‘My Story’ above)

How much do you remember about your childhood? Was it a happy time? Were your parents or parent, attentive, loving, generous? Did they have time for you? Many of the problems we have today could be attributed to a lack of involvement by parents. Parents who do not guide their children, do not show their love often end up driving them to become anti-social and unloving or caring themselves. The problems are passed down through the generations. Is it possible that those who take drugs or end up in jail for criminal activity may not be as they are had their parents been more involved, more loving? It isn’t a guarantee of course that anyone’s children grow up to be upright citizens but it surely must be a possibility that if their upbringing  lacked a loving environment they would be more likely to end up as they are. In Scripture we are instructed to bring up our children in the ways they should go for it is their formative years that influence how they will live and behave as adults. I am so happy that my childhood was a pleasant time for me, at home at least. It wasn’t that way for me outside of my home. You can read something  about that in my pages above. Alas, for many children though their lives are not filled with love, affection and attentive parents.

Shirley Anne

What kind of world is this?

The Lost World (Conan Doyle novel)
The Lost World (Conan Doyle novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A couple of days ago we saw the horrible events unfold by the siege of an ordinary cafe in Sydney, Australia, where members of staff together with customers were being held hostage by a man wielding a gun in the name of  his religion. Two unfortunate captives lost their lives during the melee which ensued to bring about an end to the situation by the authorities. There was very little more that could be done than what was done to avert some casualties. Nonetheless many more lives might have been lost had action not been taken when it did. It is indeed a very sad world in which we live. Of course many will put the blame on religion in this and many other incidences like it but in fact religion per se has nothing to do with it, it is the deranged minds of those who carry out such atrocities. Some people are simply inherently evil in their dealings with others. Perhaps they cannot help themselves, perhaps they can but their behaviour is seldom an aberration from an otherwise normal one. A gun-wielding terrorist or madman is one thing but what about the behaviour of some of those who watched the events unfold? Some were seen to be taking ‘selfies’, pictures of themselves, with the action in the background! What is it with some people who feel the need to portray themselves as if part of an unfortunate situation? Have they no respect for anyone other than themselves? Personally I don’t understand why it is that some people like taking pictures of themselves all the time anyway. I am thinking they are either so self-centred or attempting to make themselves a somebody of importance. In whose eyes I wonder? The world is full of self-centred and selfish people. Maybe they should take note of the actions of one of the hostages in that siege who lost her own life by shielding her pregnant friend during the gunfire. There is no greater love than a man (or woman) lay down his (her) life for another.  John 15:13 (paraphrased). If only there was real love in this world.

Shirley Anne

The law of God

Bible
Bible (Photo credit: Light from Light)

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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Refreshing to know

Richmond Virginia
Richmond Virginia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Market day in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. T...
Market day in Ormskirk, Lancashire, England. Thursday has been market day in Ormskirk since at least 1292. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday morning I had no plans for the day, no work or anything so I didn’t bother dressing in my work clothes. I had been up a couple of hours but as I was a little later in getting up than usual I skipped my usual breakfast and simply had a fruit juice and some melon. I spent some time on my computer then decided to prepare a chilli for later in the day. I was half-way through doing that when my cellphone rang. The caller asked me in an obvious American accent if I could fix an electrical problem she was experiencing with her immersion heaters. The house, or rather the apartment block was in the next town, about ten miles away. Allowing myself to finish preparing the chilli I gave her a time to expect me, an hour later. When I arrived I was greeted by a woman of similar age to myself, in fact I discovered later that she was two years my junior. It turns out that she actually lives in Richmond, Virginia but stays in Ormskirk here in the UK with her husband usually from May to the beginning of September. Her husband is Greek and before they met he had established a home in Ormskirk and loved living there. He became a little homesick once they moved to Richmond so they decided to live in the UK for part of the year. It seems to work for them. During the time I was there chatting with the lady I was checking out her electrical problem by the way! I think she enjoyed the chat, I know I did. She told me the story of how they first came to live part of the time here. They had flown into Manchester airport and took the train into Liverpool for the forward journey to Ormskirk. Alighting at the station they knew they had no English currency and decided to use their credit card to withdraw some cash however on leaving the train the lady discovered her handbag wasn’t with her, she had left it on the train. She turned back and explained to the staff that she had left her bag on the train which was still at the station. The staff insisted there was no bag on the train but allowed her to go and look anyway. When one of the cleaning staff saw her they called her boss and told him that they had found the owner of the bag. One of the staff had found it and handed it in  to the office. The lady told me how much that meant to her that someone would be so considerate and not steal the bag as some might do. When the bag was returned to her she  found her credit card but alas, it wouldn’t work in the UK  They had to get a taxi to their hotel but had no cash. Furthermore they hadn’t eaten for many hours and couldn’t purchase a meal. In any case it was too late in the evening to buy anything. They had however some Euros and the cab driver said he would accept those in payment. Again they were amazed how considerate and helpful were everyone they  met. On arrival at the hotel they asked if there was food available at such a late hour but they were told that unfortunately everyone who worked in the kitchen had gone home. Someone mentioned that there was a Mc Donalds restaurant nearby so they walked the short distance there but it was closed except for serving the drive-through customers. They explained their predicament at the window but were refused food as they were not driving through! Something about health and safety had been put forward for the let-down. On returning to the hotel hungry and tired they met one of the staff, a woman, in the car park about to leave for home. It was now after midnight. They mentioned what had happened to them and she told them to get into her car and she would drive them through Mc Donalds. They got their food and thanked the woman for her kind gesture, after all they were complete strangers to her and it was very late at night. Listening to her story and experiences I was touched and wished that she and her husband would never have a bad experience her in the UK. It is nice to know that there are still good people in this world who are ready to help others when they are in difficulty.

As for the job I was doing, I had quoted my minimum charge telling her that I wouldn’t be charging any more unless I had to buy a replacement part. I found I had no need to do that. I discovered one of the immersion heaters was faulty and would require replacing by her plumber and the other was not faulty but needed a minor repair to the earth connection. She thanked me for being prompt, for arriving when I said I would and for not overcharging her for the work I’d done. I hope she will always have nice stories about the UK to tell her friends back in Richmond, Virginia.

Shirley Anne

They’re dropping like flies!

Death Valley
Death Valley 

When I was much younger I took little notice of my mortality and far less about those around me or those whom I knew as celebrities for instance. As time went by I would learn of the death of a famous person but still it only registered for a short while before the concerns in my own life took over my thoughts. Further still along the timeline I learned more and more of people I knew as celebrities and some I knew personally going the way of all flesh. As I grew older I became more and more aware that one day I too would pass away just as everyone else will do. I don’t remember much about my grandmother’s death which happened in 1968, that is my maternal grandmother and I never knew my paternal grandmother, who died before I was born. I never knew either of my grandfathers but only one who I would call a step-grandfather and whose death passed by with hardly any notice on my part. It is only in more recent times that the reality of death and mortality became more personal to me when my mother and father died in 1997 and 1999 respectively. E’s father passed away only seven years ago so I remember these times quite vividly. Her mother is still with us. My four siblings, all younger than I, the youngest being ten years my junior, are alive and well. I am presently in my 68th year but I know that one day it will be my turn to hang up my keys and leave the building but whereas at one time the thought terrified me, it no longer does. For some people death is a horrifying prospect, for others it is nothing to worry about. However I don’t treat death as the end of my existence, it isn’t, it is the beginning of an eternity elsewhere. My spirit, that part of me not in any way part of my flesh, will live forever. My flesh will rot away but my spirit cannot. I know my spirit will live on in the hearts of those I knew in life but when they’ve gone there will be no-one on earth to remember me and it won’t matter, that is unimportant. What matters is where my spirit will be after my death and I have the confidence and the promise of that location by the one who created me, God my heavenly Father for He made that possible through His Son, my Saviour Jesus. I wonder how many of those I see falling away around me were filled with the same confidence and assurance or will they have not cared, thinking all ended with their last breath? If they did, they will have been in for a surprise and it is now too late to do anything about it. I say to people don’t leave this world without Jesus as your Saviour, do something about it while there is still time.

Shirley Anne

What’s new?

Cover of "The Heart Is Deceitful Above Al...
Cover of The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

The world is getting out of hand, more drugs, more theft and robbery, more anti-social behaviour, more rape, more disobedience and lack of respect for property, life and the law. This is despite what people will tell you. When I was young reports of murder were few but these days there is hardly a week goes by without hearing of murder or manslaughter somewhere in the land. Life it seems is cheap to some people. In and around the town I grew up in, Liverpool, there has been an ever-increasing number of gun crimes in recent years mostly members of rival gangs shooting one another. Sadly sometimes innocent bystanders get in the line of fire as was the case a few years ago when a young boy was shot dead accidentally as he rode his bicycle in a pub car park and got into the line-of-fire. A short while ago there was a report of someone walking into a pub, singling out an individual and then shooting him and then shooting him once more whilst he was on the floor just to be sure he was dead. He then walked calmly out of the pub and into the night. People who carry out such evil seemingly have no conscience at all. Can anyone really be that callous? What is it that drives people to do such things? We can blame their up-bringing, their poor social standing, their parents and many other things but in the end it is down to the individual. Or is it? Even since writing this a few days ago there have been reports of more guns being fired in anger. Remember a post I placed soon after Christmas? How long will the good will to all men last? I am not surprised at all this for it says……………

2 Timothy 3

New International VersionUK

1 But mark this: there will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God – having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

Evil resides in the heart of those who who turn away from God.

Jeremiah 17:9

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?

Jeremiah 17:8-10

It will get far worse before it ever gets better. This is prophecy. Expect it.

Shirley Anne

Yet a further step away

Takva: A Man's Fear of God
Takva: A Man’s Fear of God (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Once upon a time this country was called a Christian country and God-fearing. The laws of God, His precepts were strictly adhered to for fear of God’s wrath. Probably many folk were more frightened of the Church because of the way the Church preached the Word but nevertheless the message was received and accepted. Religion has always been a problem in preaching God’s Word. Would God or does God recognise His Church in these last days? Much of the Church has lost its way and struggles with doctrine, often miss-interpreting Scripture along the way or allowing secular thoughts to influence in decision-making. God gave us His Word in writing showing us the covenants He made with us and laying down His laws and precepts for us to obey. Those laws and precepts remain true even to this day and will remain so forever. When we choose to disobey those rules (laws and precepts) we place ourselves in danger for He gave them to us for a good reason. However, many have turned away from God and choose to do their own thing and live their lives as they please but to be sure God isn’t pleased with them, though some who believe in Him would maintain that He does! Each defiant step we take away from His laws, away from His precepts takes us further away from Him. God loves us all but in no way loves the sins we commit before Him. Sins are what keeps mankind separated from God. This country, this nation, apart from those who love God and obey Him,  has moved far away from God and is getting further away from Him every day. Under the umbrella of the ‘Human Rights‘ advocates God’s laws are being disregarded and ignored, issues concerning homosexuality, same gender marriage, abortions, all go against God’s law. God is not pleased and will pass judgement in due course. The saying by many that this country of ours has ‘gone to the dogs’ is not far from the truth and we will most certainly reap the rewards for our evil ways one day. Our once great kingdom will no longer be great and is already part-way down that road. We, as a nation, need to repent of our ways and get back to God. It is then and only then will we prosper.

Jeremiah 18

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.

2 Chronicles 7

14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Shirley Anne

It’s back to normal already

Corner Brook, Stockbridge Village
Corner Brook, Stockbridge Village (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A couple of weeks after the ‘season of goodwill toward all men (mankind)’ and already things are back to normal, normal in the sense that people are back to their old ways, thieving, assault, burglary and even murder and attempted murder! Gangs warring against rivals as in the case of an attempted murder reported in Stockbridge Village on the outskirts of Liverpool. I know the place quite well. Someone ran into a pub and fired off a few rounds in an attempt to kill his victim who fortunately survived the attack and was in hospital at the time of writing. So much for peace and goodwill. ‘Tis the season to be jolly but it means nothing to many. Thankfully I do not live in Liverpool now but even so where I do live isn’t that much better. There were a couple of murders reported where I live only last year. One was an acquaintance of mine who had been strangled to death by a taxi driver seeking to rob her. What was going on in his mind is beyond me. There seems to be a complete lack of respect for life among certain quarters of our society. Society itself is going downhill it seems. Saturday nights in town have become a war zone through people imbibing too much alcohol and taking recreational drugs. The town centres of our land have become battle-grounds forcing the rest of us to avoid spending an evening there. Not that I would go into town for a night out unless I was with a group of people. It’s funny but according to many, human beings have been around for some time and if that is the case you would think by now we would have developed enough to have done away with evil practices. If you think we are ‘getting there’ you are sadly mistaken. I appears more likely that we are getting worse!

Shirley Anne

Why am I receiving all this junk?

Malicious websites attempt to install spyware ...
Malicious websites attempt to install spyware on readers’ computers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Each time I visit my email boxes I am inundated with junk emails or ‘spam’. I get offers to take out loans, to respond to nasty messages telling me my bank account has been temporarily suspended due to suspected security intrusions and will need to verify my credentials. All of it nonsense of course as in most cases I am not a member of the bank in question. If I were to click on the links suggested I would leave myself open to malware and if I gave any information I could have my bank balance emptied by the fraudster. In any case my banks would never ask for such information for obvious security reasons. As for taking out a loan or encouraging me to spend unnecessarily, that would only put me into greater debt! I get invitations to view people’s private photograph or video sites and they are happening with ever-increasing regularity lately. For one the sites are probably pornographic in nature or are enticing me to join such sites. Maybe there are other ways to place malware  on to my computer, who knows? I am not about to find out though! To me it is all rubbish and I wont entertain any of it. It proves there are some nasty people on this planet. Why do you suppose there are people like that? Wherever we go we will find dishonesty in people, even in those we hold in great esteem sometimes. We can hope and pray for a better world but in the meantime we must put up with it all and remain vigilant.

Shirley Anne