Me reading?

Throughout my life I have never been one who took much interest in reading unless it was something factual or was supposed to be. Remember we have to read untruths too before we discern those things which are true. Knowledge is a fine thing but truth has to be supported by evidence. There are many things purporting to be true but they lack supporting evidence. We may read something which is the truth yet we don’t recognise it as such. We even reject the truth when the evidence is plainly there to see! Preconceived ideas and beliefs hold back the truth from us. I never read fiction, it has to be real for me. My earliest interests centred around astronomy. Beginning with the solar system and extending out to the stars and galaxies my interests grew so much I could digest huge amounts of information and still hunger for more. The more I discovered the more deep my interest. You might guess therefore that I possess many books about astronomy though these days I seldom read any of them. With the advent of The Internet there is little point as any information is out there to be had at the touch of a keyboard button. I still take an interest in the subject and probably always will. During my search for God in the years 1987 and 1988 my focus had been in reconciling the vastness of ‘space’ with the God who made it and it was somewhat of a stumbling block to my becoming a Christian believer. There was a yearning in my heart to know the truth and in my simplicity I asked God to reveal Himself to me. At this point I could diversify and write about my conversion but that isn’t the subject of this post. Save to say, I was converted and as I grew in my understanding things began to make sense. My Bible studies drew as much if not more interest as did my study of astronomy and so all my reading was in that direction. One can only learn facts by what is read, spoken or seen. There are many folk who think they know it all though they neither read, listen or look. They deceive themselves and the truth evades them. Since becoming a Christian in 1989 I have done much in the way of studying my faith and still continue to this day. As with any study we have to discern what is truth and what isn’t. For the Christian there is an assistant, a helper to guide us to the truth….The Holy Spirit. It is He who reveals the truth of the matter in our hearts as we study, for He reveals His own truth, God’s truth. After all The Bible is the inspired Word of God, The Holy Spirit inspired the writers to write what they did. Without a knowledge of anything anyone else wrote! It isn’t an instinctive awareness, for that is something we all have both believer and unbeliever alike. So I read a lot about my faith so that my understanding will grow. At the moment I am reading a book (online) about ‘The End Times‘ or more accurately the years preceding Christ’s return as prophesied in Scripture. The web site is  https://in-gods-service.com/   and specifically the article named ’69th-generation a biblical commentary on Daniel 9 (Book of) and the generation of Christ’s return.’ There is a link where the book may be downloaded free of charge for anyone wishing to read it. Having read the Bible around thirty times through and many isolated passages many times it never ceases to amaze me when new things are revealed to me from its pages. The particular article mentioned above draws out some very interesting facts otherwise passed over when being read as it links these facts together. The information is there for all those who seek it but remains hidden from those who don’t.  Even though the information is in plain view, God, The Holy Spirit, has presented it in such a way as not to be obvious to the casual reader. The book is well worth reading for any Christian who is serious about their faith and who wishes to understand the times. It is all there in The Bible……

Shirley Anne

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One last chance?

Recently I had the opportunity to view again a movie I chanced upon and watched a few years ago. I enjoyed it then as I did the second time around. The movie had a message in it which made me think it was produced by a Christian or Christians aiming to use it as a witness to the unbeliever who may be watching it. The movie was called ‘Left behind‘ and the leading actor was Nicolas Cage. Perhaps you have seen it too dear reader? I wondered whilst watching it just how many unbelieving hearts were touched by its message enough for them to reconsider their view. The basic theme of the movie centred around these Bible verses:-

Matthew 24:40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
Matthew 24:41 Two women will be grinding with a hand-mill; one will be taken and the other left.
Luke 17:34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left.
Luke 17:35 Two women will be grinding corn together; one will be taken and the other left.’

In the movie many people and all of the children suddenly disappeared. Clothes were just left where they had stood. Those who were left couldn’t understand what had happened though some began to realise it was a fulfillment of Scripture….the beginning of the end. Nicolas Cage was the pilot of a plane whose co-pilot, some of the crew and passengers suddenly disappeared whilst in flight. Even a pastor of a church had been left behind and we learned why, although he could quote Scripture he admitted to not believing in what he was preaching. I know a few people just like him. One evening while at a ‘Four square gospel‘ businessmen’s dinner one such pastor of a church gave us his testimony explaining how he became a Christian years after he became ordained. For so many years he too had preached The Gospel but had no real belief until one day it dawned upon him. At that point he invited Jesus into his heart and became ‘saved’. The movie didn’t explain what happened to all those who had been left behind but someone realised that the preceding ‘rapture’ marked the beginning of  the tribulation and the suffering of all who were left.

So now will you believe? Now will you take notice? Now will you come to Christ and be saved? The choice is yours. The rapture may indeed come tonight, only God knows.

Shirley Anne

Matthew 13:24–30
In this short story, Jesus tells why God allows evil to continue in the world. According to Jesus, if God uprooted all the evil people (the weeds) now, others (the wheat) might be uprooted along with them.
For now, God’s allowing evil doesn’t mean he condones it. Rather, God is waiting for people to turn to him and accept his leadership in their lives. After all, if tonight at midnight God wiped out all the people who hadn’t yet trusted in him, where would you be in the morning?
Verse 30 gives us an image of the final separation that God will initiate at the end of time. On that day, God wants to gather you, as one of his people, into his heaven. Won’t you accept that gracious offer?
Taken from NIV The NIV Journey Bible

Shirley Anne

Borrowed time

Borrowed Time (John Lennon song)
Borrowed Time (John Lennon song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I suppose most of us give little thought about our mortality. It’s not something people like to dwell upon when they are enjoying their lives. For many people the act of dying simply means they cease to exist, they have no hope of a life beyond the grave because they don’t believe in such things. It says in Scripture these things…

Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

God has set eternity in our hearts so for those who don’t believe in God does that mean they never think about eternity? I think not. I think the unbelieving heart is simply not ready to accept it. The fact is eternity does exist. How could it not? Whether we believe in it is irrelevant. We cannot say that something doesn’t exist because we don’t believe it, that is an absurd assumption. It is the same with God, not believing in Him doesn’t mean He doesn’t exist. Because we don’t understand doesn’t mean it isn’t true. In the latter half of the verse shown it reminds us that NO one can fathom what God has done. It is all above our understanding, yet if we believe in God, if we believe in Jesus Christ, God actually gives us the understanding through His Spirit! It all becomes clear and in fact not believing becomes an abhorrent thought. What God reveals in our hearts is the truth and we have hope if we trust in Him. What’s more He give us that eternal life once we believe in Him and in the One He sent, The Lord Jesus, it becomes the reality we didn’t previously understand.

One of the most amazing things is He gives us the choice to believe or not. From someone who spent 43 years of her life as an unbeliever but became a believer, who did not understand but now does, believe me when I say that knowing God and having that eternal hope is worth reaching out for. Don’t put off seeking God for your days may be numbered, in fact they are numbered. Waiting for another time may prove too late, you are living on borrowed time…………….

God is calling you to Salvation through His Son Jesus……….reach out and believe.

Shirley Anne

Here is a true story…..
Sharing Your Story (Acts 4:1–22)
Peter and John are “unschooled, ordinary men.” Both are fishermen—a lower-class vocation. Some of the Pharisees who arrest the two for healing a crippled beggar are particularly puzzled by the men’s ability to speak articulately and effect healing. The only possible explanation is that these men have spent time with Jesus.
Jesus’ forgiveness and grace together comprised the only reason Peter and John had a chance to succeed in life. The same holds true for Ken Freeman, who emerged from homelessness to become a lifelong evangelist.
His mother was an alcoholic, and his father didn’t care enough to stick around. In a seemingly unending succession, Ken called nine different men his stepfather, but not one of them proved to be a worthy father figure. His home life brought only continuing abuse and neglect. As a young teen, Ken decided that he was better off on the streets than living the continuing nightmare at home.
When he was 16, Ken heard about a local church revival. He didn’t care about the revival as such, but he was lured by the free pizza being offered. Although he attended with the goal of filling his belly, God had other plans.
That night Ken met Jesus for the first time, and the encounter transformed him completely. He developed a growing passion for teenagers and their families, and at age 19, he began traveling and speaking at youth camps and church revivals across the country. Ken did not attend seminary to learn how to tell people about Jesus. He simply told his story. And people listened.
More than 200,000 people have come to know Jesus through Ken’s ministry. Despite having grown up in a broken home, he and his wife have been married for almost 40 years. Ken credits Jesus for the miraculous changes and incredible ministry that have blessed his life.

How do you think Ken Freeman can maintain such a positive outlook on life despite his difficult childhood?

Taken from NIV College Devotional Bible

Shirley Anne

What is the point?

The Meaning of Life (Tankard album)
The Meaning of Life (Tankard album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever wonder what the meaning of life is? Are we here by accident, the result of eons of development through evolution or are we here by design? What is life after all? Throughout our lives we are always seeking after something. Stop and think about that for a moment. We seek peace, prosperity, good health, good relationships, happiness, a good time, financial security, physical security, acceptance in society and other individuals and these are only a few. Whenever we reach a goal we are often still not satisfied having achieved it, we want more, we strive for things that in the end are of no real benefit, in fact anything we gain in our lives doesn’t really benefit us at all and we have to give them up with our last breath. So what is the point?

Shirley Anne

Ecclesiastes 12:13–14
Throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon points out the futility of life. He walks down several paths as he looks for meaning in life—pleasure, wealth, wisdom, work. Not many of us will ever possess the time or the resources to do the kind of searching that Solomon did, so this book gives us the benefit of his experience and allows us to peek at the end of the story. His conclusion? No matter how hard we try to manufacture meaning in life, time passes and we all die.
But don’t despair! Solomon directs us to the ultimate source for finding meaning in life: knowing and living with God.
Think of unanswered questions as doors that slam in our faces. With gut-wrenching accuracy, Solomon forces us to look at our lives and recognize that these obstacles exist. But instead of trying to supply us with keys to open those doors by ourselves, Solomon points us to God, the Locksmith who promises to help us find a way. Ultimately, true meaning in life can be found only in a relationship with God—a relationship that is the “duty of all mankind” (verse 13).
Taken from NIV The Journey Bible

Shirley Anne

Six days

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The Sabbath Breaker Stoned, by James Tissot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Exodus 20:9
Six days you shall labour and do all your work,

Exodus 34:21
‘Six days you shall labour, but on the seventh day you shall rest; even during the ploughing season and harvest you must rest.

Exodus 35:2
for six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the Lord. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.

Deuteronomy 5:13
Six days you shall labour and do all your work,

Some harsh words here and there but these verses not only display God’s will but show us just how much He cares for us. How can only working for six days benefit any of us in this day and age you might ask? Why did God set these rules down? If we ignore them what are the consequences? Well many people today think nothing of what is written in The Bible, it is all myth to them, stories made up to keep us under control they say. If that is true then who made them up? If they don’t believe they don’t believe, they might not suffer any ill effects or so they think. In the first instance they are rejecting their Creator and His love. Secondly they tire themselves out working seven days a week presumably to earn more money to buy more things that ultimately they will leave behind when they die! God doesn’t want us to wear ourselves to the bone, why do you suppose He set the rule to labour but for six days? It is for our benefit, in fact everything God does is for our benefit. Isn’t the sacrifice of Jesus enough to show you how much God cares? So I make it that I rest on the Sabbath, to recharge my batteries so to speak and reflect on the love of God. I reflect on the love of God every day to be truthful. I get phone calls from people wanting me to work at the weekend simply because they don’t want to take time off during the week to have things done. One guy phoned me and asked if I would work on Saturday and after I told him that I need the weekends for myself he had the cheek to ask if I would work in the evening instead! When I have been working all day either doing my electrical work or working at home I am not prepared to work in the evenings too, especially at my age! I told him to try elsewhere. Around 11 o’clock on Sunday morning I received a call for help from a house in the next township. All electrical power had been lost which meant amongst other things that food in freezers and fridges would perish. As it was an emergency I went to investigate.
Matthew 12:11
He said to them, ‘If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out?

An open Eaton circuit breaker panel
An open Eaton circuit breaker panel (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes it was the Sabbath but it was also an emergency, an exception. I discovered that the main circuit-breaker board had burned and as I found out later it was due to a loose connection. The insulation around the cables connected to one of the connector blocks had begun to melt and the block itself was covered in carbon. Even the (plastic*) board had started to melt in that area. Fortunately I was able to put things right and restore the power. I charged no more for the work than if it had been done during the week. I will work on a Sunday and have done several times in the past but always and only if it is an emergency.

*New regulations forbid the installation of plastic circuit-breaker (or fuse) boards because they can be a hazard if this kind of fault occurs. Regulations now require the fitting of metal-cased units in new installations.

Shirley Anne

Who do you say he is?

Maybe you have heard about Jesus, maybe you learned about him at school but did you understand? Did you reject the possibility that Jesus was God in the flesh once you grew out of childhood and reasoned things out for yourself? Many do exactly that but they are rejecting their Creator. Evidence for God surrounds us all and we have no excuse in denying that. Many will say that creation (of life) came about through natural processes that were the result of a developing universe but fail to see that even the universe had a beginning. Who then created the Universe? You see God has always been, He exists outside of time, He was not created as many try to assume. ‘Who created God?’, they say. God is Spirit and we too are spirit though for now we live in the flesh too. Once we die our spirit still lives on, not in the thoughts of those we leave behind but for all eternity with the Spirit who created us, that is if we believe. Jesus came from God for he is God. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Jesus points the way to God and there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. If you don’t believe in Jesus how can you believe in God?


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Matthew 16:13-17

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.

…………………….

Ask God to reveal Himself to you, to come into your life by His Spirit and lead you to Salvation through Jesus Christ.

Shirley Anne

My love

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

Is my love like a red, red rose? The person of my dreams? My lifelong companion? Can it be compared to all these things or is it something better? Is there anything better than these things? I fell in love with another human being more than 44 years ago and nothing has changed that love. Love is forever else it isn’t real love at all. Love is much more than that

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13)

Then I found a love more precious…………..

Real love is found in Jesus Christ the Saviour of the world. What do I mean by that? Because of Jesus’ sacrifice all who believe in him can be saved. All of mankind is separated from God because of sin and no-one through their own effort can change that. If we commit a crime we end up in jail, we have to pay the penalty so justice  is served. Jesus has paid the penalty for all our sins because we were helpless to do so. All we have to do is repent (turn away from) of our sins and let Jesus be our Saviour. In doing so we can restore our relationship with our Creator God and enjoy everlasting life in heaven.

The choice is ours

6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways
    and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon. (Isaiah 55)

Shirley Anne

Why the change?

People often ask me why I became a Christian especially after I have told them I was an atheist beforehand. It doesn’t necessarily follow that someone was an atheist before they came to believe in Christ Jesus. They may simply have been open-minded but unsure. In fact many people claim they are Christians but really they are not when they think about it. Just because a person’s parents had them ‘baptised’ or they went to or still attend church it doesn’t make them a Christian.


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When I was about 43 years of age I found myself wanting to read The Bible, I found myself with the desire to know what its pages contained. I wanted to know if there really was a God. Up and until then I had been against the idea. I refused and resisted any suggestion that God existed. I had become open-minded and I even began to write poems asking Him to show me and praying He would reveal Himself to me if indeed He was there. The rest they say is history. God indeed did reveal Himself but not in the way I might have expected. He reveals Himself in different ways to each of us. I woke up one morning with a very strong feeling of love overwhelming me, washing through my body as I lay there and I knew in an instant that is was from God. I began to understand the great love God my heavenly Father has for me and how He showed me that love by the sacrifice He made through Jesus Christ. My sins had kept us apart and I could do nothing about it but because of God’s immense love for me and indeed for everyone He gave me a way out so that He and I could be reconciled. He gave me a Saviour, someone who paid the price for my sins thereby setting me free. The punishment I deserve has been placed upon my Saviour and he suffered the shame and torment instead. It meant I could enter into the presence of God as pure, holy and righteous, the only way I could. Why did I change? I was persuaded by a love I had never known or previously experienced. My Saviour is Jesus Christ. Is he your Saviour too? We all need a saviour whether we believe it or not, we all need Jesus Christ. Get wise, come to the living God, come to Jesus and be saved.

John 1:12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God –

Shirley Anne

Still skeptical?

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

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