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He got the message

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There are many people like the man in the short video below who simply did not understand for one of many reasons. Something in him directed his thinking and he began to reason things out for himself. Rather than remaining as he was he was open-minded and had a determination to seek the truth which in fact is very near to us all. It just needs a willing heart and an inquisitive spirit but each one has to make the journey in their own way. Here is his testimony….

I hope you found it interesting enough to take stock and examine your own beliefs and maybe realise that there is something lacking in them.

Shirley Anne

Off limits!

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I had to get up as early as possible on Tuesday despite being tired the night before from that day’s work but I had slept well and woke up refreshed. Recently the weather has improved and the days have been quite warm and sunny, too warm for any strenuous work as far as I am concerned but I had work to do. If I could get started early I could still get much done before the afternoon when the sun would be beating down upon me in that part of the garden. I am referring to my little project in or on the Plot. Basically the work I am doing at the moment is mixing mortar and laying bricks. Now I am in no way a qualified bricklayer but I think I do a fair job. The hardest thing isn’t mixing the mortar because the mixer does that, it is getting everything lined-up and the walls straight and vertical. If I were a professional bricklayer I would use a line to get the walls straight and I have done that on previous jobs I have done but for this particular job I have chosen to use a straight piece of timber instead. For shorter walls I find this method easier. It really doesn’t matter as long as the walls end up as planned. It would be around one-thirty before I felt I’d had enough for the day and it was beginning to get uncomfortably warm in my overalls even though I was working in the shade and even though I was completely naked underneath them as I had chosen to leave off wearing my day clothes. A little later and it would have been under the sun. This is what I have done so far (Tuesday)..Plot 7  As you can see the area was under the sun a short time later. I’d had a quick-lunch around twelve-thirty and continued to work for an hour before packing everything away. After getting changed I spent a couple of hours on the patio but ended up lying in the shade of the umbrella for it was too hot in the sunshine. However, try as I might to relax I was constantly pestered by flying insects and decided to go indoors for a moment. I returned and resumed my position on the patio but this time no flies came near. I was off-limits! Why? I had applied some moisturizing cream to my exposed skin and it was scented with lavender. I love the fragrance of lavender but flies hate it! It is said that if you use lavender impregnated sprays and perfumes around the house it helps keep the flies at bay. I hoped to resume my bricklaying the following day and again whilst it was cooler in the morning.

Shirley Anne

God is dead?

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Many people in my country and probably around the world say they have no time for religion. Religion they say is the root cause of many of the problems we face in today’s world. Nothing could be further from the truth. It isn’t religion which causes the suffering and the pain, the greed and the lust, the hatred and the deceit, it is mankind. Mankind is the real problem because mankind lives in sin, sin is a part of us like a bad rash that clings to our skin and nothing will remove it. God can remove it though and He did it through Jesus Christ yet still many refuse the idea so they remain in their sins and nothing changes but it can be different………….Open your hearts and see that God is good, that we are sinners and are in need of salvation or we are doomed….Christ died for our very souls but he rose from the dead and conquered death……

The Resurrection of Christ

The Resurrection of Christ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Christ Is Risen (1 Corinthians 15:55)

Matt Maher, Mia Fields

Let no one caught in sin remain
Inside the lie of inward shame
But fix our eyes upon the cross
And run to him
Who showed great love
And bled for us
Freely you’ve bled for us
Christ is risen from the dead
Trampling over death by death
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Christ is risen from the dead
We are one with him again
Come awake, come awake
Come and rise up from the grave
Beneath the weight of all our sin
You bowed to none but heaven’s will
No scheme of hell
No scoffer’s crown
No burden great
Can hold you down
In strength you reign
Forever let your church proclaim
O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
The glory of God has defeated the night
O death, where is your sting?
O hell, where is your victory?
O church, come stand in the light
Our God is not dead
He’s alive! He’s alive!

Behind the Song

Matt Maher finds inspiration for songs in unusual places. One of his friends, a Ukrainian priest, told him about an amazing sermon from the fourth century, and Maher immediately resonated with its message.

“There was a priest named John Chrysostom,” Maher explains. “His nickname was ‘The Golden Tongue’ because he was such a great preacher. One year on Easter, he preached a homily with the message; ‘Christ is risen from the dead, trampling over death by death and redeeming us from the grave.’ ” Maher was so moved by both the original Chrysostom message and the passion of his Ukrainian friend as he told him about it, that he began to explore the concept within the context of a worship song for Easter.

“The whole song is about the cross—the death and the resurrection of Christ,” Maher adds. “Hell thought it had swallowed another victim; just another human being, but it swallowed God Incarnate. So God literally used death to destroy death and that’s something only God can do!”

The song ends by triumphantly proclaiming “He’s alive! He’s alive!” “It’s a refutation of modernism in a way,” Maher admits. “There’s this whole notion in these times that religion is obsolete or God is dead. He is not dead. He’s alive!”

Taken from NIV Worship Together Bible

Remember there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. Jesus Christ is the only way to Salvation. No ‘religion’, no prophet, no false god or idol, only Jesus.

Shirley Anne

Broken bones

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X-ray shot of Trachemys scripta with bone fracture of femur. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are like broken bones and often we are in need of repair just as our bones would if they were indeed broken. Sometimes though the damage is so bad that we cannot see how repairs of any kind would help. We live broken lives and put up with it but there is hope, we are not left in that state forever as long as we believe it can change.
Shirley Anne

Tending Each Other’s Wounds (Hebrews 10:24–25)

The book of Hebrews was written to Christians who were facing persecution. Though evidently none of them had as yet been martyred because of their faith (see Hebrews 12:4), a number had been jailed or had their property confiscated (see Hebrews 10:34).
Most of the believers addressed in Hebrews had converted to Christianity from Judaism. Now, because of persecution, they were being pressured to return to Judaism. Some went along with the change, reasoning that the commandments and teachings of the Hebrew religion were the same as that of Christianity, but without Jesus.
The writer of Hebrews urged these believers to recognize that no faith is complete without Jesus. To turn away from Jesus is to cut out the very heart of Christianity.
Still, the threat of further persecution was real. Things would get very difficult for the believers. The writer of this letter responded to this threat by reminding his readers, first, that Jesus had endured hardships and persecution and therefore understood what they were going through. Jesus would provide them with divine assistance and encouragement, no matter how severe their suffering. Second, they could not make it on their own; they needed to help one another, precisely because of the tough times ahead.
That is good advice for spouses who need to encourage one another, particularly in times of crisis, such as financial hardship, relationship challenges, infertility issues or painful losses. No matter what happens or how severe our pain, the only way to triumph over trial is to be anchored in Christ and in each other.
Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones. But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed.
Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from anger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.
A broken femur that has healed is evidence that someone has taken time to stay with the one who fell, has bound up the wound, has carried the person to safety and has tended the person through recovery. Helping someone else through difficulty is where civilization starts, Mead said.
That sounds a lot like the gospel, doesn’t it? Jesus died for our sins when we were still sinners. He is our comfort and salvation when we are broken and dying. He is our lifeline in suffering. Now, as the writer of Hebrews said, we get to do the same for one another.
—Wayne Brouwer
Taken from NIV Couples’ Devotional Bible

Remember, no-one is unrepairable or unreachable where Christ Jesus is concerned…………

Shirley Anne

Who’s Jesus you ask?

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sunsetNever Heard About Jesus?

That question is often asked whenever I and most other Christians who witness to people. It is assumed that God condemns everyone if they are not Christian believers yet at the same time tells us that the only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ, for there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved. Those not actually having heard about this God’s plan for salvation through His son will still be judged. No-one can escape the fact that God has revealed Himself through His creation so there is no excuse for not seeing that in their hearts…………so

What About Those Who Have Never Heard About Jesus? (Acts 4:12)

Jesus was clear about the rules for receiving salvation when he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (Jn 14:6). And when speaking about Jesus, the apostle Peter said in this passage, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Further, all people have to answer to God whether or not they have “heard” about him (see Heb 9:27). The Bible states that God has clearly revealed himself in creation (see Ro 1:19–20) and that he has “set eternity in the human heart” (Ecc 3:11). This means that people see all around them the evidence of God and sense within themselves the truth that they are meant for more than this world. God is not the problem; humankind is. Because of sin, people reject this knowledge of God and rebel against his will (see Ro 1:21–23). It is only because of God’s grace (see Eph 2:8–9) that he saves people from their own sinful desires (see Ro 1:24–32).

How God works out his plan is mysterious and complicated. We have our ideas of what it means for Jesus to be “the way,” but he is not bound by our understanding. God works to accomplish his goals in ways that we will never see or comprehend. The wideness of God’s mercy and the tenacity of his love is beyond our intellectual capacity.

Jesus is central in the redemption story. But God rewards those who seek him (see Heb 11:6). It is our mission to help those who seek him and make sure that those who have yet to answer God’s call hear and understand the gospel (see Mt 28:19–20; Ac 1:8). God always acts justly; he never acts unfairly or wrongly (see Dt 32:4). We might be surprised at the final roll call of heaven. Fortunately, it is God—not us—who will sort out the details in each person’s case.

Taken from NIV Essentials Study Bible

So what’s your excuse?

Shirley Anne

Oh stubborn heart

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Not Guilty (The Acquittal) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Think no-one loves you? Think you are so full of wrongdoing that you are a hopeless case? Well think again. You are loved and you can be set free from your sins if you would only believe. Sin is common to us all but we can fight against it. Whilst we breathe we will never overcome the sin in our lives but we can determine not to sin if we will it. We will fail sometimes and that is a certainty. How then can we be freed from our sins if we cannot do that ourselves? The truth is that we cannot but God so loved the world (us) that he gave His only son as a sacrifice to pay for all our sins once and for all time (John 3:16). His name is Jesus. He paid the price for all our sins. We don’t deserve it but that is the nature of God, He loves us all.
Shirley Anne
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God Frees You from Sin (Romans 3:22–24)

What a glorious promise! God loves us so much that he wanted to make us right with him. Because he is a just God, he could not simply overlook our sin. His justice required that someone pay the penalty for it. And someone did. God sent his only Son as the perfect sacrifice to take the punishment our sins required.

God promises that when we trust in what Jesus did for us, he will take away our sins—no matter who we are or what we have done. No sin is so great that God cannot wipe it away. Because of Jesus’ death, God declares us not guilty and sets us free. Of course, we will never be completely without sin until we get to heaven, but in the meantime, God looks at us and sees Christ’s righteousness instead of our sin.

Today, declare your independence. God has freed you.
God’s Promise to Me

You are made right in my sight when you trust my Son to take away your sins.
I declare you not guilty.

My (your) Prayer to God

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to declare me “not guilty” by his death on the cross. I trust you, Lord.

(Taken from Once a Day Bible Promises)

Shirley Anne

Regrets

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Many times in my life I have made decisions that I later regretted, as we have all done no doubt but unless we learn from them we can end up in a miserable state. Bad decisions can be reversed, bad habits eliminated if we make the effort. It is too easy to simply go with the flow or to make the decision not to change things in our lives. We can be so lazy when it comes to self-discipline sometimes.We have to realise the benefits we can reap by making necessary changes. Some though are that stubborn they will never change, even if at the possibility that the change would be in their favour! They don’t like being told they are wrong or that there is a better way. It is all to their detriment however and sadly some will go to their graves not knowing how much better it could have been. I was watching a video on YouTube recently where the subject was about Biblical prophecy concerning the ‘End Times’. So many things written in Scripture focus on prophecy, almost one-third of the Bible itself! Of course not all will be aware of such things because in some instances they have never heard about The Bible and in other instances unbelief and stubborn hearts are a stumbling block. Prophecy is God telling us what is going to happen in the future so if we refuse to listen we are putting ourselves in danger. Many Biblical prophecies concern events which actually came to pass many years ago but many concern events yet to happen. Prophetic signs point the way and show us even now that events happening today seem ‘to indicate we may be heading fast into those ‘End Times’.

The video mentions things like one world government, cashless society, RFID chip technology and other things. We are most certainly heading in the direction of the end times. Many of these things are not on the face of it a problem but the evil behind them is. They are insidious and the people are too stubborn and blind to see it. There will be a price to pay for ignoring the warnings as Scripture again tells us. Those who receive in themselves the ‘Mark of the beast’ will have no opportunity to regret it, their fate will be unchangeable. Scripture tells us that they will be cast into the fire (hell). You don’t want to be in hell regretting a decision you had the ability not to make in the first place. This is a call to make the right decision right now by turning to Jesus Christ before it is too late.

Shirley Anne

Who do you say he is?

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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?

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.

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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

Assurance in a lost world

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Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Saviour all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Saviour am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.

Frances J Crosby 1873

 

I find myself doing this every day. This could be your story too, just come to Jesus as you are and know the eternal love of God….

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

Wheat and weeds

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Matthew 13:24–30

The parable of the weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed ears, then the weeds also appeared.

27 ‘The owner’s servants came to him and said, “Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?”

28 ‘“An enemy did this,” he replied.

‘The servants asked him, “Do you want us to go and pull them up?”

29 ‘“No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling up the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: first collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.”’

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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 Journey Bible

Are you wheat or weed?

Shirley Anne

So you are going to Heaven?

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Many folk I speak with have decided in their own mind that when they die their spirit will go to Heaven. They go to church they say or they were brought up as Catholics, Christened when very young because their parents took them along to a church for the ceremony or they deserve to go because they live good lives and are helpful to others. Whatever reasons they think qualify them for a place in Heaven essentially there is only one way……..God says so………..read this…….

[ Is accepting Jesus the only way for people to get to heaven? (John 14:6)

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I took photo with Canon camera in Shamrock, TX. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes. The Bible clearly identifies Jesus as the only means of salvation (Jn 14:6; Acts 4:12; Php 2:9–11). Believing in Jesus and his unique work (Acts 2:37–39; 16:31; Rom 10:9) is the only way to gain access to God’s forgiveness. No number of good deeds can earn a person an eternal reward. No other faith system leads people to the one true God. Some people chafe at such an exclusive stance, but the words of Jesus and the apostles leave no other option (Acts 4:12; 1 Tim 2:5).

Taken from NIV Quest Study Bible ]

Make your salvation sure by accepting God’s love and free gift through Jesus Christ. Don’t place your faith and hope in anything else, especially in yourself.

Shirley Anne

Why the change?

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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.

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

Dropping like flies

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“It’s goodnight from me.” “And it’s goodnight from him”. On left, with partner Ronnie Barker in their regular news anchor spoof. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was watching the news on television a couple of days ago and heard the report that one of our country’s beloved comedians had just died that morning at home with his family around him. Those outside the UK may not have heard the name Ronnie Corbet but he was well-known here as the other half of the comedy duo ‘The two Ronnies‘. His stage partner Ronnie Barker died some time ago. It was only a matter of weeks ago we learned that Terry Wogan had died. He was well-known as a comedian amongst other things too. As I sat and listened I was reminded of the many famous television personalities, impresarios, celebrities and politicians who have died in latter times and who were at their peak as I grew through adulthood. It is a sobering thought and a reminder that we are all mortal and our day will follow whenever it is time for us. This is something over which we have no control. Many people live to a ripe old age though if you read Scripture you will see that in the beginning people lived far longer than they do now. Adam we are told lived until he was 930, Seth his son live 912, Enosh 905, Methuselah lived 969, the oldest recorded age for a human. Up and until the time of Noah people lived for hundreds of years but thereafter began to experience shorter lifespans. When God created mankind His intentions were that they should not die at all and it was because of man’s sin that death and decay ensued. In today’s world scientists are striving to seek that formula to make us all able to live longer. It will never happen. There is now only one way to live forever and that is through the gift that God has provided for all who will place their trust in His Son. If we believe in Jesus Christ and in the One who sent him we will be saved. We can live forever as it was originally planned but now only through Jesus Christ. How sad the world of today has become without the knowledge and trust in Jesus. We do not just die and rot in the ground but we will be judged. Don’t allow yourself to die without the love of and for Jesus in your heart, without the love of God to save you. If you don’t accept Jesus, don’t believe in God a place has been set aside for you but it won’t be nice and it will last forever. If you want to live forever in Heaven it is there for the taking but you will live forever one way or the other so Scripture tells us. Make sure it is in the right place.

I’ve a wonderful love
That’s so deep in my heart
Came into my life
Gave me a new start
Through all of my sorrows
My troubles and pain
Whenever I fell
I was lifted again.
The joy of this love
Gives to each one a share
With no special favours
To black, brown or fair.
Take hold of this love
There for each one of us
The love of my Saviour
My sweet Lord Jesus.

Copyright Shirley Anne 31 March 2003

Shirley Anne

The list of love

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A list of love

E, Derek, Marie, Carol, Allan, Jennifer, John, David, Tracy, Alan, Lyn, Lucy, John, Chrissie, Tina, Emily, Caroline, Sara, Claire, Jane, Amanda, Jillian, Lotte, Pam, Craig, Chris, Terry, Denise, Paul, George, Pam, Jill, Toby, Deborah, Pam, Liz, Sue, Jane

These people, as far as I am aware that is, and many others, either do not believe in God and Jesus Christ or have not called upon Jesus to be their Saviour. I pray for them all each and every day that God will open their hearts to His Word and that they may repent and turn to Him through His Son our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Others I know who have made that commitment I also pray for, my brothers and sisters in Christ, that they will be filled with wisdom and be given a deeper understanding to grow in their faith. Some are members of my own family, my sons and friends. These too are in my list of love.

Why do I say a list of love? What do I gain by praying for them? The answer is that I love them all and want those who need salvation to be saved and those who are saved to draw closer to God. I pray for people for it is incumbent upon me to do so but also because I want to. Once I didn’t pray for anyone but since God’s Holy Spirit came into my heart I cannot resist. The pleasure I get is in the knowledge that I am doing my Father’s will, not because I am under pressure but because I am persuaded out of love. For so many years I lived in spiritual darkness without the love of God in my heart and then one day Jesus came into my life and I was changed forever (read My Faith page above). When I found this treasure immediately I wanted to tell everyone what they were missing. It often fell on deaf ears and it still does for many resist the Good News with fervour, actually as I did before I believed. It is hard sometimes when trying to explain to people that there is a hell to shun and a heaven to gain. Hell is a real place reserved for those who reject salvation through Jesus Christ. It is our sins which separate us from a loving God but it is only through Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son, that we can be saved. If we ask Jesus to be our Saviour he will take the burden of our sins upon himself and they will be wiped away forever. When God looks upon us He will not see sin, He will see His Son in us. Why would anyone not take hold of such a love as this, one that ensures everlasting life in Heaven?

John 3:16

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.

So I pray for those I love

Shirley Anne