Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Episodes and Funerals...

After only a few hours sleep, I awoke this morning, tired.  It would have been nice to have been able to sleep a half hour or more longer, but I could not do this.

Today, was the funeral for my friend L's husband W, we called B.

L had been away to visit her sister in Ottawa and returned home on my birthday, the 24th of November, to find her husband B, dead.  It is estimated B died late on the Monday night, November 22nd.

Being a believer, L appears to be handling B's death well.  Of course, after being through this myself, I know that appearances can be deceiving, for the truth is, she is in shock at the moment.  However, between this and her trust in Jesus, God is helping L to get through this time of B's funeral.

On my way to the funeral home, it was raining; I prayed the rain would stop in time for the gathering at the cemetary.  Family and friends gathered in the chapel.  It was a lovely ceremony, officiated by our Pastor B, who made sure that the gospel message was clearly given.  Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!  After all, at just about every funeral, there is usually at least one or more, unsaved person(s) in attendance.  Nothing is more important than salvation.  May God water those seeds that were planted, today!

We sang four (4) hymns during the service.  D, who is a friend of L's and a fellow Christian who worships at another church, sang the hymn, "Because He Lives"; it was lovely, truly lovely.

As we headed to the cemetary, the rain stopped.  It began again, just as the committal portion of the funeral service came to a close.  Thank You, Father.  Thank You for answering my prayer, regarding the rain.

Before heading to my church for the luncheon that followed, I stopped at Gordon's grave for a few minutes.  Then, I did a quick errand and made a quick stop at my daughter P's for a moment.  By the time I reached our church, lunch was already being enjoyed, but I managed to participate.

All in all, I have to say that B's funeral was a lovely service, honouring to our Lord.

I must admit, I felt rather sorrowful, today.  Yes, I had been in attendance in several other funerals since Gordon's death, but this one was different.

You see, B was in some ways, very much like Gordon.  Their circumstances may have been different, relating to their health problem, but the end result was the same.

B & L, even though they had been married 30 years, had met with me one Friday night several weeks ago, at Tim Horton's during our Christian Singles' Cafe group meeting.  It was unusual for something like this to happen, but it happened.

At that time, they were having some problems because of B's physical problem.  I should explain that B had been injured as a child and had been left with brain damage, resulting in seizures on a regular basis.  Being an adopted child, he began to feel unwanted and rejected, from what he told me.  As he grew, the problems worsened.  Worsened to the point, where he was rejected repeatedly by people almost everywhere.  Why?  Well, part of his problem concerning the brain injury, was the fact that he also had these 'episodes', where he would become moody and/or angry.

I've mentioned in the past that Gordon had mood swings and also had bouts of anger and depression, as a result of his medical problem of a growth/tumour in the very centre of his brain, sitting on the brain stem.  Of all the people L knows, I am probably the only one who can TRULY understand what she went through, dealing with the problems that arose from B's 'episodes'.

She admitted to me, that like myself, others had encouraged her to leave B, just as I had been encouraged to leave Gordon.  Neither of us did this.  We stuck it out.  Danger and all.  Why?  Not because of some negative emotional problem like co-dependency, like some have suggested.  We stuck it out, because we truly loved our husbands.

When we met that evening at Tim Horton's, I could see B becoming upset; stress always set Gordon off, too.  I tried to calm B down that evening; it seemed to work, for the most part.  Although, I must say that he was truly stressed over an issue that came up that greatly affected his church life.

During our conversation, I explained to L & B that when Gordon felt an 'episode' coming on, he would become moody and not want to see anyone; in fact, I can recall having company on one occasion and he refused to come out from our bedroom to visit.  I asked B if he could tell when he was beginning an 'episode'; he told me he could.  I asked if he was like Gordon and hid away; he told me he wasn't, that it didn't stop him from going places, but usually ended up with him getting in trouble with some person, and resulting trials.

At the time of our discussion at Timmy's, I felt badly for B and suggested that rather than go out in that state, if he knew he was having an episode, it might be wise to take a step back, stay home and not be around others, where he could end up in a problem, again.  He agreed to think about doing this.

You see, most people don't understand what was going on in B's brain or Gordon's brain.  Most people would just look at them, possibly even nervously, because they were doing something or saying something rather unacceptable to others. 

Mental illnesses are not all the same.  Emotional problems, various levels of retardation and/or other types of problems that affect some people's ability to function normally, don't all react the same way in people's brains; some people don't experience these out-of-control 'episodes'.  It seemed that some people thought that B should be able to control himself at all times and if he couldn't, then he should stay away from them until he could.

I can recall discussing this issue with a few people and explained that clearly, B and indeed Gordon, could not always control themselves; it was physically impossible.  It is a shame that most people don't care to even try to understand, but I know that in Gordon's case, his Neurosurgeon explained to me that when he was in the moods (as I called them) or 'episodes', he was definitely NOT IN CONTROL and could not be, for it was physically impossible.  I believe the same was true for B.  In fact, I asked him about this at Timmy's; he confirmed that when he went into his 'episodes', he definitely was not in control.

What a shame it is that people have to suffer like this.  Gordon, B...L and I...and others, who go through life as one huge trial, trying to cope with the reality of knowing that there was only to be suffering in life, with no chance of cure, other than death.

Father, I come to You, because You are in-control of everything, even when we feel that things in our lives are out-of-control.  Father, I pray it is Your will to wrap Your loving arms around L, lift her up, encourage her, provide for all her needs, especially during this time of grief for L.  Bless her, Father.  I pray this in Jesus' precious name and thank You in advance, for I believe it is truly Your will for L.  Amen.

Until next time...

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Monday, November 29, 2010

One Long Day-Trip!

Today, I realized that I had been negligent in writing about a recent trip I made.  Forgetting doesn't mean it wasn't important to me, for it truly was.  It's just that this has been a busy month, with many topics to write about.

Right from the first of the month, I had been mentally debating what I should do regarding November 7th.  This was the date of a memorial service being held in Kitchener, Ontario, for my brother and others who had died around the time of Glenn's death.  My brother B had arranged this.  I was happy at the thought of attending.

However, the thought of driving all that way for a day-trip, was rather unnerving to me.  Especially knowing it would be physically distressing to my body.  What was even more unnerving, was the thought of making it an overnight or weekend trip.  Why?  Well, the truth is, it would have been another first for me, since Gordon's death.

If I had made a trip away overnight or for the weekend, it would have been the first time I did so, since Gordon died.  In my mind, I tossed the idea back and forth, until I finally decided I did not feel I was ready to do this.  So, I made the decision to make it a day-trip.  Be still my heart!

To say it was a very long day, is truly an understatement.  But, I must admit, God was in control of it all and provided for me, right from the beginning.

Knowing that sleep has been a regular problem, I prayed God would help me be rested sufficiently, to be able to drive.  After all, many a night, I've just been heading to sleep at 5:00 am, not getting up to drive for a long, long day.

You see, I felt that if I was going to go that far, I may as well go just a bit further.  I have a contact in Brampton that has been considering moving to Windsor, so rather than mail info, I had pre-planned to drop it off to them.

By doing this, it also meant I could drop by to visit friends or drop off Christmas gifts, rather than mailing them.  Talk about killing 2, 3 or more birds with one (1) stone!

Well, something happened to me the night before I was to leave on my extended day journey, that hadn't happened to me EVER since Gordon died. 

Just after suppertime, I was feeling so-o-o exhausted, that I couldn't stay awake, so I hightailed it into bed and slept like a log, until my alarm went off, telling me it was time to get up and running, or better yet, driving!  Thank You, Lord, for your unending love for me.

By 5:00 am, I was on Hwy #401 heading to Brampton.  Arriving too early to wake people, I made three (3) stops there.  I did something I probably shouldn't have done.  I drove by some homes of memory from my past.

Driving by my address as a child, my heart longed for those days, but I was able to deal with the feeling.  Being within a block or two (2) of other addresses I lived, I found myself driving by, too.  This was okay.  But, then I found myself one (1) block away from where Gordon had lived.  I drove by.  This got to me.  I cried for a short time, then made my way to Mississauga.

After making a stop regarding the Clarkson Hockey Association, I made my way past my Mom and Dad's home, on my way to the cemetary where they are buried.  I removed dead flowers from their grave and replaced them with artificial ones that will last throughout the cold season; I didn't want to leave a monument wreath, because my sister usually places one on their grave stone, every winter.

Then, as I was leaving, I dropped off a Christmas gift and card to a family member who lived on a street I needed to drive on to head towards Kitchener, leaving it in their mailbox.

Heading up through Milton, I stopped at my friends H & N's home (I've known them for about 35 years or more!), because they were expecting me to have a cup of tea with them.  Actually, they were so kind to me.  H made a delicious omelette brunch.  Talk about tasty!  H sure can cook!  Thank you both, very much.  I truly appreciated your loving gesture.

Not really wanting to leave, but knowing I must do so, I headed off to Kitchener.  Arriving at the packed church, I took a seat, not seeing anyone I knew.  Glenn's memorial service began at 1:30 pm.

The service was lovely; a real tribute to those being honoured.  The only trouble was, they forgot my brother, Glenn.  No photo, no name, no reference, no nothing.

With everyone being invited for refreshments into an adjoining hall, I went to search out other friends and relatives.  Z & W called to me; we spoke for a minute or two.  Then, one of my cousins approached me, hugging me; I was really glad to see her.  After our conversation, I headed to speak with the organizers of fhe memorial service, but turned around to wave at my cousin.  She was exiting the sanctuary with my relative to whom I had dropped off the Christmas gift and card to, very early that same morning (probably earlier than they would have been awake at). 

Believe it or not, while this might seem like a rather upsetting thing to happen, for the person in question never even said 'hello' or acknowledged any of us, it just seemed to roll off my back.  I made my way to the hall for refreshments and to find my brother B, his girlfriend P, Z & W and hopefully, Glenn's friend M.

B & P, Z & W and I sat together and enjoyed conversation in addition to our refreshments.  Since I met up with all, except M, I dropped by her nearby apartment to see her for a moment or two.  Then, it was off to the cemetary where Glenn is buried, in Kitchener.

I secured (artificial) flowers to Glenn's grave, prayed and cried for a short time, before heading for home.

What a day!  To be honest, it was a day that severely affected my heart.  I believe I cried almost all the way home.  No one could have been more joyous about arriving home, than I.

While my heart was breaking over so many heartfelt issues of life, I also rejoiced, for I realized that God had been answering prayer for me.

You see, I have been praying throughout most of the last year, that God would reveal truth to me.  Truth about relationships.  Truth about me and my past.  While it made me cry, I knew I was grateful.  Thank You, Father.

Until next time...

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

The End of Birthday Week...

Last Thursday, I was shocked to receive an e-mail that was rather disturbing.  It was the middle of the night, because when I went to bed Wednesday night (my birthday), I couldn't sleep.  After a couple hours of trying to drift off into never-never land and not being able to do so, I decided to turn on my computer and go on the internet.

There it was.  An e-mail message telling me that one of my church friends had arrived home from visiting her sister in Ottawa, to find her husband dead.  Yes, I said dead.

I won't go into detail, today.  L's husband W's funeral will be on Tuesday.  I will write more about this, after the funeral.  It's enough to say that my heart goes out to L.  She is quite a lady.  Yes, I mean lady.  Stronger than most people would even consider.  She's a born-again Christian, trusting in Jesus.  And, my sister in Christ.

Father, I pray it is Your will to wrap Your loving arms around L, lift her up, encourage her and provide for her as You promised.  I thank you for this and pray this in Jesus' precious name.  Amen.

Thursday evening, I attended Bible study and prayer at church, like normal.  We prayed for L and others.  For sure, I have an on-going list of those I pray for.

Arriving home, I was surprised to see a bag hanging from my door handle.  The contents were still warm, so I knew the gift had to be a delicious one from my friend/neighbour across the hall, K.  It was!  Both from K and delicious, too!  Thank you, K.  You are such a blessing to me; one that I can hardly explain.  I am grateful, not just for your wonderful cooking and your generous heart, but also for your friendship. 

Friday was a much better day for me, for I slept through the night and awoke without hearing of anyone's death. 

My friend J, who took me to lunch on Monday to celebrate my birthday, had invited me over for supper at her home.  Mmmm...good...is the only way I can describe the meal we shared at J's table.  We seem to have similar tastes and enjoy similar things, so it is always a good time, when I am with J. 

After dinner, we played a game of Phase 10.  J has loved playing this card game, ever since she first played it with me at my home, before Gordon died.  It may appear to be ungrateful, considering that my friend J had just fed me, but I won the game.  Ooooo...I really did feel badly, even if she didn't think I did!  lol

Thank you for your kindness, friend.  I appreciate you and what you have done for me, more than you know.  I'm blessed...

Saturday, was the last Saturday of the month.  Movie night at Calvary Community Church, in Tecumseh!  Unfortunately, J had plans for the early evening, so she couldn't make it to the movie, as she usually does.  I went by myself.

I didn't mind.  Actually, I had mentioned it to my daughters for them or for my grandchildren, earlier in the month, but they had other plans. 

As per usual, I spent some time talking with friends I know who also attend movie night, so it truly was not as stressful as one might think.  Actually, I was glad I was alone, for the movie was a tear-jerker and I cried periodically throughout the film.

Mrs. Miracle was a wonderful movie.  If you get the chance, watch it.

Afterwards, I waited for J to arrive, which she did within about 15 minutes after the movie ended.  Together, we went for refreshments (my treat for Hot Chocolate for J and French-Vanilla Cappuccino for me) at Tim Hortons, before heading home.

Thank You, Father, for providing for me.  Thank You, for my friends who show me love. 

Thank you, to all my friends, who made my 'birthday week', so very special.  May God bless each of you, richly.

Until next time...

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Saturday, November 27, 2010

A One-Way Street...

A few days ago, I discussed GOSPEL TRUTH in one of my entries.

God put it on my heart to discuss this a little bit more in detail today, so I am addressing this issue once more.

I believe that some may have gotten the idea that I was being judgemental, regarding the Christian virtues and Christian doctrine being preached and/or taught by at least one of the well known accepted Christian denominations.  This was not my purpose, so I hope no one thought this.

Firstly, I must say that in 1 John chapter 4, God's Word tells us to discern truth.  This is not the same as judgement.  Judgement goes hand in hand with punishment and/or discipline.  We as people are not to judge.  I cannot judge others, for I do not wish to be disobedient to God.

This is not the same as discernment.  To discern, is to come to a conclusion, assess or determine.  God clearly tells us in 1 John 4:1, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world."

Could God have made His message any clearer?

While the whole chapter is a good one to read, it is not my intention to reprint the whole of God's Word, for you can pick up your/a Bible and read it for yourself.  Even so, I feel it is important to quote some scripture in this entry. 

God's Word, in 1 John 4:5-6 is also very clear, "They are of the world.  Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them.  We are of God.  He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us.  By this we hear the spirit of truth and the spirit of error."

I'm sure that if you didn't understand previously, you do, now.  God has clearly told us to discern.  Discern what?  Discern truth.

Truth about what people tell us.  When we read and study God's Word, the Bible, we come to know what God has to say.  We come to a knowledge of not only how God loves us, but also of what He expects from us, for while God is a God of Love, He is also a God of Wrath.  Then, when we hear someone giving a gospel message, or speaking what is supposedly coming from God, we can compare what we know to what the person is saying.  This is how we discern truth and know if it is a Godly message being given.

Anyone who says they know it all, is a liar, for none of us can know it all.  But, the more we read and study God's Word, the more confident we can become in having a clear understanding of God's Will.

Why is this important?  Well, firstly, because there are many false prophets, teaching/preaching false or incomplete gospel messages, many are being misled.

Some might say, 'so what'?!  Well, the trouble with an attitude such as this, is that those who are being led astray and not being taught God's truth, will find themselves on judgement day, standing before God, being sentenced to hell for eternity.

Eternity is a very long time.  It's forever.  There is no changing the outcome.  So, when I say that there is nothing more important than Salvation, I hope you can clearly see that I am speaking truth.

My prayer for you, is that if you don't already know Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, that you will come to a saving relationship with Him.

Jesus said in John 14:6, "I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through me."

There are many other verses in God's Word that supports what Jesus said in John 14:6.  Read them for yourself. 

John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." 

Acts 16:31, "...Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved..."

Romans 6:23, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

As I said, there is more.  Read for yourself Romans chapter 8, where God speaks of not just our way to heaven being through Jesus, but also tells us that there is no condemnation to us, who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

You see, there are many out in the world, who believe that Christianity is ONE way of going to heaven, when our life is over here on earth.  Again, you can clearly see that God does not teach this.  Jesus is clearly the ONLY way, for He didn't say 'I am ONE way', He said 'I am THE way', telling us that He is the ONLY way.

I urge you, that if you are currently not trusting in Jesus, that you will.  Your eternity depends on it.  Do it, today.  We aren't guaranteed tomorrow.  We're not even guaranteed our next breath.  Hopefully, one day, I'll see you in heaven.

Until next time...

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Friday, November 26, 2010

Good Grief!

This has been a crazy week or so, concerning my feelings of grief.

As I mentioned previously, my friend J told me to stop saying I'm feeling 'sad, down or depressed', for it is none of these I am experiencing.  It's called, "Grief!", she told me.  She should know.  She's learned a lot about grief, in order to help her in her line of work.  She sells cemetary plots and funeral arrangement packages.

Well, as I said, I wasn't thrilled when she said the average person takes about five (5) years to deal with grief.  Be still my heart!  As I said previously, "No, no, no, no, no...."

To be honest, I feel like I am a person locked inside myself, screaming to get out.  I hate feeling like this.  I hate feeling like I don't have a future.  Like my life has no value.  Lonely.  Missing the day-to-day companionship of my husband.

Then, after enjoying a great time at my Christian Singles' Cafe (CSC) Christmas Pizza Party on Saturday evening, I arrived home and posted my entry on Life with Lynnie (LwL). 

This is normal for me, to post or write and post an entry, for I usually post my entry in late evening.

What wasn't normal, was when I decided to check e-mail and decided to check through my 'spam' file.  Usually, I just ignore it, but I thought I should do the prudent thing, check it out, to make sure nothing of value that wasn't spam was in the file, before I emptied the file.

Wouldn't you know it!  Murphy is alive and well!  There was a message from October, around the time of the one (1) year anniversary of Gordon's death, from a friend, who had been in attendance at the party.

The content of the message didn't surprise me, even if I was surprised it was directed to the spam file and not to my inbox.  Recently, I had a telephone conversation with this person, who is not someone I just met through CSC, but had been a good friend to both Gordon and I, during the stressful end times of Gordon's life.

This friend, during our telephone conversation, had made it clear to me that they felt I should not be grieving Gordon, believing I should instead be happy he is in heaven, with Jesus.

When I saw this e-mail message in my spam file, it kind of threw me for a loop.  Then, I prayed about it.

God reminded me that I cannot make everyone happy, all the time.  It's impossible.

Besides, knowing my friend had a marriage breakup and had not been widowed, I realized that my friend truly does not understand.

Grief is not for the person who died.  There is nothing that can be done, for the person whose life ended.  I am grateful I know where Gordon is.  I am grateful that he is with Jesus, in heaven.  No one needs to remind me that I should be happy about this.  Believe me.

Grief is about the person left behind.  It is about the pain, sorrow and suffering loved ones feel when their love has died.

Being divorced previously, I can attest that although a form of grief is felt, it does not compare fully with losing a loved one to death.  As long as your loved one is alive, there is always a chance of reconciliation.  But when your loved one dies.  It's done.  Over.  No chance of ever having the relationship restored, again.  Ever.

Never will you hear their voice, feel their loving hug when you arrive home, hear them tenderly call your name, kiss you goodnight or support you when you have a bad day.  The loneliness is almost indescribable.

Then, in our Windsor Star daily newspaper on Monday, November 22nd, I saw an 'In Memoriam' ad for a fellow who died a year ago.  While I will not reprint the whole ad, for I do not want to quote the personal part of the ad, I will quote the general part, for I believe that the people who posted this in the newspaper have a good handle on what grief is about.  So, here it is (remember, these are their words, not mine):

The day a loved one passes away, you are sticken by grief, sadness and a desperate sense of loss.  The day after a loved one passes, you wonder how you made it through the night, and how you will make it through the ones to come.  A week after a loved one is gone, you can't see how things will ever be the same again, or how things will ever get better.

A month after a loved one dies, you find yourself thinking of him as if he were still alive; you plan to visit or call him on the phone and are devastated anew when you remember he's not going to be there to greet you with his smiling face, that you won't hear his comforting voice ever again.

Six months after a loved one passes away, life has continued on and you've had to keep on moving, or risk getting left behind.  You still think of him sometimes.  You miss him, but every day it gets easier to keep on living.

And then, a year after your loved one died, it all comes flooding back.  Your grief and sadness at his loss, your memories of his life and the time you shared with him, the rippling effect his life and death had on you, your family and your community.  A year after your loved one died, you are brought simultaneously back to the day he died and to the time before he passed away.

Didn't they say it well?  I think so.  I thank the people who posted that. 

For those who think grief is nothing, I pray you won't ever have to experience the depth of grief I have felt.  For those of you who think I am doing great, I thank you for your love and support. 

Father, I thank You for helping me through my grief, thus far.  I pray it is Your will to continue healing me, as Your plan for my life evolves.  I pray for all my friends, for I am grateful for all; I pray You will bless each one.  In Jesus' name I pray.  Amen.

Until next time...

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks... & Happy (USA) Thanksgiving!

Yesterday was my birthday, as you would know if you read yesterday's entry.

It was actually a very surprising day.  Not at all what I expected.  But then, God doesn't always give us what we think we want or need. 

He doesn't hold back things from us, because He doesn't want us to have good things in life, for the truth is, He loves us very much.  He loves us so much, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

No.  The fact is, that not everything we think we want or need is good for us.  I must admit, that there are times when I have trouble believing that what I have yearned for throughout my life, would be something that God wouldn't ordain for my life.  But, this has proven to be the case.

There's a movie I really enjoy watching entitled, "Though None Go With Me".  I believe I mentioned it many months ago in an entry.  It's a Christian film, about the life of Elizabeth Leroy Bishop.

While I have no intention of discussing the whole movie in detail, I would like to say that Elizabeth falls in love with a young minister, Ben Phillips.  During their discussions that lead up to Ben going overseas and participating as a chaplain during the Korean War, Ben tells Elizabeth that the hardest thing in life to do, is to accept what God's will is for your life.  How very true.

Life is sometimes kind, but can also be sometimes cruel.  Complicate this with satan doing what he can to rob, kill and destroy, and we have a prescription for heartbreak, at times in our lives.

I would like to say that we all have trials and problems in life.  God tells us in 1 Peter 4:12, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you".  No one is immune.  Unless of course, with one exception.  Have you ever noticed that some people just glide through life and never seem to have a problem?  Take a closer look. 

You may be surprised to see that either you are very mistaken, for the person may be burdened with trials in life, but with God's help is able to deal with each and every one.  Or, there may be another reason.  It seems to me, that if someone doesn't belong to God, but belongs to satan instead, there is no need for satan to harm the person; he/she already belongs to him. 

I would humbly suggest that if you do not have currently or have not experienced trials in your life, you may want to look at your life, to determine 'why?', or rather 'why not?'.

If you're like me, you'll know that it is rarely easy to accept God's will or plan for your life.  God didn't promise us that life would be a bowl of cherries.  He did however, promise to never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5), to be with us always, even unto the end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

No matter the case, God commanded us in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

Father, I come before You in prayer, for You alone know the plans You have for each of us, plans to prosper us (Your children) and not harm us, to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).  While I may not always like my circumstances or my trials, I know that You are an awesome God who loves me, who promised to always care for me.  I praise You, for who You are; for being the Author and Finisher of my life.  For giving me the free gift of Salvation, through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Help me.  Help others.  Help all who belong to You, to rest in the assurance that You are in control, for You are the Potter and we are the clay.  Help me/us through my/our trials, daily.  Minute by minute, if necessary.  I thank You in advance for this and pray this in Jesus' name.  Amen.

To my friends in the United States of America (USA) I wish all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Birthday Life with Lynnie!

Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Birthday to you...
Happy Birthday, dear Life with Lynnie...
Happy Birthday, to you!

Life with Lynnie, is officially one (1) year old, today!

Today, is also my birthday.  Small world, isn't it?!

This morning, I officially became a year older.  Of course, you know what they say:  Wisdom comes with age.  If this is truly the case, then I can only imagine that I must be becoming much more wise in this, my old age.  lol  (Hopefully, you realize I am joking!)

I've been blessed with good friends, both on Facebook (FB) and in real life.  It was actually almost overwhelming today, how many birthday wishes I received, by e-mail, FB messaging, FB chatting, postings on my FB wall, plus phone calls from local and out-of-town friends.  Thank you.  Each of you.  I appreciate this more than you know.

My blessings didn't begin today. 

On Monday, my friend J, who is the organizer of Christian Singles' Cafe at Timmy's, took me to lunch at Franco's restaurant.  I was even served a yummy piece of cake with a lit candle, while our server and my friend J sang Happy Birthday, to me!  We had not just a delicious lunch, but also a wonderful time of fellowship, together.  In fact, I thought they might either consider throwing us out, or charging us rent!  Thank you, J.  You are a good friend and a real blessing to me.

Later that same day, my friend K from across the hall, called and asked me to open up my door, for she had dinner made for me.  Dessert and all!  Oh my goodness!  What did I do to deserve this?  Thank you, K.  You have truly blessed me, not just with your great cooking, but with your much appreciated friendship.

Tuesday was not very different, either.

In the morning, while on FB, a friend of mine M chatted me up.  She invited me to have lunch with her.  Her aunt had given her two (2) free lunches at the buffet at the casino, here in Windsor.  Apparently, they had to be used within a couple of days.

At first, I suggested she might want to take her fiance, but she told me that the other day, while he (57 years old) had been riding his bike, had been hit by a car and was on pain medicine and wasn't able to go.  She insisted I needed to go with her.  So, I did tell her I would go, after I got some work done. 

Then, I began thinking about it.  Prayed about it.  And eventually, called my Pastor.  He asked me if I was concerned because I felt it was wrong to go to the casino, or if I was worried about what other people would think. 

My response was complicated, but basically both...plus the fact that I didn't want to hurt my friend's feelings, for she is not really in a financial position to do something like this for me or anyone else, had it not been for her aunt's generosity.

After a little discussion about me feeling like the appearance of evil being as bad as the evil itself, and about not wanting to hurt my friend's feelings, I decided I would indeed pick her up and go with her.

We enjoyed an absolutely fabulous buffet lunch!  I know I won't lose weight this week! lol 

I wasn't aware of this, but my friend let our server know that it was my birthday.  After we finished eating our meal, our server and other people came up behind me and surprised me with a plate decorated in chocolate with the words Happy Birthday on it, along with fruit garnished cheesecake, with a lit candle in it.  And, they sang Happy Birthday to me.

It was overwhelming to me.  I almost began to cry.  M has not been a friend of mine for more than about a year, yet she cared so much about me, to do this for me.  Thank you M.

Arriving home, I found a container of homemade soup, from my neighbour/friend K!  She told me she finally got around to making soup from the ham bone I gave her and she froze, a few weeks ago.  Once again, thank you, K!  What a blessing you are to me.

Now, I must ask you for prayer for M and for her daughter, N.  M is an injured worker, trying to live on about $188.00 per month; who can do this?  I don't know.  Don't get me started on this topic.  Another day, maybe.

She is taking N, her 16 year old daughter to London, Ontario, Canada (about a 2 hour drive from home), for N is scheduled on the 29th to have heart surgery. 

N needs to have four (4) valves replaced in her heart.  The cost of surgery is not going to be completely covered by OHIP, so M has requested financial assistance from groups like the Heart and Stroke and the Lung Associations.

Please pray for healing for N.  Surgeons won't know until they physically see the condition of her heart, whether they will do only one (1) valve or more, during this surgery.  Please pray for her.  Please pray also for her Mom, my friend M and their family.  Please pray for their finances, in addition to their other concerns.  Thank you.  May you be blessed.

Even though my one daughter and family aren't feeling well and I won't be seeing them, nor any others of my family today, I feel blessed.  Thank you, to everyone who showed me love.

God is good.  All the time.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Work & Christmas Blessings...

When I last posted an entry, I had written about my telephone conversation with my friend A, Thursday.

That evening, I was again at church, for that's when I attend Bible study and prayer.

You're going to think I live at church.  I really don't, but this week I spent quite a bit of time in my church building.  You see, on Friday morning, I met my friend J, who is the co-ordinator of Christian Singles' Cafe (CSC) group, that meets the first Friday of every month, at Tim Horton's, Crawford and Wyandotte St. W., here in Windsor, Ontario.

If you've thought about the date being the 19th of November, you'll know that it wasn't time for CSC, even if it was a Friday.  It was however, time to decorate our church building's Fellowship Room, for our CSC Christmas Pizza Party!  Since J didn't want to rush at the last minute and since I had been able to arrange to use the room on Saturday, we arranged to be able to do this needed work, on Friday.

J and I met about 10:00 am.  Y surprised us and arrived with Egg McMuffins and coffee from McDonald's. What a treat! Truly, we never expected this. Thank you, Y. It was very kind of you to do this for us. What a blessing!

We decorated and placed tablecloths, placemats, plates, cutlery, napkins, decorations and more, on each of the tables we planned to use.  We set up the sound equipment and just as we were practicing the special music we planned to entertain our friends with, our friend Y, surprised us!

I had a real estate board meeting and luncheon to attend, so I left J and Y there, to finish visiting and doing whatever else they felt was required.

The traffic was horrendous!  It seems that anywhere I try to drive to, within Windsor, there is construction.  I was held up about 30 minutes, in a stop-and-go traffic jam on Tecumseh Rd. E.  Usually, I take a different route or skip through various areas to get to where I need to, avoiding construction areas whenever possible.

The trouble was, I couldn't avoid this construction area, for the entrance to the complex where my meeting was being held, was about in the middle of the construction area.  Praise God!  I made it, just as lunch was being served.  Wow, what a treat Friday was, food-wise!

Our membership meeting didn't drag on as long as some have, in the past.  There were no contentious issues to lengthily deliberate.  Thank You, Lord!  So, I managed to get home a little sooner than I expected.

As I mentioned, Saturday was the day for our CSC Christmas Pizza Party.  Some people brought salads.  I brought cupcakes.  Several people brought desserts, too.  Being diabetic, it's no wonder I felt like I overdid the sugar! 

Yes, but sugar isn't the only problem a diabetic like myself, must be cautious of, when it comes to food.

Most people aren't aware, but almost everything we eat, turns into sugar in your body.  Did I count carbohydrates on Saturday?  No.  I enjoyed my meal and my time with my friends.

Actually, I'm sure everyone had a good time.

J played the clavinova (piano), while I sang the older hymn we had practiced on Friday:  That Beautiful Name.  Afterwards, I sang (acapella) White Christmas.

No, I'm not hoping for a white Christmas, although a few snowflakes late on Christmas Eve might be nice, as long as they don't stay on the ground, long!!  :-))

White Christmas is a song I haven't sang in years.  Until Saturday, I couldn't bring myself to sing it.  My Mom and I used to sing it, together.  She sang the melody and I sang the harmony.

Still, I thought it might be nice to reminisce, so I sang both the melody and the harmony; then, had the group sing the melody and I accompanied with the harmony.

We had an open mike type forum, so it was a good way to break the ice.  Several people shared stories, poems or sang.  Not everyone participated at the microphone.  Still, we all had a laugh.

There were 17 of us; not all made it to this event, but I've included a couple of photos I took, before my batteries died.

The pics are of some of the laughs we had when we did our gift exchange.  We could 'trade' gifts, if we so desired.  This happened a few times.  Some people laughed so hard, tears ran down their faces.  I'm so glad this first Christmas gathering turned out well.

Please excuse the condition of the photos; it's difficult getting good shots when most subjects are laughing and I was, too!  I won't try to explain the pics, for it would take a detailed explanation of what was so funny.  Just enjoy, please.  And, know we did.  Thank You, Lord.  We were all blessed...

Monday, November 22, 2010

Chili Fest!

In my last entry, I told you about my happenings Monday and Tuesday.  I believe I am a little bit behind in keeping you posted on my life, so I am going to try and get caught up a lttle bit.

Tuesday, was not just when I went to lunch at Swiss Chalet with my friend J, but after working, lunching and working some more, I also had a rather busy evening.

Firstly, I enjoy watching The Biggest Loser, so you can be sure I watched the show.  But, in addition, I did a fair amount of cooking.

In fact, I made three (3) batches of chili.  lol  Yes, I truly did.  You're probably thinking 'what on earth!'.

Well, I can answer the 'why'.  You see, Wednesday was the third (3rd) Wednesday of the month.  So, it was 50+ group meeting at my church.  My friend W, who is the co-ordinator for the group had asked me to make chili, for we were to have a chili fest for our lunchtime meal.

Along with salads and dessert, etc., it was quite a meal.  I wasn't the only person who made chili.  But, I do think I made the largest quantity, for it almost filled one of my roasting pans.

Knowing there were other people's chili available and knowing we only had a group of about 40 people, I thought there might be a fair amount of chili left over.  Especially, when you consider that we're talking about senior-aged people, here!

To my surprise, there was hardly anything left of my pan of chili, by the time lunch was over.  I wasn't truly shocked at the end of our time together, for I saw several men going back for what I thought was seconds. 

At least two (2) men, who are husbands to my friends, admitted this was more than seconds, for them.  One commented that he loved my chili!  lol  I suppose so, if it was thirds (3rds) or more!!

Gordon always loved my chili.  And so he should have, for it was he who showed me how to make chili.  This is the truth.  Of course, I tweeked the recipe slightly, to make it my own!

My Mom never made chili.  Having a British family background, most of the meals she made were delicious, but bland in comparison to foods made by families from other backgrounds.

Once I got to know Gordon and he came for dinner on a fairly regular basis, he was shocked I had never made chili.  Well, that didn't last too long, because once I made it and found I liked it, it became something I never forgot to make, occasionally.

My children grew to love my chili, too.  In fact, I recall when my youngest daughter P was living on her own, in the Ottawa area.  She called me to find out how I made my chili. 

I gave P the recipe.  I don't know if she still makes it this way, for her boyfriend, who later became her husband liked chili made another way.

Still, it made me feel good that she recalled enjoying our chili fests, together.

The 50+ group meeting took a little longer than normal.  In addition to our usual activities, we had set up a 'Campbell Mall' (after all, we were at our church, Campbell Baptist Church).  Our mall consisted of donated items; some new and some gently used.  Baked goods as well.

The reason for the 'mall' was to generate some funds to be used for missions.  Well, actually, the funds raised were going to be sent to the person who wrote a book about short term missions, that our church has used, in the past.

No one was making a profit from our efforts.  The funds will allow more books to be printed and sold or donated to churches who are interested in having groups participate in short-term missions projects. 

While I had been happy to see my friend A (from Amherstburg), arrive at my church to join us for our 50+ group luncheon, and appreciated sitting with her and enjoying her company, it made me feel badly that I was busy manning a table at our 'mall', for it didn't allow me much time afterwards, to chat with her.

Oh well, I suppose this means we'll just have to get together again, soon!

By the way, if anyone wants my recipe for chili, just let me know.

Until next time...

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Gospel Truth...

Thursday morning, I awoke after having about four (4) hours sleep.  Boy, was I tired!  While I felt like I wanted to sleep in, I knew I couldn't do that, so up I got!

When my friend A called me in the afternoon, needing prayer, I was grateful for the break.  We spoke about several things, including her need for prayer for extended family members, who are worshipping at a church where they are being misled.

No, this family is not worshipping with a group that could be considered a cult, but rather they are worshipping with an organized, mainline church group.  One that is widely accepted in all communities.

One might wonder how my friend A or myself could know that this family is being misled.  Well, firstly, they are not being encouraged to become born-again Christians.

They consider themselves Christian, but when the topic of becoming born-again arises, they balk at the idea.  Because they are not being encouraged to read and study God's Word, they are not even aware of what God would have them do.  If they were, they would know that John 3:5-7 specifically tells us that we need to be born-again.

But, there's more.  Even though this family worships with a rather well known church denomination, they feel it is okay to do things that God's Word, the Bible, tells us to not have anything to do with.  Things like tea cup reading, card reading; divinity, commonly known as the occult, are acceptable to them, because they haven't been taught and shown in God's Word, that God doesn't want them to have anything to do with this. 

Unfortunately, they consider those occultish things to be 'spiritual', even though God is clearly against it, with the Bible saying, "When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead" (Deuteronomy 18:9-11).  This is only one (1) verse; there are more.

What I am trying to say here, has nothing to do with denominations of Christianity, for as Christians, we are supposed to all be the body of Christ, even if we have nominal differences.  What concerns me is the fact that people like this family are being led astray and they don't even know it.

Why don't they know what God would expect from them?  Well, I suppose one could say that it is easy to be misled, when you don't read/study the Bible, but it goes even deeper, because the leadership is contributing to the problem.

God's Word is only being partially preached.  This family and others like them, all across Canada, are only hearing about how God is love, when a gospel message is being given.

Yes, God is LOVE.  However, the gospel message doesn't end there.  God is also a God of WRATH.  Not just love.

Romans 1:18, tells us, "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness."

Yes, judgement will take place one day.  Many will stand before Him in that day and say things like, 'Lord, Lord, didn't I do this_____ for You and didn't I do that______ for You, to which He will respond, 'Get away from Me, I never knew you, you who practice lawlessness.' (paraphrased by me, concerning Matthew 7:21-27).

Why do I believe this?  Firstly, because the Bible tells me so.  The Bible is God's inspired Word.  There may have been many authors, and 66 books written that make up God's Word, but each author was inspired by God, as they wrote. 

The Bible is not to be used like a smorgasbord, where you pick and choose verses and omit the rest if you don't like them.  Either you accept God's Word as truth, or you don't.  In this circumstance, there is no gray area; it's either black...or white.  You accept it, all of it, or you don't.

And what was written?  God cannot tolerate sin.  He cannot look upon sin.  This is why Noah built the ark in obedience to God, in Genesis 6.  God could not stand looking upon the people He had created, for sin was rampant throughout the world.  God flooded the earth and destroyed his creation. 

In Matthew 27, Jesus was on the cross, dying for the sin of the whole world.  Why?  Because God CANNOT look upon sin.  Not even when it concerned His own Son!  Jesus had cried out in verse 46, "My God, my God, why have You forsaken Me?", because God the Father had taken His eyes off Jesus as He was paying the price for sin.  Your sin and my sin.

Does this mean that once we come to Christ, and are saved or born-again, that it is okay to continue to sin?  Romans 6:2 tells us, "Certainly not!".

Now, I am not implying that once we come to Christ, we instantly become perfect people, for we don't.  We receive a 'new' nature when we gain salvation through trusting in Jesus Christ, but our 'old' nature is still with us.  So, Christians can fall into sin.  But, when a Christian falls into sin, they confess it to God, repent, turn away from the sin and rely on Jesus to help them flee from the sin, in the future.

We are not supposed to feel that since God has forgiven us our sin, we're clean and can sin all we want in life.  Think of it in these terms:  If God cannot look upon sin, before we come to Christ, what makes you think He can look upon sin after we come to Christ.  Yes, Christ died for my sin, past, present and future, but the proof of salvation is a heart's desire to follow Him and not sin, to be sanctified, to become more like Christ.  Christ was sinless.  He could not and did not, sin.

So, knowing this, how can any church group, major denomination or not, teach people that it is okay to continue with sin, once a person is saved.  Want an example?  Homosexuality.

The church family in question, is being taught only about God's love.  God's wrath is not spoken of on a regular basis, if at all.  Homosexuality is acceptable in this denomination.

How can this be?  In my opinion, it is because there are those in this world, who are teaching a false gospel message and leading many people astray.

Galatians 1:8-9 tells us, "But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."

As you can see, God doesn't look favourably upon those who only teach God is love and doesn't complete the teaching so that others will know that God, is also a God of wrath. 

We must pray for those who are preaching/teaching a false or incomplete gospel, for they will be held accountable for those they lead astray.  Besides, the best thing that could happen would be for them to realize that they have done wrong, not only to themselves, but to all who has heard them preach, repent and speak a true and complete gospel message, honouring to God.

After all, Prov 8:13 tells us, "To fear the Lord is to hate evil".  And, as we are taught in many Bible passages (Psalms 111:10, 'knowledge' Proverbs 1:7, Proverbs 9:10 and more...), "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom".

May we all realize that we need to fear the Lord, for He is the Almighty.  The author and finisher of our lives.  To Him alone, be the glory.

Until next time...

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Saturday, November 20, 2010

Hmmm... 5 Years?

Boy, have I been busy! 

Obviously, I worked hard researching and writing about issues concerning Islam, but also for reasons other than work, too!

It seems that even though I don't have tremendous contact with family, God has blessed me with good friends.  Thank You, Father!

As I was working on Monday, my phone rang.  It was my neighbour/friend K, who had been away for a week, at a resort in Ontario.  What a blessing it was to me to enjoy a break, chat on the telephone and hear about her time away.

Before we hung up, K informed me to not make dinner for myself, for she was making a roast beef dinner and wanted to bring me a plate.  Wow!  Was I shocked, because she had just returned home from her vacation. 

Even though we do this for each other on a fairly regular basis, I was thrilled at the thought of enjoying a wonderful homemade dinner, without the work.  To be honest, I was so busy working hard, doing things I needed to do, that hadn't even thought about suppertime!

And, was it good!  Too bad you weren't here to enjoy it.  I must say, it was truly delicious. 

After enjoying my fabulous dinner, a knock came on my door.  It was K, again.  This time, she handed me a piece of chocolate cake with chocolate icing sprinkled with chopped walnuts, that she had just finished making.  Mmmmm...  It was scrumptious!  Thank you, K.  You are such a good friend, especially to me.

My phone rang.  It was my friend J, who works at the cemetary were Gordon is buried.  She said she had been thinking of me and decided we should go for lunch together, on Tuesday.  Her treat!

So, we fulfilled our arrangements and met at Swiss Chalet on Manning Rd., about 11:30 am, Tuesday, for lunch.  I must admit, if anyone fancies eating chicken, Swiss Chalet is a great place to go.  Thank you, J!  It was really nice of you to treat me to lunch.  I'm blessed, for sure.  Not only did I enjoy my delicious meal, I truly enjoyed our fellowship time.

During our conversation, J told me that she was glad we had time to chat.  She told me that there was something she wanted to speak with me about.  My blog.

At first, I wondered if she was unhappy reading my entries.  It only took me a second to realize this wasn't the case.

J told me there was something I had been doing and saying in my entries that she needed to bring to my attention.  She told me that I should no longer EVER say that I am down, sad or depressed.  I should never refer to my grief-depression.

Why did she say these things to me?  Well, as you can imagine, after her working in the cemetary and funeral arrangement business for many years, she has become educated in dealing with grief.

J made it very clear to me, that what I am experiencing is not feeling down, sad or depressed; certainly not grief-depression.  In a very firm and strong voice, she made it clear to me that what I am experiencing is called GRIEF and nothing more.  Nothing less.  Exactly that.  Grief.

She actually brought tears to my eyes.  I commented that recently, I came to realize that I have moved into the sadness phase of grief, for it seems that all I do is cry.  She agreed.  Then, she explained to me that I shouldn't listen to people, like some who think I should be 'over' losing Gordon, by now.

I was encouraged by what J had to say to me.  At least, until she asked me how long I thought grief usually took to deal with.  Kind of stumbling over my words, she saved me the trouble of trying to come to a conclusion.

J let me know that most people take five (5) years, in grief.  FIVE YEARS!  No, no, no, no, no...was basically what I thought.

It was upsetting to me enough to have read previously that eighteen (18) months to two (2) years, or longer was usually a minimum time.  I recall reading this previously, and thinking I'd die, if I felt the pain and sorrow I was feeling, for that length of time.

Five (5) years!  Yowee!  Be still my heart.  Then, I really began to cry, saying that there was no way I could stand feeling like this for that length of time.

It was kind of J to qualify what she had said.  She explained that I won't be crying like this, all that time, for at the moment, I am in the sadness phase, but will move on eventually to acceptance.  In the meantime, she said that as time goes by, I'll find that I cry less and less, until finally, I will realize that even though I have good days and not so good days, I haven't cried in a while.

Lord, please help me.  Just the thought of feeling like I do, even one (1) more day, is sometimes overwhelming, for I don't want to feel this way.

Most of the time, people don't even know I feel like this.  Most people are not aware of my grief, for I don't wear it like a badge during daily life.  Friends close to me, like J, know.  You know, because I write about it, here on Life with Lynnie.

Thank you, for caring enough, to be my friend and confidant (lol).  I'm blessed.

Until next time...

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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Power of Love!

At the beginning of my writings on Islam, we saw what Islam is, discussed if Islam is a threat, how it is slowly taking over the world, so that one day, our countries may become Muslim countries, where freedom of speech and religion disappears.

We also saw the need to prevent Shariah (Shari'a, Sharia) Law from becoming enacted into our society and becoming part of our future culture.  We saw the need to pray.

Now, we see that prayer can be and is answered in a positive way, for Muslims, both in free countries, like USA and Canada, and those from the Middle East are coming to Christ!

Rejoice!  Please watch these videos.  Hopefully, you will feel as blessed as I do, watching them.

Ex-Hezbollah converted to Christianity and repented to Israel for Anti-semitism:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94zr_H1YPtc&feature=player_embedded#!

Dina's Journey from Islam to Jesus Christ!

A Muslim lady's journey from Islam to Christ:

How ex-Muslim Nabeel found Jesus is Lord, Trinity is true:
1/2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmxwrgbbCec
2/2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nN9rH6n2k3Y&feature=related

How a Muslim lady found truth.  From Islam to Christ:

Mahmoud's journey from Islam to Christ:

Please pray for this ex-Muslim woman, who is truly still in need:

PLEASE:  Make sure you watch this testimony...
There's no way of knowing how many people converted are nominal Muslims (especially in N. America) and how many are considered to be 'radical' (true believers in their holy books), but the following is about how Lord Jesus changed radical Muslim Khalil's life:
1/3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ozM2DmkaQ&feature=related
2/3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt18EElho18&NR=1
3/3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS6GzsLWih0&feature=related

What is truly an amazing blessing, is the fact that there are those in positions of leadership, within the Islamic faith, who are coming to Christ!

Muslim Imam turns to Christ after receiving a miracle healing:

Some Muslim clerics who have left Islam and converted to Christianity:

If you watched Khalil's 3-part testimony, you'd know that he had a changed heart (it brought tears to my eyes).  Love changed his heart.  Jesus is love; He changed Khalil's heart.

There are some people who leave whatever faith they were raised with, for Islam.  This doesn't mean they were ever truly part of the faith or non-faith, of their past.  Especially if they were raised in a Christian home.  Just as there are nominal Muslims, who aren't really following totally Islam (are not considered radical), there are nominal Christians. 

I believe my family was one such family of nominal Christians, for none, except me, became born-again, as the God's Word commands.  Still, the Bible reminds us that we only need to believe, so I have faith that I might see my parents in heaven, once I leave this earth, for although they didn't use the 'lingo' or study God's Word regularly, they believed in Jesus Christ and taught me and my siblings about Him, when we were young.

As for you?  Hopefully, you have put your faith and trust in the finished work on the cross that Jesus did for you.  If not, I urge you to contact me, or another Bible-believing Christian, who will be more than pleased to discuss your situation and your need for salvation.  For we are saved by grace (alone), through faith (alone), in Christ (alone). 

If you are new member of Christ's family:  WELCOME! 

If you are already a follower or believer in Christ, hopefully you have been blessed by this short series I presented to you, regarding Islam. 

While the issue discussed has been Islam, please realize that the information regarding Christianity does not change, whether for Muslims, Hindi, Buddhists, athiests, etc.  For Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

May God bless you richly, as you reach out and touch others, planting those seeds for Christ that we are commanded to do.

In closing, I ask you believers to please keep praying for Muslims and for other people in need of coming to know Jesus Christ. 

Unfortunately, there are those who say that all rivers lead to the same place, meaning that there are people who teach others a false gospel, for all people are not going to heaven when their lives end.  There is not more than one way to heaven. 

Jesus said in John 14:6, "...I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me."

Until next time...

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

A Call to Action...

In my last entry regarding Islam, I asked the question, "What shall we do about this?".

Physically speaking, there is nothing we can do about what is happening throughout the world.

Action on the part of USA, Canada and other UN countries, whether peace keeping, or trying to create new political environments, is (in my opinion) clearly not working.

Is this something to be concerned about?  You tell me.

Muslims are taking over the world at an alarming rate - Muslim Immigration:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kKkY5EpVpY&feature=related

So what's the answer?

Firstly, in my opinion, we as people need to take our heads out of the sand, recognize that indeed there is a problem arising with Islamic domination looming over our future.

Then, we must recognize that there isn't a lot we can physically do about it.  Without God's help. 

This is, after all, a truly religious war.  Religion and the idealism that goes with it.

God alone, is the only person who can help us.  In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Lord said to Solomon, "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 will forgive their sin and heal their land."

Wow!  Imagine, God will help us!  If we turn to Him.  So, what must we as believers do?  Firstly, we must do as God commanded in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

Prayer is only part of the answer.  As we read, we must humble ourselves, admit that we need God, seek Him and turn from our wicked ways.  Then, and only then, will God come to our assistance.

Bible-believing, Bible-preaching ministers of God's word, no matter the denomination, must teach those they minister to about God and what He expects from them.  From all believers.

Unfortunately, there are many who call themselves learned, who are responsible for teaching others about God and Christianity, who are what I would call false prophets, for they are preaching a false gospel message.

Unfortunately, some are teaching others that it is okay to sin.  That abortion, homosexuality and other sin, is basically acceptable to God.  God's word does not teach this.  In fact, God regularly warns us of sin and describes what is an abomination to God.

In God's word, the Bible, we read in many passages about what is not acceptable to God.  The most inclusive verse that came to my mind quickly, was 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived.  Neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."

Stand up!  Stand up, for Jesus!  Like the hymn says, we are soldiers of the cross.  We need to take a stand.  We need to spread the gospel message to the unsaved, whether they be Islamic, Hindi, Buddhist, or even athiest. 

Do NOT hate those who are not like us.  Do NOT hate those who do not believe.  Pity them.  Their future will include wailing and gnashing of teeth (Matthew 13:42).

Although those who are missionaries throughout the world are doing God's work and will be blessed for it, do not be misled.  In this day and age, all of us do not need to go to the ends of the earth.  We have a mission field, right here at home.  In our own backyards!

Reach out and touch someone!  Tell them about Jesus.  Tell them about how we all need to be born again, saved from an eternity in hell (John 3:3)  About how God loves them.  About how God loved them so very much, that He sent his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16)!  Let your friends, relatives and even strangers know that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved (Romans 10:13)!  Tell them of Acts 16:31, "...believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved..."

Ephesians 6:12-13 tells us, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

Remember that justice with God will prevail, one day.  He told us in Philippians 2:10-11, "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

God tells us to work out our own salvation, with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).  That's what I am doing. What are YOU doing?

Until next time...

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Holy War? (This is NOT for children!)

Once again, before I begin this entry, I must warn that this entry is NOT for children.

Yesterday's entry ended with the idea that the current war with Islamic people is not political or about land.  Here is a youtube video, proving exactly this:

Allen West speaks out regarding the USA and Canadian efforts in the Middle East.  Please note this is the first video, only:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFS5sl_La_A

Hamas using children as human shields...

The following is youtube video regarding a mass wedding, organized by Hamas for 450 girls...six (6) to nine (9) years old.  Yes, I said just children, not even at the age of puberty, yet.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BRzhB1BjKQ&feature=player_embedded#

This next video that I recently came across, explains Islam better than I ever could.  It explains why there are contrasting opinions regarding verses from the Qur'an.  It also confirms what I already understood about Islam's ideology towards democracy, Shariah (Sharia, Shari'a) Law.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ib9rofXQl6w

Speaking of Shariah Law.  Think you want Sharia Law, here in Canada, or in the USA?  The U.K. is struggling with it, now.  Take a look at what it's about:

*  A young woman who had met with a man (not approved):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_ZWTx-QUj4&feature=related

*  Two daughters (later confirmed) killed by their father (in USA):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujqmv-VPN6I&feature=related

*  A Mississauga, ON teen murdered by her father:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpV_cJ5E0wQ

*  A raped 16 year old:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gytDdO471yA

*  and to me, one of the worst... a 12 year old girl physically abused by her husband:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDLb2GuIM3Y&feature=related

Shariah Law?  In Canada or USA?  Some say never, but one day it will happen.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvDHvHCIFmU

Muslims will not give up; they will repeatedly push for Shariah Law, until they receive it.  Some say Shariah Law will not be against women, but the world examples show the truth. 

Besides TAQIYYI, the right to lie to infidels they want to conquer, shows us that we cannot trust their word, regarding what Shariah Law would do to women and infidels.

Muslim men sometimes claim that if the woman is not happy with the results from a Shariah court, they can appeal to another (e.g. Ontario) court.  But, it could open the door to more honour killings, as we've seen happen, even in Ontario. 

Choice could become immaterial.  Be forewarned:  Once Shariah Law is legal in Ontario, or anywhere... it will be illegal to even speak up against it.  It will just be the first step towards total domination by Islam.

If you ask me if I believe the Muslim men who say that Shariah Law is not against women, I would tell you that I do not.  Why?  Not just because we see the proof around the world, regularly.  But, mostly because the Qur'an encourages lying. 

No, I'm not making this up.  In the Qur'an, it's called TAQIYYI, where Muslims are encouraged to lie to those who they want to dominate.  Why on earth would any woman want to believe anything a Muslim man said, who wanted Shariah Law enacted?!

You need to know, that if Shariah Law becomes enacted, it can never be removed, for Islam won't allow it; they will have received the right to not just deal with their own people, but also it will open the door so that we infidels can be hurt or murdered. Whatever it takes to bring about their ultimate desire of domination. Even to the point of cutting off our heads, for refusing to convert to Islam.

A British Muslim cleric supports London bombings and terror:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nUYuHTN0TI

Think progress isn't being made by Islam, in USA?  A country founded on Christian principles.  Think again:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUwQVqdOT0U

USA is not alone.  I thank God that our Canadian government has wisdom:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-HIQQMUrLc

This woman is speaking in and about USA, but as a former Muslim, she confirms that Muslims are not here to assimilate into society:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBJVpBFWOv4

A former Muslim terrorist speaks out:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THICNIzMJtk

Ravi Zacharias talks with a Muslim student:   http://vimeo.com/10631299

When you watch this video, please notice that people are being led astray, lied to, regarding Islam, by slogans like the one being shown on the banner displayed at this gathering that clearly says, "Jesus is a Muslim.":  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64V09tTIjR4

As I mentioned earlier, TAQIYYI not only allows Muslims to lie, but encourages them to do so, if it will enable them to convert people to Islam or have them gain influence or dominance over the person they are lying to.

God and His Word, the Bible, tells us that lying is wrong.  So, what shall we do about this?  This is a topic for another day.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A Threat??? (This is NOT for children!)

Before I begin today's entry, I must warn you to not allow children to read/watch videos of this entry; it's NOT for children.

Yesterday, I requested prayer for all unbelievers.  If you prayed, I thank you.  May God bless you, richly.

If you read past recent entries, you'll know that Islam teaches that some Muslims may get to heaven if they are good enough, but there is only one (1) guaranteed way to get to heaven. Jihad. Holy War. Being a martyr and dying for the sake of Allah, taking with them infidels, upon their death.

Previously, I mentioned that, in my opinion, Islam is a threat.  As I have said before, I don't believe it is a threat to me, personally, because when my life is over and I leave this world, I know where I'm going. 
However, I do believe there are many who will be physically killed at the hands of those who are devout Muslims, which are in the majority, not the minority, as we regularly hear.  Not all who are murdered, will go to heaven, for not all are believers, trusting in Jesus and the work He did on the cross, dying for our sin, for the sin of all who believe upon Him.
The following are some verses from the Qur'an you need to read:

"Fighting is prescribed for you and ye dislike it.  But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you.  But Allah knoweth and ye know not." surah 2:216

"Let those fight in the cause of Allah who sell the life of this world for the Hereafter.  To him who fighteth in the cause of Allah whether he is slain or gets victory, soon shall we give him a reward of great (value)...  Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah and those who reject faith fight in the cause of evin (Tagut):  so fight ye against the friends, of Satan:  feeble indeed is the cunning of Satan."  surah 4:76,76

"...Those who have...fought or been slain, verily I will blot out from them their iniquities and admit them into Gardens with rivers flowing beneath:  a reward from Allah and from Allah is the best of rewards." surah 3:195

"Not equal are those Believers [in Islam] who sit (at home); except those who are disabled.  And those who strive and fight in the cause of Allah with their goods and their persons.  Allah hath granted a grade higher to those who strive and fight with their goods and persons than those who sit (at home).  Unto all (in Faith) hath Allah promised good:  but those who strive and fight hath He distinguished above those who sit (at home) by a great reward." surah 4:95
The Qur'an also teaches that all Muslims (save those who die in a Jihad) will initially go to hell for some period.  "Not one of you but will pass over it:  this is, with thy Lord, a decree which must be accomplished." surah 19:71  This is why they have no guarantee about getting out of hell, except through Jihad.

Muslims will try to tell you this is a war about land, but it is not.

Prominent ploticians have repeatedly told us that the attacks made in USA, England and throughout mainland Europe are not religiously motivated.  I beg to differ.  I believe the 'political' issue is just a ruse, to cover up the religious basis for their hatred towards the west.

After all, most western nations were either founded on Christian principles, like USA or Canada, or have become Christian in nature, relying on Christian principles as their basis for law, etc.

These nations either built upon Christianity or who live day to day by Christian principles are hated by Islam.  The reason?  Certainly not for land.  Definitely, because these nations support Israel, as the Bible declares.  As I have said before, God told us that He will bless those who bless Israel and hate those who hate Israel.

Islam and it's religious leaders proclaim hatred towards Israel and the Jewish people.  As does, nations considered to be Islamic nations.  All pray for and openly support the annihilation of Israel.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FckLO8HcNyo

I had hoped to place a link here, for a youtube video, entitled:  Palestinian kids throw stones at Israeli driver.  Unfortunately, it was removed and is no longer available to watch.

While everyone in the world is aware of what happened, September 11th, 2001 when Muslim men took over planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center twin towers, the Pentagon and one plane (who was diverted from their plan of destruction) that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania, does this mean that there have been no more attacks?  On the contrary.  I found this one site that listed a few.  They pale in comparison to 9/11, but are attacks none the less.  http://onislamicfascism.wordpress.com/number-of-islamic-attacks-on-u-s-soil-since-obama-took-office/

And, speaking of 9/11, have you seen how Muslims reacted?  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMOZvbYJMvU&feature=related

What if the US and Canadian governments were not watching out for possible terror attacks and stopping them, before they come to fruition?  We would have attacks like they did in England.

Speaking of England, the last time Gordon and I were in London, England, we saw an Islamic demonstration going on, located near us, as we approached the Cabinet War Rooms (Winston Churchill's underground headquarters during WW2).  This video shows a demonstration in Barking, that wasn't as peaceful:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pqC77p3x1g 

Bombings are definitely a threat, whether here in London, England, or wherever:
London bus bombing:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuhBdHc8Nqs
London tube bombing (Circle line is one that services London main areas and highly frequented by tourists):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPsO3Q5nyiI

Brigitte Gabriel speaks about Lebanon:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhiMSvz6iH8

Here is a list of Muslim majority countries:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Muslim_majority_countries

Freedom of choice?  There is no freedom in Islam.  In this youtube video, you will hear may things happening in England, regarding Islam, Sharia Law, as well as the punishment (death) for those who wish to leave the Muslim faith and a promise of violence towards anyone who insults the name or the ideals taught in Islam by the prophet... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AxSeZCVB50

If you watched that last video, you will have heard from several people how Islam hates democracy and hates the political systems of the free-world, as in Europe and North America.  So, let me ask you:  If Islam is not spreading throughout the world for political reasons, then why is it planting itself?  Why is the planting, spreading to want Sharia Law enacted, wherever Muslims have prospered into a large enough voice to be heard?

Speaking of Shariah (Sharia, Shari'a) Law.  Is this what you want for Canada, USA or wherever you live?

We have all heard that what is currently happening in our world, is due to political problems. I disagree. I believe it is truly a holy war.

Until next time...

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Monday, November 15, 2010

About Islam...

A couple of days ago I wrote about ISLAMOPHOBIA.  If you read it, and if you know me well, you know I am not Islamophobic. 

What I am is a concerned child of Christ.  Worried?  No.  Concerned?  Yes!

My concern is not for myself.  Please realize, that I know where I am going, once I leave this world.  My concern is for the many millions of people around the world, who do not yet know Jesus, in a saving relationship.

I've said it before and I'll say it, again: Jesus said in Mark 16:15, "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Preach, is the operative word. No violence is ordained.

However, Islam is not like Christianity.

Islam teaches there are six (6) pillars that Muslims must adhere to:

1)  Confession (Shahada): "There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet."
...This is rather self-explanatory.

2) Prayer (Salat): Five (5) times per day, Muslims must pray.
...This is rather self-explanatory.

3) Fasting (Sawm): Muslims should not eat, drink or smoke from sunrise to sunset, during times of fasting.
...This is rather self-explanatory.

4) Almsgiving (Zakat): All Muslims should give a small percentage of their net-income, for charity.
...This is rather self-explanatory.

5) Pilgramage (Hajj): If possible, Muslims must make a pilgramage to Mecca, at least once, while wearing special garments.
...This is rather self-explanatory.

6) Holy war (Jihad): Muslims are to "...fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them, and seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war)..." (surah 9:5).
...This needs further discussion.

Before we discuss Jihad, we must first look at the nature of Islam. 

In case you didn't already know, followers of Islam are called Islamic or Muslims.  The name Islam, means submission or surrender to the will of Allah.  It is for this reason that Islam governs every aspect of life for Muslims, including moral, political, economic, social and spiritual.

Being a Muslim, in the political aspect of life means basically:  no freedom of religion, no freedom of speech, no freedom of assembly, no civil rights and no democracy, for they do not subscribe to the separation of church and state.

What this means to women followers of Islam, is that they have no rights within the family, nor within society.  Women are basically owned by their husbands, who are free to treat their wives in any manner they choose; in some cases, not very well.  There is no recourse for a woman:  no divorce, no justice.  All rights belong to the husband, who is free to divorce, abuse and even kill his wife.

Domination in Islam is quite evangelistic.  Orthodox Muslims, in accordance with the teaching of the Quran, are imperialistic, committed to the worldwide domination of their faith.

While I intended to write more on the subject of Islam, I found (once I had already written some of this entry) that a group on Facebook (FB) actually wrote on the subject.  I don't know for sure, but I believe whoever wrote the article studied the same Understanding Islam course, that I did.  Here is a link:

For those of us who are unbelievers of Islam, or infidels as we are commonly known as to Muslims, of most concern is the doctrine of the sixth (6th) pillar of Islam:  Jihad (holy war).

The only guaranteed way a Muslim has of entering paradise, is if he engages in a jihad.  "The Prophet said, 'the person who participates in [holy battles] and Allah's cause, and nothing compels him to do so except belief in Allah and his apostles, will be recompensed by Allah either with a reward or booty [if he survives] or will be admitted to Paradise [if he is killed in the battle as a martyr].'" Hadith 1.35

Hadith 1.35 makes it clear that true, committed believers in Islam are militant in nature, not the exception, as many in our world are saying.  Muslims who profess to be non-militant are either deceived, disingenuous or disobedient.

Why is this important to know?  Well, firstly, because many people are being deceived into believing that Islam is truly a religion of peace, when it is clearly not.

Islam's clerics admit what Islam is about, and admits that Muslims will lie to us, if they need to (it's known as TAQIYYI, one of their principles taught in the Qur'an, one of their holy books):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7KSHy34zyY&feature=player_embedded#!

I have personally known and/or met people who were raised Muslim and later converted to Christianity.  The stories they tell would curl your hair.  One common denominator between all I have heard from, is that they are raised with hatred towards unbelievers/infidels.  The following is a youtube clip of a very young girl, who is one such child:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP6xQ2fDzcg&feature=related

Anyone, like myself and others, who understands what Islam is about, is concerned that our world is repeating what happened, just prior to WW2, when Hitler tried to change the world.  It seems that not everyone wants to listen now, just like many did not want to listen, then. 

Meanwhile, as Muslim people continue to spread their families and their religious views throughout the world, world dominance is becoming a reality.  One that is a major threat to we infidels.

I thank God that He provided me with salvation through Jesus Christ, my Lord and Saviour.  Please pray for all unbelievers.

There is more to this topic, but it will have to continue, tomorrow.

Until next time...

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