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The Loss of My Loved One – Colleen Shiras

One week ago I lost my wife of forty three years. Most people don’t know what to say, they try with words like, “She’s in a better place.” or “She no longer is in pain.” But these words do not comfort me. They are empty, vague and do not show that they ever knew her. The people who knew her and knew me say things like,”She loved you so much.” and She blessed me, made me happy.” The ones who knew her best say, “God has rewarded her for her good life and her love of you.”

The things that comfort me are the positive things about her life, her joy and her laughter. People who remind me of how she made them laugh, how she created fun out of nothing. Young people who come up and say Colleen was like a second mother for them. And she was thier favorite aunt, friend, or just a lot of fun to be with. You see, Colleen wasn’t very good at being a “mother”, just slightly over average. What she was good at was being Colleen, never letting other people’s opinions, attitudes or drama get in her way of being herself. It took several years for Colleen to discover who she was but once she did, everybody loved her. She started her own Red hat group, her own bunco club. She hosted Bible Studies, read all my writings before I was allowed to post them (what am I going to do now?). She was my rock.

When we met, it was a very fast ride. Met on June 15 1969, engaged July 5, 1969, married Sep 7,1969. And when we stood before the Pastor to be married, I knew this was the only one for me. I knew what I needed to do and I promised God right then, that I would care for her the rest of her life, nothing would deter me from that task. And I kept my word. There were some very rocky parts in my life that almost destroyed us, but I went to God in prayer pleading to change me so I could fulfill my promise to Him and to her. And I changed, I became the godly man, husband and father I was meant to be. Now forty three years later, I have completed the job as her husband and her lover. She completed me. She graced me. She put up with my silliness, sarcasm, and weird humour.

People ask how long I was married and I say “All my life, because I wasn’t really living until Colleen married me.” Now I have to say, what am I going to do now? How can I grow, how can I live? I can go on, I can love because Colleen has not left me, she continues to bless me with her memory. I may cry often, I may become melancholy, or get into a funk now and again, but she is still there, deep in my mind giving me that look that makes me laugh.

So when you come up to me, do say how sorry you feel for me, say that you will never forget Colleen and what difference she made in your life. Tell me a funny story, remind me of the fun she brought into your life. Tell me how you would laugh, cry and hold each other up in good and in the bad times. Tell me of her love.

Paul R. Shiras

Why I have been Silent..When God Stops Sharing

I have been quiet on the blog for some time know because it has been a time to search my life and find new paths to walk. I have been very busy on Face-book sharing with friends and praying for the workers of faith in many lands. God’s voice, His spirit has been still in me because now it is a time to reflect, renew and reveal His wisdom one-on-one.

Sometimes we have to step back from ourselves and realize that it is the Lord who directs us and not to assume that we have answers and solutions of our own making. that has been what is happening tome.

says; “Pursue love, and earnestly desire spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy, for one who speaks in a tongue speaks no to man but to God; for no one understands him, bu the gutters mysteries in the Spirit.” For several months know, I have not had the language of
Spirit Prayer and feel empty. But because, like Mother Teresa, I feel a “darkness”, a lack of Light, I have been unwilling to post anything that others might read for fear that I may utter falseness before God.

A true Prophet speaks the Word of God and the intent of the Holy Spirit. His or Her message is a word given to God to be understood in agreement with the Testimony of the Holy Word. If I can not speak in this manner, I do not speak at all. For a long while, several years in fact, I hear the Truth of the Word and shared it with many. Most rejected what I spoke because if interfere with the teaching of man regarding Scriptures. But for the last year, I have not received any understandings that are helpful to me or others. god has placed me in a quiet spot that I may feel Love through others, that I may find comfort in what others share and that I may see His Ever Presence in the people who choose to serve His Love and Mercy.

I will continue to serve him in Holiness and in Wholeness. but I am thinking that I need to bring others in to this mission whose Light shine bright and who share the Vision of Wholeness with me.


14:1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. For one who speaks in a tongue speaks not to men but to God; for no one understands him, but he utters mysteries in the Spirit. (ESV)

The Little Boy Who Wanted To Be a Saint

This is a true story. It begins in 1950 when a small Roman Catholic boy in a Catholic school was asked what he wanted to be. As in most Catholic schools in that day and age, there was a in-house retreat conducted by a visiting priest, usually a missionary or a recruiter from a seminary. This priest would visit each class and give a little talk, silence was observed all day in the school and on the second day, he would talk to the whole assembly.

It was at this assembly that the priest, a member of the Sacred Heart Society, asked the question of all the girls, “Who wants to be a nun?” every hand went up. And then he asked of the boys, “Who wants to be a priest?” every hand went up except for one small little second grader. One small child did not raise his hand. The priest asked if anybody did not raise his or her hand,the little boy meekly raised up his. The priest asked him, “You do not want to be a priest?” “No sir, Father sir,” Do you want to be a Brother then?” “No Father, I don’t.” “Well then what do you want to be?”

And the little boy stood up and quietly said, “I want to be a Saint.” Everybody laughed at the response of the small child and the priest shushed them and asked the little boy, “A Saint? Why do you want to be a saint?” And the small child said in a very loud voice, as loud as he could from the back of the assembly room. “If I am a Saint then I would be very close to JESUS!”

The priest was taken back by this and stopped what he was planning to say and laughed. “This is the very crux of the thing then, isn’t it? Are we to be priests, or nuns? Or are we to strive to be Saints?” Then he said to all the children gathered there. “Many of you say today that you want to a priest or a nun but very few will ever do so. In fact, maybe only one or two of you will decide in the end to dedicate yourselves to God through the ‘Orders’. But everyone can be a Saint! A Saint is one who lives a holy life for God.”

I have to report that many years later, when this small boy because an adult, he did not live up to his dream of being a Saint but instead chose a path that mocked Christ rather than follow Him. In the end though, as he started to search for Truth, he returned to the teachings that he had as a child and sought after God. He did not return to the Roman Catholic Church but did turn his life over to God. And as he searched for the true meaning of Faith, he discovered one very important fact. All the time he was searching for the one true God, Jesus was close to him in dreams and preserving him from harm. One night when he was much older, and in prayer seeking help in a crisis of life, he had a vision of God coming down from Heaven and holding him in His arms. In the vision God was the whole of the trinity; His Father, the Son and the very Spirit Breath of God and God spoke to the man and said,” I never left you even though you have denied Me. IAM, who is Your God.”

From that day forth, the man who as a little boy asked to be a Saint, lived as one with Jesus in all intent, to serve, love and obey every command. He raised his children to seek after Christ and to live in the Spirit of God’s Grace. It has been sixty-one years since that little boy spoke those the words, “I want to be a Saint….so I can be close to Jesus.” And I have never regretted saying them.
It is soon to be Resurrection Sunday and as Christ arose from the grave to prove that He was God, so let us raise ourselves up from the graveity of sin and Live in Him who has Risen! Let us live as Saints, walking close with Jesus!

Strife of Life by Yakubu Awal

Yakubu Awal is a dear friend who shared this with me and I want to share it with you.  May it bless you as it has blessed me.   Paul.
Yakubu Awal November 27 at 5:33am Report
Jesus told us specifically that we would speak out of the treasure of our mouths. And that what we spoke would be either good fruit or bad fruit. It would either edify and please God and build us and others up spiritually, or it would oppose the truth and Word of God and tear others and ourselves down.

It would be either good or evil, but not both together.
(KJV) “ 44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. 46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? “

We get into habits, either good or bad. And when we get into a habit of taking time with God and He moves through us and we get full of His Word to where we start speaking good things because we are taking good things in, then we will habitually speak good things that edify and minister to others!


(KJV) “ 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.


We are commanded to NOT allow any corrupt communication come out of our mouths. We are commanded instead to replace the ungodly speech of the lost with the godly speech of the Holy Spirit. We are to edify or lift others up.

It’s the difference in you being happy and making others happy, or you being miserable and making others miserable. It is a foundational life decision, and the power to speak life comes from God!

We are to minister grace to those who hear us. ARE WE MAKING PEOPLE BETTER BY OUR WORDS, OR ARE WE TEARING DOWN OR CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE OF EVIL BY OUR WORDS? Is God happy with what we are saying and how that we are saying it?

(KJV) “ Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. “


(KJV) “14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. “

If you have bitterness and strife, then it opens the doors for every evil work and confusion in your life. You open the door wide in your life for the Devil to destroy you and demons will eat your flesh up and manipulate you. It will destroy you, and it is destructive to those around you. It brings EVERY EVIL WORK.

When we allow some bitterness to create evil in us and it comes through our words, then we GRIEVE THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD and that is a dangerous thing to do considering He is the one who seals us to God.

WE ARE TO STRIVE TO BE PEACEMAKERS. BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS… the nature of the love of God forgives the wrongs that others do to us. The nature of Jesus Christ in us helps us to submit to the authority that God has given to us and to forgive and to live lives that bless others!

(KJV) “14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. “

Holiness and peaceful living is the way of living for the child of God, but a root of bitterness sown in your heart will always bear an ungodly and destructive fruit. In fact, living in the holiness and peace of God following the forgiveness and love of God is the way to keep any such root from ever coming into your life. Allowing Bitterness to grow destroys LOVE in us!

You cut out the root of bitterness with the Word of God and replace it with the fruit of righteousness. You sow the fruit of righteousness with the peace of God. You forgive and make peace, and God brings peace into your life and brings purity, mercy, good fruits, and kills hypocrisy in your life.


Bitterness is the poisonous root from the seed of unforgiveness. It springs up when we bury hard feelings instead of repenting of them and allowing forgiveness to flow. It’s poison, and it causes all kinds of sins/iniquities from hatred to lust to depression. It will grieve the Holy Spirit and then continue on to grieve the person and it will grieve anyone else that they come into contact with.

Fits of anger and wrath are secondary sins that spring from a deeper problem. They spring from a root of bitterness that was sown through unforgiveness.

This root’s nature and essence is bitter, and can only produce evil fruit. It is corrupt by nature and nothing sweet or beneficial can come through it.

When we give into unforgiveness, then God quits forgiving us according to Jesus Christ. We are warned about this specifically. As the evil fruit keeps growing and secondary sins which could include sexual immorality, profanity, hatred, cursing, and keeping a critical attitude will grow and grow as fruits from that root. ~ SIN ALWAYS GROWS, AND GROWS BIGGER THAN YOU WANT IT TO!

People who get full of bitterness gets twisted and will even feel justified in their sin. They will wind up literally hating those around them who are Christlike, even though they might still go to church and say that they are still Christians. It is dangerous, because the full end of this road eventually leads to apostasy, or a falling away.

When the Word of God is moving in our lives, and we are walking in the Spirit, then that keeps bitterness out. Forgiving others will keep us forgiven and keep bitterness from our lives. The love of God is the cure for bitterness, and we have to move in that love to be filled with it.

Jesus said that whatever is the treasure of your heart (the thing that you tend to and is center to your being) is will produce out of your heart words from your mouth. This fruit will come from the treasure inside of you. If faith and love and peace and edification comes out of your mouth, then it is because God is in your heart and the root of the Holy Spirit is producing the Fruit of the Spirit.

BUT, if evil speaking, bad language, cursing, nagging, gossip, backbiting, criticizing is what is coming out of your mouth, then this is corrupt communication coming from a corrupt treasure. There is some root of bitterness bringing an evil fruit through your lifestyle and words.

* Our words will show what kind of treasure is in our hearts that we are feeding
* Our words will show if we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus or defeated
* Our words will how if we love others or are critical of them
* Our words will heal others or they will harm and kill them
* Our words show if we love God or we love ourselves and sin more
* Our words will determine if we walk in life or in strife

If we walk in life, then the powers of darkness fear Jesus in us. But if we walk in strife, then the powers of darkness have us and manipulate us and use us to hurt others and ourselves.

Its time to surrender the treasure of our hearts to Jesus Christ… and if there be things coming out of us and something in our fruit that is not good, then it is time to repent and confess it before the Lord… to let Him cleanse us and set us free.

(KJV) If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Bro Awal


44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? (ESV)


29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (ESV)


21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits. (ESV)


14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. (ESV)


14 Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled; 16 that no one is sexually immoral or unholy like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterward, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no chance to repent, though he sought it with tears. (ESV)


36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (ESV)

Why We Should Celebrate Communion Often

“I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake in the one bread.”

Over the years, I have become very fond of the sacrament of Holy Communion. And now I have noticed that churches are seemingly avoiding it all together. To me this is a very sad course of events. Early in my walk into Faith I experienced the pure joy of the Christ Experience that one can get from Holy Communion and now I feel the absence of Christ in it. I wondered why this came to be and feel that it is because the Leadership in the churches have never fully understood why Christ gave the commandment to the disciples to do it in remembrance of Him. I intend to bring it to your mind now so that you will be eager and even anxious to receive it.

Let me begin with the Event itself. Jesus is celebrating the Seder Feast with His chosen freinds. As a part of the meal the “Elder” is to lift bread up to God and bless it for the family. It was after Jesus blessed the bread that he told them that “This is My Body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” (). In doing this, He was presenting Himself as the Passover Lamb who was to be an offering to God for the protection of the Israelites in captivity as slaves. Jesus offered Himself for us as the perfect offering for our captivity to the sinful nature that has held us in bondage since the fall of Adam. He, in the gesture, has presented Himself as the atonement sacrifice. The breaking of the bread represents the breaking of His body for us. This offering is done so that we might have reconciliation with God and freedom from the pains of our offences to God.

When Jesus followed the meal with the customary wine offering, He told the disciples, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in My Blood.” (). This is equally important because the wine was poured to represent the flowing blood of the lamb offering and the marking of the doorposts of the Israelites so that the Angel of Death would “Passover” their houses. The shedding of the Blood of Jesus is the making of the new covenant of God with Man. The marking of the “doorposts” of our hearts with the Blood of Jesus is the reminder that the Angel of Death in the time of Judgement will pass over us and we shall live in Eternity. We are sealed by the blood of Jesus and marked with Grace of the Holy Spirit as preserved in Grace. As we take communion, we are celebrating our freedom from sin’s bondage and the release from the wrath of God’s judgements.

So as we partake in the joy of our salvation, we are to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus that we are free. The first time it was offered it was the foretelling of the redeeming grace of Jesus’ death and every time we join in the taking of communion, we are to recall His Mercy and Love for us in His dying. Paul tells us, “And you who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him.” ( ESV).

This is the primary reason to seek to have communion but there are other reasons to consider. The book of Hebrews tells us that Jesus is the High Priest in the “Order of Melchizedek.” Looking at the full verse, “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul. a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” (). Now Melchizedek was the only one who was both a priest to the Most High God, he was also the King of Salem which means he was the king of peace (Salem means peace).
He was recorded as making a offering of peace on the behalf of Abram, an offering of bread and wine. Under Levitical Law, only the High Priest could make the peace offering in the inner chamber with the pouring the blood of the peace offering over the alter on Passover Sabbath.

Jesus presented Himself as equal to the Temple High Priest and offered His Blood as the Pascal Peace offering. By this action He gave of Himself that we would no longer be enemies of God through our transgressions but would have Peace with God. In sharing of the meal of the passover, we join Jesus as friends of God rather than the enemies of Grace. We who were once the enemies of God now sit at the Table of Peace with the Master. We join with Abraham and the saints of Salvation in sharing the Peace Meal that was restricted to the temple priests since the entering into the Promised Land. We are not entered into the Promised Land but live in the Land of God’s Promise. We who were at War with God are now Friends of God. We who were aliens to His grace are now heirs of Salvation and we are welcomed at the Master’s table. The most rewarding idea is that Jesus declared that we are the new temples of God. When we take of the peace offering, we are having the “Blood of Jesus” poured on our hearts as the altars of the Temple of the Most High.

The third thing that I want to share is key to the verse I opened with. We are to share in the unity of the One Body by the taking of the elements of Communion. As we who are individuals become one in Christ, we celebrate the uniqueness of that oneness by sharing the same loaf, the same cup. Communion is the uniting of our individuality by the surrendering our separateness and joining in as all members of the one body that is Christ. When we partake of Communion, we are partaking in the presence of Jesus as our Redeemer within our lives both as individuals and as a collective group. We are demonstrating our Unity of Spirit, and our unity with Christ. We are declaring that we are One With God and that God abides in us and we abide with Him through the Body and Blood of Jesus.

The whole point of what I am declaring is that the only way that communion is meaningless is if Jesus is meaningless to us. If there is the True Love of Jesus in your heart, then you would readily be in prayerful thanksgiving, remorseful heart and of contrite mind when ever the offering that Jesus gave for us is presented. When you take the elements your heart should be rejoicing that you have the presence of Jesus in your life and His redeeming, purifying grace of Reconciliation. Holy communion is the gathering of the believers to join in the oneness of Christ with ourselves. “For Christ also suffered, once for sins, the righteous for unrighteousness, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the Spirit.” ( ESV).

Let your heart dwell on the the Pascal Sacrifice, the Peace Offering and the Communion of Believers. Praise God that He should deem it righteous that we who are so unworthy, should be counted among those who are blessed, made Happy in the presence of Salvation. When we go before the Lord’s Table we are to desire the Unity of God’s Spirit covenant, being one body with the Lord, have a contrite heart seeking to change ourselves to be truly holy and blameless, and to live in a mind changed for Jesus, no longer counted as unworthy but as Blessed. Be in celebration with the Most High and welcome Christ anew each time you receive the elements. Seek the blessings of God by meditating on the purpose of the feast and remember that as often, not as seldom, we do this we do it in remembrance of Christ’s Glory and Grace given for our sake.

Examine yourselves for the things that separate us from God’s love and confess them. Strive to welcome the Redeemer in your presence and present to Him a holy vessel eager to accept Him. And be prepared to take the risk for His sake as His took our sins for our sake. As where two or three are gathered in His Name, He is among them when we partake in His offering to us, His presence is clear. Jesus is with us as we take His gifts to us.

Be Blessed, be glad and be aware of Christ in all things. We share in the Pascal Feast of Jesus, we welcome the High Priest into our inner sanctuary and we sit as friends with God at His Holy Table; we share with each other the Glory of Christ.


16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. (ESV)


19 And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” (ESV)


20 And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood. [1] (ESV)


[1] 22:20 Some manuscripts omit, in whole or in part, verses 19b-20 (which is given . . . in my blood)


21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, (ESV)


19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (ESV)


18 For Christ also suffered [1] once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, (ESV)


[1] 3:18 Some manuscripts died

World Explosion of Christianity (Except in Europe and America)

Each day more and more people the world over are coming to Christ in waves and waves. On Resurrection Sunday 3,000 were Baptized in the city of Hong Kong. As India and Burma still resist the Evangelical advance, hundreds come to accept the Blessings of the Lord Jesus daily. In Egypt, Coptic Christian numbers grow in spite of Government condoned violence toward them. Iran has seen an increase of Muslims converting to Christianity.

At the turn of the Twentieth Century, Christians in Africa, Asia and the Middle East numbered in the thousands, today they number into the Millions. Approximately 45% of Africa is Christian and this includes counting North Africa which is predominantly Muslin. The South Pacific nations show that the numbers between Asian Religions, Muslim and Animism traditions combined barely outnumber the combined Catholic and Evangelical faiths. In China, there are at best guess, 30 million Christians ( about 9% of the population). From China, the “Back to Jerusalem Movement” has begun and the Silk Road Ministry has sent out over a thousand missionaries from China to spread the gospel back west toward Israel. South Korea Christians are the most enthusiastic evangelists and there are more Korean Evangelical communities outside Korea than in and still the number of churches exceeds 1,600 in Korea.

In Latin America there are more pentacostal churches than in North America. I quote from Bruce Shelly’s book “Church History in Pain Language,” in stating that there are more Baptist Churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo than in America. The African Anglican Church is sending missionaries to the U.S.A. And the most shocking of all, there are more people in the underground churches every Sunday than in all the churches in America combined.

The question then rises; why is the Gospel on the rise everywhere but in America and Europe? The answer is in the current trend of agnosticism and anti-god approach of the science community, the “politically correct” secularist governments and the media’s fascination with “scandals” that flood our airways. “Bad News” is good press, always. So this is the “bad news” for today,…. God is Real and He is getting fed up with us! As I read the Old Testament I see that every time the Israelites wandered from the Truth and took on the ways of the “World” they faced disaster and war. As the West is turning toward a godless society, Christians the world over face persecutions, the governments in Germany, Sweden, UK, USA and Russia pass laws that restrict free expression of Christian Faith. If the trend does not turn back toward Godliness instead of godlessness, Christians, Jews and and other faiths will be hounded down and ridiculed in America as they are in the Middle East, North Africa, India and Burma.

What are you doing to protect your right of Faith? If you were charged with “crimes against the State” for being a Christian would you be convicted? Are you “guilty” of loving and “Serving the KING”? Slowly we are returning to the days of the early Church, the witnesses of Faith, the Way and the Cross are shunned by society. We are mocked by people like Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan and others because we accept that God is real. But what are we doing about it? Very little it seems. We can start by inviting our unbelieving friends to church, we can speak openly about our faith. We can reach out toward others of Faith (outside our own small group of believers) and work together to share the Mercy, Love and Grace of Christ.

Not only are we to be better attenders of Church, we are to be better retainers of God’s Good News! “Count as JOY, my brothers, when you meet trails of various kinds, for you KNOW that the testing of your FAITH produces STEADFASTNESS.” ( ESV). “But the one who looks into the PERFECT LAW, the Law of LIBERTY, and preserves, being no hearer of the WORD but a DOER WHO ACTS, he will be blessed in his doing.” ( ESV).”As a fellow elder, this is my appeal to you: CARE of the flock of God entrusted to you. WATCH over it willingly, not grudgingly – not for what you will get out of it, but because you are EAGER to SERVE GOD. Don’t lord over the people assigned to your care but LEAD THEM by your GOOD EXAMPLE.” ( NLT) [Caps mine]. When Jesus gave the Great Commission to spread the Good News to all Nations, it wasn’t to stop until all who were willing to come to His Saving Grace were reached. Christians in America and Europe must rise up and take their place in society as leaders, examples and participants of their Faith.

Open Doors Ministry sent me a list of Remarkable Remarks made by those who live in persecuted areas. Among those were; “Christians are like nails; the harder you hit them, the deeper they go.” “All my suffering is worthwhile, even if I were to reach only one person for Christ.” “We are soldiers under the banner of Jesus Christ in a spiritual battle. We can only advance and never retreat.” Are we game enough to defend our Faith with the actions worthy of Jesus? Let us begin with a prayerful attitude and commune with Our Father in heaven to open our hearts, voices and our wills to serve the Lord of Creation and His Beloved son, Jesus with the Spirit of the Most High to guide us.


Count it all joy, my brothers, [1] when you meet trials of various kinds, (ESV)


[1] 1:2 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church; also verses 16, 19


25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (ESV)


shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, [1] not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; [2] not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (ESV)


[1] 5:2 Some manuscripts omit exercising oversight
[2] 5:2 Some manuscripts omit as God would have you

“God, Torah, Messiah” What a Book!

For Christmas my wonderful wife ordered the book “God, Torah, Messiah. The Messianic Jewish Theology of Dr.Louis Goldberg” edited by Dr Richard A. Robinson. This massive study is offered by JEWS FOR JESUS and is available through their website book store ( I will tell you that is not light reading even though it read fairly easy. The content and the context of the work require a clear and focused mind and as I am one whose mind tends to wonder, it was difficult for me to read for long periods of time. Yet because it was so intense, it was equally as hard to put it down. Still, I feel that much of it was lost to me and I will read it again and again to grasp what was conveyed.

This book is going to have a prominent place in my library and must be kept close at hand. It is for serious students of the Messianic Faith and an encouragement to mainstream Gentile Christians. Every Evangelical pastor should have this work in his library and it should be taught in every Christian and Jewish school. While most Christians are totally unaware of teh Messianic Jewish movement, it has been around from the very beginning. As Gentile Christians, we tend to overlook that the first churches were in Judea and all members were Jewish. We over look that fact the some of the Pharisees hear the call of Jesus and repented and believed. This book give insight as to how and why Jews chose to either accept Jesus or to reject Him. The Theology and the history of the early church and the teaching of the synagogues played an important role in the development of the early followers of Christ.

I will warn you that the book is very long (711 pages) and that some chapters need to be read in parts because of their length (130 pages), but the effort to read it is worth every word. I gave myself headaches trying to “burn the words” into my brain. If you love to learn how others came to walk in the Way of the Lord, this is the best work on Jewish Faith and Jesus.

Texan Arson Targets Churches

Seven Churches have been vandalized by Arson. ICC and the Baptist Press report that since Jan. 1 many churches have been affected. The churches that have suffered damage include:

Lake Athens Baptist Church
Little Hope Baptist Church
Tyler Baptist Church

While other churches, such as Assembly of God and Church of Christ have been hit, the main target seems to be Southern Baptist. If you would like to help or to add your prayers for these churches, you can contact them at I am sure they would welcome your prayers.

After One and a Half Years, Violence Against Christians Continues in India

The violence began in Aug of 2008 after the murder of a radical Hindu Swami and the Indian government has done little to stem the tragic attacks against Christians even after many promises. Gospel for Asia, an Indian Home Church organization, has been stopped from showing Christian films and Catholic as well as Evangelical Churches are still attacked by mobs of Hindus. Victims of these attacks are arrested while those who cause the attacks remain free to attack again.

Open Doors, Mission News Network and International Christian Concerns each report on these assaults against Christ. yet in each case the Faithful grow in numbers and in the Grace of God. Pray this Christmas for the release from the onslaught of aggression toward those who seek to share the Good News of God’s Salvation in India.

While I am addressing India, do not forget that Christians in Egypt, Iraq and Pakistan are also under oppression and they need your prayers as well. Here in the West, we have no idea of how hard it is to Love the Lord of our Salvation in all of Asia and most of Africa. Yet in these places, the devote Christians may have never seen teh whole of the Bible. Their faith is based only on the few verses that they have heard and the miracle of Grace that only comes by the Holy Spirit. When we get to heaven they will have the highest place of honor because they believe with little knowledge and a lot of heart.

God’s Grace be with them and with you all. Pray unceasingly for the peace of God in the whole of the Earth.

I Now Have a Facebook Account!

I have a Facebook account under my name, Paul Shiras. I am interested in finding friends, fans and other interested people who want to share with me. I can use it as a forum to talk Christian concepts.