Gloria’s Testimony

This is what my wife Gloria wrote regarding her reaction to her dad’s recent death. This is a paragraph taken from a letter she sent to her friends in which she tells them of her loss:

Tim said to me that he had dreaded the time that I would lose a parent, because he knew what I was like several years ago. I would have been hysterical, and would have had panic attacks, crying all the time and no doubt go into depression. However I have changed with the help of God, by putting my faith and trusting in Jesus before anything else. It doesn’t mean that bad things don’t happen to us, but by having faith in Jesus and truly believing that He is our Messiah, gives us the strength to get through those hard times knowing that we are not alone. I turned my back on God once and felt very alone, and promise that I will not do it again. God gives me hope which I haven’t had for a very long time, and it truly is a comfort to me. I feel for those that do not know God, and I pray that they seek God before it is too late as we only have this life time to reach out to Him.

Norman Church in Derbyshire

Last night I was looking through the cupboards in our spare room and found the following drawing. It must be close to 30 years since I did it. I’m now feeling encouraged/inspired to give drawing another go.


Two of my paintings will be displayed in a local exhibition over the weekend. It’s the first time my work has been hung in a gallery for public viewing.

Here they are on my “studio” wall.

The two paintings being exhibited on the weekend.

While the larger “Pierced” was a definite entry, I hadn’t decided which other one to submit, so I originally left my second entry  as “untitled”. 

I eventually decided on the smaller of the two paintings above and at the last minute came up with the name “Turning Point”.


It is several months now since I started painting and I’m very happy with the improvement I see between my first paintings and my most recent. I am now confident enough to enter my work in a local exhibition at the end of this month.

I can even offer my paintings for sale – though I’m not sure whether I should. Am I ready to be a “professional” artist? (Insert extreme smiley here). How much would I charge? Would I be ready to “lose” my work – possibly to never see it again?

There is a limit of two paintings per artist. I have one painting I’ll definitely enter. I’m not so sure about a second. I have one or two I could choose from – but I’m hoping to finish something new instead of resorting to something older.

Here is the contrast between my first attempts and my most recent. The new one is first.

A “gallery” of my best pictures so far can be found via the “Art by Onesimus” tab at the top of the page.

21 Things I Didn’t Learn from Scripture

This is a list I wrote a long time ago on another blog. 

It’s still relevant.

21 Things I Didn’t Learn from Scripture

1) To be saved all you need to do is:

 a) ask Jesus into your heart,  

b) say the sinner’s prayer

c) respond to an “altar call” in which you do both a & b.

2) Believers will be “raptured” from the earth immediately prior to the Great Tribulation.

3) Christians’ eternal home is heaven.

4) Satan and his demons reside in and rule their kingdom from hell.

5) Between His death and resurrection, Jesus was tormented in hell by the devil

6) Jesus victoriously snatched the keys of death and hell from the devil.

7) The devil made me do it.

8) Baptism is optional (it can also be done to babies with a sprinkling of water).

9) Sin in the life of a believer doesn’t matter because all of our sins have been forgiven

10) God loves the world so much…


12) God offends the mind to reveal the heart

13) People need hours of counselling/ inner healing/ deliverance sessions to be freed from hurts and problems caused by their past.

14) Faith is a force

15) Confess and possess

16) We should not question our leaders (“touch not the Lord’s anointed!)

17) There are different kinds of anointing and some Christians are more anointed than others

18) Tongues is THE sign of being baptised in the Holy Spirit

19) Scripture doesn’t really matter

20) God knows the future because He has fore-ordained everything that will happen.

21) Man’s will plays no part in salvation.