Spiritual Articles » Original Thoughts
As the years go by I have had many thoughts that I believed would be beneficial to others and so they are being offered on this page. I confess that my thoughts have been formed through many years of reading, studying, viewing videos, listening to audios and surfing online. Therefore the gathering of ideas has been essential and important to my personal development. Because of this my thoughts can be attributed to many people in many venues over many years. It is my prayer that everyone who reads the thoughts presented here benefits from them as I have from the thoughts of others. I earnestly hope that they will be a positive influence in developing character that is godly and respectable and loving toward others we encounter on life's path. I desire above all that God will receive glory and honor and praise for he alone is the source of all wisdom.
LET'S START WITH SOME DISCOURAGEMENT - SHALL WE?
"I WANT TO DISCOURAGE YOU TODAY
I want to discourage you from being discouraged. I want to encourage you to put your full trust in the God that never has failed anyone and never will.
I want to discourage you from putting too much importance on the things of this life and encourage you to "set your affections on things above."
I want to discourage you from listening to the lies of the devil and to encourage you to believe with all your heart that God loves us and provides all our needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
I want to discourage you from living as if God went on vacation and encourage you to believe he will never leave you or forsake you as he has promised.
I want to discourage you from doubts and fears that cripple you in your walk with the Lord and encourage you to give heart and soul and mind and strength to serve the King of Kings no matter what might ever come your way.
Be encouraged. Don't be discouraged. For whatsoever is not of faith is sin. We are called to exercise faith and be overcomers and more than conquerors. That will come to us as we keep
our focus where it belongs - ON JESUS!" -- C R Lord © 6/12/2018
Very important and legitimate questions for every one of us no matter what we believe
"What is in our thoughts that men ought to know what we are thinking? What comes from our mouths that men would want to be hearing? What comes from our actions that men should believe is worth seeing? What burns in our hearts that honors, exalts and glorifies God above all beings and all things? These are questions that we should answer for ourselves in order that our legacy might be one we don't regret." -- C R Lord © 3/3/2018
Just For Fun
"Sometimes I get so mad I could crush a marshmallow!" -- C R Lord © 2007
"I remember when I was a boy and would go to the neighborhood store and purchase a bag of potato chips. When I opened the bag it was as full as they could make it. Things have changed since then and now we buy a bag of chips and a third of the bag is filled with air. What I discovered this morning was more concerning.
I cracked a hard-boiled egg to eat and when I began to peel the egg I noticed that a fairly large portion of the shell was empty and resembled a cave. My first thought was; 'Oh no! Don't tell me the chickens have been forced to cut back too.'" -- C R Lord © 8/4/2018
"If you were against phobias would you be considered a phobiaphobe?" -- C R Lord © 12/1/2018
"Makeup on a woman is like trying to restore Michaelangelo's paintings using house paint and a broad brush. God made women beautiful to begin with, and he doesn't need feeble human expertise to enhance his magnificent creation. A preacher once gave a message in church saying; 'When a barn catches on fire paint is the first thing that goes. When women get the fire of God in their hearts the same results should occur.' I am certain this will offend many but perhaps
it will challenge and bless some others." -- C R Lord © 3/1/2018
ON COMMON CORE EDUCATION - "Common Core is the most ridiculous attempt at circumventing education that I have ever seen. It's like trying to swim from New York to China when you can take a plane." C R Lord © 2019
"America has more fakes than any nation. We have Fake news, fake politicians, fake music offering anything that makes $, fake religion delivering false hope, fake social media, fake parents, fake sexual practices. and fake fakes. C'mon man! Let's get real!" -- C R Lord 2/1/2019
"Most Christians have the same issue with politics that they have with obeying the command to 'Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every living creature.' They would rather pray and let God work it out through someone else. Unlike Isaiah who said; 'Here am I, send me' in response to the call of God, the average Christian prays something like this; 'Here am I Lord; send some other Christian.'" -- C R Lord © 6/21/2018
"If the democrats were ever tossed into the ocean, they would form a committee and try to find ways to impeach Neptune." -- C R Lord © 7/4/2018
"Democracy is chaos on steroids." -- C R Lord © 7/19/2018
"The foolish people writing progressive news need to take off their carefully colored glasses, escape their carefully crafted alternate universe and behold reality. Hopefully the shock will not kill them." -- C R Lord © 7/14/2018
"Where political correctness begins critical thinking ends. To be politically correct brings out the beast in us instead of the best in us." -- C R Lord © 1/1/2019
Food For Thought
"People who deal in hypothetical situations are ready to discard reality at the drop of a hat. Hypothetical possibilities hardly constitute anything resembling reality and need to be thrown out." -- C R Lord © 7/9/2018
"Man has only wisdumb to gain knowledge, but God has wisdom, for he possesses all knowledge past, present and future. and there is not one iota of knowledge that he does not possess or will not possess." -- C R Lord © 2012
"No man has all the knowledge on any subject at any time. -- Rev. John Q. Kenzy -- I added the following: "So then we can all stand to learn more about what we know or what we think we know." -- C R Lord © 2015
"With all the deception going on in the world today it's getting harder and harder to know which liar to believe."
C R Lord © 8/23/2018
"Perhaps the oxymoron of all time is "pure evil." Combining these words fails to express anything having to do with reality. To be pure a person must abstain from evil. To be evil a person must abstain from actual purity. They just aren't compatible." - C R Lord 2/2/2019
"We look at all the trials in life such as hurricanes, floods, war, abortion,political corruption and murder among many other tragedies and we are sometimes overwhelmed. BUT another thought struck my mind as I was thinking on these things; a thought that held much more force than all these others issues combined;
ONE MORE SOUL ENTERED HELL TODAY!" C. R. Lord © 1/30/2019
MY TRUTH AND YOUR TRUTH AND FREEDOM TO BELIEVE
"If my truth and your truth don't match up does that make me your enemy? What if I deny something you have held dear for decades and believe to be irrefutable truth? I believe we can be in disagreement without being disagreeable.
There are certain incontrovertible doctrines in the Bible that should be defended when someone seeks to go against them for any reason such as the efficacious blood of Christ as full payment for our sin and assurance of our salvation.
Most of what we love to debate about should fall under the freedom to believe I am right until someone proves me to be wrong. That can be done without thinking we are required to dissociate from one another.
By the way, I used the big words to see if anyone complained about me using words that some might not understand. That might get me in hot water with some, but a good dictionary would help and challenge people to use that old dead habit called studying. I think it serves a good purpose to force people to stretch their understanding. You are free to disagree." -- C R Lord © 12/20/2018
"If you say you're not concerned about anything then you should be concerned that you aren't concerned about what concerns others." -- C R Lord © 10/17/2018
Ideology and Philosophy
"Some people believe that philosophy will gradually bring us out of darkness or ignorance into the light of true knowledge. There are others who believe the same drivel about science. Both sound good and believable. I truly believe, however, that philosophy takes us out of one form of darkness and substitutes another in its place while offering a false light or at best a rather dim one.
It is the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ that brings people out of darkness and sheds forth the truth that can deliver us from ignorance and misguided philosophy. That is why the Bible states that men who walked in darkness have seen a great light." -- C R Lord © 3/4/2018
CHRISTIANITY AND SOCIALISM COMPARED
"Socialism is the antithesis of Christianity. Socialism is filled with elitists and Christianity is the faith of servants. Socialism is filled with submission to man. Christianity is submission to the God/man - Jesus Christ. The Socialist lives under strong delusion. Christians are taught by the Holy Spirit who deals only in truth.
Socialism will die with time and its fall will be a blip on the radar of eternity. Those who die advocating Socialism will suffer the wrath of a Holy God forever. Christianity will stand forever and its adherents will live on in the presence of the absolute ruler of the universe in joy and peace forever." -- C R Lord © 2017
"Liberalism is a terrible sickness that eats at the mind until there is nothing left but the empty space where brain cells used to be." -- C R Lord © 1/15/2018
"While the words logic and liberal both start with the letter L, there is not one trace of any similarity from that point on. C R Lord © 2/26/2018
"All who are ever born are born into eternity. There is no turning back. Everyone will live forever. Some will be very thankful for life and others will wish they'd never been born."
C R Lord © 2016
"Christianity, in its purest sense is pacifist when it comes to retaliation and aggressive in winning lost sinners
to Christ, but it is never violent. Those who accuse Christians of violence are clueless about the true nature of Christ, Christianity and Christians." -- C R Lord © 2/26/2018
JESUS CHRIST AS GOD IN A SINGLE VERSE OF SCRIPTURE
"Jesus as God incarnate (the hypostatic union or fusion of two natures, God and man or the God/man) needs no worldly titles for himself. His true followers are Christians meaning followers of Christ. They acknowledge his divinity like Thomas stating 'My Lord and my God' as he knelt in Christ's presence.
The reason there is no fear of God in the people worldwide is that there is no fear of God presented in most pulpits of this vile generation. As goes the family and the church so goes the world. The reality of the hatred of God for sin, the judgment on those who refuse to repent and the final end of the lost has been lost in the sickly sweet preaching and the prosperity gospel this generation has come to embrace as the gospel. It is time for the preaching of the word with authority and men who will preach the entire counsel of God without compromise and without favor to anyone. Apart from that it will be church as usual while the world rides a roller coaster to judgment, Hell and the lake of fire. – C. R. Lord 2/2/2019
Jesus did not deny the charge of the Jews that he, being a man, makes himself to be God (John 10:30-33). I am certain that he and the Jewish people present with him knew what they were talking about.
True Christians of all ages acknowledge Christ as God come in human flesh. Examine the teaching of Paul as written in 1 Corinthians 3:16 where Paul makes a startling statement about God that undeniably refers to Christ.
'And without controversy, great is the mystery of godliness; GOD (theos in the Greek) was manifest in the flesh (Christ's incarnation) justified in the Spirit (proven by God's pronouncement THIS IS MY BELOVED SON IN WHOM I AM WELL PLEASED at his baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist); seen of angels (as God and as man); preached unto the Gentiles (study the book of Acts and all the letters of Paul to prove this); believed on in the world (this has never stopped happening since Christ walked the earth); received up into glory (verified in Christ's ascension in Mark 16:19, Luke 24:51 and Acts 1:9-11.
There is no honest way to get around this verse of scripture. No honest and objective scholar could ever prove that this verse beginning with "God was" can deny it speaks of Christ." -- C R Lord © 3/8/2018
"I was thinking about how we all say we KNOW the Lord, and then it occurred to me to ask, how much do we really know him? After all, our Lord is perfect and unchangeable in every way and he has promised to meet our every NEED. We should examine our view of what constitutes an actual need.
How can we say we know him and still doubt him? Perhaps we only know our Lord casually because we met him once. If we all really knew him as we should then we wouldn't doubt him at all." -- C R Lord © 3/5/2018
"Any Christianity that doesn't honor, praise and glorify God above everyone and everything is fiction. Whatever else it may be, it is not Christianity." -- C R Lord © 6/24/2018
"It is in looking at Christ, his life and his claims and then his crucifixion, death and resurrection that seeing him rightly begins. He is the embodiment of all that men long for and cannot achieve in themselves. He is the God/man or what is theologically called the hypostatic union or the fusion of two natures - God and man. Step aside in life and refuse to
look at other men around you and focus on what Christ did, how he lived and what his purpose in coming was. It is the greatest discovery in the world." -- C R Lord © 7/23/2018
"If you are certain that God gave you a message, it is your responsibility to deliver it as he gave it, without apology or compromise." Galatians 1:10 and Acts 4:19-20 King James Version -- C R Lord © 10/10/2018 @ 9:30 PM
"We're living on borrowed time and using borrowed power we have received from the creator of time and the owner of all power, who is the source of every other blessing we will ever experience in this life and throughout eternity. We should present ourselves as gifts to him returning what he has given to us, not merely at Christmas but always and forever." C R Lord © 12/18/2018
PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS CRYING FOR PEACE WITHIN
"We do everything to find peace but the one thing necessary. Isaiah 26:3 KJV - Thou wilt keep him in PERFECT PEACE whose mind is STAYED ON THEE because he trusteth in thee. What is being said in this verse? Is God a liar? Does this verse need embellishment? Is it so difficult to understand?
PERFECT PEACE IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF CONFLICT BUT THE PRESENCE OF GOD IN THE CONFLICT.
Remember Peter? He was walking on the water by faith and would have gone to Jesus and walked back calmly to the boat in spite of the storm raging around him. BUT - he took his eyes off the problem solver (Jesus) and focused on the problem (the storm). Then he began to sink in despair and Jesus rebuked him saying; 'O' thou of little faith.'
If your storm is causing you to lose hope and you begin to despair - CHANGE YOUR FOCUS!" -- C R Lord © 12/6/2018
"One second in the presence of God is better than a million lifetimes anywhere else." -- C R Lord © 2/26/2018
"To know God as Father, to know Jesus as Savior and to know the Holy Spirit as guide transcends everything else in life. This is only possible to the believer through the blood shed by Jesus Christ on Calvary for their forgiveness and eternal salvation." -- C R Lord 2014
"One thing I know for sure is that we never pray in vain, Our heavenly Father hears and answers prayers according to his great wisdom which far exceeds ours. Sometimes he says no because we don't understand the full extent of what we ask him. Sometimes he says yes and we are blessed with his very best. Sometimes he says wait. We don't like that answer, but God's timing is always perfect." Isaiah 26:3 KJV -- C R Lord © 11/9/2018
"Eternity is ahead for all of us and being prepared is more important than anything on earth because appearing before the judge of judges is a one and done proposition. We are either ready or we are not. Those who are ready inherit eternal life in absolute peace. Those who are not are to be eternally damned. God makes promises that he always keeps, and he is not in the habit of issuing threats." -- C R Lord © 2/22/2018
"I love the beatitudes of Jesus. One of my favorites is; “Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely FOR MY SAKE; rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in Heaven for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”
Couple that with the command of Jesus to; “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you.”
And add the one that makes the other two possible; “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places.”
In the end our battle is not with one another but against Satan and his demons. They are behind every evil work that ever was or will be. Men submit to Satan and his imps or to Christ and their lives are a reflection of the master they serve. The wise serve Jesus and like Jesus they will love all men and fight evil wherever they find it."
C R Lord © 12/23/2018