THE LETTERS (FOLLOWING THE GOSPELS)

Here are some of my notes from the Letters in the Bible (in point form). This material has been sourced from many TV adressess over the years by my “early spiritual mentor”, Dr Robert H Schuller, as well as my studies, extracts and notes from ‘The New Possibility Thinkers Bible’ (NKJV) by Dr R H Schuller and Paul D Dunn (Published by Thomas Nelson Inc, 1996)

As I study this excellent Bible and take notes, I learn and grow spiritually… so in turn, am passing on these words of wisdom (eternal). I hope, I trust that they may encourage, empower, uplift and hopefully even perhaps inspire you as they do me. And this is my reason for sharing.

Thank you sincerely, Dr Schuller and Mr Dunn for the work you have put into your inspiring ‘New Possibility Thinkers Bible’
and for encouraging me from the depths of despair to pursue my dreams through thinking endless possibilities.

craig

“Only when you’ve been in the deepest valley can one know how magnificent it feels to stand on the highest peak.”
– powerful and inspiring words from former US President, Richard Nixon *

“Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in.”
– CS Lewis

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THE LETTERS (FOLLOWING THE GOSPELS)

Key words: ‘The New Possibility Thinkers Bible’ , Dr R H Schuller and Paul D Dunn , Bible, Letters

INTRODUCTION

Here are some of my notes from the Letters in the Bible (in point form). This material has been sourced from many TV adressess over the years by my “early spiritual mentor”, Dr Robert H Schuller, as well as my studies, extracts and notes from ‘The New Possibility Thinkers Bible’ (NKJV) by Dr R H Schuller and Paul D Dunn (Published by Thomas Nelson Inc, 1996)

As I study this excellent Bible and take notes, I learn and grow spiritually… so in turn, am passing on these words of wisdom (eternal). I hope, I trust that they may encourage, empower, uplift and hopefully even perhaps inspire you as they do me. And this is my reason for sharing.

Thank you sincerely, Dr Schuller and Mr Dunn for the work you have put into your inspiring ‘New Possibility Thinkers Bible’

and for encouraging me from the depths of despair to pursue my dreams through thinking endless possibilities.

craig

Only when you’ve been in the deepest valley can one know how magnificent it feels to stand on the highest peak.”– powerful and inspiring words from former US President, Richard Nixon *

“Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in.”

– CS Lewis

Here are some of my notes from the NEW TESTAMENT #

(which I’ll add to from time to time), which I find extremely helpful, encouraging, empowering and inspiring in my daily living…in every aspect of my life…TODAY and EVERYDAY

# New King James Version

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ACTS (written by Luke, a physician)

The Book of Acts is a story of growth and is one of the most fascinating accounts of the power of possibility thinking. When Jesus Christ instilled His Spirit into the lives of twelve men, they literally went out to change the world.

RESPECT those around you!

The key word of Acts is GROWTH.Key Verse:

“But you shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria… and to the ends of the earth.” (1:8)

TAKE A LEAP OF FAITH and be willing to attempt great things for God.

God does His greatest works and His greatest projects through His smallest people.

“Great people are just ordinary people with extraordinary amounts of determination.”

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ROMANS

Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Through Grace and Faith.

“All things work together for good to those who love God.” (8:28)

Practical directions for living a life justified by the grace of Jesus Christ.

The knowledge of God’s grace and forgiveness frees us not only from sin; but from anxiety, guilt, depression and a negative self-image. The stress flows out and salvation flows in!

The key word of Romans is righteousness

“The just shall live by faith.” (1:16,17)

“Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

(12:2)”We also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance characteru… and character hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, who was given to us” (5:3,4,5)

FAITH CAN FILL YOUR LIFE

Faith is a choice…

a decision

a commitment

YOU CAN DO IT!

Faith is an inner conviction… a “knowing” before reality confirms it. Faith is a sense of destiny… “it’s possible… it’s going to happen”

BELIEVE it BEFORE you see it!

Deep down in your heart you know its all going to work out.

“I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)

“Do not be overcome evil by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (12:21)

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1 CORINTHIANS

Bloom where you are planted!

Love is an action, rather than an emotion.

Love truly equals obedience to God…in words and actions.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (6:19,20)

“Lord,

Make my life a window for Your light to shine through, a mirror to reflect Your love to everyone I meet.”

Success in Failure

Keep on keeping on

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2 CORINTHINIANS

Expect the best in others.

“If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.” (2 Cor 5:17)

Faith calls us to believe in the best.

Speak of God’s Presence

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through Him.” (Col 3:17)

Breathe faith and walk by faith. Have positive emotions: love, joy, courage, faith and enthusiasm

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GALATIANS

Our relationship with God is a gift of grace, and it is freely given when we place our faith in Jesus Christ – it is not earned!

Since God has made us alive in the Spirit, our lives should reflect the love and positive attitudes that come from knowing Jesus in a very real and personal way.

Love God and love others.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart.” (5:13, 6:9)

“It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” (2:20)

Through love serve one another. Freedom is the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control).

The just shall live by faith.” (3:11)

 

Change your Thoughts and Change Your World

“Meditate on these things… and the God of peace will be with you.” (4:8,9)

“What we are is God’s gift to us.

What we become is our gift to God.”

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EPHESIANS

This presents an all-powerful God and His wise and loving design for the world.

GRACE IS A GIFT FROM GOD – it’s a serenity of spirit

It’s God’s undeserved favour to you.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works.” (2:8)

teacher of righteousness.

God’s dream is yours!

Faith is dreaming God’s dreams

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PHILLIPIANS

 

The Book of Philipians is a motivational goal-oriented letter, inspiring the Christians in Phillipi and those throughout the world today to believe that they can do great things for God. Paul’s determination and confidence to serve God, no matter the cost (“no pain, no gain”)

“For to me, to live in Christ, and to die is gain.” (1:21)

“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” (2:5)

Be filled with love.

God is working in and through them.

“Being confident that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it.” (Phil 1:6)

“Prayer is the soul upon the knees.”

“Prayer is the way to touch God.”

Press towards the goal

“I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”

(Phil 3:14)Faith must be applied to daily life. Faith becomes an act of the will.

Ask God to help you discover the power that comes from within you, when you make up your mind wholeheartedly to pursue your objective… relentlessly.

WHAT IS YOUR GOAL?

No act of faith is more dynamic, more constructive , than setting high goals.

Set high goals

Use the incredible power of faith to set positive goals…

and you’ll feel your life has great value and purpose

“For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (1:21)

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

(4:13) *

COLOSSIANS

Paul says that Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God. He speaks of the “mystery of God”, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col 1:27). Paul holds up high ideals for

the Colossians, and by sharing these goals with them, he is confident his readers will live up to them.

Believe the best about ourselves and others. For with God as our strength we WILL succeed!

Key Word: The Pre-emininence of Jesus, the Author of Reconcilation. He is the basis for the believer’s hope, the source of power for a new life.

“Set your mind on things above *, not on things on the earth.”

(3:1,3)

* ie: positive, good, constructive, healthy thoughts

Are they true, noble, just, pure lovely, positive?

YOU ARE A CO-WORKER WITH GOD

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks toGod the Father through Him” (3:17)

i am the vine, you are the brances. He who abides in Me and in him will *

FIRST THESSALONIANS

God is stronger and bigger than any problem! With him you can overcome any obstacle!

Paul commends them for turning their thoughts to God, not to their problems.

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SECOND THESSALONIANS

The Thessalonians are outstanding examples of Christian believers, who stood firm in their faith and showed love and charity towards each other.

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1 TIMOTHY

Encouragement is one of the greatest gifts you will ever give or receive (Barnabas was a “son of encouragement”)… and I love encouraging others to make the most of their potentials.

2 TIMOTHY

He seeks to build up (or edify) others and to continue the ministry that God has given him.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge will give to me.” (2 Timothy 4:7,8)

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PHILEMON:

Forgiveness is the language of love!

The pathway to success is the path of service.

TITUS

In any environment, no matter the circumstances the church and its people can grow and prosper.

 

HEBREWS

Christianity embodies the New Covenant between God and His people.

Faith is the dominant thread, which runs throughout the book. It’s “the substance of things hoped for, but are unseen”.

Take a positive plunge, a leap of faith.

I love the quotation…

“Be bold and unseen forces come to one’s aid.”

“Run with endurance the race set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)

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JAMES (the half-brother of Jesus)

It is the most practical of the epistles. Emphasizes that love and Christian faith must be demonstrated in DEEDS. Faith should be lived out by sharing and helping one another.

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1 PETER

A message of HOPE, as one’s faith is tested.

Encouragement is the key to keeping the faith.

Faith replaces anxieties. Replace stress with success.

2 PETER

Peter reminds his readers that their faith is based on the historical certainty of Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

Guard against false teachers.

Keep working on yourself:

on your faith, virtue, knowledge, self control, persevance, godliness, kindness, and/or love.

I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH

 

Life is a journey to savour and not merely arriving at a destination.

God was (is) faithful to forgive sins and wipe away guilt.

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1st JOHN

These three Epistles are short messages of encouragement.

God was (is) faithful to forgive people’s sins and wipe any guilt from their lives. Then they could truly be free to carry out God’s command to love one another.

Love is not just by word, but deed and truth.

2nd JOHN

John encourages the Christians to beware many false teachers in the region of Ephesus, who did not teach the truth of Jesus Christ.

Continue walking in obedience to God’s commandment to love one another. Love and faith can be shown by generous hospitality. Enjoy fellowship. Develop the heart of a servant.

The key is fellowship with God

“God has sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live through Him.” (4:7-9, 11)

Key: Fellowship with God. “God has given us eternal life and this life is in His Son.”

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1:9)

The goal of Jesus was to reveal the love of God through His love for all people.

John presents Jesus as the Truth and encourages all believers to walk in the light of His Truth.

“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” (v 2)

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” (v 4)

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JUDE (the brother of Jesus and James)

Unveil yourself to the love of God and involve yourself in the lives of others with generous encouragement.

Jude warns against the negative influences that could weaken their faith and devotion to Jesus.

Jude knew the importance of trusting his life to the most powerful person in the universe – Jesus Christ.

Amen

from ‘The New Possibility Thinkers Bible’ (NKJV) by Dr R H Schuller and Paul D Dunn (Published by Thomas Nelson Inc, 1996)

“Lord,

Make my life a window for Your light to shine through, a mirror to reflect Your love to everyone I meet.”

Shared by craig (“just another nobody for Jesus”)

“I’m just a pencil in the hands of God.”

– Mother Teresa

God IS blessing you

“What we are is God’s gift to us.

What we become is our gift to God.”

 

 

Author: craig lock

ABOUT c the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

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