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Craig’s Blogs

Craig’s Blogs

A list of my various blogs. No wonder I have difficulty keeping track… so just trust

 

“God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”

 

“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”

 

“God, The Essence of Life, the Ground of All Being, is leading us to the light.

 

Craig’s Blogs

A list of my various blogs. No wonder I have difficulty keeping track… so just trust

 

“God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”

 

“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”

 

“God, The Essence of Life, the Ground of All Being, is leading us to the light.

 

Together Lets Break Down Barriers

Together Lets Break Down Barriers

 

WALLS

 

“Man is a great wall builder

 

The Berlin Wall

 

The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem

 

But the wall most impregnable

 

Has a moat

 

flowing with fright

 

around his heart

 

A wall without windows for the spirit to breeze through

 

without a door for love to walk in.”

 

– OSWALD MTSHALI, Soweto (South African) poet

 

from the compelling book, ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ by Rian Malan (published by Vintage 1990)

 

 

“As we live and move and have our being from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives and heaven on earth.”

Felicia Searcy

“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.” – craig

Together Lets Break Down Barriers

 

WALLS

 

“Man is a great wall builder

 

The Berlin Wall

 

The Wailing Wall of Jerusalem

 

But the wall most impregnable

 

Has a moat

 

flowing with fright

 

around his heart

 

A wall without windows for the spirit to breeze through

 

without a door for love to walk in.”

 

– OSWALD MTSHALI, Soweto (South African) poet

 

from the compelling book, ‘My Traitor’s Heart’ by Rian Malan (published by Vintage 1990)

 

 

“As we live and move and have our being from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives and heaven on earth.”

Felicia Searcy

“Instead of the limits of borders (of countries and of our minds) let us and our leaders expand our sense of possibility… and together let’s look at building bridges to distant horizons, far and great. Lord, help us all lift our eyes a little higher.” – craig

Visioning for a Brand-New Year

Visioning for a Brand-New Year

By Rev. Felicia Searcy

From http://www.dailyword.com/articles/2012/january/visioning-brand-new-year

It is a brand-new year, a wonderful time to explore opportunities that never before seemed possible. Before coming to Unity, New Year’s resolutions took the form of do’s and don’ts for me—like, I should be nicer to my family and stop eating junk food! Once I started studying spiritual principles, I learned a different way to envision my future.

Now each day is a clean slate filled with unlimited promise of a rich and joyous life. Every morning, I envision my best day and set the intention to live according to the dream that Spirit longs to express through me.

Jesus understood the power of vision coupled with intention. He cast a vision every time he talked about the kingdom of heaven. He had the unique capacity to live fully in the moment while envisioning the dream of what was possible. His life-affirming vision formed his thoughts, words and actions. He held the vision of an awakened life not just for himself but for each one of us as well.

Visioning is exciting and fun. We become exhilarated about the upcoming year as we see new possibilities. The challenge begins when we endeavor to manifest our dreams. We intend to live congruently with our dream, then life gets in the way. Old paradigms try to pull us back. Outer conditions overwhelm our newfound enthusiasm, and before we know it, we are repeating the same old self-defeating patterns.

This is why the spiritual practice of faith is vital. Jesus demonstrated the power of faith with his laser-beam focus on the presence of God regardless of any outer condition. He taught us how to look beyond perceived limitations to see only the evidence of good and the infinite flow of abundance.

As a minister and Life Mastery Consultant, I have been honored to witness and assist the awakening process in countless people. In my book, Do Greater Things: Following in Jesus’ Footsteps, I tell a story of a woman who dealt with extreme health challenges. Walking was difficult for her, and as a result, she was restricted in what she could do and where she could go. Yet her dream was to attend our local university to resume her studies.

Despite the appearance of limitation, this woman held to her vision and cultivated the faith to keep her focused along the way. She created a support system and studied spiritual principles until, against all odds, her dream came true. She went back to school and achieved dean’s list status after her first semester. Even when it seemed that her longings were just an impossible dream, she maintained faith in the power and presence of Spirit.

This is what faith is all about. Without having to have every detail mapped out for us, we take the next step that Spirit reveals and great things begin to unfold.

Remember, everything is created twice—first in mind, then in the physical realm. We are the channel through which Creative Mind expresses. When we anchor our being in this Truth, we are no longer bystanders, we are active participants. We understand that our dreams and desires are the way Spirit expresses and expands Its presence in us and in our world.

I invite you to take time at the beginning of 2012 to create a vision for yourself for the next 365 days. Imagine it is December 31, 2012, and you are reviewing the past year. What successes did you experience? How have you grown in your relationships and what are the highlights of your year? Allow your imagination to roam, and without censorship or judgment, write down what comes to you.

We know and affirm that the Creative Impulse is working in and through us. We give thanks that our natural state is one of joy and abundance. As we live and move and have our being from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives and heaven on earth.

Felicia Searcy is a Unity minister, speaker, personal coach and the author of Do Greater Things published by Unity Books. On February 23–26, 2012, Felicia will lead a Lenten workshop and retreat at Unity Village, Missouri. Visit www.unityvillage.org/feliciasearcy for details.

From http://www.dailyword.com/articles/2012/january/visioning-brand-new-year

“The Way…The Truth… and The Light”

Jesus’s Direct Claims

He clearly believed himself to be the Messiah the Old Testament predicted (‘Son of God’). He had come to establish the kingdom of God foretold by generations of prophets.

His claim to be the ‘Son of God’ was more than Messianic – it described his unique, intimate and eternal* relationship with God, the Father.

(My comment: We are what we believe ourselves to be. We “act out” and become what we believe about ourselves, who we think we are…and move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts, ie. what we focus on expands – this is in alignment (perfect) with psychological (and spiritual) principles. “As a man thinketh, in his heart, so is he.”)

* One of the most far-reaching claims he ever made was: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

“My Father is working still, and I am working.”

“I and the Father are one.”

“I am in the Father and the Father in me.”

(from John’s Gospel)

“All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

– Matthew 11:27s

Thus

to know him was to know God;

to see him was to see God;

to believe in him was to believe in God;

to receive him was to receive God:

to hate him was to hate God;

to honour him was to honour God.

After the resurrection, Jesus rebuked Thomas for his unbelief and invited him to feel his wounds. Then Thomas, overwhelmed with wonder, cried out, ‘My Lord and my God!”

*

His Indirect Claims

1. To forgive sins: “My son, your sins are forgiven.”… and

“Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more.”

However, the sins we commit against God can only be forgiven by God Himself!

2. Christ’s second indirect claim was to bestow life.

He described himself as the “bread of life”, “the life” and “the resurrection and the life.” Jesus likened his followers dependence on him to the sustenance derived from the vine by its branches. He called himself the “Good Shepherd”, who would not only give his life for the sheep; but give life to them. He stated that God had given him authority over all flesh, that he should give life to as many as God gave him, and declared, “the Son gives life to whom he will.”

3. Christ’s third indirect claim was to teach the truth.

His authority – an authority he claimed as his own: “No one ever spoke like this man.”

He issued absolute moral commands like:

“Love your enemies.”

“Do not be anxious about tomorrow.”

“Judge not, that you be not judged.”

“ASK and it will be given you.”

4. Jesus’s fourth indirect claim was to judge the world.

Those who have denied him, he will deny. (“I never knew you”)

*

His Dramatized Claims:

His works dramatize his words. He practiced what he preached and lived his message.

His metaphors (powerful):

“I am the bread of life.”

“I am the light of the world.”

“I am the resurrection and the life.”

Conclusion:

These claims do not in themselves constitute evidence of deity. Still we cannot regard Jesus as merely, simply as a great teacher..

Jesus had a “uniquely special and intimate” relationship with God, the Father and totally surrendered his life to God’s will (fully depending on God, “the Father” to achieve his life mission* … and so can WE!

Shared by craig (with gratitude to John Stott)

(“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

* Make YOUR life a mission…

and not an intermission!

“Lord

Let me be a channel for YOUR peace, a window for Your light to shine through to everyone I meet. Lord, touch me where I need the touch the most. Let more people experience the REAL YOU, Who You really are.”

“Faith sees the invisible,
follows the unfathomable…
and achieves the impossible.”

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

About the submitter:
Craig likes (rather loves) to share knowledge and insights from his life experiences with dashes of humour to try and help others in ‘every little way’ he can…
without being too much of a “Mr too airey-fairey, arty-farty, goody-goody boring two shoes” (as he’s lost the other one and anyway, they may be different colours!)
http://www.craiglockbooks.com

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on Jesus and his numerous e-books on “the spiritual journey”) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock (e-books) http://www.lulu.com/craiglock

https://www.xinxii.com/asresults.phps4=craig+lock&sid=1&osCsid=7d30atm8g… http://www.craigsbooks.wordpress.com

Craig’s novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’ is based on some true stories from the ‘beloved country’ of South Africa. Inspiring stories of endless possibilities of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us.

The submitter is currently writing his own “work” (a “real labour of love and enlightenment” (to himself) titled ‘WHO ON EARTH IS (WAS) JESUS CHRIST?’

The submitter’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com and http://craiglock.wordpress.com

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS “God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”

“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”

May the light of God light your path up ahead

Article Title: A Book “Review”: Basic Christianity’ by John Stott
Shared by: Craig Lock
Category (Key Words/Tags): Christianity, Jesus, Jesus Christ, Thoughts on Jesus, Spiritual Growth, Faith, Empowerment, Transformation, Inspiration, Empowerment, Spirituality, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Writings, Awareness, God

Web site: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

The submitter’s blogs (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) are at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com

Other Articles are available at: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/user/15565 and http://www.ideamarketers.com/library/profile.cfm?writerid=981http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
(Personal growth, self help, writing, internet marketing, spiritual, ‘spiritual writings’ (how ‘airey-fairey’), words of inspiration and money management, how boring now, craig and may be freely published)

Publishing Guidelines: These thoughts in point-form (as with all my articles) may be freely published, electronically or in print.

*

Submitter’s Note:

The Book ‘Basic Christianity‘ by John Stott

(Published by Inter-Varsity Press, UK (First edition 1958)

I took these notes from the above book – a most illuminating, revealing and enlightening read on the life and person of Jesus Christ). Incidentally, this book (and others by John Stott) is available for download (PDF) at http://www.pdflibrary.info/en/ebook/Basic%20Christianity%20John%20Stott-…

Here are some of my notes (in point form) from this “easy to read” book by John Stott,that I am currently reading and “studying”. And as I share, I learn more too. No matter what you may know or believe about this most significant (and controversial) figure in human history. Anyway enjoy…

“We share what we know, so that we all may grow.” *

“WHO ON EARTH IS JESUS CHRIST?”

NEW REVELATIONS

We can find God in Jesus Christ. God is himself seeking us and we must ourselves seek God.

1 THE RIGHT APPROACH

Before man stirs himself to seek God, God has sought man. In the Bible we see God reaching out to man. It’s an invitation.

Redemption in Christ

Men needed to be delivered, not from slavery in Egypt or from exile in Babylon, but from the exile and slavery of sin. It was for this principally that Jesus Christ came. He came as a Saviour.

“…you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.”

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost”

In essence, Christianity is a religion of salvation.

(My comment:

Jesus never claimed directly to forgive sins, which is one of the fundamental beliefs of Christianity (though other disciples, such as John, famously said in 3:16 and Paul in 1 Corinthians sincerely believed and wrote that he did)…

though personally I CHOOSE to believe that.)

Christ’s promise is plain: “Seek and you will find.”

God desires to be found, but only by those who seek him.

We must seek diligently, humbly and obediently.

*

PART ONE CHRIST’S PERSON

The Claims of Christ

“He who has seen me has seen the Father.”

The person and work of Christ are the rock upon which the Christian religion is built.

His self-centred teaching

He was constantly talking about himself.

“I am the truth; follow me.”

He uttered commands, such as: ‘Come to me” and “Follow me!”

The most remarkable aspect of this self-centred teaching is that it was uttered by one, who insisted on humility in others.

(“If The Lord makes you successful, I’ll keep you humble.”

– an anonymous wife,)

*

Jesus’s Direct Claims

He clearly believed himself to be the Messiah the Old Testament predicted (‘Son of God’). He had come to establish the kingdom of God foretold by generations of prophets.

His claim to be the ‘Son of God’ was more than Messianic – it described his unique, intimate and eternal* relationship with God, the Father.

(My comment: We are what we believe ourselves to be. We “act out” and become what we believe about ourselves, who we think we are…and move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts, ie. what we focus on expands – this is in alignment (perfect) with psychological (and spiritual) principles. “As a man thinketh, in his heart, so is he.”)

* One of the most far-reaching claims he ever made was: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

“My Father is working still, and I am working.”

“I and the Father are one.”

“I am in the Father and the Father in me.”

(from John’s Gospel)

“All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

– Matthew 11:27s

Thus

to know him was to know God;

to see him was to see God;

to believe in him was to believe in God;

to receive him was to receive God:

to hate him was to hate God;

to honour him was to honour God.

After the resurrection, Jesus rebuked Thomas for his unbelief and invited him to feel his wounds. Then Thomas, overwhelmed with wonder, cried out, ‘My Lord and my God!”

*

His Indirect Claims

1. To forgive sins: “My son, your sins are forgiven.”… and

“Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more.”

However, the sins we commit against God can only be forgiven by God Himself!

2. Christ’s second indirect claim was to bestow life.

He described himself as the “bread of life”, “the life” and “the resurrection and the life.” Jesus likened his followers dependence on him to the sustenance derived from the vine by its branches. He called himself the “Good Shepherd”, who would not only give his life for the sheep; but give life to them. He stated that God had given him authority over all flesh, that he should give life to as many as God gave him, and declared, “the Son gives life to whom he will.”

3. Christ’s third indirect claim was to teach the truth.

His authority – an authority he claimed as his own: “No one ever spoke like this man.”

He issued absolute moral commands like:

“Love your enemies.”

“Do not be anxious about tomorrow.”

“Judge not, that you be not judged.”

“ASK and it will be given you.”

4. Jesus’s fourth indirect claim was to judge the world.

Those who have denied him, he will deny. (“I never knew you”)

*

His Dramatized Claims:

His works dramatize his words. He practiced what he preached and lived his message.

His metaphors (powerful):

“I am the bread of life.”

“I am the light of the world.”

“I am the resurrection and the life.”

Conclusion:

These claims do not in themselves constitute evidence of deity. Still we cannot regard Jesus as merely, simply as a great teacher..

Jesus had a “uniquely special and intimate” relationship with God, the Father and totally surrendered his life to God’s will (fully depending on God, “the Father” to achieve his life mission* … and so can WE!

Shared by craig (with gratitude to John Stott)

(“Information and Inspiration Distributor, Writer for Self Empowerment, Incorrigible Encourager and People-builder”)

* Make YOUR life a mission…

and not an intermission!

“Lord

Let me be a channel for YOUR peace, a window for Your light to shine through to everyone I meet. Lord, touch me where I need the touch the most. Let more people experience the REAL YOU, Who You really are.”

Faith sees the invisible,
follows the unfathomable…
and achieves the impossible.”

“I’d rather attempt something great and fail, than attempt nothing and succeed.”
– Norman Vincent Peale

About the submitter:
Craig likes (rather loves) to share knowledge and insights from his life experiences with dashes of humour to try and help others in ‘every little way’ he can…
without being too much of a “Mr too airey-fairey, arty-farty, goody-goody boring two shoes” (as he’s lost the other one and anyway, they may be different colours!)
http://www.craiglockbooks.com

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” (including his books on Jesus and his numerous e-books on “the spiritual journey”) are available at: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4
http://www.creativekiwis.com/books.html http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/craiglock (e-books) www.lulu.com/craiglock

https://www.xinxii.com/asresults.phps4=craig+lock&sid=1&osCsid=7d30atm8g… www.craigsbooks.wordpress.com

Craig’s novel ‘The Awakened Spirit’ is based on some true stories from the ‘beloved country’ of South Africa. Inspiring stories of endless possibilities of the indomitable human spirit, that lies within each one of us.

The submitter is currently writing his own “work” (a “real labour of love and enlightenment” (to himself) titled ‘WHO ON EARTH IS (WAS) JESUS CHRIST?’

The submitter’s blog (with extracts from his various writings: articles, books and new manuscripts) is at http://craigsblogs.wordpress.com and http://craiglock.wordpress.com

“The world’s smallest and most exclusive bookstore”

“Together, one mind, one life at a time, let’s see how many people we can impact, encourage, empower, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials.”

THESE THOUGHTS MAY BE FREELY PUBLISHED

PPS “God is a mystery, the ‘mystery of life’, a Creative Presence, Who/That allows me to be who I really want to be and become.”

“God, the Essence of Life, is the great mystery in the vast unknown; yet He(??) is understandable.”

May the light of God light your path up ahead