Hello and welcome to spirituallysmart.com. A Web Site dedicated to
sharing Bible and historical research. My name is Thomas Richards and I am the sole author and administrator of this site. I am a born again believer in Christ (The Messiah) and have been saved since
This is a copy of one of my Military Evaluations which was signed by my Chain of Command up to the Captain of the ship I was on. This is only to show what I was capable of when I set my mind to something. I was young and ignorant when I joined and it was about 7 years before I became a bible believer. I do not endorse being in the military at all.
When it comes to the information presented here, my web site is typical of an old time Fundamental PROTESTANT position. (Although I don't agree with most reformed theology. Like Calvinism, Lutheranism, etc.) Protestants were called "Protestants" because they protested against the power, authority and false doctrines of the Roman Catholic Political/Religious Cult.
My website name, "Spiritually Smart" simply refers to fearing God. God calls the fear of the Lord, "Wisdom" (Job 28:28). God also tells us, "the fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of knowledge." (Proverbs 1:7a) and "the fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of wisdom..." (Proverbs 9:10a) And that is exactly where wisdom started for me. In 1997 God allowed me to see where I was spiritually. And that I was a sinner on my way to an eternal hell. The Bible calls what I experienced "terror" and "dread". This terror and dread caused me to cry out to God. And God lead me to a bible and I literally opened the bible to these verses in the first chapter of Proverbs:
22 How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Proverbs 1:22-30 King James Version (KJV)
It's hard to express my experience with words but I was hit by the incredible power of God in terms of the reality of these Words in the Bible I read. I experienced the eternity of these words. I felt the weight and perfect truth of these words. And I knew God was warning me personally with these Words. I begged and pleaded for God to have mercy on me. I am condensing this greatly but soon after I read the Bible verses where Jesus died for me to remove this condemnation I felt. And it was through a very powerful and unexpected experience I was born again and made a child of God through Jesus Christ (Yeshua Messiah). I knew I received forgiveness from God through Christ and that is when I first experienced true peace and joy in my life. But I will never forget that fear of God. And I know that fear was the beginning of wisdom for me. And for anyone who thinks this is a bad thing, this fear of God causes me to love God (obey Him) and love my neighbor as myself which is only a benefit to others and ultimately, myself. More of My Salvation Testimony here.
Important 2 1/2 Minute Video which also helps explain the reason behind my website's existence
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Jesus Christ is the most important aspect of my life. He saved my soul and gave me peace within. He suffered and died for me. No one else on earth has done that. The only person who ever impressed me in this world was Jesus. And He is the only One I want to impress. I'm not concerned with what any man or woman think about me. This web site isn't based on pleasing man and it never was. Anyone who thinks so is truly mistaken.
Jesus says through the Apostle Paul, "For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ." Galatians 1:10
The Lord said, "But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you." Luke 12:31
So if I win the favor of men, let it be because I have pleased God. "When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." Proverbs 16:7
God also tells us "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." (Proverbs 1:7). Of course, these things (i.e. Wisdom, Knowledge and Instruction) all refer to God's Living Word, the Bible (Both Old and New testaments). And this Word gives many warnings we need to hear (Listen, receive and put into practice). Like so:
"Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith." 2 Thessalonians 3:1, 2.
These are the people who have no intention of pleasing God. They also have no faith but are "men pleasers."
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." 2 Timothy 3:1-5
So pray for me as I pray for you and may God fulfill His promises in our lives and our loved ones.
"And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." 2 Timothy 4:18
"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Hebrews 11:7
"For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him." Isaiah 53:2
This verse is in reference to the Tree of Life. The rest of the chapter of Isaiah explains the price that was paid for us, mankind, to again have access to that Tree of Life which we were cut off from after Adam and Eve sinned.
Jesus stated, "If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." John 15:6
As you can see Jesus is telling us to do something. There are works involved.
We are to "yoke up" together with Christ. "TAKE my yoke upon you,..." Matt 11:29
"Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" Amos 3:3
Paul further warns, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1
Who are you yoked up with?
"God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship (partnership) of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." 1 Cor 1:9
"If we say that we have fellowship [partnership] with him, and walk in darkness, we lie , and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship [partnership] one with another (us with God), and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." 1 John 1:6-7
Jesus is the Word of God and the Word is our light. We must walk in the Word which is the light. If we walk in the light THEN and only then will the blood of Jesus cleanse us of "all sin."
This is my study. I never steal anyone's study references or guides. The Lord says that the Holy Spirit instructs us.
"But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him." 1 John 2:27
"I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye." Psalm 32:8
The Gospel isn't just about defending your soul and salvation.
GOD "...will render to every man according to his deeds:" Rom 2:6
Dec 1st, 2010
"And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." (Revelation 14:6, 7)
"Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand." (Rev 1:3)
"Behold , I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth , and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." (Rev 16:15)
"But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh." (Matt 24:43, 44)
Hear the Words of Jesus:
"If you love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15
"Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you." John 15:14
This can only happen if you are born again and the Truth has set you free. So repent and confess to God, confess you're a sinner and in need of Salvation through His Son Jesus. God can set you free and give you peace, power and a sound mind.
"The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9
"Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." 1 Tim 2:4
"... As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Ezekiel 33:11
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." Isaiah 1:18
"... Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood," Rev 1:5
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." (Rev 3:20)
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Sept 27, 2010 - Youtube threatens to disable spirituallysmart.com's youtube account due to a copyright claim on my Nazi - Vatican Video. Although I contend that their claim is not valid due to the fact that my usage of their material is covered under the fair use act. More Info
UK Newspaper mentions one of my videos: Article Link
Vatican launches YouTube channel - Europe, World - The Independent
By Peter Popham in Rome
Friday, 23 January 2009
Bolstered by a hearty endorsement from the Pope, the Vatican plunged into a new age today, launching its own dedicated YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/vaticanit.
Initially available in Italian, English, German and Spanish, the ad-free site gives the Church an official presence in the fast-moving, anarchic world of new technology. Type “Vatican” into YouTube’s search engine and the first video to appear is entitled “The Devil in the Vatican” and claims that the modern Church has gone over to the other side. The second argues that “Nazi Germany was a creation of the Vatican and the Jesuits”. Now the Vatican has the means to fight back.
“The Vatican Television Centre and Vatican Radio have been producing video news on the Pope’s activities every day for over a year,” said the papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi. “Now they are ready to make this jump into the global arena.”
The Vatican’s fusty facade has long concealed a tech-savvy interior: its solemn-looking web site, www.vatican.va , is a treasure trove, and was once nominated for a Webby award.
Pope Benedict said the new technologies were “a gift to humanity”. By communicating online, he said, we are responding to God, “who desires to make of all humanity one family. When we find ourselves drawn towards other people ? we are responding to God’s call.” But he warned that “if the desire for virtual connectedness becomes obsessive” it can damage “healthy human development”.
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