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  1. “Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy.” (1 Chronicles 29:9) As the people brought gifts for the construction of the temple in Jerusalem, it is mentioned no less than six times in this chapter that their offerings were will... More... View the full article
  2. Is God in Graffiti? By Ray Yungen What is happening to mainstream Christianity is the same thing that is happening to business, health, education, counseling, and other areas of society. Christendom is being cultivated for a role in the New Age. The [demonic] entity, Raphael, explains this very clearly in the Starseed Transmissions: We work with all who are […] The post Is God in Graffiti? appeared first on . View the full article
  3. We cannot always measure effectiveness by visible fruit. Some of my favorite testimonies of salvation are of people who trusted Christ after repeated witnessing attempts by multiple people. Even the Apostle Paul experienced times when he witnessed and the fruit wasn’t immediate. I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.—1 Corinthians 3:6 So if we try to measure the effectiveness of our witness on fruit alone, we may miscalculate. Perhaps during a season when we are diligently sowing seed, we won’t see fruit. On the other hand, we may be in a season when we are reaping another man’s labor and are seeing great fruit although our own witness may or may not be effective. The bottom line is that God grades on faithfulness, not evident fruitfulness. So how do we measure faithfulness? Is it simply by our heart to continue? Is it because we are open to sharing the gospel if the opportunity arises? I don’t believe we can truly claim faithfulness if we are not actively participating in the Great Commission. In other words, there is a correlation between my faithfulness to Christ and my level of engagement in personally sharing the gospel. Below are five questions I ask myself on a regular basis, and especially if I am not seeing as much personal fruit in a given season: With how many unsaved people am I presently cultivating a relationship? Every Christian should be actively building the relationships within their sphere of contact for the purpose of sharing Christ. But it takes intention to pursue these. How many recent doors have I knocked on or witnessing opportunities have I initiated as I was led by the Spirit? I can guarantee you that there are people who live near you who are not saved but would trust Christ if you would seek them out. And I believe the language of the Great Commission calls for this: “Go ye…” (Matthew 28:19). If we only witness to those who happen to have a relationship with us, we miss these kinds of opportunities. When was the last time I personally shared the gospel with a lost person? If I knock on one hundred doors every week, but I never share the gospel itself, I may need to reevaluate my approach. Am I approaching every contact with the intent of initiating gospel conversation? Am I turning the conversation to Christ, sin, and salvation? If it’s been more than a couple weeks since I actually shared the message of the gospel personally, I think that means I need to seek out more opportunities. How many people has God used me to reach? Although we can’t measure faithfulness by fruit alone, it can be part of the picture. How many others am I involving? This question is specifically for leaders. Part of the Great Commission is training others to witness as well (Matthew 28:20). As a pastor, then, my burden is not just to go myself, but to involve others. The same should be true of a Sunday school teacher, Bible study leader, discipler, parent…anyone with any spiritual influence in another’s life. (See also 2 Timothy 2:2.) Although there is a real distinction between faithfulness and fruitfulness, I think we need to be careful that we don’t excuse fruitlessness with an assumed faithfulness. As we approach fall and the visible reminders of harvest around us, may we ask the Lord to increase our fruitfulness for Him, and may we proactively and passionately engage in our witness for Him. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.—2 Corinthians 5:20 Related posts: 4 Ways to Develop an “Everywhere Mentality” for Sharing the Gospel 3 People Who Can Use Christmas as a Gospel Launch What If You Took It Personally? View the full article
  4. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 4:6) The light that shines in the soul of a lost sinner when he first comes to know Jesus Christ can only be compared to the light that Christ called forth on Day One of the... More... View the full article
  5. “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14) From very ancient times it has been t... More... View the full article
  6. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.” (Isaiah 12:2) The English name usually written LORD in English Bibles stems from the Hebrew word Yahweh, the meaning of which cannot be fully put into words. Although scholars differ (some even claiming the... More... View the full article
  7. “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.” (Jeremiah 20:9) Contained within the books of the Old Testament are nearly three thousand claims to its precise trustworthiness. Over and over again, the vario... More... View the full article
  8. Greg Laurie, Calvary Chapel, and New Catholic National Shrine for Marian Apparitions From Understand the Times According to the Catholic News Service in a August 17th article titled “Bishops designate Wisconsin site of Marian apparitions as national shrine,” U.S. Catholic bishops “formally designated the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion as a national shrine.” The article explains that “Bishop David L. Ricken of Green […] The post Greg Laurie, Calvary Chapel, and New Catholic National Shrine for Marian Apparitions appeared first on . View the full article
  9. NEW BOOKLET: How to Know if You Are Being Spiritually Abused or Deceived—A Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire NEW BOOKLET: How to Know if You Are Being Spiritually Abused or Deceived—A Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire by Chris Lawson is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract. The Booklet is 14 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail. Our Booklets are designed to give away […] The post NEW BOOKLET: How to Know if You Are Being Spiritually Abused or Deceived—A Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire appeared first on . View the full article
  10. Deception’s Great and Final Harvest By Cedric Fisher TruthKeepers.com I write and speak a lot about deception. The reason is that deception is Satan’s primary method of defeating and trapping professing Christians. Further, God’s word makes it clear that deception will be exceptionally powerful and alluring in these last days (Matthew 24:24). It is obvious that most professing Christians have […] The post Deception’s Great and Final Harvest appeared first on . View the full article
  11. “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” (Colossians 1:16) The “things” God made are nothing more or less than our universe. That created reality is the only valid illustra... More... View the full article
  12. If you saw the news headlines back in early June regarding the Zavala family and the Desert Rose Elementary School, you’ll remember why we were concerned about the threat of religious freedom being taken from a seven-year-old boy. In short, a young boy in our local Palmdale school district was told that he could not give out cards with Scripture verses to classmates who were requesting them during his lunchtime. It all started when the boy’s mother, Christina Zavala, included an encouraging note and verse in his lunch each day. As this first-grader read his notes to his friends, they began looking forward to the note and verse each day. This led to his mother making extra copies for him to give to his friends…which in turn led to a complaint and to the school dispatching an officer to the home to tell the family to stop. When we heard about this situation, we did what we could to encourage the Zavala family and their son and to be a voice for freedom. I shared the news online, conducted a press conference with other leaders in our community, and encouraged others to call and write the school board. Thankfully, the attorneys and the school district came to an agreement that this child had every right to discuss religious issues during non-instructional time. Sometimes we give up hope and think the small contribution we can make to speak up—the single letter, phone call, or social media post—won’t make a difference anyway. Sometimes we think the single stand—one first grader passing out verses at lunch—does little to stem the erosion of religious liberty. Is that true? Not if you judge by school district’s formal ruling last week that students may continue to read, distribute, and discuss Bible verses with other students during non-instructional time. This decision was reported on the front page of our Antelope Valley Press Sunday edition with the headline “Religious issue at school solved.” This is an encouraging victory, and we rejoice in it. But remember, it was sparked by a young boy who stood for his faith. And it was supported by local voices who wrote letters and called the school district. If you are concerned about the erosion of religious liberty in today’s society but are inclined to believe your voice is too weak, too insignificant to really make a difference, be encouraged through this victory to continue to speak up for freedom. Contact those in authority as needed. You may not be a lawyer or a lawmaker. But you do have a voice. Use it in support of religious freedom. And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few.—1 Samuel 14:6 Related posts: My Press Statement Regarding Zavala Family and Desert Rose Elementary School Georgetown University Hides Religious Symbol at Request of the White House Making a Difference View the full article
  13. World Vision’s Gaza Manager Funneled Millions to Hamas LTRP Note: We find it sad when we think back to how many readers have told us that they still donate to World Vision. Not only is the news story below shocking, but World Vision has been going in the emergent direction for years as we have reported on different occasions. It seems that people […] The post World Vision’s Gaza Manager Funneled Millions to Hamas appeared first on . View the full article
  14. American College of Pediatricians: ‘No Scientific Basis’ That Children With Gender Dysphoria Born in Wrong Body By Heather Clark Christian News Network The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) has released a report stating that it is wrong to encourage children to believe that they were born in the wrong body as there is no scientific basis for such an assertion. The report, “Gender Dysphoria in Children,” was written by Dr. Michelle […] The post American College of Pediatricians: ‘No Scientific Basis’ That Children With Gender Dysphoria Born in Wrong Body appeared first on . View the full article
  15. “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. . . . And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.” (Genesis 10:8, 10) The Bible is a book of history and has been remarkably corroborated by archaeology. There are other “bibles,” to be sure. One of the more famous is the Enu... More...View the full article