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  1. Friday Church News Notes 2,500-YEAR-OLD SHIP SAILS AGAIN (Friday Church News Notes, March 24, 2017, www.wayoflife.org, fbns@wayoflife.org, 866-295-4143) - The following is excerpted from “2,500-year-old ship,” The Times of Israel , Mar. 17, 2017: “A replica of a 2,500-year-old trading ship found off the coast of Israel was christened in Haifa Friday morning, ahead of its first voyage out of the shelter of the bay later this month. The keel of the ‘Ma’agan Michael II,’ named after the kibbutz where its ancient forerunner was found in 1985, was laid in July 2014 as part of a joint project by the University of Haifa’s Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Israel Antiquities Authority. On Friday morning, the university and IAA poured.... Read More View the full article
  2. “I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” (Psalm 2:7) There are many today (especially Muslims, Jews, and Christian “liberals”) who are monotheists, believing in one supreme God but rejecting the deity of Christ. They argue that the doctrine that Jesus was the unique Son of God was invented ... More... View the full article
  3. Purpose Driven, ecumenism, eastern meditation, the road to Rome, social justice, interspirituality, Chrislam, Oneness, and the New Age. This is the new landscape of church in America. Click image to enlarge. Courtesy of a Lighthouse Trails Reader – from a February 2017 newspaper Share This! View the full article
  4. By Warren B. Smith Trinity Broadcasting Network has seen fit to provide The Shack author William Paul Young with the world’s largest “Christian” stage—his very own television series on TBN. Young’s “Restoring the Shack” episodes are masterfully produced on location in beautiful Montana. His presentations are usually underscored and enhanced with soothing music that is clearly […] View the full article
  5. One of Terrie’s early, unspoken expectations of marriage was that I would help around the house. Shortly after we were married, we had invited company over for dinner. I noticed she was stressed with the preparations and offered to help. I was pleased with how delighted she was at my offer and silently congratulated myself on my sensitivity and kindness. Then I rolled up my sleeves and tackled what looked to me like the biggest project—alphabetizing the bookshelf. Although we both laugh at that incident now, it didn’t strike Terrie funny then. But it was one of our early discoveries of how easily expectations collide in marriage. It is expectations and misunderstandings like these that set couples up for an ongoing stream of disappointment. In marriage counseling, we almost always find that marital disappointment comes from unrealistic, and often unspoken, expectations spouses have one of another. Of course, not all expectations are wrong or unreasonable. But most of our expectations are built on a spirit of pride or self-thought. If we don’t learn to recognize them, we will become embittered toward our spouse because of them. We see unmet expectations all throughout Scripture. Sometimes they were false expectations of God and sometimes unrealistic expectations of others. But one of the classic accounts of misplaced expectations is in 2 Kings 5 where we find the Syrian captain, Naaman, going to the prophet Elisha to be healed of leprosy. Naaman arrived with a large entourage, but Elisha simply sent his servant to the door with instructions for Naaman to dip seven times in the muddy Jordan River. This perceived slight offended Naaman who left Elisha’s house “in a rage” (anger is a classic indicator of unmet expectations). Notice Naaman’s response: But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.—2 Kings 5:11 Thankfully, Naaman did humble himself, follow Elisha’s instructions, and experience the miraculous healing of God. But think about his initial response: “Behold, I thought….” I’ve heard many unrealistic expectations over the years. They usually begin with the phrase, “But I thought….” Here are several of the most common: But I thought marriage would make me happy. It is easy, especially for people who are not yet married or who are struggling in their marriage, to turn marriage into a personal idol, believing that the “perfect spouse” is the answer to any unhappiness in life. This expectation places an incredible pressure on a spouse. No spouse is perfect, and no person can be your single source of happiness. Only Jesus can give you continuing happiness. But I thought my spouse would meet all of my needs. Focusing on your needs can only ruin a marriage. Every husband has unique needs, as does every wife. Ephesians 5 speaks to the individual nature of each spouse’s needs as it commands wives to honor their husbands and husbands to love their wives. But don’t miss the obvious—the command to each spouse is to meet the other’s needs, not to focus on his or her own needs. But I thought he/she would change after we got married. Marrying someone with the expectation they will become a different person after marriage is unreasonable and unfair. Marriage is not a magic change agent that transforms a person. Before you are married, your job is to be sure the person you want to marry is someone you can trust. After marriage, your job is to work to understand and love the person you married. But I thought if I found the right one, marriage would be easy. Good marriages take effort. It requires real work to understand your spouse and honor and love him or her. A spouse who is passionate about a strong marriage thinks about his or her spouse often and constantly invests in the relationship. But I thought good marriages never struggle. Actually, most marriages will hit a “wall.” Sometimes a couple is surprised by a season of difficulty in their marriage. This faulty expectation leads them to assume then that their marriage is already as good as gone. If, when you encounter such a season, you recognize that every difficulty can be worked through with the grace of God, biblical truth (perhaps including wise counsel), and a determination to strengthen your relationship, you’ll get through it—and be stronger for it. When you hear yourself say, “But I just thought…” that’s a clue that you’re dealing with unmet expectations. Our flesh tells us that the only way our unfulfilled expectations can be overcome is if our spouse will change and turn those expectations into fulfilled desires. Scripture tells us there is another way. The journey to happiness in marriage is not one of insisting your spouse change. It is in learning to change your thoughts by letting the mind of Christ become yours. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.—Philippians 2:4–8 The world conditions us to expect. Glossy advertising, consumer-driven marketing, resorts, amusement parks…they all say, “You deserve more; let us give it to you.” Yet the world consistently underperforms. The higher our expectations the less satisfied reality becomes. Only a servant will be pleasantly surprised. Do you want to transform your marriage? Leave selfish expectations at the cross, and pick up the only Christlike expectation—the expectation to serve. P.S. This post is an excerpt from a new book Terrie and I are writing together. It is titled Are We There Yet? Marriage—An Perfect Journey for Imperfect Couples. We look forward to it being available through Striving Together Publications this summer. Related posts: 3 Myths about Marriage 10 Basic Marriage Truths Every Christian Spouse Should Know Marriage and Ministry—Competing or Complementing? View the full article
  6. Depression and the Child of God Following are some biblical truths that we must understand about depression and emotional melancholy. The quotes from Charles Spurgeon are from Lectures to My Students unless otherwise noted. We quote him because he described his depression so plainly and gave some excellent instruction about it. We must understand that depression is part of this fallen life and its reason will not always be known (Psa. 119:28; Rom. 8:22-23; 9:2; Phil. 2:26; 1 Pet. 1:6). “I note that some whom I greatly love and esteem, who are, in my judgment, among the very choicest of God’s people, nevertheless, travel most of the way to heaven by night” (Spurgeon) “I am the subject of depression so fearful that I hope none of you ever get to such extremes of wretchedness as I go to” (Spurgeon). “Hours after, I have been myself depressed, and I have felt an inability to shake it off” (Spurgeon). “I could weep by the hour... Read More View the full article
  7. By Maria Kneas Numerous attempts have been made to blend Christianity with other religions on a world-wide scale. You can read about them in Carl Teichrib’s article “Unveiling the Global Interfaith Agenda.”1 There are also other attempts to merge Christianity with different religions. For example, Chrislam tries to combine Christianity with Islam.2 There are people […] View the full article
  8. “And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5) The Bible reveals that “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5), and also that, in the ages to come, ... More... View the full article
  9. NEW BOOKLET: ATONEMENT REJECTED! How the Emerging Church Views Christ’s Death on the Cross by Roger Oakland is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet. The Booklet is 10 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 to others or […] View the full article
  10. Learning From Creation in Christ’s Kingdom The Word of God will go forth from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth, and the nations will come to Jerusalem to see Christ and to hear His Word and to see the priestly sacrifices that picture His cross-work. Priests will explain the meaning of eternal redemption. As we have seen, there will be a great ministry of teaching and preaching by Spirit-filled ministers. And by Christ Himself! Another of the ways that we learn of God is by the exploration of His creation, which is a textbook of God’s character and a revelation of spiritual wisdom. “And out of the ground the LORD God formed... Read More View the full article
  11. “Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?” (Ecclesiastes 8:4) Perhaps the archetype of absolute monarchs was Babylonia’s King Nebuchadnezzar, of whom the prophet Daniel could say, “Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory&rdquo... More... View the full article
  12. Dear Lighthouse Trails: I just wanted to share with you how helpful this booklet on The Shack has been to me. Two weeks ago, just a few days after the releasing of The Shack movie, I met with the pastor of our church about my concerns about the movie/book. We had a good meeting which […] View the full article
  13. Careful Child Evangelism Unless young people are saved, they can’t be discipled. This is a frightful fact in light of the shallowness of evangelism in so many churches. The church I grew up in probably didn’t have even one saved young person, though we all knew the right things to say. We “talked the talk,” but we didn’t “walk the walk,” and the reason was that we prayed a sinner’s prayer and made a “profession of faith” and entered the waters of baptism, but we didn’t know the Lord by life-changing conversion experience. Suggestions for dealing with children about salvation 1. Fill their minds with God’s Word (2 Tim. 3:15; Heb. 4:12; Psa. 19:7; 119:130). Of one of his daughters, Pastor Kerry Allen says, “I began a program of memorizing salvation Scriptures with her, and rewarding her for her efforts. In less than one month, with numbers of these same Scriptures at work in her heart, she fell under... Read More View the full article
  14. “And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west.” (Acts 27:12) This seemingly insignificant phrase “by any means” (Greek ei pos) is actually used to e... More... View the full article
  15. To Lighthouse Trails Editors: I wanted to write you about Bethel’s trend of trying to make their teachings sound more “mainstream” evangelical, even though their aberrant teachings are clearly not (as LT has pointed out over the past few years through booklets, blogs, etc.). Bethel has gotten more sophisticated with their lingo and presentation of […] View the full article