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  1. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments.” (Psalm 111:10) The Bible insists that the God of the Bible is the only true God (Isaiah 44:6; 45:5-6) and that Jesus Christ is the only way to God (John 14:6). ... More... View the full article
  2. The Meltdown of Christianity By Roger Oakland Understand the Times, International Since the turn of the millennium, the world has witnessed a virtual meltdown of biblical Christianity. While many are saying Christianity is experiencing a great revival and even a “new reformation,” this commentary will document the demise of Christianity by showing we are experiencing the greatest apostasy in […] The post The Meltdown of Christianity appeared first on . View the full article
  3. A Bryce Homes Update From Board Member in Kenya LTRJ Note: The following update was written by one of the Kenyan board members of the Bryce Homes in Kenya program. The Bryce Homes in Kenya program has been supported by Understand the Times and Lighthouse Trails readers for over four years now. We hope you will prayerfully consider becoming part of the support system […] The post A Bryce Homes Update From Board Member in Kenya appeared first on . View the full article
  4. How to Have Access to Lighthouse Trails Books FOR FREE WANT TO HAVE ACCESS TO LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS BOOKS FOR FREE. SEE OUR BOOKS IN YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY? If you would like your local library to carry Lighthouse Trails books, you can request that your librarian order them through Baker & Taylor. It won’t cost you anything to do this. Lighthouse Trails Publishing has several nation-wide […] The post How to Have Access to Lighthouse Trails Books FOR FREE appeared first on . View the full article
  5. “The same [a demon-possessed servant girl] followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.” (Acts 16:17) Paul and Luke first witnessed to European unbelievers in Philippi and saw them wonderfully converted (v. 14), but a young “soothsayer” continually interrupted them, m... More... View the full article
  6. Assemblies of God Leader Dr. George Wood Joins New Age Sympathizer Leonard Sweet at Luther 2017 (Another Step Toward Rome?) Dr. George Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God denomination, is scheduled to share the platform with New Age sympathizer Leonard Sweet next year in Berlin, Germany at an event called Luther 2017. Dr. Wood was the subject of several Lighthouse Trails articles in 2013 for his promotion of contemplative teacher Ruth Haley Barton […] The post Assemblies of God Leader Dr. George Wood Joins New Age Sympathizer Leonard Sweet at Luther 2017 (Another Step Toward Rome?) appeared first on . View the full article
  7. You can’t miss the urgency and passion with which Jesus carried out His ministry. Throughout His ministry, He spoke of musts, such as, “I must work the works of Him that sent me” (John 9:4). As spiritual leaders, we know there is urgency to our labor, but we don’t always maintain it. The truth is, urgency is not the default mode; complacency is. Strangely enough, it is our very successes in ministry that tend to feed complacency. It works like this: Success builds pride, and pride kills urgency. Too often, Christian leaders become like the rich fool in Jesus’ parable. They receive God’s blessings, not in physical fruit, but in the form of fruit in ministry, and they settle in to just enjoy the fruit they have. And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.—Luke 12:16–19 Contrast the farmer in that parable with Nehemiah. He not only sensed initial urgency for the needs of Jerusalem, but he had a sustained urgency through both success and opposition. Quite honestly, most of us think we have more urgency than we demonstrate, because complacency is difficult to see in the mirror. So what does a spiritual leader with a sense of urgency for Christ do to maintain and communicate that urgency? 1. Urgent leaders have a healthy dissatisfaction with the status quo. To a leader with urgency, there is always a sense of not just what is being done, but what still needs to be done. Jesus modeled this. It was after what we would consider an incredibly fruitful day of ministry that He saw the multitudes and, moved with compassion, told His disciples the need for more laborers was still great. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;—Matthew 9:35–37 2. Urgent leaders confront the challenges. As a spiritual leader, a church, or an individual church ministry ages, they often develop a bias toward discussion, but not toward action. An urgent leader is not content to simply observe or label needs. He does something about them. Talk is cheap; action is courageous. When Paul left Titus in Crete, he gave Titus clear instructions that he was not just to identify the problems the churches in Crete were facing, but to confront the challenges and provide causative leadership. For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:—Titus 1:5 3. Urgent leaders pursue growth, even when it is uncomfortable. One of the ways I fight complacency is to continue setting goals that require faith. This is because comfort is the enemy of progress in the work of God. The best goals are measurable, defined, and specific. Whether this is a goal of how many times each week you will look for an opportunity to share the gospel, how many class visits you’ll make, inviting someone to church every day, or perhaps beginning a new ministry, set real goals for it. And if you really want to pursue uncomfortable growth, after you prayerfully set goals, share them with others. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 3:14 4. Urgent leaders remain spiritually passionate for Christ and the church. As you might have guessed, I believe in developing a strategic plan for reaching goals. But you need more than a strategic plan to do the work of God; you need a spiritual passion. If you do not remain spiritually passionate for Christ and for His church, the urgency you develop will morph into personal ego, not holy passion. This is not about you or me; it is about Jesus. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.—Colossians 1:18 Nobody but the Lord Himself can give you a sustained urgency for the work of God. This kind of urgency is a byproduct of someone who is maintaining spiritual fervency in their walk with God and increasing faith in their labor for God. Are you a faith-filled leader with urgency for the work of God? If you sense your sense of urgency slipping, spend time alone with God—renewing your heart for Him and asking Him to help you see specific challenges to overcome and goals to pursue for His glory. Related posts: 6 Ways Leaders Lose Focus in Soulwinning 5 Ways to Maintain Positive Momentum in the Work of God 4 Ways Spiritual Leaders Build God’s People View the full article
  8. “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21) The Bible records many detailed prophetic predictions. If one prediction is accurate, it might be called coincidence. When dozens (e... More... View the full article
  9. Videos: Warren Smith, Ray Yungen, and Larry DeBruyn From The Berean Call Conference This Weekend The 2016 Berean Call Conference has come to an end. Below you can watch a few of the talks given: Warren B. Smith Ray Yungen Larry DeBruyn To watch other videos from this conference, click here. Share This! The post Videos: Warren Smith, Ray Yungen, and Larry DeBruyn From The Berean Call Conference This Weekend appeared first on . View the full article
  10. “God that made the world and all things therein . . . hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” (Acts 17:24, 26) The biblical record is full of testable historical and archaeological data, unlike the sacred texts of other religions. Where... More... View the full article
  11. Question to the Editor: What Do You Know About Ed Silvoso and the Transformation Movement? “Ed Silvosos’ paradigm is no different than many others who have come into the church before basically “rethinking everything into a new strategy.” Using the magic word of ‘transformation’ (a word originally found in theosophy of the New Age movement), it has found itself as one of the many new platforms for ‘mission strategies’ now […] The post Question to the Editor: What Do You Know About Ed Silvoso and the Transformation Movement? appeared first on . View the full article
  12. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” (Psalm 115:16) Secularists like to consider Earth as just one among many millions of planets, occupying an obscure place in an insignificant galaxy in a sea of nothingness. The Bible teaches, however, that Earth is very special to the Creator, performing a c... More... View the full article
  13. A Christian’s Mission: ‘Gotta Know, Gotta Learn, Gotta Discern, Gotta Go!’ into the Pokemon World with Truth LTRP Note: The following article will be available in booklet form in the near future with an appendix by Berit Kjos. By Lois Putnam For Pokémon Go gamers, their “Gotta Mantra” is “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”–Pokémon that is. However a Christian’s motto must be: “Gotta Know, Gotta Learn, Gotta Discern, Gotta Go!” And just what […] The post A Christian’s Mission: ‘Gotta Know, Gotta Learn, Gotta Discern, Gotta Go!’ into the Pokemon World with Truth appeared first on . View the full article
  14. Letter to the Editor: Her Father Left Her a Legacy of Discernment Dear Lighthouse Trails: Along with my regular donation to this ministry, and after reading your post of the wave of attacks coming your way, I felt I needed to include a note of encouragement to you. Let me say for sure, you must be doing something right if you are rattling so many cages that […] The post Letter to the Editor: Her Father Left Her a Legacy of Discernment appeared first on . View the full article
  15. I believe the key reason for adult Bible classes in the local church is the organization to fulfill the purposes of the church. Dr. Lee Roberson used to say, “The Sunday school is the church organized to fulfill the purpose of the church.” Whether you call it Sunday School, Adult Bible Fellowships, Connection Groups, or something else, it is vital that you have clearly defined purposes and processes for this vital area of church ministry. At Lancaster Baptist Church, we now have over fifty adult Bible classes, and we work to make sure each class includes these essentials: Teaching the Word of God—Believe it or not, the main purpose of an adult Bible class is not coffee and donuts! Our class leaders work diligently every week to prepare a quality Bible lesson that will apply God’s truth to the life stage-appropriate needs of the people in their group. (We generally use curriculum from Striving Together Publications.) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:—2 Timothy 3:16 And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.—Acts 18:11 Following up on guests—We not only organize our door-to-door outreach through our adult Bible classes (I describe our process for this in detail in Out of Commission), but we also follow up on church guests through our classes. Class leaders are assigned visits from Sunday based on the life stage of guests. In addition, they make a home visit to anyone new who came to their class the Sunday before, encouraging them to enroll, but especially to share the gospel. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:—1 Corinthians 15:3–4 Giving acceptance to every member—The larger the church grows, it’s harder for everyone to know everyone else, but the adult Bible class provides an atmosphere of acceptance. Although clear Bible teaching and personal mentoring and sometimes correction are important, I really believe that acceptance is the optimum environment for growth. Even for the struggling church at Corinth, Paul confirmed his acceptance of them at the beginning of his epistle. That did not keep him from giving needed correction and instruction, but he first affirmed them in acceptance. Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;—1 Corinthians 1:3–4 Planning activities—Fellowship is such an important part of the Christian life. Young Christians need replacement activities for what were previously times of temptation and sin, and all Christians need fellowship with their church family. From casual in-home fellowships after a Sunday night service to organized monthly activities, adult Bible classes provide an organic environment for Christian fellowship. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.—Acts 2:42 Providing accountability—Christians need someone to miss them when they miss church. They need a spiritual leader to follow up when they’ve shared personal needs. They need someone to ask, “How’s your devotional life?” On whatever level needed, accountability can easily get lost in the church. Adult Bible class leaders can nurture this kind of accountability in relationships they have already developed. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.—Hebrews 10:25 Caring for needs—When someone loses a family member or has surgery or faces a major life event, the class leader makes sure the pastor knows and also organizes support for that family. We actually break our larger classes down into care groups within the class to be able to be more responsive to needs. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.—Galatians 6:2 Discipling new Christians and mentoring leaders—By organizing discipleship through the adult Bible classes, new Christians are able to develop a spiritual relationship with someone who will continue to see and encourage them even after they have completed the discipleship course. Similarly, class leaders are able to see those who are developing spiritually and mentor new leaders to be able to serve in the class or other ministries in the church. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.—2 Timothy 2:2 If you lead or serve in an adult Bible class, I’d encourage you to review this list again and consider which one or two areas may need more attention and action in your class. Related posts: Growth Points 70: How to Use Adult Bible Classes to Assimilate People into the Local Church 11 Characteristics of a Healthy Sunday School Class Why You Need a New Members Class: and what to teach View the full article