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  1. “And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually. Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.” (2 Kings 4:9-10) This sparsely fur... More... View the full article
  2. Pictures Say a “Million” Words About Bethel – “As Above, So Below” Dear Lighthouse Trails: So Bethel Church leadership cannot feign ignorance on this phrase as their “Physics of Heaven” shows they are thoroughly versed in New age teachings. I was on Facebook scrolling the news feed when I saw a sponsored ad for Bethel advertising their coming “Open Heaven” Conference. Well within the first 10 […] The post Pictures Say a “Million” Words About Bethel – “As Above, So Below” appeared first on . View the full article
  3. Bryce Homes Kenya Update By Roger Oakland (Director and founder of Understand the Times, International and Bryce Homes International) If you have follow our reports from our Bryce Homes over the years you will see that we have a policy. It goes like this: We report, and you decide. We do not beg for money. We provide information with […] The post Bryce Homes Kenya Update appeared first on . View the full article
  4. NEW BOOKLET: HALLOWEEN! A Warning to Christian Parents NEW BOOKLET:HALLOWEEN! A Warning to Christian Parents by Johanna Michaelsen is our newest Lighthouse Trails Booklet Tract. The Booklet is 16 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 for your own personal use. Below […] The post NEW BOOKLET: HALLOWEEN! A Warning to Christian Parents appeared first on . View the full article
  5. Letter to the Editor: Friend’s Church Bringing in “Praying in Color” – A Disguised Vehicle for Contemplative Prayer LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails has received many emails over the past few years about the “praying in color,” which has become extremely popular within Christianity. This prompted us to publish a booklet by Lois Putnam on the subject. While coloring is not wrong in itself, the “praying in color” movement is a disguised vehicle for […] The post Letter to the Editor: Friend’s Church Bringing in “Praying in Color” – A Disguised Vehicle for Contemplative Prayer appeared first on . View the full article
  6. Would you like your ministry to be full of grace? Your life? Your relationships? Over the past few posts, I’ve shared the importance of motivating by grace, letting God’s grace work, and hindering grace. This is the last in what has turned into a mini-series on grace. In the previous post, we noted four ways we hinder God’s grace. We boiled them all down to one—pride—and saw then that the answer is to humble ourselves. But if we could name several manifestations of pride that hinder God’s grace, are there not also several ways we can express the humility that invites God’s grace? I believe there are, and we see these throughout the New Testament. Here are four in particular: 1. Obey the Holy Spirit Unquestioning, immediate obedience to God is an expression of humility. It shows that we believe God knows best and are surrendering our will to His. If you want a life and ministry full of grace, obey every impulse of the Holy Spirit. Run to do what He tells you. Philip did this even when it had to have felt awkward. Yet because of his obedience to the Holy Spirit, God’s grace flowed freely through him—to the salvation of the Ethiopian eunuch, and likely through the eunuch into the continent of Africa. You never know how God will bless grace-filled obedience. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?—Acts 8:29–30 2. Give Forgiveness Daily You cannot be in the ministry without experiencing hurts. And you cannot have the grace of God without learning to forgive. Nothing is more distasteful than an unforgiving Christian. Spiritual leaders must be the people in the church who remind others of the grace and power of God by modeling consistent forgiveness. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.—Ephesians 4:32 3. Avoid a Judgmental Spirit Spiritual Christians do have standards. But the difference between a spiritual Christian and a legalistic Christian is that legalistic Christians are proud of their standards and look down on others that don’t have the same standards. It is God’s grace that brings Christians to Christlike maturity. The people you lead will grow at different levels and speeds. To see the grace of God work in their lives, you must let it work. This doesn’t happen when you force change through a judgmental attitude. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.—1 Corinthians 15:10–11 4. Enhance Biblical Synergy When it comes to those you labor alongside, don’t compete; complete. Be the one on the team who rejoices to see others succeed and even labors to contribute to their success. The actual context of the verses from 1 Peter that we often quote regarding pride, humility, and grace is in having humility one toward another. It is this kind of team spirit that God greatly blesses. Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.—1 Peter 5:5 Like you, I desire lead in a Christlike way and to lead others to Christlike maturity. For this to happen, however, we must be full of not only truth, but also grace. As you read the verse below, ask yourself, “Is my life, my ministry, full of grace?” And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.—John 1:14 Related posts: 4 Ways to Block God’s Grace in Your Ministry 4 Results of a Grace-Based Approach to Ministry 5 Ways to Develop a Spirit of Grace in Your Church View the full article
  7. “That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” (Philippians 3:10-11) When Paul speaks of knowing the Lord Jesus, he stresses the process involved in reaching the desired level of knowledge. These particu... More... View the full article
  8. Psalm 81:6 begins with these words “I removed his shoulder from the burden.” This is God speaking regarding his deliverance of the nation of Israel. What’s amazing about it, is that God’s deliverance often had temporary negative aspects or impact. Think about it. He took Joseph to Egypt through slavery and prison, only to elevate Him to the highest power and authority in the land. Years later, he led the children of Israel out of slavery through a difficult journey filled with potential threats and risk. What’s my point? Sometimes God allows discomfort in our lives because He’s removing a great burden and replacing it with a greater blessing. Sometimes it’s possible for us to continue bearing up under pressures and circumstances that God does not will for us, or that have served God’s temporary purpose. In those burdens, we struggle and wrestle and distress, all the while not really realizing that God has a better path of deliverance for us. Perhaps we get “stuck in the burden” because it’s “the only path we can see” at the moment. One author I read calls this “learned helplessness.” In other words, we tend to adapt to negative circumstances in our lives and accept their burden because we view ourselves as helpless in them; rather than seeing ourselves as the beloved children of a perfect Father. The nation of Israel, by Exodus chapter one, had a massive case of “learned helplessness.” They were bearing up under horrific burdens, and saw no other possible way. They accepted their burdens, and lived under their weight, never realizing that God desired to deliver them. Then, when God finally took steps to remove the burden, ironically, they resisted! Perhaps they feared for their survival? Perhaps they felt slavery was better than dying in the wilderness? Their “learned helplessness” was blinding their hearts and minds to the better plan of God. What did God do? He pressed through their fears, complaints, and paranoia. He refused to give up on their faithlessness. He delivered them in spite of themselves, and a generation later, the nation was writing a different story of victory and blessing in the promised land. Remember those words: “I removed his shoulder from the burden” (And perhaps we could add: “even though he was fearful of it at first!”) God took His children on a journey to something far better than the burdens to which they had grown accustomed. He has done that many times in my life, and He’s likely doing it in yours from time to time. From the front view of the trial, it seems like God is increasing the burden. But in the rear view mirror, you will always see that He was actually delivering you from a greater burden and bringing you into greater blessing! Be patience, endure, hold on to Him and let His process play out. You will always be glad you did! Take heart today in the love, protection, and leading grace of your Heavenly Father! He is perfect, and whatever painful or discomforting thing He is unfolding in your life—if you’re following Him–is surely and ultimately working in your best interest! View the full article
  9. The Goal of Contemplatives: Changing the Consciousness of Humanity – One Contemplative Prayer After the Next By Ray Yungen Two authors from Great Britain portrayed a stunningly clear picture of New Age spirituality. They explained: [T]he keynote of it appears to be a movement for synthesis derived from an understanding of the underlying unity behind all things and the sense of oneness that this brings. This oneness of all life is […] The post The Goal of Contemplatives: Changing the Consciousness of Humanity – One Contemplative Prayer After the Next appeared first on . View the full article
  10. Woman Who Was Supposed to Die: ‘The only reason I am alive is the fact that the abortionist had not yet arrived at work.’ By Lindsey Bever Washington Post Twelve months ago, Gianna Jessen testified against Planned Parenthood, saying during a congressional hearing that her biological mother was seven and a half months pregnant when she was advised to undergo an abortion by saline — which “burns the baby inside and out, blinding and suffocating the child, who is […] The post Woman Who Was Supposed to Die: ‘The only reason I am alive is the fact that the abortionist had not yet arrived at work.’ appeared first on . View the full article
  11. “And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation.” (John 11:51) Even after seeing the miracle of Lazarus restored to life, high priest Caiaphas refused to believe Jesus was the Messiah and was more firmly resolved than ever to have Him put to death. He used the excuse that Jesus might cause the... More... View the full article
  12. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.” (Galatians 6:15) In the original Greek text of the New Testament, the word translated “creature” is the same as “creation,” so Paul, in our text, is stressing the vital importance of being a “new creation” in Christ. The Lo... More... View the full article
  13. Graphic Artist Challenges State Law Forbidding Her From Declining Creation of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Sites By Heather Clark Christian News Network DENVER, Co. — A graphic artist in Colorado has filed a preemptive lawsuit to challenge a state law that she says forbids her from turning down orders to create websites in favor of same-sex “marriage.” Lorie Smith runs 303 Creative, where she creates custom websites for clients. Smith, who […] The post Graphic Artist Challenges State Law Forbidding Her From Declining Creation of Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Sites appeared first on . View the full article
  14. Letter to the Editor from a Former Young Life Leader: “My biblical background was considered a liability instead of a blessing.” LTRP Note: Please also refer to the two articles below this letter to the editor. Dear Editor, I read with great interest the history of how Lighthouse Trails came into being. As you unfolded the story, it was so evident of how the Holy Spirit had been working behind the scenes to put all of […] The post Letter to the Editor from a Former Young Life Leader: “My biblical background was considered a liability instead of a blessing.” appeared first on . View the full article
  15. We often talk about what God’s grace does for us. And, truly, it is abundant. We talk about how greatly we need it in ministry. And we do. But have you ever considered if you might be preventing God’s grace from working in your heart? If you might be blocking its flow in your ministry? Scripture tells us that we can hinder the work of grace. How? 1. Walking in the Flesh We begin our Christian life humbly seeking God, and we begin ministry hungry for the power of the Holy Spirit. But over time, we tend to become self-sufficient. And then, without the intense sense of our need for God, we begin allowing “little” sins of the flesh to linger. It is possible to do even the work of the ministry in the flesh. But as we do, God’s grace is slowly turned from us. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.—Galatians 5:16 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.—James 4:6 2. Unbelief Early in ministry, we have no problem with looking to God in faith, because everything we ever hope to do is obviously out of our reach. But as God begins to bless our efforts and we see some of those early goals reached, we become comfortable without faith. And then we quit believing God can. Sometimes it’s not unbelief regarding ministry goals, but regarding God’s work in our own lives. We quit believing God can change us. Unbelief hardens our hearts, making us unable to receive the grace God desires to give. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.—Hebrews 3:12–13 3. Negative Speech That critical remark that seems so insignificant, the gossip masqueraded as a prayer request, the angry, sharp words…they grieve the Holy Spirit and quench the grace of God. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.—Ephesians 4:29–30 By contrast, a person who is full of grace is also full of gracious words. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth…—Luke 4:22 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.—Colossians 4:6 4. Bitterness It is possible to be in the ministry and harbor bitterness in your heart. It is not possible for God’s grace to continue to freely flow through you when you are holding onto bitterness. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;—Hebrews 12:15 All four of these hindrances to grace boil down to a common denominator: pride. Walking in the flesh is pride because we believe we’re okay without the power of the Holy Spirit. Unbelief is pride because we believe ourselves—our fears or intuitions—rather than God. Negative speech is pride because we think we’re better than those to whom we direct our criticism or anger. Bitterness is pride because we think we are above experiencing suffering. But the good news is that all four of these have a common cure: humble yourself. …be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God…—1 Peter 5:5–6 Do you need God’s grace? Humble yourself before God, and it’s yours. Related posts: 5 Ways to Develop a Spirit of Grace in Your Church 10 Ways to Extend God’s Grace to Hurting People 4 Results of a Grace-Based Approach to Ministry View the full article