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  1. “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) This verse, together with the parallel passage in Colossians 3:21, is probably the key New Testament instruction specifically dealing with the training of children. “Nurture&... More... View the full article
  2. InterVarsity Comes Under Heat for Trying to Make a Stand Against Same-Sex Marriage – But Straddling the Fence is Hard to Do InterVarsity Christian Fellowship has come under public heat because it recently announced they were giving an ultimatum to employees who saw nothing wrong with same-sex (homosexual) marriage. In a Charisma magazine article (we are not endorsing Charisma), the author states: InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is one of the leading campus ministries, and its publishing arm, InterVarsity […] The post InterVarsity Comes Under Heat for Trying to Make a Stand Against Same-Sex Marriage – But Straddling the Fence is Hard to Do appeared first on . View the full article
  3. Future Vision for Bryce Homes Kenya By Roger Oakland Understand the Times International and Bryce Homes International Without a vision the people perish (Proverbs 29: 18). Understand The Times has been serving the Lord in Kenya since November of 2011. We have seen God work among us in the development of a program that has become a blessing to many widows, […] The post Future Vision for Bryce Homes Kenya appeared first on . View the full article
  4. It is impossible for any local church to carry out the Great Commission without missionaries. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.—Matthew 28:19–20 Missionaries, then, are our co-laborers in the harvest. Just as we strive to be a blessing to those we physically labor alongside, we should look for ways to be a blessing to the missionaries we are privileged to support and send. How can we be a blessing to missionaries? Here are ten suggestions: Keep their names in front of your church family. Post the missionary prayer letters in an accessible place. Feature a “missionary of the week” in your prayer bulletin. We’ve also added a “missionary of the week” slide to our pre-service screens for our midweek service. Read their letters, and respond to their needs. Missionaries write and send their letters to be read! So read them, and pray for the missionaries as you read. And when they are facing a large financial special need, do what you can to respond as a church. Don’t ever miss a month of support. Ever. For any reason. Unless you are okay with randomly not being paid and having no way to know when it will happen or any means to make up the difference. Send anniversary and/or birthday gifts. When you can, send gifts to the family on anniversaries or birthdays. Send updates from your church. Don’t send junk all the time (they do not need your weekly bulletin), but periodically send them something to let them know what’s going on at your church. Visit them on the field, and bring necessary supplies for them. This is especially meaningful when you are the missionary’s sending pastor. Visiting your missionaries on the field gives you a realistic glimpse into their daily labors and is a tremendous encouragement for them. Before you go, ask them what supplies—and even personal items they miss—they would like you to bring from the States. If possible, allow your church family to participate in sending supplies, and leave as much room in your luggage as possible to take everything you can with you. Refrain from sending a ministry questionnaire to missionaries on the field if at all possible. It’s much better to ask the tough questions before you start supporting a missionary. If you feel there is a change of philosophy that has taken place on the field that concerns you, you might address it with their home pastor before burdening them on the field. Often these random questionnaire letters will come to a missionary serving in a lonely part of Africa and make the missionary feel his integrity is being questioned. It is always fine to err on the side of grace. Obviously, if there is a blatant moral sin or theological error, they need to be dropped, but that should be in cooperation with their home church anyway; so always start there. Even questionnaires sent from a church to all their missionaries can be discouraging and defeating to a faithful missionary laboring in a lonely, difficult place. Personal correspondence is great. Random questionnaires should be avoided. Use technology to shorten the distance between your church family and the missionaries you support. Call a missionary family on Skype during a church service or missions conference to let them know of your love and prayers and to ask for specific prayer needs. Make it easy for the missionary family to re-enter the States when they come back for furlough. Give them time and space to adjust and to help their children adjust to life in the States. One of the purposes of furlough is to report to supporting churches. Another purpose is renewal. Try to contribute to both purposes being accomplished. Host a yearly Missions Conference that challenges the church family and encourages the missionary. And encourage your church family to get to know missionaries who come through to present the burden for their fields. (In recent years, we have begun our Missions Conference on Saturday evening with a service specifically centered around getting to know the visiting missionary families.) Use Missions Conference to develop a relationship that reaches beyond financial support to faithful prayer support. Remember, we are far more likely to fervently intercede for those we actually know, so encourage people to get acquainted with the missionaries present at each missions conference. The story is told that when William Carey first prepared to go to India, he was at a meeting with would-be supporting pastors. One pastor suggested that the field of India was so dark, so unknown that the mission there seemed like men going into a deep, unexplored mine. “I will go down,” Carey responded, “if you will hold the rope.” Encouraging a missionary is our opportunity to “hold the rope” for someone serving the Lord in the midst of spiritual darkness. May we be faithful to hold it firmly and faithfully! Related posts: 10 Ways to Be a Blessing to Your Missionaries 5 Ways to Become a Missions-Minded Family Missions: A Strategy for Victory (part 2) View the full article
  5. NEW BOOKLET: The Expectation of His Return NEW BOOKLET: The Expectation of His Return by Dr. Harry A. Ironside 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 to others or for your own personal […] The post NEW BOOKLET: The Expectation of His Return appeared first on . View the full article
  6. A Lighthouse Trails Video Memorial to Ray Yungen Lighthouse Trails editors have put together a video tribute of our author Ray Yungen, who passed away on October 16th. We hope you enjoy watching this 8 minute presentation. The music featured is by Trevor Baker, Buck Storm, and James Sundquist (all used with permission – thank you guys!). Share This! The post A Lighthouse Trails Video Memorial to Ray Yungen appeared first on . View the full article
  7. “We look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21) Two vivid contrasts are highlighted in this text: We now have a vile body that will be changed into a glorious body... More... View the full article
  8. “Who Do You Say That I Am?” By Roger Oakland Matthew 16:15-18 October 23, 2016 “He said to them, but who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said, you are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus answered and said to him, Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to […] The post “Who Do You Say That I Am?” appeared first on . View the full article
  9. “And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.” (Acts 2:42) Much goes on in Christian churches today under the name of “fellowship.” Usually this consists of coffee and donuts, or church socials, or sports. As delightful as these functions may be, they should not be confused with ... More... View the full article
  10. A Celebration of a Servant’s Promotion By Mike Oppenheimer Let Us Reason Ministries In life, we come across certain people who are extraordinary in character. Ray Yungen was just such a person. It was Ray who first made us aware of the Catholic contemplative mysticism and certain New Age practices becoming popular and entering the church. He did more than point […] The post A Celebration of a Servant’s Promotion appeared first on . View the full article
  11. “Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.” (Isaiah 53:10) The very concept of God having pleasure in things that take place on Earth staggers the imagination. Most amazing of all... More... View the full article
  12. OBITUARY of RAY YUNGEN To be posted in the Salem, Oregon newspaper on Sunday, October 23, 2016 Raymond Allen Yungen passed away peacefully on October 16th, 2016 at the Salem Hospital in Salem, Oregon. Ray was born February 7, 1952 and was 64 years old at the time of his death. He was a resident of Salem for the […] The post OBITUARY of RAY YUNGEN appeared first on . View the full article
  13. Just four months ago, in June of this year, our three-year-old grandson, Chandler, was in the pediatric intensive care unit at Kaiser Sunset Hospital in Hollywood with necrotizing pneumonia. It was a close call that included a lung surgery, ten days in the hospital, and weeks of quarantine and some of the strongest antibiotics available even after he was out of the hospital. (I wrote about these days and what the Lord taught us in the hospital here.) Since June, we have been doing everything we could to guard Chandler from any possible germs or reinfection. But no amount of hand sanitizer or healthy eating could have protected him from the all-boy fall he had Monday night when he became air born while playing and landed on his head on concrete. He blacked out briefly but came to when our son-in-law, Peter, rushed to pick him up. Peter and Danielle decided to take him to urgent care to be checked. The doctor checked his vitals, asked him questions, and, thinking he seemed fine, suggested an MRI rather than a CT scan. (CT scans have such high levels of radiation that they become dangerous, especially if used repetitively. Chandler just had one a few months ago at the time of his lung surgery.) At first, Peter and Danielle were thankful to be able to avoid another CT scan. As they were waiting for the MRI, however, they just couldn’t shake the sense that they needed to have him checked more carefully than an MRI could do. After some prayer and consulting with a other doctors on the phone, Peter asked the attending doctor if he would be willing to order the CT scan in spite of the risks. This decision proved to be of the Lord as the scan revealed that Chandler’s skull had been fractured in three places and that there was blood leakage near the brain. He was rushed into an emergency surgery that lasted into the early hours of Tuesday morning. In surgery, the doctors removed a hematoma and were able to get the bleeding stopped. They also wired Chandler’s skull together. After surgery, the surgeon told us that the scan and the surgery saved Chandler’s life. From the recovery room, Chandler was airlifted to Kaiser Sunset in Hollywood for further evaluation. About the time Chandler fell Monday night, I had just arrived in Michigan to preach for Dr. R. B. Ouellette at the Church Triumphant Conference. I was to teach sessions throughout the day on Tuesday and then preach for the evening service. When Terrie called to relay the news, however, I made plans to fly back to Lancaster immediately. I spent the night in fervent prayer at gate 76 of Detroit International Airport as a team of doctors performed a delicate surgery on my grandson. I arrived back in Los Angeles shortly after the medevac helicopter brought Chandler in. This past week in the hospital has been excruciating as we’ve sat in the same PICU wing and same waiting rooms praying once again for our grandson to pull through. We praise the Lord that the surgery was successful and have been praying, waiting, and watching for every little step of improvement along the way. One thing that always touches me deeply about these moments is how quickly we take for granted the little things. Hour by hour, we find ourselves praying for such requests as that Chandler would be able to eat, have a bowel movement, sit up, stand, step—all those things that we just do naturally and tend to take for granted. During this past week, I’ve often been convicted about the lack of gratitude in my heart on “regular” days. These past four months have also reminded me in a profound way that God has a special plan for Chandler’s life. He’s not yet four, and he’s already had two near-death experiences and two major surgeries. I’ve read that the most formative years of a child’s life are between the ages of two and three and that age three in particular is significant for personality development. I truly believe that Chandler, who has spent over two weeks of his most formative year in PICU, is certainly being prepared by God for a very special purpose. This past Tuesday night, as I looked out of Chandler’s hospital window over the nighttime lights of Los Angeles—a city of 3.8 million people—I was reminded of what a great need there is in our world for Christians who will share the light of the gospel. Chandler’s name means “candle maker,” and I am praying that God will use him in a great way to reach souls for Christ. Thank you for your continued prayers for us and especially for Chandler. We are touched and encouraged by the outpouring of response in prayer from friends in the gospel around the world. Chandler was discharged from the hospital yesterday to continue recovery at home. We were amazed and grateful, and we know the Lord is working in response to prayer. We do ask for continued prayer as Chandler still has a long road of recovery ahead of him. We’re specifically praying for his headaches and dizziness to subside as well as for the swelling to go down and for his skull fractures and surgery incision to heal. Please pray also for Peter and Danielle as these have been challenging days for them. Terrie and I have marveled at God’s grace in their lives as we’ve watched them go through these times with Chandler. God is already using this couple greatly in ministry, and I believe He is preparing them for increased effectiveness as well. Finally, we ask that you would pray for God’s hand of protection on Chandler and for God’s grace to continue working in his young life that he might be greatly used of God. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 5:14–16 Related posts: Update on Chandler and Waiting on the Lord Praising the Lord for Answered Prayer for Chandler Our Newest Grandson: Chandler Paul View the full article
  14. “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20) The translators of the King James Bible used the English word “conversation” in 18 passages, among which are five different Greek terms. Most of the words would be understood by our modern idea “manner of life” or b... More... View the full article
  15. Sins of the Fathers, Nepotism, and Apostasy in the Church By Roger Oakland Understand the Times, International There is an obvious pattern observed from a brief study of genealogies found in the Old Testament. When a father follows God and leads the people, overseeing in the right direction, there is absolutely no guarantee this virtue will carry over to the next generation. In other words, […] The post Sins of the Fathers, Nepotism, and Apostasy in the Church appeared first on . View the full article