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#399703 How To Deal With Those Who Teach False Doctrine – According To Scripture

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Lighthouse Trails has always made great efforts to speak the truth in love. We attempt to never be vitriolic or judge one’s motives, not even the “worst” of them. We leave that part up to God. We also attempt to make sure any article we link to by a fellow researcher is of the same caliber. […]

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#399610 The Indwelling Christ

Posted by RSS Robot on 25 January 2015 - 03:00 AM

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27)

The fact that Jesus Christ is actually in each believer is both a great mystery and rich in glory. In fact, it is our very hope and assurance of glory in the age to come.

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#399595 Letter To The Editor: Beware Of Term: “Scripture Engagement”— Bringing In Lec...

Posted by RSS Robot on 24 January 2015 - 03:08 PM

Hi Lighthouse Trails: I am a recipient of the newsletter, and I recently ran across a new term for Spiritual Formation: “Scripture Engagement.” BibleGateway is now advertising a new feature on their website in partnership with Taylor University: “Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement.”  At the top of the page on the BibleGateway website, there […]

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#399272 What Authority?

Posted by RSS Robot on 19 January 2015 - 08:00 AM

Authority is found several times in the Bible. I like its use in Luke 7:2-10:

And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. (Luke 7:2 KJV)

Rome held authority over Israel and shared that authority with its soldiers. This soldier was responsible for one hundred men who reported to him, as well as his own household. As a man of authority, he went to authorities when he needed help:

And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. (Luke 7:3 KJV)

Notice that he didn’t approach Jesus on his own. He went to elders of the Jews, people who were in a position of authority and asked them for help. Obviously, they knew where the real authority could be found:

And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue. (Luke 7:4-5 KJV)

The elders liked the soldier, deeming him worthy to have his request fulfilled. He had shown love for the Jewish people that was not required in his position. Perhaps, one good deed deserves another? Had he not built the synagogue would they have declined to see help?

Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: (Luke 7:6 KJV)

Did he think of how some would view Jesus for going into a Roman’s home? Not just a gentile, but a soldier of the empire that held them in subjugation? Did he consider the ripple effect of such a visit?

Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. (Luke 7:7-8 KJV)

A man of authority, he knew the limitations of his authority – what he could and could not do. He also knew that upon hearing his words, people responded to his authority. He recognized authority in Jesus. Without spending time with Him, without being in His circle of disciples, this soldier recognized Jesus’ authority to do miracles. He counted on that authority to be accomplished simply by Jesus’ words.

When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. (Luke 7:9 KJV)

Hopefully, we know the answer to the chief priests and elders' question that came later in His ministry.

And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority? (Matthew 21:23 KJV)

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#399032 Redeemed

Posted by RSS Robot on 14 January 2015 - 08:00 AM

Are you wondering why the title is “Redeemed” and the graphic a tire? It goes back over 50 years ago when my Beloved Husband was in the army and we were about 500 miles from home. Gasoline was less than $.30/gallon, but our pay was just over $200/month. We had an extra tire that we took to the pawn shop if we needed to go home before the first of the month, and it was redeemed when he was paid.

We haven’t used a pawnshop since those army days, but I remember what redeemed meant – we regained our tire when we repaid the cost. Had we not redeemed that tire, it would have been lost to us.

That process reminds me of Fanny Crosby and her hymn, “Redeemed”, which helps us do what as we’re told:

Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy; (Psalms 107:2 KJV)

Fanny certainly did – and when we sing her words, we are saying so, too:

Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it!
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed through His infinite mercy,
His child and forever I am.
Redeemed, redeemed,
Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb;
Redeemed, redeemed,
His child and forever I am.
We used money to redeem the tire. God used different currency, and the Bible tells us about it.

Ye are bought with a price; (1 Corinthians 7:23a KJV)

Pastor gave us a sermon one time that showed us we were the pearl that was purchased:

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. (Matthew 13:45-46 KJV)

Why else would He have paid such a great price for us?

And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; (Revelation 5:9 KJV)

When we realize this, we can praise with Zacharias:

Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, (Luke 1:68 KJV)

That redemption was not for physical things such as the tire, nor was it paid for with money that fluctuates in value.

Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: (1 Peter 1:18-19 KJV)

The joy we have been given through redemption is the reason we praise and share the news that anyone can be redeemed through His infinite mercy. It’s the plan and the message:

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16 KJV)

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#399013 King Of All The Earth

Posted by RSS Robot on 14 January 2015 - 02:14 AM

“For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.” (Psalm 47:7)

This stirring psalm of praise which celebrates the reign of Christ over all the earth, finds its primary fulfillment in Christ’s second coming and full reign over His Kingdom. The reader is exhorted to “sing praises unto our King” (v. 6). The reign of Christ... More...v3sUUl6O-Fg

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#398980 Husbands And Wives

Posted by RSS Robot on 13 January 2015 - 08:08 AM

A friend of mine had a wedding anniversary January 11. She remembered the wedding by posting photos of the man she loved all 35 years of their marriage, but who left her alone in this world as he moved on to the next. They not only believed but lived the promise “Till death do us part”, and it did.

The Bible has a lot to say about marriage. God set the example in Eden, and Jesus confirmed it during a discussion of divorce:

The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. (Matthew 19:3-6 KJV)

So what about divorce? Aren’t there specific laws in Leviticus? The Pharisees were very familiar with the verses:

They say unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. (Matthew 19:7-8 KJV)

Mankind has the choice – accept the hardness of their hearts and do as they please, or adhere to God’s original plan. It was, and still is, easier to accept the concept of divorce than to adhere to God’s design – in marriage as in every other area of our lives. When a couple does stay married, and remain in love with one another, they are considered an anomaly. Statistics today indicate marriage is optional.

Yet our instructions are pretty explicit. There are many, but my favorite is:

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; (Ephesians 5:19-25 KJV)

A couple making melody in their hearts to the Lord will not find arguments comfortable. A couple giving thanks, always, for all things, will not be looking beyond their Lord for their future and happiness.

Political correctness does not like “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord” because they teach women to be true only to themselves. Yet, when a husband loves his wife as much as Christ loved the church, she gets the best of marriage.

That’s one reason I work toward being a Titus 2:3 aged woman, teaching this same lesson of loving ones husband, pointing to beautiful examples – such as my friend.

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#398860 Praise From The Creation

Posted by RSS Robot on 12 January 2015 - 03:00 AM

“Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein.” (Psalm 69:34)

We may not yet understand the full purpose of God in creation, but at least one aspect of that purpose is that all things created should somehow praise their Creator. This theme occurs often in Scripture, especially in the psalms. For example, in addition to the e... More...1pwvknxRqoA

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#398837 How To Read

Posted by RSS Robot on 11 January 2015 - 09:54 AM

I ran across a book on Amazon, Read The Bible For Life. I was struck by the opening sentence in the review:
The Bible may be the most bought book in the world, but it is also often the least read and least applied due to a basic lack of understanding and motivation on the part of readers.
At this point, I have no recommendation for or against, no review whether or not I think this book would be helpful in understanding or applying God’s word. I have found many such helpful tools, but have not read this one.

I do, however, strongly advocate reading the Bible for life – life everlasting!! That’s the very first promise one should learn from God’s word. If one is a follower of Christ, it is essential for growth, application and obedience to God’s commandments for those who love and serve him.

I remember a time we had a couple over for dinner. We had known “of” them for years. I feel well acquainted with them, aware of their church faithfulness, greeted them often in services, knew their children – but that Friday night was the first time we’ve spent time as two couples, sharing experiences, becoming friends.

Spending time studying God’s word is just such life-changing experiences. Each time we sit down with Bible in hand, prayer in our hearts and an open mind to hear Him teach us, we come closer to Him. Our decisions are strengthened, having His words available for application in our lives. Rather than stopping to wonder, “Is this what God would want me to do?”, we carry that awareness as we walk into situations that would lead us away from His will. David knew this:

With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms 119:10-11 KJV)

How can we hide His word in our hearts unless we seek that knowledge? And, can we acknowledge that what we seek often cannot be seen?

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1 KJV)

Where do we gain and grow that faith?

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17 KJV)

Why do we need faith?

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. … But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:3, 6 KJV)

Am I responding solely for the rewards? I pray that is not so – for I do believe that He is, that my faith can grow and I’m determined to diligently seek Him.

This isn’t simply a Christian, New Testament doctrine:

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. (Isaiah 55:6-8 KJV)

His ways are not ours – but we can change our ways. Read from the original, in context, verify for yourself.

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#398732 Suffer Little Children

Posted by RSS Robot on 10 January 2015 - 02:07 AM

“But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16)

A widely-read book several decades ago based its title, Suffer Little Children, on this plea of Christ but used the words instead to refer to the terrible harm being suffered by America’s little ch... More...4Qp7B1qTzZE

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#398392 Revivable

Posted by RSS Robot on 03 January 2015 - 08:06 AM

Photo @ AGR, please do not reuse
Isn’t that a beautiful photograph? It was shared by one of our church family. New Year’s Day we had the right combination of temperature/drizzle to build layers of ice. We were fortunate that by Friday morning the ice was not covering the roadway, but there was fog, that added more layers to the ice on trees, fences and a layer on our mailbox. By Friday night we were experiencing thunderstorms as warm, moist air spread into those cold layers.

That grass appears dead. Those specific leaves are. But there are good roots there that will provide green shoots next year, in spite of drought conditions here. We get a bit of moisture now and again so our springs are beautiful – and I’m already looking forward to the one coming!

There are good people with similar situations – good roots, a strong biblical knowledge, but they’re in need of a reviving growth:

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee? (Psalms 85:6 KJV)

Yes, He will – and we don’t need an evangelist to visit our church to get us started. While those meetings are uplifting and energizing, we don’t need to wait until a special time to allow God to revive us again and have us rejoicing in Him. We can ask for it ourselves:

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalms 51:10 KJV)

No, we can’t do it ourselves, how could we? We need this because we are no longer as close to the Lord as we once were – and as we need to be in order to be joyful. David experienced this more than once and understood what he needed:

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:12 KJV)

Do you see the mountains and valleys in life? The times when our Lord felt so very close – and the times when it seemed there was no way to reach Him. He does not change. He does not move.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8 KJV)

We, however, do. We are error prone. We need to remember who those errors affect:

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. (Psalms 51:1-4 KJV)

We will be judged.

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; (2 Timothy 4:1 KJV)

Why not do a little soul searching now, requesting that heart cleansing, restoration of joy and acknowledgement of His loving kindness, His mercy, ever to us-ward:

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. (Psalms 40:3-5 KJV)

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#398344 8 Priorities That Will Transform Your New Year

Posted by RSS Robot on 01 January 2015 - 06:02 PM


Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”

The new year offers us a new opportunity to look forward, put the past behind, and chart the course anew. It’s a fresh start. Last year is in the books. There’s nothing we can do to change it.

The new year is a chance to examine the regrets—correct the course, and determine not to revisit them twelve months from now. It’s a chance to be intentional, to renew your commitment to high-value living. If you’re looking back on 2014 and seeing that, somewhere along the way, you drifted off course—spiritually, relationally, financially—I encourage you to consider eight life-shifting priorities in 2015:

Think God’s Glory Over Self-Gratification—Self is a tyrannical and disappointing god. The more self has, the less self is satisfied. We were created to live for God’s glory. We exist to know Him and make Him known. Nothing is more fulfilling to the human heart than knowing God and glorifying Him in the world.

Think Becoming Over Doing—I’m a list person. Perhaps you are too. But this year God has shown me that my lists don’t begin to scratch the surface. I can’t get it all done. And through all the transition of my life He has loudly said—“You focus on BEING. Let me handle the DOING!”  If we will focus on “becoming,” then God will intervene and touch our “doing” that it might have maximum impact. Make sure that your “doing” flows from “becoming”—become who God wants you to become, and He will do through you what He wants done!

Think Stewardship Over Ownership—My life is not my own. You don’t own you. This year is not yours to live. It’s yours to steward. Your life is a gift from God. It is on loan, and one day you will answer to Him for what you did with “His life.” Every day. Every breath. Every moment. Every relationship is His gift to you. You will either approach this year asking, “What do I want …?” Or you will approach this year asking, “God, what do you want…?”

Think Investing Over Spending—If you spend life, you will have less of it a year from now. If you invest life, it will multiply. Spending looks at the now. Investing looks at the big picture. Spending focuses on me. Investing focuses on others. Spending is a downward cycle of depletion. Investing is an upward cycle of multiplication. Spending is exhausting and wearying. Investing is invigorating and energizing. Spending leaves me empty. Investing leaves me full. Spending is reactionary and impulsive. Investing is causative and intentional.

Investing means I wake up every day asking God to lead me, guide me, and use me for His purposes. Investing means I use my moments to serve, to edify, to build, to encourage. Investing means I can face death with no regrets.

Think Important Over Urgent—Dwight Eisenhower said it this way, “The urgent is rarely important, and the important is rarely urgent.” The most important things in life are usually the quietest. Important things don’t usually demand your attention now. They are not urgent. But if important things are ignored, life becomes abundantly urgent. The more you give yourself to that which is important, the less you will be ruled by the urgent.

Think Relationships Over Productivity—People over process. God loves people not tasks. He cares about your relationships, not check-lists. Checking off lists makes you feel productive, and developing healthy relationships doesn’t. But relationships are what matter most to Jesus! His top two commands are relational—LOVE GOD, and LOVE ONE ANOTHER. More than anything else, He wants you to have healthy relationships. He wants you to be reconciled to those you’ve hurt. He wants you to forgive those who have hurt you. He wants you to love your spouse, nurture your children, fellowship with your church family, and win others to Jesus by  loving them intensely. He wants His people to be the most hospitable, charitable, gracious people on the planet.

Think Influence Over Accomplishment—At the end of life, we will all discover that we way over-valued our accomplishments and way under-valued our influence. We prize our trophies and celebrate our achievements. But so often we step on or neglect others in the process. Far more important than your achievements in the new year, is your God-given influence. Admittedly, it will be hard to measure your influence at the end of the year. You’ll need to trust God with that. Influence is intangible. It’s spiritual, and eternal. It’s the only way to make your life count forever.

Think Focus Over Multitasking—We live in a time when multiple forms of media (even good media), devices, and real people are asking for your attention at the same time. We often say, “there is nothing more valuable than time.” I believe there is something at least as valuable as TIME—and that is ATTENTION. Time and focus are two different things. One negative impact of technology and media is our collective loss of attention span. Our ability to focus—especially on relationships—has diminished. We must recapture uninterruptible moments. We must renew our attention spans—for God, for people, and for high value priorities. Anything of eternal value requires focused attention. Your attention span is under assault—so guard it carefully!

Well, it’s one thing to read these seven values. It’s another thing to implement them. That’s going to require some serious prayer and response. It’s going to lead you into some heart-to-heart conversations with God, with your spouse, your kids, and others. It’s going to require you to make some courageous decisions of faith.

And when you do, your conscience will bear witness within you that you are aligning your life with God’s values. His Holy Spirit will affirm you. His hand will provide for you. His wisdom will guide you. And His strength will sustain you to living the new year for HIS highest values!<

Live this year like it will be your last. For we all know, it very well could be.

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#398312 Creation And The New Year

Posted by RSS Robot on 01 January 2015 - 03:00 AM

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1)

It is appropriate for Christians to begin the New Year by referring back to the beginning of the very first year. The first verse of God’s Word is also its most important verse, since it is the foundation on which everything else is built. Even God’s great work of salvation is irr... More...FmgcH7Nri8k

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#398109 Regeneration “Ye Must Be Born Again.” By Harry A. Ironside

Posted by RSS Robot on 28 December 2014 - 09:46 AM

By Dr. Harry A. Ironside For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving diverse lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to […]

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#398105 Spiritual Hygiene

Posted by RSS Robot on 28 December 2014 - 03:00 AM

“But refuse profane and old wives’ fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Timothy 4:7-8)

We are bombarded these days with diet plans, exercise programs, health foods, beauty aids, etc.&... More...I4-esWAdhSU

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