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#397413 Caller Asks About Be Still Dvd – It’S Still Having Influence After 8 Years (T...

Posted by RSS Robot on Yesterday, 05:51 AM

A Lighthouse Trails reader called this past week, asking about the DVD film, Be Still. He said he watched it and couldn’t see anything wrong with it and would like to share it with others. He wanted to know what we thought about the film. We explained to the caller that the film was an […]

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#397100 New Booklet Tract: 6 Questions Every Gay Person Should Ask

Posted by RSS Robot on 15 December 2014 - 11:53 AM

6 Questions  Every Gay Person Should Ask by Michael Tays Carter is our newest Lighthouse Trails Print Booklet Tract. The Booklet Tract is 14 pages long and sells for $1.95 for single copies. Quantity discounts are as much as 50% off retail. Our Booklet Tracts are designed to give away to others or for your […]

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#396824 Zechariah's Visions: Under The Myrtle Trees

Posted by RSS Robot on 12 December 2014 - 03:00 AM

“I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.” (Zechariah 1:8)

The Lord divulges ten visions to Zechariah in one night. All of them are among myrtle trees in the “bottom” of a dark, mysterious, and somewhat eerie ravi... More...wizvsPsE7_Y

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#396626 Asking For Advice

Posted by RSS Robot on 10 December 2014 - 07:51 AM

Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near, And said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech thee, our supplication be accepted before thee, and pray for us unto the LORD thy God, even for all this remnant; (for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:) (Jeremiah 42:1-2 KJV)

We’re closing our studies in Jeremiah in Sunday School. Jerusalem has fallen, Babylonian Captain of the Guard Nebuzaradan has released Jeremiah, offered him shelter, and set up a governor that Ishmael son of Nethaniah then killed. There appeared no end to the war.

Seeking God’s guidance, the leaders that were left came begging to Jeremiah to pray “unto the LORD thy God.” Notice that’s “thy”, not “my” or “our”. The supplicants were used to there being an intermediary between them and God, not taking Him as their personal help in times of trouble. There’s a difference, isn’t there?

Jeremiah did as they asked, promising to tell them exactly, truthfully, God’s response:

Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the LORD your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the LORD shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you. (Jeremiah 42:4 KJV)

The people promised to do exactly, faithfully, God’s response:

Then they said to Jeremiah, The LORD be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the LORD thy God shall send thee to us. Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of the LORD our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of the LORD our God. (Jeremiah 42:5-6 KJV)

Need we go any further? Was it so different then as it is now? We seek answers to problems and promise to use those answers. The Bible has answers, we say that we know it does – but . . . . .  After ten days, Jeremiah returned with God’s plan for their future:

And said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him; If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you. Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith the LORD: for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand. And I will shew mercies unto you, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land. (Jeremiah 42:9-12 KJV)

Reminds me of “Waiting, Quietly”. In the most difficult of situations, depending on God is the right thing to do. Jeremiah not only tells them (verses 13-20) the penalty for disobedience, he tells them God knows they weren’t serious about following His plan.

And now I have this day declared it to you; but ye have not obeyed the voice of the LORD your God, nor any thing for the which he hath sent me unto you. Now therefore know certainly that ye shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither ye desire to go and to sojourn. (Jeremiah 42:21-22 KJV)

Their answer to God’s instructions?

Then spake Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the proud men, saying unto Jeremiah, Thou speakest falsely: the LORD our God hath not sent thee to say, Go not into Egypt to sojourn there: (Jeremiah 43:2 KJV)

Things haven’t changed, for proud men, have they? The choice then is the same as ours today – listen to God, or not.

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#395816 Paul Chappell - The Greatest Human Counsel Ever Given

Posted by RSS Robot on 03 December 2014 - 05:19 PM

with Dr. Lee Roberson

In the early 1990s, I was a twenty-something-year-old pastor with a ton of questions.

Our church was beginning to average near a thousand on Sundays, and I was invited to preach a tent revival in Fremont, California, with Dr. Lee Roberson.

I was excited to get answers from an eighty-year-old veteran of the faith who had seen 600,000 people baptized in his forty years of pastoring the Highland Park Baptist Church.

As I traveled to and from the airport with Dr. Roberson, I brought with me a yellow pad with a long list of questions for him.

One of my first questions to Dr. Roberson was, “How did you stay in one place for forty years?” I’ll never forget his two-part answer:

1. Die to self.

Lest you think that was too simple an answer, I should give you the two “sub points” for application: die to criticism, and die to praise.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.—Galatians 2:20

2. Be filled with the Spirit.

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;—Ephesians 5:18

Now you might think these two pieces of advice are pretty basic—a good answer for a first question.

It turned out, however, that Dr. Roberson thought this was a good answer for every question. In fact, it was his answer to every single question I asked.

I can still hear him saying it, “Die to self: die to criticism, and die to praise. Be filled with the Spirit.”

It’s been some twenty plus years since that unforgettable conversation with Dr. Roberson, and I have found his advice to be the soundest I have ever received.

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#394160 Peacemakers

Posted by RSS Robot on 21 November 2014 - 03:00 AM

<p><br /> <em>&ldquo;Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.&rdquo; (<a class='bible' href='/bible/Matthew/5/9'>Matthew 5:9</a>) </em></p><br /><p><br /> In this seventh (out of nine) of the Beatitudes with which Christ began His Sermon on the Mount occurs the first mention in the New Testament of the important word &ldquo;peace.&rdquo;</p><br /><p><br /> But how can one be a peacemaker? Note that Christ did not say: &ldquo;Blessed...&nbsp;<a href="http://www.icr.org/article/8320/"title="Read entire article">More...</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/daysofpraise/~4/p2k1xWCHyOg" height="1" width="1"/>

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#393456 Delight In The Law

Posted by RSS Robot on 10 November 2014 - 03:00 AM

<p><br /> <em>&ldquo;But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.&rdquo; (<a class='bible' href='/bible/Psalm/1/2'>Psalm 1:2</a>) </em></p><br /><p><br /> Most Christians feel that God&rsquo;s law is harsh and burdensome, and they rejoice that God&rsquo;s grace has set them free from the law. The fact is, however, that the law should be a joy and delight to anyone who really loves the Lord. Even Paul, the great ap...&nbsp;<a href="http://www.icr.org/article/8309/"title="Read entire article">More...</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/daysofpraise/~4/6t1q1UZNEUQ" height="1" width="1"/>

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#393138 Way Of Life - When Was The Pre-Tribulation Rapture First Taught?

Posted by RSS Robot on 06 November 2014 - 12:10 AM

“And when the three and a half years have been completed, the time of the Antichrist, through which he will have seduced the world, after the resurrection of the two prophets, in the hour which the world does not know, and on the day which the enemy or son of perdition does not know, will come the sign of the Son of Man, and coming forward the Lord shall appear with great power and much majesty, with the sign of the word of salvation going before him, and also even with all the powers of the heavens with the whole chorus of the saints. ...

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#392390 Power Of The Holy Spirit

Posted by RSS Robot on 30 October 2014 - 01:37 AM

<p><br /> <em>&ldquo;But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.&rdquo; (<a class='bible' href='/bible/Acts/1/8'>Acts 1:8</a>) </em></p><br /><p><br /> This promise of our Lord signaled the beginning of the immense change from the old covenant to the new. Prior to the fulfillment of Joel&rsquo;s prophecy (<a class='bible' href='/bible/Joel/2/28'>Joel 2:28</a>; <a class='bible' href='/bible/Acts/2/16'>Acts 2:16</a>) on the day of P...&nbsp;<a href="http://www.icr.org/article/8298/"title="Read entire article">More...</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/daysofpraise/~4/td34Yw_HDvs" height="1" width="1"/>

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#391792 Is He Enough?

Posted by RSS Robot on 21 October 2014 - 07:21 AM

Looks like something from a cave’s wall – or modern art, but it’s not. It’s a photo from an electron micrograph of an ebola virus. Amazing that something that small has nations responding around the world. Scary, as headlines focus on death statistics as well as the number of people in quarantine. Those numbers grew exponentially, from a small family, through hospital contact and travel interaction.

Yet – in America one man was diagnosed, and died. Two people fighting the illness were brought from west Africa and were cured. Two nurses, infected while caring for the dying man, are being treated at the same facilities where two people were cured. Those statistics are pretty good, aren’t they?

While checking a number of resources to verify just how concerned we should be, within an hour’s drive from Dallas, I not only discovered we’re just fine (and so is everyone else) but learned from one of the patients.

I read a quote from “Ebola survivor Nancy Writebol, an unassuming Christian missionary”:
“The night that they put me on the airplane to evacuate me and bring me back to the U.S. … I was very, very ill and not sure that I was going to make it across the ocean — not sure if I would see David again or our [two sons] again,” Writebol said. ”And I remember, as they put me on the airplane, that I just told the Lord, ‘Lord, I don’t know what’s going to happen and I need your help.’”
And that’s when she said she felt God responding to her with an important question:
“Nancy, if I take the boys, if I take David away from you and if I take your life and you are with me, am I enough?”
What an answer! Is God enough at any time in our lives? I remember what Esau said to Jacob who offered riches as he returned:

And Esau said, I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself. (Genesis 33:9 KJV)

Or Isaiah’s description of those who never have enough:

Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. (Isaiah 56:11 KJV)

What God offers is much more than enough:

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9 KJV)

If God took our loved ones, and us, to be with Him, is He enough? Consider what He has offered?

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? (Luke 11:13 KJV)

Believing in Him, Nancy Writbol tells us:
“I just rested in God’s arms and in his presence and in his peace that he was enough,” she said.
Do we? No. We read headlines and are concerned for ourselves and our loved ones. We do not consider asking ourselves, is He enough? I believe He is when we follow His instructions:

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 KJV)

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#391706 The Faithfulness Of A Canadian Missionary To Teaching The Word Of God

Posted by RSS Robot on 19 October 2014 - 10:22 AM

LTRP Note: Egerton Ryerson Young was a young Canadian missionary in the late 1800s, who, with his wife and two small children, spent years with the Native people in Canada, living among them, loving them, and sharing the Gospel and the Word of God with them. This is one of the stories from the “Wigwam” book. […]

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#390771 God Is Good

Posted by RSS Robot on 11 October 2014 - 07:56 AM

There’s a phrase from the movie “God’s Not Dead” that I hear a lot.
God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good.
This morning I read a quote from Corrie ten Boom:
Often I have heard people say, ‘How good God is! We prayed that it would not rain for our church picnic, and look at the lovely weather!’ Yes, God is good when He sends good weather. But God was also good when He allowed my sister, Betsie, to starve to death before my eyes in a German concentration camp. I remember one occasion when I was very discouraged there. Everything around us was dark, and there was darkness in my heart. I remember telling Betsie that I thought God had forgotten us. ‘No, Corrie,’ said Betsie, ‘He has not forgotten us. Remember His Word: “For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His steadfast love toward those who fear Him.” There is an ocean of God’s love available—there is plenty for everyone. May God grant you never to doubt that victorious love—whatever the circumstances.
It comes to me as I’m praying for families in our church – a widow whose brother died from cancer; a daughter whose mother died; a grandfather fighting cancer, another whose heart is healing from surgery; parents with ungrateful children. I know these people, and I know they would assure me, “God is good.”

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 KJV)

Really? Betsie – and these others died “according to his purpose”? The best answer to that was written by a loving husband and father who soon would be a widower, “If God Does Not Heal.” It is also in recognition that death awaits all of us:

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews 9:27 KJV)

We do feel that the judgment is faced in our lifetime, and that deliverance seems so very far away. Perhaps we should pay more attention to three men who were condemned to death. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego addressed the man who held their lives in his hands, and condemned them for their trust in God:

If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. (Daniel 3:17-18 KJV)

Would we be as firm in our belief in His ability to deliver us, but if He did not, would we turn our back to Him? My intentions are to remain firm, and I pray for His strength that in what ever sorrow I face I know that He is good, singing with the psalmist:

I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. (Psalms 69:30 KJV)

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#390258 The Brightness Of His Rising

Posted by RSS Robot on 07 October 2014 - 03:00 AM

<p><br /> <em>&ldquo;And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.&rdquo; (<a class='bible' href='/bible/Isaiah/60/3'>Isaiah 60:3</a>) </em></p><br /><p><br /> This beautiful Messianic prophecy in the Old Testament book of Isaiah compares the coming of Christ to the rising of the sun.</p><br /><p><br /> The rest of this chapter in Isaiah seems to stress His coming in glory at the future end of the age (e.g., &ldquo;the LORD sha...&nbsp;<a href="http://www.icr.org/article/8275/" title="Read entire article">More...</a><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/daysofpraise/~4/vGfPWMAKBqo" height="1" width="1"/>

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#390031 Blessings We Have In Christ

Posted by RSS Robot on 04 October 2014 - 01:38 AM

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” (2 Corinthians 5:1)

The blessings we have in Christ are far too many to number, but it is a blessing even to note just a few of those indicated by the words we have or ye have. First of... More...AN_cpFr3Gis

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#389066 Motes And Beams

Posted by RSS Robot on 26 September 2014 - 09:46 AM

Judge not, that ye be not judged. (Matthew 7:1 KJV)

Non-believers have taken this verse for their very own, often using to justify actions that the Bible tells us is against God’s will. It would appear they are repeating what they’ve heard, not studying to see how it is applied.

It is as though they are stuck in one spot, unable to move forward, even to the next verse Jesus spoke:

For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:2 KJV)

That verse tells me to be very cautious when applying judgment, but does not tell me never to make a judgment. If I were to set my own standards based on personal opinions or current social mores, I will be judged by others based on those same standards. I pray that I make judgments on God’s word simply because He is my ultimate judge.

Oh, I know I will be judged in between.now and the time I kneel before His throne. Some will judge me by current socio-political customs, and I will fail to meet their standards. I know that. I am pro-life, pro-biblical-marriage and pro-stewardship. Polls tell us those are no longer socially nor politically correct.

We all need to continue reading in Matthew 7:

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? (Matthew 7:3-4 KJV)

I really like today’s graphic illustration of the mote/beam. It does have a small problem, though. If the person on the left removes the beam before instructing the person on the right, it appears the mote will be removed, too. That’s not what Jesus described.

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. (Matthew 7:5 KJV)

The beam was to be removed – then the person would be able to help remove the still existing mote.
Yes, Christians should be very concerned that there are no beams interfering with their judgment. We must be aware of our errors and allow God to cleans them:

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

We must be aware that our sins do separate us from God, where we feel the most joy:

Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. (Psalms 51:11-12 KJV)

Then we can move on to seeing clearly how to help others with motes:

Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee. (Psalms 51:13 KJV)

Do not, however, wait for perfection – other than that in our Lord. We will reach for it – not reach it in this life.

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