Caryl Matrisciana’s memorial was held January 14th at Calvary Chapel Cypress with Pastor Chris Quintana. The following video is the service. It begins at about the 9 minute mark.
From a Lighthouse Trails Reader:
Saturdays are good because I pick up Joan [not real name], a family member and go early to the Farmers Market. I went into the house, and Joan, who is close to 50 years old, excitedly showed me some Disney character socks she purchased for her friends and herself. They depicted the Evil Queen and two other Characters from that movie. We got in the car, and I noticed she had on her Evil Queen shoes and socks. The conversation goes to Christmas gifts, and she said her 11-year-old son says he wants an X Box so he can play games.
I now had to step in and talk about all the dangers of the current games where the characters have super powers and they are always killing off someone. Joan is in the choir at a Methodist church, and I did go once when the great-grandsons were baptized. The candles, the altar, the flowing robe of the minister, were very much a presence. The bulletin announced a new class given by a lady about finding new thought and prayer life through the mystics.
I tried to tell Joan about the evil behind the games and many other things in this day and age. I told her of the dangers and how they could affect young minds. I reiterated a happening the day before when I was walking around a small lake in our area in which some little kids came up behind me on their scooters. The smallest, about 6 years old, was saying, “Yea, I’m going to grab her and pull her hair out and then throw her into the fire” and other things along that line. Then they both got off their scooters because some ducks were close by and they chased them and yelled at them until they went into the lake. Those kids probably learned the scenario from some of their evil promoting games. I stated that this kind of thing was going to happen in the end times. She agreed that some games were bad and some characters in movies were promoting evil and
had bad super powers and weren’t like real people but that the evil queen she likes from the Disney movie was portrayed as a real person with some powers. But she wasn’t all bad.
Then the topic changed, and Joan told me she was so excited because the Gilmore Girls was on Netflix now. I had never heard of it or watched it, and she said that I’d love it, and I said I’d try it. Well, later I turned it on, and it was full of promiscuity, sexual innuendos, sexual relations discussed with ease, and unmarried people living together. It was all portrayed as if it was all normal every day living. I turned it off.
Then on my doorstep, I received an invitation to a Ladies Bible Study lunch that was happening next month. The leader, who claims she is an ordained minister, also does visitation at a local hospital as a volunteer. She wears a black shirt with the inverted collar and a long black skirt. A LARGE gold cross hangs from her neck. I had confronted her once before on her outfit, and she stated that people and men in particular respected the collar.
I received a text from a friend who goes to the Calvary Chapel church at the conference center, and she said I should come to church. I have told her repeatedly that it is becoming part of the apostasy. I had asked the pastor a year ago his views on Christian Yoga, and he wouldn’t answer even after I gave him literature on the topic. I see him now about once a week at a local elementary school. We exchange pleasantries. He said I could come back, and I told him that he hadn’t answered me on where he stands on Yoga and further more as an employee of the Conference Center, Brian Brodersen, who is his boss, is definitely going in the wrong direction. He finally e-mailed me his answer in which he stated he didn’t know about Brian Brodersen’s directions for the church or his joining up with Rick Warren or the Pope, but he would check it out. As for Yoga, he is “wary” of it.
I had one sane interaction toward the end of the day. A lady friend and I on the same page share the Lord with each other and some of our friends, and we pray they will listen before it is too late. We agreed that most people are content to live in the “Bubble” of life that goes on and they have their cocktail parties with the “plastic” people who tell jokes, talk about their shopping sprees, and live for the next day to do it again.
Enough of the insanity. I went to bed and continued reading a book by Dave Hunt Urgent Call for a Serious Faith. That is the answer.
We need to hold fast to Jesus. He is our life line. He is our Savior.
A Sister in California
Letter to the Editor: Mixed Bag of Speakers at Assemblies of God General Conference to Include Rick Warren, Priscilla Shirer, Circle-Making Mark Batterson
Dear LHT editors:
My parents attend an Assemblies of God church, and I try to keep up to date on what is going on. I left the denomination years ago, but they are struggling to stay. I just looked up the events for 2017 and wasn’t too shocked to find good old Rick Warren as a speaker as well as Mark Batterson (The Circle Maker) and others who I am not familiar with, but who seem to be part of the large megachurch mindset. Here is the link: General Council 2017 | Anaheim, CA
Also if possible if you could add Joanna Weaver to your list of books to stay away from. I am so grieved that churches just don’t want to listen. They refuse to expose error and embrace false teachers through books. They pick out the nuggets. It doesn’t matter if the author got her info from mystics, contemplatives, and flat out heretics from the NAR movement. :(
God bless you all and we will be praying for your ministry.
LTRP Comments: Dr. George Wood, who is the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God church, is one of the leaders Lighthouse Trails is sending booklets to a few times a year.1 Thus far, he has received 5 booklets from LT: 10 Scriptural Reasons Jesus Calling is a Dangerous Book, 5 Things You Should Know About Contemplative Prayer, Rick Warren’s Dangerous Ecumenical Pathway to Rome, Setting Aside the Power of the Gospel for a Powerless Substitute, and Is Your Church Doing Spiritual Formation (And Important Reasons Why it Shouldn’t). On December 22, 2016, Lighthouse Trails editors received a short letter from Dr. Wood acknowledging receipt of the last two. It is our hope he will read the booklets and consider the information provided in them. As with many other denominations today, the Assemblies of God is heavily promoting contemplative spirituality.
Based on a true story, Shiokari Pass is a moving tale of love eclipsed by sacrifice and tragedy. A beautiful, tragic love story that illustrates: “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13. A favorite of Lighthouse Trails editors for many years.
Dear Lighthouse Trails:
When I first became a Christian, I was 21 years old, but unfortunately the other believers around me became a part of the “Shepherding Movement.” Thankfully, I listened to that “still small voice” and the wife of a family who had defected, helped to bring me out of it! (She simply asked me where my joy was by trying to live back under all the laws, which Jesus released us from, which in turn, the Shepherding Movement was trying to revert us back to . . . I had no joy.) As the years rolled by, I realized I had a gift of discernment. Fast forward 30 years: I am now 57, and I am appalled by the emerging church, contemplative prayer, etc. I have stood against these, and by speaking the truth lost so many church/personal relationships because of it.
It is becoming very difficult to find a Bible-based church that doesn’t compromise and will preach the “whole” word of God. This is my biggest concern however . . . my husband and I recently left a United Methodist Church for this reason: We loved the concept that the doors were open to all people, in all walks of life. This included a homosexual couple. My problem soon began to be realized – that those issues would never be addressed truthfully.
Our pastor just didn’t want to acknowledge, and certainly not preach on, ANY Scripture in the New Testament that plainly speaks of the consequences of those, or any other types of those behaviors/sins. It seems that all churches we attend are just politically correct like this. Many of the things that your articles speak about which are blatantly attacking the church are more obvious. At least to me. Unfortunately, I believe this “political correctness” is what is really going to be the churches undoing. It is so insidious and frighting. I don’t know whether God wants me to stay in churches like these and keep fighting and exposing His truth or leave because eventually it becomes too hurtful and unbearable. ANY suggestions would be welcomed!! Thank you for all the hard work you do.
Our Comment: This reader has asked us if we could provide them with any comments our readers have regarding this letter. For those who are reading this on Facebook, please feel free to comment and offer suggestions or insights. Many, many people who contact Lighthouse Trails, either through e-mail, phone, or letter, share similar concerns, in particular when it comes to finding a solid Bible-based church.
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A Celebration of Life memorial service for Caryl Matrisciana will be held on January 14th, 2017 at Calvary Chapel Cypress in Cypress, California at 12pm (PST). The memorial will be live-streamed from the church website: http://www.calvarychapelcypress.net/. You may visit the memorial Facebook page for more information or to leave comments.
Saturday, January 14 at 12 PM – 2 PM PST
5202 Lincoln Ave, Cypress, CA 90630-2909
For Lighthouse Trails, 2016 was a year that will never be forgotten. On October 16, our beloved author, co-laborer, and dear friend, Ray Yungen, passed away unexpectedly having succumbed to an infection he received while in the hospital for a recently diagnosed leukemia treatment. A few weeks later, author and co-laborer Caryl Matrisciana passed away after a hard long battle with cancer. Words cannot express how losing these two wonderful courageous unique people has been a painful and difficult thing for not just the editors at Lighthouse Trails but for our other authors, other like-minded ministries, and countless readers who have come to love and appreciate Ray and Caryl. We are greatly comforted in knowing they are both with the Lord, but we will miss them greatly in so many ways.
A few months prior to losing Ray and Caryl, our author and co-laborer Warren B. Smith was displaced from his home in central California due to a serious house fire caused by an electrical malfunction. Since the fire, Warren and his wife Joy have been living in various locations while waiting for insurance contractors to renovate the house to livable conditions. Needless to say, it has been a very turbulent year for the Smiths. Warren has spent the last two decades writing prolifically, warning about the deception that has entered the church and has spoken in numerous conferences and churches. He has taken on issues that Christian leaders have refused to address such as Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life, Eugene Peterson’s The Message, Sarah Young’s Jesus Calling, Leonard Sweet and the emerging church, and the coming “false christ” who will deceive the world. Ironically, Warren wrote several booklets this year for his Through It All series as a means of encouraging believers in the faith. These particular booklets are filled mostly with Scriptures. He told us he has turned to the booklet titled Trusting God Through it All many times throughout this past year. We are praying that 2017 will be a blessed year for this brother who has so sacrificially served the church for so long.
As many of you know, Lighthouse Trails relocated from Silverton, Oregon to Eureka, Montana in 2010. In 2015, the publishing facilities were moved onto a parcel of land where a 2800 sf office/shop was built. While Lighthouse Trails authors, editors, and web-assistants are located in various places throughout North America (and one author in the UK), a small office and shipping staff was trained in Montana. April of 2016 marked the end of our first year on the land, and through many challenges and new situations, God blessed the operations of Lighthouse Trails in 2016 and allowed us to publish 27 new booklets by various LT authors, to begin producing our lecture DVDs in house for the first time (saving us inventory costs and allowing us to increase the number of DVD titles we offer), and to release three books: the updated expanded edition of The Evolution Conspiracy by Roger Oakland and Caryl Matrisciana, the expanded second edition of Maria Kneas’ Strength for Tough Times, and most recently, Roger Oakland’s The Good Shepherd Calls: An Urgent Message to the Last-Days Church. We also helped with the expanded 2nd edition of Warren Smith’s “Another Jesus” Calling.
Another significant thing happened to Lighthouse Trails in 2016 when in early spring we learned that the online shopping cart company Lighthouse Trails had used for over twelve years was going to become unavailable to us within weeks because of an enormous, out-of-our-range fee hike that would take place with only about a month’s notice. It was shocking news to us because we felt there was no way we could train for and migrate to a different system in that short a time; and without our shopping cart (i.e., the online store), Lighthouse Trails would suffer financially, which would put our daily operations at risk. But, almost miraculously, we found a new system to migrate to, received the technical help we needed to make the migration, learned how to use the new system, and a day before we were to lose the old system, we were up and running on the new one. While there were several glitches at first, the store soon began running smoothly again, and we see now that this is a much better system. Plus, because it is open-sourced, we no longer pay a monthly fee to any company for our shopping cart. So in the end, what started out as a potential disaster created a more financially sound and efficiently run Lighthouse Trails. The Lord is so faithful!
In 2016, we began a new project in which every few months, we are sending short letters and selected booklets to over 100 of the most influential evangelical leaders. Thus far, we have done three mailings and plan to continue this in 2017. Our leaders list is currently at 130. We also did one similar mailing to over 200 presidents and deans of Christian colleges and seminaries in 2016. While we have received very little response (mostly a few form letters) from the leaders, we hope and pray that somewhere along the line, some of them will begin to read the booklets and see the importance of what they are saying. We also believe it is right to challenge the leaders and hold them accountable for the things they are doing that hurt the body of Christ. Obviously, because we name names, we are not too well liked by many of these ministries, but we came to terms with that reality many years ago.
If there is one word we can think of that would capsulate what took place in the church in 2016, it is ecumenism (or unity). Christian leaders have decided that unity is more important than practically anything else. Unity with the Catholic Church in particular. But while it is dismaying to see this taking place, we are also encouraged because we are witnessing a growing number of Christian believers who understand what is going on from a biblical perspective and are showing discernment and courage. These are believers who talk to and warn their friends, family members, pastors, and church members even though they are often rejected and in many cases have no church to attend. But they have remained steadfast in their commitment to God’s Word and the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. While we know because of what Scripture says that the apostasy which is overtaking the evangelical and Protestant church is not going to stop, we also know that God is faithful, and He will give to those who love the truth spiritual sight. We have a God whom we can trust, and He has always preserved a remnant of believers who continue in His Word.
PRESSING ON INTO 2017
It is obvious to us that our adversary, Satan, tried very hard to discourage and dismantle us in 2016. Many of our authors shared with us stories of immense struggle and challenge this past year – more than any other year in the history of Lighthouse Trails. Some of our critics may venture to say that it is actually God trying to halt our work. But we don’t believe that it is He who wants us to stop. Even if some of the trials and challenges are from His hand, we don’t believe He is ready for us to end the work at Lighthouse Trails. While the work we do is not popular among the general populace of church goers and church leaders, and certainly not “positive” and cheerful, we see the same thing happened to the Old Testament prophets and watchmen, to Jesus’ disciples, and even to Jesus Himself. Don’t get us wrong – we don’t equate ourselves with the prophets or disciples, but we do see a pattern in history that those who stand against the lies of the enemy and who hold fast to God’s Word are persecuted and do suffer extraordinary hardship. But we love the words of Paul when he said:
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. (Philippians 3:8)
With that said, here are some of the things we have planned for 2017:
- On January 2nd, 2017 we launched a new Lighthouse Trails Research Project website that is mobile friendly. We have not had the chance to update that site for a number of years, and because it was not mobile friendly, we were losing ratings on the Internet, and when ratings drop, fewer people can find our site. We are still working on the new site and will continue to improve it over the next few weeks. If you have any concerns about finding material, please don’t hesitate to let us know via e-mail or phone.
- On January 1st, 2017 Lighthouse Trails Publishing, LLC was changed to a corporation, Lighthouse Trails Publishing, Inc. We made this change as part of our efforts to assure Lighthouse Trails will continue on (should the Lord tarry) even if something happens to its founders David and Deborah Dombrowski. With the passing of Ray Yungen and Caryl Matrisciana in 2016, just a few weeks apart from each other, we were reminded that life is short, and only the Lord knows when each of us will depart this earth and go to be with Him.
- We have several new book projects in the making some of which are: Simple Answers to Understanding the Catholic Faith—An Evangelical Primer by Ray Yungen, Witness For This Generation by Roger Oakland, Father ten Boom, God’s Man by Corrie Ten Boom, Changed by Beholding by Harry Ironside, Moscow Express by Georgi Vins, and several others. We will announce release dates as they are available.
- Lighthouse Trails began publishing our topical booklets four years ago in January of 2013. Since then, we have released 107 booklets and have distributed over 150,000 of them. A growing number of them are going into prisons too. They are providing a valuable resource to the body of Christ, dealing with issues that, again, Christian leaders are not talking about. Upcoming booklets for 2017 include Freemasonry by Carl Teichrib, Reaching the Millennials by Roger Oakland, Taize Worship by Chris Lawson and several others. There are currently 35 authors writing booklets for Lighthouse Trails.
- We will continue with our Christian-leader mailings and hope to do another mailing in 2017 to the colleges and seminaries.
- In 2017, Lighthouse Trails will continue on with the Lighthouse Trails Research Journal, which is mailed out to subscribers six times a year. We will also continue on with our e-newsletter that is e-mailed out three times a month.
In the last few years, discernment ministries have suffered the loss of a number of excellent researchers and writers, either through death, illness, or resignation; sadly, several solid and trusted blog writers decided to close their blogs and end their research and writing for various reasons. It is our prayer that God will raise up new writers and researchers who understand the times in which we live, who are not afraid to speak the truth, in love and in strength. Lighthouse Trails will be keeping an eye out for such like-minded writers with the hope of coming alongside them to help get their warnings out.
In spite of these losses, there remains a strong dedicated team of authors who continue to produce outstanding works—the latest being Roger Oakland’s new book which is an exhortation for all Christians to respond to the call of the Good Shepherd and a new booklet by Cedric Fisher on the testing of our faith.
Clearly, we are living in tumultuous times, both in the church and in the world. While many Christians are hoping that the new presidential administration can help America and even the world, we know that ultimately the only thing that is going to help is when people genuinely surrender their lives to the one true God and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is for this very reason that Lighthouse Trails continues on year after year (by the grace of God).
We look forward to serving the Lord and the body of Christ in 2017. We are humbled that God can use us as publishers representing authors who are so dedicated to ministering to the church as well as reaching out to the lost with the salvation message of Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your prayers, support, encouragement, and exhortation from all of us at Lighthouse Trails. And may God bless your families and churches with His truth and wisdom throughout this new year.
The Editors at Lighthouse Trails