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By Lois Putnam
Perhaps you’ve read of the Transcendental Meditation guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and his famed Beatle aficionados. And maybe you’ve surmised the TM mania had mostly gone away. But, you’re dead wrong, for there’s been a recent resurgence of TM training aimed at vulnerable young tweens and teens in our public schools under a benign sounding program called “Quiet Time.”
Yes, “Quiet Time!” Now what could be wrong with that? Plenty! Most certainly it’s not a “quiet time” such as a nap time, nor is it a time of daily devotions; rather it is a “quiet time” where kids, twice a day in their classrooms, are going to use a TM mantra to practice fifteen minute periods of meditation.
The Lynch Foundation Leaders
Now, the foundation sponsoring this time of silence is headed by the eccentric TM devotee, famed film producer David Lynch, who can be labeled as an apostle, guru, evangelist, proselyte, teacher, and passionate promoter of the practice of TM. Lynch, along with his loyal longtime TM co-meditator, and executive director Bob Roth of the foundation, declare that TM is not religious, nor is it philosophy but just a simple way to tamp down stress and promote calm especially among youth with special needs or the inner city poor.
However, one thing Lynch and Roth neglect to say up front is that in order for teachers to teach TM or for students to practice TM is they all must attend an “Initiation” time with a personal TM teacher that includes attending a Hindu puja ceremony, learning a personal Hindu mantra, and kneeling down to Guru Dev the revered mentor of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Oh, all initiates must bring along an offering of a piece of fruit, some flowers, and a handkerchief. And one other thing TM is not free– it costs money! Click here to continue reading.
By Gaylene Goodroad
Like its mega-blockbuster distant sequel, The Force Awakens (2015), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was strategically released to capitalize on the Christmas box office market this year. The movie debuted globally at $270 million over the weekend, nudging Disney Studios over the $7 billion record, which indicates that folks are eagerly buying this particular entertainment product. But, Rogue One, a standalone Star Wars film, tells a dark and foreboding tale of pagan salvation that is diametrically opposed to the Scriptures, as well as the hope of the Christmas narrative given to us in the Gospels.
In this Star Wars tale, the future of the galaxy lies, not in a Savior sent from the one true God, but in the hands of a renegade band of cosmic commandos who commission themselves to steal the design plans of the Imperial Death Star—plans which betray a critical vulnerability detailing how to annihilate the planet-sized battle station from within. These feckless saviors utilize every weapon in their arsenal, including murder and mayhem, in order to fulfill this herculean mission to ultimately deliver the galaxy from the malicious oppression of the Evil Empire once and for all.
This standalone installment fills in various storyline gaps and sets up the first segment of the original Star Wars Trilogy, A New Hope. Hope is a definite casualty following the massive carnage depicted in this motion picture. The fully operational Death Star—manned by ruthless Imperial dictators Grand Moff Tarkin and the notorious rogue Jedi Knight Darth Vader—nearly vaporizes at least two planets, along with their multitudes of inhabitants. A horribly magnificent surgical obliteration shown in its full cinematic and apocalyptic glory. Click here to continue reading.
As we come to the end of 2016, we thank the Lord for the wonderful things He has done with the Bryce Homes in several different countries. The Bryce Home program is an Understand The Times, International ministry; however, Lighthouse Trails readers are a big part of the Bryce Homes. The donations that come from the LT readers have especially helped to make the Bryce Homes in Kenya program what it is today where an increasing number of widows and children are being helped significantly, both physically and spiritually. We hope you enjoy this end-of-the-year slideshow of the widows and children in Kenya who are part of the Bryce Homes program. You will notice several new families in the slideshow. As many of the original Bryce widows have been able to become self-sufficient or even partly self-sufficient, other impoverished widows and their children can become part of the program.
The Bryce Homes program is an outreach to Christian families (particularly widows and children) throughout the world, providing them with basic survival needs, educational costs, biblical mentoring, housing, and opportunities to start and run small home-based businesses. If you would like to support this amazing and Gospel-focused missions work, please visit the Understand The Times website.
Michael F. Haverluck
A Texas judge is expected to decide the fate of President Barack Obama’s new rule that would take effect on New Year’s Day and force doctors to provide transgender medical treatment for children who desire it.
The ruling will determine whether the Obama administration will be able to give the LGBT community yet another victory before the outgoing president leaves office to let the current President-elect Donald Trump take over next month.
“[The transgender] treatment would be required under Obama’s federal rule – even if the physician is convinced it would harm the child,” WND reports. Click here to continue reading.
LTRP Note: The following out-of-house news story reiterates what Lighthouse Trails has been trying to warn about. More and more public schools are implementing “mindfulness” meditation techniques into the lives of their students. Ray Yungen provides this explanation of what mindfulness is:
In recent years, a type of meditation known as mindfulness has made a surprising showing. Based on current trends, it has the potential to eclipse even Yoga in popularity. You will now find it everywhere that people are seeking therapeutic approaches to ailments or disorders. True to its Buddhist roots, mindfulness involves focusing on the breath to stop the normal flow of thought. In effect, it acts the same way as a mantra; and as with Yoga, it is presented as something to cure society’s ills.
While this particular article is talking about a public school, make no mistake about it, mindfulness meditation has entered the church (such as at Biola University).
By Ann Schimke
In a recent Thursday afternoon, school psychologist Amy Schirm stood before two-dozen fifth-graders in a classroom at Denver’s Munroe Elementary School. Piano music played softly in the background and a string of white holiday lights twinkled on the wall behind her.
“Close your eyes,” Schirm said. “I’m going to ring the bell three times. Just focus all your attention on the sound.” She struck a small metal bowl with a mallet.
“Let your body kind of feel heavy, like you’re sinking down into your chair,” she said. “Just take a minute to check in with yourself. How are you doing in this moment?”
The students were practicing mindfulness — concentrating on their present thoughts, emotions and environment. The concept is catching on in schools in Colorado and nationwide as a way to help students better focus their attention, process their emotions and develop compassion. Click here to continue reading.
LTRP Note: This news story is another reminder that untold numbers of children have been and continue to be sexually abused (and not just in the Catholic Church) around the world. It’s an epidemic that still remains hushed in many cases today. Let us not forget that the power of sexual abuse lies in its secrecy. May we, as Bible-believing Christians, do our part to protect children. If you have never read Seducers Among Our Children by Investigative Sergeant Patrick Crough, we highly recommend it. Crough, a Lighthouse Trails author, is a devoted believer in Christ and a defender of children. His book is a vital resource in knowing how to protect children from sexual abuse.
And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. Mark 9:42
By Jennifer Peltz
NEW YORK — It took 30 years for a former student to be ready to report he’d been sexually abused by a respected Roman Catholic priest on high school trips. But it didn’t take long to realize the priest wouldn’t be held accountable in court.
Though the church said investigators found the allegations credible, the accuser couldn’t sue or press criminal charges, mainly because of the passage of time.
Instead, he’s looking to a new compensation process set up by the Archdiocese of New York, potentially the most extensive effort of its kind to date. Some 46 people have filed claims in under two months, and the total could at least triple.
The program lets people take claims, often too old for court, to a noted outside mediator while keeping painful details private.
Yet victims’ advocates are wary, noting that the archdiocese hasn’t given any estimate of the payouts or the total it will spend. Some activists see the program as a church tactic to shield information about the handling of problem priests and counter pressure to let decades-old child sexual abuse cases go to court. Click here to continue reading.
Protecting Your Child From Sexual Predators – With Prayer & the Word by Patrick Crough
To Lighthouse Trails:
My kids are taking an AP English class and were asked to read articles that show the benefits of Yoga in schools. The question was not if Yoga was good or bad, but whether detention using Yoga was effective, reading an article that said it was (per query of the students’ getting detention). Essentially inviting the kids to challenge their opinions to include Yoga in a myriad of situations in life. My kids were aghast, that it is truly the new normal in education. I did a search to see, and CNN is coming out with an article on Yoga and meditation nearly monthly now, I find this quite alarming. I thought perhaps the matter would interest all of you at Lighthouse Trails.
www.cnn.com/2016/11/04/health/meditation-in-schools-b... Proxy Highlight Nov 8, 2016 …
An elementary school in West Baltimore uses meditation in place of detention, sending kids to a quiet space to stretch,
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Feb 9, 2016 … Students at Marblehead High School in Massachusetts meditate in a new Zen Room at the school. … School in Massachusetts, students started moving their desks out of … morning meditation sessions two times a week before classes. … complete with yoga mats, blankets, tranquil music and soft lighting, …
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Sep 3, 2015 … Find out what’s happening in the world as it unfolds. …. “I took time off and it turned out to be a gift. … Now a high school senior, Degener is still teaching yoga classes and loading up on high-level classes to prepare for the next …
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