This just in regarding Roger Oakland, who was seriously injured when he fell off a tractor at his farm in Saskatchewan about a month ago. He has been in the hospital up until last week for punctured lungs and a brain bleed (both caused by the fall) when it was decided that his wife would drive him back to the United States to their home in California where he would see a specialist.
Roger and Myrna are safely at home in CA. It was a long trip and Roger is very tired but the Lord kept them safe and directed their path the entire way. I know that being at home is good. Roger and Myrna can receive better rest at home rather than in the hospital.
Thank you again for all the prayers and support you have shown!
Sincerely In Christ,
Understand The Times, International
LTRP Note: The following article by Newsweek illustrates the significant role that eastern meditation and eastern religion have in America (and really the entire Western world) today. And now with the contemplative prayer (spiritual formation) movement overtaking so much of the organized Christian church, it too is succumbing.
by Lisa Miller
“We are all Hindus now”
America is not a Christian nation. We are, it is true, a nation founded by Christians, and according to a 2008 survey, 76 percent of us continue to identify as Christian (still, that’s the lowest percentage in American history). Of course, we are not a Hindu–or Muslim, or Jewish, or Wiccan-nation, either. A million-plus Hindus live in the United States, a fraction of the billion who live on Earth. But recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity.
The Rig Veda, the most ancient Hindu scripture, says this: “Truth is One, but the sages speak of it by many names.” A Hindu believes there are many paths to God. Jesus is one way, the Qur’an is another, yoga practice is a third. None is better than any other; all are equal. The most traditional, conservative Christians have not been taught to think like this. They learn in Sunday school that their religion is true, and others are false. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.”
Americans are no longer buying it. According to a 2008 Pew Forum survey, 65 percent of us believe that “many religions can lead to eternal life”–including 37 percent of white evangelicals, the group most likely to believe that salvation is theirs alone. Also, the number of people who seek spiritual truth outside church is growing. Thirty percent of Americans call themselves “spiritual, not religious,” according to a 2009 NEWSWEEK Poll, up from 24 percent in 2005. Stephen Prothero, religion professor at Boston University, has long framed the American propensity for “the divine-deli-cafeteria religion” as “very much in the spirit of Hinduism. You’re not picking and choosing from different religions, because they’re all the same,” he says. “It isn’t about orthodoxy. It’s about whatever works. If going to yoga works, great–and if going to Catholic mass works, great. And if going to Catholic mass plus the yoga plus the Buddhist retreat works, that’s great, too.” To continue reading this article, click here.
Can yogic practices be integrated with the Christian faith? by Larry DeBruyn
Those who do not stand for something will fall for anything
The late J. Vernon McGee gave this talk many years ago, but it is more relevant today than ever before. The talk is based on 2 Thessalonians 2. You can listen to it by clicking here.
For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. 2 Thessalonians 2:7-17
“As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
Lighthouse Trails Publishing is pleased to present our first music CD. Good News in the Badlands by Bob Ayanian is a very special collection of Americana gospel folk songs. The lyrics are both uplifting and edifying for the believer who is trying to stand strong in the faith in these perilous times and evangelistic to the unbeliever.
In 1999, shortly after Bob Ayanian gave his life to Jesus Christ, he quit his long-time job as an economics professor at California State University in Fullerton. He and his wife, Barbara, headed for the woods and the sea–to the central coast of California.
About a year later, in the spring of 2000, Bob began writing songs about Jesus, the Cross, the times in which we live, and the biblical prophecies about the endtimes. A few very talented musicians came along and helped to make these songs what they are today. We want to thank Warren Smith, who has been a friend of Bob Ayanian’s for a number of years, for introducing Bob and this music to us. We hope it will encourage and comfort you.
Instruments used include: Guitar, percussion, accordion, mandolin, violin, banjo, ukulele, autoharp, harmonica, and cello.
67 Minutes (19 songs)
Special Lighthouse Trails Edition
1. Different Destinations (4:52)
2. Barefoot Girl (3.34)
3. What News? (4:01)
4. Heavenly Choir (2:40)
5. Damascus Road (4:48)
6. Lonely Looking Hill (4:05)
7. All Shall Be Well (3:59)
8. Greasy Gravy (3:40)
9. Some Say (4:01)
10. By the Flow (3:48)
11. Tree of Life (3:03)
12. The Sign (4:36)
13. We Are Saved (3:56)
14. Taken (2:51)
15. Someone (3:22)
16. Flame (3:13)
17. Hope for Tomorrow (3:21)
18. Bittersweet (2:50)
19. How Long? (4:07)
A light in the dark when all other lights have failed
Atonement for our sin made with iron nails
Jesus crucified has come to life again
A light in the darkness where shadows seek to reign
–Bob Ayanian, Hope for Tomorrow
Letter from a Lighthouse Trails reader–Concerns about the Navigators:
You might want to update http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/organizations.htm
and include the Navigators. See below for books they are pushing. Eugene Peterson of the Message has been key in the Navigators for years.
I am amazed how widespread this movement is. The below e-mail is from friends in Manila, the Philippines. We had no idea about this couple. My wife … was involved with Reach. Reach is an offshoot of the Navigators and did some things differently then from the Navs like help new Christians get into a personal business.
So, I went to the Navigator site to see what is going on:
http://www.navpress.com/store/search.aspx?q=contemplative: books on contemplative prayer at Navpress of the Navigators
This all hits hard. I was saved through the Navigators in 1973. They used The Word, Prayer, Scripture memory, time with the Lord back then. They had us witness and spend time in fellowship. The wheel illustration with Jesus Christ as the hub.
Lighthouse Trails has now added the Navigators to the Contemplative Organizations page on our research site. NavPress (part of the Navigators) is also on the Contemplative Publishers page.
LTRP Note: We just received this update from Understand the Times Ron Pierotti regarding Roger Oakland.
The results from the MRI showed that there is still some blood [in the brain] that needs to be dealt with. Myrna [Roger’s wife], today, has checked Roger out from the hospital. They will be traveling to the Farm in Eston [Saskatchewan] where they can rest for a day or two. Then they will travel back to the US for treatment of the blood on the brain. Roger is well enough to travel and being at home will be a good thing for Roger, Myrna and the family. He is doing better.
After Roger and Myrna get home, I will give you a more complete update. By God’s grace and all the prayers, they have been able to get through all this. Thank you very much for all the prayers and financial support you given to Roger and Myrna. Your prayers and caring for the family mean more than you may ever know. You are very special people.
Sincerely In Christ,
Understand The Times, International
by Linda Harvey
Recently, a shooting at a “gay” youth center in Tel Aviv tragically left two young people dead and many others wounded. Mission America issued a statement condemning the shootings and also pointing out how harmful in general these centers are, as they enable kids to enter the homosexual lifestyle. Sadly, there are at least two young people who won’t have a chance to hear more about this hopeful option. It is our sincere hope the murderer is found and brought to full justice. Meanwhile, we really need to talk about these centers and what goes on….
This violent incident happened in Israel, but these “GLBT” youth centers exist throughout the U.S. as well, usually open to kids between the ages of 13 and 21. That’s right– middle schoolers mixing with college students, all drawn to homosexuality. And we have yet to learn of any center that requires parental permission. Yep–“confidential and safe” is how they bill themselves. Safe from warnings about the behavior. “Confidential” so parents can’t play a role in one of the most important decisions their children will ever make …
READ our expose article on “gay” youth centers from several years ago…You will not believe what goes on: go HERE.