Looking Back: It’s been a very busy year for the small staff at Lighthouse Trails. In addition to relocating back to Northwest Montana after a 24-month stay in Oregon, we have been working hard to publish several new Booklet Tracts in 2014. We now have 49 booklets on many different topics related to the work and research at Lighthouse Trails.
We want to take this opportunity to ask you to please remember to pray regularly for our authors. There are now over 30 authors throughout North America who associate themselves with Lighthouse Trails. These are dedicated brothers and sisters who understand the times in which we live and who sacrificially lay down their lives and their own comforts to serve the body of Christ and to share the Gospel with others. They will never get rich doing this because the issues they talk and write about are too controversial, but making money is not their goal. They truly love the Lord and know that the Bible is His Word. So please pray for them and support them as you are able to. Just this past year alone, there have been mishaps in some of their lives: Caryl Matrisciana had a near-fatal bicycle accident, Roger Oakland fell off a ladder and had a serious arm injury, Diet Eman (our 94-year-old Holocaust survivor) is struggling with her health as never before, and some of them have had to endure extreme financial difficulties.
As for 2014 from a spiritual point of view, this past year has seen some major changes in the church – the most significant being the widespread acceptance among highly popular evangelical leaders regarding the Catholic Church and the Pope (you can see a number of the articles in our Year in Review posts). In addition, contemplative spirituality (i.e., Spiritual Formation) has truly become absorbed into the church at large. We estimate that over 90% of the Christian colleges, seminaries, and universities are incorporating Spiritual Formation into their students’ lives. And many of these schools are coming up with laxed views on homosexuality. While many Christian pastors and leaders are crying out “revival,” “renewal,” “oneness,” and “unity,” we hear very little about repentance within the church. If there were a revival today, led by these leaders, we fear it would not be a revival (or reformation as some call it) from the Lord.
Looking Ahead: In 2015, Lighthouse Trails and its authors will continue to do the work that is set before us. Several of our authors are going to be on the speaking circuit, speaking to churches and other groups. If you and your group would like to have any of them come speak, they do not charge any fees. They ask for their transportation to be covered as well as comfortable lodging and meals and if feasible, a love offering. Ray Yungen, Warren B. Smith, Roger Oakland, Anita Dittman, Patrick Crough, Greg Reid, Chris Lawson, Mike Oppenheimer, and Mary Danielsen are regular speakers.
Also in 2015, Lighthouse Trails hopes to produce and publish 20-25 more Booklet Tracts. The need is there, and we want to get these low-cost resources distributed. We also plan to publish Bill Randles updated and expanded book, Beware the New Prophets, Maria Kneas’ book, How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution, Roger Oakland and Caryl Matrisciana’s updated and expanded book, The Evolution Conspiracy, and new LT author Claris Van Kuiken’s book, Missions, Mysticism, and Magic addressing what is taking place in missionary societies today. We have other books in the workings as well, but we won’t announce those until later.
In 2010, Lighthouse Trails began The Shepherd’s Garden, a small side-line to help support Lighthouse Trails. Our own creation, Shepherd’s Bible Verse Tea, now has 6 different organic blends, and every tea bag has a Bible verse attached. This isn’t a gimmicky idea we came up with; we truly see it as a tent-making effort, and we are pleased that so many Lighthouse Trails readers love this tea.
We pray that 2015 will be a blessed year for you and your loved ones. We thank you for standing with Lighthouse Trails and our authors. We hope we can continue to be a blessing to your lives. We trust the Lord to give us the grace and strength to walk in His ways.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1-5)