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Update on Article "Is Your Denomination a Sinking Titanic?"

Review: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

Warren Smith and Gregory Reid in El Paso, Texas on Saturday

Brian McLaren and Richard Foster's Editorial Team Agree with Lighthouse Trails

The Nazis and God

Calling Christians Derogatory Names Used as Tactic for Church Growth & Popularity

Vatican synod calls for end to Israel's 'occupation' - "no longer a chosen people."

420 banks demand 1-world currency

A Commentary: The Religious Right Takes a Hard Left

Seeking 'Christian roommate' earns discrimination citation

In Need of a Pastor for Your Church? Try Looking at NON-Contemplative Colleges

Kenya Discipleship Center - 1230 Bricks Now Made!

Lighthouse Trails 2010 Releases

The Watchman

The Nearly Aborted Son

Custody upheld for Vt. lesbian non-biological mom

 

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Update on Article "Is Your Denomination a Sinking Titanic?"

Understand the Times has sent us this notice regarding the article we posted titled "Is Your Denomination A Sinking Titanic?":

 

 Dear Lighthouse Trails Readers:

A commentary that was in Lighthouse Trails Research Project's newsletter was written by Roger Oakland. The author of the commentary was shown as "Nathan."  We want to clear up any confusion and make sure the information is accurate.

Understand the Times International

 

 

Review: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

by Berit Kjos
Kjos Ministries

 

 

A review of this mystical book series for children and youth

Halloween comes and goes, but the Ga'Hoole owls - with their legends, divination, ghosts, and "hagsfiends" - call for an all-year warning. These guardians fit right into the world's history of pagan myths and mystical "seers," and their adventures make their occult suggestions all the more alluring to young readers.

Like our world's mythical tales, the owls' treasured 'legends' involve spiritism, magic, murder, and hope-filled illusions. And like today's 'New Spirituality,' their beliefs are twisted into enticing heresies that match 'human' cravings and mock God's truths.

 

Since this book series is full of references to "Glaux" (the name of their god), some readers may even equate these "noble" tales with Christian parables. Without faith in God's Word and knowledge of His warnings, few are prepared to discern the deceptions. Enticed by the dark, scary thrills, many will gladly accept the lies.

 

A glimpse of the storyline

Soren, a newly hatched Barn Owl, would soon face plenty of challenges to his faith, life, and liberty. Even before he could fly, he was pushed from his nest by his older brother, Kludd, who planned to kill him as part of a ritual requirement for initiation into the league of the "Pure Ones." Soren survived the fall, but was quickly abducted by cruel strangers skilled in mind-dulling brainwashing ("moon blinking") of fledgling owls.

 

Soren and his best friend escaped and eventually found their way to the great Ga'Hoole tree and its enlightened community of owls. But foes like Kludd and his mate, Nyra, continue to shatter their peace. Kludd's gifted son Nyroc (who changes his name to Coryn) escapes his parents and the murderous Pure Ones. His exceptional psychic powers lead to amazing victories for the Ga'Hoole community.

 

Meanwhile, the captivated reader becomes more and more familiar with the dark forces behind those mystical triumphs. Evil seems increasingly normal, while God's timeless warnings are dismissed as old-fashioned and intolerant:

 

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness.... Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!" Isaiah 5:20-21

 

It's easy for readers to identify with these fictional owls. Their values, rituals and relationships fit right into the multicultural training in American schools today. In today's post-Christian world, God's unchanging Truth has been twisted into enticing deviations that reflect both our changing times and our human inclinations. No doubt Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books as well as The Guardians of Ga'Hoole, had something to do with the "timely" message of the books. Click here to read more.

 

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Warren Smith and Gregory Reid in El Paso, Texas on Saturday

THE EMERGING DECEPTION: "In the World and In the Church" Seminar will be held Saturday, November 6th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Calvary Chapel El Paso. The guest speakers will be Warren B. Smith (author of A 'Wonderful" Deception) and Gregrory R. Reid (author of The Color of Pain). Doors open at 8:15 AM. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. Lunch Break will be at noon.

 

The address is: 1771 North Zaragosa Road, El Paso, Texas. The phone number for more information is: 915 - 855 - 4565

FEATURE ARTICLE: Brian McLaren and Richard Foster's Editorial Team Agree with Lighthouse Trails - Contemplative Prayer and Eastern Mysticism Are Same Thing

The headline in this article may seem preposterous - Brian McLaren and two other contemplative prayer proponents (Richard Rohr and Phyllis Tickle) agreeing with what Lighthouse Trails has been trying to say for eight years now? That the same contemplative prayer which is advocated by mainstream Christian leaders (Beth Moore, Chuck Swindoll, Rick Warren, Focus on the Family, etc) is the very same thing as eastern mysticism (i.e., Hinduism/Buddhism).  How can we say such a statement?

 

In a book that was released this year titled The Big Book of Christian Mysticism,author Carl McColman (a former self-proclaimed pagan who converted to contemplative Catholicism) states  that "no absolutely clear distinction can be drawn between Christian and non-Christian mysticism" (p. 64). In others words, they are basically the same thing. This is exactly what Lighthouse Trails has been attempting to warn against for many years.

 

First, regarding the quote by McColman that there is no distinction between Christian and non-Christian mysticism, some may ask whether McColman is referring to "contemplative prayer" when he says "Christian mysticism." He absolutely is. Even the subtitle of the book illustrates this: "The essential guide to contemplative spirituality." And throughout the book, he has included the writings of many well-known and often-read mystics of the contemplative prayer tradition, some of which are: Thomas Merton, Meister Eckhart, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Madame Guyon, Brother Lawrence, and Evelyn Underhill. You will find these names quoted and referenced in most "evangelical" contemplative prayer promoting books. A few examples of such books would be The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas, Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero, and most of the writings by Brennan Manning.

Of McColman's book, Brian McLaren states:

Before I heard about The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, I had been thinking about how such a book has been needed for a long time. Now, having read it, I'm glad we waited for Carl McColman to come along to write it. It's accessible, human, well-informed, balanced, broad ... just what we needed.1

It's no wonder that Brian McLaren, a pioneering leader in the emerging church, endorses the book-McColman says on page 147 that "Emergent communities [are] discovering for the first time the long-forgotten practices of contemplative spirituality" and they are "finding new meaning and purpose in practices like the Daily Office, contemplative prayer, [and] working with a spiritual director." McColman says that the emergent church is a "congenial community for exploring the mystical dimension of the Christian faith" (please see Roger Oakland's book, Faith Undone to further understand the emerging church).

 

Where does Richard Foster's editorial team  come into the picture? Richard Rohr and Phyllis Tickle (part of a newly formed editorial team at Renovare) have heartily endorsed the back cover of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism as well. Writing in glowing terms, Tickle says the book is "a big...even an enormous...contribution to our current literature on the subject. Highly recommended."2   Catholic priest Richard Rohr, the founder and director of  The Center for Action and Contemplation, says McColman's "much needed book will allow you to experience this [mystical experience] for yourself.  Christians and all Seekers will find both meat and dessert in such a full meal."3

 

For those who regularly practice contemplative mysticism, ultimately they come to the conclusion that contemplative prayer is the same as Eastern mysticism. But without question, few who are in evangelical leadership roles acknowledge it. In fact, they will tell you, they aren't the same. They will tell you that in Eastern mysticism you empty your mind and in Christian mysticism you fill it. But that is flawed because the Eastern mystic hopes to fill his mind too. And both hope to eliminate distractions in order to go into an inner stillness of the mind. What's more, while the intent of the two are different (the Christian mystic says he hope to hear from the God of the Bible, not a Hindu god), the method is exactly the same. Exactly. In Eastern mysticism, one repeats a word or phrase over and over; in contemplative prayer, one repeats a word or phrase over and over. Gary Thomas, in his Focus on the Family endorsed book, Sacred Pathways, tells readers to repeat a word for twenty minutes (p. 185). And you will find such similar instruction in the books of Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, and countless others. Ask any Hindu, and he will tell you that this is the precise way they enter the silence or altered state of consciousness. You may recall, when Lighthouse Trails wrote about Ken Blanchard's endorsement of Vijay Eswaran's book In the Sphere of Silence? Eswaran clearly promotes mantra meditation - after all he is a Hindu. Even Blanchard realized that contemplative prayer and Hinduistic prayer are the same. Blanchard, who was asked by Rick Warren to help train leaders around the world for Warren's P.E.A.C.E. Plan, also wrote the foreword for a book called What Would Buddha Do At Work?

 

For those who still question what we are saying, consider this. McColman's book  is a book on "Christian mysticism" but why is world famous psychic and occulist, Caroline Myss (pronounced Mace), promoting this book? On the front cover, she calls the  book "a masterpiece of scholarship and wisdom." Scholarship means intellectually sound and trustworthy. Here is a woman who is clearly involved with occultism (i.e., chakras, paranormal guidance, etc); and yet, she sees McColman's book as something that people should turn to.

 

The point we are wanting to make here is this: Christian leaders need to understand there is a difference between contemplative spirituality and true biblical meditation (Psalm 5:1). Many of the Christian figures and leaders are saying that contemplative prayer is not the same as Eastern mysticism and can safely be practiced by Christians. Numerous Christian leaders are promoting contemplative prayer today, either directly or indirectly. We have documented this time and time again. But don't take our word for it -see for yourself. Which leader are you following right now? Beth Moore? She was on the very contemplative promoting Be Still DVD and told viewers that you must have the contemplative stillness if you really want to know God. In her book, When Godly People do Ungodly Things, throughout the book, she tells readers how much she values contemplative pioneer Brennan Manning. Rick Warren? He points over 30 million readers to Brother Lawrence (PDL, pp 88-89), who said of himself he "danced violently like a madman" when he was in the "presence of God." (Image Books edition, 1977, p. 34). Warren also tells readers to practice breath prayers   (PDL, pp. 89, 299) (a type of contemplative prayer).  And the Saddleback website carries numerous contemplative authors, including Adele Ahlberg Calhoun who promotes mantra meditation and outright New Age mystics (such as panentheists Basil Pennington and Tilden Edwards) in her book Spiritual Disciplines Handbook (currently on Rick Warren's website). How about Focus on the Family? Are you following them? They have continued to promote Richard Foster and Gary Thomas. And what about Bill Hybels, Leonard Sweet, Max Lucado, Larry Crabb, Rob Bell (his book, Velvet Elvis and Nooma films are in countless Christian high schools and colleges), J.P. Moreland, Mark Driscoll, John Ortberg, John Eldredge, and so many others. Yes, it is a lot of names, and they all have promoted contemplative spirituality to one degree or another! Can you not see how this occultic mystical spirituality has disguised itself as Christian and entered into the church tremendously?

 

If your pastor or youth leader is reading Richard Foster, Thomas Merton, Henri Nouwen, or others with contemplative propensities, ask him if he realizes that the very spirituality he is reading about is embraced by rejectors of the Cross, eastern mystics, and occultists because as Carl McColman stated, this "Christian" contemplative prayer is the very same practice that these bona fide mystics are experiencing. It is true - there is no distinction.

In McColman's book, he states:

"Christian mystics have displayed an unusual openess to the wisdom of non-Christian philosophy and religion. In other words, Christian mysticism seems, from the beginning, to have had a intuitive recognition of the way in which mysticism is a form of unity that transcends religious difference" (emphasis added, p. 63). 

This reminds us of Tony Campolo's book, Speaking My Mind, when Campolo suggests that the link between Islam and Christianity is mysticism (pp. 149-150). Or Tilden Edwards (Shalem Prayer Institute) when he says: ""This mystical stream [contemplative prayer] is the Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality" (Spiritual Friend, p. 18).  The reason that mysticism, be it contemplative or Eastern, is "a form of unity" among all the world's religions is because at the root of mysticism is panentheism, the believe that God is in all things. As Ray Yungen explains, once someone begins practicing mysticism, over time, his or her spiritual outlook changes and resembles more of a Hindu or Buddhist viewpoint than a biblical Christianity viewpoint. Henry Nouwen is a perfect example of this. After embracing mystical practices for many years, at the end of Nouwen's life he no longer held to the view that Jesus Christ was the only way to salvation. He stated:

Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God's house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God."-From Sabbatical Journey, Henri Nouwen's last book, page 51, 1998 Hardcover Edition

In The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Carl McColman states the following: "[I]t is precisely in this dimension of mystery that people of different faiths and different wisdom traditions can relate to each other" (p. 64). This "dimension of mystery" he refers to is what the apostle Paul calls the "mystery of iniquity" (2 Thessalonians 2) or what is commonly called the occult. That is why the endorsement of one of the world's major psychics (Caroline Myss) sits on the front cover of this book!

 

To those who know and embrace the glorious Gospel of Christ, there can be no fellowship with religions that reject the very foundation of the biblical Christian faith. Something is radically wrong when someone who claims to be a Christian has a sense of solidarity with someone who has a view that man is divine (i.e., man is God). Shear logic should point out the truth of what we are trying to say. Lighthouse Trails' hope is that you look at this issue with an open mind and honest discernment. The truth is in plain view.

 

P.S. If you have had family members or friends who have rejected or ridiculed you for speaking up against contemplative spirituality (i.e., spiritual formation), show them this article.

 

Notes:

1. http://anamchara.com/2010/04/27/what-do-brian-mclaren-and-carolyn-myss-have-in-common/

 

Related Articles:

Max Lucado Hops into the Contemplative Camp

Will the Next Billy Graham Be a Mystic?

 

 

The Nazis and God

by Tony Pearce
Light for the Last Days Ministries
(excerpt from
The Messiah Factor)

 

 

Those who blame God for the Nazi Holocaust should note that the roots of the Nazi ideology lay in a definite rejection, indeed a bitter hatred of not just Judaism, but the God of the Bible and authentic Christianity. In this connection it is interesting to note the following thoughts written by Friedrich Nietzsche, the German philosopher who first proclaimed that "God is dead."

That the strong races of Northern Europe have not repudiated the Christian God certainly reflects no credit on their talent for religion. (1)

[Speaking of the Christian concept of God] The God of the great majority, the democrat among gods (NB Nietzsche loathed democracy), has nonetheless not become a proud pagan god; he has remained the god of the nook, the god of all dark corners and places, of all the unhealthy quarters throughout the world. (2)

What is good? - All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man. What is bad? All that proceeds from weakness. What is happiness? The feeling that power increases, that resistance is overcome. Not contentment, but more power; not peace at all, but war; not virtue, but proficiency. The weak and ill constituted shall perish; the first principle of our philanthropy. And one shall help them to do so. What is more harmful than any vice? Active sympathy for the weak and ill constituted: Christianity. (3)

Christianity is called the religion of pity. Pity stands in the antithesis to the tonic emotions which enhance the energy of the feeling of life: it has a depressive effect. Pity on the whole thwarts the law of evolution, which is the law of selection. It preserves what is ripe for destruction: it defends life's disinherited and condemned. (4)

This philosophy of 19th century German atheism clearly has a spiritual link to Nazi ideology. One wonders what Nietzsche would have thought of the strong, powerful, pitiless ones, the SS, "selecting" the fittest specimens as they ran past them naked - the strong to be worked to death in concentration camps, the weak and "ill-constituted" to be taken away to the gas chambers. What does the modern world need, hard, pitiless anti-Christian men and women, or those who will follow the one Nietzsche despises so much? He said:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of God. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God (Jesus speaking in the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5.3-9).

There was no doubt what kind of people Hitler wanted. He said "Antiquity was better than modern times because it did not know Christianity and syphilis." His main reasons for rejecting Christianity were as follows:

1. It was the religion which sided with everything weak and low.
2. It was purely Jewish and Oriental in origin. "Christians bend their backs to the sound of church bells and crawl to the cross of a foreign God".
3. The religion began 2000 years ago among sick and despairing men who had lost their faith in life.
4. Christian ideas of forgiveness of sin, resurrection and salvation were just nonsense.
5. The Christian idea of mercy was dangerous. One must never extend mercy to an enemy. "Mercy is an un-German concept."
6. Christian love was harmful. Love paralyses.
7. The Christian idea of equality of all human beings before God meant that the inferior, the ill, the crippled, the criminal and the weak were protected. (5)

The Nazis may have marched into battle with "Gott mit uns" (God with us) as their motto, but their god was a pagan antichrist god, and they followed a false messiah, Adolf Hitler, and bowed down before idols of power, physical force and the dream of world domination by the Teutonic Master Race. Is it surprising that the fruit of this demonic ideology was the nightmare of destruction and slaughter which followed in their wake?

They may also have professed some sort of Christianity, but their aim was to replace authentic Christianity with a programme for a new German Christianity:

1) Throw out the Old Testament - it is a Jewish book. Also throw out parts of the New Testament.
2) Christ must be regarded not as Jewish, but as a kind of Nordic martyr put to death by the Jews, a kind of warrior who by his death saved the world from Jewish domination.
3) Adolph Hitler is the new Messiah sent to earth to rescue the world from the Jews.
4) The swastika replaces the cross as the symbol of German Christianity.
5) German land, German blood, German soul, German art - these four things must become the most sacred things of all to the German Christian. (6)

In effect the Nazis were replacing Christianity with a new paganism which drew its strength from Wagner's music and the Nordic myths of pre-Christian times. One of the prime movers in this direction was Alfred Rosenburg to whom Hitler awarded the National Prize, Germany's version of the Nobel Prize, in 1937. Rosenburg wanted a return to the old Teutonic religion of fire and sword. There was even a hymn for the new German Faith Movement:

The time of the Cross has gone now,
The Sun Wheel shall arise,
And so, with God, we shall be free at last
And give our people their honour back. (7)

(This has been an excerpt from Tony Pearce's book, The Messiah Factor.)

 

Notes:
1. Nietzche, The antichrist (Penguin version), p. 2.
2. Ibid., p. 7.
3. Ibid., p. 17.
4. Ibid., p. 19.
5. Louis L. Snyder, Hitler and Nazism, p. 87.
6. Ibid., p. 90.
7. Ibid., p. 91.

 

Calling Christians Derogatory Names Used as Tactic for Church Growth & Popularity

by Paul Proctor
NewswithViews

 

Churches use shocking billboards to get attention

The Christian Post reports, "a megachurch in Southeast Michigan is making a lot of people uncomfortable with its new billboard campaign that proclaims that the church is for hypocrites, losers and liars." NorthRidge Church's pastor, Brad Powell, is quoted in the article, saying:

 

"As you do ministry, you start realizing there's a false view outside of the church of what the church is - that it's [full of] people who think they're better than anyone else. And there's a false view inside the church of people outside - that they're bad... The reality is all human beings are the same. They're flawed. We're all the same inside [the church] and outside. We too are failures, losers, ... hypocrites."

So, nobody's "bad" and nobody's "better" - but we're all hypocrites, losers and liars? Is that the NorthRidge message? Sounds like a social justice exercise of dialectic doubletalk designed to redistribute righteousness as needed so nobody is viewed as having any more than anyone else.

Obviously, this billboard campaign is yet another desperate attempt by Christians to try and attract attention, appease sinners and draw crowds through controversy and sensationalism - something the Bible does not teach or encourage believers to engage in. And, I'm convinced, these types of shock ads, borrowed from today's depraved world of marketed madness, do more spiritual harm than good. Click here  to continue reading.

 

 

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Christian or Christ-follower?

Some Say the Emerging Church is Dead - the Truth Behind the Story

They Like Jesus, But Not the Church by Dan Kimball (A Book Review)

 

Vatican synod calls for end to Israel's 'occupation' - "no longer a chosen people."

By LISA PALMIERI-BILLIG
Jerusalem Post

 

 

At conference on Christians in the Middle East, US Melkite archbishop says: "There is no longer a chosen people."

 

ROME - Bishops from the Middle East who were summoned to Rome by the pope demanded on Saturday that Israel accept UN resolutions calling for an end to its "occupation" of Arab lands.

In a final joint communique, the bishops also told Israel it shouldn't use the Bible to justify "injustices" against the Palestinians.

 

The bishops issued the statement at the close of their two-week meeting, called by Pope Benedict XVI to discuss the plight of Christians in the Middle East amid a major exodus of the faithful from the region.

 

The Catholic Church has long been a minority in the largely Muslim region but its presence is shrinking further as a result of war, conflict, discrimination and economic problems.

 

"The Holy Scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians, to justify the occupation by Israel of Palestinian lands," Monsignor Cyril Salim Bustros, Greek Melkite archbishop of Our Lady of the Annunciation in Boston, Massachusetts, and president of the "Commission for the Message," said at Saturday's Vatican press conference. Click here to continue reading.

 

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Holocaust Remembrance 2010

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420 banks demand 1-world currency

Posted from WorldNetDaily

 

 

International finance group seeks remedy to looming exchange wars

 

The Institute of International Finance, a group that represents 420 of the world's largest banks and finance houses, has issued yet another call for a one-world global currency, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports.

 

"A core group of the world's leading economies need to come together and hammer out an understanding," Charles Dallara, the Institute of International Finance's managing director, told the Financial Times.

 

An IIF policy letter authored by Dallara and dated Oct. 4 made clear that global currency coordination was needed, in the group's view, to prevent a looming currency war. Click here  to continue reading.

 

A Commentary: The Religious Right Takes a Hard Left

by Robert Huff
American Thinker (out of house news source)

 

 

We live in an age of scientific hegemony (if I may borrow a term from the Marxists and feminists), where access to intellectual power and influence is granted to those who demonstrate their loyalty to the approved theories of the ruling elite. Scientists who refuse to bow at the altar of uniformity are labeled heretics and cast out of the intelligentsia, condemned to lives of unfunded grant proposals, tenure denials, and ruined reputations.

 

The scientific theories to which we must pledge allegiance are not threats in and of themselves. For example, global warming, which used to be known as global cooling and is now called global climate disruption, attempts to explain changes in the weather by assuming that global temperature increases (or decreases) are primarily caused by human activity. Of course, it requires more than a little faith to take short-term measurements and extrapolate to an apocalyptic assumption about the ultimate fate of the earth. Hence, it should not at all be surprising that many successful challenges to man-made global __________ (fill in the blank) have been made over the years. What is surprising, even distressing, is the systematic effort by the scientific community to denigrate the talented men and women who have exposed serious flaws in this theory. Ironically, the end result is that our secular institutions of science often expel those committed to objective inquiry while rewarding those committed to upholding dogma.

 

As a mathematician and a conservative at a small, Christian liberal arts university, I have a keen interest in the extent to which the hegemony of secular science has worked its way into evangelical academia. When it comes to man-made global warming, most Christian universities are too small to support a faculty of climate researchers.Click here to continue reading.

 

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From Understand the Times - A Serious Warning by Roger Oakland

 

Seeking 'Christian roommate' earns discrimination citation

by Bob Unruh
WorldNetDaily

 

A single, 31-year-old woman in Michigan who posted a note on her church bulletin board seeking a "Christian roommate" to share her residence has been cited by the state for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against those of other faiths.

 

The complaint signed by Tyra Khan, a "Civil Rights Representative" of the state of Michigan Department of Civil Rights, surfaced when the Alliance Defense Fund announced today it was representing the woman.

 

ADF spokesman Joel Oster confirmed the organization sent a letter to the state explaining that such housing rules don't apply to people living in their own homes and wanting to share their resources.

"[Tricia] is a single lady looking for a roommate. She is not a landlord. She does not own a management company. She does not run an apartment complex. She is a single person seeking to have a roommate live with her in her house," the letter said.

 

"She is not prohibited by either federal law or state law from seeking a Christian roommate. Neither Title VII of the US Fair Housing Civil Rights Act of 1968 nor the Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act No. 453 prevents a woman like [her] from seeking a Christian roommate."

 

The letter asked for an immediate dismissal of the case, but Oster confirmed to WND today that he had not received a response.

 

WND contacted the agency's spokesman, Harold Core, who said the case had been determined to be legitimate and the investigation was continuing. Click here to continue.

 

 In Need of a Pastor for Your Church? Try Looking at NON-Contemplative Colleges 

We received the following email today from a pastor in Belgium. We are posting it because we believe there are many Christian churches who start off with biblically-based pastors but end up with pro-contemplative, pro-emerging replacement pastors because they are often choosing new pastors from Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries, of which the majority are training future pastors right into the "new" spirituality. If your church is in search of a new pastor, please use  wisdom, knowledge, and discernment, praying always that the Lord will guide you.  And if your particular denomination is one that is especially bent toward the contemplative/emerging spirituality (sadly, most of the denominations are this way - some more than others), then you have a bigger challenge than you may have realized.

Dear Lighthouse,
I'm thankfull for the great testimony from the pastors in Kenya. Also the nice work of the missionaries there. I have also a question. I have been a pastor/missionary for 30 years now in this church in Belgium, and my age is __ and so I am praying and looking for somebody wo can follow me up [when he retires]. If you know somebody who thinks about missionary work to help churchbuilding, I will be grateful if you can bring us in contact with this person. Thanks and God bless you and your work. Pastor ________

 

 

Our Response:

Dear ________,

Thank you for writing.  One thing we can suggest is contacting some of the Christian colleges that we have on our website that are, at this point, NOT going toward the "new" mystical spirituality/spiritual formation. Perhaps there is a young man in school preparing himself for such a thing as you mention. Here is the link to that page: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/collegesgood.htm We cannot guarantee what each of these colleges teaches or believes on various doctrinal issues- you would need to look into that. I hope this helps a little.

 

Kenya Discipleship Center - 1230 Bricks Now Made!

This update in from Mamma Jo, missionary in Kenya who is working with pastors there. Below, Mamma Jo talks about the new discipleship center that will be made out of bricks. She also mentions the ongoing work to bring new Bibles to the pastors and other believers there.

 

We went to Suna today. These people want the discipleship center so badly and they are just so happy I plan to live there.  They have now made 1,230 bricks!  Water is a very big problem but the women have been faithfully bringing it and filling large barrels. They have to walk 5km to get the water and then 5km back carrying it! The soil is very good for making bricks and you will see us all holding up "my house"!!  I have been giving them money to pay those women who just get 20ks per 20ltr.  Can you imagine walking that far and carrying back a 20ltr. container of water for 20 U.S. Cents?  I told them once that house is build we are having a party just to honor them and to praise God for their dedicated work for Him.


Pastor Achilla and most of the church members and 2 pastors we know from Nakuru who are visiting all went to the overnight mission trip on Onango (spelled wrong I'm sure).  Pastor just called to tell me one of our pastor friends has already led someone to the Lord!  That is wonderful. I will teach the children tomorrow and have a Bible study with the adults who stayed behind.


 On the way home from Suna I was talking to Pastor Achilla, telling him that I knew that the bricks are being made for free and we will just see what God is going to do and that I knew when the need for money would be there that God would provide it.  I felt such peace about it.  No wondering where is the money coming from or if it even would come.  Well, when we got home I checked my e-mail and there was a donation for $555!!!  It was from a pastor and his wife,  I just praised God!!  I have the money to pay for the next shipment of Bibles and next week we are planning to buy 50 English bibles (KJV) as we still get requests for those as well. 

 

These people are really are in to reading the books you have sent and it is funny because now when they are reading those books they like to take them with them wherever they go...and it is drawing the interest of other pastors who are curious about what is being read and this gives an opportunity to share about the new (age) spiritual/purpose driven, etc. movement!!  This is WONDERFUL!!  So, the word is getting around!!

 


To see the new slide show we have on our Missions for Truth website of the building of the Kenya Discipleship Center,
click here.  To see the slideshow of the New Bibles project, click here. Thank you to the Lighthouse Trails readers for working with these pastors in Kenya.

 

 

 

 Lighthouse Trails 2010 Releases

Lighthouse Trails has added several new items to our collection of books, DVDs, and CDs in 2010 with still a few more to come before the year is over. Each one has a unique and important message, and we hope you will consider adding some of these to your library or sharing them with friends, family, and co-workers. Also check out the 15% OFF coupon at the bottom of our promotional release. It's easy to use for all online orders.Click here to see the release special.

 

The Watchman

From Kjos Ministries website:

 

"...if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman's hand.' ... I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me." Ezekiel 33:6-7

 

 

"Some one, then, must undertake the ungracious task of probing and laying bare the evils of the age; for men must not be allowed to congratulate themselves that all is well. If others will not, he will.

 

If others shrink from the obloquy of such a work, he will not.... He loves his fellow-men too well. They may upbraid him; they may call him a misanthropist, or a prophet of evil; they may ascribe his warnings to the worst of motives, such as pride, or arrogance, or self-esteem, or malice, or envy; but he will give no heed to these unjust insinuations.

 

 

He will prefer being thus misunderstood and maligned, to allowing men to precipitate themselves upon a ruin which they see not. Rather than that they should perish, he will allow his own good name to be spoken against. He will risk every thing, even the hatred of brethren, rather than withhold the warning. If they give no heed to it, he has, at least, saved his own soul. If they do, he has saved both his own soul and theirs.

 

 

He would rather take up the glad tidings of peace, and tell men of Him who came the first time for shame and death, and who is coming the second time for glory and dominion; but he feels as one who has a special and personal message to deliver, which cannot be postponed.

 

 

He must remember that he is a watchman; and, having seen danger pressing on, he must not hesitate to make it known. He must speak his message of forewarning and rebuke, sparing no arrows, and neither smoothing down nor hiding any form of sin, but laying his finger upon every sore, and beseeching men to turn from their ungodliness. The evils around him press upon him sadly; the coming evils are foreshadowed upon his spirit, and, therefore, he lifts up his voice like a trumpet.

Satan has many snares which need to be detected; the world has many spells and lures which must be disenchanted; religion has many guises which must be unmasked, many devious paths of inconsistency which must be pointed out, many cherished errors which must be condemned, many carnal taints which must be abhorred and shunned. All these he must protest against without fear or favour."

Scottish pastor,  Horatius Bonar (1808-1889).

 

The Nearly Aborted Son

by the fearless, ex-gay Oregonian journalist, John Lanagan

My Word Like Fire Ministries

  

He's thirty three. He's an iron man, working sixty hours a week, plus taking care of his family, plus working out like a Navy Seal. He served in Iraq, and he is a good man.

 

When I got his mom pregnant, we were living together. I did not know Jesus Christ as Savior. I was in college and life was going pretty well. Then she got pregnant. No matter what I said or did, the woman would not get an abortion.

 

So we got married. We had the kid. I have watched my son with awe, and now have a grandson, and another on the way.

 

I divorced my son's mom when I was an unbeliever. She continued to pray for me, when I was on the street, in sin, in pain.

 

My ex-wife and her husband are two of our best friends. I have been married now for almost nine years to an amazing Christian woman.

 

But back to my reason for writing-that would be-abortion, my son, is alive and well. He wasn't scraped out, like I wanted. He has grown, and thrived, and so have many-those who have been allowed to grow in the womb.

 

 

John's testimony, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

Custody upheld for Vt. lesbian non-biological mom

Associated Press

Courtesy OneNewsNow

MONTPELIER, Vt.  - The Vermont Supreme Court says a family court was right to award custody of an 8-year-old girl to her non-biological mother in a lesbian custody case.

 

In a ruling released Monday, the court upheld a 2009 order giving Janet Jenkins sole custody of Isabella Miller-Jenkins. It rejected an appeal by attorneys for biological mother Lisa Miller.


Jenkins is from Fair Haven, Vt. Miller is from Forest, Va. They were joined in a civil union in Vermont in 2000. Their daughter has been the subject of a long-running legal fight.


The custody ruling may be a moot point: Miller has renounced her homosexuality, and she and her daughter failed to appear for a court-ordered custody swap in January. Their whereabouts are now
unknown.

 

For more on Isabella's case, click here.

 

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