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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
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.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
by Berit Kjos
A review of this mystical book series for children and
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
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!"
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.
Movie/Book Warning: A warning concerning Stephanie Myer's
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,
by Gary Thomas, Emotionally
Healthy Spirituality by Pete Scazzero, and most of the writings by
Of McColman's book, Brian
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
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
In McColman's book, he
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
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
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.
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.
Max Lucado Hops into the Contemplative Camp
Will the Next Billy Graham Be a Mystic?
Nazis and God
by Tony Pearce
Light for the Last
(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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.)
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.
Christians Derogatory Names Used as Tactic for Church Growth &
Churches use shocking billboards to
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, ...
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.
Christian or Christ-follower?
Some Say the Emerging Church is Dead - the Truth Behind the
They Like Jesus,
But Not the Church by Dan Kimball (A Book Review)
synod calls for end to Israel's 'occupation' - "no longer a chosen
By LISA PALMIERI-BILLIG
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
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 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.
Holocaust Remembrance 2010
The Anti-Israel Revelation
banks demand 1-world currency
Posted from WorldNetDaily
International finance group seeks remedy to looming
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.
Commentary: The Religious Right Takes a Hard Left
by Robert Huff
(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.
Technocracy and Transformation by Carl Teichrib
From Understand the Times - A Serious Warning by
'Christian roommate' earns discrimination citation
by Bob Unruh
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
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.
Need of a Pastor for Your Church? Try Looking at NON-Contemplative
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.
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 ________
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.
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
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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
"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
pastor, Horatius Bonar (1808-1889).
Nearly Aborted Son
by the fearless, ex-gay Oregonian
journalist, John Lanagan
My Word Like Fire
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
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
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.
upheld for Vt. lesbian non-biological mom
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
For more on Isabella's case, click here.