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A number of our readers have inquired about our author and co-laborer Warren Smith with regard to the current fires in the Paradise/Magalia region of California. We are thankful to report that he and his wife are not in harm's way during this devastating fire in California although a number of people who have worked alongside him in researching and editing and who are also Lighthouse Trails readers have lost their homes as they literally fled for safety. We are struck with a sense of near disbelief as this tragedy has unfolded where so many people have lost their homes and an unknown number at this time have lost their lives.
Warren B. Smith New YouTube Channel, Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel, and Purpose Driven

Warren Smith at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa in 2008 (photo: 2-second clip of video from YouTube

Former New Age follower and Lighthouse Trails author Warren B. Smith has a new YouTube channel created by Chris Lawson of Spiritual Research Network. Lawson will be adding numerous talks over the next several weeks that Smith has given over the past twenty-five years. Two particular videos on the channel took place in 2008 when the late founder and pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, Chuck Smith, invited Warren Smith to speak at his Wednesday night church service to warn about the New Age and the Purpose Driven movement. After that service, Chuck Smith asked Warren to speak at the 2008 Senior Pastor’s Conference in Southern California where he warned Calvary Chapel pastors about the New Age coming into the church and about Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven movement. While Warren Smith is of no denominational affiliation, he was attending a Calvary Chapel church in central California at the time Chuck Smith gave these invitations.

What many people may not know is that from 2006 to 2008, Chuck Smith was showing great support for the work at Lighthouse Trails in its efforts to warn about the emerging church and Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven movement. He told an editor at Lighthouse Trails that he found great value in the warnings of Roger Oakland, Ray Yungen, and Warren Smith. Chuck Smith had also issued a Pastor’s Position Paper in May of 2006 denouncing the emerging church as you can read about in a report we issued then.  Shortly after releasing the Position Paper, Chuck Smith publicly rejected the Purpose Driven movement saying it was in direct conflict with the Calvary Chapel movement as you can read about here. Chuck Smith’s warnings about these deceptions started to wane in 2009 when he began having serious health issues. He passed away in 2013 at the age of 86, and many people new to discernment may not be aware that he stood against these deceptions and said he did not want them to enter the Calvary Chapel movement.

To watch the talks that Warren Smith gave at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Senior Pastor’s Conference from 2008 and for other talks by Warren Smith, click here. 

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New Studies Show “Yoga and meditation on the rise among US adults and kids”

School kids and teacher meditating during yoga class

LTRP Note: The following news story is posted for informational and research purposes and not intended as an endorsement of either the content or the source.

By Naomi Thomas

More Americans are turning to forms of complementary medicine such as yoga, meditation and chiropractors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, says in reports released Thursday that more than 30% of US adults and about 12% of children use “healthcare approaches that are not typically part of conventional medical care or that may have origins outside of usual Western practices.” . . . The reports, which were compiled using data from the National Center for Health Statistics’ National Health Interview Survey, looked at the use of yoga, meditation and chiropractors between 2012 and 2017. . . . Meditation use went up from 0.6% of children in 2012 to 5.4% in 2017 and from 4.1% of adults in 2012 to 14.2% of adults in 2017. Click here to continue reading.

Related Information:

Christians Doing Yoga – A Betrayal of the Cross . . . And What a Hindu Yogi Says

Sorceries or Salvation—Which Will It Be?

NEW BOOKLET: MINDFULNESS—What You May Not Know and Should Have Been Told


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Comments From Our Readers

The following are some of the comments that came in this past two weeks from our readers regarding articles posted on our blog. Some of these comments were made on our blog; others were made on the LT Facebook page. If you would like to post a comment to one of our articles, you may do so at the blog. You only need to give your first name. We would be grateful to hear from you, and such feedback is helpful for others:

Parliament of the World's Religions:It's similar to a six lane highway, that finally flows into one due to construction. Don't just blame the other religions for seeking Love and Peace. You got 95% of So called Christian churches in the US cozying up to this Theology of Inclusion. When you hear from people that Jesus didn't come to Die for Sinners, but came to show Humanity how they should be living. Goodness=Righteousness to those who are perishing. They're so blinded that it is truly easier for a camel to go through an eye of a needle, than convince people they're following a false God. Nina

Parliament of the World's Religions: It is amazing how many people are willfully blind. They refuse to believe what the Bible says. They profess themselves to be wise, so they become fools. Dan

Parliament of the World's Religions: Jesus warned that there was coming a time like this....sad. These deceived people are on the broad path to Hell and don't seem to realize how demonized they are. Julie

Parliament of the World's Religions: Carl Teichrib is stronger than me. I don’t think I could have withstood being there, way too much evil in one place. Dennis

Parliament of the World's Religions:Biblical Christianity is the only religion that will not fit in with the coming one-world religion of Antichrist. Other forms, apostates, heretics, emergent churches, contemplatives, pseudo-Christian cults and so-called " progressive " churches, will conform and converge with the others though. Bill

Parliament of the World's Religions: The U.S. is walking in darkness ... we must be the watchmen on the wall and in constant prayer before the Lord, Jesus Christ. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore take up the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you will be able to stand your ground, and having done everything, to stand ... ~ Ephesians 6:11-13 ~ Barbara

Parliament of the World's Religions: Witnessed it myself. A Baptist minister needed an outlet for her righteous anger and chose the god of death and destruction to do it with. It ended with a ritual of destroying the Mandela and letting participants take some sand to release in a flowing body of water. It resulted in her being triggered by the kavenaugh appointment. She wanted women to be believed. You see his cut off head in the god kalis hand. This is hate on a whole other level. There was also a ritual dance done in a circle and a song sang to kali. Don't forget, this was done at an event pushing love and tolerance. But it's clear it's only for those who agree with their ideology. Audrey

Oprah Winfrey: Oprah has so many things going on inside her. She changes her “religion” based on who she’s with. One day, may she have a true relationship with the Living God. Debbie

On Roma Downey Saying Oprah Winfrey is on Fire with the Holy Spirit: Being filled with the Holy Spirit isn't a social gospel type effort. The purpose for us having the Holy Spirit is to continue to sanctify us through the Word of God. That means to form us to the likeness of Christ. We are on fire (by the Spirit) working in and through us. So sad that worldlings take the Bible and make it something fleshly, but it is to be expected. They have no spiritual light to give the light of the knowledge of God. They have another spirit working in them. Carolyn

On Chuck Smith Promoting Warren Smith and Denouncing Purpose Driven (see video in first article): Let's not leave out the key detail that at the 2009 Harvest Crusade, Chuck Smith called Rick Warren a brother...(who was invited and sat right next to Chuck Smith and Greg Laurie, photos are still out on the Internet). This was no coincidence or oversight due to illness, but part of the great 'paradigm shift. He was also never opposed to the Catholic Church, going so far as calling them Christians. These are simply facts and the truth should not be swept under the rug, but the whole truth brought out into the light. Anna Rosa

LTRP Note: We do believe that Chuck Smith sincerely brought Warren Smith to Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa and the Senior Pastors Conference (both in 2008) to warn his church and Calvary Chapel pastors about the New Age and even the Purpose Driven movement. For unknown reasons (though there are speculations), Chuck, in his last years, in more than one instance, seemed to renig on his opposition of the Purpose Driven movement (ala: Rick Warren) as Anna Rosa has mentioned above. We also know in at least one occasion on the radio, he gave a pass to the Catholic Church, basically equating it to the Christian faith. It's interesting to note that a number of years after the two invitations by Chuck Smith, in the midst of the confusion that Anna Rosa points to, someone called Chuck Smith on his radio program and asked what he thought about Warren Smith's book about Rick Warren (Deceived on Purpose: The New Age Implications of the Purpose Driven Church), and Chuck responded that it was "a good book." So it was confusing for people. Also, for those who have not read Roger Oakland's book, Let There Be Light, it provides some valuable insights into the struggles Calvary Chapel has had.

The People's Church: I belong to one of the few churches that still has a choir and the congregation sings the old hymns. No praise team, acoustical guitars or drums, just piano and organ. We are not perfect, just simple people who love the Lord and want to worship Him in spirit and in truth. We are not doing Spiritual Formation and do not preach compromise or unity of denominations and religions. Salvation of souls is our pastor's main goal. Elizabeth

Proclaim 19 Removes Roma Downey's Name: It’s also interesting to note on the Proclaim 19 website how they show speakers and then the words “and more,” but you can’t find anywhere on their site who “more” is.




Warren B. Smith New YouTube Channel, Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel, and Purpose Driven
New Studies Show “Yoga and meditation on the rise among US adults and kids”
Comments From Our Readers

"Anger, Vitriol and Venom" From the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Following Shepherds Instead of Following "the Good Shepherd"
Roma Downey – Disappears From NRB LineUp – But NAR/7 Mountains Event Has Her Front and Center
Letter to the Editor: My Church—Heading Into Troubled Waters With One Deceptive Teacher After the Next
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"Anger, Vitriol and Venom" From the Parliament of the World’s Religions

CAUTION: ONE PHOTO BELOW NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN TO SEE) Carl Teichrib attended the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Ontario as part of his research ministry. Below are comments Carl made on his Facebook page about his time there. We are reposting them with his permission. The photos were taken by Carl at the Parliament. Also be sure and see the links below to articles from the 2015 Parliament in Salt Lake City, Utah. During that Parliament (in 2015), one of the speakers was Diana Butler Bass. In a 2017 book she wrote, she said “the jig is up” for those who believe in “the blood of the Lamb.” The late Ray Yungen attended the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions and said if there was one main theme that stood out at the event it was hostility against Bible-believing Christians. Brian McLaren and other emergent “Christians” spoke at the 2015 Parliament claiming that they represented the “new” Christianity. How interesting that the motto for the 2018 Parliament was “The Promise of Inclusion, the Power of Love.” But as Carl Teichrib states below, that love only extends to those who agree with them.

By Carl Teichrib

November 2: Yesterday was the first day of the Parliament of Worlds Religions in Toronto, which was primarily comprised of opening ceremonies. Speakers included the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, our federal minister of immigration, a video message from the Dalai Lama, various Parliament leaders (including one who is an executive with the World Federalist Movement), and a talk by Jim Wallis (was openly hostile to Republicans and conservatives). Here are some pics.

A progressive Baptist minister showing her hate for the newly elected Supreme Court Justice

November 4: At the Parliament talk, “The United Nations: A Catalyst for Interfaith Action.” Three on the panel are officials with the United Religions Initiative, another is a URI supporter who chaired the International Day of Yoga Committee at the UN, and a Senior Advisor with the UNFPA.

Years ago I attended the URI Global Summit. If you want to understand the connection between the URI, interfaithism, and global governance, then you must read the chapter, “Spiritual Politics,” in Game of Gods.

November 6: During the plenary this morning at the Parliament of the Worlds Religions, one of the faith speakers advocated for a “world government and a world parliament.” If you’ve read Game of Gods, you’ll know just how intertwined the interfaith movement is with the idea of world government.

“The United Nations: A Catalyst for Interfaith Action.”

November 8: I’ve attended a range of events during the past 25 years; Christian conferences and liberty-minded events, and scores of interfaith, global government, and Pagan gatherings. And I’ve heard disparaging and disrespectful talk from all sides (and from myself, if I’m honest), but this Parliament of the Worlds Religions took the cake. Anger, vitriol and venom, poured from the gathering.

Here is one example: A progressive Baptist minister, utilizing the Buddhist sand mandala technique, created an art piece of Kali – goddess of death and destruction – to express her hatred of the recently appointed Supreme Court judge, and those who confirmed him. Then, at the end of the week – with a group of religious progressives – they celebrated his hoped-for downfall with a dance-invocation to Kali.

The Parliament’s theme was inclusion and love, but it was clear that this is only extended to those who conform to their narrative.


Progressive, emergent leader, Jim Wallis













(To see enlargements of the photos, go to Carl’s FB page. )

Related Articles:

Eye Witness Account at Parliament of the World’s Religions 2015 Reveals Growing Animosity Toward Biblical Christians

Letter to the Editor: Parliament of the World’s Religions Seeks “Global Collective Mission” and “Interfaith Harmony”

Churches Going Contemplative with Diana Butler Bass’ Book, “Christianity For the Rest of Us”

Following Shepherds Instead of Following "the Good Shepherd"

By Roger Oakland

Just as there are good and bad shepherds, there are also good and bad sheep. Sheep that stray away from the flock do so because they make their own choices. Unfortunately, some sheep place their total trust in their shepherds and don’t have the ability or take the time to reason for themselves when danger lurks.
As the Bible draws the comparison between humans and sheep, it is insightful to examine some of the characteristics of sheep in order to understand human nature. This will even provide insight as to why professing Christians behave the way they often do.

According to a brochure titled Sheep 201: A Beginners Guide to Raising Sheep, four characteristics of sheep are listed:

Follow the Leader: When one sheep moves, the rest will follow, even if it is not a good idea. The flocking and following instinct of sheep is so strong that it caused the death of 400 sheep in 2006 in eastern Turkey. The sheep plunged to their deaths after one of the sheep tried to cross a 15-meter deep ravine, and the rest of the flock followed.

Sheep Senses: Senses are the tools that animals use to interact with their environment. Sheep and other animals share five basic senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. As a prey animal, sheep must have excellent senses to ensure their survival.

Normal Sheep Behavior: Changes in normal behavior can be an early sign of illness in sheep. The most obvious example of this relates to the sheep’s most natural behavioral instinct, their flocking instinct. A sheep or lamb that is isolated from the rest of the flock is likely showing early signs of illness (unless it is lost). Even the last sheep through the gate should be suspected of not feeling well, especially if it is usually one of the first.

Social: Sheep are a very social animal. In a grazing situation, they need to see other sheep. In fact, ensuring that sheep always have visual contact with other sheep will prevent excess stress when moving or handling them. According to animal behaviorists, a group of five sheep is usually necessary for sheep to display their normal flocking behavior. A sheep will become highly agitated if it is separated from the rest of the flock.1

Examining these four characteristics found in the Sheep 201 brochure provides a glimpse to understanding sheep behavior and therefore a comparison to human behavior in light of the Bible. Sheep have a mind of their own and can often be stubborn and difficult to lead. Sheep follow leaders, sometimes dangerous leaders to their own demise. While they have senses to help them discern when danger lurks, they do not always heed or use these God-given senses, thus jeopardizing their survival. Sheep that isolate themselves from the flock may show signs of weakness and may even influence others to follow them. Because sheep are sheep, they depend on a trustworthy shepherd to oversee them to provide care, security, and guidance.

Abide in Him
While Jesus identified himself as the “good shepherd” in John 10, He strongly encouraged those who acknowledged Him to follow Him closely and remain safely in His fold by being familiar with His Word. Consider His words to the Jewish believers in the eighth chapter of John:

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32)

In the fifteenth chapter of John, Jesus added:

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. . . . If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. (John 15:4, 6)

Following Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is directly related to knowing and believing His Word. While a large percentage of the world’s population may consider themselves members of Christianity, they do not comprehend what it means to abide in His Word, believe in Him as Lord and Savior, and follow Him in obedience. In reality, they are like sheep without a shepherd. They wander aimlessly and dangerously without any discernment, following men and their ideas, dogmas, and traditions and are thus led astray.

So they presume they have biblical faith while, in reality, they are deceived. The result is devastating and a sober reminder of the consequences. If only they had placed their trust in Christ alone, who paid the penalty for our sins fully and completely, and allowed Him to be Lord over their lives as the Good Shepherd!

Knowing More About the Identity of the Good Shepherd
The Scriptures have already identified Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd, but further study of the Bible helps us to appreciate that placing our hand in His and following Him is a very wise decision. Paul, writing to the Colossians, explained clearly some of the credentials of the Good Shepherd. He stated:

. . . who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. (Colossians 1:13-18)

Think of the significance! The One who made everything that exists in the universe is our Good Shepherd. He is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. He is God almighty! More so, He is the one who has provided our only way to salvation. To follow anyone or anything else is blasphemous when we are faced with this fact. Following Jesus Christ alone is of utmost significance. Christians, to qualify to be one of His followers, we must follow Him and Him alone.

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Roma Downey – Disappears From NRB LineUp – But NAR/7 Mountains Event Has Her Front and Center

While NRB has removed Roma Downey’s picture and name from the speaker lineup for Proclaim 19, during the same week, she is listed (front and center) at the International Culture Shapers Summit. Hmm. Interesting. (picture below blurry in original) Please see related articles below for important information on the 7 Mountains Mandate. We believe this will be a huge part of a false revival that is being prepared for now by many proclaiming Christian leaders.

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View promotional video from the ICSS below (if you cannot see the video below, click here):

Related Articles:

Will the Evangelical Church Sell Out the Gospel for a Dominionist Political Agenda? by Roger Oakland/Editors at LT

The Deadly Do Rights of Dominionism by Mike Oppenheimer

Can Cultures Be Redeemed? by Nanci DesGerlaise


Letter to the Editor: My Church—Heading Into Troubled Waters With One Deceptive Teacher After the Next

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

I recently began reading A Time of Departing. A very well-documented book. I am blown away by the amount of research Ray Yungen put into that book! Thank you for publishing it. Thank you also for your posts dealing with the Spiritual Formation movement, contemplative prayer, etc. I do not know exactly how I first got onto the scent of the Spiritual Formation trail about two years ago, but I think it was through research I was doing into some “worship” songs that were being used at our church. While concerned for different reasons, I was introduced into Bethel Church (directly through our church’s music selection) and Spiritual Formation indirectly as I was becoming aware of the broader things that ail the “evangelical” church. Initially, I was concerned enough about what I was discovering about Spiritual Formation to learn more about it, but at the same time I was thinking, “this is important to know about, but I can’t see this affecting the Christian circles I run in.”

I was wrong.

After gaining a basic understanding on the ideas and players in Spiritual Formation, I moved on to other things. It was about six months later that our church (a small rural church) called a new pastor. It was kind of a “shot-gun” marriage so to speak. The elders announced they had found their candidate, he would preach in church on the following Sunday, a Q&A would follow the service, and a vote would be held two days later. Yikes!  As the Q&A began that Sunday, there was the initial awkward silence. No questions. I was thinking, “Good grief, this most likely will be our new pastor, we know next to nothing about him, and no one has any questions!” So I raised my hand to ask a question. Keep in mind that I am in introvert extraordinaire so I am about the last person to ordinarily speak in such a situation. What question(s) does one ask in such a situation when rightfully a million questions should be asked? I asked this: “What pastors/theologians do you read?”  I figured as with a book, the footnotes would give as much information on the content of the book as could be ascertained in such a short time. His reply, among other names, included Brennan Manning and John Ortberg. . . . That day there were one or two other questions on his philosophy of ministry and that was about it. The rest of the questions were small talk: dogs, cats, kids, weather, etc. I was quite disappointed that the members of the church seemed to care so little about his beliefs. . . .  The pastor was voted in as fully expected.

A few months later, a message went out to the women of the church from the pastor’s wife inviting them to go to an area church for the IF:Gathering. I had never heard of the IF:Gathering before, but thought I’d look it up. As you know, it is quite new so I could not find much information on it. Since the conference seemed to be flying under the radar, I began looking up who past speakers had been. Needless to say when I saw the likes of Jen Hatmaker and Christine Caine, I became concerned. It didn’t take me long to stumble across one of the speakers referring to “contemplative prayer.” Then another woman making the same reference. I began looking for connections between the other women and Spiritual Formation/Contemplative Prayer; it seemed like it was one right after another. Now this stuff IS showing up in the circles I run in! It just took a pastor and his wife who are big into the “conference culture” to bring it to us; the “conference culture” is new to our church and its absence had spared us from many of the things that ail evangelicalism.

At this point, I knew I could not be silent. I approached our pastor about my concerns. This is the first time I have approached a pastor about something that I have adamantly disagreed about, and that is no small thing for an introvert like me. One evening, we met and I read for about 1.5 hours the things that these women had written, said, and people that they quoted (the heretical, mystical, universalist Richard Rohr seemed to be their favorite person to quote). I think the pastor was taken aback both by what these women believed and that I was able to produce so much horrid material on them. I only read him their own words; I did not read him your blog (or anyone else’s) because I figured anything that was not original source material might be dismissed as opinion/speculation. He agreed that the mysticism was bad, but that they didn’t teach this stuff at the conference because his wife has gone before and she has good discernment. To me it does not matter if they teach this stuff or not, you are leading people to teachers who are into dangerous things. The claim that they do not “teach” this stuff at the conference may or may not be true, but IF:Gathering does sell on their website books on the Desert Fathers and Mothers, books written by Catholic spiritual directors, they include Richard Foster in their material, and they gave away Pete Scazzero’s book Emotionally Healthy Spirituality to the live conference attendees this year.

Our pastor said he would think about what to do. Fortunately, he told the church that the church would no longer advertise the event due to some of the beliefs of the speakers. Unfortunately, his wife hosted the webcast conference as a private event in their home; about 1/3 of the women of the church attended.

There have been additional things that have occurred at church since then that very much make my future in that church quite uncertain.

I wanted to bring to your attention Chris and Phileena Heuertz. You mention each in passing in a couple of your blog posts, but nothing too in-depth. I first became aware of Phileena when I was researching Shauna Niequist for the IF:Gathering. Shauna is big into contemplative spirituality, and Phileena is the one who taught her Centering Prayer. Also, Shauna has written the foreword to one of Phileena’s books. Phileena Heuertz is a very memorable name, so while I did not devote too much attention to her in my research of Shauna, the name stuck with me.

Recently, the ladies of our church were invited to another upcoming women’s conference. Two of the speakers have been speakers at IF:Gathering. But there are two new faces, one of which is the “campus pastor” of the “conservative” Christian college hosting the event. She has a degree in Spiritual Formation and is into the Enneagram. When I looked further into her, I found that she has written an endorsement of Chris Heuertz’s book, The Sacred Enneagram. Furthermore, she has had Chris Heuertz [Phileena’s husband] speak a few times at that college’s chapels. Chris recently spoke at a local church on the Enneagram. He and his wife are constantly traveling and speaking at such events. Richard Rohr is a spiritual mentor to them both; Rohr serves on the board of directors of their organization (; another board member is a Muslim woman.

Anyway, I keep seeing this couple appear. I don’t know if their presence is growing or if I am just seeing them more because I know the name. I have never seen anything from either of these two that remotely approaches the Gospel. They are very much into interspirituality.

Much could be said about this couple, but here are a few things for your consideration:

This short video by Chris on his book is so un-Biblical it’s unbelievable that he would be permitted into a “conservative” evangelical college:

A recent tweet from Chris showing his un-biblical worldview:

Here is a flavor of Phileena’s view on spirituality as seen in her recent reTweet: We are all of one religion? Really? More evidence where this mysticism really does lead.

Her tribute to Thomas Keating [who just died] (what an apropos photo to choose):

Anyway, I want to put this couple on your radar as they are up to no good and they are gaining acceptance into the evangelical church.



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**NEW LARGER PRINT ON TEA TAGS**(All of the tea bags, except Peppermint, now have the new tea tags with the larger print. The Peppermint will have the new tea tags soon).





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*We have 6 tea flavors: Cranberry Orange, Vanilla Almond, Chai Green, Peach White, Red Chai, and Peppermint. 


FREE SAMPLES: If you would like to request samples of our tea, please send your request to: P.O. Box 908, Eureka, MT 59917. We do a weekly drawing for a free box of tea with any mail-in sample requests.

For customers who own bookstores, restaurants, and gift shops, you may place wholesale orders by calling 888-509-3339.


Children's CornerSince the beginning of Lighthouse Trails, nearly 17 years ago, one of our goals has been to be a "watchman" and a voice for the children. This is why we have reported on and published certain "sensitive" issues that affect children, such as transgenderism, mindfulness in the schools, and sexual abuse. In the midst of this effort to protect children, we wanted to create a collection of children's books that were wholesome and moral. We now have over 100 books for children. Some of them are Bible-verse coloring and activity books; others are stories that children and parents can enjoy without having humanistic and immoral influence; and others are stories (many of them classics such as Pilgrim's Progress) that are written with the Gospel in mind. As we continue expanding our "Children's Corner," we hope you will consider this one of your trusted resources for spiritual and wholesome nourishment for your children and grandchildren.

You may see our growing collection by clicking here.

One of the very special items we have for children is the Bible-verse coloring book set with 22 different Bible-themed coloring books. You can order it or get more information about it by clicking here.

Also, don't forget that our own Shepherd's Bible Verse Tea has four flavors with no caffeine that children can enjoy as well. From what we have heard from our readers, children love the Cranberry Orange, Vanilla Almond, and Peppermint especially.



Leave a Review and Get Discount Coupon and Check Out New Release

If you have ever purchased or been given any Lighthouse Trails products, we invite you to leave a review (or reviews) on our Lighthouse Trails store site. If you do, you will receive a 10%-off coupon that you can use on your next purchase at Lighthouse Trails. Even if you don't plan to buy anything on the store, we hope you will still consider leaving a review (or reviews) as this helps readers when they can read what other people have to say about our resources.

Leaving a review is easy. Just visit our store, use the search engine to find a particular product. When you get to a product page, you will see a box that says "Rate This Product!" You will have to have an account to rate any product, but that is easy too. Just click this link to create an account.

Thank you in advance,

The Editors at Lighthouse Trails

Donating to Lighthouse Trails

SUPPORTING LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS: For those who would like to support Lighthouse Trails, we always appreciate both your prayers and your giving. And for those who have faithfully done that over the years, we thank you with all of our hearts. We know that some people may have the impression that Lighthouse Trails does quite well financially because we sell products that we publish and because our resources have had such a far reach; but, the truth is, it takes everything made through sales to keep Lighthouse Trails operating. Publishing, at least for small presses such as ours, is rarely a high-profit business. It would take a best seller to see that, one that the masses of people love. And because we are not just a business, but even more so a ministry, we keep our prices as low as we can, give away many resources, and have also made much of our material available for free on the research site and blog. That's not how big corporations run things as that would hurt the bottom line (profit), but we see the needs out there, and we trust God to keep us going as long as He sees fit.

We thank you in advance for seeing the value in a ministry like Lighthouse Trails and coming along side us with your prayers and support.

It is our prayer that we will faithfully be humble servants of the Lord’s work for years to come should the Lord tarry. If you would like to donate to Lighthouse Trails, you may send a donation by mailing it to: Lighthouse Trails, P.O. Box 908, Eureka, MT 59917. Or you may call 866/876-3910. There is also a donate option on our store website. (There is also a PayPal option on that page.)

Lighthouse Trails is not a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, so your donations will not be tax deductible.


Lighthouse Trails Research Journal

The Lighthouse Trails Research journal is a 32-page subscription-based journal mailed to your home, office, or church and can be ordered at any time during the year. Your subscription (which will entitle you to a full twelve months of journals-6 issues) will start when you subscribe. Click here to read more information or click here to sign up. Subscription rate: $15/year (6 issues) for U.S.; $29 for Canada; $42 for other international. (There is no added postage charged for the journal - the mailing costs are worked into the subscription fee.)

When you sign up, you will receive the most current issue of the journal at the time you subscribe. Click here to subscribe now. You can order past subscriptions for $3.

You may purchase subscriptions for friends, family members, pastors, etc. Just put that person's name in the ship to area when ordering online.

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Shepherd's Bible Verse Tea - Sampler BoxIn 2010, Lighthouse Trails began a small organic tea division as a way to help support the ministry of Lighthouse Trails. Thus the creation of Shepherd's Bible Verse Tea. Each tea bag has a string with a tag, and on each tag is a KJV Bible verse (95 verses used). Since the tea division began, we have had many people tell us how much they love our tea. We hope you will consider getting a box and trying it out. It is a wonderful gift too and helps to remind people about God's wonderful Word.

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