My Word Like Fire

[Note from MWLF: If you are among the thousands of us who have been helped by the writing of Warren B. Smith, here is an opportunity to pray for Warren and his wife. If you want to help financially, the mailing address is at the end of the Lighthouse Trails bulletin.]

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Please pray for Lighthouse Trails author and co-laborer Warren B. Smith and his wife, Joy. They were hit with a house fire and have another potential risk from a nearby forest fire. Yesterday on July 3rd, their home, located in central California, suffered severe fire and smoke damage due to a faulty cooling system. They lost four pets in the fire as well as personal possessions. The house is uninhabitable in its present state. Now, today, we have learned that there is a fast-moving forest fire currently about a mile from their property. Warren and…

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Michelle Lesley

Originally published August 1, 2014.bookmarkable resources

Questions. As Christian women, we’ve all got them: “How can I grow in my walk with the Lord?” “Where can I get some good advice on being a more godly wife?” “What’s a great resource for biblical parenting?” These days, it can be hard to know where to turn for great answers that are also biblically sound. Here are ten biblical resources to get you started.

1. Your Bible.
Remember 2 Timothy 3:16-17?

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

It might sound painfully obvious, but sometimes we go on the hunt for answers that are hidden in plain sight in God’s word. Study your Bible daily: good sized chunks of it, in context, from a good translation. And…

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My Word Like Fire

Eugene Peterson’s horrendous translation (?) of Psalm 1:1 compared to the genuine thing.

HT: http://www.donotbesurprised.com/

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HILLSONG’S APOLOGY FOR THE NAKED COWBOY

(Friday Church News Notes, June 10, 2016, ) from Way of Life

In last week’s Friday Church News Notes, we reported on the appearance at the March Hillsong Women’s Conference in New York City of “a naked cowboy.” Though he wasn’t entirely naked, he appeared to be wearing only a cowboy hat, boots, and a guitar. He was joined on stage by “scantily-dressed ‘cheerleaders,’ an Elvis impersonator,” and others. Hillsong Senior Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong Sydney issued a public statement claiming that his wife, Bobbie, “was clearly unaware that this was going to happen” and that Hillsong New York’s pastors, Carl and Laura Lentz, “were not part of the decision” (“Brian Houston Responds,” The Christian Post, June 5, 2016). Hughie Seaborn, a former Pentecostal who lives in Australia and has followed the antics of Hillsong for decades, makes the following observation: “In the same way he lied about any knowledge of his father, Frank’s, paedophilia, Brian is lying again. This time about Hillsong New York’s leadership, including his wife Bobbie, having any knowledge of a naked cowboy appearing at the Women’s Conference. The video clip clearly shows that the Naked Cowboy was choreographed into the performance. None of the other participants in the debacle was shocked to see a naked cowboy coming onto the stage. He didn’t have to shove anybody out of their place and steal their position. The Hillsong leadership are all complicit in this diabolical event, including his kids and his wife Bobbie, who you might remember produced a series of sexually explicit ‘teaching’ tapes back in 2001 entitled ‘Kingdom Women Love Sex,’ which were available from Koorong ‘christian’ Bookshop for $21.95. Watching this short video clip tells us a lot about the downward progression of Christendom, not just in America, but in the world, when you see a couple of thousand professing Christian women all screaming and acting like lunatics–even before any naked cowboy appears. They all bring reproach upon the name of Christ.”

 

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Hillsong, Homosexuality and the Shrinking Gospel

New American Standard Bible
“But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues;”
Matthew 10:17
Commentary

Matthew Henry Commentary


10:16-42

Our Lord warned his disciples to prepare for persecution. They were to avoid all things which gave advantage to their enemies, all meddling with worldly or political concerns, all appearance of evil or selfishness, and all underhand measures. Christ foretold troubles, not only that the troubles might not be a surprise, but that they might confirm their faith. He tells them what they should suffer, and from whom. Thus Christ has dealt fairly and faithfully with us, in telling us the worst we can meet with in his service; and he would have us deal so with ourselves, in sitting down and counting the cost. Persecutors are worse than beasts, in that they prey upon those of their own kind. The strongest bonds of love and duty, have often been broken through from enmity against Christ. Sufferings from friends and relations are very grievous; nothing cuts more. It appears plainly, that all who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution; and we must expect to enter into the kingdom of God through many tribulations. With these predictions of trouble, are counsels and comforts for a time of trial. The disciples of Christ are hated and persecuted as serpents, and their ruin is sought, and they need the serpent’s wisdom. Be ye harmless as doves. Not only, do nobody any hurt, but bear nobody any ill-will. Prudent care there must be, but not an anxious, perplexing thought; let this care be cast upon God. The disciples of Christ must think more how to do well, than how to speak well. In case of great peril, the disciples of Christ may go out of the way of danger, though they must not go out of the way of duty. No sinful, unlawful means may be used to escape; for then it is not a door of God’s opening. The fear of man brings a snare, a perplexing snare, that disturbs our peace; an entangling snare, by which we are drawn into sin; and, therefore, it must be striven and prayed against. Tribulation, distress, and persecution cannot take away God’s love to them, or theirs to him. Fear Him, who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. They must deliver their message publicly, for all are deeply concerned in the doctrine of the gospel. The whole counsel of God must be made known, Ac 20:27. Christ shows them why they should be of good cheer. Their sufferings witnessed against those who oppose his gospel. When God calls us to speak for him, we may depend on him to teach us what to say. A believing prospect of the end of our troubles, will be of great use to support us under them. They may be borne to the end, because the sufferers shall be borne up under them. The strength shall be according to the day. And it is great encouragement to those who are doing Christ’s work, that it is a work which shall certainly be done. See how the care of Providence extends to all creatures, even to the sparrows. This should silence all the fears of God’s people; Ye are of more value than many sparrows. And the very hairs of your head are all numbered. This denotes the account God takes and keeps of his people. It is our duty, not only to believe in Christ, but to profess that faith, in suffering for him, when we are called to it, as well as in serving him. That denial of Christ only is here meant which is persisted in, and that confession only can have the blessed recompence here promised, which is the real and constant language of faith and love. Religion is worth every thing; all who believe the truth of it, will come up to the price, and make every thing else yield to it. Christ will lead us through sufferings, to glory with him. Those are best prepared for the life to come, that sit most loose to this present life. Though the kindness done to Christ’s disciples be ever so small, yet if there be occasion for it, and ability to do no more, it shall be accepted. Christ does not say that they deserve a reward; for we cannot merit any thing from the hand of God; but they shall receive a reward from the free gift of God. Let us boldly confess Christ, and show love to him in all things.

Source: Rescued, Transferred, Redeemed and Forgiven

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My Word Like Fire

S. Walker of Reflections From The Wall writes, “I have been seeing a lot of Christians posting a lot on cultivating joy on social media.  What peaked my interest in looking into this cultivating joy, is that most of the Christians that are posting about cultivating joy are into motivational type jargon.”   read on…

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Women’s Issues.

If you are struggling with some area in your life please feel free to contact me by email. I will come along side of you with support that is scripture based.

I came out of a life of addiction, drunkenness, promiscuity, and bulimia.  Today I live in total dependency in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who forgives and set me free.

Spiritual oppression can also occur from drug use (recreational or prescription), eastern meditation (TM or Yoga), hyper-charismatic experiences, spiritism, channeling, or any dabbling in the occult.  God’s truth shines a way out of these dark paths.

There is a way to overcome these difficulties. 2 Timothy 1:7 says “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power,  of love and self-discipline.”

It is my desire that I can give you hope and encouragement based on the truth from God’s Word.

Kim Olsen

kimmerlee1953@gmail.com

Emails will be held in confidentiality.

 

 

My Word Like Fire

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11)

Journalist Bill Wilson reports:

The American Library Association has released its list of the top 10 ‘challenged’ books in America.

Among books that are sexually explicit, promote sex outside of marriage, those about transgendered teens, promote homosexuality and violence, is The Holy Bible. It is the sixth most challenged book in America. This is the first time since ALA began keeping statistics in 1990 that the Bible has made the list, debuting at 6.

In context, the ALA has compiled the lists of top 100 challenged books in the decades of 1990-1999 and 2000-2010. The Bible was not on those lists. In fact, the Bible was not on the ALA challenged book list from 2011-2014. This needs to sink in. This is the first time the Bible has ever been on this list…

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