Wow! Just WOW!

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Thank You, Jesus!! ❤️❤️❤️

The Narrow Way- The Only Way!!

Matthew 7:13-14

13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.

14 [a]Because narrow is the gate and [b]difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

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Our children…

…need our prayers! These are tough days for them as evil sucks them in.

We parents need to stand FIRM in the faith the God Lord has given us to get through these unstable times! The devil will try to sway us too with the things our children are going out into the world hearing ! Then he is trying to bring it back into our homes trying to make our homes filthy again!

1 Corinthians 16:13

13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.

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There Are Enough Judges

“There are enough judges. There are too many judges. Judges haven’t made the world a better place but when Jesus showed compassion on an undeserving planet full of people distracted by things that don’t matter, people that put him in peril and allowed him to die, it changed everything.”

New Hope for Dry Bones

There are some things we are experiencing a shortage of, compassion, love, empathy, caring and a whole list of other similar things that can really change things for the better.

I’ve been one of those that doesn’t always lean toward the compassionate or understanding side.  I tend to lean, often, to the exceptionally angry side.

Just the other day, we took a family outing to the St. Louis Zoo.  We had the good sense to go on a holiday weekend when every other person within a two hundred mile radius of the zoo chose to attend.

We cruised for an hour or so looking for a place to park.  Finally, we found a place and began the long trek over the highway and down the sidewalks to get to our destination.

Along the way, I was walking in a crosswalk and a car sitting at the stop sign took off…

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WHAT NAME???

In Jesus name I pray 💕

PEACEMAKERS

Several years ago I heard a pastor in a Christian church end the prayer he was praying with these words… “in his name” we pray. It irked me to hear that generic term used. It was at a funeral service and there were different “faiths” in attendance.

Recently I attended a graduation and the person praying prayed as any Christian would pray until the prayer ended with… “in his name” we pray. There were also different “faiths” in attendance at this graduation.

I find this very disturbing. If we as believers can’t say “in Jesus name we pray” then we should give the microphone to someone else. We fear to offend any and all, but why don’t we fear to offend Jesus. Jesus who shed his blood, and suffered such shame and pain, for us. Brethren, by God’s grace be bold, and be not ashamed of the name above all…

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Today’s Update: Beware the ‘Bright Ones’: Bethel Church’s Big-Screen Debut

The Bright Ones, a full-length feature film being marketed to families, youth and churches [debuted] in more than 700 select theaters across the United States on April 22. Billed as an “inspirational” film, Bright Ones tells a story of a group of talented, teenage kids from a performing arts school who face an impossible challenge. But behind the seemingly innocuous story lies the dangerous theology of one of the nation’s most controversial churches – Bethel Church in Redding, California. Led by the “apostle” Bill Johnson and the “prophet” Kris Vallotton, Bethel Church is the spearhead of a fast-growing, theologically aberrant movement known as the New Apostolic Reformation.

In a statement, Bethel Music CEO Joel Taylor said, “We truly feel like this film is the fruit of our community’s culture – to see the next generation rising up and leading while being confident in their gifts and identities in Christ is a powerful thing. As with all things we do, we pray that Bright Ones would not only be a reminder of truth, but also be a resource for other churches to foster their own community of ‘bright ones.’”

On the surface, Taylor’s statement sounds very good. After all, what Christian parents wouldn’t want their children to be confident in their gifts and identities in Christ? Yet, the problem is with what Taylor didn’t say. Lurking behind Bethel’s use of the words “gifts” and “identities” is a set of unbiblical teachings that are peculiar to the New Apostolic Reformation.



For example, when most Christians hear the word “gifts,” they may think of any special talent that God gives to an individual. They may also think of a full range of spiritual gifts that are referred to in Scripture, including gifts of serving, teaching, and acting mercifully (Romans 12:6-8). But when Bethel Church refers to “gifts,” typically they’re referring to miraculous gifts, such as prophesying and healing people of sickness and other physical conditions. What’s more, Bethel Church not only teaches that some people today have those miraculous gifts — a teaching held in common with Pentecostal and charismatic churches. Bethel Church teaching goes way beyond historic Pentecostal and charismatic teaching by claiming that the key to acquiring those gifts is through receiving new, authoritative revelation given by modern-day, governing apostles and prophets, like Bethel’s Bill Johnson and Kris Vallotton. These extreme and distinctive teachings represent neither historic Christianity nor historic Pentecostal and charismatic belief.

And, shockingly, Bethel Church teaches that Christians must learn to work greater miracles than Jesus did – as in more spectacular and more awe-inspiring miracles…. According to Bethel leaders, when Christians learn to perform more spectacular miracles there will be a worldwide revival in which a billion people will convert to belief in Christ. In short, this miracle-working army will usher in God’s kingdom. Thus, Christians who do not seek to develop such miraculous gifts and exhibit them in their everyday lives are settling for a “powerless” Christianity. God’s freedom to establish his kingdom on earth has been limited by their unbelief, according to the church’s leaders….In contrast, the Bible teaches that God gives spiritual gifts, including miraculous gifts, to individuals as he alone decides (1 Cor. 12:11). Furthermore, it makes it very clear that not all can have each of these gifts (1 Corinthians 12:29-30).

Yet Bethel Church teaches that miraculous gifts can be “activated” in any person who desires them. In line with this teaching, countless books, curriculums, and workshops – taught by Bethel leaders – offer training to activate the miraculous gifts. In fact, Bethel runs an entire school to train college-age people to work miracles: Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry, which has an enrollment of more than 2,500 students from 64 countries. Children are also “activated” into the miraculous gifts at Bethel. In their Sunday School classes, they talk with angels and practice raising the “dead” by wrapping themselves in toilet paper, like mummies. These radical teachings and practices are not what most Christians will have in mind when they take their children to the theater to see Bright Ones.

http://www.spiritoferror.org/2019/04/beware-the-bright-ones-bethel-churchs-big-screen-debut-to-hit-theaters-nationwide-on-april-22/8243

US Supreme Court dismisses appeal of Christian imprisoned for helping child flee lesbian “mother”

LTRP Note: Lighthouse Trails has been following the story of Lisa Miller and her daughter Isabella for several years. Below is the latest news story about one of the men who helped her escape.

Philip Zodhiates and his wife

By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

The Supreme Court of the United States has refused to hear an appeal of a conviction of Christian businessmen Philip Zodhiates, who is currently serving a sentence in a federal prison for helping a Christian woman and her child escape court-enforced visits with an unrelated lesbian “mother” imposed on the child by a Vermont court.

Kenneth Miller, one of the other men who was sent to prison for helping Lisa Miller and her daughter escape

The Court dismissed the appeal filed by Zodhiates’ private attorney, as well as three “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) briefs filed in support of Zodhiates appeal by several organizations and coalitions of groups concerned about the implications of the case for the rights of natural parents, as well as the dangers implied for constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure by government authorities.

Zodhiates was convicted in 2016 of the crime of “international parental kidnapping” for driving Lisa Miller and her daughter Isabella to the Canadian border in 2009, where she allegedly crossed into Canada and took a flight to Nicaragua. Click https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/supreme-court-refuses-to-hear-case-of-christian-imprisoned-for-helping-child-flee-lesbian-mother to continue reading.

Related Article:

https://onenewsnow.com/perspectives/bryan-fischer/2018/12/14/americas-newest-underground-railroad-from-injustice

Shutting down or staying alert

By Cedric Fisher

Whatever the cause, shutting down is the worst thing a Christian can do at this point of time. Instead of shutting down, believers need to be selective about what they are putting into their minds and spirits. Being informed is essential to being prepared. Shutting down will not prepare one to endure the harshness of the tough days ahead. It’s one thing if believers are focusing on their relationship with the Lord and want to spend less time on the Internet and watching TV. However, the temptation for many (and I have seen it already) will be to shut down by engaging in entertainment media and outlets of benign and mundane information. Rather than adjusting with balance, they are going into denial, choosing to believe we have lots of time before our society, as we know it, collapses. That’s the “Ostrich Complex,” and professing Christians with the Ostrich Complex will pay a severe price for what they are enjoying now.

As painful and frightening as it is to accept, I believe we are on the verge of a global government and religion that will be very brutal to true Christians. It will take more than a sabbatical from bad news and ominous warnings to prepare for enduring life in such an environment.

Satan, the enemy of our souls, is working overtime right now to “wear out the saints” (Daniel 7:25), but I cannot exhort you enough, this is not a time when born-again believers in Christ can afford to be worn down, bury their heads, and become apathetic toward what is happening around us. For those who cave in to that temptation of apathy, it will be very difficult, if not impossible, to stand when things get truly harsh. The time to prepare is long past, but it’s still not too late. The first step is to wake up and accept truth. It is time to gather and store “oil,” the substance that keeps our light shining. In order to keep that flame lit and not allow it to become a flickering flame on a wick in a near-empty reservoir, we must put into action our confession of faith in Christ. He promises to sustain us as we abide in Him.

It is essential for preparation and subsequent endurance that we acknowledge the spiritual war in which we find ourselves, that we do not shut down our senses because of negative information overload, and that we do not live in a bubble of false security.

May we also remember that this home on earth is not our final destination. We have a home where God dwells in righteousness. If we are going to defeat the forces of darkness that seek to minimize our efforts and diminish our faith, we will have to fight, “not as one that beateth the air” (1 Corinthians 9:26) but as informed and equipped saints of God. We must not deceive ourselves and think we can be both complacent and effective all at the same time.

Instead of shutting down, let us look up. Genuine blessed hope is the buffer for the stress of perilous times. It can only be had with a sincere relationship with Christ, a strong knowledge of His Word, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit (who “shall teach you all things; John 14 :26). That is the only focus that makes sense in this period of encroaching darkness. As the psalmist so well stated, let us “hope in His mercy,” rejoice in Him, and trust in His holy name.