Daily Archives: September 20, 2019

September 20 Don’t Miss Your Miracle

Scripture Reading: Matthew 9:19–22

Key Verse: Matthew 8:26

But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

When they set sail on a stormy sea, even Christ’s disciples were afraid. Jesus asked them why, and then He calmed the storm (Matthew 8:25–27).

You may be faced with a similar situation. It is easy to give in to fear and doubt when things all around you are in a state of tumult. The important thing to remember is this: if Christ is in you, He will be faithful to you. With Jesus on board, the disciples’ ship would not have gone anywhere God did not ordain it to go. So it is with your life. Although you cannot see Him, God is aware of your situation and will navigate it successfully.

Ironically, the faith of a woman who had never previously seen Christ dwarfed that of His own disciples. Because she earnestly believed He could heal her, she dared to touch the hem of His garment. Jesus turned to her and said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well” (Matthew 9:22 nasb).

Jesus is faithful to all of His followers, regardless of the degree to which they trust Him. But you will miss out on the richness of His blessings when you give in to doubt and fear. When Jesus visited His hometown, the people who had known Him as a child could not believe that He was a prophet. Because of their lack of faith, Jesus did not perform many miracles there (Matthew 13:54–58). How many miracles do you miss out on because of your unbelief?

Lord, I do not want to stand in the way of Your miraculous workings. Help me to set aside my human fears and trust You to do what humans can’t.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 275). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 20 Stewards of His Grace

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 4:7–10

Key Verse: Romans 12:13

Distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.

His Sunday school class began a supper club designed to help members get to know one another and to be a ministry to people outside the church.

Hosting one of the dinners was an ideal opportunity for involvement, but he was afraid to offer. I’m living alone now, he thought. I don’t cook that well, I don’t know much about being a host, and it’s been a while since I’ve had people over. With great hesitation, he finally put his name on the list.

As the day approached, he was amazed when several class members called and volunteered to help him get ready. Some made food, some brought chairs, and others even donated festive decorations. The dinner was a success, and everyone felt welcomed and loved.

Hospitality isn’t just for certain homemakers with large homes or a special knack for party throwing. The same command is given to all believers: “Be hospitable to one another without complaint. As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:9–10 nasb).

It doesn’t matter how experienced or equipped you are. What counts is offering what the Lord has given you. God uses everything for His glory. Your home and belongings become a blessing many times over when you open them up to someone else.

Father God, use everything I have for Your glory—my home, my finances, my talents and abilities. Whatever I have, it’s Yours.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 275). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

September 20 The Power of Encouragement

Scripture reading: Deuteronomy 3:8–23

Key verse: Proverbs 12:25

Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,

But a good word makes it glad.

Have you ever hesitated to speak words of encouragement because you weren’t sure how they would be received? Being an encourager means reaching out even when you’re not sure. You never know the impact you might have.

In his book The Power of Encouragement, Dr. David Jeremiah explains,

I can be encouraged by what I hear. If I sense someone genuinely cares about me, that person’s words can be powerful. As the adage goes, “Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care.”

The Book of Proverbs speaks often about encouragement. Here’s one example: “Anxious hearts are very heavy but a word of encouragement does wonders!” (Prov. 12:25, tlb). Have you ever been weighed down by anxiety when someone came along and spoke a good word which lifted your spirit?

During one of the deepest, darkest times in my life, a fellow pastor called me just to say “I want you to know I’m here if you need me. I want to pray with you.” And he prayed with me on the phone. He called me every week for several weeks with a word of encouragement. He poured courage into my heart … Believe it or not, two or three sentences can turn a person’s life around.

Father, give me words to speak to others that will encourage them in the difficult times of life. Pour Your love and compassion through me to them.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 275). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Wycliffe, YWAM, & Other Evangelical Groups to Take Part in Roman Catholic-Endorsed Global Event in 2020 | lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog

This week, we received a letter to the editor that alerted us to plans for a “2020 Global Year of the Bible.” As you read the information below, please keep in mind, Lighthouse Trails does not oppose the idea that “billions” of people in the world could potentially read the Bible. Of course not! The underlying and significant story here is the ecumenical, “let’s-all-come-together-no-matter-what” aspect and the unspoken but obvious objective ” to “engage in a global conversation” about the Bible in order to draw followers into specific belief systems.

The letter to the editor says:
To Lighthouse Trails:
I just read an article today on the Christian Post regarding a new initiative called “A.D. 2020 Global Year of the Bible.”
[LTRP Note: The CP article begins:
“Missionary leaders from over 34 countries convened at the Museum of the Bible on Monday morning to launch A.D. 2020 Global Year of the Bible, a first-of-its-kind evangelical initiative endorsed by Roman Catholic Pope Francis. . . . In a recorded video endorsement from the Vatican, Pope Francis praised the Global Year of the Bible initiative and told those leading it to ‘be encouraged.’”]

Promoters include over 500 leaders and organizations from 200 countries, YWAM, American Bible Society, Wycliffe Bible Translators, the World Evangelical Alliance and Call2All. Many other Bible translation and missionary groups from around the world are involved. One should read the entire article to get the full scope; it is staggering. And groups like PULSE and others who stage enormous gatherings of youth are also involved. The piece de resistance, however, comes at the end of the article which states that the entire endeavor is being heartily endorsed by Pope Francis in a recorded video from the Vatican.

We are seeing it folks, the one-world religion, not only forming, but gaining momentum and almost at the point of culmination. I do not know how any Bible-believing Christian can be in agreement with such a clearly ecumenical agenda. The Pope will very likely be the head of the false church described in Revelation. He is not “officially, visibly” that yet, but it is there, just waiting in the wings. Millions of evangelicals now eagerly agree with the Catholic Church and going along with what seem to be endless initiatives and efforts to “Christianize the world.” It is dominionism and the one-world religion—there is no other conclusion to come to.
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The 2020 Global Year of the Bible website is registered with the University of the Nations in Hawaii. Loren Cunningham (YWAM’s leader) is the International Chancellor of that school. You may remember a 2018 article from Lighthouse Trails titled “YWAM—Wants Every YWAMer to Practice Contemplative Prayer!” YWAM has been a big promoter of contemplative prayer and emergent missiology for several years. A “natural” outcome of contemplative/emergent spirituality is a change in spiritual outlook that takes on ecumenism—with all faiths.

In a September 16, 2019 article from Religious News Service titled “WEA launches curriculum for the AD 2020 global Year of the Bible,” it also discusses the “2020 Global Year of the Bible”:

Bishop Efraim Tendero, Secretary-General of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA), today launched a global campaign to mark 2020 as the “Year of the Bible”. Founded in 1846, the WEA represents over 600 million Christians worldwide with national alliances in 130 nations.

Projected to be one of the most collaborative movements in Christian history, the Year of the Bible is also supported by His Holiness Pope Francis of the Catholic church, the global Lausanne network, Youth With A Mission, the United Bible Societies, The Seed Company, Biblica and many more.

The year-long initiative is expected to achieve the greatest global Bible engagement in history, as billions follow a call to read the Bible and engage in a global conversation on its message. (emphasis added)

Lighthouse Trails can’t help be nervous about this “global conversation” with which “billions” might be involved. If organizations like YWAM and the Roman Catholic Church are instigators of this global conversation with billions, then we can easily speculate what this conversation will look like given that YWAM and the Catholic Church are leaders in promoting the interspiritual, panentheistic contemplative prayer movement (not to mention YWAM’s “new missiology” views that often leaves the Gospel out of missions and the Catholic Church’s overwhelming emphasis on the Eucharist that re-crucifies Christ at every Mass). All the while, Christian leaders either stand by passively and silently or join in helping to bring about a global “revival.”

It’s ironic, to say the least, that the Roman Catholic Church would endorse the 2020 Year of the Bible when the RCC discourages their members in reading the Bible. Historically, the RCC leadership has not wanted Roman Catholics to read the Bible but has taught them to leave the reading and interpretation of the Bible up to the popes and priests. So why would the present Pope endorse such an initiative, unless his reasons are to use the occasion to “bring back the lost brethren” into the “Mother Church”? And tragically, evangelical leaders are helping to accomplish the task, whether they realize it or not.
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Related Video:
First Video: One year ago, the Vatican proposed that 2020 would be the Year of the Bible in honor of St. Jerome who first translated the Bible into Latin (for the Catholic Church). 2020 is the 1600th year anniversary of Jerome’s death.

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Greg Koukl debates Michael Shermer on God, atheism, meaning and morality

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Two tough rams butt heads, and may the best ram win! Two tough rams butt heads, and may the best ram win!

The full transcript of a debate between Michael Shermer, editor of Skeptic magazine, and Greg Koukl, president of Stand to Reason. This debate occurred on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, and was moderated by Hugh Hewitt.

HH = Hugh Hewitt
GK = Greg Koukl
MS = Michael Shermer

Here is the full debate transcript from Stand to Reason.

And here’s an excerpt:

GK: Right. Actually, the big question here, Hugh, is whether it’s possible to be good without God. Now I’m not talking about whether it’s possible to be good without a belief in God. I certainly think that’s possible, but be good without God. And the answer to that question hinges entirely on precisely what you mean by good. And so I was going to give an illustration. So a man drags a young girl into the alley…

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John MacArthur Calls Tullian Tchividjian a Heretic, Created a Theology to Accommodate His Sin — Christian Research Network

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(Jeff Maples – Reformation Charlotte)  John MacArthur is one of the foremost living defenders of the faith in this day and age and one of the few well-known pastors left who aren’t afraid to call out false teachers. Recently, MacArthur preached a sermon at a Master’s Seminary chapel on Jude — defending the faith and calling out false teachers — whereby he called out the fallen pastor Tullian Tchividjian on his heresy of antinomianism.

Antinomianism is a heresy rampant in certain Evangelical and Protestant circles that teaches that Christians are exempt from the obligations of the moral law of God. Generally, antinomianism manifests in its adherents falling into deep sin, often sexually immorality, but others as well such as alcohol abuse, habitual swearing, financial fraud, etc.  View article →

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Giuliani Annouced Trip to Ukraine in May to Question Leaders on Biden Crime Family — Fake News CNN and The Hill Pretend This is Breaking News Today — The Gateway Pundit

 

NEVER – EVER Trust the Fake News Liberal Media!

Rudy Giuliani announced in May that he would travel to the Ukraine to question leaders on the Biden Crime family.

After leaving office in 2017, Vice President Joe Biden Bragged about strong-arming the government of Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor.

Joe Biden made the remarks during a meeting of foreign policy specialists. Biden said he, “Threatened Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in March 2016 that the Obama administration would pull $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees, sending the former Soviet republic toward insolvency, if it didn’t immediately fire Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin.” Biden suggested during his talk that Barack Obama was also in on the threat.

In April John Solomon revealed what Biden did not tell his audience. Joe Biden had Shokin fired because he was investigating bribes to Joe Biden’s son Hunter.

Shokin was investigating $3 million in funds that were being transferred out of Ukraine and into accounts in the United States at that time.
Joe Biden had him fired.

John Solomon joined Hannity in April to drop this bomb on the Biden family.

Then IN MAY Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani announced he was traveling to Ukraine to push the current leadership on several investigations including the probe on the Biden corruption case.

But now the liberal fake news media is pretending this is the first time they heard about this.
The fake news is trying to blame President Trump for Biden’s criminal acts in Ukraine.

The Hill reported on Thursday.

President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani gave conflicting answers in an interview on CNN on Thursday night as to whether he asked Ukraine to look into former Vice President Joe Biden, saying at one point “of course I did.”

After CNN host Chris Cuomo questioned whether Giuliani had asked Ukraine to investigate Biden, Giuliani said, “No, actually I didn’t. I asked the Ukraine to investigate the allegations that there was interference in the election of 2016 by the Ukrainians for the benefit of Hillary Clinton.”

“You never asked anything about Hunter Biden? You never asked anything about Joe Biden?” Cuomo followed up.

“The only thing I asked about Joe Biden is to get to the bottom of how it was that Lutsenko … dismissed the case against AntAC,” Giuliani said, referring to former Ukrainian prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko and the Ukrainian-based Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC).

The only criminal act here is the Biden crime family fleesing the Ukrainians.

But The Hill, CNN, The Washington Post and fake news New York Times are trying to put the blame on President Trump.
NEVER EVER trust the fake news media.

via Giuliani Annouced Trip to Ukraine in May to Question Leaders on Biden Crime Family — Fake News CNN and The Hill Pretend This is Breaking News Today — The Gateway Pundit

DAYS OF LOT: Six States Now Allow Women To Appear Topless In Public With More To Follow As America’s Morals Continue To Evaporate In The Rising Spiritual Darkness — Now The End Begins

A Colorado city’s decision to discontinue a legal battle to bar women from appearing topless in public has effectively legalized the risque fashion statement in six western states

Most people are not aware that the nascent campaign for women to be able to ‘free the nipple‘ in public was started by feminists in the LGBTQ+P for Pedophile Movement in America, and now has quickly spread out to receive support from many other groups as well. So why after 6,000 years of human existence is this such a big deal? Because public nudity and open immorality are part of what life will be like in the time of Jacob’s trouble under Antichrist, that’s why. The Bible refers to this dark people as the ‘days of Lot‘ when Lot lived in Sodom, so it is no coincidence that the sodomites are behind the current push to go topless.

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” Luke 17:28-30 (KJV)

Six states now allow women to be topless in public, with many more if not all of them to follow. As America doubles down on her resolve to embrace the LGBTQ+ agenda, morals are being tossed out right out the window. If any of the current Democratic candidates running for their party’s nomination win in 2020, this state of immorality will proceed at a pace that will make your eyes bleed. And don’t forget one thing. In all this new found sexual ‘freedom’ that people are embracing right now, just remember that the LGBTQ+ is going to add the “P” for pedophile to their umbrella as well. Think about that as you watch the ‘free the nipple’ people lobbying hard for change. Change is indeed coming.

Going topless effectively legalized in six states

FROM THE NY POST: Fort Collins, Colorado, decided not to continue its challenge to a federal court’s decision that a ban on going topless in the city amounts to unconstitutional discrimination, NBC News reported.

The city had argued that a repeal of the ban would lead to women “parading in front of elementary schools or swimming topless in the public pool,” according to the report.

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The city decided not to appeal the decision this month after spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on the legal battle already, NBC reported.

The decision to not move forward with the appeal effectively legalizes the practice in the six states covered by the 10th Circuit court, according to the report.

Women will now be able to go topless in Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming because of the decision. READ MORE

Teen Girls Can Now Walk Around Topless in Colorado

Girls as young as 11 can now walk around Colorado topless, all thanks to a campaign by feminists to “Free the Nipple.”

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