We serve

I like this song because it speaks to the grand nature of the God that we serve. He sits high and looks low, yet he is still with us; in control. We serve a mighty God! This song is by JJ Hairston featuring Travis Greene. Listen out for it this month!

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Wayamker

Here is a new song that we will be bringing to our praise and worship team. It is an African song. Although we, at the Lighthouse, never sing or play songs like the originals, be blessed by this worship video.

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Levels of friendship

Levels of Friendship

Friendships can be among the most rewarding and the most frustrating relationships in our lives We are told that friends love at all times (Proverbs 17:17), only wound us in ways that are trustworthy (i.e., tough love; Proverbs 27:6), are more loyal than family at times (Proverbs 18:24), provide mutual edification (Proverbs 27:17), can impart wisdom (Proverbs 13:20), and they may even sacrifice themselves for us (John 15:13).

Level 1. Associate

This one has some gray area. Most of the time, you see your associates more than your own family. You all spend enough time with one another. You get to know them better, understand their likes and dislikes, and have a grasp on their personality. This might cause you to consider these people friends, but answer this: Can you bring your associates around your current non-work/church/ friends and not feel uncomfortable? If you can’t then they are strictly associates nothing more. If you feel the need to separate your associates from your life outside the home, then they are far from friends!

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Obedience

BibleWhat Does the Bible Say about Obedience?

Faith is necessary to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and if our faith is genuine and true, we will live a lifestyle characterized by righteousness, modeling the example set for us by Jesus Christ. We obey His commands, not because we have to, but because we want to, because we love Him. We are enabled to obey because, once we believe in Christ and are saved, we are remade. We are not the same people we once were. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”

When we obey the Lord, we can live a life of joy, without shame, rooted deeply in the Lord and confident in our eternal hope. Our obedience is actually part of our assurance that we truly know God (1 John 2:3).

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The wise

Old age is a blessing from the Lord. We should never be afraid of aging. Christians have a responsibility to show kindness, respect, and to take care of the elderly. Yes we are to respect all people, but there is a certain type of respect that we give to the elderly unlike our own age group. There is a certain way we talk to them and give honor to them.
When living by the Word of God old age brings wisdom that is able to help and guide others in need.  Senior Christians carry so much wisdom and they give great advice.
Job 32:7 I thought, those who are older should speak, for wisdom comes with age.
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Church Building

 

Years ago, when we first moved to California to start the Lighthouse, my husband and I were diligent in our efforts to grow the church. Carrying three under the age of 5, we would spend our weekends walking through dozens of neighborhoods- inviting people to church. The sun would beat down on us; our feet would be sore; and our kids were extremely fussy. Still, we were faithful in the work of God.  Several times a week, we would spend countless hours walking and inviting. It seemed like the more we worked, the harder it was to take that no one was accepting our invitation.

One warm summer evening, as my husband was in prayer, he decided to ask God a question: why we weren’t being successful in our efforts? After all, we’d been working so hard. We were doing everything that we knew to do. As though audibly, God spoke to my husband saying, “I will build My church”. God promised that he would build his church. The burden of building his church wasn’t on us. We were required to work in it, but the building would be left to God. He would do it so well, that the very gates of Hell could do nothing stop its growth. That message was not just to our church, here in the small town of San Jacinto, CA. This was a message to God’s international church.

In the past few years, I’ve been seeing article headlines boasting of the decline in Christianity and the Christian church. Honestly, I didn’t pay too much attention to them-besides the sensory glance. Still, I can’t say that I wasn’t bothered by the charge. “God would build his church”, I reminded myself. Yet, months would go by and I would see a similar article, as though it was single-handedly challenging my God. Then one day, I came across an article.  A study was conducted and its findings were interesting to say the least. Although not exhaustive, a five-year study, following thousands of congregants, showed the churches in decline, were churches that took a liberal stance on the Bible; believing its concepts, but not taking it literally.  This study showed that conservative churches are continuing to grow and remain strong and stable in the communities in which they thrive. This study is just a little reminder of what the Bible says; and what God put on my husband’s heart so many years ago. God said that He would build his church and there is nothing that can be done to prevent God from prevailing in the end.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/04/liberal-churches-are-dying-but-conservative-churches-are-thriving/?utm_term=.d99e455d243d

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Family

This passed weekend was the first time the church put together a “family fun night”. Before the actual date, there was a considerable amount of buzz that had circulated around the church preceding the event. Anytime we announced it, the children's (and congregants') eyes would light up; overwrought with excitement.

 

I know all of us can relate to the time in life when the one thing we were excited for ended up being disappointing. Those were the times when our anticipation got the better of us. Fortunately, this was not the case for our church family night. As I looked around that night, I could only see the joy that I know God intended for us to enjoy in his New Testament church.

 

From the very beginning, God saw that it was not good for man to be alone. Adam walked with God in the cool of the day. He enjoyed fellowship with God, but man was made in the image of God; God whose nature is fellowship. God the Father is in constant communion with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Therefore, our creator recognized loneliness. It wasn't good. So, He decided to create fellowship for Adam.

 

Throughout the Bible, we see how God used a team to accomplish His will. In the New Testament, we see that Jesus told his disciples to go out into the world in twos. I think that is significant. As believers, once we asked the Holy Spirit to come inside our hearts, we changed. There is something that is now in our genetic makeup that needs that connection with other believers.

 

I just want to encourage anyone reading, to continue to (or get into) fellowship with other believers. Forgive past hurts; open yourself up for what God intended. He said, it is not good for man to be alone.

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Tomorrow

A friend of mine sent me a video, a while ago, through social media. It took me a while to get around to watching it. When I finally did, a rush of regret flooded my heart. The theme of the video was to admonish mothers to “live in the moment” with their children; take each ordinary day as one that God gave you as a gift.

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