LTWM Website Internal News letter.
Greetings from Light the Way Ministries to all friends and partners across the world. We at LTWM are pleased to see many folks log on to our web-site and take advantage of the many offerings we have.
LTWM sends Greetings and Blessings to all the family of God and our friends across the world. Many years ago and for quite a few years, there used to be a comic caricature that looked like a short little midget in a white robe carrying a sign that said; “the end is near”, perhaps you may remember that. However near the end was; we are still here, and with that, just how far off is the end? If truth be known, many folks thought the Church would have been gone by now, me included. But, we are still here, so as Spring approaches, planting season is about to take place across the world where it is Spring again. People plant things in expectation of a harvest do they not? The Church is in the business of being laborers working in the fields of the world until the end of the harvest, which will be signaled by the blast of the Trumpet. The Rapture of the Church is the next big event for the Church. But before that happens, is the end near enough that we need to quit being laborers? Not a chance, we are to work until the day we leave here. With that in mind, I have work to do, how about you, so let’s be about the Father’s business in the fields of the world sharing the love of Christ until the “real end”. We would love to hear from you, please take a minute to drop us a line, let us know what you think, perhaps a testimony we could share on our site for others to be blessed.
We are a Soul Winning / Evangelistic Ministry
Recognizing that a single effort can accomplish much, but a corporate effort accomplishes much more. Our On-Line Church Ministry is about empowering the Body of Christ for the purpose of reaching our area and beyond with the message of the Gospel. We believe empowered Christians are motivated Christians. Please take some time to see what we have to offer, and if we be of service please drop us a line. Also, please pray for a Revival to break out across this great land. Only the Lord can fix this mess we are in. Blessings
Our On-Line Church promotes several platforms that will offer the many voices vying for their words to be heard, an audience. In an attempt to provide as much visibility as possible we will run articles that bring right now issues and concerns that affect the Body of Christ at large to bare. The Church is alive for just such a time as this. We have been strategically placed to shine our Light and be the salt God has called us to be. Additionally we will also offer a local flavor of news and events that affect our local folks in the Central Fla. area as well.
Old news is still good news as they say. Our news letter continues to provide a great opportunity for us to share not only what’s going on in our Ministry, but provide an outlet for top line news articles both local and national of which we feel are of vital importance to the Body of Christ and beyond. These news articles will be changed out and new articles added on a regular basis. Many of these articles are front page and are extremely important issues that could have a very serious impact on the Church. Please review these posts on our “page 2” location. Admittedly, who doesn’t like upbeat story lines and things that lift one up in spirit, but the truth is the truth still needs to be spoken. Many have lamented over the years, why didn’t someone tell us? The Church is in a very unique place in history right now, evil is rising and we need to be aware of the very devices the devil is using people to place on people so as to take action while still can.
Here is some great news from one of our Ministry Members and his Ministry Team in the Philippines. Pastor Joel Jadol continues to send pictures of their labors rebuilding their Church after the storm impacted them. However they continue in Ministry efforts to reach all those in need of Christ. Please pray for these folks if you would. This may be an indicator they are doing something right, the devil may be trying his part to hinder. Funds are being delivered to Pastor Jadol as they become available, God bless all who share in this ministry of help.
Please see our “Page 3” within our Frontline News forum for some incredible pictures and additional write-up.
And more great news; Pastor Thomas in Kenya, Africa is one of our Member Ministries as well. We at LTWM will share some needs concerning our Brothers and Sisters in Kenya, as their resources are minimal compared to the US. These people are on fire for God, pray that some of the fire gets to the USA. News of note; we have set up a new web-page that will provide opportunity to send an offering through our Web-Site directly to Pastor Thomas. These are exciting times to be alive in Christ for sure.
On another note, We at LTWM are working on an outreach for our local area. The idea is to reach fish (people) where they are, parks, playgrounds, etc. We’ll have food, fun and great fellowship while sharing the love of Christ. An old one-liner says this concerning soul-winning; you catch-em; and let God do the cleaning. I might also add, the idea of fishing is good, take a child fishing is better. What an opportunity to be a great Christian mentor and do what you love at the same time.
Here are a few ways to show the world, your town, you, that your Church cares. This is a good time of the year to prepare for Church out-reach activities like a big community B-B-Q, Church cookouts, Church Bazaars, Festivals, bake sales, it’s wide open; opportunities abound. What a time to share the love of Christ with our local waters mission field. How do we do that? Chick Tracts is one of the best ways. You can log onto; www.chick.com, they have a huge selection to pick from. I use them all the time, in restaurants, casual conversation, leads to me handing out a tract, kids and adults all love and appreciate them. And at a great value, 16 cents, you can’t go wrong. Contact this Ministry if help or information is needed.
And; please don’t forget to review our posts on our “Page 1, 2 & 3” location. Admittedly, who doesn’t like upbeat story lines and things that lift one up in spirit, but the truth is, the truth still needs to be spoken. Many have lamented over the years, why didn’t someone tell me/us? The Church is in a very unique place in history right now, evil is rising and we need to be aware of the many devices the devil is using people as pawns to commit. We need to take action while we still can.
“This Happened to Me”
Considering the economy at present, with layoffs, terminations and company closures, I felt this word may bring a note of encouragement to someone in need.
I learned early in life that work was a part of life, if you want to eat, you better work. I’m sure I would get many amen’s on that. When I first started out in the working world, in what one could call a real job at the shipyard, most people that had been working for many years, my peers, only made around $2.60 an hour, tops. These were welders; pipe fitters, but helpers like me made $1.50 to 2.00 an hour, and thought we did well. After a few years of this I changed vocations and got into electronics, that seemed to be where the marketplace was heading, computers, man; what was that we wondered. The work change even brought a raise, still under $3 hour though. I am quite sure anyone in my age group could relate to most of what I have shared so far. In time I studied to become a Test Engineer for the huge computer systems we were installing all over the world. In the late 70’s our company was sending a number of our installers and Engineers to Iran to install computers and systems. I almost got stuck going over there, I like to believe Divine intervention keep me on home turf. In time I was very fortunate enough to transfer to a local utility company to work. Is God good or what? This is where the story takes a turn from the normal of daily expectations to the unknown.
I don’t think it necessary to name companies, and places here, as it isn’t relevant to the story. But I will say this; a lot of companies were changing CEO’s and wreaking havoc on people’s lives during the early 80’s in this Country. The company in which I was employed was one of those companies that thought we had too many people on the payroll, per the new President/CEO. It seemed his plan was brilliant, get rid of a bunch of folks, reduce payroll and benefits and reap the extra cash, shareholders happy, some in upper management happy, the poor souls losing their jobs, not happy. You can guess the scenario, lowest in seniority is out, top down shakeup, people being moved out of lifelong jobs, expected to do jobs that they couldn’t even do when they were much younger. I’m told one older lady was bumped out of her job in an office position to become a telephone pole climber. The poor soul seemed to have no choice offered to her, climb the pole or lose your job, retirement and benefits. She tried, she fell, and she broke her back. I was affected negatively; I was being bumped from top pay down to lowest pay scale, maybe gone altogether, Me and a lot of other folks were in a serious predicament.
If a person that doesn’t know the Lord goes through something like this, it is heart wrenching. But I am happy to report that when you do know the Lord and better yet; He knows you, it makes for a lot better ending. We Christians have heard and read the Word of God, we know the many verses that pertain to given circumstances that sometime show up. In times of turmoil, you will find out if you really know the Word written and if you really know the Word Living, as in Jesus personally. In my particular case, I looked to the Lord for immediate help and direction. I was sustained by His Word; that I wouldn’t be tempted above what I was able to bear, (I Cor. 10:13). In another verse; and we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that called according to His purpose, (Romans 8:28). This situation had the potential to cause me to lose everything I had worked for up until this point. The wheels of downsizing were rolling, people were losing their jobs; I wasn’t far from being next. I’ve trusted God before; I will continue to trust Him now. I remembered years prior, it was the Lord who arranged for me to get this job, I was thinking, surely the Lord would have known what would happen down the road.
Since the day I got saved, I have done my best to follow hard after the Lord, (Ok, not perfect, on a few occasions). I have raised my family in God’s House, gave God tithe on what He has prospered me and was very happy to do so, still am. Paul said to the Philippians Church; that; my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory (Phil 4:19). Of course if one isn’t faithful in giving to God on a faithful basis prior, not sure what happens during with that. But I can tell you what happened with me. I had a Missionary friend that ministered in the Philippines for many years. He and wife were some of the most Godly people you’ll ever meet. The brother was given the nickname; “Walking Bible”; man that guy could quote more verses than just about anyone alive; he was a mighty man of God. It just so happened that during this mess going on at work that this Missionary and his wife were coming to town, as they had been gone for a couple of years. I was very delighted to be able to catch up with them while they were in town. After a Church service he preached one night, I was able to get to talk with him; we could have shared all night. He asked me if all was well, of which I mentioned some unfavorable things were going at work, if not remedied may affect my sending future offerings for his work in the Philippines. At that point he said; we will pray and ask the Lord to Divinely intervene in the matter. I felt good about that, I knew God is always good. He and his wife were heading back to the mission field, we usually communicated by letter monthly. I can’t remember the exact time, but it wasn’t very long after that prayer, that something began to happen at work. As I recall, they suddenly stopped the whole downsizing effort. It seems something was going on behind the scenes, no one I knew, was sure exactly what. Then all of a sudden, an announcement came out, all layouts and repositioning of personal to cease immediately, everyone to go back to original jobs and locations as before. I’m thinking this is crazy, all that money and effort wasted; came to naught. From what I heard, the Company had a change of heart, which led to a change in plans. Could it be that one prayer changed the course and direction of a whole Company, why not; it’s happened before hasn’t it? The truth is; answered prayer wasn’t from one person, many people in our Company were Christians, even the CEO’s Secretary. Yes, God had a lot of people praying for His Hand of deliverance. As for me, I started out trusting God, ended up trusting God, when you do that, does it really matter what comes your way?
Thank you for taking your valuable time to read this. God Bless. If anyone would like to share something along this line please see our contact page; Blessings; Pastor Tom
Consider This Thought
We all have things we do everyday just like clockwork, routines. We get up in the morning, we get the coffee going, we indulge, maybe like me, over indulge. Next on the list is Devotional time, I usually read several, (I need all the help getting started I can find). Not to forget the Lord, time in prayer is essential. Next, I like to read the headline stories making the news. The newspaper seems to have gone by the way side as the black and white TV, none the less, I’m informed enough for now. Here’s a thought, LTWM would like very much to be a part of your day. We have Devotionals, these are not just a few lines, as they are quite thought provoking, and then the weekly Commentary. There is a lot of good insightful material at ones fingertips, not just via the PC, but from your cell phone, most anything but a flip phone works good. Please check us out, our Ministry offers a lot of good resource material to the elderly and shut-in folks that have become home bound or maybe do not have a regular Church to attend. If we can be of any service in providing materials for a particular resource need, just drop this Ministry an e-mail or give us a call.
This Week’s News line
We have much to offer; with our Sermons Series, relevant to the times in which we live, provided by a multiplicity of Pastors and Teachers, no one will go hungry with this line-up. Also in our Selected Bible Studies and Sermons (written) Library, there is a lot to offer. These are all free for download and use. Why not invite the neighbors and friends over for a Bible Study. If you have problems accessing our Library, feel free to contact us at the email or phone number provided on our site.
This Month’s Commentary is about; “This is a Test”? Our Commentary this month will explore some thoughts concerning a; behind the scenes look at the purpose/s for a test and what does one intend to do with such evaluation. I provide some very thought provoking insights gleaned from a multiplicity of sources.
These truths and insights should make for a good read (I hope). Hopefully you find it worth sharing with family and friends via the many social outlets. Blessings to all from Tom.
If more information is needed about these articles, please drop this Ministry an e-mail or call us on the number in our contact page.
The theme for May’s Devotional is; “The Return of Christ”. The world and the Church have heard this message for a long time. Unfortunately many have turned off their ears, saying; we have heard that all our lives. I have also heard that one day, the “Big One” is going to hit California, and they say it’s imminent, it will not matter whether you are ready or not. The same with the Lord’s return; how close, not really sure, but; be ye therefore ready; for in such an hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh, (Mathew 24:44). Great insights are gleaned from not only God’s Word but from practical and personal insights, it should be good.
Once again, our web-site is designed to be a soul-winners paradise. We have much free material to download and use to start your own outreach and/or Bible Study. If you have a particular area of study need not posted on the site, just drop us a line on our contact page and we’ll see what we can do to help.
These insights are designed to give a daily bread connection to the Word of God, and get our day off to a good start. After all, thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. Isaiah 26:3
Good News; we are launching a new Members Page within our web-site. You will be able to see more clearly what we offer our members and navigate from this page with ease. Let us know what you think. Blessings
Plus, we have opened the site up to “all viewers” to read and use all materials and resources available. You no longer have to be a member to receive free downloads or connect to our data base.
Just a reminder, membership is free, and it gives access to all Bible Studies, (more than what you see listed) Sermons, Connector page privileges, everything, if you need help signing on, drop us an email or call.
A quick word on donations. At present this ministry does not have a 501 c 3 Tax Status. We are a “not for profit” Ministry. We operate solely on free will offerings, from folks “not” expecting a taxable write-off. We do provide a receipt to all givers. We hold to all the requirements of an authorized 501 c 3, but without the Government’s endorsement.