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. God is still in charge, His eternal plan is still going forward, people are coming to Christ for salvation, and Jesus is coming in the not too distant future. All is well.
There is a word that comes to me about what is going on right now in the world. The word is “transition”. That equates to a timeline in which things are not the same as they once were; but not exactly where they will end up either in the future. What a shame, I rather liked the way things were, however I am not talking about the last twenty something years. I know I am old fashioned, the Mrs. says I’m still living in the 1950’s; I take that as a compliment. I loved the cars of the fifties, the innocence of the fifties, (holding hands with your sweetheart was big) the caring, sharing, math in school, shop class, the dress code in school. The yearly Christmas Nativity scenes; in Churches, Town Hall and just about everywhere, God was honored. Businesses in our small town U.S.A. would paint winter and Christmas scenes on the windows out front. In my mind that was good stuff, a good environment to raise the kids. Now we have the transition to usher in what? The faulting of everything, our past, our leaders, our police, statues of heroes past, what in the world is going on? Will there be a legacy to pass on to our loved ones as they grow up? Am I the only one who finds this new wave quite disgusting? From what I read and observe, the older the folks, the more traditional their values, the younger the folks the less value oriented they are. Could there have been a brainwashing of our last few generations that has produced this mass mayhem we see daily, say yes.
Where will it end, I already know, the Lord says in the “last days” perilous times shall come. Does this tyranny mean we are living in the last days, and then what? The Christian knows the answer to that question; it means we the Christian has made all the impact in and to our society we can. The command of the Lord to be the salt and light to a dark world has been done, the rejection of the love of God has been spoken by billions of voices, there can only be one solution, and Judgment must come. And make no mistake, it will come, when the Church disappears in the clouds of glory, the world will find out real fast what darkness really is. This is one of the biggest reasons the Church has a commission; God is not willing that any should perish, but all come to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
I am here to say that many Churches and Evangelists across the world are doing just that, working in the fields of the world diligently, bringing in the sheaves (souls). Have you been cursed at for sharing your faith, count yourself blessed, our forefathers said the same. We at LTWM are busy as ever posting new material on our Foundational Builder and Wall Builder section to help any and all people/s get some of the best teaching and Bible Study material you’ll find for free. Invite your family, friends and neighbors over coffee and a Bible Study, they’ll be glad you did.
I am still working on the Ark, well not exactly, but a Ministry Trailer with a fish theme. I want to catch a mess of souls. The excitement is building; I’ll post pictures toward completion. I anticipate the kids will love it, the games; the pictures with the big fish. They will be my partners in the fishing business. Please keep us in prayer if you can, as we all know, if God isn’t in this work effort; it’s all a waste of time. God Bless all our friends and partners across the land.
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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.
“The Burning Bush”
In my Reflections this month I would like to share something that I believe many people have experienced in their life BC, before they got saved. I like to think there is a certain inspiration in sharing these articles, as there is a host of things that could be shared. Before I get into the “what happened” that led up to me giving my life to the Lord, I feel a little background may be in order first. Without giving the devil much air time, let me just say I was no choir boy in my twenties, as we almost never attended Church. However, I was raised with values, don’t lie (or don’t let dad catch you), do your best, don’t steal, basically the 10 Commandments, can’t go wrong with that. But that all went out the door when my uncle called me up and said; Tom I want you to leave home and join the Army, in other words, I got drafted into active duty, and the uncle was Uncle Sam, you may have heard of him, ha, ha. It was during this timeline I would pick up some bad habits that would lead me down the wrong road and away from anything to do with God for several years....
"A Christmas Classic"
This time of the year does bring great memories. One of those memories I want to share in my reflection this time is an event that took place this time of the year over a period of many years. Having been in Ministry for many years, you meet many dear people, and many of those people have worked with me for many years in going to the jails or the Mission, many events and in some cases door to door Church Evangelism projects, plus much more. These folks in many cases were older than I was, but that didn’t stop them, they possessed an eagerness to serve the Lord that is hard to find among the masses. These were more than brothers and sisters in the Lord, theses were personal friends, folks that you could count on. Many of these dear souls have gone on to be with the Lord now. Some of the others are in their eighties and one is over a hundred years old/young....
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, in just a few weeks many will gather and give thanks for the great bounty the Lord has provided once again. This has to be one of my favorite times of the year, with the trees glowing in their amber, red and gold hues to the days getting cooler, I mean, does it get any better than that, is God good or what? They say this Holiday; “Holy-day” originated with the Pilgrims way back in 1621, as they were grateful to just be alive and not starving upon arrival in the New World. Even George Washington declared this day as a National Day of Thanksgiving to God for His Divine Providence over this great land. Then Abraham Lincoln made it official, a National Day of prayer and thanksgiving set aside the last Thursday of every October to honor God and His great grace upon the land. Much has been recorded of these events of old, and why not, this is our heritage....
“Hearing from Heaven”
Have you ever heard the voice of the Lord, heard the Holy Spirit say something to you, or heard a voice speak something to you of unknown origin in some cases? You may have pondered, who said that, in some cases you looked behind or around the vicinity and saw no one. Welcome to the crowd, many folks could say they did hear an audible voice, but here’s the catch, it wasn’t picked up through normal audible voice frequency with your outer ears. It was as if we have an inner ear, kind of like a second set of ears that hears things from a different level. This may be over the head of some reading this but, none the less, this magnificent body that God created does have the ability to hear things that the physical body does not hear in many cases. So that opens the door to a question; does God or the Holy Spirit actually speak to a person?
This month’s Reflection is about something that happened to me many years ago. I think that is what this column is really about, sometimes looking back at things in the past whether personally or maybe just bringing to light again an event or matter of importance at one time in some way, shape or form. This incident itself isn’t really the main theme of the story; it’s what I learned as a result of it.
"The Christian Voice"
From what I have read and seen on the news and in print, many folks have cast some serious stones and threats at the Church for President Trump’s election. He has been called a modern day Cyrus, a character from the Old Testament Book of Daniel. As noted in the Bible; Cyrus was very eager to help the Jews that were in exile to get back to their homeland. He even helped in the rebuilding of their destroyed Temple, what a blessing that turned out to be. There were some factions that not only didn’t want the Jews back, but hindered their every effort. Those voices of old are the voices of our day and time, much of the Arab world. A parallel seems to exist in many ways in comparison of our President to Cyrus per folks in the know.
The way I see it is, one soul taking their life is one soul too many. When I was in the service the 60’s just about all our Company was going to Viet Nam. There wouldn’t be too many volunteers of course; however we weren’t asked if we wanted to go, we were sent. As a result some brought harm to themselves, some fatally. I often thought about that, why or how could folks do that? It is with that thought; that I want to present some thoughts of my own after many years in Ministry now that I feel may be of benefit here.
It was hot, humid, rained daily, with bugs, snakes and who knows what all, this country boy had just about met his match in the bayou country was my thinking. I didn’t think it could get much worse, until I went to Tiger-Land. Some may remember the old tune back then; don’t ask me, I don’t give a dang, next stop is Viet Nam. Ok, that was over fifty years ago, amen, still here Lord. So back to the sacrifice part, I’m thinking if anyone should understand what being a Christian is all about, it ought to be the veteran.
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.
I have had something happen recently that brings to mind a series of events that has played out over many years that I am aware of. I feel compelled to share my Reflections this month with the hope that it may benefit someone reading this article. We are familiar with the concept that; what the devil does to people (quite often they allow), the Lord can get or find some good out of it in the end. I have seen these things happen before, people are often creatures of habit, it seems it is easier to keep doing something that is not right, than to take the necessary changes to correct it. I want to present this account in such a way to show that it could or does happen to just about any family that doesn’t walk with the Lord very close or at all. Though the message may seem somewhat veiled, the facts it portrays are very real.
Many years ago there was a certain person, although not a real person, (as you will see later) that was introduced to a family. The family; mom and dad were young, just starting out, no too far along the first couple of kids made the scene; ah yes, the perfect family in the making. The dad was a hard working type, no real formal education, after all he grew up in the Depression era; work came ahead of education back then. Of course this was not a wealthy to do family from either side of their parental equation. All was going well for quite some time. Then one day, it was hard to tell exactly when, but an unknown guest showed up, he didn’t seem to be too bad a guy at first, actually, he seemed to fit right in, almost. He seemed to bring a jovial spirit with him, others would join him in making merry, hey life is good, they would say. As time went on, this friend began to demand more time from the family, as a matter of fact he took more than “time” since the day he showed up. It was noticed that he seemed to gravitate toward the dad more in his endeavor to be a real good friend. You could say he became too good a friend with the dad, as time was being taken away from the family to be with this so called buddy. At first, it was hard what to make of this, but not to worry, everyone needs friends; right? However good this buddy was, he seemed to bring out a bad side in the dad as time went on. The dad had got to a point where he put this guy ahead of his family, even to the point of taking time and other treasures from the family to give it to this friend of his. This was the beginning of hard times for the next many years to come. Mom could see through this guy like a cheap suit, he didn’t fool her. As a result dad would often meet the friend at a local meeting place where others that knew him well, would all gather, yes, it would seem he was no stranger to many others folks as well.
As time went on; this so called friend made more and more demands upon the dad, and the family suffered as a result. As more children were to be part of the family, the drain of dad’s friend became almost intolerable. The mood swings, hostility, indifference, financial hardships were all part of the new personality that rubbed off on the dad as a result of the buddy. Many years later and much damage to the siblings and family unit, the older children grew up. Not surprising, they would become influenced greatly by this so called friend of family as well. And much like the dad of whom they were mentored, the friend would be a welcome guest to the siblings as well. You would think; didn’t the siblings hate this guy as they grew up; I guess not enough to run or resist his influence upon them. Like a terrible story line being played out upon unsuspecting souls, this fiend of a friend would not only do to the siblings what he had done to the dad, but worse. As a result of him, their very lives would be altered, ye, shattered; the path of their life changed and the visions of a beautiful life they once held would be dashed. This foul soul would hold them in his death clutches all the days of their lives. The trail of destruction he wrought gives testimony that this is one friend we can all do without. Were there not life preservers being tossed to this hapless family? Yes, many times, but the takers were minimal; it was like they were on the Titanic, only willing to abandon the sinking ship of life at the last possible minute.
It is time to unmask this diabolical foe, this parasite of all goodness and righteousness. In many ways I wish he were some real person that could be apprehended and placed far from humanity behind some maximum prison cell, but that isn’t the case at all. At any rate, far too many love him, you couldn’t find a jury in the world to convict him. In the beginning of this article I said this wasn’t a guy at all. The “he” is actually a substance! For our purposes here, the substance could be some type of mind altering drug, we all know there are many to, “not” choose from, but the culprit I am referring to is; Alcohol. This so called friend has ruined more homes by far than all the other ills combined, that’s my guess anyway. Why, because this stuff is socially accepted by just about everyone. This ill seems to be the life of the party, TV glamorizes his works, the young and beautiful hold him close to bosom, and smile all the while he loosens ones morals and empties a soul of its vital worth. It has been said that alcohol is America’s #1 most serious drug problem. The Bible does not condone alcohol, consider the words in Solomon; look not upon the wine when it is red, when it gives his color in the cup, when it moves itself aright, (Prov. 23:31). Sage advice; if we heed it.
In the beginning I mentioned having 1st hand knowledge of the devastation of alcohol upon this family, that goes with the Pastor’s work. As a result; I just witnessed another one in that family die through the ravages of this sin, and some of its parasitic buddies, you got it; cigarettes. And yes, this was another worthless habit that pays some terrible dividends, it’s called; death. But no matter how many voices were spoken against such bodily evils, people do it anyway. I visited this person many times on the side of a road, literally living under a tree, no home, he rejected that many years ago, just live the bum’s life. I tried to reach him, reach out to him, even offered my home to him, the answer was always the same, I would rather have my freedom to drink and smoke than a roof over my head. He at one time was a handsome fellow, many a fine young lady would do well to have chosen him, he could have had a very good life, but that’s all gone now, now you have to face the Lord. I prayed for him many times on the side of that road and otherwise to be healed, salvation, deliverance, whatever the need, hopefully he took advantage of the salvation message.
I mentioned the Lord has a way of taking some dreadful circumstance and turning it around for His Glory, this is one of those cases where I hope that will happen. It’s my hope that some poor soul in need, maybe similar circumstance may stumble upon this article and upon reading this account, say; this is me. If that is you; I would say quit robbing yourself and your family of your precious life; run this worth so-called friend off; you don’t need friends like that. Be assured the Lord will help you get victory over any and everything the devil has or tries to put on you. It’s time to love life, again maybe.
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 Thomas
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; “The Deafening Silence”. This may be one of the more challenging articles you will read. Who hasn’t wondered why God veils Himself as He does? As a result the world has come to the conclusion; there must be No God! Yes, there is a time coming when “every” eye shall see Him, and then the world will find out; justice delayed in not justice denied. . If you think the message has merit, please forward it to someone, they may be glad you did. 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 Thomas.
The theme for March’s Devotional is; “Heaven”. Does Heaven really exist, the Bible says it does. You may be surprised at all the verses that declare not just the existence of, but the description of Heaven as well. It’s time well spent discovering all the great truths concerning our eternal abode. 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
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