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Once again; To all our Veterans and friends; greetings and blessings from LTWM. We pray you are all doing great in the Lord, and are walking in health and blessings.
Summer is drawing nigh; fall is in the air, just not in the South yet. I’m surely ready for some cooler weather; as that usually means it’s time to get the dust off the motorcycle and get ready for a much needed ride. These rides are usually an all day event; I get out real early and get home late afternoon. The reason for the mention is; if you have ever ridden a motorcycle much, it can be medicinal, I mean good for the head. I ride out in the country, no work, no phone calls, no problem, just enjoy the hum of the motor and hear the voice of God from time to time. We all need some R & R time, just get out and away some times, enjoy God’s beautiful creation, seeing the sights, stop for a coffee, maybe your favorite restaurant, in my case a sea food restaurant. It’s amazing what our great country has to offer, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune either. I have an old Ford Escort that gets close to 40 miles per gallon of gas. An excursion in just about anything can provide a much needed get a way, as it’s good for the soul.
A phrase we hear often and see on TV as of late is; “we are all in this together”. Of course I am referring the pandemic scare that is going around. I have an article posted this month from a guest columnist that is very good concerning the state of the union on the pandemic and so much more, a great read, it is listed on our site in the Commentary Section.
But the truth of being in this together is much bigger than the pandemic scare. Life has many ups and downs, most anyone can attest to that. Just maybe an occasion will arise when we personally need some outside assistance, someone or an organization, professional or otherwise to help us bridge the gap in crossing our river of difficulty some time. The Church is just such a place to get the help that is needed often times. If they cannot be of assistance, you can bet they know someone that can help. A great truth is often revealed; no man is an island unto himself, most of the time. If LTWM can be of service to you, just drop us a line, perhaps we can help, if not we can refer you someone who can.
The staff at LTWM are all Veterans. Our President and Founder Ryan DeStefano served in the Navy. We all hold a special appreciation for you all that have served this great Country, God Bless you. Don’t be surprised if you read articles on this Veterans page that look a lot like war stories, as I like to share some things that reflect upon my experiences during this great time in my life. I was no Purple Heart recipient, but I did faithfully serve and did what I was told. With that said, I would like to extend an open arms to all our Veterans that would like to be Members of our fellowship and have something they would like to share for all to appreciate. Almost everything is free on our web-site, if you don’t see what you are looking for, drop us line and we’ll see what we can do to help.
Once again; Welcome to; Light the Way Ministry. It is our sincere desire to be a help and be a blessing to all our Service members past, present and future. As an On-Line Church, we not only provide for a person’s spiritual needs/well being, but try to connect people in physical need with those that can provide the help. We feel we have much to offer at present but are ever expanding and we hope you will want to expand with us.
How about this thought; I was thinking the other day about who knows better about sacrifice than a veteran? I was watching a training video on TV about how the Navy Seals go through training, and man, I’m thinking; these guys are brutal, battle ready once they leave Paris Island, from what I saw. I thought I had it tough in the Army going through Fort Polk, La. in the summer time no less. 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. He knows how to take orders, been there and done that. He understands that a good commander over the men is a commander that will get the men home safe and sound from the mission. We all know men gladly follow a proven leader, one who has the best battle strategy/plan. Just like the battle field, we don’t leave the dead or wounded behind, care for our brothers is paramount to any mission. How many folks know that many have had to sacrifice their own well being in order to protect or recue a comrade in battle from time to time? It’s all part of the plan, these are our brothers, we fight together and we stick together. And at the end of the road there is a military parade, after big wars that is, we once again take our place among the faithful, a sense of pride, a job well done, something to feel good about. The same way it is with serving the Lord, one day in Glory, the words will be spoken; well done thou good and faithful servant, enter in to the joy of the Lord. Yes, if anyone should know something about being faithful to task, sacrifice, maybe even being wounded in action, it would be the veterans. They could teach a lot of folks something you can be sure. Remember the part about leaving folks behind I mentioned? With that thought in mind, we are reaching out to our fellow veterans to point you to the Lord. You see, Jesus had a mission as well as us vets, His mission was to win the battle for the souls of mankind. He accomplished His mission and went back to Heaven to prepare a place for us and our families. Let us not miss out on such a great victory! Our website has much to offer in getting folks on the right track with the Lord. If you need some help with that drop this Ministry a line, or call, we would love to hear from you. Pastor Tom
One more thought, the Ministry Trailer I have been working this summer is coming along pretty good. The theme will be about fishing, in our case not just fishing, but fishing for souls. I’m talking about fishing poles, cast nets and life preservers to throw out to the souls in need. You may remember reading in the Gospel of Luke how Jesus saved the/a fish camp, as a result, they became partners with Jesus in the fish business. What a call in life, to partner with the Lord in any good work.
I have said this before in subsequent articles that I am a serious WW II buff; (serious interest in a given subject). I have watched many hours of war footage on the Pacific war, the Japanese controlled islands being taken by our troops, the fierce battles, being wounded or worse. Am I the only one who wonders why in the world we would invest lives to take some worthless island? I was no General while in the service for our Country, so I speak from an enlisted point of view. But the last place I would invade is a place of heavily fortified encampments. I heard this said when I was in the service over fifty years ago; the reason we draft young guys is they don’t have any common sense judgment yet. If we tell them to do something, and threaten them if they don’t, they will do it, and we did. I don’t know if that is true, or if it is still true, but it makes me wonder, it seems plausible. My strategy of missing some of those fortified islands is just for the islands, as some battles just have to be fought. I’m thinking a great idea would have been to blockade the island, at some point they will give up. There is something about hunger pains taking the fight out of anyone. This should be said; some islands have strategic location for launching huge aircraft from, so we would have to take advantage of those locations. Have you ever noticed that quite often physical things of life have great value in other areas of life, maybe even spiritual implications as well?
I speak for myself here mostly, but I have observed this in other folks as well. Are there areas of our life where we encounter strong resistance in winning battles? You can be sure the enemy of our soul will not give up ground he has taken, or maybe we have given him. What stronghold could possibly hold some soul bound that he cannot win the battle you may ask? Here is one that has affected many servicemen, myself included, alcohol. I picked up this vice while in the service, and it held me bound for several years before I received Divine help to be rid of it. Here’s another one, pornography, wow, that gets many a guy, and it is one of the devil’s best weapons to use against you. Make no mistake about it; this is one island that will be hard to take, unless there is Divine help once again.
Now back to my original premise; island hopping, let the enemy stay there, starve him out. In translation, that means, stay away from bars, nightclubs and the like. Don’t place yourself in a place where temped to buy, or be given the very stuff you don’t want that will wipe you out. How about porn, this is a serious magnet, once it has you in its pull; it is hard to break away. You may need, to stay away from beaches, islands and places where the attractants are strongest, once again, bypass these island strongholds. If you know where the enemy is strongest; stay well away from his area of power and control. I read an article some time back that I thought has great merit. The article brought out a word given by the Lord to Solomon (wisest man of his day). In Proverbs 5, it talks about not going to the door of her house. The idea was; behind that door there was a woman that was more than willing to help you comprise your virtues, you know what I mean. But, don’t let things get past the door level, doors will or should not entice you, you can say no to a door, much easier than a woman of lust.
The article is about common sense, island hopping strongholds seems like a great plan to keep away from the enemies strongholds to me. God Bless you.
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
Please note; these Reflections; 2 and 3 are left in on purpose as they share some very relevant truths that seem to have a long term need. I have read where many Veterans Affairs/Hospitals and even the Police Departments are now helping folks that have high levels of battle fatigue or other type of mental stress in trying to cope or overcome these ills. In many tragic incidences, some folks have succumbed to this mental stronghold and taken their life....
Reflections # 3
I was thinking the other day about who knows better about sacrifice than a veteran? I was watching a training video on TV about how the Navy Seals go through training, and man, I’m thinking; these guys are brutal, battle ready once they leave Paris Island, from what I saw. I thought I had it tough in the Army going through Fort Polk, La. in the summer time no less....
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This Month’s Commentary is; “The Prophet” Our Commentary this month will look at the role of the Prophet. Did or does just such a figure exist, and if so, are there any such people around in our day and time? This may be one of the more profound articles you will read.
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 September’s Devotional is; “The Wisdom of God”. What a theme, great practical insights right out of God’s Word, plus interspersed with many years of personal Pastoral application. With a host of contributing voices added to these devotionals, you have a great word to start your day off right.
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
Companions For Heroes
Who doesn’t love dogs, this group of folks has a ministry of connecting service dogs with military vets for lifelong friendships
Also being offered is a little book written by a Pat Gavros. She is a spokesperson at Veterans affairs meetings, sharp lady. The book is; “101 Amazing Facts about Military Working Dogs”. It’s a good read, she shares stuff most folks never heard of before. Can be obtained from our web-site.
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