Welcome to LTWM Website - Veterans Page
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.
When I was in the Army many years ago, we had a newspaper called the Star and Stripes. It was a small newspaper by any standards, only the top articles of interest would make the pages. With the advent of the internet, and social platforms that abound, ink and paper can now be dispensed with, just send an article out on the wire, and within seconds everyone is reading it. This vast resource has changed our world in many ways. It opens many doors to share the Good News of the Gospel for example. I might add, the original truth, for the betterment of mankind. As a matter of fact, if folks were to heed the Bible’ instructions, I don’t think there would be a need for a military, some folks may not care for that thought. You may have heard this one liner before; Make Love; Not War!
From my perspective, or at least from the window I’m looking through anyway, the world is messed up, what we were taught as right is now wrong, and what were told to be wrong is now right, go figure, (Isaiah 5:20). Amazing, the Lord said just such a time would come, it’s here. The Bible declares concerning the Disciples of the 1st Century; these that have turned the world up-side down are here hither also, (Acts 17:6). Bible scholars all agree; no, they didn’t turn the world up-side down, but right-side up. And that is the message for our day and time, no, we individually may not turn a whole world right side up, but, we working in agreement and unison, can. Keep shining the light, sooner or later, people in darkness will get tired of the darkness and come to the Light, the Lord Jesus.
That is actually what our web-site is designed to do, to help one find a way out of the maze of darkness, sin of all kinds, misery, alcohol, drugs, you name it, dark is still dark, we need the Light. If anyone reading these articles needs help, please drop us a line and we’ll do what we can to help any and all folks. God Bless, Tom.
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.
One more thought, the Ministry Trailer I have been working on this past summer is coming along pretty good. The theme will be about fishing, in our case not just fishing, but fishing for souls. It will be 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. Presently I am working on the fish that will attach to the sides of the boat/trailer. When I say fish, I am talking about whoppers; if anyone knows someone who can airbrush paint that lives in the central Fla. area, please forward their contact info to our web site’s contact page. A beloved brother in the Lord, just donated some huge fishing rods and reels for Ministry usage; PTL. We have some progress pictures posted on our web site; click on “pictures” to view. To all our friends and family; be blessed, Tom
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.
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
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.
One more thought, the Ministry Trailer I have been working on this summer is coming along pretty good. The theme will be about fishing, in our case not just fishing, but fishing for souls. It will be 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. Presently I am working on the fish that will attach to the sides of the boat/trailer. When I say fish, I am talking about whoppers; if anyone knows someone who can airbrush paint that lives in the central Fla. area, please forward their contact info to our web site’s contact page. We have some progress pictures posted on our web site; click on “pictures” to view.
To all our friends and family; be blessed, Tom
“Don’t Sail Now”!
I just celebrated another birthday, in the Lord that is, over forty years ago I gave my life to Jesus, not only the biggest decision one could ever make in life, but the most important. I can say this with all truthfulness; I never whined or pined about going back into a world of sin and misery, I burned the bridges, crossed the Red Sea of life and am happily claiming/receiving the promises in the Promised Land, PTL.
On to the article at hand, the title is based upon an event that happened to the Apostle Paul in the Book of Acts, chapters 27 and 28. As the account goes, Paul was to appear before Caesar to make appeal to him concerning his sharing of Christ to the world. The Jewish folks just couldn’t see how Jesus was the promised Messiah and stirred up a lot of dissent along the way. As a result, Paul was placed on a Roman prison ship to go to Rome to stand trial. I see many parallels of this account about the prison ship and the events that transpired looking very much like the events we are seeing in this Country right now, not only personally, but spiritually and politically, but for now, personally. As we all know there are certain “dynamics” in life, many events transcend the event itself and could represent another event very well.
Here’s the word; the Apostle Paul said; Sirs, I perceive this voyage will be with; hurt and much damage, not only of the lading of the ship, but also of our lives, (Acts 27:10). There it is, the warning, was Paul an accomplished ship Captain, not on your life, but he was God’s man in the right place at the right time. But for all practical purposes, it didn’t matter, no one cared about his admonishment; never the less the centurion believed the master and the owner of the ship, more than those things which were spoken of by Paul, (Acts 27:11) On a personal level, how many times have we brought about circumstances in our life that we could have said; I knew better, or maybe, I was warned, far too often I bet. This voyage account is rich in many truths that we could glean from. However, there are some vitally important truths to glean from that I want to bring out. And we being exceedingly tossed with the tempest, (27:18), I call this; things that are; “out of our immediate control”. True, the Lord arose and rebuked the wind and seas and there came a great calm as recorded in Mathew 8:24-26. Life has many things that come our way; that are; “out of our control”; as Paul was in someone else’ ship. What we do about that is crucial to our surviving the storms of life. So, what is it Paul did that made the difference in being a victim or a victor? There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve; saying; Fear not, Paul, thou must be brought before Caesar (27: 23-24). There it is, a word from God provided the much needed “Peace” in the midst of the storm. Bible Scholars say this word was a word of “wisdom”, which is a word that gives insight into future events, actually one of the Gifts of the Spirit (I Cor. 12:8). It is paramount in the storms of life that we hear from Heaven, it makes all the difference in our circumstance. But is there more to do during your storm situation?
Yes; stay in the boat! Except these abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved (27:31). I would call this revelation; “things in my control”. Here we are in this case, in a ship, a storm of the century is pounding us and what do you do? You follow directions; did an Angel appear to you and give you instructions? If yes, you follow them implicitly, to the letter. If you did not hear from an Angel, or the Lord, what do you do? Did a man or woman of God speak a word from God to you, like Paul, if yes,; follow it to the letter. But; if you are like many folks that go through storms, there is no Angel, no Apostle Paul, what do you do? You/me/us; we pray, no, this is not a lesson in futility, we hear from Heaven, how? Often, very often, God gives His children a Rhema Word, what is that? It is a Spirit directed word right out of God’s Word, our Bible. That’s right, a verse many times, an audible low voice spoken to you, or a certain directing of the Holy Spirit to a portion of God’s Word that will give us the breakthrough in our storm. In the case of the prison ship, it didn’t make sense to cut off the life boat and let it go, but listening to Godly instruction does. There is a side bar truth in this account that needs to be brought out; “except ye abide in the ship, ye cannot be saved” (27:31). This verse reveals one of the greatest truths of all time, “abiding in the ship” or ark of old. Like in Noah’s day, all that were not in the Ark perished, only eight souls were saved. In every storm that will ever come our way, do we continue to stay in our “Ark of safety” which is Christ, or will we abandon ship? In times of turmoil, storms, only one thing will get us through these times, and that is staying in constant contact with the Captain of our souls, namely; Jesus.
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....
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 3 R’s”. This Commentary takes a look at a missing element in our Nation, the ability to; read, write and arithmetic. I’m not talking about the ability to call out words, but to read valid materials in order make better choices and decisions in life. From what I have seen, people at large no longer seem to care about searching out a matter for truth on their own, just receive a lie and go forward on that. The math side of the equation is that far too many folks think numbers can be jumbled to justify unsafe financial matters, and The Government has an endless supply of money to give out all the time. Those in the know are aware that a financial meltdown is coming.
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.
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The theme for January’s Devotional is; “The Life and Ministry of Christ”. The Bible declares that Jesus did so many things while on the earth in His brief 33 years, that all the books of the world couldn’t contain it all. This month we’ll investigate some of the many things He did do that will provide not only a food for thought but a daily admonishment for the child of God as well.
A lot of good truth and insight make for a good read.. Interspersed 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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