We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine


Bound in the Bundle of Life

Have you ever heard the phrase, “Bound in the bundle of life?”

I discovered this phrase in the Old Testament book of 1st Samuel, chapter 25. The text reads, “Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God . . .”

To be bound in the bundle of life is to know that you are protected and cared for deeply. When valuable items were transported during biblical times, they were wrapped in cloth, cotton and other soft materials for protection. They were then wrapped again and again to ensure safe arrival.

These words “bound in the bundle of life” came from a wise woman named Abigail who was trying to protect David from ruining his future. David was about to kill Nabal for insulting him, but Abigail’s reminder of God’s value and protection over him gave him the inner strength to leave the matter in God’s hands.

David faced many difficult days ahead, but it was all was part of God’s plan to prepare a king. As I look back on my own life I see difficult circumstances and relationships as a part of God’s sovereign plan to prepare me for what I am doing today. If I had resisted or taken matters into my own hands, I would never have been granted the privilege of starting Lamplighter Publishing, Lamplighter Theatre Lamplighter Moments, and now, the Lamplighter Guild. I have learned–and hopefully will continue to learn–that my life has been “bound in the bundle of life with the Lord [my] God.” Consider these wise words of Abigail today, and ask yourself, is a bitter and vengeful spirit forcing God’s plans for you to be postponed?

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 5:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Early in the Morning

Are you more productive late at night or early in the morning?

At the Lamplighter Guild this summer, we tried an experiment with our students. We started each day at 6:15 a.m. As the sun rose, you could see students and teachers in the Word and prayer dotted around the landscape; meeting in gazebos on the cliffs, along the lake, and in the gardens.

Our early morning time was the training ground where students prepared for battle. Often times in Christianity we spend more time in retreat than advance. There are plenty of opportunities for recreation and restoring the soul, but life as presented in the Bible is pictured as a battle. And as soldiers we need to live life with vigilance.

We also learned that this extra effort gave back some unexpected dividends. Rather than time flying by, it was if time had stopped and we were able to
accomplish more in a few days than we would have expected to accomplish in a week’s time. As I study the lives of great innovators and inventors, I see a common thread of early rising. I am not saying that one cannot accomplish great things by staying up late, but often sleeping in is the result of a lack of self-discipline.

As I study the lives of Abraham, Moses, and Joshua, I see they too had early
rising in common. In fact, the first two times God gives Moses an assignment he hears these words: “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Rise early in the morning.'”

For years, my most productive time was late at night. But since I have been
deliberately practicing the discipline of going to bed earlier and rising
early, my level of productivity has soared. We are commanded to redeem the
time, and there’s no better way to start than by redeeming the beginning of
the day.

Published in: on September 29, 2011 at 5:10 am  Leave a Comment  

180 Ray Comfort

http://www.180movie.com/  This must be seen by everyone. Share this with family, friends, and neighbors

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Crying Wolf

To answer your questions on why I am promoting this video on Crying Wolf, you need to know that one of our Guild students, J.D. King, produced this incredible footage. He started working on this film when he was 18 and now two years later he has had over 8000 viewers in just a few weeks. What you are about to see and hear will help you to understand the real battle that is at center stage, though few can see it. Using his camera as God’s mighty bow, J.D. has undoubtedly opened the lid on Pandora’s box–well done J.D.! http://cryingwolfmovie.com/

Published in: on September 25, 2011 at 11:52 pm  Leave a Comment  

Vulgar Lyrics

Two weeks ago I posted a video that I shared so parents and students could catch a glimpse of excellence and creativity. It was beautifully crafted. Then someone sent me a note about the lyrics. I had listened to is several times and couldn’t understand all of the words…the first red flag that I missed. The lyrics horrified me. They were vulgar and I do apologize for not being more vigilant.  I am truly and humbly sorry for sharing this video. It was a lesson that will not easily be forgotten.  I Peter 5:8

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Teacher Speaks Out on Homosexuality on Facebook – Sent Home

http://www.rickstout.com/nom2.html

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God’s All Sufficiency

I was reading Genesis 17 the other day and found God’s demand upon Abraham “be thou perfect,” to be quite unrealistic. If I heard God telling me to be perfect . . . well, I would do what Abraham did. Genesis 17 says he fell on his face and was silent! Now why would God give any man such an unachievable standard to live by?

When I find passages of Scripture that seem contrary to the character of God, I just can’t let it go until I can find some resolve. So I decided to take another look at Genesis 17, and there it was!

Before God tells Abraham to be perfect, He first tells him that He is God Almighty! God Almighty means the all Powerful One–the all Sufficient One. You see, living perfectly depends completely on God’s all sufficiency. What makes this interesting is what happened in Abraham’s life in the previous two chapters–he took a second wife and had a child and completely messed up his family! He lost sight of God’s all-sufficiency.

What a lesson this is for me! Right now I am in the midst of a great testing of my faith in regard to the future of Lamplighter Theatre. The funding for this project is beyond the scope of our resources, but I am reminded that “Faithful is he who calls you, who will also do it.” Abraham’s ability to have a child when he was 100 years old was God’s challenge–not Abraham’s–because He really is “all sufficient” for all things.

Published in: on September 23, 2011 at 4:32 am  Comments (1)  

The Influence of Role Models

The influence of a role model can change the direction of a life. Thirty years ago, one man, Charlie Tremendous Jones, inspired me to be a reader. And what an influence it was! Though I never read a book until I was twenty-two years old, Charlie’s influence set me on a course for which I shall forever be thankful.

Now, thirty years later, I still pray the prayer that I found in that first book on the life of D.L. Moody: “The world has not seen what God can do through one man wholly committed unto him; I pray I be that man.” Next was George Mueller, who trusted God for countless orphans; what Moody did on his feet, Mueller did on his knees.

Amy Carmichael risked her life to stop teenage prostitution in India, and Gladys Aylward gave her life to care for Chinese orphans. I will never forget the pages that describe her defiance when faced with the insurmountable obstacles of the Japanese and Chinese armies that blocked her passage to water. She was threatened that she and the children would be killed. But not this day–she bravely held on to the promises of God, “MY God shall fight for me!” And he did! It is recorded that both armies fled in opposite directions. When you’re surrounded by angels with swords drawn, it is best that you get out of the way!

What a profound influence role models can have on our lives! You see, “You’ll be the same five years from now as you are today, except for the people you meet and the books you read.” With a renewed mind and redeemed passions, we can experience what the Apostle Paul so poignantly expressed to the Ephesians: God will do exceedingly abundantly above all that we could ask or think!

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Crying Wolf

http://cryingwolfmovie.com/

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Blocked Vision, Part 4

In this last installment of Balaam’s Blocked Vision, I would like to suggest that Numbers chapters 22-24 does not present enough evidence to pass a guilty verdict upon Mr. Balaam. As a juror, I vote “NOT GUILTY!” He committed a few minor infractions, but nothing worthy of maligning him on the pages of Scripture for the next three thousand years. To think that the NT writers would accuse him as the cause of sexual perversion among God’s people! It’s simply inconceivable!

Right to the end, Mr. Balaam maintains that he will speak only the words that God gives him and will do nothing more (Numbers 14:13). But as soon as king Balak announces that all of the promises of financial rewards are now forfeited, Balaam devises an incredible master plan of deception. He appears squeaky clean on the outside, but you are about to see the true colors of the world’s best wolves in sheep’s clothing.

His plan is simple. Seeing the potential loss of his 401-K, he comes up with a master-mind plan. Since he can’t curse God’s people, he gives the king some inside information, with a future look into history. Moab will indeed be destroyed by Israel, but not right away. This inside information prompts the king to seize an opportunity. He will mix the multitude by enticing Israel with Moabite woman. In Numbers 25:1-2 we read: “. . . the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab. These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.” Balaam is a scoundrel and was in it for himself all along.

In Revelation 2:14 we read: “But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.”

The teaching of Balaam continues to be prevalent today. In many ways we have become a mixed multitude, as the practice of sexual immorality takes place before our very eyes–and even the eyes of our children! The enemy has seduced us and minimized that which was meant to be sacred to that which is now common. It is time to rise and break this unholy union with Hollywood. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit has to say . . . and He says it with one simple word–repent.

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