Pray for the Carney Family

Remember to pray for the Carney family!  They have now officially traveled to Hungary to begin the work God has called them to do.  What a blessing it is to be an active participant in the New Testament plan of reaching the world for Christ.

We are having Church today!

Good Sunday morning! I pray that you all made it safely through the winter storm! Just in case you weren’t sure, we ARE having Church services today. We pray that you are able to make it safely here to serve the Lord with us at Lighthouse Baptist Church.

We look forward to seeing you soon! Be safe!

Don’t Forget About Watch-Night Services!

Don’t forget that we have moved our service time to Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.! We will not be having our usual services on Wednesday.

We pray that you can join us for our Watch-Night service tomorrow night. Let’s bring in the New Year with the right focus, in the right place, with our church family.

Don’t forget that we have asked if you are able to bring a simple side dish, or dessert, or drink for the fellowship. Thank you to all who signed up to bring something. If you didn’t sign up you can still bring something if you are able to. If you can’t bring anything, don’t let that stop you from joining us! We look forward to bringing in the New Year with you in the Lord’s House!

Good thought for the day

I read a quote today by Corrie ten Boom which stated, “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

What a true statement that is. Worry does nothing for the cares of this world other than make them feel even more impossible to overcome. A precious and simple way to help with worry is to praise the Lord for what He has done. Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”

Another way to help with worry is to sing unto the Lord. When I read that quote the Lord laid the song “Living By Faith” on my heart. A song written by James Wells and Robert Winsett.

I care not today what the morrow may bring,
If shadow or sunshine or rain,
The Lord I know ruleth o’er everything,
And all of my worries are vain.

Refrain

Living by faith in Jesus above,
Trusting, confiding in His great love;
From all harm safe in His sheltering arm,
I’m living by faith and feel no alarm.

I pray that you have a blessed, worry free day! Not because life is easy, but because we know the Savior Jesus Christ. See you at church this evening at 7:00!

Services on August 26, 2015

It was a blessing to be in the House of the Lord last night! We continued in our study about the 4 personalities found in the Book of Proverbs. We have already covered the “fool”, and the “scorner.”

Last night we had our second message on the “simple.” The word “simple” is defined by Webster’s 1828 dictionary as a person who is; ‘weak in intellect; not wise or sagacious; silly.’ Basically, this means that a person is easily persuaded or lead because they don’t know any better. In the message we dealt with “Who Is Targeted.” Who best fits the category of someone who is easily lead or persuaded. Prayerfully, the answer would be obvious. It’s the younger generation; the youth and children in our world coming up to be tomorrow’s leaders.

The world and the devil want to twist our young people’s way of thinking away from God and His Word. We saw how in Proverbs 7:6-10 Solomon saw a young man “…among the simple ones…” who was “…void of understanding…” that got into a lot of trouble. One author said that the reason this young man got into this trouble was because no one took the time to warn him in advance of the danger and consequences of the sin he found himself in. This young man was void of understanding; void of the knowledge of the dangers of sin; and incapable of seeing beyond the immediacy of his own desires and choices.

The world and devil want the heart of the children! They will take anyone’s heart which is offered up to them, young and not so young alike. In Proverbs 23:26 Solomon says, “My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” Solomon pleaded for the heart of his son. It was a decision that his son had to make. It was a gift that only the son could give. We must give our hearts to God and teach our young people to do the same. We must capture the hearts of our young people once more for the glory of God!

How can we do this? In order to capture their hearts we must have their eyes, and ears! We must guard with ferocity that which enters into our young people’s eyes and ears. We must also guard this for ourselves with all diligence! For the eyes and ears are gates to the heart! Solomon said “My son give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.” Note how the heart is directly linked to the eyes. He says in Proverbs 19:27, “Cease, my son, to hear the instruction that causeth to err from the words of knowledge.” That which enters the ear can determine if a person follows after the Word of God, or breaks from the Word of God. Why is this so important? It’s so important because the Bible tells us in Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

How do you know if God has your heart? How do you know if God has the heart of a young person? Here a few questions to ask. If you will sincerely and honestly answer these questions, you will know who has your heart.
1. Who are you listening to? Are you listening to God’s Word and godly people, or others which have a different philosophy and way of thinking? Proverbs 19:27
2.What are you putting into your eye gate? Your entertainment affects your heart more than you could ever realize. Proverbs 23:26
3. Who are your friends? As a Christian should it be easier for you to make friends out in the world, or in the Church? I Corinthians 15:33
4. Who do you prefer to model yourself after? Worldly influences or Godly influences? Philippians 3:17
5. Where is your treasure? What’s your purpose and focus in life? Is it to bring honor to God and work for Him, or is it to please yourself and heap unto yourself pleasures? Matthew 6:21-23
6. What’s your favorite song? Who is your favorite musician? Is it a worldly group? What does the song or musician focus on in their music? Psalm 40:3; Psalm 98:1; Isaiah 42:10; Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
7. If you can play a musical instrument, what’s your favorite song to play or practice on your instrument? Is it a song which brings glory to God, or is it a song of worldly influence? Psalm 144:9