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“Another Jesus” Calling Has Gone to Press

Oct 24th, 2013 Posted in coming soon, LT Author News, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT, Publishing News | Comments Off on “Another Jesus” Calling Has Gone to Press

AJC-lgLighthouse Trails is pleased to say that we have now gone to press with Warren B. Smith’s new release, “Another Jesus” Calling. The book will be back from press by November 22nd. Below is some information about the book, including the Table of Contents and a link to the “Note to the Reader” (from the book).

Inspired by the New Age book God Calling, Sarah Young claims to be receiving messages from Jesus Christ which she compiled into what is now her best-selling book, Jesus Calling. Author Warren Smith carefully documents his concerns about her book, her “Jesus,” and the New Age implications contained in many of Young’s devotional messages. He also warns about the danger of contemplative prayer and in elevating spiritual experiences over the Word of God. “Another Jesus” Calling is his call for much needed discernment in these very deceptive times.

$12.95  176 pages |
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Note to the Reader Prologue

PART ONE – GOD CALLING: Ten Concerns 1. Channeled Book From Jesus? 2. Permeated With New Age Terminology 3. God’s Universal Spirit? 4. God “in” Everyone? 5. Name it & Claim it 6. Experience Replaces God’s Word 7. Jesus Needs Us More Than We Need Him? 8. New Truth & New Revelation 9. The New Age & Psalm 46:10 10. New Age Christianity

PART TWO – JESUS CALLING: Twenty Concerns 1. Inspired by a Channeled New Age Book 2. Channeling Jesus? 3. Test the Spirits 4. Jesus Contradicts Himself? 5. Jesus Tells Us to Laugh at the Future? 6. The Flattery of Jesus? 7. Who Wants Us to Rest by the Wayside? 8. Visualizing Jesus? 9. The Dark Night of Jesus’ Birth? 10. Abraham Guilty of “Idolatry” & “Son-Worship”? 11. Contemplative Prayer, the New Age, & Psalm 46:10 12. Practicing What Presence? 13. “Co-creating” with God 14. Quantum Leap, Quantum “Christ” 15. “Cocoon of Light” 16. The “Great Work” of “Divine Alchemy” 17. Jesus is Above All & “in” All? 18. Moving Toward a New Age/New Worldview 19. Would Jesus Magnify His Presence Above the Word of God? 20. “Another Jesus” Calling

Epilogue Appendix A – Ten Basic Warnings About Deception Appendix B – The Gospel of the True Jesus Christ Appendix C – Ten Ways to Be More Discerning Note From the Publisher Endnotes Index

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AUTHOR BIO: Warren B. Smith (B.A. University of Pennsylvania; M.S.W. Tulane University) is a former social worker who directed several homeless programs in Northern California and served as a hospice social worker in New Orleans and on the California coast. Because of his past involvement in the New Age movement, he has written extensively on the subject of spiritual deception. He speaks often at conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Chapter by Chapter Synopsis of How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception

May 20th, 2013 Posted in LT Author News, new releases, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT, Publishing News | Comments Off on Chapter by Chapter Synopsis of How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception

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Lighthouse Trails Publishing’s newest release: How to Protect Your Child From the New Age & Spiritual Deception

BOOK INFORMATION:
336 PAGES, $14.95 (quantity discounts)
AUTHOR: BERIT KJOS OF KJOS MINISTRIES
Available now for pre-order (ships by May 29th)
RELEASE DATE: MAY 28TH, 2013

CHAPTER BY CHAPTER SYNOPSIS

Chapter 1: Children at Risk

A whole new generation of children is being drawn into the New Age/New Spirituality, and it is happening right under their parents’ noses. While some of us grieve the real-world consequences of this cultural revolution, a rising chorus of voices are now demanding acceptance of today’s paradigm shift.

Chapter 2: The Armor of God

Berit emphasizes the armor of God throughout the book. Here she describes what the armor is, how we can “put it on,” and how we can teach our children to wear it. In a world where public schools, television, movies, and popular music all offer tempting counterfeits of what God promises His people, there is only one safe place for our children: in the loving arms of the Shepherd.

Chapter 3: Schools & the War on Christianity

The New Age is in our public schools, and Christianity is its enemy. Through textbooks, educational associations, and government agendas, Christianity has been eradicated out of the school system. Secular humanism and Marxism have replaced morality and biblical values. The book identifies six strategies being used to instill these replacements into the lives of countless school-age children. Indoctrinating students with diverse beliefs, socialist values, utopian dreams, and idealized love leads to deception, disillusionment, corruption, and chaos.

Chapter 4: What Can Parents Do About the War on Christianity?

The first of several chapters that offers point by point biblical, practical, and effective advice on how to teach and equip your children to love and follow the Lord, to abide in His Word, to recognize spiritual deception, and to know how to stand courageously in an increasingly corrupt and lost world. In this chapter, common sense and wise ideas are explained on how to protect your children if they are attending public schools. For example, knowing what your legal rights are as a parent is vital to your child’s safety. And how can you make sure your child is spiritually prepared to enter a secular situation?

Chapter 5: Schools & the Promotion of Corrupting Values

Schools teach values, whether they admit it or not. But the values being taught in today’s public schools are more and more based, not on biblical values, but rather immoral anti-biblical values such as abortion, homosexuality, sex education, and evolution through “values clarification.” Values clarification is neutral, say public education change agents, since every value is as valid as any other. Yet at the same time, they hold to the belief that there are no absolute values—thereby contradicting their claim to a neutral unbiased position. This chapter identifies certain biases that have a detrimental effect on children’s lives.

Chapter 6: How to Guard Your Child Against Corrupting Values

How can you teach your child to love God and love His values as well? This chapter gives some wonderful guidelines on how to do that. For example, show your own enthusiasm and commitment to knowing and hearing God speak to you through His Word. And practice living God’s truth together as you play games, eat meals, participate in sports, ride in the car, and share your resources with others. There is also a list of several things you should discuss with your child that will help teach him or her the meaning and importance of God’s values. Ideas on how to involve adolescents and steps to victory are discussed.

Chapter 7: Schools & New Age Globalism

Behind these classroom efforts to win the minds of the youth is the dream of a global one-world system. To inspire a consciousness explosion, many New Age leaders are determined to win a “critical mass” of minds. Children will be the prime target of such “missionary” efforts, and schools will be their greatest battlefield. Through myth-making, “facilitated dialogue,” and delight in pleasing delusions, our children are blinded to the disturbing changes in the real world. Meanwhile, suicide among youth is accelerating – the fruit of this transformational agenda.

Chapter 8: What Can Parents Do About New Age Globalism?

As believers, let us turn wholeheartedly to God and trust Him to show us how we can best protect our families from today’s explosion of spiritual apostasy. It may possibly be too late for America, as a nation, but regardless of the outcome at a national level, let us work earnestly while it is still day to train and protect our children. Some of this chapter’s ideas include: help your child to see that his identity is in Christ (and what that means), incorporate a family Bible-reading program, and help your child to understand the differences between biblical and anti-biblical leadership. Under the heading “Guard Against Influences Opposing God” are the following questions: “Does your child’s school sensationalize or exaggerate the problems and dangers of global pollution, overpopulation, and global warming? Do they use these  suggestions to promote a planned political agenda?”

Chapter 9: The Mind-Changing Visual Messages in Movies

Children are continuously exposed to an onslaught of counterfeit messages. Movies that appear innocent and wholesome often have a subtle, yet powerful, message that negates the truths of the Word of God. Using case examples of some of today’s most popular shows (even among Christians) such as Lion King, Atlantis, Harry Potter, and Star Wars, Berit shows the underlying messages of many of today’s secular films that are changing the way our children think and behave. Violence and grotesqueness along with New Age and occultism are undermining the biblical values we are trying to instill in our children at home. Such movies can undo our efforts, while we think our children are watching wholesome shows with good values. There is a strong anti-Christian bias that eats away, one movie at a time, on our children’s faith. A new religious system is replacing Christianity—primarily a mixture of humanism, hedonism, Hinduism, and western occultism. Remember, the beautiful side of evil as well as the ugly side will twist the truth. Both will testify to the enticing respectability that cloaks the New Age movement.

Chapter 10: How to Guard Against Mind-Changing Messages

The pressure on parents to give in is often insurmountable. Your child has friends who are allowed to see the movies, so why can’t he? That isn’t fair, your child insists. What can a parent do? You need to have a practical as well as biblical plan. This chapter offers several suggestions. For example, you can  remind him of the armor, then discuss how the movie conflicts with God’s guidelines. Don’t just tell your child what he can or can’t watch; teach him to discern what is right or wrong. Never before have children faced so many seductive choices. It’s up to parents to guide them through the thorny paths ahead.

Chapter 11: Shameless Corruption Through Television and Digital Media

It isn’t just the obvious shows and media that distort our children’s values. More often, it is the hidden messages that cause the most damage. This chapter looks at key categories and considers how the media messages mold young minds. Experimenting with magic, laughing at religion, pursuing a new world order, and embracing horror and the paranormal are all part of the methodology of changing our children’s minds. UFOs, aliens, and eventually a false world messiah (Anti-christ) are on the docket. Berit uncovers more of the United Nations’ efforts and also discusses the role the Internet and other digital media have. She gives a point-by-point section that describes the effects all this has on children, including a false view of the world, which undermines their ability to discern good from evil, truth from error.

Chapter 12: Guarding Against Corruption in Television & Digital Media

Emphasizing praying as parents and also together as a family, Berit tells parents how they can train their children to discern between truth and spiritual deception. One way is to teach your child to ask him or herself certain questions about particular shows and games such as: Do one or more of the characters play the role of God? Do some of these superheroes and gods, such as He-man and Superman, seem greater and more real than God? Or does the story suggest that each person is a god, the designer and creator of his own circumstances? Does it imply each person has power within himself to overcome all obstacles and fulfill his dreams? Families need to discuss the consequences of rising violence, pornography, and profanities and take a stand. It might include writing to advertisers who promote these immoralities.

Chapter 13: Twisting the Imagination Through Toys & Games

Today’s full-scale acceptance of counterfeit spirituality and the dark forces behind it has made the realm of the mystical become all too grimly real. By itself, a fairytale or toy will hardly shape a child’s attitudes. But reinforced by school, movies, music, and television, the combined messages generate tolerance and acceptance of the demonic. Today’s toy stores are packed with violence, magic, and New Age toys and games. Berit uses case examples such as Pokémon and Power Rangers to show how the New Age maxim “as above, so below” (“God” in everything) is the “fruit” of so many of today’s toys and games. Yet, few recognize the dark occult nature or the forces behind their ancient formulas. For our children’s sakes, we cannot afford to be ignorant any longer. To avoid experiencing evil, we need to first discern evil.

Chapter 14: Protecting Your Child From Harmful Toys & Games

Berit gives some valuable points on how to teach your child to develop a sensitivity to evil. Current delight in false gods and demonic creatures may have begun with winsome magicians such as Papa Smurf and Rainbow Brite. As people welcomed these nonthreatening (in appearance) harbingers of occult forces, they unknowingly opened the door to the grotesque and disturbing realms of the dark occult as well. Within the church community, talk about Satan has often been regarded as too negative or heavy-handed. Since we failed to resist, we gradually adapted and then accepted these practices. Know what questions to ask your child to help him make the right choices (between that which is evil and that which is good). Give him the kind of training that he can take into adulthood. Train your child to follow God, not peers, no matter what the cost. One point Berit makes: Self-denial seems out of place in a nation consumed with self-indulgence and self-fulfillment. But God commanded it, and Jesus demonstrated it. Dare we refuse to acknowledge it? According to the age of your child, discuss Jesus’ words in Matthew 16:24 and then allow the Holy Spirit to direct your application.

Chapter 15: Immoral & Occult Suggestions in Books & Magazines

Using Cat Warriors and Pullman’s Dark Materials, Berit shows how children are being taught to love the occult. In this chapter, she also addresses the issue of leaders who wholeheartedly embrace Harry Potter showing no discernment with regard to the occult message. Berit shows how sensuality, a hunger for the occult, and a desensitizing of values are being aroused through books such as the vampire Twilight series. Since the beginning of time, human nature has sought alternatives to God and His guidelines. Spiritual deception gave rise to vast occult belief systems and unceasing manipulation by the forces of darkness. Thus, pagan sacrifices—a devastating corruption of God’s perfect plan for His people—became the norm in all parts of the inhabited world.

Chapter 16:  How to Guard Against Immorality & the Occult

To prove that our God is far greater than the plethora of alternatives, our lives must demonstrate to our children faith in the midst of difficulties. Practical ideas are included such as: Keeping an up-to-date church library and encouraging other families to support and use it, being alert to what your child’s peers are reading, and enjoying books together that demonstrate God’s values. Read-aloud times build in most children a deep love for reading while they also enable you to direct your children’s taste for enriching books. When you read aloud to your children, they learn to associate wholesome books with good times. Be alert to deception in books. A crossless version of Christianity fits the New Age lie that all can be one—with or without Jesus.

Chapter 17:  When Popular Music Becomes Obscene & Immoral

This chapter touches on various types of music including New Age music, heavy metal, contemporary pop rock, and what is known as contemplative music (designed for children). From hypnotic repetitive beats in New Age and contemplative music to the violent occultic music of bands like Marilyn Manson, music entices the soul. But there is also the more subtle (yet still tugging on your child’s values chords) type of music such as the Backstreet Boys that lures your children into a sensually seductive world. According to a 2010 study, children between the ages of eight and eighteen spend an average of nearly two and a half hours a day listening to music or some form of audio. That’s over 10,000 hours of music during their pre-teen and teen years. This chapter also talks about the huge influence Bono has had, even among many Christian kids. It reveals things about Bono that will surprise (and shock) Christian parents.

Chapter 18: What Can Parents Do About Seductive Mind-Changing Music?

The real heroes of today are the parents, trying to raise their children in an environment that seems to have grown more and more hostile to family life. Music and the media flood their children’s world with the glorification of drugs, violence, perversity, the New Spirituality—and there’s nothing they can do about it, they’re told. But Berit would beg to differ. Teach your children to “renew their minds” with truth, avoid compromising suggestions and situations, and trust and follow the Holy Spirit. Berit gives practical tips on how to teach your child to choose good music and also tips on what you, as a parent, can do to protect your child from harmful music.

Chapter 19: Mystical New Age Thrills Enticing Children

Eastern-style New Age mysticism is coming at children from every direction today. And the roots of this meditation-promoting spirituality are panentheistic (God is in all) and interspiritual (all paths lead to God). Yoga is being taught in many public schools now. It is even being promoted in children’s programs such as Sesame Street. Organizations such as the Girl Scouts are promoting the Aquarian mindset and New Age mysticism. This chapter shows the underlying occultism that is enticing children, even in the classroom. It’s all part of a diabolical scheme to turn hearts and minds from God to all kinds of idols — including human rulers.

Chapter 20: How to Guard Against Mystical New Age Thrills

A section that breaks down the elements of the armor of God can be very useful in helping your child apply the armor to his everyday life. There are also hands-on things you can do like monitoring your child’s school activities (e.g., see if they are teaching Yoga or other meditation exercises). Help your child to understand the nature of the New Age and spiritual deception. Remember, this is a spiritual war! Don’t let him or her go into the world unequipped. Berit also gives a 10-point test to use for determining when a media (movie, book, music) is actually Christian or not. A valuable tool.

Chapter 21: Becoming Aware of Spiritual Deception in the Church

New Age mystical occultism and spiritual deception have always been around. But what used to be a trickle in the Western world has now become a tsunami. Even many churches are welcoming the mysteries that secret societies and Taoist alchemists once hid so well. In church youth groups, parents are being squeezed out while the minds of our youth are being reshaped to fit the postmodern world (and postmodern emerging church). The Spiritual Formation movement is nothing more than a “Christianized” version of New Age, the ultimate deception for Christian children. Christian publishers and organizations are introducing books and curriculum that catch parents and kids off guard because they are using Christian language and terms but in reality bringing into the church the New Spirituality. Even Christian fiction, such as Shadowmancer, is taking children down the wrong path. Parents need to be prepared and be educated or they will witness their children being snatched out of the arms of faith. Never has there been as much of a need for this preparation as there is today.

Afterword: The First and Final Deception

Unfortunately, what we are experiencing today is a synthesis of the “I am God” ideology and accelerating occult activity. In fact, the two are inextricably linked together in that they have the same source—the demonic realm. Aleister Crowley, who promoted the ancient occult maxim “as above, so below” (i.e., man and creation are equal to God and the heavenly realms), also mobilized the youth of the hippie era with his own maxim, “Do what thou wilt” as being the “whole of the law” (which became “Do your own thing”). What should Christian families do? Should we hide ourselves and our loved ones from the world’s charms and ills, or should we shine our light, work while it is day, and speak the truth in love and with boldness? We need to show our children how to be in the world but not of the world. We can be God’s ambassadors in an increasingly corrupt land, and we cannot allow its darkness to quench His light in us.

Appendix: Leading Your Child to Receive Christ as Savior and Lord

Without your child having a true genuine relationship with Jesus Christ, he or she will definitely succumb to the pressures of this world. This is the foundation of their spiritual lives. The biblical suggestions in this Appendix will offer a basic guideline for parents.

Available now for pre-order (ships by May 29th)

A Time of Departing – A Decade of Warning About Contemplative Spirituality

Sep 20th, 2012 Posted in LT Author News, Publishing News | Comments Off on A Time of Departing – A Decade of Warning About Contemplative Spirituality

In September of 2002, the then-new publishing house, Lighthouse Trails Publishing, released its first book, A Time of Departing by Ray Yungen. Since then, over 32,000 copies of Yungen’s book have been sold or given away. While that may not be considered a high number in comparison to New York Times best sellers (such as The Purpose Driven Life and The Shack), which sell tens of millions of copies, A Time of Departing, we believe, has had a far reaching effect around the world.A-Time-Of-Departing

Many of the people who have purchased the book over the last ten years are committed believers in Jesus Christ and His Word (the Bible) and have worked tirelessly to warn others of the contemplative prayer (i.e., spiritual formation) movement. We could give countless examples of these scenarios: the church in Hawaii that gives a copy of A Time of Departing to each visitor who comes to the church, a Bible college teacher in California who has purchased several hundred copies of the book and given them away to pastors within his denomination, a former Central American missionary in Portland, Oregon who hands out the book to various ministry figures where she lives, the Sunday School teacher in Nebraska who used the book to teach his class on spiritual deception, a pastor’s wife in Illinois who orders sets of A Time of Departing and Faith Undone and then has them sent to pastors and church leaders around the country, and on and on the stories go. Because of the efforts of these people, contemplative prayer and the emerging church (i.e., the “new” spirituality) are being challenged and biblically refuted throughout the globe, especially in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Northern Ireland.

At its ten year anniversary, A Time of Departing is still being printed, sold, and given away. We believe the reason the book has remained so active is simple – virtually no other publishing company we know of has published a book challenging the contemplative prayer movement.* And frankly, when we first started out, that wasn’t what we expected. We naively thought that once Christian leaders (and publishing houses) learned about this dangerous and anti-biblical spirituality, they would begin to warn their followers (and thus, we even thought Lighthouse Trails might be a short-lived ministry after spawning an initial warning). To the contrary of what we anticipated happening, contemplative spirituality has exploded worldwide within mainstream Christianity. Rather than Christian publishing houses releasing books that take issue with the movement, the majority of Christian publishing companies are publishing books that support and embrace contemplative spirituality (e.g., Thomas Nelson, Baker Books, Zondervan, InterVarsity, NavPress, etc.). And rather than Christian leaders understanding the message of A Time of Departing then sharing it with others, a great number of Christian leaders and organizations are either promoting the movement (e.g., Rick Warren, Beth Moore, In Touch magazine, Charles Swindoll, Focus on the Family, etc.) or simply ignoring it altogether (and that is almost as damaging as promoting it). And of course, as we have often documented, most Christian universities, colleges, and seminaries have begun to promote contemplative spirituality through the spiritual formation movement (even though many professors and college presidents and chaplains have received a free copy of A Time of Departing and Faith Undone (the companion book to A Time of Departing)).

Skeptics may be thinking to themselves, “Well, if all these Christian leaders, professors, and publishing houses have rejected the message of A Time of Departing, then there must be something flawed about Yungen’s message, and they may see it as a fundamentalist conspiracy theory. That could be a legitimate conclusion to draw if what we are accused of by critics is true: one, that A Time of Departing takes quotes out of context; two, that it often uses guilt by mere association to indict someone; and three, Scriptures can be used to support contemplative prayer and thus refute the overall message of A Time of Departing. But the problem for the critics is this – none of these criticisms can be upheld in the light of facts.

In ten years, not one critic has been able to give us a legitimate example of where Yungen took a quote out of context or where he used mere guilt by association. He has used guilt by promotion or guilt by proxy, a very valid form of proof, but that is much different than guilt by association. He has sometimes used guilt by association as a reinforcement of what has already been proven but never as a stand-alone argument. As for taking things out of context, Lighthouse Trails checked every single quote that Ray Yungen cited in the book, and not one quote was taken out of context. When Brennan Manning or Henri Nouwen or Gary Thomas told readers to repeat a word over and over for twenty minutes to enter “the silence,” that is what they meant. When the contemplative mystic Thomas Merton said he believed that every human being has divinity within, that is what he meant. And when Rick Warren said that the spiritual formation movement (i.e., contemplative prayer) is a “valid message for the church” that has “given the body of Christ a wake-up call” (PDC, p. 127 ), that is exactly what he meant! These quotes in A Time of Departing were not taken out of context by any means.

As for Scriptures that can be used to support contemplative prayer – well, there aren’t any. For example, Psalm 46:10, the most popular verse used to “prove” that contemplative prayer is a scripturally mandated practice, has been manipulated and twisted by contemplative advocates, as Ray Yungen points out:

On the surface, this argument can seem valid, but once the meaning of “still” is examined, any contemplative connection is expelled. The Hebrew meaning of the word is to slacken, cease, or abate. In other words, the context is to slow down and trust God rather than get in a dither over things. Relax and watch God work. Reading the two verses just before Psalms 46:10 puts it in an entirely different light from that proposed by mystics:

“Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

This isn’t talking about going into some altered state of consciousness! (ATOD, pp. 34-35)

Another Scripture that is often used by contemplatives to “back up” their position is I Kings 19:12. However, this passage in no way indicates that Elijah was practicing a mantra exercise. On the contrary, it was the prophets of Baal who “called on the name of Baal from morning even till noon, saying, ‘O Baal, hear us!” (I Kings 18:26). Now Elijah was in a cave, not to practice contemplative prayer, but to hide from Jezebel’s threat to take his life. Also, his encounter with God was something he did not initiate but God initiated Himself, thereby emphasizing that Elijah was not practicing a mantra. If anything, from his conversation with God, we might conclude that he was also hiding from his ministry and God Himself, as he was feeling hopeless (taken from “A Few Commonly Asked Questions” in ATOD).

When David and Deborah Dombrowski, founders and editors at Lighthouse Trails Publishing, first read the unpublished manuscript of A Time of Departing in the fall of 2000, it seemed to them so unlikely that this mystical spirituality with such interspiritual panentheistic roots could ever be popular within Christianity. But because they could see how subtle and disguised contemplative spirituality was, they saw the need for the warning so this deception wouldn’t enter the church. What they didn’t know then was that ground had already been broken over twenty years earlier through Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, and then later reinforced in the 90s with Rick Warren’s endorsement of Foster and spiritual formation. By the time A Time of Departing came along, contemplative spirituality was intricately woven in the underlying infrastructure of Western Christianity, only to “come out of the closet” and reveal itself by 2012.

Why do we care so much about exposing this mystical spirituality? It’s because we know at its root the Gospel is being altered, twisted, and disposed of. And that is why Lighthouse Trails will continue to bring light to this area of darkness for as long as the Lord sees fit.

The following two quotes, one from A Time of Departing, sum up and exemplify the need for this warning:

During a conference on contemplative prayer, the question was put to Thomas Merton: “How can we best help people to attain union with God?” His answer was very clear: We must tell them that they are already united with God. “Contemplative prayer is nothing other than ‘coming into consciousness’ of what is already there.” (Spoken by William Shannon, Thomas Merton’s biographer, cited in ATOD, p. 83).

And from a contemporary mystic:

God’s hope for humanity is that one day we will all recognize that the divine dwelling place is all of creation. Christ comes again whenever we see that matter and spirit coexist. This truly deserves to be called good news. – Richard Rohr (National Catholic Reporter) (Rohr is on Richard Foster’s editorial team)


*Note: While there are now on the market a few books on the topic (such as David Cloud’s book, Contemplative Mysticism), we know of no mainstream evangelical publishing company that has published a book exposing contemplative spirituality. On the contrary, almost all of them have published books promoting the contemplative prayer movement.

Understand the Times Banquet – 20 Years of Ministry – Giving Thanks to the Lord

Mar 5th, 2011 Posted in LT Author News | Comments Off on Understand the Times Banquet – 20 Years of Ministry – Giving Thanks to the Lord

On the last weekend of February, Roger Oakland’s ministry Understand the Times celebrated its 20th anniversary in ministry, giving thanks to the Lord for His faithfulness during this time. Many of Roger’s friends and colleagues joined him for a special evening of praise to the Lord.  See this special slide-show we have put together below. Also we have compiled letters written by various people who have been associated with Understand the Times during the past 20 years. You may read them by clicking here. Also, one of the couples who attended the banquet sent Lighthouse Trails the letter below.

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Dear Lighthouse Trails,

We wanted to take the time to tell you about our Friday night. We had the pleasure of going to Roger Oakland’s 20th banquet for Understand the Times. What a blessing ! The music was Terry Clark and his wife. It was a mini concert of true worship. There were many wonderful God-fearing, loyal friends and supporters of both Roger Oakland and Understand The Times.

The accolades and testimonies were abundant. By the nights end, we had a very clear understanding of the selfless, godly, ministry that this is. His only concern is to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and expose “proven” false doctrine and Apostasy / emergent / New age teachings.

He is so concerned for the children of UTT’S orphanages. His passion for the children is so evident, and his heart breaks regarding funds being taken from these babies / children’s mouths, along with the Gospel being preached to them !!  How can churches who once supported UTT do this just because TRUTH against Apostasy has been spoken ?? THESE ARE CHILDREN LIVES, THESE ARE CHILDREN’S SOULS !!! Where are the TRUTH SPEAKERS ??

How can his past friends try to make Roger look off in any way? Because they are not willing to stand up against false teaching ? Loyalty seems to have alluded them also! 

Not a more balanced man in ministry exists. We wonder what our Lord will say to those who have turned against this man and his ministry.

As these Last Days go forward, we know that the Delusion will come from “with-in” the Church. It seems like this has begun.

Well we are changing whom we give our tithe money to. We want it to go to a RIGHT-ON MINISTRY, to feed the children of these orphanages, both physically and Spiritually !!

These are dark times. We continue to pray. Thank you both for your continued hard work.

Sincerely,

Two loyal supporters

For information about Understand the Times and their work, visit them on their website.

Understand The Times Ministry Outreach Banquet

Jan 13th, 2011 Posted in LT Author News | Comments Off on Understand The Times Ministry Outreach Banquet

Understand The Times will be holding a Ministry Outreach Banquet on February 25, 2011 at the Sheraton in Anaheim, California from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The address for the Sheraton is:

Sheraton Park Hotel at the Anaheim Resort
1855 S Harbor Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92802

This banquet is open to all that can be there. Terry and Nancy Clark will be singing and there will be various speakers.

The cost of the banquet will be $25.00 per person or a table of 8 people will be $199.00. Dinner is included. Reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 689-1888.

Author/Speaker Warren B. Smith in Coeur D Alene This Weekend

Jul 23rd, 2010 Posted in Conferences/Lectures, LT Author News | Comments Off on Author/Speaker Warren B. Smith in Coeur D Alene This Weekend

Warren B. Smith is speaking  this weekend at Candlelight Fellowship in Coeur d Alene, Idaho at the 8:30 and 10:30 Sunday morning services on July 25th. His topic: “the Quantum Lie: God is NOT in everything.”

Just back from two weeks of activity in the Pacific NW, Warren and his wife, Joy, were part of a team of believers who passed out 1200 free copies of Bob Ayanian’s latest gospel CD, At the Edge of the World, at the country’s largest New Age Fair, The Oregon Country Fair. Copies of Warren’s book, The Light That was Dark, were also passed out to attendees of the fair. Over the last 15 years, over 6000 copies Warren’s autobiography have been given out at this popular New Age fair.

Lighthouse Trails Signs Contracts with 3 New Authors

Jun 13th, 2010 Posted in coming soon, LT Author News | Comments Off on Lighthouse Trails Signs Contracts with 3 New Authors

Lighthouse Trails has signed contracts with three new authors. First, John Lanagan of My Word Like Fire Ministries will be writing a Lighthouse Trails novel (to be our second novel following our debut novel, Castles in the Sand) that will be based on the mystical/contemplative/homospirituality that has come into the church. For a sampling of John’s writing, check out an online fiction story he is currently writing for his website with new installments nearly every day.  John is a former homosexual, who now serves the Lord with his wife. Second, we have signed a contract with United Kingdom author and researcher Dusty Peterson. Dusty and his colleague Elizabeth McDonald have written extensively on the truth behind the Alpha Course. The booklet we have contracted with Dusty is of a very sensitive nature: child molestation in the  church and how to keep it from happening in yours. Child sex abuse has become rampant throughout the world, but it should not be happening in Christian churches. This booklet will not only tell the stories that will break your hearts, but it will offer some practical suggestions and help on how to protect the children in your churches. Lighthouse Trails’ motto is “bringing light to areas of darkness.” This is one area to which we feel highly privileged to bring light. We currently carry Laughter Calls Me by Catherine Brown and The Kinsey Syndrome (DVD -by Addulam Films) on this topic.

Last, but not least, we have signed a contract with long-standing journalist and researcher/author Berit Kjos of Kjos Ministries. We will be updating and revising her book, Your Child and the New Age. This will be a special handbook for parents that will help them understand the barrage of New Ageism their children and teens are receiving from their schools and other venues (even some youth groups and Christian schools now thanks to contemplative spirituality). The revised edition that we are publishing will offer many practical ideas with Scriptural backup to help parents help their children and teens.

We do not have release dates for these new publishing projects yet, but as soon as we do we will let Lighthouse Trails readers know. We will be releasing our own edition of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs in July or August this year.

Please join us in prayer as we ask the Lord to provide for the continued resources to publish such books and DVDs. Publishing and marketing books and DVDs is very expensive – and when the products are as controversial as ours are, it makes for a very challenging ministry.

Update on Roger Oakland

Feb 12th, 2010 Posted in LT Author News | Comments Off on Update on Roger Oakland

As many of you know, Lighthouse Trails author, Roger Oakland, was seriously injured when he fell while working in Saskatchewan last summer. His injuries caused a number of symptoms including blurred and double vision and a general compromise in his overall physical health. We have been sending you updates as we get them from his ministry headquarters at Understand the Times. Today, we received another update and would like to share that with you at this time:

Dear Friends and Ministry Associates of Roger Oakland:

Each week Roger is improving and feeling better. He is still not strong enough to meet the demands of the ministry. He and Myrna really appreciate the prayers and concerns that you all have expressed. You are truly a gift from God.

The Understand the Times website is being updated regularly, and the ministries in the Philippines and Myanmar [four orphan homes] have been going on continually. We have people in these countries where the children and students have been taken care of. Thank you. Ron Pierotti

Lighthouse Trails wishes to thank those of you who have continued praying for this faithful servant.

Lighthouse Trails staff and editors

**Be sure and check out Roger’s books and DVDs to learn about his vital messages to the church. We also have posted many articles by Roger on our site. Here are a few:

1. Chapter 11 of Faith Undone: Slaughterhouse Religion

2. Spiritual Disciplines

3. Contextual Theology Falling From Truth Through the Emerging Church

Women’s Weekend Conference in Oregon Will Feature Lighthouse Trails Author – Caryl Matrisciana

Jan 12th, 2010 Posted in LT Author News | Comments Off on Women’s Weekend Conference in Oregon Will Feature Lighthouse Trails Author – Caryl Matrisciana

carylLighthouse Trails author, Caryl Matrisciana (Out of India), will be the guest speaker at a women’s weekend conference in Oregon this coming April The conference will be held at the Christian Renewal Center, a beautiful 40 acres of creeks, evergreens, and lodges, nestled in the Cascade foothills near the Silver Falls State Park.

Caryl’s topic for the weekend will be “Finding Truth In a Confusing World.” Born and raised in India, Caryl saw first hand the effects that Hinduism had on the people of that nation. After leaving India as a young adult, Caryl became involved in the counter culture, only to find that elements of Hinduism and the New Age were very much the same.
Out-of-IndiaThe weekend conference begins on Friday, April 16th with dinner at 6:30 and goes until after lunch on Sunday, the 18th. The suggested donation per person is $85, which includes 2 nights and 6 meals. A $25 deposit will hold a spot for you.  Or you may call 503/873-6743 and register by phone. Please let them know that you heard about this through Lighthouse Trails.
Spots will fill quickly for this special weekend, so if you are interested and able, sign up soon. This is a great opportunity for solid teaching, fellowship, and time in the Word and prayer. Plus the Silver Falls State Park, just a couple miles away is the home of the greatest concentration of water falls in North America.

Prayer Request for Anita Dittman

Dec 4th, 2007 Posted in LT Author News | Comments Off on Prayer Request for Anita Dittman

Anita DittmanOur dear sister in Christ and the author of Trapped in Hitler’s Hell, Anita Dittman (80), has suffered a severe heart attack. We would ask that you remember her in your prayers. She is recovering in a Minnesota hospital. Anita went through the WWII Holocaust in Germany as a young girl. Because she was Jewish, she suffered greatly but her faith in Christ comforted and strengthened her during those years.

Thank you for praying for her during this time. If you would like to write her a letter or send her a card, you may send it to:

Anita Dittman
c/o Lighthouse Trails Publishing
P.O. Box 908
Eureka, MT 59917

 

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