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LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS NEW BOOK RELEASE: HOW TO PREPARE FOR HARD TIMES AND PERSECUTION

Jun 5th, 2015 Posted in new releases, Publishing News | Comments Off on LIGHTHOUSE TRAILS NEW BOOK RELEASE: HOW TO PREPARE FOR HARD TIMES AND PERSECUTION

Eureka, MT – JUNE 4, 2015

Lighthouse Trails is pleased to announce the release of our latest book, How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution by Maria Kneas.

pfp-lgOfficial government documents say that evangelical Christians are potential terrorists, and some Christian groups are even called hate groups. Christian doctors and nurses are being forced to perform abortions, and a Christian baker has been threatened with prison for not baking a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. Christians in Colorado, New York, and Kentucky are being forced to go through “sensitivity training” in order to “rehabilitate” from their religious beliefs and resulting moral convictions. When Communists did such things to American soldiers, we called it brainwashing.

American Christians are in the early stages of persecution, and it is increasing. Unfortunately, many will be blindsided by it because few pastors and church leaders are warning about it or preparing believers for it.

The first part of How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution
is based on years of research into current events looked at from a biblical perspective. It discloses what is happening, how we got there, and where we are heading. The second part gives encouragement from Scripture and biblical principles for dealing with the challenges of the perilous times in which we live.

As Christians, we cannot afford to compromise our faith. We need to believe and obey the inspired Word of God. We need to be prepared to respond to persecution biblically instead of reacting to it carnally.

BOOK INFORMATION:
Lighthouse Trails Publishing
232 pages
photos | illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-942423-02-7
Retail: $13.95
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Table of Contents

Preface
1/Understanding the Times
2/Brainwashing Christians?
3/Thought Police in Colleges
4/Teaching Kids to be Sociopaths
5/A Biblical Warning for America
6/Heading Toward Dictatorship
7/Mainstreaming Occultism
8/Dealing with Shock
9/Fighting Fear
10/The Bottom Line
11/Building Faith
12/Learning to Trust God More
13/Don’t Give the Devil a Beachhead
14/Giving Thanks to God
15/Jesus Told Us to Forgive
16/The Importance of Integrity
17/Loving Difficult People
18/Overcoming Humanist Brainwashing
19/The Big Picture—Eternity!
Appendix A—Goddess Worship in America
Appendix B—Creation Versus Evolution
Appendix C—Creation in Scripture
Endnotes
Photo Credits
Index

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Author’s website: www.mariakneas.com


RELEASE DATE: JUNE 4TH, 2015


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Lighthouse Trails Has Gone to Press With How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution

Apr 21st, 2015 Posted in coming soon, new releases, PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT, Publishing News | Comments Off on Lighthouse Trails Has Gone to Press With How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution

Lighthouse Trails is pleased to announce that it has gone to press with Maria Kneas’ new book How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution.

How-to-Prepare-for-Hard-Times-and-PersecutionFrom the back cover:

When the world tries to pressure us to deny our Christian faith or go against our biblical standards of morality, we need to have spiritual backbone and stand firm in our faith. This book shows us how.

Official government documents say that evangelical Christians are potential terrorists, and some Christian groups are even called hate groups. Christian doctors and nurses are being forced to perform abortions, and a Christian baker has been threatened with prison for not baking a wedding cake for a homosexual couple. Christians in Colorado, New York, and Kentucky are being forced to go through “sensitivity training” in order to “rehabilitate” from their religious beliefs and resulting moral convictions. When Communists did such things to American soldiers, we called it brainwashing.

American Christians are in the early stages of persecution, and it is increasing. Unfortunately, many will be blindsided by it because few pastors and church leaders are warning about it or preparing believers for it.

The first part of How to Prepare for Hard Times and Persecution is based on years of research into current events from a biblical perspective. It discloses what is happening, how we got there, and where we are heading. The second part gives encouragement from Scripture and biblical principles for dealing with the challenges of the perilous times in which we live.

As Christians, we cannot afford to compromise our faith. We need to believe and obey the inspired Word of God. We need to be prepared to respond to persecution biblically instead of reacting to it carnally.

RELEASE DATE: MAY 25TH, 2015

232 PAGES | RETAIL $13.95 | Softbound
(Qualifies for quantity discounts)
Illustrated | Photos
ISBN: 978-1-942423-02-7
Includes many KJV verses throughout the book.

Available through Lighthouse Trails and most major book outlets.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Preface
Understanding the Times
Brainwashing Christians?
Thought Police in Colleges
Teaching Kids to be Sociopaths
A Biblical Warning for America
Heading Toward Dictatorship
Mainstreaming Occultism
Dealing with Shock
Fighting Fear
The Bottom Line
Building Faith
Learning to Trust God More
Don’t Give the Devil a Beachhead
Giving Thanks to God
Jesus Told Us to Forgive
The Importance of Integrity
Loving Difficult People
Overcoming Humanist Brainwashing
The Big Picture—Eternity
Appendix A—Goddess Worship in America
Appendix B—Creation Versus Evolution
Appendix C—Creation in Scripture
Endnotes
Photo Credits
Index

Letter to the Editor: A Small Price to Pay – A Time from the Past

Oct 8th, 2012 Posted in PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT | Comments Off on Letter to the Editor: A Small Price to Pay – A Time from the Past

Dear Lighthouse Trails:

Small-Price-To-PayI just finished reading A Small Price to Pay. It really touched a chord with me. Back in the ’80s we had a large poster on our wall that had photos and and descriptions of pastors and other Christian workers who were facing persecution in the Soviet Union. We prayed for those folks regularly. Then during our time of serving in Russia we visited a “House of Prayer” in the town of Rybinsk that had recently been given back to the church after years of being shuttered by the authorities. That church had a huge depiction of that same poster up on their wall.Anyway, all that to say that I think that Mikhail Khorev was one of the faces on that poster. In the book he talks about a time in prison when things were at their worst and then all of a sudden his treatment improved. He attributed that in part to those who were praying for him around the world. I gotta tell you that kind of gave me a thrill to think that I might have been praying for him at that time.

There were other Russian Christians that we prayed for regularly (the Vachshenkos, Valerie Barinov) that the Lord allowed us to spend some time with. We knew that our prayers (and the prayers of others) resulted in their release from prison. It’s such a blessing to learn that Khorev may be another testament to the fact that God hears and answers my prayers.

I love books like that. Keep up the good work.

In Christ,

S.M.

John Foxe (1517-1587) and His Book of Martyrs – An Introduction

Aug 20th, 2012 Posted in Excerpts | Comments Off on John Foxe (1517-1587) and His Book of Martyrs – An Introduction

By Lighthouse Trails Editors

The book commonly known as Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and originally bearing the title Actes and Monuments of these Latter and Perillous Days, Touching Matters of the Church has been an invaluable addition to the libraries of faithful Christians for almost five centuries. Chronicling the suffering and brutal deaths of those who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, John Foxe has captured the Spirit-inspired courage of these noble souls. Though sometimes difficult to read because of the inhuman cruelty depicted in its pages, the images which truly endure are those of the victorious faithfulness of these heroes.

John Foxe was born in Lincolnshire, England in 1517, and educated at Oxford University. During his residence at this place, he was distinguished for the excellence and acuteness of his intellect. It appears that the first display of his genius was in poetry; and that he composed some Latin comedies. But he soon directed his thoughts to a more serious subject—the study of the sacred Scriptures. To divinity, indeed, he applied himself with fervency. He discovered his partiality to the tenants of the Reformation, which had then commenced; a circumstance which proved to him the source of both his troubles and his fame.

His first care was to look into both the ancient and modern history of the church; to ascertain its beginning and progress; to consider the causes of the controversies which had sprung up and to diligently weigh the shortcomings of those doctrines and practices.

Before he had attained his thirtieth year, he had studied the Greek and Latin fathers and other learned authors, the transactions of the councils and decrees of the ecclesiastical courts, and had acquired a very competent skill in the Hebrew language. In these occupations he frequently spent a considerable part or even the whole of the night; and in order to unbend his mind after such incessant study, he would resort to a grove near the college, a place much frequented by the students in the evening on account of its sequestered gloominess. In these solitary walks he was often heard to render heavy sobs and sighs, and with tears to pour forth his prayers to God. These nightly retirements gave rise to the first suspicion of his alienation from the Church of Rome. Being pressed for an explanation of this alteration in his conduct, he scorned to call in fiction to his excuse. He stated his opinions and was, by the sentence of the college, convicted, condemned as a heretic, and expelled.

By and by, life in England became more and more unpleasant for the adherents to the Protestant Reformation. Foxe, seeing the dreadful persecutions then commencing and warned of his impending doom and imprisonment, fled his home and landed in Germany. There he found a number of English refugees, who had quitted their country to avoid the cruelty of the persecutors. With these he associated, and began to write his History of the Acts and Monuments of the Church, which was first published in Latin in 1554, and in English in 1563.

In the meantime, after the death of Queen Mary, the reformed religion began again to flourish in England and the popish faction much to decline. This induced the greater number of the Protestant exiles to return to their native country.

Foxe resettled in England and employed himself in revising and enlarging his admirable Martyrology. With prodigious pains and constant study he completed that celebrated work in eleven years. For the sake of greater correctness, he wrote every line of this vast book with his own hand and transcribed all the records and papers himself. But, in consequence of such excessive toil, his health was so reduced and his appearance so emaciated and altered that his friends and relations, who only conversed with him occasionally, could scarcely recognize him. Yet, though he grew daily more exhausted, he proceeded in his studies as briskly as ever, and he could not be persuaded to diminish his accustomed labors. The papists, foreseeing how detrimental his history of their errors and cruelties would prove to their cause, had recourse to every artifice to lessen the reputation of his work. But their malice was of little use, both to Mr. Foxe himself and to the church of God at large, as it eventually made his book more intrinsically valuable by inducing him to weigh, with the most scrupulous attention, the certainty of the facts which he recorded and the validity of the authorities from which he drew his information.

Although the recent recollection of the persecutions under Bloody Mary gave bitterness to his pen, it is singular to note that he was personally the most conciliatory of men, and that while he heartily disowned the Roman Church in which he was born, he was one of the first to attempt the concord of the Protestant brethren. In fact, he was a veritable apostle of toleration.

When the plague or pestilence broke out in England, in 1563 and many forsook their duties, Foxe remained at his post, assisting the friendless and acting as the almsgiver of the rich. It was said of him that he could never refuse help to anyone who asked it in the name of Christ. Tolerant and large-hearted, he exerted his influence with Queen Elizabeth to confirm her intention to no longer keep up the cruel practice of putting to death those of opposing religious convictions. The queen held him in respect and referred to him as “Our Father Foxe.”

Mr. Foxe had joy in the fruits of his work while he was yet alive. It passed through four large editions before his decease, and it was ordered by the bishops to be placed in every cathedral church in England, where it was often found chained, as the Bible was in those days, to a lectern for the access of the people.

At length, having long served both the church and the world by his ministry, by his pen, and by the unsullied luster of a benevolent, useful, and holy life, he meekly resigned his soul to Christ, on the eighteenth of April, 1587, being then in the seventieth year of his age.

Foxe’s legacy, his Book of Martyrs, consisted of well over 2,000 pages in the final edition published in 1583. It contained intricate woodcuts such as scenes depicting triumphant saints singing as they perished in flames.* Foxe had these included so that even the unlearned and illiterate could know the truth of the history of the church and the difficult path many had to tread.

Most of the editions of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs that are published today (including this one) are quite obviously greatly abridged. For this we owe thanks to the labors of William Byron Forbush (1868-1927) of Philadelphia. Forbush’s contributions were threefold: he greatly reduced the size of the manuscript; he modernized the language; and he provided additional material including a biography of Foxe and accounts of incidents that occurred after Foxe’s demise.

Lighthouse Trails Publishing, in seeking to add Foxe’s Book of Martyrs to our book collection, has sought to maintain the eloquent word pictures painted by John Foxe, while at the same time making the stories understandable to our readers. We have omitted some accounts and shortened others. Some archaic words were substituted with their modern-day equivalents. Great care was taken to not alter the original meaning or intent of the author in the editing process. It was a difficult task to decide who among these glorious martyrs we would leave out. We have tried to include accounts that exemplified true martyrs of Christ in each period of history and in each nation, as well as stories of both the well known and the unknown.

The stories told here are painful and may seem most unbearable. But let us remember the words in Scripture, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints” (Psalm 116:15). May the memory of these martyred Christians live on in the minds and hearts of believers today. (From the Introduction of the Lighthouse Trails Edition of Foxe’s Book of Martyrs)

My Father’s Footsteps – Imprisoned for his faith – The third time

Jun 20th, 2011 Posted in company information, Excerpts | Comments Off on My Father’s Footsteps – Imprisoned for his faith – The third time

Courtesy Kjos Ministries

From A Small Price to Pay by Harvey Yoder

The prison door shut behind me with a bang. I heard the key turn in the huge lock, then the guard’s footsteps faded away. Three days of solitary confinement. That was the usual procedure before being admitted into a prison. I was alone.

But not really. Christ was present with me. And I had another reason not to feel alone. In fact, I was rather excited. Memories were flooding my mind. After nearly eight years of relative freedom, I had once again been arrested. This time, I had gone to visit a Christian woman in Leningrad. When I returned to my sisters’ house after midnight, they had come out to greet me. Two officers had appeared out of the shadows and told me I was under arrest….

At the trial, the usual accusations were held against me—teaching minors about God, holding meetings without permission from the state, not registering our churches with the state.

This time, they added a new charge. I was charged with creating an unhealthy environment because too many people had crowded into one space. Some expert had come up with the idea that it was not sanitary for so many people to be breathing the same air for an extended period of time. I wanted to ask them who was going charge the government with creating an unhealthy environment the trams, buses, and trains. Those public transport vehicles were far more crowded than our meeting places. But I knew it was hopeless to say anything….

Now, here in my cell, I was reflecting on what my mother had told us after Papa had been arrested. “He is in Sverdlovsk in prison.” This was all we knew for some time.

Now I was in Sverdlovsk. I was in the same prison my father had been in! This excited me, for my mind went back to my memories of Papa. Had he spent time in this very cell?

Even though my breath was quite visible in the cold air, I eagerly examined the cell walls. Had Papa left some message behind, scrawled on the wall? Had he stood here, looking up at the barred window that let in a small patch of light from the waning day?… It was quite possible that my father really had been in this cell. It was one of the cells that held all the new inmates.

Forty years had passed since Papa had been in this prison. When I had been unloaded from the Black Raven, I imagined my fatherwalking through the courtyard, standing at attention on the granite slab as his sentence was read. When I stood on that slab upon my arrival, I tried to fit my shoes into the worn spaces that marked the granite. So many thousands of prisoners had stood there that there were actually small hollows where the shoes had worn away the surface of the hard stone. Here was where my father had stood!  (Excerpt from A Small Price to Pay – courtesy Kjos Ministries)

Book Review: A Small Price to Pay

May 1st, 2011 Posted in Book/DVD Reviews | Comments Off on Book Review: A Small Price to Pay

BOOK REVIEW BY BOOKS AND CHOCOLATE
Mikhail Khorev grew up in the communist Soviet Union during World War II.  His family was often homeless and starving because of the government’s intolerance of Christianity.  Raised by a father who died in prison for preaching God’s word, and a mother who never lost her faith, Mikhail grew up to be a minister of the gospel despite the constant threat of imprisonment.
A Small Price to Pay is about how Mikhail was imprisoned repeatedly for the “crime” of sharing his Christian faith with others but each time he saw it as an opportunity to reach other inmates for Christ.  At times the conditions and torture became unbearable but each time the Lord sustained him.

New Book at LT: “A Small Price to Pay” – True Story

Feb 10th, 2011 Posted in new releases | Comments Off on New Book at LT: “A Small Price to Pay” – True Story

A book you will not be able to put down!

Living in the Soviet Union under cruel communism, Mikhail Khorev finds grace to suffer any trial for God.

Small-Price-To-PayA TRUE STORY
Written by Harvey Yode

Book Information:
Biography of Mikhail Khorev
Written by Harvey Yoder

Retail: $11.95, 214 pages
Softbound, 13 page photo section included
TGS International Publishing

From the book: “Please, would you let us stay inside your house tonight? It is so cold and my children and I would appreciate if we could just have some kind of shelter.” Mama was talking fast through the closed door.

“How many?” We could hear the voice from inside.
“I have four children,” Mama answered hopefully.
“I have no room for such a big family,” the voice said firmly.

Mama turned and joined us. We crossed the street and trudged a little further up the road to an intersection. Without a word, Mama spread our only blanket on the ground next to a wooden fence outside someone’s yard. We huddled together, trying to stay warm.

Living in the Soviet Union under cruel, atheistic communism and growing up during World War II, young Mikhail Khorev saw much suffering and death. Often homeless and near starvation, he struggled to believe in God’s love. This inspiring story of how Mikhail grew to be a man of God, willing to suffer prison for the God who loved him, will move you to tears and strengthen your faith. You, too, will come to realize that everything we can give to the Christ who saves us is still … From A Small Price To Pay

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