Swap Meet

25 06 2013

“Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.”

Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV/Amplified

  • Don’t hold back.
  • Let go of the “good stuff.”
  • Never calculate giving as a loss.
  • Give your very best.
  • Don’t even give it another thought.
  • Happily and spontaneously, “Make someone else’s day.”
  • When you least expect it, your giving comes back to you again.

[Then Peter said:] “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have, give I to thee…

In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”  Acts 3:6 KJV

Food for thought: Mark 4:24 and Matthew 7:2

Can you afford to give three minutes and thirty-nine seconds for a fabulous song? Then click the hyper link, sit back and enjoy

 “Giving you the best that I’ve got…” By Artist: Miss Anita Baker

http://youtu.be/aQiMhAUJNMo

Uploaded on YouTube by LikeNew09 and brought to you by the nice folks at BET.  Enjoy and as always,

Be Blessed!

The Light Keeper





Dear Reader

18 12 2012
Angels Tell the News

Angels Tell the News

We are so grateful that our Sister-In-Christ, Cindy, was praying the other day and allowed us to listen in; please Click the link below.

Let us: Join hands, join hearts, join prayers

For when two or more are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst.”

We pray you: Comfort, joy, peace and love to our Dear Reader’s of TN Lighthouse Ministries this Holy Day season remembering Christ our Savior.

We will be back in your “IN” box January 2013.

Be Blessed!

The Light Keeper

 Cindy’s Prayer:   Praying for the Innocent Victims in Newtown, Con..

An Angel Weeps

An Angel Weeps





Just Keep Climbing

22 10 2012

Still Climbing

14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

2 In My Father’s house are many mansions;[a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.[b]

3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself;                           that where I am, there you may be also.                                          John 14: 1-4  NKJV

Perhaps, it was due to another birthday sliding by me this month that your humble Lightkeeper began reviewing the past as in: Should’a, Could’a, Would’a... with quite a few: “If only…” thrown in for good measure. There was no Deep-Down Funk; just occasional flashes of crucial crossroads from the past that made me go… ‘Oooch.’

After sharing this situation with my ‘Dear One,’ he gave me his very best pep talk (The “Dutch Uncle” speech) and I agreed; deciding to throw away that kind of thinking along with our morning toast edges. However, it seems the Holy Spirit had a ‘word’ for me too [Thank God]:

“…(if) you believe in God… Believe also in Me …” 

Let’s slow our train (of thought) down a bit and take a moment to put our hearts’ focus upon what our Lord Jesus is saying to us. What I came away with is that “HE” has always been right there… Loving us, every step of the way; even in our mis-steps; trials and errors.

Our lives can ‘turn on a dime.’ We see headlines from across the globe that are about real people doing marvelous and or tragic things in their lives; moment by moment. It’s nice to know, as a Believer, that through the highs and the lows, we can hook our rope into the rock of Jesus the Christ, by faith. Whether in this life or eternity… [If] we Believe in Him also… We Win! Why? Because He loves us so much. Cling to that truth, no matter what mountain you are climbing now or have climbed in the past.

So… No regrets. We live, love and grow to climb higher in our loving faith through knowing a loving Lord. Until next time and as always, Be Blessed!

Want to hear a pretty song? Enjoy Donny Hathaway, 1970 Audio: “A Song For You” 

TN Lighthouse Ministries:                                                                                                                             Loves its’ Readers, Subscribers and many Supporters throughout the Global Internet Community.  Your thoughtful comments are precious to us and we are humbled and privileged whenever we are given the opportunity to Pray alongside of you as we solicit your prayers in our assignment of: “Shining the Light of the Word of God”





CHEERS !

24 06 2012

Be of Good Cheer

Suppose along the way on our journey back to God; a lot of people begin to stop believing in God?

Suppose our journey has been filled with an abundance of: “One-too-many’s?” Perhaps there have been ‘one-too-many’ rude so-called religious-folk; perhaps one-too-many dysfunctional family situations; one-too-many ways to be taken for granted; or betrayed, excluded; criticized; polarized and simply unloved? Then what?

As a Biblical Counselor for a number of  years now, I have yet to have ‘seen-it-all’; especially since I haven’t met someone like the madman of Gadara (“My name is Legion, for we are manyMark 5:1-20)–not someone you would look forward to meeting  randomly, and it’s not very likely that he’d make an appointment with us. [Please know I’m being facetious here]

True, our counseling hasn’t come across such a walking-wounded child of God; however, I do know a very dear young woman who has experienced much of the above list of un-love for much of her life: She drinks.

Another dear person who has come into our ministry with a similar story of having seldom felt loved: He is angry and emotionally cloistered.

Some people shop; some eat; some have sexual marathons; some decide to perpetrate the same unloving behaviors onto others; thereby perpetuating the cycle of evil.

As we can see, it all gets messy and goes downhill rather quickly; however, most people in the clutches of this cycle of unloving, accept the self-inflicting wounds as relief.

Revisit Mark 5:1-20 and note that some very twenty-first century psychosis are being demonstrated: Cutting; terrorizing; bullying; vehement anger, etc. What’s the remedy? What is the antidote, the cure? We invite you to come have a drink.

Drink deeply, ever so deeply, again and again of the word of God. Let’s focus upon the words of our Savior and Friend, our Lord Jesus, the Christ [meaning: anointed One; (and) His anointing].

In fact, from now on, may we humbly suggest that every time you see the title, “Christ”, that you think: Anointed One (and) His anointing. In regular terms, it’s like saying: “The All-Powerful/All-Able One and His All-Powerful potential toward you and me.” Jesus’ antidote for the evils of this world-system is highlighted in John 16:33b (NKJV) “…Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

However, understand that the next time you hear this Scripture quoted; it is a concluding portion of a much larger statement. This is a statement delivered (in fact) to Believer’s and not to unbeliever’s, who have a whole ‘other’ issue; just as a High School Senior has whole ‘other’ issues differing from a drop-out.

So then, Jesus’ concluding statement: “..Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” is like the dessert within a full-course meal. However, the main course precedes dessert, as when He said:  33  “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Note: “In the world you will have tribulation…” (i.e., sorrow, trials, challenges, persecutions and/or grief). Primary to Jesus’ statement is His open, and non-expiring invitation and statement of fact: “…in Me you may have peace.” The qualifier  ‘may’ shows that we have a choice, a decision; so indeed this is part of an invitation and not a dictation.

We shine the Light on this fact: We can choose Jesus and turn our back on the un-loving sorrows, trials, persecutions, and challenges of this world-system. We can rest in the knowledge that Jesus knows all about it (first-hand); we are not alone in the world; we are not abandoned, orphaned or without hope.

So too, we can choose to realize, count upon; lean into and rest ourselves in knowing that even the crass chaos of our life, here on planet earth has not escaped the nail-scarred hands of our Lord and Savior; The Christ.

BUT: We’ve got to stop self-managing and simply submit ourselves to Him; give ‘it‘ to Him. That is easier said then done, right? Perhaps things are only as hard as we make them? Please review the fact that the first thing ‘Legion’ does in Mark 5, verse 6: “When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshipped Him.”

Exercise: For 7 days, stop recalling “the problem” and focus upon the solution. Jesus is the solution for every problem. See Him in your heart through the word of God, right there in your Holy Bible. Run to Him in your heart; fall upon your knee’s literally and spiritually… worship Him.

This is our first step as Believer’s [not denominationalism, not religious, but believer’s] in the One true, Triune God; the “I AM”; Who is our answer to all of life’s many questions; which  are always found, “under-the-Son,” in Christ.

Homework~For a good time, read: John 16 (all) and Mark 5 (all) then please share with us how the exercise suggested above has made a difference in your life.

Be Blessed!  

Image credits: CBS Television, Cheers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheers





LIGHTS, ACTION… Huh?

28 03 2012

So when it was day six of my various electronic malfunctions, I got to thinking:  Wait… huh, day six? Yes, I know: Compared to the horrible, tragic things going on in the world today (near and far); my household electronic malaise seem quite trivial.

However, when you get up a full head of steam, finally stop procrastinating and drag out the “Pet Eradicator” (that would be the vacuum cleaner since all three pets abhor the thing-they’re now caucusing to contact the P.P.P. ~ Pet Protection Patrol on me for scaring them weekly), but the ‘Pet Eradicator’ doesn’t work… click-click, nothing.

Mumbling incoherently, I march off to do some other useful, necessary task: Make lunch for Dear Hubby and me. So okay– it’s after two o’clock, but there was all of that Emailing and E-replying and the most important of all, the E-Courtesy O.P.B. (Other People’s Blogs) to review.

Hmm, what’s that dripping sound? Why is the frozen grape juice slushy? That’s odd: Also, the turkey breast lunch meat and Provolone cheese are flavorful and room temp instead of tasteless, cold and difficult to peel off into slices… how curious.

My last coherent, normalized words that I can recall from six days ago ended with, “Want some ice in your juice, Hon?” Positioning the cup, I was prepared to do my usual juggling act of catching stray cubes that are determined to commit suicide-by-floor. Instead, however, slightly cool water came streaming out of the in-door-ice dispenser…click, click…huh?

More incoherent mumbling, as I march over to the phone to call whatshisname, you know…the repair guy from… you know; as my Dear One sits quietly munching his room temp turkey on wheat with warm grape juice; mildly interested.

Okay, maybe whatshername remembers the repair guys name so I can give him a call; I can remember her number, but my brain seems to be flickering in and out in spurts like static irritation. There is no dial tone…click, click…huh?

Okay, has the world ended? Are we ‘Left Behind?’ It’s time to turn on the TV. That’s right; you guessed it… click, click…Oforgetaboutit!

Fleetingly, I recall Blogging about “Decisions” and being responsible for making “Choices.” Yeah, right, uh huh. So I decided to sit down, finish my sandwich, drink my warm juice and say, “Thank you Jesus.” My Dear One has respiratory situations and should not be unduly stressed; that’s why he has me: I get stressed enough for a family of six (but that’s another posting).

While munching the sandwich (being room temperature really brings out the flavor-that’s so interesting), the other side of my brain is hatching a plan to get in the car and drive 2 miles next door to see if their phone lines are still working… All of us out here are connected to phone, television, satellite/Wi-Fi: Happy Bundling! Why, why did I fall for bundling? That service rep girl was so sweet, she was in college, a nice American girl with a job (in America—Hallelujah) and she found the most wonderful discounts for us… what a cute little accent from deep down South she had…aww. Now I’m bundled! Ugh!

O, I hear you snickering out there: ‘Just use your cell and call the phone company, silly goose!’ Well, Star Tech, I haven’t fulfilled that part of my to-do list, cell-battery-wise, since December or something. Okay?

Unceremoniously arriving at my neighbors, they were offline too, but wonder-of-wonders… their cell phone worked! I called the phone company (yeah, take a number whydoncha), called whatshisname the frig repair guy since I was already at whatshername’s house. She gave me a cold diet 7Up (ahhbless you my child) and allowed me to whine all over her kitchen table unencumbered.

Weary and disconnected, I returned home to Dear Hubby, dog, dog and cat (my family). Suddenly my Dear One says, “Quick, what Scripture comes to mind for this situation?” Blinking, I was amazed that, ‘NOW,’ now, of all times you want to play our little game of “Name That Scripture?” I restrained myself from replying, “Jesus wept.”

Later I couldn’t stop thinking of his question and here are just a few of the answers that the Holy Spirit floated to me when I simply sat peacefully: TV-free; PC-free and phone-free. I believe these Scriptures need no explanation. I believe my Heavenly Father wanted some quality-face-time with me and He didn’t want to be fit into my abundant E-schedule:

  • You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you. Isaiah 26:3 NKJV
  • “…because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. I John 4:4(b)
  • There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear…  I John 4:18 (a)
  • To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens  Ecclesiastes 3:1 –Author’s note: If you hear a faint harmonious chorus of: “Turn, turn, turn” whenever this Scripture is quoted (via the Back Door Majority) then in the voice of Jeff Foxworthy: ‘Then you might be over 50!’
  • And all things, whatsoever you shall ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive…  Matthew 21:22   (One of the Author’s favorites)

Day six, as I orchestrate comings and goings for the installation of the Frig-thingy; change the whatchamacallit on the Pet Eradicator  and chat with the  Satellite/Phone repair guy swinging precariously from a cherry picker high above my house; I smile and think of that old, lovely hymn: “Learning to Lean, I’m learning to lean; I’m learning to lean on Jesus. Finding more power than I’ve ever seen; I’m learning to lean on Jesus.”

Be Blessed!  The Lightkeeper

 





God Is So GOOD! ~ Pre-Spring Break

14 02 2012

TN Lighthouse Ministries

will be offline for a bit as we re-tool with some upgrades.

Stay tuned for the Big Reveal of our reformatted: 

Teaching of the Word, Intercessory Prayer  and Christian Counseling.

We’ve been blessed with some brand new equipment! 

As soon as our Tech-Guy      reads the instructions…

We’re ready!  BE BLESSED

The Light Keeper





Guarding Your Way

17 01 2012

Truth in Advertising

 While folding laundry I decided to watch a TV show. I like mystery or suspense, like the old “It Takes a Thief” series with Robert Wagoner.

I came across a movie I had heard of and settled in to watch when I got a little “unction” from the Holy Spirit to ‘read’ the details of the movie plot. It was about: murder, hostage-taking, violence and theft by drug lords.

I realized that over 16 years ago, the Lord had heard my cry and delivered  me from bondage of violence  by those kinds of people and their evil acts. Instead, He has given me a heart to proclaim His ‘good news’ so others can be delivered by Him (perpetrators as well as victims).

So, why would I decide to be ‘bound’ for 90 minutes watching depictions of this kind of evil in high definition? It is my responsibility to guard as precious and sacred, my freedom in Christ. So, I turned off the TV and cleaned out the kitty litter box!

Proverbs 16:17 “The highway of the upright turns aside from evil; he who guards his way preserves his life.”       Be Blessed








%d bloggers like this: