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17
Sep

Family Camp Helper Signup Form

JOB DESCRIPTIONS:

SAT. SEPT. 24th & SUN. SEPT. 25th – DRINK MASTER: Someone to be in charge of drinks – Making big pot full of coffee (early) and keeping it going each day. Keeping big jugs (we will have) full of water. Make sure there are cups, coffee “stuff” out. Unplugging pot. Basically everything involved with keeping drinks available.

SAT. SEPT. 24 – FISH FRY SET UP/TAKE DOWN: Be on duty about 5:00 p.m. Meal planned for 6:00. Food & Table Set up: Make sure tables are in place, organize food, set out plates, etc. Clean up after the meal, wipe tables, get rid of any left over food/trash.

SUN. SEPT. 25 – SUNDAY LUNCH SET UP/TAKE DOWN: Church service at 10:30 a.m. Prior to service about 9:30 a.m. we need people to set up tables for lunch to be ready for people to bring food. Organize food as it comes in, put out plates, etc.  Be on watch for people who bring food during church service to help them know where to put food. Lunch will be after the baptism service (exact time unknown) Randall will watch over food during baptism service.

03
Sep

Forgiveness

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12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And do not bring us into  temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.] 14 “For if you forgive people their wrongdoing,  your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.  15 But if you don’t forgive people,  your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.
Matthew 6:12–15 9 (HCSB)

As I was getting ready to call it a night, I just felt something in my heart that said, “write about forgiveness.” So, here I go.

I have been talking to a lot of people who are struggling with lots of different kinds of things lately. All these issues seem so different, yet they are all, at the center, the same. At the core of these issues is forgiveness. The key to overcoming these issues is how we respond forgiveness.

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24
Aug

Connect

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I am wondering what we all think about when we hear the word connect. For many of us we might be thinking of technology like the internet and cell phones. We live in a culture that talks about being connected all the time. It is said that if we are connected then things are easier and we can have all the  knowledge that is needed to be successful in our lives. From work to social media the whole point of it all (we are told) is about being connected, networking and information sharing. We also think that being connected will let us get more done or if we are done with what we need to do then we won’t get bored because we can take our entertainment with us or we can all be in one place and be entertained differently all at the same time. I guess my question is, “Have we suffered a disconnect with all of this connecting?”

Cell-Phones--Smartphones Maybe we need to ask the question of why are we really “connecting” to all these things. I have personally looked through my phone and discovered something very interesting. Most of the apps that I have on there are all about me. My music, my movies and shows, my interests and my entertainment. Now, I am not saying that any of them is bad in themselves, it’s just interesting. I have been watching people as of late as they interact with others, you know, when eating together or hanging out with others and even going to church together. Here are just a few things of what I have observed and these are in no particular order.

There is less conversation than there use to be.

Ok, so there is more data being shared and people are texting and sending emails and pictures to each other more than ever before, but I am talking about the art of conversation. Where we face each other and we learn to read body language and we can see the emotion in the eyes of those we are talking to. I have seen people sitting right next to each other and never make eye contact but are sending each other text messages. They have shared information and to help them convey how they are feeling with little smilie faces. But have they ever really reached the heart of that person?

There is more superficial knowledge and less intimate knowledge of each other.

In this age of “connecting” what we have really done is tried to protect ourselves from being vulnerable with each other. We can have lots of “friends and followers” with less of a chance of getting hurt. This may sound good at first but I really don’t think that is reality. I believe life is full of risks and without these we can’t learn how to deal with difficult things or how would Jesus respond to the hard thing. What this has done is built in a false sense of security and then when we do get hurt (oh and this is inevitable – Jesus even said that we will have trouble), we are even more angry and shocked because we have not learned how to deal with people on this level.

On the other side of this is that we share so much about ourselves trying to overcompensate for a lack of intimacy with each other that we are super sensitive when someone challenges us or even straight out says we are wrong. You see we have lost the ability to deal with hard things because we have insulated ourselves to the point of being alone in a room full of people.

This has effected our ability to share about our relationship with Jesus. 

This is a problem as a disciple of Christ who has been called to share Jesus (by the way that’s all of us not just those in full time ministry). I believe this is why we are seeing a increased non-Jesus-like reactions to things from the body of Christ. If we can’t learn to deal with these hard things we will have less influence on situations and people around us. The body of Christ must learn the art of relationship, the art of face to face communication and the art of speaking hard things with love, grace and mercy. The body of Christ needs to stop taking on other people’s offenses and learn what God wants when it comes to reconciliation. This is going to take some work. We will have to study, pray and fast and seek His face as we learn to walk this out.

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Well, I want you to know that I believe that technology can be a good thing and an awesome tool for the Kingdom of God. It can also make life easier and more efficient. But we must keep things in balance. We take classes on how to better understand technology but when was the last time we evaluated our ability to have a face to face conversation or to the ability to be vulnerable. When was the last time we made an effort to better ourselves in the arts of relationships? I believe that Jesus gave us amazing examples of how this in done in the Bible. So, I guess I am saying maybe its time we disconnected at times and re-connect with His word and with those He has placed in our lives.

“Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  19 Go, therefore, and make disciples  of  all nations,  baptizing  them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,  I am with you always,  to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18–20 (HCSB)

25 Just  then an expert in the law  stood up to test  Him, saying, “Teacher,  what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the law?” He asked him. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered: Love the Lord your God  with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind;  and your neighbor as yourself.  r28 “You’ve answered correctly,” He told him. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But wanting to justify himself,  he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 Jesus took up the question and said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan  on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion.  34 He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil  and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 The next day  he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, ‘Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” 37 “The one who showed mercy  to him,” he said. Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.” 
Luke 10:25–37 (HCSB)

“7 We have redemption in Him  through His blood, the forgiveness  of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. He made known to us the mystery of His will,  according to His good pleasure that He planned in Him  10 for the administration  of the days of fulfillment —to bring everything together in the Messiah,  both things in heaven and things on earth  in Him.” Ephesians 1:7–10 (HCSB)

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason

15
Jul

Sticks and Stones

sticks-and-stones1Greetings all,

I have been given a question about a portion of the Sermon on the Mount that talks about murder and being angry. It also talks about calling people fools and morons. Here is the passage that the question comes from:

 “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.  22 But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Fool!’ will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says,‘You moron!’ will be subject to hellfire.” ~ Matthew 5:21-22

The question is, “If I am angry with someone am I really guilty of murder?”

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25
Jun

Thoughts About Today

DSCF0739Greetings all,

This is not an “Ask Pastor Jason” blog post but I wanted to talk about how we view each and every day. This has been on my heart for a while but I have not felt like it was time to write about it.

What was the first thing that you though about when you woke up this morning? Was it, “Oh, just another day,” or, “More routine and no excitement,” or maybe, “How can I face another day like yesterday?”

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19
May

Ask Pastor Jason: Time Gaps and Neanderthals

AskPastorJasonPaperGreetings all,

This post took me two weeks because I wanted to study this out a bit before I answered the question. I want to thank Joshua Lococo for his insights and help in studying this out.

Now on to this week’s question:

Pastor Jason, I have a question for your blog. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I even heard about the term “Gap Theory”. Can you explain this and do you think this is where Neanderthals come from? We have science proving there was a Neanderthal type human, but I know that we are made in God’s image and I do not believe this is what Adam and Eve looked like. Can you please explain this?

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30
Apr

A Question of Grace

 

slide-grace-919x262Greetings all,

This week I had quite a few questions about grace. They were all similar, so I’ll just boil it down to one question:

“What does grace look like in action?”

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24
Apr

Ask Pastor Jason: Every Time A Bell Rings

AskPastorJasonPaperHello all,

It‘s another week and I’m so excited about another question to study out. Each week I will answer one of the questions that has been submitted. I will be giving you what I believe to be the answer that I have found.

The awesome thing about our relationship with Jesus and Christ followers is that we can disagree on matters that don’t affect our salvation and still love each other. I just want to say thank you for asking these questions of me. I promise that each time I sit down, I ask the Spirit to guide me and teach me as I study.

So, here we go to the next question…

Define angels, what are they really?

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16
Apr

Ask Pastor Jason: What about the Rapture?

Greetings all,
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First and foremost, I am sure there are going to be things that we will agree on and there may be some things that we do not agree on. But I do not want this to become a place for argument but a place of discovery and open discussion.

What I want us to discover together is a deeper love for God and His word and the encouragement and excitement that can be found as we study and look at these questions in the Word. Through this blog and our interactions, I also want us to better understand each other, too, by learning what is in each other’s hearts.

Now that we’re all in agreement, here’s my first question:
“Do you believe in pre-tribulation rapture or post-tribulation rapture, and why?”
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27
Feb

Ask Pastor Jason

AskPastorJasonPaperGreetings all,

I have wanted to write for a while now, but to be honest I just have not had any motivation to do it. So, I haven’t. But as I have been thinking over the last few days, I have had an idea about how to use this blog in a different want and to give me some motivation at the same time. So, here is what God has put on my heart, and we will ask for his favor.

One of the things that I love to do is study and to show others what I am learning. I love to answer questions and to learn about things that I don’t know (that consist of a lot). I would like to use this new blog as a tool to help answer questions that you may have about faith, life and current events, and how the Bible applies to them. I know this could be a huge task, but I also know that it may help you and it will help me at the same time. This blog series will be called “Ask Pastor Jason”.

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