Lighthouse Blogs

26
Feb

Preparing for the Tabernacle

Hello all,

Here at The Lighthouse church, we are getting ready to go through the study of the Tabernacle in the Old Testament. As I have been studying a thought came to me and I want to share it with you. In the bible, Jesus uses the picture of  a garden or soil for the human heart, remember the teaching on reaping and sowing?

He teaches that the heart that takes the message of the Gospel is fertile and worked soil. The understanding here is that the person has allowed God, by the work of the Holy Spirit, to get them ready for the message (Yes, this story talks about hearing the Salvation message but it is also talking about the believer who God is trying to mold closer to the person of Jesus – to be more Christ-like).

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19
Feb

Bad ways to witness!

Greetings,

Have you ever tried to share the gospel in a bad way or in a way that just seems a little off?

Maybe we are trying to hard! have a blessed week!

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason

12
Feb

Love….and a heart full of Chocolate?

Greetings all,

So Friday is the day of the year that we have chosen to show love to our significant others. There are many traditions that take place on this day, like, heart shaped boxes of chocolate, hard candies that give us little messages and tiny cards that have cartoon characters on them. We buy flowers for higher prices that we normally would spend and we usually go out to a nicer dinner place than normal. All of these things are all well and good, and this blog is not about not doing these things. I just want us to think about it in a different way. We as humans have a tendency to say, “well we have a hoilday for these occasion so I don’t have to do these same things another time of year”. This line of thinking I believe has caused many problems in relationships in our society.  Maybe this way of thinking is what makes many people just think about Jesus on Christmas and Easter. Maybe thins line of thinking is a cause of expectations that may never be meet and therefore we have broken and hard hearts. I guess maybe we need to start showing love more than just once a year. I know most of us do but do we really think about how we speak the love language of our loved ones can have a huge impact.  Let me ask you some questions and see if you know your loved ones like you think you do.

1. What love language dose your loved one use (or a combination)?

A. Physical TouchB. Quality Time
C. Gifts
D. Acts of Service

2. What is your love language (or a combination)?

A. Physical Touch
B. Quality Time
C. Gifts
D. Acts of Service

3. Do you look for ways to speak their love language?

4. Do you use your own love language to try to get love back the way you want it?

5. What are some ways that you can speak your loved ones love language?

You see, Jesus, He knew what we needed. He knew that we needed his forgiveness and so he was obedient to His Father – for us! He put His will (wants) aside so that we would have what we need. I think we all can learn a lesson about giving up our desires and expectations and look how to show love to those in our lives. I wonder if we would see changes in our lives if we looked and tried to learn how to speak the loves languages of those we love. This is something that I have been learning for a long time. I do good sometimes and then other times it’s an epic fail. I guess it just the fact that we keep trying and keep learning and then at the end of the day all will be right. That right there is a promise found in His Word! I praise God for sending His son and not a box of chocolate.

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason

06
Feb

Snow – HELP!

Greetings all,

Well, what a week we have had here in the mid Missouri. Snow and extremely cold weather. Many of us have been bound to our houses trying to keep things going. I know in my house we even took a snow afternoon. The boys were happy and had a great time out in it, but I think they liked the Hot Chocolate more! Anyway, as I have been at home doing a lot of thinking I realized that I was frustrated. Have you ever been frustrated with your self for be frustrated. Well, that is were I have been. As I think about why, I realized that it was not the snow or the cold weather that had me there. What was it then? Well, let me see if I can explain it. I know what God wants me to do and I typically do it, but in the middle of it I complain about it.

This complaining is all part of this fight that Paul talks about in his letter to the Galatians. “I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law (Galatians 5:16-18). ” The last line in this passage is the hope onto which I grab. We are not under the law if we are led by the Spirit. God’s knows that we have this fight and many Christians forget that He knows. If Jesus knows then He has given a provision and a promise to get me through. I know that He is with me and all I have to do is ask. Wow! When was the last time we just stopped trying to control and work the situations around us and just simple asked Him for HELP?

H (He) E (Enables) L (Love) P (perfectly)

He, that is Jesus through the Holy Spirit, not me or my actions or my knowledge. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it (John 1:1-5).”

Enables, He is the only one that can enable me to spiritual growth and to see others through His eyes. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So because of Christ, I am pleased in weaknesses, in insults, in catastrophes, in persecutions, and in pressures. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)”.

Love, the greatest love that anyone can show is to lay down our lives. Jesus did that for us! “As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love. “I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. This is My command: love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends (John 15:9-13)”.

Perfectly, Jesus was the only one who has loved this way. We get our human selfishness in the way more times than not. But Jesus Perfectly gave us a example of what should be in our hearts. My heart wants what He wants, my actions sometimes fail. I thank God that He still loves me and He is not done with me. I have seen the enemies work in so many relationships over the years that it breaks my heart.  I see a lot of people not asking for “HELP” but I do see a lot of selfishness and people asking for “I want”. I wonder when we will learn that the “I wants” never last, never satisfy, they only lead to wanting more of what separates people form what they need. “Father, if You are willing, take this cup away from Me–nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done (Luke 22:42)”. Jesus know we needed Him to be our sacrifice so that we could have an opportunity to be lead by the Spirit and to understand the Father’s unconditional love.

So, lets call out for “HELP” and see what God can do!
In His Grip,
Pastor Jason

29
Jan

Do I really love Jesus?

Hello,

So here is another look into what God has been challenging me, teaching me and having me think about this week. I know that I say I love Jesus, but the question is do I really understand what that statement means? The issue is do I really understand the word love. We live in a society that says “love” for everything! I mean we love cars, chocolate, sports, hunting and we love each other. I know that we would say yes, but we love these things in a different way. I understand, but I think it is so easy for us to blur the lines of “love”. In our society we say that we fall out of love and so we should just throw our relationships out the window, just like we do when we decide we don’t “love” this car anymore. This is a real issue that effects us in so many ways. How has this effected the body of Christ?

Well, the first thing to understand that the divorce rate in the church is the same as out of the church. At the same rate we are letting people offend us in the body of Christ as people do outside the church, if not more. We have lost the ability to show grace and to make things right. If the body of Christ is doing this how can we be effective in growing the kingdom of God? We have allowed this lack of understanding (of the love that God has for His Son and the His Son has for us) to stunt our growth in Him and the growth of our relationship to each other. I wonder if we would stop and decide to truly love like Christ did, if we would see dramatic changes in our lives? So, I would say that we have suffered greatly in the body of Christ because of this lack of understanding. I believe this is why God has been speaking so clearly about abiding/remaining in Him throughout His word and why he is wanting His body to realize our need for abiding in Him. Because only through abiding and remaining can we truly experience the love in all of it’s glory!

What are things that I do that makes me question my love for him?
1. I question His plan in my life (like I know more than He dose)
2. I let others offend me and I act based on that offense (Good things God dose not treat me like that!)
3. I Get made at Him when I don’t think He is providing for me the way I think He should
4. I repay His grace for me with non-grace for others
5. I allow other things for be put before Him in my life (the Bible calls this idolatry – the same thing that Israel was guilty of)
6. I don’t allow the Holy Spirit to lead me in my daily life and relationships

Here is the thing that makes me sit here and just worship Jesus. I can’t find anything that makes me question His love for me. The scripture tells me that there is noting I can do to make Him love me anymore or any less! In fact the Bible tells me that nothing can separate me from Him! He even says that my performance is not what makes Him love me! He is love! The most over whelming thing is that He loves us all this way. I grew up believing that God was only interested in me if I performed according to what man told me He wanted for me. I never could do it, I always failed and I just knew that I had to work harder, do more and perform better. It became a never ending cycle of failure and through that I learned to hate myself. But when I understood His true love for me, I was set free and I began to see others in this same light! I began to love others more like He loved me. I still have a long way to go but I know that He is not done with me. These times of learning are becoming such a blessed time in my life. Take these times and treasure  them  as gifts of love form Him. This has driven my back to my life passage and I pray that God will transform me more into His likeness and that I may have His grace.

Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. What the law could not do since it was limited by the flesh, God did. He condemned sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering, in order that the law’s requirement would be accomplished in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those whose lives are according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those whose lives are according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit. For the mind-set of the flesh is death, but the mind-set of the Spirit is life and peace. For the mind-set of the flesh is hostile to God because it does not submit itself to God’s law, for it is unable to do so. Those whose lives are in the flesh are unable to please God. You, however, are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God lives in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you. So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ–seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation for God’s sons to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to futility–not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it–in the hope that the creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits–we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified. What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
(Romans 8:1-39)

I say, thank you to my Father God, My Lord Jesus and to my teacher the Holy Spirit! I pray that all of you who read this will grasp onto Him and Love like He has loved us and that you will see yourself in the light that He see you! May you be used to grow His Kingdom! Remember you are His child and you are loved!

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason

22
Jan

There is always room for growth.

Greetings all,

So this week as a begin to write this blog post a question just invaded my head. Do we really want to grow closer to God or is that something that we have just been taught to say? Think about it, in life when we want something we really do something to get it, right?  I mean if we want a new thing we will save or for it by doing without something for a while or the “American” way and just grab our credit card. We really make it happen. But if you asked the question to “Christians” if they want to grow in Christ they say, “Yes!!!” but do they really do anything to see it happen? I know that we can’t force this kind of spiritual growth but I wounder if we stunt it by our lack of action in the process. OK, lets look at it from another angle. If I told you that there was a book out there that would 100% guarantee that you would be a _______ (you fill in whatever you want), all you have to do is buy the book. Oh and I know this because I bought the book and it happened to me. We would probably go out and buy the book and read it and we would probably apply it and would expect it to happen, right?

You see I think that is a problem with many of us. We say we want to grow in Him but we are not willing to do what it take to experience the growth that we desire. I know I have spent time in my life in this place, I am speaking from experience. But it has hit me that we need to maybe just take the first step towards growth. I think maybe if we are really serious about spiritual growth we would try to find a way to start working our way towards Him. I think maybe all the Holy Spirit is waiting for is us to just take the first step of faith. If we could just take the first step we see growth in our lives that we have always dreamed about. What is that first step look like? I think it is different for everyone maybe it’s simply reading your Bible, or serving some other than yourself? Maybe it’s giving something to the guy holding the sing on the corner or maybe it just stopping all the busyness for a while and concentrate on Him? Maybe it just shutting off the noise of life and giving God all the glory for what you have and recognize that it is all about Him? Or maybe it’s realizing that life has not ended up the way you though it should but that you are OK with it and that you want to be content? I don’t know what it is for you but maybe we just need to start and do something. Many times I have talked to people who are not happy with what is going on and they find themselves just sitting and complaning instead of looking for ways to be His hands and feet in life. Once, they started to serve others they started to see growth in their lives. I guess I should say that I have leaned this the hard way in my life. I have not always been content and may times I complained about where I was and how God was not showing up in my life. The truth of all this is, it was me and I needed to change. I am not all the way there but I am growing and God is teaching me and I pray that he continues to do so. I have many sayings in my life. One is, “it is what it is” another is, “God is good all the time” and “There is always room for growth”.

I pray that that you will find that room and that you will let Him take control and that you will take the first step in that direction. God is just waiting to see you set free from the lies, the chains and the discontentment that the enemy has weighed you down with. Maybe it’s time to step out from under that and towards the grace of Jesus Christ!

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason

17
Jan

Get Excited!

Greetings all,

So this is a new post and I know it has been a while. God has been doing some awesome things in my life and I have been learning so much! I want to be able to continue this blog series, “Learning to Walk”. It’s pretty amazing to understand that I will never get to the end of this, because the closer I grow to Jesus the more and more I learn. As I blog it is my goal to be honest about what God is teaching me. Somethings will be detailed others will not because they are personal or it is just not the right time to share. I hope you get excited about this road of learning to walk with Jesus as I am.

Okay, we are getting really close to the Super Bowl and the excitement of the game. My team is not in it but I still love to good football and I plan on watching. But as I have been thinking about it a question came to me that really made me think. Why can I get excited about this game so easy but I struggle in getting excited about certain aspects of this life that I live? I know that there are very hard things that go one in life and maybe we don’t have a positive out look on our future because of things outside of our control. I know many of us are going through hard times in many areas of our lives. I know many of us are at points that excitement just seems not to be able to break through. As I was thinking about this I just felt like God was asking me to list the things in my life that should bring me excitement no matter what is going on. So, here we go.
My Relationship with Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit – There is nothing that I can do to make Him love me any less or any more!
My Family!
My Church!
The Scripture – the power that most of us do not understand that is found in the Word of God!
The Movement of Grace in the Body of Christ!
The mission and call that He has given me!
The fact the God is in control (present)!
The fact the my past has been taken care of and my future is secure in Jesus Christ!
The Holy Spirit’s empowerment in my life!
The fact I can talk to God anytime and I know He hears me!
The promise that God will take care of my needs!
I am His son and He is my father! He is in me and I am in Him!

This list could keep going but for the sake of a shorter post I will stop. But you know what begins to happen when I think about this stuff? Excitement begins to build to a point to where I can’t help but share it with people. I wonder if all we need to do is sit down and begin to list out the things that should get us excited. The other thing that begins to happen is gratitude fills my heart as I see what God has given me and I begin to praise Him for all His goodness! I also begin to see areas in my life that I need God to help me get excited about again. I wounder if we would all take the time to look at ourselves and see where we have need of His help, if it would change us and give us courage to stand firm in His power and His love. Will we start to see His power in us?

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason

12
Nov

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09
Nov

Here is the First Post

In principio creavit Deus caelum et terram. Propterea sicut per unum hominem in hunc mundum peccatum intravit et per peccatum mors et ita in omnes homines mors pertransiit in quo omnes peccaverunt. Sic enim dilexit Deus mundum ut Filium suum unigenitum daret ut omnis qui credit in eum non pereat sed habeat vitam aeternam.

26
Sep

Just wanted to share!

Greeting everyone,

This might be a shocker to all of you guys but music is very important to me. Not just in my walk with Jesus but also just in life in general. People have said that my life really should be a musical. Well, because of this I get a lot out of music and much of my growth to be more like Jesus has been done through all kinds of music. Yes, even the music that the church says is “secular” (that word is something I do not like and think the church uses it without the understanding of where is comes from – but that is another post). Anyway, My good friend Alan shared this with me and then he used it in his blog. I was going to use it in my blog but he beat me too it – lol. I have decided to share it and I hope that it moves you like it did me. I pray that you can say these word when you are facing issues of life that just seem hard or without meaning. Know that God is in control and that all things can and will be used in God’s greater story that your have an important role in.

In His Grip,
Pastor Jason