There will be a Teen Momentum Activity on Sunday (11/23) following the evening service in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $2. For questions or more information, please contact Youth Pastor Kirk Harrell (461-5561 Ext 136 or email email@example.com)
There will be a work-day on Saturday (11/22) at 9:30 to decorate the church property with Christmas decorations. For questions or more information, please contact Brother Russ Prock (461-5561 Ext 115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
In observance of Veteran’s Day, the Lighthouse Christian Academy will not have school on November 10th.
These were the words of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is the question of our Savior to the crowd at the happening of His cleansing of the ten lepers. When one reads and studies these nine verses in Luke 17:11-19 one comes away with mixed emotions. What a story that is much, much larger than these nine verses. It is a story that one never seems to forget but many lingering thought remain. I try when reading great passages such as this one to place myself in the setting and surroundings. One begins to see the people, the sights and sound and of course the things that seems to transpire so quickly but seem to linger so long. Especially after one see the miracle of Luke 17 and Jesus seemingly was required to ask this question that seems to ring out so loudly and hauntingly, “Were there not ten cleansed?” With a deeper penetration of this short story of only 9 verses one is even more taken-a-back. Jesus told them to go show themselves to the priest. Remember the priest would no doubt be a Jewish priest. However, the only one who came back to thank Jesus was a “stranger”. He was a Samaritan.
Yes, we are once again approaching the season we call THANKSGIVING. Thanksgiving has been a part of our nation since its beginning. There are many stories that surround its beginnings and its evolution. But one thing has been certain that it has remained. Of course we can speak of the negatives and positives of this wonderful Day/season. However, we as Christians must never forget to be thankful.
The word Thanks in one form or another is found some 140 times in our Bible. David probably used it more times than any other Bible character. But there are many, many clear examples both negative and positive. Sometimes the negative truths are more teachable than the positive. Just one Old Testament example is very potent. Remember Joseph in prison in Genesis 40:23? “Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him.” But forgot him, what a sad story related here. However how often could this be said of us, “but forgot”? Just like the ten lepers and the chief butler how often are we guilty of not being thankful? The word that goes with this happening is the word “ingratitude”. Ingratitude is the negative of Thanksgiving. But what is ingratitude? Ingratitude is a sin. Yes, read Romans 1:21 here Paul reminds us that men, ”glorified him not as God, neither were thankful.” In other words Paul was saying in the context of this passage that they were heathens. Ingratitude is also robbery. These nine other unthankful lepers were robbing the God of heaven his honor and praise and expressing their ingratitude. We can have thankfulness yet fail to have gratitude. How? Don’t you think that the nine lepers were thankful for their cleansing? When one reads the picture of a leper and the social discrimination heaped upon him one can’t imagine that there were no expressions of thanksgiving. However it was a selfish thanksgiving because it was filled with ingratitude. Maybe we need to realize that we can enter this season of “Thanksgiving” and be thankful but is a selfish way.
Look up some Scriptures surrounding the word ingratitude and see what God really thinks about this word and it conations. We may be amazed at the nine lepers who went their way. Think about it.
We have all been made aware of this word in Scripture which usually comes in pairs as “Verily, verily I say unto ye.” This word is closely associated with two other words in the Bible. These two words are “Truly, Truly” and Amen, Amen. If fact they could in most cases be used interchangeably. I will never forget hearing someone give an explanation to these words in succession. The comment was when you see a freight train coming with one engine you understand that there is just a normal load that the train is caring. However, when one sees a train with two engines one must understand that the load is much greater. The individual made the application that when one sees these two words together in Scripture one must realize that something of importance is about to be given. In most cases these two words are given by our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is the writer of the fourth Gospel by the Apostle John who has highlighted these words “Verily, Verily” beginning early in the gospel and going to the close of the book. This study will allow you to briefly go through the gospel with a study surrounding this word Verily. We will point out the verse(s) with the words “Verily, Verily” but ask you to study the entire context which will be listed as well. Perhaps you could take this week in your personal devotions or take them in your family devotions for your study. There will be twelve of them located in the Gospel of John. You will enjoy this study as you move through the Gospel and realize that the Lord is speaking to us and our relationship with Him. Amen.
• The Home of the New Man…John 1:50, 51.”And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of God.”
• The Birth of the New Man…John 3:3-13, “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.”
• The Law of the New Man…John 5:17-30, Verses 19, 24, and 25 incorporate the word Verily, Verily but we will quote only verse 24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word; and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation but is passed from death unto life.”
• The Meal of the New Man…John 6:26-58. Please observe that Verily, Verily is found no less than 4 times in this great chapter on the Bread of Life in verses 26, 32, 47 and 53.
• The Liberty of the New Man…John 8:31-36, “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.” Please read the entire context.
• The Divine Nature of the Man…John 8:42-58. Note the Verily, Verily in verses 51 and 58.
• The Service of the New Man…John 10:1-18, “Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.” See verse one also for the Verily, Verily.
• The Sacrifice of the New Man…John 12:23-33. Verse 24 must be one of the great verses of doctrine in the New Testament. Please read and perhaps take this verse to memory.
• The Humility of the New Man…John 13:1-38. One must read again this great chapter where Christ meets with his disciple toward the end. Three times he uses the Verily, Verily in verses 16, 20 and again in 38.
• The Power of the New Man…John 14:8-14. Don’t miss the Verily, Verily in verse 12.
• The Joy of the New Man…John 16:16-34. Verses 20 and 24 give us the Verily, Verily.
• The Perfection of the New Man…John 21:15-23. Jesus closes out the Book of John with the final Verily, Verily in verse 18.
Reminder that Sunday (11/2) is time-change Sunday. Remember to set your clock back one hour.
The Lighthouse Christian Academy will hold its first quarter honor roll on Tuesday (10/28) at 6:00 in the Fellowship Hall. Immediately following the honor roll, there will be an Open House where the parents can visit their student’s class and visit with the class teacher. For questions or more information, contact the school office (461-5561 Ext 117)
If you are new to Lighthouse Baptist Church, please plan on joining us for a New Visitor’s Reception following the morning service (10/26) in room 203 (next to Bookstore). This a great opportunity to meet the Pastoral Staff and ministry leaders and get a better understanding of ministries & services that our church provides. A light lunch will be provided. For questions or more information, please contact Associate Pastors Scott Northcutt (461-5561 Ext 137 or email email@example.com).
In the first book of the Bible and also in the first chapter of this Book of Genesis, we have what someone has called the Ten Commandments of Creation. If you will take your Bible and read the first chapter of Genesis and mark the ten times that the Holy Spirit records for us, “And God said, let there be” and then something would come into being. Of course in verse 14, we have this famous statement, “Let there be Light”. As one continues through both the Old and the New Testament one quickly observes that light is a key thought from the Word of God. In fact, Jesus said, “I am the Light” when speaking of Himself.
If I may, I would like to do a takeoff on this thought…”let there be light”. Someone recently in one of our services made a statement regarding turning on the lights for all our services here at the Lighthouse. The thought occurred to me of the many buildings on our campus, and how many rooms within each of the buildings. I also began to observe how many fixtures located within and without the buildings. The number of various outlets that are regularly put to use is quite staggering. Then I began to think of how many times each of these rooms are used both day and evening seven days a week while ministries are being performed. Plus there is the added heating and air conditioning as well. The PA system is quiet extensive even connected to various buildings.
Please take note of the next thought that comes to mind when one begins to think about, “Turning on the lights”. I’m sure many of us have thought to ask this question, “How much does it cost per month to turn on the lights here at the Lighthouse?” Please don’t stop reading until the end of this article.
When I asked this question of our finance department, it was an eye opener for me and somewhat of a shock. Are you ready for the answer? Yes, it is quiet staggering when you think of what it cost to “turn on the lights.” I was told that it was $10,000.00 and that it was the largest bill ever received. (September 2007).
The above article was written 7 years ago this week and was in our church bulletin.
Now for the rest of the story: I asked the same question this week 7 years later and the answer was this month we had the largest bill ever and the amount is $20,000.00.The cost has been doubled in 7 years. We are now approaching each month the cost of the large bill of 7 years ago.
We all need to be faithful in the command of stewardship so that the lights here are not only turned on but burns brightly both here and abroad. After all, we are the LIGHTHOUSE.
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