Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Speak out believers!

I just read the above article on Fox that stirs up my God-fearing zeal.  The article is about a Christian student that was expelled from Eastern Michigan University for being a Counseling major who opposes Homosexuality.  According to the article, the university expelled her because she could not properly counsel homosexuals because she believed they were morally wrong.

Let me give a bit of true wisdom.  Here is proper and positive counsel to homosexuals:  forsake sodomy, repent and ask the Lord's forgiveness by the blood of Christ on the Cross.  Get accountable to a Pastor or Godly man in a Bible believing church that constantly asks you if you are staying pure.  Get accountable in your internet and media.  Memorize verses about fornication and purity.  Date the opposite sex.  Buy masculine clothes if you are a man - dress feminine and grow your hair long if you are a woman.   Stay pure and get married.  That is proper counsel.  I want to make a statement that I hope all Christians will consider:  Secular counseling (Psychology, Psychiatry is NOT in agreement with God's counsel.  It is not proper medicine because it contradicts the ways of the Maker.  Believers should be VERY hesitant of secular counseling and seek a Bible Based Counselor (a Pastor, or trained counselor) instead.  Secular Psychology is very corrupt and destructive to the lives of those who trust it.  It is not good as it works off of theories that contradict the Bible.  Many Christian psychologists try to integrate secular psychology with the Bible. (James Dobson)  This is not good and cannot work.  The Word of God is totally sufficient and believers should not seek a substitute or value modern Psychiatry as "medicine" or scientifically superior to God's Counsel.  Consider true Biblical counseling

Secondly, this is not a matter of meeting standards at a college.  It is Christian persecution that a Judge has now upheld.  Welcome to the beginning of creative ways to hurt believers in America.  I do pray that there is a large group of Christians organizing to picket outside of Eastern Michigan University.  I do pray that there are Pastors trying to book radio time to denounce U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh's ruling.  I do hope there is a Supreme Court to overturn this decision. 

If and when this happens around Lighthouse, I do trust that we will have the courage and character to cry for God's Ways just as loudly, as lovingly, and as boldly as we possibly can.  Please pray for this young woman, Julea Ward, who was expelled.  Pray that God would bless her a hundred fold for her stand.  Pray that perhaps she will be accepted into a Bible based Counseling program which would be much better anyway.

In God's holy zeal,


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Approved Record Plan

I hardly know how to properly honor the Lord for His goodness to Lighthouse tonight.  Nothing seems adequate to say.  I just want to publicly tell the Lord "Thank You, and praise You."

After many years of meetings, thousands of phone calls and emails, 900 plus pages filed with New Castle County, public meetings, and hundreds of thousands of engineering dollars - Our Record Plan has been approved.

Our project was on the "consent agenda" tonight, which means that unless someone requests that it be discussed, we would be automatically voted on.  Well, about ten minutes into the meeting, our project was read, and no one questioned a thing, so the Council voted unanimously (with one member missing) to approve our Record Plan.  The plan will be taken to the County Executive, Christopher Coons for signature.

The Record Plan means that all requirements of site engineering, entrances, storm water management, grading, etc. have been met and the County is approving moving forward to build.  Our project is officially recorded this week in New Castle County as permission to begin building.

This is the Big Deal, and from here details are minor in comparison.  We praise the Lord for His great leadership and trust Him to lead us through the financial decisions to break ground.

Psalm 46:1  God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

NCC Building Meeting Workshop Praise

Our entire church should praise the Lord today for a very positive meeting with the Land Use Committee for the New Castle County Council. 

We met at their offices in Wilmington.  Our Site Engineer, Bruce Tease of Landmark Engineering and I represented the LBC building project.

Councilwoman Lisa Diller introduced our project with encouraging praises of a project that was very well organized and communicated transparently and effectively with her office.  There were a few minor questions to Bruce and then the Chairman of the Committee, Councilman Dave Tacket told the Committee and all the spectators present that he was very familiar with the church and gave us glowing accolades of being involved and impacting our community.  He placed his approval and excitement publicly on the project and we were dismissed without further questions.

We have been placed on the agenda for next Tuesday for the final meeting with County before our Record Plan is approved to be recorded.  This will give us the permission that we have prayerfully and patiently pursued for over five years to build on our property.  Over 900 pages  of documents have been filed with New Castle County, hundreds of hours work, and over $300,000 in Engineering.  We are seeing the end of the tunnel.

I praise the Lord tonight because He has placed His good hand of favor upon us to protect us and guide our way.  Thank you Lord, we follow You and trust only on Your lead.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Congrats to the Baranowskis!

With Joy we welcome Jordyn Grace into the world.  A healthy 8lb. 1 oz. beautiful girl.   Amy and Mark are doing well.  Amy hopes to come home today (Friday)

Huge Lighthouse Congratulations!