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Pastor Charles Stilwell ULCM

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  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24
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    The Church pig Friday, July 16, 2021   In the German town of Wittenberg, you can find the Town Church in which Martin Luther used to preach to the German people. But if you walk around to the back of the church, you'll find a sandstone relief with an image of a pig, about three...
  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Jesus: Fullers' Soap But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap. Malachi 3:2   Jesus is likened to Fullers' Soap, which was the best cleansing and white...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   This is the day that You have made and I will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24   May I see all the good that You accomplish around me all day long.   I do not want to focus on anything n...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if t...
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    The Pilgrim's Souvenirs Thursday, July 15, 2021   One of the biggest problems in leading pilgrimages to Israel is that of souvenirs. The Promised Land is filled with souvenirs, even in some of the holiest of sites. There was always the danger that some of the pilgrims would be ...
  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Jesus: He Who Fills All in All Which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:23   Jesus is He Who Fills All in All. Think of all you want to do for God; you can do it if you have faith to move mountains (1 Corinthians 13:2). Think of all you...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Pray Dear Lord Jesus,   Please be with me and guide me throughout this day.   I submit to You, I resist all evil and I want to draw near to you, I humbly ask you to draw near to me...   Therefore submit to God. Resi...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5   Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Dr...
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    Thou Shalt be Loved Wednesday, July 14, 2021   Many commandments out there are not from the Bible. For instance, some of you went to Mt. Sinai and received a tablet that read, "Thou shalt be loved by everyone. Everyone shalt thou please and verily cause them to likest thee." It...
  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    The Holy Spirit: He But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. John 14:26   The Holy Spirit is a person. He is not like smoke, fog, a...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   I pray that as two people come together to join in holy marriage, that they will take their covenant and their responsibilities seriously, as Jesus taught...   Have you not read that He who made them at t...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh&r...
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    Heaven & Earth at the Same Time Tuesday, July 13, 2021   The Feast of Tabernacles is a beautiful and even mystical feast. For it celebrated two things at once. They would celebrate God's faithfulness to them in the wilderness while living in the Promised Land. The sukkah, or ta...
  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Jesus: He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying… baruch haba beshem Adonai (in Hebrew) "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!" Matthew 21:9   On Palm Sunday Jesus rod...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for this new day.   Thank You that in You I "live and move and have (my) being." Acts 17:28   I am blessed because You are a forgiving and loving God.   You have done so m...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ Acts 17:28 NKJV
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    The Butterfly's Rage Monday, July 12, 2021   Alright, you're not really satisfied with your walk, not real happy with the way you act. You're sick and tired of living less than joyous, less than holy, less than consistent, and less than victorious. It's not a bad thing. It's a ...
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    Jesus: Greater Than Solomon The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. Matthew 12:42   Solo...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   I don't want to strive against You with my own self-efforts.   I want to totally rely on You.   Please increase my faith.   Please forgive my unbelief.   James writes...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
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    The Father: Our Father in Heaven Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven... Matthew 6:8-9   Not only were you born of an earthly father, but also you have a Father in Heaven. Whe...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Today, I am praying for people in this world who do not have earthly fathers.   They may have never known their father, or their father was taken from them, or he may have left them at some point, or a m...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of The Day Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven... Matthew 6:8-9
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    Jesus: Greater Than Our Father Jacob Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock? John 4:12   The woman at the well asked Jesus if He was greater than Jacob. She was being sarcasti...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Good morning Father God,   Thank You for another beautiful day of life with You...   This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24   I pray that I will live this day ...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24   Bless the Lord , O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Psalm 103:1
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    The Unrobing of the High Priest Friday, July 9, 2021   The High Priest of Israel was told to wear holy garments: garments of blue and white, a breastplate of twelve precious gems, and a white turban framed by a golden crown with a golden plate on the front which read, "Holy to ...
  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Jesus: Greater Than Our Father Abraham "Are You greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?" ...Then the Jews said to Him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?" Jesus said to...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Please give me an insatiable desire and thirst for spending more time with You in prayer, worship and reading my Bible...   The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. Psalm 145:18   Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. Isaiah 55:6
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    Being Truly Diabolical Thursday, July 8, 2021   What is the nature of the devil? The English word "devil" comes from the Greek word "diabolos" which comes from two Greek words: "dia" which means "against," and "bolos" which means "to cast." Together you get "to cast against" - ...
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    The Trinity: God of My Praise (Elohim Tehilati) Don’t stand by silently, O God of my praise, while wicked people slander me and tell lies about me. Psalm 109:1-2 author's translation   David made it a habit to praise God all the time. David called the Lord...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God of My Praise,   I lift up Your name and praise You this day,   Today and everyday are Your days.   You are the mighty God, creator of the universe, lover of mankind, sustainer of all, most magnificent and...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Don’t stand by silently, O God of my praise, while wicked people slander me and tell lies about me. Psalm 109:1-2 author's translation
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    Jesus: Greater than Jonah The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here. Matthew 12:41   Jonah was one of the greatest preachers....
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord,   I am so aware of how the devil picks at me and tries to trip me all the time.   Please help me to...   Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord,   I am so aware of how the devil picks at me and tries to trip me all the time.   Please help me to...   Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8   Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.​ James 4...
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    Shadowing the Snow Plough Tuesday, July 6, 2021   A friend of mine in ministry lived in upstate New York. When winter came, the snowfall would become so great that he couldn't continue driving. He'd pull over and wait until a snow plough came. As soon as the snow plough passed ...
  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Jesus: That Great Shepherd of the Sheep Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20   There are many roles for the Great Shepherd of th...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Too many times I find myself, or I notice others becoming concerned about what someone else is or is not doing.   Some people will complain and refuse to go out of their way or beyond the call of duty to...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant... Hebrews 13:20
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    The one you Have to get out of the way Monday, July 5, 2021   An old man stands in the desert before a burning bush and the voice of God calls him to a great mission. Moses answered the call of God by saying, ""Who am I, that I, should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the ...
  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    The Holy Spirit: The Glory of the Lord But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 3:18   The Holy Spirit is ...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   As You instruct us in 2 Chronicles 7:14...   ...if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day …if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
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    Jesus: The Good Shepherd I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. John 10:11   Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd, because He does what good shepherds do: They give their lives for their sheep. They give up the pleasures of home to l...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Today I am thinking about how people try so hard to be independent.   We want to be individuals, to “do it ourselves.”   It starts when we are children.   We are child...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God... Romans 8:16
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    Jesus: Good Master Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Matthew 19:16   The rich young ruler went to Jesus asking, “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal li...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   Thank You that You have given so much.   I am so thankful for Your love and the salvation that You provide for me...   In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10
  • Prayer for our Nation

    A Prayer for our Nation By Debbie McDaniel's Dear God, Thank you for your great power. We praise you for your Truth. We’re grateful that you have set us free from the clutching grasp of sin and death. Would you be with your people, extending your grace, granting your freedom, prov...
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    The Presence in the Present Friday, July 2, 2021   Do you want to enter the presence of God? Past, present, and future - which one sounds like the presence of God? The present is linked to 'the presence.' If you want to enter the 'presence' of God, you have to enter the 'presen...
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    The Father: Our Spiritual Father Our earthly fathers correct us, and we still respect them. Isn’t it even better to be given true life by letting our spiritual Father correct us? Hebrews 12:9   The Lord is called our Spiritual Father. All spirits in t...
  • Daily Prayers

    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Thank You for Your loving hand of guidance on my life.   And, thank You for Your love and discipline in my life...   ...the LORD disciplines those he loves... Proverbs 3:12  ...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
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    The Ominous Case of Pastor Latzel Thursday, July 1, 2021   Shalom, to you my Friend and Co-Minister in the Great Commission...   For years there had been warnings. For years it was said we were heading to it - but now it's happened. It happened in Germany. It inv...
  • Coffee Time with Jesus

    Jesus: Rock of Spiritual Refreshment And by a miracle, God sent them food to eat and water to drink there in the desert; they drank the water that Christ gave them. He was there with them as a mighty Rock of spiritual refreshment. 1 Corinthians 10:3-4  ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord Jesus,   My Rock of Spiritual Refreshment, I'm thirsty.   I'm thirsty for Your Living Water of life my Lord Jesus...   He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow ri...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst." John 6:35
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    God's Feet on Your Thoughts Wednesday, June 30, 2021   It is written in Isaiah 66:1: "Heaven is my throne, earth is my footstool." That means that this whole world is, to God... a footstool. All our lives we've been living on a footstool; our thoughts in this world are footstoo...
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    Jesus: He Who Has the Bride He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice. John 3:29   The Bride is the Church—born-again believers, those who hav...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear God,   I praise You today for who You are.   I come to You today in prayer for married couples.​   You created marriage, as Jesus taught us...   And He answered and said to them, “Have yo...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two sha...
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    Proceeding Without Pleasure Tuesday, June 29, 2021   Thomas More relays the incident when Lord Ellensborough, the presiding judge in a court case sat listening to a boring presentation by a lawyer. The lawyer asked, "Is it the pleasure of the court that I should proceed with my...
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    The Trinity: My Helper So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6   Hear, O LORD, and have mercy on me; LORD, be my helper! Psalm 30:10   The Lord is your Helper; He is the One who ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   Thank You for being my helper...   So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6   Thank You for opening Your arms and welcomin...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day So we may boldly say: ‘The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me? Hebrews 13:6
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    Your Problem is a Plough Monday, June 28, 2021   The ancient Hebrews rejoiced in the reaping of their harvests. But before they could reap, they had to sow, and before they could sow, they had to plough. It was the ploughing that readied the ground by turning the soil over and ...
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    Jesus: The Holy One and The Just But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you. Acts 3:14   The Jewish leaders rejected Jesus, the Holy One and the Just. They accused Jesus of being a blasphemer of God and a traitor to His na...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   There are so many injustices in this world which I am burdened by and which I must place before You...   Increasingly governments make decisions contrary to the instruction of Your Word. People make choices...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
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    Jesus: A Name for Salvation ...but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name. John 20:31   The angel commanded Joseph in a dream, “Call His name Jesus, for He will...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Thank You for this new day.   I am in awe of Your creation...   Brilliant blue skies and the clouds that bring rain, Thunderstorms that send lightning and thunder crashing, Winds that ...
  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. Genesis 1:31
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    Coffee Time with Jesus The Holy Spirit: The Gift of God If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water. John 4:10   The Holy Spirit is the Gif...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father in Heaven,   Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, Your Gift to me.   I know that You have given to me spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities to use in Your service.   Please stir up the gift within me... ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6   Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you 2 Timothy 1:6
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    The Non-Commandments Friday, June 25, 2021   There are times in ministry where people are carrying out a directive which they were told came from me. One day they tell me about it and I say, "I never said that." They say, "But I've been doing things this way because I was told ...
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    Jesus: The King of Peace To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, first being translated "king of righteousness," and then also king of Salem, meaning "king of peace." Hebrews 7:2   Jesus is the King of Peace; no one can have peace apart from Him, be...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   I want to experience Your peace in my life today.   And, we desperately need Jesus, The King of Peace, to bring His Peace to every home and nation today.   I desire Your perfect peace to guard m...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds ...
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    The Outside Room Thursday, June 24, 2021   Why did Josef and Mary go outside to bear their Child? Because there was no room at the inn? Yes. But more than that. Even if there was room at the inn, there would still be no room at the inn. The Lord's presence came into this world ...
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    Jesus: Jesus of Nazareth Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote— Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." John 1:45   When you use the title "Jesus of Nazareth," you are referrin...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Father God,   Today I want to ask for Your special covering of protection and blessing upon the people who minister to Children around the world.   Please continue to work through each one of them to spiritually nurture the...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:4
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    The Tubes and the Flowers Wednesday, June 23, 2021   My memory of Israel: When I got off the plane, I began noticing beautiful flowers everywhere. When I looked closer, I noticed little plastic tubes running through the soil, carrying water to each flower. You see, when the Jew...
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    God: The Father Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1   The Father in Heaven is likened to an earthly father wh...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Lord God,   The hymn Faith of Our Fathers inspires me to trust You, my Father in Heaven...   1. Faith of our fathers, living still, In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword; Oh, how our hearts beat high with joy ...
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  • Verse of the Day

    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 John 3:1
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    The Womb of Leah Tuesday, June 22, 2021   Leah was the older, unattractive, unloved, rejected wife of Jacob. Yet God opened her womb. From Leah came Reuben, Simeon and Levi, from whom came Moses and Aaron, the priesthood of Israel, Ezekiel, Zechariah, even John the Baptist, Jud...
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    Jesus: Jesus of Galilee Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, "You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” Matthew 26:69   Jesus of Galilee was both His name and address. The angel told Mary to name Him Jesus. His name ...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Heavenly Father,   The Bible teaches that "faith without works is dead." James 2:26   Please give to me the wisdom and motivation to step out of my comfort zone and to put my faith into action.   I don&rsquo...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day "faith without works is dead." James 2:26
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    The Power of The Royal Priests Monday, June 21, 2021   The Hebrew Scriptures speak of Israel as a "kingdom of priests." In the New Testament, it's written, that those who are born again, are part of the commonwealth of Israel. The Book of Peter says that you are a 'royal priest...
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    Jesus: Jesus Christ Our Lord I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin. Romans 7:25   His name was Jesus. That’s the name given to Him by Mary and Joseph. Throug...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Daily Prayer Dear Jesus Christ my Lord,   Thank You for teaching us about how to be great in Your Kingdom...   ...whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, l...
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    Lighthouse Ministries Verse of the Day …whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give ...