These past few years of ministry have been very exciting. You can now read about our adventures with the Lord, while you grow your personal faith in Jesus Christ. My book is called "Lord, You Want Me to Go Where?" You may order your copy from the RoseDogBookstore simply by clicking on the book cover on the left.
Lighthouse Ministry was a work that was begun as a result of obedience to God and His calling on my life in 1992 as a Deliverance Ministry. My family witnessed many set free at the hand of the Lord and never lost the passion for souls to be saved by the 'Grace of God' and perfect atonement of Jesus Christ. As time marched on, I was confronted with the need for credentials in ministry. The American Evangelical Christian Churches (AECC) provided the right covering for Lighthouse Ministry and for my personal accountability. By July 2000, I had earned a D.V. in Clinical Pastoral Ed and was Ordained as a Minister of our LORD Jesus Christ.
In February 2005, Lighthouse Ministry purchased a church building that was commissioned as an AECC Charter Church as Charlton Chapel (Lighthouse Ministry) (see Charlton Chapel History). The church is located in beautiful Central Pennsylvania, a few miles north of the City of Lock Haven and just off Route 150 on Church Hill Road. Sunday Morning Service is at 8:30 AM (Weekly) and Prayer Meeting/Bible Study on Wednesday Evenings at 7PM (Labor Day through Memorial Day).
The vision for Charlton Chapel is simply people loving other people through the difficult circumstances that Christ described as tribulation in the world (John 16:33). We know that the victory is already ours through Christ, who has overcome the world!
Pastor Bryon Reynolds
13: For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
14: in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
15: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.
16: For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
17: He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
18: And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
19: For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,
20: and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Trust and boundaries are essential to establish the safe place for the individual. Healing of the hurts can only happen when the individual makes the conscious choice to forgive God (human perception), self & others and apply biblical principles to his or her life. The life of the individual is transformed by living out the abundant and victorious life God has ordained for His people through His Word.
If you believe that you are demon possessed, your first course of action is to accept the free gift of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8f & John 4:10). If you are experiencing the paranormal and you are a bonafide born-again believer, then you may be oppressed. The same Greek word (diamonizomai or demonized) is used in the Bible for both the above cases. The central issue is the sanctification (a big word for living within the boundaries God has set for His kids, through the application of His Word) of the believer. Remember, the battle is for the mind of the individual (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 & Colossians 3:2-3).
If you have not yet received the gift of God, then you are open for the legal claim of possession, or ownership. If you have received the free gift of God and are living outside the boundaries that God has set for you, then you are walking around with a big target on your back. Those darts hurt! Ask yourself who sits on the throne of your life; Christ, self or Satan? Then make a choice to live God's way, instead of your way.
God has a specific order for the family. If any family member is not participating in their proper position in the family, then the home is open for attack. The Kingdom of Light is about cooperation and submission to one another, not a military system of slavery. The head of the family is God. The husband must submit to God and be willing to defend his family to the death. The wife will desire to submit to the leadership of the husband, because by doing so she is submitting to the will of God. The children are to obey their mother and father. By doing so, they are submitting to God. Other members of the home are to submit to the family, including the children. By doing so, they are submitting to God. If you are experiencing possession of place, then apply first aid by properly ordering the family. If the paranormal continues, then seek a ministry that is property gifted to locate the legal ground of the enemy in the home. A ministry like LIGHTHOUSE.
I. The Doctrinal Inerrancy of the Bible
The Lighthouse recognizes the Historic Bible to be the inerrant Word of God, which was inspired by the Holy Spirit and passed down from one generation to the next through a series of carefully transcribed manuscripts. These manuscripts were written by over 40 authors in three original languages (Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic) on three continents over a thousand years with crystal clear doctrine that does not contradict itself, from Genesis through Revelation. The prophetic precision of minute details of actual cities in the ancient world is well documented and validated by Archeology. The Bible is merited on the basis of other works of antiquity as an accurate historic document in of itself, as well as being accurate when compared to official political records of formerly established governments. These manuscripts are represented today in the word for word translation like New American Standard Bible or thought for thought translation like New International Version or the beauty of the King James Bible (2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:21).
II. The Virgin Birth
We know that the prophets looked down the corridor of time to the Messiah (Isaiah 7:14, Daniel 9 and Zachariah 9:9). Isaiah described the virgin birth of Emanuel. Daniel proclaimed the days of Christ the King, as being 69 weeks of Sabbaths (490 years) from King Artaxerxes decree for Nehemiah to restore the wall in Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2) on 30 March 457 BC to the Triumphant Entry on Monday, 30 March 33 AD (Nisan 10) (as predicted by Zechariah) to the cross Friday, 3 April 33 AD (Daniel 9:26) was to the day and hour the time Christ fulfillment of the law in our place. The immutable fact of the Resurrection occurred three days later (see Jewish definition of a day).
Documentation of the period in which the historic Jesus lived is found in Jewish documents like the Talmud. The column of Governor Pilate has been unearthed in Judea. The Gospel accounts validate the Virgin Birth, as accurate and historic (see Matthew chapters 1 and 2 & Luke chapters 1 and 2). Since man is conceived in sin, the Savior could not have been conceived in a like manor. If Christ would be the second Adam (who had to be unblemished and perfect), then He had to be perfect.
III. The Deity of Christ
Since we know that the Bible is historic and evidential, we can trust that Christ is who He claimed to be, who God the Father proclaimed Him to be and who the Holy Spirit demonstrated Him to be. There is no doubt that Jesus Christ is Messiah! The family of Christ the King was opened to the Gentiles as prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28) and ratified by the tearing of the curtain in the Temple in Jerusalem (Luke 23:45). The Apostle John wrote of the Deity of Christ (John 1:1f) throughout the Gospel and letters of John, which is a great apologetic to make that point.
IV. Salvation through the Perfect Atonement of Christ, or free Gift of God
The Law convicts the individual and sets the standard by which God’s people are to live, but we are made free from the Law through Christ (Romans 8 and Ephesians 2:8f).
V. Guidance through the application of the word to our lives and prayer
In order for God’s people to know what God’s plan is, the believer must read the Bible. The more familiar and personal God becomes to a person, the more that person will know how to pray and seek the face of God. Knowledge of the Scriptures empowers the believer to pray according to God’s will. This is where the rubber meets the road; not my will, but Thy will be done--submission (Matthew 6:10, Matthew 7:21, Colosians 1:9, Romans 12:2) and renewing of the mind through the Scriptures.
VI. The Return of Christ
God cannot bear false witness, because of His moral attributes. Christ said He would return (Luke 21:25f). The Old Testament prophets (like Joel, Isaiah, as well as New Testament witnesses like John the Beloved) saw down the corridor of time and saw the events in the season of the Second Advent, unlike the first Advent where every detail of the life of Christ was foretold according to a specific time-table (Matthew 24:37-51f, Luke 17:22f, Genesis 18:25f). The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is the cap stone of our faith (Luke chapter 24). He is alive and will return for His bride one glorious day!
VII. Establishment of the Millennial Kingdom
Since we have placed out trust in the Jesus Christ being the Word who became flesh, we know that His mission was to destroy the work of The Kingdom of Darkness. He defeated the accuser of the Saints at the cross and made an open show of Satan and his demons (Col. 2:14-15). We know through Christ’s character that we can rely on Revelation 20 (where Satan’s doom is sealed) and we recognize that through the Creator, all things will become new (Revelation 21).
VIII. The Trinity
Unfortunately, the essential doctrine of the Trinity has to be addressed in the Articles of Faith because of the aberrant groups teaching otherwise. Therefore, the Trinity is specifically cited and defended here. The famous variant for the word “Trinity” was fabricated by Erasmus for use in the King James 1611 version of the Bible. However, the actual word “Trinity” was expressed in 1 John 5:7, which read “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”. Although the concept of the God-Head (one God in three persons) is correct (1 John 5:6f), the idea that there is only one God found in the Jewish Proclamation “The Lord is our God, the Lord is one” (Deut 6:4). The Hebrew word for God in Genesis 1:1 is plural, Elohiym- Hebrew Lex #430.
God the Father is found in the Lord’s Prayer, as “Our Father who art in Heaven, Hallowed be they name...” (Matthew 6:9f).
God the Son is Jesus Christ (John 1:6-18, 14:6).
God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19-18, 14:16-18, Acts 5:3-4, 16:6-7, 2 Corinthians 13:14).
We see these three personalities together in the beautiful scenery of Creation, the Virgin Birth, Jesus Baptism and the Resurrection (Acts 5:30f, Romans 8:11). This essential is not up for debate.
ix. The gifts of the Holy Spirit
This Article of Faith is not an essential, but since there is so much heated debate over the issue it is clarified here. There are two views held within the church-at-Large, which are deemed correct in the pale of orthodoxy. That is to day that the cannon of Scripture is closed and the gifts are not longer needed. The other view is that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are extant today, while keeping in mind that the gift of Prophecy must be washed through the grid of Scripture; or no new revelations. Lighthouse holds of the later position with a caution to people; which is that gifts must be used as prescribed in the Scripture. Used to Edify, not to destroy and definitely not used to abuse.
Lighthouse Ministry can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ordained by American Evangelical Christian Churches.
Doctorate Divinity, Clinical Pastoral Ed. (CPE); issued by The Good Shepherd Church, located in Clyde, Ohio.
Author of: LORD, You Want Me To Go Where?: Following the Prophet's Heart
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I do appreciate the thought provoking arguments of Archeology, Geology, Chemistry, Physical Science and Astronomy that points to a specific date that is not too far in the future, that is (21 December 2012). It is essential for man to ask the three questions:
The 'Academic Community' has come along way since loosing the battle in the defense of 'Darwinian Evolution' (See ICR web link http://www.icr.org/article/racine-debate/). Scientists are now embracing the mathematical models of the 'Ancient Greeks', specifically the 'Archimedean Spiral'. Science teaches that the Universe is suffering a slow agonizing death by heat loss. But where is that energy? What happened to it? The Law of the Conservation of Energy has opened the door to other very interesting ideas like the elastic nature of the Universe, 'Worm Hole' space travel and 'Black Holes'. It does not answer the question concerning the origins, otherwise called Creation. Was the origin of planet Earth caused by the random 'bump and grid' dance of the Universe, or not? Or was the origin of the Universe a product of ‘Intelligent Design’? The one thing that everyone can agree on is that the Universe had definite beginning and will have a definite end. But when will that occur exactly? How will it happen?
The date of interest (21 December 2012) is Tevet 8, 5773 on the Hebrew Calendar, or roughly six thousand years from some point in the ‘Creation of the Universe’ by God, according to the Rabbinic interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. The problem with the ‘Young Earth’ Theory is that God is not a law breaker and the models of Physical Science are valid. So who is right?
Hold on to your hat, because you have finally found an Ordained Minister of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ who does not buy the ‘Young Earth’ Theory. While I appreciate the perspective of Ken Ham and the ICR, I simply do not agree. Let me emphasize that this disagreement has nothing to do with Salvation, or the Inerrancy of Scripture. It has everything to do with how Scripture is interpreted. My reasoning is found in Genesis 1:14-19 and 2 Peter 3:8. That is to say that God started the ‘Clock of the Universe’ on the ‘Fourth Day’ of the Creation and the time previous to the ‘Fourth Day’ is open for debate. How long it was exactly? A thousand years, three thousand years … a billion years … who can say? But the ‘Hebrew Calendar’ is absolutely critical to understand a second clock…or stop watch...that is about the deportations, a spiritual drought that lasted almost five centuries and the Messiah. So let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water, but let us reason together.
‘Underwater Archeology’ has uncovered something quite amazing. There are many finds of late in this field of study. The ruins in the Gulf of Khambhat that dates back to an “Ice Age” believed to be some 9,500 years ago. Near the Island of Yonaguni, off the Japanese coast, there are pyramids called Ziggurat that are believed to be twice as old as the oldest pyramid in Egypt, around the ‘Neolithic Period’ when people were hunters and gatherers, not builders. These pyramids are the of the step design found in ancient Assyria or Babylon. In Peru, Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes Mountains is found remains of an ancient city believed by local Indians to date back to the origin of the Universe. Not only do these man made structures predate what has formerly been accepted in the Archeological circles, but the legends and other ancient folklore that surround seem to point to some sort of outside help, or intervention. Religion would call these helpers Angels, while others would call them Aliens. In any event, we can all agree that something extra ordinary … something supernatural (from the Human perspective) did occur in the ‘Ancient World’, which supports the ‘Old Earth Theory’.
Note: Daniel 9:25 refers to the starting of that clock with the decree of Artaxerxes on 30 March 457 BCE (Neh. 2:1). The completion date of the project is found in Nehemiah 6:15, the 25th day of Elul (2 October 445 BCE).
Astronomers and Geologists are talking about cataclysmic events that they believe coincide with the 21 December 2012 date. Asteroid (243 IDA) “Toutatis” is a huge asteroid that is presently considered to be a NEO or Near Earth Object (see website http://ddig.wordpress.com/2008/07/07/asteroid-toutatis-approaches-earth-on-december-12-2012/). Although the present path of this asteroid causes us to be concerned, we should not fear because what we are really talking about is a path that is over 4 million miles from an impact on Planet Earth. The Asteroid Apopis will follow a path that is much closer to impact at 21,500 miles or so in April 2027. However, there is solar activity that threatens to change the Earth’s magnetic field. Scientists predict that scorching of the Earth’s surface and wobble effect could bring extreme heat followed by extreme changes in the climatology of the Earth. Also associated with this kind of event are the vast array of “Mega-Disasters” like Tsunami, super-volcano eruptions, earthquakes and the like. NASA issued a Solar Storm Warning dated March 10, 2006 that predicts an event late in 2012 (see website http:// www.solar-storm-warning.com/). But not everyone agrees on the issue of this threat from the Sun. The opinion that I have formed from reading the various articles is that the next cycle of the Sun will bring events that are quite a show, but nothing of a destructive nature to the Earth. There are no unusual astronomical events predicted for 2012 according to the Sea and Sky Astronomers Reference Guide (see website http://www.seasky.org). However, there will be changes and fluctuations to radiation partials and corresponding waves. Higher than normal EMF, electro magnetic field will be observable.
Most people these days were born into the “Atomic Age” with all the possible man made catastrophes that are associated with the peace time use of atomic energy, as well as living under the threat of nuclear holocaust. The possibilities of naturally ordered events and situations caused by mankind that lead to disaster are quite possible on a day to day basis. Oil Shock” predictions for 2012 say that the World’s Oil Market will be the tightest in history (see website http://www.energybulletin.net/stories/2011-02-14/commentary-oil-shock-2012). Some describe shortages at crisis levels, which if followed to its logical conclusion is war. One television show I was watching about oil rigs and production pointed to the December 2012 date. There is a concern from Medical Science about world-wide pandemic. The WHO, World Health Organization, is currently in a high state of readiness alert status for the H1N1 virus (Influenza). This alert remains in effect since 2011. The Federal Budget has factored in the medical response to this medical emergency, which ends in FY 2012. I am sure the list is longer, but here is the point. If we obsess about the ‘what ifs’, then we will miss all the blessings, struggles and possibilities of the gift that was made ours….life. We see that reoccurring date pop up in Academia, Industry and Medical Science. Are these actual roadmaps to the end of the world?
False prophets, astrologers, secret societies and ancient cultures have identified a date that ends a cycle of the heavenly spheres. The Galactic Coordinate System (GCS) is a model that makes it possible to assign two dimensional coordinates for a body in space. It supposes that the Sun is the point of origin. A line is drawn through the apparent center of the ‘Milky Way’ Galaxy and a perpendicular line at the Sun to form the ‘Galactic Equator’. Celestial bodies are plotted by position angle with the Sun as the vertex. The Equatorial Coordinate System (ECS) was developed from this concept by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in 1958. This system is slightly more refined by introducing the concepts of right ascension and declination. The Planet Earth is a geoid, not a perfect sphere, which has a slight wobble from pole to pole. Remember the wobble in the discussion above? If the wobble is slight, the wobble effect is minimal. Right now the climates across the earth are pretty constant. But if the wobble would increase, then there would most definitely observable changes in climatology across the globe. The term ‘Galactic Alignment’ refers to the ‘Celestial Equator’, or the plane of the rotation of the Earth aligning precisely with the ‘Galactic Equator’ at the time of the solstice(s) to form the same plane. This event occurs about every 26,000 years, according to astronomers. This is the point at which the Mayan ‘Long Calendar’ ends. What is interesting is that there has been no planetary alignment projected for this same period. However, scientists have made a case for a ‘Black Hole’, which is the collapse of a star that has both a super high density and gravitational pull, that is verifiable in the ‘Milky Way’ and not a threat to Planet Earth. This is where then venue changes from Science to Religion.
It is this ‘Fifth World Age’ that is of interest. The Mayan believed that the passage through the ‘Dark Rift’ would end one ‘World Age’ marking the final 5125 years cycle and awaken Kukulkan, also called Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent god). There are some very striking parallels in religion, time frames and architecture. The recorded history of mankind begins roughly 5,000 years ago, according to what we currently know about Archeology. Religion has preserved bona fide literary evidence that supports the finding of Archeology. Pyramids in Peru and Egypt are very similar in construction and purpose, although they are geographically separated by thousands of miles. The theme of good verses evil transcends time and space, also with the idea that there is a resurrection through a god-man that is represented by someone that we would consider to appear to us moderns as European. Since the new underwater finds are presently subject to conjecture and require further thought processing and our present age seems to be on a collision course with eternity, we must conclude what we hold to be historically true as fact. If we look at the incredible coincidences across the board of the history of mankind we must conclude that the predicted coming of a ‘New World Age’ is about cosmic energy driving spiritual events that play out in the natural and become history.
Many people have claimed to know the future. Some call these people seers, while others call them prophets. The Old Testament for such a person as this is no less than 100% accuracy, otherwise they we to be killed. Even today, with all our technical knowledge and equipment, we are not able to predict the weather with 100% accuracy. We see trends and observe patterns and then we form an opinion as to what will occur. Many people in our day hold to the works of the Frenchman called Nostradamus, who wrote down quatrains that were to illuminate future events with the sincere hope that catastrophic events might be avoided. However, the degree of accuracy required to be considered a prophet is not proven by these quatrains, especially for any of the antichrists. For example, Pau Nay Loron is not enough to prove Napoleon Bonaparte; Hister is not enough to prove Hitler; and the term “MABUS” is not good enough to prove the names George W. Bush and Osama-bin-laden. What we do see in these quatrains is a brilliant mind at work. Someone that is able to see the observable patterns of history and predict the frequency of the archetypes associated with those patterns in future epics with enough accuracy to be believed as prophecy. However, Nostradamus would not pass the litmus test for a prophet.
There have been many other people that claimed to know what history would write. Some of these claimed the world would end during the administration of a certain Pope in the 1960’s, while others wrote what they truly believed would occur and failed. All one really has to do is read the failed prophetic predictions of the ‘Watch Tower’ Society.
The ushering in of a ‘New Age’, or ‘New World Order’, is another theme that could soon become a reality. The ‘Georgia Guide Stones’ are evidence enough that mankind is reaching a sort of critical mass and we are overdue for a ‘Mega Disaster’. It does not matter whether that disaster occur as result of the carelessness of man, or naturally ordered. Those ‘Guide Stones’ stare us in the face, as if they were the last words to be uttered by mankind, and we sense the end is near.
There are many contrived issues that tend to draw our attention away from an interesting string of thoughts. That is that we have been bombarded with false gospels and codes. Some people have even suggested that the Apostle Paul was a ‘Roman Spy’ in order to derail Christianity. In the meantime, it is true that each World Religion makes the assertion that they are the only correct faith. However, most agree that ‘Intelligent Design’ is observable. For many, this has become a very sophisticated ‘Primrose Path’.
The Templar Knights were a unique order of ‘Military Clerics’ that operated independently from the Vatican. They were best known for securing Jerusalem for the safe and peaceful pilgrimages of the faithful in Europe to visit the Holy Land. Over time, the Templar Knights became powerful in terms of finance, artifacts and other treasure. However, these brave and faithful knights were defeated in the Crusades and returned to Europe. Since they observed the failure in Palestine to be directly related to moral issues, they sought ways to insure that only the pure hearted would be considered suitable for service. Secret rites were used for induction initiations and formed an ecclesiastical domain apart from that of Rome. Pope Clement V sought to eliminate the Templar Knights first from France on Friday the 13th, October, 1307 and then throughout Europe as heretics. Some of the Templar Knights were integrated with the ‘Order of Hospitallers’; also known as the Malta Knights or the ‘Sovereign Order of St. John’. It is thought that the assets of the Templar Knights followed this group, as forming a financial foundation. However, there is reason to believe that some of the Templar Knights fled Europe and found their way to Scotland and other parts of the United Kingdom, along with significant financial resources, as well as sacred artifacts. It is thought that William Sinclair, 3rd Earl of Orkney, was instrumental in preserving the Templar Order through Freemasonry and founded Rosslyn Chapel for that purpose.
No one really knows what happened to the ‘Treasure Ships’ of the Templar Knights, or the whereabouts of those knights who fled Europe; only speculation and conjecture.
When we pick up the newspaper; or turn on the radio, television or other electronic device you might use to hear newscasts; the tell-tale signs of the ‘End of Days’ come to life on the page, or in our hearing of those signs. How close are we from using a day’s wages to buy a loaf of bread (Rev. 6:6)? How close are we to world-wide economic disaster? The Euro is causing the ‘European Confederacy’ to solidify, while China is manipulating their money to drive the Uncle Sam to his knees. It seems that we are living on the edge of prophetic reality. What will tomorrow bring?
The Apostles believed that Christ would return in their lifetime. We could worry ourselves into a frenzied state of anxiety and panic attacks. Matthew 6:34 tells us that we should not worry because tomorrow will take care of itself. I will say the one bit of news I look for each day is if the ‘Dome of the Rock’ mosque is still standing on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. I so appreciate the Editor of the Jewish Voice Today magazine; September/October 2011 Issue Volume 54/Number 5; where the cover depicts the Jewish State, the divided city and the ‘Dome of the Rock’ mosque in red crosshairs. To me, this is the sum of all prophecy. The say will come when Nation Israel will rebuild the Temple and that event will usher in the ‘Tribulation Period’. It will happen so quickly with such precision and coordination that the world will flock to see it. They will look upon the beautiful building with reverence and awe. Then the ‘Two Witnesses’, Elijah and Enoch, will return in order to confront Lucifer in the Temple before many witnesses and the nations. Could that date be December 21st, 2012? I don’t know.
The Scripture says that no one knows the day or the hour of Christ’s return (Matthew 25:13). It will be up to Father God to send the Son to retrieve His children and reckon the books. I am comforted by this thought, while I know others cannot find the love that comes from God.
It will be the Friday before Christmas, so the school kids on my bus will most likely have a half day of school and my family will be at their company Christmas parties. It will be quiet when I walk through the door and grab a hot drink on the way to my office to finish the ‘Christmas Sermon’. Snow will be falling gently just outside the Gothic Window and I would consider the magnificence of the love that sent salvation to a lost and dying world that did not deserve eternal life in Glory. The heavens opened only for a brief time, so that we might know that love and elect Christ for ourselves through His perfect atonement and stand with Him in the ‘Arc of the Resurrection’. The intercom will sound and break the silence of these thoughts. Christmas has come to visit us once again and all is well.