August 15-17, 2008
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS HALL
Dan Lightsey, Pastor/Poet/Author
Hosted by: Pastor Ron DeLouis
Greater Grace Church
101 Broadway Ave.
McKee’s Rocks, PA 15136
Fri. Aug. 15:4:40 P.M. Live interview of Dan Lightsey by Stephanie Fraschetti on 101.5 WORD F.M.
Topic: The Role of the Local Church in Addiction Ministry.
Sat. Aug. 16: 11:00a.m. Meet at Greater Grace Church of Mckee’s Rocks for prayer and soulwinning outreach
Sat. Aug. 16: 3:00-5:00 p.m. Seminar:Overcoming addiction through the application of Biblical truth; question and answer period. Books available.
Dan Lightsey with Pastor Ron DeLouis
Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
4140 5th Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Admission Free: Love offering taken
Sun. Aug. 17:10:45 a.m. Sunday Service with Dan Lightsey at Greater Grace Church in McKee’s Rocks.
About fifteen years ago when I was preparing to write the original Grace Overcomer’s manual, I asked a young man to write his testimony for the book. To my pleasant surprise he and his wife each wrote their stories; testimonies of deliverance from hardcore drug addiction. Of the eleven people that have written their testimonies, myself included, I do not know of any that have gone back into their old lifestyle. While there are several that I lost contact with, and cannot swear to that fact, because people change, some do unfortunately revert back to their old ways. Because they have an old sin nature that is not yet eradicated, they sometimes fail. One thing is certain though, “Jesus Christ never fails.” The young man that I spoke of has gone on to become a pastor and is close to fifty years old. He is still assisting me, and God has been faithful in his life all these years. As a matter of fact, he was with me at the Grace Overcomer’s meeting this past Tuesday evening. He is still clean and sober as is his wife. They and the many brothers and sisters in Christ that I continue to see in our church services on a weekly basis. While some folks struggle, Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. (Heb.13:8); and to everyone of us is “given the riches of His grace”(Eph.2:7) to succeed. If you would like to read how eleven people appropriated grace and truth at a crucial time in their lives, you may go to the book section of the website and order. If you have never been saved, it all begins with your salvation. It is the means to a new life in Jesus Christ. Say this prayer, Dear Jesus, come into my heart and save my soul. I accept what you did for me at the cross. Amen
Life is not a firecracker show on the 4th of July; it is a slow burn. Peter, in his impetuosity, went back to fishing in John 21, and caught nothing. This, rather than prepare himself and his fellow disciples for the work ahead. Being a leader Peter had natural strength. He knew how to fish. People that have struggled for years with addiction problems often have the same character traits as Peter, especially men. In Psalm 46:10, the psalmist says, “Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” The New Testament correlation to the above scripture:”Now is the judgement of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (Jn 12:31,32). Men with drug problems know how to hustle the streets to survive. Men who are skilled craftsmen depend on their skills for survival. Peter was a fisherman. None of the three of these men knew how to be quiet before God in their natural pre-salvation or in Peter’s case, unconverted state. The pre-conversion Peter had heard from Jesus in person on many occasions. yet he became schizoid in his response to the crisis. On the one hand he cut off the right ear of Malchus (Jn 18:10). While further along in the same chapter he denied Christ three times. In both cases Peter was reactionary. Certainly, going fishing or taking up the tools of one’s trade is the most benign of activities compared to cutting off a person’s ear, or engaging in similar activity in the drug culture on the streets of the inner city. Later on in Chapter 21 of John, the post resurrection Christ comforted, warmed and fed Peter by coals of fire that He had prepared. Each day the Lord Jesus prepares a banquet for us. In order to partake of the meal we must first quiet ourselves in prayer talking to Him and listening in quiet contemplation as we meditate on His word. In Jn. 12 Jesus said “Now is the judgement of this world: now is the prince of this world cast off.” If you are struggling with besetting sin, now is the day of your conversion; now is the day of your salvation (2Cor.6:2) If you have never been saved, say this simple prayer. Dear Jesus, save my soul! If you said this prayer contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
When we had gotten honest, we found that compared to God’s creation we were totally lacking. Indeed, while the heavens declare His glory and the earth proclaims his handiwork (Rom. 3:23;Ps19:1), we could, and would not get it. And yet, while we were out running the streets, He sought us and died for us (Rom5:8). At a moment in time 2,000 years ago, He died for us, personally, making it possible for us to have a new life in Him (2 Cor 5:17-18). He emptied Himself of His deity and came down from glory (Phil 2:6-8) thereby making it possible for us to have the free gift of eternal salvation, based on faith, plus nothing. And even faith itself is a gift (Eph 2:8-9). He went so far as to say, through the apostle Paul “God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ by whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world (Gal 6:14). So drug addiction is a dead end street, a dead issue; alcoholism is a dead issue. All my cravings are dead! The Word of God says “Ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God” (Col 3:3). Yet the world looks to such things as space travel to break through the barrier to supernal illumination, when in reality the mission was accomplished at the Cross making our position forever secure in eternity as was our deliverance from addictive substances and behaviors in time. And when we submit to God on a daily basis and resist the temptation of the devil to turn back (Jas.4:7), we are truly enlightened! Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun(son of God) in the morning. (Eccle.11:7)
If you have not been saved, say this prayer: Dear Jesus, come into my heart and live and save my soul! Amen.