Sounds of Freedom
The "Sounds of Freedom" is a collection of audio recordings primarily featuring singing and testimonies recorded during the services at Freedom Baptist Church in Mount Carmel, Tennessee. These recordings were originally recorded at church on cassette tapes, then transferred to computer and burned onto CD's. Many of the same recordings found in the table above are on these disks.
These CD's are not only good for personal use, but are also great for sharing with family and friends, particularly those who may not attend church. They make good witnessing tools, as ministry of the gospel through song and testimony is a proven and effective method of ministry. Often those who are not willing to attend church or even listen to someone talk to them about the gospel will be willing to listen to a CD of gospel music and testimonies.
This collection is constantly growing with a new CD's being made available periodically. They are always available at Freedom Baptist Church for a modest price to cover material cost. For those who are not able to attend Freedom Baptist Church and would be interested in obtaining one or more of these CD's, they may e-mail me for more information by clicking here.
Thought(s) for the Day
God will not guide you if you're not moving.
Do something for Christ's sake!
Been thinking about being saved? Let me help... Hell is terrible, Heaven is wonderful, Hell is the default, and both are eternal. What is there to think about?
Our desire and commitment to Study God's word and attend Sunday School is proportional to our desire to have a close relationship with God.
A wealthy man without Jesus is liken to a man who is on a journey, staying in the most spectacular hotels as he makes his way, but whose permanent home is a rat infested shack in the middle of a garbage dump. The born again child of God with no earthly wealth is linen to a man who is on a journey, staying in the most humble of motels along his way, but whose permanent home is a mansion beyond compare.
A Christian who does not study his/her bible is like a man who has received a million dollars as a gift, yet continues to struggle in financial woes because he will not tap into his bank account.
There is a fine line between having a burden for a brother or sister outside of the will of God and having a judgmental and self righteous attitude toward them. The burden should cause us to pray for them and not judge, condemn, or criticize them in our hearts. This can happen more easily than we think. If we feel the need to witness to such a person we should do so in the fear and meekness of the Lord, exhibiting love and patience.
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.
None are so bad that God won't save,
We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.
I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done."
A good man is not a perfect man; a good man is an honest man, faithful, and unhesitatingly responsive to the voice of God in his life.
If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.
I don't put my face to the floor for anyone except Jesus Christ.
Leslie is a Christian radio talk show host in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was also a contestant on the television reality show, "Survivor". She made this comment on the first episode of "Survivor China" (aired September 20th 2007) after she refused to take part in a Buddhist ceremony which involved bowing in a Buddhist temple before a statue of Buddha.
Wisdom is the right use of knowledge. To know is not to be wise. Many men know a great deal, and are all the greater fools for it. There is no fool so great a fool as a knowing fool. But to know how to use knowledge is to have wisdom.
Words of Wisdom
Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour
Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Words of Inspiration
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
To Joan Light (my wife). The Lord saved Joan on November 10, 2008
To the Hogston family on recent new additions to thier family. Our firends Gary and Melissa have two new grandchildren which have come into their life within the past year. A new granddaughter, Nattlee, born September 04, 2008 to Isaac and Rachel Hogston,
and Arron Gene Justice born April 17, 2009 to Gene and Kellie (daughter of Gary and Melissa Hogston). This makes four!
To Isaac and Rachel Hogston who were wed on November 24, 2008
To Rachel Hogston who was saved on June 07, 2009!!!
Play a Song
The following selection of songs are from the "Sounds of Freedom" CD collection. Just click on any of the links below to play the corresponding song.
Samples from Disk number 01
Samples from Disk number 02
Samples from Disk Number 03
Samples from Disk number 04
Samples From Disk Number 05
Samples from Disk Number 06
Samples from Disk Number 07
Samples from Disk Number 08
Samples from Disk Number 09
Samples from Disk Number 10
Samples from Disk Number 11 (comming soon)
Heavenward Bound (FBC Choir)
Under His Feet (Norma Anderson)
Waiting by the River (Rebecca)
Alter Call, Soul Saved (Andy Sensabaugh)
Samples from Disk Number 12 (comming soon)
What a Day That Will Be (Rebecca)
Go By What Jesus Has Done (Elija Woods)
There's a Light Guiding Me (FBC Choir)
These are just a few songs from the Sounds of Freedom CD collection. For more information on this set of CD's e-mail me by clicking here.
Lisa Winegar 2009
Awana Youth Group 2008
Carl and Melissa Carter 2008
Mom (far left) with firends and co-workers at Chuck's Drive-In, Kingsport, Tennessee 1950's
Tayler Winegar 2009
Wilma Million 2009
To view the entire photo album click here
Hi Everyone! I'm Carl Light. Welcome to my web site (The Light House). I set this site up as a means for me to share my thoughts and views on a wide range of topics. It is also a place where those who are interested, can get to know me a little better. Those who know me can visit the "Journal" page to view up to date information on various things going on in my life.
Another purpose of this site is to serve as a ministry of the gosple of Jesus Christ. In this capacity, you find articles on a variety of topics pertaining to the Christian faith. These articles are found on the "Writing" page and are divided into four main categories, "Editorials and Commentaries" which are the longer articles, "Random Thoughts" which are usually shorter and less in depth pieces, "True Stories" which are based on my actual life experiences and the spiritual lessons that can be taken from them, and "Other Writers" which are simply a collection of pieces written by people other than myself which I feel has some spiritual lesson or blessing.
On the "Listen to Church Services" page, you can listen to audio recordings of the church services of my home church, "Freedom Baptist Church" of Mount Carmel, Tennessee. New audio is added to this page periodically so keep checking for new additions. There are two links for each service. One is for listening immeadiately without downloading and the other is for downloading and saving.
On the "Listen to Testimonies and Singing" page, you can listen to extractions of church services focused only on people testifying and singing.
On the "Sunday School" page, you can read the Sunday School lessons I prepare for the Men's Sunday School class that I teach on Sunday Mornings.
This site will also serve as a testing ground for me. As I continue to learn more about web site design and develop new skills, I will try them out here first. Therefore, this site will constantly be changing, at least for the foreseeable future.
Carl's Soap Box
Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance
Zero tolerance policies may seem like a good solution in combating many of societies problems where apathy, disregard for the law, and lack of respect for authority have spawn from over-jtolerance in the past. Basically, a zero tolerance policy means that penalties will automatically be imposed for certain behaviors without regard to circumstances and without any consideration for motives or how such charges may negatively impact a person's life.
These zero tolerance policies are usually the result of the establishment's over response to society's problems. The current laws in some states that prohibit any form of physical discipline for children is an example. At one time the laws for protecting children from abuse were too slack. Then about thirty years ago there were a few severe cases of child abuse that were so terrible that they made national news. People were outraged. The need for tougher child abuse laws was suddenly evident. However rather than addressing the problem with thoughtfulness so as to correct the problem without hindering the authority parents and teachers need to maintain control and discipline at home and in the classroom, law makers over responded. As a result of this over reaction, parents in some states are not allowed to apply even the slightest amount of physical discipline. Even in the states that still permit parents and teachers to spank children as a means of correction, the laws are so strict that that many parents are afraid to correct their children in this way. The result of this particular zero tolerance policy is a generation of young people who have no respect for their parents or any other authority figure. They behave as though they have never had a spanking; because they haven't ever received a spanking.
Domestic violence was another problem in which law makers crossed the line of reason when they set out to create solutions. Most local governments now have a zero policy for domestic abuse. The principal problem in resolving domestic abuse incidents was that the victim often would not press charges against the assailant. To resolve this problem, a zero tolerance policy was implemented. This may seem appropriate on the surface, but it removes any human judgment or application of reason and common sense. A significant flaw in the system is that the definition of "assault" itself is vague and often exaggerated. Basically any physical contact can be considered assault by the simple accusation of the alleged victim. To illustrate, here is a real life example that I heard about...
A man and his wife were having an argument one morning. They resolved their differences made up and even had "romantic marital relations" (if you know what I mean). During the argument a neighbor had heard the two arguing and had called the police. By the time the police arrived several hours later, they had already made up and were grilling out on the patio. The police questioned the couple and asked if there had been any physical assault by either of them. The man just laughed and told the officers that at one time his wife had slapped him on the arm. The police immediately placed the woman under arrest. When the husband protested, they pinned him to the wall and warned him not to interfere. This is zero tolerance in action.
Zero tolerance policies for sexual harassment in school and the work place sounds like a good idea. Certainly no one should be subject to "real" sexual harassment either at work or at school. The problem is that "zero" tolerance redefines "harassment" so that even harmless and innocent gestures, comments and actions may be considered sexual harassment. A teacher can no longer place an encouraging hand on a students shoulder without risk of being charged with sexual harassment. I remember a case where a first grader (male) was expelled from school for kissing another first grader (female) on the cheek. In the work place you better be careful about telling someone that they look nice. Pats on the back for job well done regardless of how innocent it may be can get a supervisor fired. You better watch how you talk also. Words such as "honey" or "sweetheart" can get a person in big trouble whether it is said in jest or as words of compassion to comfort someone who just needs to hear a few kind words. This can particularly be a problem in the South where using words such as "honey", "hon" is simply a cultural thing. If you go into a convenience store in the South, it is not uncommon for the cashier (especially if the cashier is female) to say something like "thank ya hon" when she rings up your purchase (it's a suthern thang ya know). It's always been that way here and no one thinks anything of it. It's seen as simple friendliness. Although this still goes on, a person could loose their job for it if someone wanted to push the issue. With zero tolerance policies for sexual harassment in place, we have to be careful about letting our humanity show.
A zero tolerance policy regarding students carrying weapons to school seems reasonable; but take a look at these incidents and see if they seem reasonable...
In February of 1998, a fifth grade student was expelled when she picked up her mother's lunch box by mistake which contained a paring knife.
In March of 2002 an honor Hurst Texas high school honor student was expelled for having a bread knife in the back of his pick up truck which was parked on school property.
In 2002 a South Carolina high school freshman was expelled for possessing a butter knife. She was making toast before school using the knife as she noticed the clock and ran out locking the door behind her with the butter knife still in her hand. It is true that she could have woke up her parents to open the door and left the knife at home or she could have dropped it on the porch. She took it to school and placed it in her locker and forgot about it. When it was found by school officials, the zero tolerance policy automatically kicked in and required her expulsion.
In October of 2009, a high school honor student and Eagle Scout was suspended for having a pin knife which was locked in a survival kit box which was locked in the trunk of his car which was parked on school property.
All of these issues (child abuse, domestic abuse, sexual harassment, and school violence) are serious problems and indeed need to be addressed with urgency and effective action. While zero tolerance policies sound like strong and effective solutiion, they often harm the innocent and depreciate our liberties. Zero tolerance policies assume all cases are the same without regard for extenuating circumstances. The reason we have a legal system requiring a jury of our peers is that cases can be examined individually and reason can be applied to the law. Zero tolerance policies hinder this process by requiring jurors to make determinations within a set of parameters so rigid that make their function ineffectual. The parameters of zero tolerance policies are so rigid in fact that they do not even allow for the application of common sense in many cases.
In my humble opinion, a more sensible approach would be to look at each case without any predetermined action to be taken. If after considering all the facts of the case, a penalty is warranted, then it should be imposed in appropriate measure. It seems our current system with it's zero policies is quick to condemn with little regard to circumstances, yet so slack in imposing adequate sentencing toward the truly dangerous criminals. If you check the sex offender registry you may be shocked at how many sex offenders live around you. Why are they living around you rather than living in prison? Criminals often serve less than ten years for murder. I know of someone whose home was broken into a few years ago. The burglars were caught and sent to jail. It seems these burglars had been in and out of jail their entire life for burglary and other crimes. Each time they are caught they serve two or three years and return to their trade as soon as they are out. They do it over and over again.
It's no wonder then that society is fed up with the crime situation, but the correct response it seems would be to impose more severe penalties on the truly hard core criminals rather than locking up or expelling every person who mistakenly breaks a petty rule.
Blinded to the Truth
If there is one thing that is common to religion and politics, it is that relentless determination of folks to defend their affiliation (denomination or political party) with little to no regard for truth. Of course both sides will deny this, proclaiming simply that their side IS the side of truth. Yet when confronted with undeniable truths that contridict their stand, they tend to downplay the significance of those facts or ignore them all together. The priority is to defend their side and win the debate, rather than to seek and acknowledge the truth. Pride is the driving force behind this inattentiveness to facts and is the greatest hinderence to acquiring wisdom.
Even among religiions that share the same core beliefes and use the same source (such as the Holy Bible) as the foundation for their beliefes, there is often great division on tributary doctrine. It is extremely rare for anyone to radically change their religeous beliefs as a result of discussing or debating their beliefs with a person having an opposing view, even when storng evidence supports that opposing view. The subconcious objective is to win the debate, or at least not to be moved from ytheir position by anyone or anything. Ironically, this relentless desire to be correct often assures that the person will continue being deceived.
When our loyalties lie with a political party or a religeous denomination, independent of truth or moral right, we tend to follow their lead while being oblivous to changes in doctrine. If I am a republican or if I am a democrate, it is not because I have any great loyalty to that particular party, but rather it is because it just so happens that my understanding of the truth and my snese of morality is more in line with that particular party. If that particular party changes it's direction so that it no longer aligns with my values and my understanding of the turth, I'm not going to go along for the ride!
I am a Baptist simply because the Baptist faith is the denomination that best matches my own beliefs which are based on God's word. My loyalty lies with God and His Word. If the Baptist denomination were to change their doctirne such that their teachings and beliefes were no longer in agreement with my own, then I would leave that denominatioin without a second thought.
Tradition is another hinderance to seeing and accepting truth. People often Democrate or Republican or Baptist or Methodist, because their parents belonged to that same group.. They believe what they believe with very little knowledge of facts. They just automatically join the group without ever seriosly investigating what the group stands for. Some just do not want to think for themselves. It's enough that Mom and Dad embraced the doctrine. Perhaps one reason some folks are so headstrong in their beliefs even in the face of facts that invalidate those beliefs is that t their allegiance to tradition is more important than knowing and living according to the truth. The bible addresses this very condition in several places.
A problem with tradition is that if one person's beliefs are challenged, then all the tradition itself is challenged as well as all who hold to the tradition. When a person is confronted fwith truths that contradics their beliefe based on tradition; accepting the truth means they are not only acknowledging their own flawed understanding, but also acknowledging that the understanding of those from which they inherited the tradition is also flawed. As difficult as pride makes it to admit a flwed understanding, it may be even more difficult to acknowledge that Mom and Dad, and Grandma, and Grandpa were wrong.
It is certainly not a disgrace to be wrong about something. None of us are perfect.However, to continue holding to a tradition after evidence is presented that disproves it's validity is to willingly choose to be wrong.At this point follwing the tradition is no longer due to ignorance, but is due to apathy.
What does this say about such a person's character? In the case of political or philosophical beliefes, it simply means the person does not think for themselves or else they don't really care about the issue(s) at all. They just wantsocial acceptence without regard for truth.
In the case of spiritual beliefes however, it reveals an even worse condition of the heart. They are placing tradition and family before the Word of God. Jesus addressed this behavior in his teachings on priorities:
People today often have a shallow understanding of what it truly means to be fully committed and devoted to the Lord. Here Jesus illustrates the degree of devotion that is expected of his followers by comparing the love of family to the love we are to have for him. To love someone more than we love our parents or our children seems extreme, but that is the point. Our devotion and commitment is to be that extreme! This same analogy is used to make the same point in another scripture…
We are certainly instructed to love and honor our parents and in fact to love all people. That love however we have for others is to be like hatred in comparison to the love we have for God. The message is not to diminish the love we have for others, but rather to exemplify the greater love we are expected to have for Christ.
The lord demands absolute total devotion to Him. Anything less than a total commitment to Him is considered luke warm and is not desirable.
Jesus is clear. We are to fully committed to him and his teachings. He is to be our top priority. Everything else is subordinate to living for him. To tie this fact to the focus of this issue of embracing truth rather than traditions, feelings, and other loyalties, we need to understand that JESUS IS THE TRUTH.
Don't place too much empahsis on being right wing, left wing, democrate, rupublican, Baptist, Methodist. Place greater priority on following and supporting what is true, what is fair, what is moraly right, what is just, and what is Godly. Know what God's word says and what it means. Let the word of God show you what is moraly right, true, and Godly. Beware of those who teach false doctrines and political leaders who speak Enchantingly while there polocies are contrary to God's truth and morality. Don't allow another to tell you what to think. Examine the facts, know the truth and measure accordingly. Think for yourself. Have the humility to change your view when the real truth exposes your view to be corrupt or incorrect.
Speaking Hard Truths Vs Speaking Condescendingly
This commentary is in the context of communicating biblical principles and teachings, specifically in regard to preaching, teaching, and testifying.
What I refer to as speaking "hard truths" is communicating those biblical principles that are difficult for us to hear because they bring conviction to our hearts by showing us things about ourselves that we do not want to admit are true. In contrast, what I refer to as "speaking condesendingly" is to speak in a spiritual context outside the support or authority of scripture in a way that offends, condems, judges, criticizes, or humiliates another person.
Speaking hard truths that are supported by scripture may also cause negative feelings or discomfort. The difference is that when God's word is used in communicating those hard truths, it is the Word of God itself that convicts us and not the speaker. In such a case, God's word is doing exactly what it is suppose to do.
God's word will work it's way into our inner most being (soul and spirit, and joints and marrow, thoughts and intent of s of the heart). It shows us things about ourselves that we need to know, but may not like knowing. It's not for our misery, but for out own good. It's like looking in the mirror and finding that our hair is in a mess. We may not be delighted to find that our hair is a mess, but by seeing that it is indeed a mess, we can do something about it. When God's word shows us areas in our life that are outside of God's will, then we can repent and with God's help make the necessary changes in our lives so that we can be reconciled back to fellowship with God and thereby be in a place to receive the fullness of God's belessings. It is for our benefit and so correction througth the teaching or preaching of God's word is something to be appreciated and couted as a blessing though it may sting when first received.
Sometimes the Lord will allow a preacher, teacher or even a simple child of God with a testimony to speak on a subject of which they have strong feelings. While this can certainly be a blessing for the speaker, there is also a risk involved. Any time we speak on topic that we are passionate about, there is the danger of "getting in the flesh" (speaking from personal feelings, rather than from doctrine). This will almost always have negative results. Let me give a real life example to illustrate..
One night during a revival, a man made a statement during the prayer request that may have been perceived as scornful or judge mental to some people. It was certainly perceived that way by one of the preachers that was holding the revival, because it was the focus of his sermon the next time he preached a couple of days later. The man who made the statement did indeed need to hear the message which addressed his scornful way of speaking to the congregation. However, when the preacher stood to preach, he openly brought attention to the thing this man had said a couple of nights before and then said, "I don't know if he is here tonight, and I don't care." This remark hit the man like a slap in the face. He was offended, humiliated, and angry. After that remark was made, it was very difficult for him to hear very much of the message that followed. The feelings of humiliatiion and anger put up a barrier between the preacher and himself that was difficult for anything else to filter through. This principle of offense interfearing with the message is supported by scripture..
The first few verses of 2 Timothy, chapter four, gives instructions pertaining to preaching the gospel and I believe it would also pertain to teaching, testifying, and witnessing. Verse 1 of 2 Timothy chapter (4) reads..
"Preach the word" means that the things preached should be of God's Word (the bible). I believe it means that personal feelings and opinions should be left out if those feelings and opinions can not be substantiated by the word. God's word is not to be watered down, but neither is anything to be added to it. Doing such things is commonly reffered to as "being in the flesh" as opposed to "being in the spirit".
The remark, "I don't know if he is here tonight, and I don't care." was obviously a remark made in the flesh because:
I am all for preaching hard truths. If the hard truths of the bible being preached offends someone then so be it. Often times a message of biblical hard truth will first be received with offense, but over time it will bring that person to the realization of their sin and ultimately lead to repentence. Scornful remarks made outside scripture do not have this power to bring about Godly sorow required for repentence. It only serves to hardend hearts and generate feelings of bitterness. It can even cause a person to develop a misconception toward all men of God, the bible, the chruch, and everythig pertaining to Christianity. A simple scornful remark can indeed do all of that. Perhaps this is why the bible gives such a strong warning about speaking in such a way.
The preaching and teaching of God's word will get the job done.
|March 27, 2008
Most of us get them whether we want them or not. I suppose some folks delight in both sending and receiving forwards. As for myself and a few others I know however, they are with few exceptions a great annoyance. To those who enjoy sending and receiving forwards I suppose that statement seems very anti-social or even down right unfriendly, but that is far from the truth. Let me explain by giving a few reasons why I personaly do not enjoy them.
They are impersonal
Most e-mail forwards are repeats
Many e-mail forwards are bogus
and here's one that tells how to spot an e-mail hoax.
Another type of hoax is the one that plays on peoples sense of compassion. An example would be an e-mail that tells a story of a child that has been severely injured or is very sick. The e-mail goes on to explain that for every forward of this e-mail that is sent, some organization will donate a certain amount of money to help this child and their family. These type of e-mails are always a hoax. First of all no organization donates money for a cause based on a number of e-mails that get forwarded. Even if they wanted to do that, there is no way that they could possibly know how many e-mails were forwarded and even if they had the capability they most likely would not have the resources to monitor such a thing. If an organization wants to donate money, they will donate it period. Why would they determine the amount to donate based on the number of e-mails that are forwarded even if they could monitor such a thing. It doesn't make sense.
Another type of e-mail hoax is the e-mail petition. E-mail petitions are as useless as the imaginary paper they are written on. They have absolutely no legal basis. In fact, forwarding an e-mail petition is a good way to have your e-mail service terminated for violating the server's rules regarding forwarding e-mail chan letters. For more information on e-mail petitions, click here.
Blessings and Curses
The Shame Strategy
My shamelessness of my Lord is not demonstrated in sending an e-mail. It is demonstrated in living for Him each day and allowing His light to shine through me in all that I say and do or don't say and do. If a person wants Christ to show in their life, they can life a dedicated uncompromising fife for Christ before this world. Give thanks for your for your food in public as well as in private. Be faithful in church attendance by attending EVERY service that you can including Sunday School and mid week services. Praise His name openly before both the lost and the saved. Allow the Holy Spirit to guide you in every aspect of your life, even in the coices of music and videos that you listen to. Make choices that reflect purity in your life and that give Him honor and glory. Be a cheerful giver to the church and other charities. Don't complain over your hardships, but instead rejoice that you are not going through them alone and that you have a better day to look forward to. Witness to others about Christ. Find a work to do in serving the Lord. Let the love of God be shed abroad in your heart that others may see that there is definitely something special about the love within a child of God. Do it all with humility, giving God the praise for any good that others may see in you.
How shallow a person's understanding must be to believe that choosing to forward or not to forward an e-mail is an indication of a person's relationship with God. Ironically, it seems that a person who thinks this way, are themselves lacking in the very things they accuse others of in these e-mails.
And these are some of the reasons that I do not like e-mail forwards.
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