Founder & Leadership

Message from the University Founder and President
 
Melveena D. Edwards
RN, BSN, BA, MA, PhD

Founder, President, CEO, Executive Administrative Director

 

The primary purpose of the Lighthouse Christian Counseling and Outreach Center, Inc. and Capstone Excelsior University, LLC are to serve others in the areas of Christian counseling, education, and outreach with a distinct mission that more people may come to know more about Jesus Christ, and seek Him as his or her salvation, source, and direction during life's journey.

 

 

 

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Year 2018

       A message of salvation: "The Vehicle of Counseling and Education"

 

Some years ago while teaching a class surrounding the subject of salvation, I became convinced of a significant need and how imperative it is to teach the doctrine of "God's plan for salvation." I also recognized during counseling situations how vital the "Word of God" is in navigating and changing the course of one's' life, thus bridging, or closing the gap to salvation. The "gap" is: Satan's plan, his devices, his creativity of sin, strongholds, sly underhanded schemes, chicanery, trickeries, demonic assignments, weapons he attempts to form, or his inventions, etc. that he uses to gain effect. It is simply Satan's pit.  As a counselor and educator, I am fully committed, and I desire to make this gap of no affect.  Bridging the gap to salvation may be accomplished through the vehicle of Christian counseling and Christian education.

Through the "vehicles" or "medium" of counseling and education, individuals can draw nearer to Jesus Christ.  In challenging life circumstances, (e.g., tribulations, trials of life, crisis, divorce, grief, death, and losses) individuals may identify with Job, or the "Book of Job." To lose monies, a job, your health, a limb, eyesight, hearing, or loved ones, etc. are considered huge losses.  Heretofore, these encounters can be extremely heart breaking, and painful.  However, an individual's most valued possession is his or her soul. In St. Matthew 16:26 Jesus says: "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" These were provocative questions asked by Jesus.

When Jesus completed His earthly ministry, He did it to save humanity.  At Calvary Jesus stated: "it is finished" (St. John 19:30), He fulfilled the new covenant, and His earthly ministry, by paying the ultimate price for mankind (Acts 28:28).  Jesus Christ did this for the atonement and remission of sin, through the shedding of His innocent blood (Hebrew 9:22). "How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience (dispensation) from dead works to serve the living God?  And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise (dispensation) of eternal inheritance.  For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.  Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood" (Hebrew 9:14-22). God's plan for salvation is to save and deliver souls.  Because of the ultimate eternal sacrifice of Jesus Christ men, women, and children may come boldly to Him by faith to receive salvation of your souls.

One's prime interest in life should be his or her soul's salvation. In Hebrews 9:27-28 it says: "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation." The Apostle Paul also proclaims in Romans 14:10-12: "But why dost thou judge thy brother? Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God." As we appear before God, we must be without excuse. God has given me a charge to minister to you, in the areas of Christian counseling and Christian education to edify, narrow, and "close the gap" to salvation.  The process of salvation is accomplished through the process of justification, regeneration, redemption, adoption, atonement, grace, reconciliation, and propitiation. 
What is more, through the vehicle of preaching, teaching, guiding, and navigating through the "Word of God" souls may gain comfort and peace.

This is not a "new message," but this message for our current time, is to edify, expound upon the awareness that Jesus is our source, light, compass, and way.  The need to learn more about Him is imperative for our soul's salvation. In addition, this message is to encourage you and others to seek counseling when needed, thus, receiving direction from God in any situation.  Last, the doctrine of salvation message links those in need of healing, deliverance, and salvation by bridging them over the gap of Satan' devices to an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ the King.

I pray and speak wholeness, health, and wellness for each visitor. The Holy Bible is the powerful inspired "Words of God" (God is the author) that leads us to reality, a transformation regarding our health and wellbeing, which encompasses the whole person (mind, body, and spirit).


Jesus intended for us to be whole, complete, perfect or Teleios in the Greek, and to be entire wanting nothing (James 1:4). The lack of knowledge and Biblical counsel has invaded our health and wellness. Lack of knowledge can destroy and cause a deterioration of the mind, body, and spirit of individuals. "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14).  My prayer to you during this "dispensation of grace" that everyone who visits this website are "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls" (I Peter 1:9).

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth" (III John 2).

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Thessalonians 5:23).

Shalom,

 

Chaplain (Overseer) Dr. Melveena D. Edwards

Founder