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Families
Home for the entire family.

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Build their faith.

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Your place for purpose.

Leaders
Grow to lead.

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Families
Home for the entire family.

Youth
Build their faith.

Servants
Your place for purpose.

Leaders
Grow to lead.

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Families
Home for the entire family.

Youth
Build their faith.

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Your place for purpose.

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Grow to lead.

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Build their faith.

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Feb 21 2016

Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out!

Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out!

“Sing, O childless woman, you who have never given birth!…For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband.” Isa. 54:1

 

Who knew that we would be in this place when I wrote last month’s Pastor’s Word on New Beginnings? God is amazingly wonderful and faithful to encourage and to edify even when we don’t realize in the moment how much we will need it in the days ahead!

Last month He told us He was doing a new thing, and since He is not a man that He should lie or the son of man that He should change His mind, has He not said it? Shall He not do it? Has He not spoken it? Shall He not make it good? Yes He shall!

As we enter into this new season of transition, let us remember the encouraging word we heard on Sunday, Jan. 31st through Pastor John Picarello. From the scripture mentioned above, we are encouraged to sing, to enlarge our house and to spread out our home—and spare no expense because of the future glory God has for us!

All of the desolation we have experienced, all of the discouragement and shame will be removed and we will have more spiritual children (saved souls) and descendants that we will overflow! Our God, the Creator will be our husband and He will give us an abundant heritage that there will not be room to hold!

We may be storm battered now. We may be troubled and desolate, but He is going to rebuild us with precious jewels and gems. He is going to bring peace to our borders and cause every weapon formed against us to come to nothing. Every tongue that rises to accuse us will be silenced! These are the benefits of the servants of the Living God! Meditate on this chapter during this month.

Believe, receive and prepare to conceive in the Spirit in this new season! ONWARD!

Blessings,

Pastor Nancy

 

Message from the Pastors

Dear Friend:

Thank you for taking a few minutes to visit our website. We hope you will find it uplifting and informative. At Lighthouse Tabernacle, we are committed to fulfill the Command of Jesus to “make disciples of all nations.” We offer a number of ministries designed to do just that, for all the members of your family.

I would like to invite you all to visit our church and worship with us. You can find out our schedule of services by checking the website. In addition, we are committed to praying for your needs, seeking the Lord with you and for you. We believe that nothing changes within ourselves, or the world, unless God is the Change-Agent. Unless He does it, it will not be done. However, we further believe that prayer moves the hand of God on our behalf. Therefore, we’d like to invite you to visit our Prayer Meeting held on Wednesday evenings, immediately following our Bible Study. The Prayer Meeting is the “heart” of the church’s activities. Therefore, you will be able to gain a good understanding of our church family by joining with us in prayer.

If you prefer to join us for worship on Sunday, you will experience an exciting, and engaging time of joyful music as we lift hands and hearts to worship our Creator and Redeemer, followed by an equipping sermon from the Holy Scriptures.

We hope you enjoy our website and choose to visit us soon.

God bless you.

Nov 30 2015

The Message of Christmas

merry-christmas-nativity-300x214Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. – Colossians 3:16

As we enter into the Christmas season this year, we once again are hearing about complaints and threats of boycotts against companies and malls that continue the trend of removing traditional and even non-religious symbols of Christmas from their stores and retail spaces.  Though this might be disappointing and even ridiculous as to why anyone would be offended by a nativity scene or a Santa parade, it really should not come as any surprise.   Jesus clearly stated that since the world hated Him, the world would also hate those who belong to Him, and by extension anything that, religious or not, communicates Christmas (see John 15:18).  This shows that even the world knows you really can’t remove Christ from Christmas.

Fortunately, there is a better and truly sustainable way to get the message about Christ and the true message of Christmas out into the stores and malls.  It the same method that has worked without fail from the time the Church came into existence.  The method is to simply let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill our lives.

The message of Christmas is the message of Christ’s entry into this world in order to rescue and transform people and families from slavery to sin to the power and freedom to live for God!   This is why there is no greater or more effective symbol of Christmas than you and I who are the recipients of that deliverance and power to live for God!  This is what Paul, the Apostle, was referring to when he wrote the Church:

“Clearly, you are a letter from Christ showing the result of our ministry among you. This “letter” is written not with pen and ink, but with the Spirit of the living God.  It is carved not on tablets of stone, but on human hearts.”  (1 Cor. 3:3)

So let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.  Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.  Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.   And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.  – Colossian 3:16

Also, remember and be encouraged because the Gospel (the Good News) and the message of Christmas is….

  • The only message that has the power to liberate people, families and nations from slavery to sin and the powers of darkness.
  • It’s the only message that causes mercy to triumph over judgment.
  • It’s the only message that brings sight to the blind, and hearing to the deaf.
  • It’s the only message that brings healing to the sick and handicapped.
  • It’s the only message that heals the broken-hearted.
  • It’s the only message that brings a joy that this world cannot rob you of.
  • It’s the only message that brings life to where death once has reigned.

 

May God abundantly bless you this Christmas!

Pastor Neal

Nov 15 2015

A Time for Courage

keepcalm“…be courageous…I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33b

 

In the scripture referenced above, Jesus is encouraging His disciples, and us, to be courageous, to take heart, though we will face trouble, tribulations and sorrows, He is giving us perfect peace as we rest in Him—for He has overcome the world and all of it’s sorrows and troubles.

Right now, in our church life and some of us in our personal lives, are facing trials and tribulations.  In Greek, the word “tribulation”  carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is “no way of escape” (“hemmed in”).  In addition to the financial pressures, ministry pressures, our senior Pastor is now in a physical battle for his health. And since we are a family, we are in it with him. So this word definitely fits our current circumstances. However, we, like Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8, “are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.”  So this is not a time to worry, to be frightened, to fret, be anxious or driven to despair. This is a time to fight, to trust in the Only Healer, the Only Ruler, the Only King of Glory, The Lord Strong and Might, the Lord Invincible in battle.  This is a time where we must gird up our minds (1 Peter 1:13) and be sober-minded and hope-filled.

In 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 Paul exhorts us, “that our present trials and troubles are small (when looking at them with a heavenly perspective) and won’t last very long.  Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! That is what God is after.  The process that continually makes us into the glorious image of His Beloved Son Jesus!

So “we don’t look at the troubles we can see now, but rather, fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we can see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”  We fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith.  In this process, we can rest, why? First, He tells us in advance that troubles would come—so He is not surprised—and so we shouldn’t be either. Not only that, but He tells us in Him we will always have perfect peace.  He is the Prince of Peace.  We just need to stay “in Him.” How do we do this? We stay connected to the Vine (John 15). Because apart from Him we can do nothing. He then goes on in John 16:33. to exhort us to be courageous, be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy, for HE HAS OVERCOME THE WORLD (Amplified)!

In John 14:1, He tells us, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust God. Trust also in Me.”

In John 14:27 He tells us, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

God has spoken to this church that we are His War Horse; that He is making us into His Special Forces. Special Forces and warhorses fight! Let us have the mind of Christ in this season and be undaunted, unyielding, unstoppable!

Onward Christian soldiers!

 

God bless you!

Pastor Nancy

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