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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.

Servants
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.

Servants
Your place for purpose.

Leaders
Grow to lead.

Message from the Pastors

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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, followed immediately by 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.

Mar 07 2015

Breaking the Chains of Addiction Seminar

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Friday, March 20th, 2015
7:30 PM—9:30 PM
Saturday, March 21st, 2015
9:30 AM—1:00 PM

Join us as we discuss the cycle of addiction and the process of breaking free of it.  We will build a foundation to battle and overcome this cycle by addressing it from different standpoints including  hearing from a practicing clinician, a parent and minister as well as a long term program counselor. This seminar is for addicts, parents of addicted children, spouses, ministers and anyone interested in being able to address  and properly deal with this epidemic in our city.  There is no charge an offering will be collected. A continental breakfast will be served on Saturday morning.  Please register here:

Speakers
Rev. Damian Smeragliuolo
Johanna Sozio
Rev. Henry Lopez
Rev. Ann Marasco

Location
Lighthouse Tabernacle Church
27a Brienna Ct., SI,NY 10309

    Feb 27 2015

    The Plumb Line

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    The Plumb Line

    “…I am going to put a plumb line up against my people…to see what is straight and true…”                                                                                        Amos 7:8

         Have you ever gone into a person’s home to visit and noticed that one of the pictures on their wall was just a little crooked? In fact, you may have wondered if the homeowner even recognized it. The longer you look at it, the more crooked it appears and the more you wonder how it can go unrecognized, and uncorrected, by the owner. You’re left with one of two choices. You can either say something, or just go over and straighten it out on your own.

    Every carpenter knows how important a plumb line is among all his tools. It is a weight on the end of a string that, when applied to a wall, ceiling or section of cabinets helps him confirm if they are actually straight, or slightly bowed. If it is not straight, then the carpenter must correct the condition so it meets the plumb line and is “true”.  That is, it conforms to the measure and standard of “straightness”.

    God’s Word is a plumb line. He uses it to measure whether His people are “true” to His standard, or if we’ve gotten out of alignment with them. Many times in Israel’s history, they read the Word of God and realized that they were not doing what it required of them. The Letter of James in the New Testament tells us to be “doers of the Word, not just hearers of it.” We must measure our lifestyles according to the Word of God and be sure to make whatever changes necessary to conform to what it says.

    Jesus is the Ultimate Plumb Line. The Apostle Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit helps us to come to the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ as we yield our lives to him on a daily basis. We are being made to “conform to the image of His Son.” God uses people, circumstances and various situations to shape and mold us into the image of Jesus. He is always shaping us; shaving off the crooked parts of our lives; rounding the edges in a loving process that cannot be avoided. So, how shall we then live? Let’s look into God’s Word and be sure we’re actually living according to it. Let’s determine to make whatever changes need to be made, at whatever the cost, to be sure we’re living up to God’s Standard.

    Jan 29 2015

    A Love Relationship

    “A Love Relationship”

     “All who love me will do what I say, and my Father will love them; and we will come am make our home with each of them.”

     John 14:23

    This month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. It’s a time when we let those we love know how much we do; how much we appreciate them. We buy them gifts to commemorate the love we share with them. We say things like, “I just don’t know what I’d do without you.” It’s a time for romance… After all, what more powerful words can we hear but, “I love you” from someone we love?

     Being a disciple of Jesus Christ is a love relationship as well. Oh there are many people who never think of it in this way. Most “religious” people never think of whether they love God, or Jesus Christ. They are usually busy thinking about how to go to him when they’re in trouble; when they need Him to do something for them; when they are in a desperate situation and there is no help but God! The wonderful thing is that, in all these situations and more, God is there for us without fail! But the question remains…. Do we love Him?

    I’ve been reflecting a lot on my ministry through the years. I have been pastoring for over 25 years now. I’ve seen lots of things happen in the lives of thousands of people. Some bad; mostly good. I’ve seen many kinds of “Christians” through the years as well. Oh, I’m not talking about Christians distinguished by denomination, theology, ethnicity or socio-economic status. Basically, all the Christians I have encountered can be divided into just two camps – that’s right, JUST TWO. Jesus makes that division in this passage. There are those who love Him and those who don’t.

    It’s because of this very simple and powerful distinction, that I preach and teach the way I do. It’s the foundation of the nature of the ministry of Lighthouse Tabernacle Church. You see, I am operating “under orders”. My mission is to grow a people to love the Lord with all their hearts, minds and strength; and to love their neighbors as they love themselves. Remember the two GREAT COMMANDMENTS?

    During the last five years of the ministry (at least) God has directed me to focus on helping you “press in” in your relationship to God; to challenge you to spiritual maturity; to become more and more Christ-like. It is in obedience to this mandate from the Father that I preach and teach as I do. To some, I’m sure they feel like they are never “good enough” and will never measure up. Nothing could be further from my intention. I know the devil fills our minds with that “stinking thinking” and we need to dismiss it immediately. My mission is to inspire fanatical lovers of God! While it’s not about our performance; Jesus makes a very direct connection between how much we love Him and what we DO! We know He loves us – with an everlasting love. But, do we really love HIM?

    There are lots of topics I could preach and teach on each Sunday morning. I know you’ll receive a blessing by them, too! But my concern is always whether I have inspired you to love Him more deeply, not just be blessed by coming to church to hear a sermon. I guess if I chose to preach what’s popularly preached out there, many may prefer it; but I would feel as if I were disobeying God by not preaching what He leads me to. Why? I love Him. I love Him with all my heart. So, I’ll do what He commands me to do, to the best of my ability. How can we go wrong staying on that course? This month, let’s endeavor to tell God how much we love Him – not by our words, but our actions as well. 

     May the Lord bless you mightily as you pursue His heart!

    Our Love In Christ,

     Pastors Damian and Marian

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