Looking Forward to 2017

Pastor Neal Teachings, Testimonials

Without a doubt 2016 has been a very challenging year for Lighthouse Tabernacle Church.  Many of us and members of our family have had to face many kinds of trials this past year.  Some are still experiencing them even as we speak. During this Christmas season, as I was reading about the events and experiences surrounding Mary, Joseph and the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:18 – 2:23), I came to realize that very often those who God commissions for a special purpose face great opposition and challenges.   It could even be said that the greater the purpose, the greater the opposition. For example, both Mary and Joseph were commissioned by God to be the earthly parents of Messiah!  Imagine what Joseph had to deal with trying to explain to his family and friends that Mary had never been with a man and was pregnant by the Holy Spirit and carrying Messiah?  Imagine what Mary had to deal with from her family and friends?   I thought about what happened after Mary gave birth to Jesus.  One minute they are visited by Magi who are worshipping Jesus, opening their treasures and showering Him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Then soon …

The Message of Christmas

Pastor Neal Teachings

Let 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 …

Some Things Change, God Remains the Same

Pastor Neal Teachings

“I am the LORD, and I do not change. – Malachi 3:6 (NLT) As I think about Lighthouse Tabernacle Church approaching its 22nd anniversary, it is amazing how quickly 22 years passes and how much has changed in that time.  For example, many of our children are adults now, some with families of their own.  Some families have moved on, while new families have joined our flock.  Some of us who were just starting out in our walk with the Lord are now ministering in divine callings we discovered in our going, while God has moved others into new and different divine assignments, all according to His will and good pleasure.  Culturally speaking, we live in a nation whose values have shifted dramatically.  Things and ideas that are accepted today would have been considered unthinkable and even ridiculous 22 years ago. The good news however, is that God never changes!  With that, God’s plan for our individual lives and the way He has created us to neatly and perfectly fit into the body of Christ (His Church) doesn’t change; this includes His plan and purpose for Lighthouse Tabernacle Church and the other churches that make up the body of Christ …