Pastor Neal

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Name: Neal Abrams
Date registered: February 16, 2015

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Jun 29 2015

The Influence of a Faithful Father

couple-pray-ps103…God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply”. — Genesis 1:27-28

Before there were any religious or civil institutions, God created man and woman together, as equals, to reflect the image of God, who is Himself, the Author of life and Creator of all things.  After He created them, He blessed them, and commissioned them to “be fruitful and multiply”.  The implication is that God desired a blessed posterity to come forth from Adam and Eve’s union, filling the earth with His image bearers.  In other words, mankind’s first, and therefore most important commissioning, is father and mother.  It wasn’t a religious or political commissioning, it was a family commissioning.   For this reason, God alone gets to define fatherhood, motherhood, and family.  So it follows that our attitude toward these God ordained roles must completely align with the plumb line of His word, which is His will.  With that in mind, and as we celebrate Father’s day in 2015, I want to share with you what I believe are at least four qualities of a faithful father.

Now just to be clear, faithfulness is not about perfection (we all make mistakes).  It’s about making the effort in good faith.  Unfaithfulness on the other hand, means not caring enough to make a serious effort.   The writer of the book of Hebrews wrote, “For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness” – Hebrews 12:10.  This tells us that regardless of how we may view the faithfulness of our earthly fathers or ourselves, we should never project that on to our heavenly Father.  He is always good and He is always faithful because He loves us genuinely and perfectly.  It also reminds us that faithfulness is borne out of genuine love, and that is what motivates us to do our best to be and become faithful fathers.

That said, the first quality of a faithful father is that they love their children enough to discipline and correct them.  The writer of Proverbs wrote, “Discipline your children while there is hope. Otherwise you will ruin their lives.” — Proverbs 19:18.  Discipline isn’t just about spanking (which should only be done in a non-abusive and age appropriate manner), it’s about correction and requires real involvement in the life of your children.

The second quality of a faithful father is that they truly honor their wives.  Peter the Apostle, wrote, “…you husbands must give honor to your wives. Treat your wife with understanding as you live together. She may be weaker than you are, but she is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life. Treat her as you should so your prayers will not be hindered.”—1 Peter 3:7.  (The word weaker here simply means more sensitive).  Honoring our wives this way, as our equal partners, demonstrates to our sons and daughters how a godly man should treat his wife.  It also sets the bar of how our daughters should expect to be treated by future suitors and husbands.

The third quality of a faithful father is that they intentionally seek to know God and observe His ways.  They don’t just seek to know about God, but they seek to know Him through direct personal and continual experience.
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”  — John 8:31-32.  Jesus is saying that when you remain faithful to His teachings, you will know (have relationship/fellowship with) Him and He will set you free.

The fourth quality of a faithful father is that they tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord. Have you shared your testimony with your children?  Do they see you walking in vital union with the Lord?  Do they see reading and studying the Scriptures, and seeking God for everything?  Do they celebrate and praise God with you when He answers?

“We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders.  For he issued his laws to Jacob;  he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them— even the children not yet born— and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors— stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God. “ – Psalm 78:4-8

As we read this passage, we can see that every father has a significant and multi-generational influence on their children.  The only question is what kind of influence will it be?  With so much at stake, shouldn’t we make every effort to do our best?   As we think about these things, let us come to the place where we say, “As for me and my house, we shall serve the Lord.”

May God bless you and your families,

Pastor Neal

Nov 11 2013

Parenting Seminar Testimonials

Here are some testimonials about our recent parenting seminar…

“As a parent of three teenagers, I was excited to sign up for this class.  The class was run like a college course (without the test or papers to hand in!).  College classes are quite expensive; this course was FREE!  There were discussions and lively interactions in the class.  The course had a book to take home.  The book had strategies on how to recognize and deal with addictions and poor choices including getting to the root of the emotions and thoughts that pull people to addiction.  I am grateful for practical advice and strategies on parenting and raising children in a harsh, ungodly world.” — JK

 

“I thought about not going to the Parenting Seminar because my children are all grown up.  Why would I need the seminar at this point in my life?  The reason I did go was because I know I have the best teacher who just happens to be my Pastor whose goal is always to equip us and send us out as disciples to do the work of the kingdom.  I was so glad I did go.  It was amazing!  This seminar revealed where I went wrong with my children and how I can still make it right.  How I can speak into the lives of my grand children, great nieces and nephews and the children of our congregation.  I will also be looking at the prisoners at the jail I work at in a different way, remembering all that was taught at this awesome seminar!” — DS

 

“We found out our son was smoking and we were not to happy about it.  At the parenting seminar we learned that there is always a root cause for starting a destructive habit.  Instead of yelling at him which is a most normal response that parents do.  We applied this lesson when we had to confront him about this.  When we asked him what it was that started it , he told us it was peer pressure that caused him to start.” — BA.

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.

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