Pastor Damian

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Name: Damian Smeragliuolo
Date registered: February 16, 2015

Latest posts

  1. New Beginnings — May 6, 2015
  2. The Plumb Line — February 27, 2015
  3. A Love Relationship — January 29, 2015
  4. The Miracle of Christmas — December 4, 2014
  5. Wounded No More — November 1, 2014

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May 06 2015

New Beginnings

New Beginnings

“Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.”  (Gen. 1:28a)


This is a very important and exciting time in the history of Lighthouse Tabernacle Church. It’s a time of New Beginnings! What better way to think about this than from a verse in the Book of Beginnings, Genesis. The verse above is probably one of the most important verses in the Bible. It also states a very important truth for our church in this season.

A New Beginning. This speaks of transition. It speaks of GENERATIONAL blessing. God commanded Adam and Eve to multiply and fill the earth – to reign over it. These words are not accidental. God spoke them deliberately. He told Adam and Eve that they would bear children and their children must be trained to reign from generation to generation. This is how God’s Rule is transmitted. The Bible calls it continuity. It is God’s way of passing His covenant blessings and responsibilities to succeeding generations. It works the same way in churches.

As we enter this new season in our lives, Lighthouse Tabernacle is poised on the threshold of a new move of God. God has gifted our church with a great family of believers and capable leadership. Our leadership team has been trained to think in a “Kingdom Mindset” and have a “Dominion Mindset” as we extend the Kingdom of God through preaching and teaching the Gospel. God has uniquely called and brought together all of us here at Lighthouse. For the last twenty-one years, I have worked to maintain the vision God has given us to carry out. We have given you the “whole counsel of God.” We never followed any fads or promoted the next great thing to come down the pike. We have remained true to the Lord, His Spirit and His Word. Now the time has come for the next generation of leaders to take the church into the next phase of its mission. I know the Lord is about to do great things among us!

When it was time for Moses to install his successor, Joshua was ready! He had ministered alongside Moses for over 40 years. He learned leadership. He learned to hear from God. He learned how to battle the enemy and establish God’s people. At the right time, God “elevated Joshua in the eyes of the people” by giving him victory over his enemies. God is about to do that on behalf of Pastor Neal and our entire leadership team. Moses’ responsibility was to bring Joshua and the Israelites to the border of Canaan. It would be Joshua’s responsibility to take them in. He wouldn’t do so exactly has Moses did. While I’m sure he did many things that may have reminded Israel of Moses, Joshua led them in his own way; with his own gift mix and according to his own “DNA” and personality. How awesome to see God work His plan through the next generation.                I need you all to realize something. God wanted Israel in Canaan. He used Moses to bring the TO Canaan; He needed Joshua to bring them IN. In the same way, God used me to bring Lighthouse TO this season in our lives, but He needs Pastor Neal to bring you into the next generation. There will be lots to do. There will be battles to fight and victories to win; AND THEY WILL BE WON.

I am excited and honored to have the privilege to have raised up a great leadership team! I am confident that God will be glorified and His Kingdom will be expanded. I ask that you all stay the course. Pray, Believe, Serve together and watch God work. As I continue to provide oversight for the ministry, I know there will be great things for us. We will be able to say, “The Lord has done great things for us; yes, the Lord has done great things!”

Feb 27 2015

The Plumb Line


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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