Our High Calling

Pastor Damian Teachings

  “Our High Calling” “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives…” Phil. 3:20   One of the aquatic birds that my family enjoys watching is a pelican. Whenever we’ve been to Florida, we watch and laugh as they fly low to the water and suddenly plop down into it to catch a meal! They are so clumsy and awkward and funny to watch. Of course, we like to add sound effects to the entire scene, but that’s another story. The Bible describes the children of God as “…mounting up with wings like eagles…” (Isa. 40:31) Eagles are so different from pelicans. They fly much higher; can see better; they can look directly into the sun; they swoop down ever so silently on their prey and snatch them in their talons before the prey knows what happened. High flying, stealth hunters and advanced “visionaries”. Quite a contrast, wouldn’t you say? Now, on to our topic: Do you know that we are citizens of heaven RIGHT NOW? That’s right; we are citizens of a heavenly city. It’s as if we belong there and are just visiting earth on a temporary visa! We find ourselves here, but we …

God’s Favorite Instruments

Pastor Damian Teachings

“God’s Favorite Instruments” “But God has chosen things considered foolish… powerless…despised…considered nothing at all…”  1 Cor. 1:27   In this era of superstars and steroids, of American Idol, The Voice, and Britain’s Got Talent ordinary and average people seem to have no chance to really becoming something. Who knew we were surrounded by such a vast supply of talented individuals? It’s amazing to me to see the thousands gather for an opportunity to audition for one of these special events. What I think about is not the ones who will be chosen, but the thousands who will be “rejected.” It’s the same with sports championships. The Superbowl is coming up. I am always amazed at how dejected the “losing” team coach or quarterback behaves in the post-game interviews. They are almost in tears because they feel like LOSERS! In reality, they are the second best team or athletes in the world! Aren’t the last place teams the losers?  How different it is with whom God chooses as His favorite instruments to get His Plan accomplished! He actually looks for what everyone considers “losers”. He seeks out the weak, the base, the foolish and powerless to get His will done. Are …

Prepare to Encounter the Lord

Pastor Damian Teachings

  “Prepare To Encounter The Lord” “He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.“ (Luke 1:17b)  Whenever God is about to do something great, He makes all the preparations necessary for people to encounter Him. The story of the birth of John the Baptist illustrates this principle so very well. The Messiah was about to be born into the world; the greatest event in the history of the Universe! He raised up John with the specific purpose of preparing a people to encounter Him! God sends angels to people in impossible circumstances. He summons wise men from the East. He uses an aged Prophet to announce His arrival to the Temple as an infant. He’s about to manifest Himself to the nation, and the people must be prepared to meet Him, or they may miss Him.   As Senior Pastor of Lighthouse Tabernacle, it is my responsibility to prepare you to encounter the Lord! Certainly this pertains to His Second Coming when He will lift up the church, raise the dead and judge all mankind. It also pertains to preparing you to learn to encounter Him when He comes to your life in various situations now! The …