The Church’s Prime Directive

Pastor Neal Teachings

If you are familiar with the science fiction series Star Trek, you probably recall that one of the main subjects of the various TV series’ and movies was the prohibition against interfering with the internal development of alien civilizations.  This was always referred to as “the prime directive”, a principle handed down by the fictional “United Federation of Planets”.  As you may know or can imagine, this prohibition created various moral dilemmas (and interesting entertainment), as the various star ship crews traveled the universe “exploring strange new worlds” and “going where no man has gone before”. In thinking about the Church, made up of all those who believe in Jesus Christ, follow Him, and obey His teachings, I am reminded that we too have been given a prime directive by the Lord, the One True and Living God, handed down to us from those who were with Him from the beginning of His earthly ministry.  A directive that is intended to continue, with the Holy Spirit dwelling in us until Jesus returns at the very end of the age: Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go …

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 …

Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out!

Pastor Nancy Teachings

Sing, Enlarge, Spread Out! “Sing, O childless woman, you who have never given birth!…For the desolate woman now has more children than the woman who lives with her husband.” Isa. 54:1   Who knew that we would be in this place when I wrote last month’s Pastor’s Word on New Beginnings? God is amazingly wonderful and faithful to encourage and to edify even when we don’t realize in the moment how much we will need it in the days ahead! Last month He told us He was doing a new thing, and since He is not a man that He should lie or the son of man that He should change His mind, has He not said it? Shall He not do it? Has He not spoken it? Shall He not make it good? Yes He shall! As we enter into this new season of transition, let us remember the encouraging word we heard on Sunday, Jan. 31st through Pastor John Picarello. From the scripture mentioned above, we are encouraged to sing, to enlarge our house and to spread out our home—and spare no expense because of the future glory God has for us! All of the desolation we have …