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 …

A Time for Courage

Pastor Nancy Teachings

“…be courageous…I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33b   In the scripture referenced above, Jesus is encouraging His disciples, and us, to be courageous, to take heart, though we will face trouble, tribulations and sorrows, He is giving us perfect peace as we rest in Him—for He has overcome the world and all of it’s sorrows and troubles. Right now, in our church life and some of us in our personal lives, are facing trials and tribulations.  In Greek, the word “tribulation”  carries the challenge of coping with the internal pressure of a tribulation, especially when feeling there is “no way of escape” (“hemmed in”).  In addition to the financial pressures, ministry pressures, our senior Pastor is now in a physical battle for his health. And since we are a family, we are in it with him. So this word definitely fits our current circumstances. However, we, like Paul in 2 Corinthians 4:8, “are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair.”  So this is not a time to worry, to be frightened, to fret, be anxious or driven to despair. This is a time to fight, to trust …

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 …