What Are You Afraid Of?

Pastor Neal Teachings

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. — 2 Timothy 1:7 A great hindrance that I see at work in the Church that prevents us from discovering and fulfilling our divine purpose is a spirit of fear. A spirit of fear is not merely screaming because of a spider or other insect (this should come as a great relief to some folks that I know 🙂 ).  A spirit of fear has to do with being timid or fearful to a fault.  It is fear because of a lack of courage or moral strength.  For example, it is wisdom to maintain cleanliness, but someone without an immune system deficiency can become unreasonably fearful of germs and the possibility of getting sick, that their minds are dominated by such thoughts.  In other words, their thoughts and behavior are enslaved to a spirit of fear (Note: A spirit of control could also be at work in this situation because they can become addicted to trying to control circumstances and other people based on these fears).   I should also point out that having immune system deficiency (which I personally experienced …

The Influence of a Faithful Father

Pastor Neal Teachings

…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 …

The New Wineskin

Pastor Nancy Teachings

“But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.” – Luke 5:38 In the previous verse to the above noted scripture, it states the reason why a new wineskin is needed when pouring in new wine. Because of the fermentation process, it stretches out the skin. If the skin is old and already stretched out, it will burst and both will be lost. God has been speaking to the church at large about a new wineskin He is creating. What is the “wineskin” that he is creating? Why do we need a new one? What’s wrong with the old wineskin? What I believe God is creating is a new structure through which He will move in these last days to prepare the Bride, which is the church, for her Bridegroom—to be without spot, wrinkle—to be presented to Himself at the wedding feast of the Lamb. He is “reforming” the church into the structure He created it to be. An example that we can glean from is the pile of dead, dry bones laying the valley in Ezekiel’s vision in Ezekiel 37.  The pile, at that point, was the only structure each bone in that pile knew. …