Special to Community of Faith
By: Pastor Eric Michael Teitelman
It was early in December last year when I received an out-of-the-blue text message from a friend of mine, Steven Levine, to come and join him and several other Pastors to discuss a gathering of the prophets. Naturally, I accepted as I have long held an interest in the prophetic.
I arrived mid-morning at a familiar hotel in Fairfax. Steven Levine unfortunately was sick that day, so I ended up meeting with just Pastor David Ruleman and Pastor Timothy Childs. Pastor Timothy began to share with me that the Lord had instructed him to start a school for the prophetic in January, and not to delay. I was intrigued. I had been excited about the prospect of a gathering of prophetic people, but I had never envisioned a school. Pastor Timothy extended an invitation to join him, and without any hesitation I accepted. Pastor Timothy has been involved with two church plants, so he knew the challenges ahead. Typically, a year-long planning process, we had about thirty days to launch this new ministry.
Pastor Timothy is ordained through the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, and I am ordained through the Southern Baptist Convention. Timothy is about as gentile as they come; a European mix of American Heinz ketchup. And me; a Jewish believer who grew up in Israel. We were a perfect match for this seemingly unconventional prophetic church plant ministry; a true reflection of the One New Man in Christ found in Ephesians 2:13-16.
Pastor Timothy filled out the paper work with the Foursquare Church to establish a home church plant under the apostolic covering and administrative oversight of Mount Vernon Foursquare Fellowship, located in Alexandria. The new church is called The Lighthouse, and is a Hebraic rooted and prophetically foundational church. The goal is to establish the church as a model of the five-fold ministries found in Ephesians 4:11; with a leadership team filling the offices of apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, and teacher.
We had planned on meeting at Pastor Timothy’s house in Ashburn. I sent out an invitation to around 30 people I thought might be interested in our prophetic school, and when I got over 20 responses I knew we had a space problem. I then called Pastor Jeff Jacob from Word of Life International Church in Ashburn. I told him about our rushed plans and living room constraints, and asked if there might be any rare chance that we could meet at his church on Saturday evenings. He joined us for lunch that same day, and opened the doors for us to move in. It felt like we were walking on water.
Following, an extended invitation was sent out and we received over fifty responses. This ministry was growing faster than we had ever expected. On January 25, 2014 we held our first official gathering with over forty people in attendance. Pastor Eric provided a foundational Hebraic teaching on the Tabernacle of Moses, and led the prophetic worship. Pastor Timothy led the prayer and healing portions. The worship and prayer times have been incredibly anointed from the very first day; with healings, baptisms of the Holy Spirit, and other testimonies by many who have attended.
The Lighthouse Church meets on Saturdays from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Word of Life International Church, 21641 Beaumeade Circle, Suite 319, Ashburn, VA 20147. Twice per month on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, our ministry focus is on teaching about the prophetic. These services are called The Tabernacle; A School for the Prophetic, and are set up as a separate ministry under The Lighthouse Church.
The order of service for The Lighthouse Church and The Tabernacle are reversed. The teachings are done in the first hour, and the second hour is reserved for an extended time of prophetic worship and prayer. There is no charge or fee for attending The Tabernacle School; however donations and offerings are accepted to cover administrative and building expenses.
Pastor Timothy and his wife Coleen live in Ashburn, and have two children ages 5 and 6. Pastor Eric and his wife Kim live in Haymarket, and have two grown children ages 18 and 20.
We invite you to join us at The Lighthouse and The Tabernacle; A School for the Prophetic. If you would like to become part of a prayer network to cover this ministry, or if you would like to participate in the twice a month meetings, please visit our website at http://www.thetabernacleva.com.
“And my tabernacle shall be in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people” - Ezekiel 37:27.
Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 9th at 2 am. In those wee hours of the morning, when you reach out to turn your clock forward and curse losing an hour of that precious weekend time, seriously think about resetting or just beginning your relationship with God. For me, it is usually in the early morning when I get the opportunity to celebrate an hour alone with God. These are the divine moments given to us by Him. I recognize that in my life, this thing called time moves quickly and can often appear out of control.
We all know the old proverb, “time nor tide wait for no man.” The origin is uncertain, although it’s clear that the phrase is ancient and that it predates modern English. “Tide” didn’t refer to the contemporary meaning of the word, i.e., the rising and falling of the sea, but to a period of time. When this phrase was coined tide meant a season, a time or a while.
Although man cannot stop time, God can, and He has stopped the clock before as referenced in the Old Testament of the Bible. God created time, and as such He can manipulate it and use it to serve His purpose and to bring glory to His Kingdom.
In Joshua Chapter 10 (circa 1448 B.C.), Joshua was on a mission to defeat the five evil kings of the Amorites. The five kings had been losing a long standing war with Joshua’s army and planned to attack the great city of Gibeon, whose leaders had made peace with Joshua and with the sons of Israel.
God had guided Joshua to many victories so far with deceptive maneuvers and quick strikes against the enemy. Again Joshua came upon the enemy suddenly with an all night march and the Lord confounded the Amorites before Israel. The battle between the combined armies of the five Amorite kings and the army of Israel resulted in Joshua’s army slaying them with great speed and mightily pursuing them in their retreat.
Joshua wanted a total victory and feared the day would soon end and his enemy would escape. So in a moment of deep faith, he prayed out loud, in front of his army and asked God to command the Sun to stand still so he could complete the victory.
“The day God gave the Amorites up to Israel, Joshua spoke to God, with all Israel listening: ‘Stop, Sun, over Gibeon; Halt, Moon, over Aijalon Valley.’ And the sun stopped, the moon stood very still until he defeated his enemies…the sun stopped in mid-sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day. There was no day like that before it or after it” (Joshua 10:12-14).
God controls the sun, moon and stars and placed days, hours and minutes into motion. There is not a minute that transpires that God is unaware. His authority over time as demonstrated in Joshua defeating the Amorites reveals His occupation with every minute of every day. In Psalm 90:4, Moses enlightens us with a profound analogy in describing the timelessness of God: “For a thousand years in Your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.”
Like Joshua, we often would like to see time stop for a day so we can catch up and improve on having God’s presence in our life. So come Sunday morning, take time to engage with God and ask to get to know Him. God has a will and a plan for your life. He wants you to know Him in a personal and intimate manner and to trust Him completely. He wants you to understand His principles, what He wants to accomplish in your life and how He wants you to lead that life.
The best approach to get to know God is to take the time to find out about Him. Join a local Bible believing church. You will soon comprehend that he is faithful and true and a very loving friend. “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Workforce Ministries presents Purposeful Leadership Speaker Series with Frank Wolf
“…Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required…” - Luke 12:48.
After 34 Years Living out My Faith in Congress, What’s next?
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM, McLean Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall, 1020 Balls Hill Road, McLean, Virginia
Registration is recommended. Please visit Workforce Ministries at http://www.workforceministries.com/ to RSVP for this free event.
Come hear Frank Wolf share his thoughts on the past 34 years in Congress and his passion to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves as he looks forward to working on human rights and religious freedom—both domestic and international—as well as matters of the culture and the American family.
Congressman Wolf, the most senior of the 11 members of the House of Representatives from Virginia, is serving in his 17th term in Congress. He represents the 10th District of Virginia, which stretches from McLean to Winchester. Congressman Wolf sits on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where he is the Chairman on the Commerce-Justice-Science subcommittee. He also serves on the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development and State and Foreign Operations subcommittees. In addition, he is the co-chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, a bipartisan organization made up of nearly 200 Members of Congress who work together to raise awareness about international human rights issues.
Congressman Wolf is one of the House’s leading crusaders for human rights. He believes members of Congress have an obligation to speak out for those who are persecuted around the world. He has traveled to Ethiopia, Sudan, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and other countries in Africa to see firsthand the tremendous suffering of the people at the hands of corrupt governments, war, AIDS and famine.
He led the first congressional delegation to Darfur in western Sudan to bring attention to the crisis there, later officially declared by the U.S. government as genocide. He also has worked to call attention to the human rights abuses and religious persecution in the People’s Republic of China, Tibet, Romania, Nagorno-Karabakh, Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, East Timor, and the Middle East.
In December 2013, Congressman Wolf made the following announcement that he would be retiring from Congress and would not be seeking re-election this year:
“As a follower of Jesus, I am called to work for justice and reconciliation, and to be an advocate for those who cannot speak for themselves. I plan to focus my future work on human rights and religious freedom—both domestic and international—as well as matters of the culture and the American family.”
Congressman Wolf was born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. degree from Penn State University in 1961 and his law degree from Georgetown University in 1965. He lives in Vienna with his wife, Carolyn. They have five adult children and 16 grandchildren. Carolyn and Frank have been members of Vienna Presbyterian Church for well over three decades.
About Workforce Ministries
Workforce Ministries can transform the lives of men and women in the workplace, and thereby the marketplace for Christ.
Workforce Ministries is made up of organizations and individuals who have a call to encourage, support, and train Christians in the workplace, so that they may enjoy God’s Grace while at work as well as in all other facets of their lives.
Christ’s body of believers has always been in the marketplace, but in today’s culture, many are unsure of what they can do regarding their faith in the workplace. In addition, many have questions about how to balance the requirement of the workplace with their Christian beliefs.
Workforce Ministries endeavors to provide assistance in answering many of these questions, as well as providing a body of support for encouragement and discipleship. Through meetings with Senior Leaders as guest speakers, in discussion groups, in local luncheon meetings, in Bible studies at various workplace locations, or in more intense training and education, Workforce Ministries strives to provide a variety of experiences that can enhance an individual’s spiritual life, answer questions for seekers, and provide a community of believers for support.
The Workforce Ministries approach is as follows:
• Challenging believers to take their faith to work, engage with others in a Christ-like manner, create a faith-friendly work environment, and be a witness for Jesus.
• Create and attend small group Bible studies focused on the workplace.
• Reach out to seekers with gentleness and respect, and be ready to lead them to Christ.
• Hold regular events where Christians from the workplace can gather to fellowship with one another and hear an engaging presentation relevant to the workplace.
"If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all and servant to all" (Mark 9:35).