Meet Our Staff: Alessandro Gonzalez

Please meet Alessandro! He’s the newest addition to Lighthouse’s staff and he’ll be serving as an intern, working closely with Pastor Francis in Beacon, our college ministry. Learn a little bit about him through these questions and answers, then give him a warm welcome! (agonzalez@lighthousesouthbay.org) Tell us a little bit about yourself! Ok, here we go… ^_^  I was born in Florida but grew up in Alabama and Nicaragua. By God’s grace, even though I wasn’t saved at the time, He led me to study at Fullerton College, CSUF, and then to Stanford......

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Missing Community

Hi Lighthouse! My name is Zach Chen. Fun fact about myself, in high school, I was voted “Most Shy” for my class of +800 students. Not that I was actually shy. I was just really, really quiet (i.e., sometimes I literally wouldn’t say a word for days). Having missed the opportunity to learn how to converse with people all through middle and high school, once I got to college, I didn’t have any conversational ability. I remember the first people that I met coming to Lighthouse were Kenny Tsuruda, Patti Tsuruda, and Bill......

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Episode 88: Holy Week - Good Friday

“This is our final devotional video of Passion Week and we’re here on Good Friday—the day that Jesus is crucified on the cross I’m guessing that some of you have spent time this week reading and meditating on those passages in the gospels that give an account of these events. And if so, I wonder what details stand out to you. Is it the people who are there—the soldiers carrying out their orders, the different spectators and their responses?”...

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Episode 87: Holy Week - Maundy Thursday

“Today is Maundy Thursday in Holy Week. In case you were curious, the name, Maundy Thursday, comes from Jesus’ words at the Last Supper, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you.” In the Latin, “new commandment” is mandatum novum. As we approach the final hours of Jesus’ life, time slows down dramatically in all four gospel accounts. A lot happens before the waking hours of Friday morning. And on this very night, all four gospel writers temporarily and unanimously shift the spotlight......

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God's Silence and Grace During COVID

Hello Lighthouse families. My name is Sunghee Park. I’m married to Roy and we have three kiddos together. Our oldest son, Evan, is 13 years old and has severe autism. There is a saying that if you meet one person with autism, you met one person with autism. Autism can vary greatly from a person to person. In Evan’s case, it significantly limits his communication skills and cognitive ability to understand the world around him. I still remember how much I was mesmerized whenever baby Evan was breathing. Each breath he took immediately......

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Episode 86: Holy Week - Spy Wednesday

“We started Holy Week with Jesus’s Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday. Monday features the temple cleansing, fig tree lesson, and Tuesday where Jesus squares off with the Jewish leaders and teachers of the law. In comparison, Wednesday is pretty low key. We actually don’t have many verses in the Bible dedicated to what happens on this day of Passion Week. It’s eerily quiet, the calm before the storm. But what’s interesting is where you have Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Resurrection Sunday, Wednesday also has a special name, one that might......

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Episode 85: Holy Week - Tuesday

“As we reflect on that Tuesday of Passion week and consider Christ together, we might see him as the greatest political debater or the wisest teacher of Scripture, but I’d like to focus on a more subtle portrait of Christ here: “he is the searcher of the hearts of men.”...

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Episode 84: Holy Week - Monday

” This week, as we turn our eyes and our hearts toward the cross, let’s examine our lives and see where the Lord is calling us to repentance. Do we consider ourselves righteous on our own strength and look good on the outside, but really we’re unrepentant and blind to God? Are we like that cursed fig tree, having the semblance of life and fruit from afar but, on closer inspection, bearing no fruit for God?”...

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Episode 83: Holy Week - Palm Sunday

“We want to especially focus our attention on the most pivotal event in history: The death and resurrection of Jesus. Galatians 4:4 refers to that period as “the fullness of time.” 1 Peter 1 tells us that this was the event in which OT prophets “searched and inquired carefully” for and in “which angels long to look.” As a church then, our hope is to prepare your hearts to especially reflect on and meditate on the death and resurrection of our Savior by whom we have salvation. So everyday throughout this week, we’ll......

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Recommended Resources: March 29, 2021

Book Recommendation from a Pastor “Love to the Uttermost” by John Piper Book Recommendation by Pastor Tim St. John Since it was published in 2014, reading “Love to the Uttermost” during passion week has been a precious tradition for our family. As Piper says, “there’s nothing intrinsically holy about particular days, but for most of church history Christians have set aside eight days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday for solemn focus (Romans 14:5-6).” Just as it is vital to set aside time each day to pursue God through prayer and meditation on......

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