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July 2017

Pastor’s Pen: Restoring the Foundations (RTF)

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Dear Tab Family,

These are exciting times to be alive. In these last days, Father God promises to restore the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers (Malachi 4:5-6). Notice there are two directions in this restoration process: Fathers, don’t provoke your children to anger (Eph. 6:4), and then, children, honor your father and mother (Eph. 6:2). The process of restoration begins with forgiveness which is the key to healing. Fathers need to be able to forgive, by first asking for forgiveness from God, then by forgiving their own fathers, and finally, by forgiving themselves. It is only when the heart is healed that forgiveness is truly complete. When a father becomes open and humble, it creates a safe place for his children to begin to receive love from him.

Children also need to experience forgiveness in the same ways their fathers have. When this is accomplished, children will become open-hearted and able to receive the love from their father. Once again, forgiveness is the key. This is the same way we can receive from our Heavenly Father, by removing the blocks that stand in the way between ourselves and our Father who loves us.

The ministry of Restoring The Foundations (RTF), which we have the joy of overseeing in our region, uses an integrated approach to bring healing, deliverance and freedom to all of God’s children. Based on solid Biblical truth, RTF addresses four main areas, common to all of us, which when addressed, bring healing and allow the restoration process to begin.

Sins of the Fathers and Resulting Curses deals with generational baggage passed on through our family line (Gal. 3:13).
Ungodly Beliefs confronts the untruths and half-truths that we have believed about God, ourselves or others (Rom. 12:2).
Soul / Spirit Hurts addresses the wounds of life, mostly those received during childhood and from within our families (Lu. 4:18).
Demonic Oppression confronts the work of the enemy whose mission is to steal, kill and destroy (1 Jn. 3:8).

Restoring The Foundations has become an important part of our lives. Since we embarked on this healing journey, we have been opened to a new love and relationship with Father God and with our own family members. Our prayer is that you will receive all the Father has for your life and that full restoration will come to you and your family. We invite you to visit www.stepintofreedom.org for more information.

Many Blessings,

Jim and Mary Emser
RTF Regional Directors

Pastor’s Pen: Dance Team

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I am delighted to have the opportunity to share with you, my Tabernacle Family, the Ministry I have the pleasure of leading. The Dance Team here at The Tabernacle is an avenue for those with a passion for worship and creative/prophetic movement; for those who desire to participate in a visual demonstration of what God is doing in the midst of us throughout worship.

I love how dance, in so many ways, mimics our lives of faith! A dancer is taught musicality and rhythm from a very young age so that this cadence, much like the beating of our hearts, is the undercurrent of everything they do. From that foundation you begin to breathe in the sounds you hear, the words spoken until your movement mimics that which is all around you. A dancer uses every piece of music from the individual beats to every moment in between… every breath is an opportunity to move; to express how amazing God is! When we function from the cadence of His heart we are better equipped to take every moment of our lives, both good and bad with eyes that see the space and time between them. We are equipped to see HIS perspective so to not be rushed or make rash decisions, but be at perfect peace knowing we can trust Him from the beginning of the dance until the end!

Movement is amazing and life-giving and the Dance Team at The Tabernacle has a heart to worship with the gifts and talents He has placed in us. If you have a gifting in the areas of dance (ballet, jazz, modern, hip hop), flags, and even sewing and wish to use them to Glorify God then I would greatly encourage you to come visit us! We meet every Thursday evening from 6:00 – 9:00pm and have a variety of ways you can participate! Each week the focus is on learning new techniques, reviewing group dances, participating in devotions with the rest of the worship team, and preparing for upcoming times in ministry. Opportunities to dance in ministry include bi-monthly participation in Sunday morning worship, Special Services throughout the year, and more! I am excited to announce that this year we will be introducing a series of workshops that pertain to Dance/Movement to deepen our understanding of our role as worshipers and focus on becoming the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to His guests for their blessing! (2 Timothy 2:21 MSG).

Please contact me at: lvdnc79@yahoo.com to learn more about The Tabernacle Dance Team and to get connected!

Be Blessed!

Danielle Reid-Cofta

Pastor’s Pen: Engage

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Are you ready to ENGAGE? This week hundreds of people will come onto our Campus to take part in the Eagles’ Wings East Coast Conference. Many will have traveled from different States to be part of what is certain to be a destiny-shaping time in the Presence of The LORD! I’m sure you agree that we are privileged to host such a significant gathering and to play such an important role in welcoming the Holy Spirit to fill His Tabernacle. As your Pastor, I’m inviting and encouraging you to do everything possible to ensure that you are part of both the daytime and evening sessions. I’m confident God will respond to your grace-filled effort and meet you during these life-transforming meetings.

With the theme of the Conference being “ENGAGE,” I found several definitions of that word to be revealing. Consider a few of them with me and see if you too can hear something from The Spirit.

Engage (Definitions)

1: to offer something as backing for a cause or aim;
– He engaged his all in the king’s cause.
2: to come together and interlock;
– It is important to engage the gears.
3: to do or take part in something;
– We should engage in healthy activity.
4: to bind someone to do something;
– She is engaged to be married!
6: to hold the attention of;
– He is fully engaged in his work.
7: to enter a contest or battle;
– It’s time to engage the enemy.

As I review the various meanings of the word ENGAGE, my expectancy rises concerning these days we have set aside to be with The LORD. We will gather this week: Bringing our all for the cause of the King; Interlocking our hearts to one another and Binding them to the will of God; We’ll Take Part and Give our full attention to what the Holy Spirit is doing in this hour; and Stand against the powers of darkness in order to see men and women set free from the work of the enemy and fully enter the Kingdom of God!

Well, there you have it! Every reason to determine today that you will ENGAGE your heart and be part of these set days in God’s House. I’m confident The LORD will honor our faith-filled hunger by meeting us personally and powerfully in each of these meetings. Let’s ENGAGE!

Looking forward to being with you,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Wind of the Spirit

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

The wind of the Spirit is blowing among us! The Bible uses images to communicate various aspects of the Holy Spirit’s ministry, including a dove, oil, fire, and not least, wind. None of these symbols alone can express the fullness of the person of the Spirit or His works among men. Likewise, all of them together still fall short of adequately describing the ways of the third person of the Trinity. Yet, there are certain truths God desires to communicate through the use of these earthly pictures.

When we speak of the wind, we refer to something that is totally out of man’s control. The wind cannot be directed by man’s devices nor does it consider man’s pleasure. The Spirit of God is sovereign in His action and cannot be administrated, regulated, or manipulated. The Spirit moves where He will! Jesus taught, “The wind blows wherever it pleases.” (John 3:8). The wind is unpredictable. We plan our outings, trips, or tours, and whisper a prayer, yet the wind may or may not cooperate.

Furthermore, the wind can come with great variation, growing from a gentle breeze to a torrential gale. Once again, the parallels to the Holy Spirit are clear. Sometimes God’s Spirit moves quietly, gently bringing assurance or peace. “The south wind brings calm to the earth” (Job 37:17 NLT). On other occasions, however, the Spirit might sweep through with a strong and overpowering gust of His power. “The north wind produces rain” (Prov. 25:23). So, whether it is gentle or forceful, both expressions are legitimate moves of the Holy Spirit. While each of us has the tendency to favor one expression over the other, we probably need most the one we care for the least.

When the Scriptures uses the emblem of wind, it is usually highlighting the mission of the Spirit as the originator and giver of life. When Nicodemus questioned Jesus as to how a person could be born again, the Lord, in essence, replied, “The wind must blow!” “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8). A person cannot be saved without the quickening power of the Holy Spirit, for there is no spiritual life apart from the blowing of the wind. Beloved, let’s determine to be people of the Wind!

Revived,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Free to Worship

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

This week we will celebrate the founding fathers signing of the Declaration of Independence and the creation of this Nation. While the ideal of freedom is facing monumental challenges in our day, one freedom we continue to enjoy as followers of Jesus is to practice our faith without oppression or persecution. This is clearly not the case in far too many countries in our world where Christians are being arrested, beaten and even murdered because of their allegiance to Christ.

In a recent message, Aaron Derstine of Eagles’ Wings noted, “More Christians have been martyred in this century than all the past centuries combined.” Another ministry, Open Doors, recently concluded that of the past 25 years since they have been chronicling and ranking the political and societal restrictions on religious freedom, the persecution experienced by Christians worldwide in 2016 has been the, “worst year yet.”

Here are a sampling of findings and trends noted by Open Doors:
• Approximately 215 million Christians experience high, very high, or extreme persecution.
• North Korea remains the most dangerous place to be a Christian.
• Islamic extremism remains the global dominant driver of persecution, responsible for initiating oppression and conflict.
• Ethnic nationalism, leading to ethnic cleansing, is fast becoming a major driver of persecution.
• The killings of Christians in Nigeria saw an increase of more than 62 percent.
• Pakistan, the most violent nation, exceeded even northern Nigeria.
• Hitting closer to home, 23 Christian leaders in Mexico and four in Colombia were killed specifically for their faith.
• Asia is a new center of concern, with persecution rising sharply in Bangladesh, Laos, and Bhutan, and Sri Lanka joining the list for the first time.
See https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/world-watch-list

As we celebrate our freedoms this Tuesday, especially our freedom of religion, let us remember our brothers and sisters around the world who are paying the ultimate price for their faith. In particular, please join me in praying for the Church in the Philippines, where in Marawi, approximately 300 miles from Cebu where Bishop Joe and Doreen DiSarno lead a thriving work for God, Islamic militants have killed upwards of 1,000, and more than 300,000 have been displaced. We look forward to hearing a firsthand account of this from Bishop DiSarno when he ministers in each of our morning services on July 16th. Until then, brothers and sisters, PRAY!

Free to worship,

Pastor Jim Ruddy