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January 2018

Pastor’s Pen: Unity

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Today we have the joy of sharing a Fellowship Meal as we come together for our “Soup and Chili Bowl” immediately following our second morning service. This occasion gives us the opportunity to get to know one another more deeply and connect with those we usually only see in the worship service we attend.

Beyond this, it affords us another way to help ensure that God’s will for His Church is being accomplished; that there be “no division among us” and “no schism in the body.” (1 Cor. 1:10; 12:25). The Early Church had a consciousness of their essential unity that transcended the cultural, material and personal tensions within their various fellowships. They were “in one accord!” (Acts 1:14; 2:1), exhibiting a unified passion to know God and to make Him known.

Because this same expectation is placed upon the Church in our day, we might ask, how is it possible to keep the bond of peace among such a diverse group of people. In Ephesians 4:1-6, the Apostle Paul shares four injunctions for maintaining and preserving unity within the Body of Christ. Notice them with me:

1. WE ARE TO WALK WITH ALL LOWLINESS
This lowliness of mind is the opposite of pride and speaks of having a humble opinion of one’s self. We are to set aside any selfish ambition for the sake of the Body and be willing to limit our liberty for the sake of love.

2. WE ARE TO WALK IN MEEKNESS
Meekness is not timidity or a lack of courage, but rather, it is power under control. This inward grace of meekness toward God is then manifest in the outward grace of gentleness toward men. To walk in meekness is to refuse to exert one’s power to get one’s way.

3. WE ARE TO WALK WITH ALL LONGSUFFERING
That is, we are to be long-tempered or patient. This speaks of the quality of self-restraint exhibited when facing negative circumstances or problem people. It is the refusal to avenge or strike back, even in the face of provocation.

4. WE ARE TO FOREBEAR ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE
While we are to show mutual tolerance toward one another, this speaks of far more than tolerance. While endeavoring to preserve the unity of the Church, we are to celebrate the great diversity God has placed within her.

Today, as you share time at the table with others, enjoy the amazing diversity to the Body of Christ as we celebrate this time of corporate fellowship.

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Pastoral Care

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Hello Tabernacle Family!

I’m grateful to be able to share with you about the ministry that I am honored to be a part of…Pastoral Care! I am happy to be a part of your lives in a very special way and to share in your stories. To be able to support and care for people in times of sadness, loss, and fear, as well as in times of happiness, achievements, and successes is such a privilege. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of what God is doing in you at all stages and seasons, to cry with you, laugh with you, and pray things through together.

Romans 12:4-5 (NIV). “For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

We have a wonderful Pastoral Care team who go above and beyond to make people feel that they are special and that they are a part of our community. The Pastoral Care team ministers to our church family in many ways; by making visits in hospitals, nursing/rehab centers, and homes, by sending cards to members who can no longer attend services, and by making calls throughout the week to connect with people. Pastoral Care also attends to the needs of people interested in being water baptized, having their children dedicated, and we are there for them when they have to walk through a loved one’s funeral, or the excitement of a wedding. This church could not have the impact that it does without the help of the Pastoral Care Team.

If you think you would like to be a part of this ministry, if you have a heart for people and would like to serve them, please call or come by and see me or Pastor Jo Ann. We would love to hear your story, too!

Blessings,

Jamie Procknal

Pastor’s Pen: Fresh Opportunities to Seek the Lord

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Dear Tabernacle family,

As we enter the New Year, we have several fresh opportunities to seek the Lord together in corporate worship, fellowship and the study of God’s Word. As you know, Pastor JoAnn Angelo has begun a new study on the Miracles of Jesus each Sunday morning at 9:00am in the Reid Leadership Center. I know that you will be enriched by sitting under her ministry and learning more about the amazing life and ministry of our Savior.

Next, this past Wednesday evening, I had the joy of opening a brand new study of The Life of David. Although this past week focused on an entire timeline of the Old Testament, showing where David fits into the marvelous story of redemption, this Wednesday night, we will begin our study of David’s life in earnest. We’ll start with an in-depth look at Saul, Israel’s 1st king; his selection by the people and how his disappointing fall from grace opened the door for David to arise, a man after God’s own heart.

Each week, we provide study notes so you can do further study and go deeper in the Word. Also, the services are live streamed on Facebook and you can download the study notes as you are watching.

Our Wednesday evenings are not only about studying the scripture, but also about entering The Tabernacle of David as we pray together and experience the nearness of God‘s presence. I hope you’ll consider joining me as we go further into the Word and the Spirit, learning and growing together as disciples of the Lord.

Finally, let me encourage you to purchase Bishop Robert’s book, “Prepare the Way,” and sign up to join a home group to study together. These choice occasions will give us more opportunity to draw closer to God and to one another.

Thank you for being part of a family that desires to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus. I’m looking forward to an amazing year with you.

Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: The Miracles of Jesus

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Removing the miracles of Jesus from the Gospels would leave gaping holes in the truth of God’s Word. This study is about Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever! Hebrews 13:8. Jesus came with a plan. It was to proclaim the Glory of the Father and to reestablish the Kingdom of God through the manifestation of His divine power in action. It was Heaven touching earth to demonstrate His power and authority. Jesus came to raise up a people who would rule in this Kingdom. Those who were hungry and thirsty for God’s presence and power in their own lives and in the world around them. It was through miracles, signs and wonders that He confirmed the true revelation of the power and glory of God.

Acts 2:22 Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested by God
to you by miracles signs and wonders which God did through Him in your midst.

A Miracle is a supernatural intervention by God into a situation that would not otherwise change (healing, raising the dead). A Sign is a miraculous act that appeals to the understanding (related to fact ‘I saw you under the fig tree’). A Wonder is something strange causing the beholder to marvel (turning water into wine). All three are divine manifestations that indicate a supernatural power at work. Jesus did these things in their midst but not all understood. But, Jesus became the model for all who would accept the invitation to invade the impossible in His name. He performed signs, wonders and miracles as a man in right relationship with God, depending on the Holy Spirit.

It is important for us to remember, Jesus never allowed His supernatural acts to interfere with His prayer life and His devotion to the Father. His miracles were always accompanied by prayers of thanksgiving, giving God all the honor and glory. When He tells us “Greater Works will you do” He is counting on the fact that we understand all miracles that demonstrate power and authority come from the Father and we only access them through prayer, fasting and faith.

In His Name,

Pastor Jo Ann Angelo