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February 2019

TAB Blog: Be a People Person

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

If I were to ask you to describe the Apostle Paul, what words would you use? You might respond with, serious, brilliant, logical, reverent, studious, thoughtful, dedicated, driven, committed, or determined, for certainly, each of these words fit the usual picture we have of the man from Tarsus. As you read his letters, Paul doesn’t seem to be the kind of man you would invite to your home for dinner. If you did, you’d probably brush up on your theology beforehand.

Speaking of theology, most of us think of Paul’s letter to the Romans to be his definitive thesis on the matter of salvation and the unfolding of other major doctrines. But surprisingly, the final chapter of Romans, Chapter 16, reveals a very different side of this great apostle. Here, we are given a personal glimpse into Paul’s heart and we discover he had an overwhelming love for people. Paul was a people-person! In fact, in 16 verses Paul mentions 27 different individuals and makes 19 references to greeting or commending these friends. He doesn’t write anything impressive or earthshattering, but it’s fully authentic, as Paul expresses his affection and admiration for others.

Furthermore, the terms Paul uses reflects the fundamental unity of the Church; words like, brother, sister, kinsman, beloved, and fellow-worker. He speaks of being “in Christ,” and “unto Christ,” and “in the Lord,” affirming that the basis of our relationship with one another is found in our union with God through the Messiah’s atoning work. In other words, our ability to properly relate to each other comes because of and through the life that we share in Jesus.

Taken as a whole, this Chapter displays the breadth of the Church. The church at Rome included men and women, Jews and Gentiles, rich and poor, slaves and freedmen, and those from every level of society. The body-life principles of the New Testament call for a unity that is discovered in the midst of great diversity; one that spans the human barriers of race, wealth, social class and ethnic background.

What we learn from Romans 16, even as Paul is helping us to understand the essential doctrines of the Christian faith, is that each of us matter to God and have an essential place in His Kingdom. Paul was a people-person, as we should be. Perhaps the reason Paul could readily call forth so many names was because he frequently mentioned them in his prayers. I hope that we will do the same for one another.

I have you in my heart,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Daily Decisions

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

This is the month we celebrate the birthdays of two of the great Presidents of our country, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. These men were deeply committed to performing the duties of the office of president. One was establishing what this new country was to be and how it would function; the other, some 50+ years later, was committed to preserving the union and abolishing a great injustice in our land. They saw beyond their own comfort and pleasure to the generations that would come behind them. They worked to create a nation that would be a blessing.

Over the last few Sundays, we were privileged to hear messages that have spoken to our conduct in the day we are living. Those of us who have a few more miles on their odometers look at the events with amazement as we consider the changes we have seen in our lifetime and the acceleration that they have occurred. In this ever-changing world, our challenge is to be “wise as serpents, but harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16).

In Isaiah 39, the prophet is speaking with Hezekiah concerning his entertainment of an envoy representing the King of Babylon. It is recorded that Hezekiah was “pleased with him” and he gave the envoy a tour of all his treasures, which was described as everything that he had. This act and admission opened the way for the prophet to bring a strong word of rebuke. He pronounced that all the treasure in the house and all that the fathers had accumulated would be carried into Babylon. Furthermore, some of the sons would be made eunuchs in the palace of the King of Babylon.

Instead of humbling himself in repentance, Hezekiah had an amazing response. “The word of The Lord which you have spoken is good! At least there will be peace and truth in my days.” His response reflected his “broken values.” He cared only for himself and his generation but had no eye toward the future. It may be difficult to understand why a King of Judah would be engaged in this behavior and, when confronted about his behavior, how he could be comforted by the deferred consequences of his behavior. It would seem to me that his confrontation with Isaiah would somehow prompt him to repent and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Daily decisions have tremendous impact on our lives and on the lives of our families, church and communities. There are times when we say things or make decisions out of ignorance, foolishness or other motivation without considering the consequences. How can we guard against having “broken values,” that will lead to a mindset that is only focused on our comfort, entertainment or ease?

As believers, as citizens of His Kingdom, we are to always be mindful of the thoughts we entertain and guard our hearts so as not to compromise what God has placed there or the calling that is upon our lives. As ambassadors, we are to represent the country of our citizenship and our King. His response is to be my response. His perspective is to be my perspective, which can only be accomplished by continuous relationship with the King.

It is easy to think our service probably won’t make a difference in the great scheme of things, but I would encourage you to do whatever you can to represent our King to our families, church, community, and beyond. If we are faithful, we can trust God for the results.

Pastor Allen Baun

TAB Blog: Home Life Groups

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Greetings Tabernacle Family!!

Home Life Groups are about to resume for an eight-week study of Randy Clark’s book, Authority to Heal, and WE NEED YOU! We need you to open your homes to host this study. Please begin by inviting new people into your inner circle and make room for them. We need you to reach out to those who are new to The Tab! Warmly welcome and draw them near, invite them to build relationship with you, and to get connected within your group. We are the glorious Church possessing the love of Christ within our hearts. Our community surely needs what you possess on the inside of you!

It is time for the world to get a glimpse of God’s glory! It is time for the world to discover the power of God that dwells within and rests upon His people! It is time for all who will, to taste and see that the Lord is truly good! His righteous mercy endures forever! It is time to begin bringing in the first fruits of the harvest! Beloved, it is time to bring forth fruit; divine fruit; glorious fruit; much, much, much fruit! “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord.” (Zech. 4:6). Glory Hallelujah!

This study will help us dive deep into the reality of the knowledge of our divine inheritance. Grace and peace are multiplied to us through the knowledge of God. We will yield the fruit of healing and the world will marvel at all the great things God does!

This is how it starts; this great in-gathering of souls; this great harvest that is surely upon our threshold; by knowing our God and walking in our inheritance! It is time to find Him; know Him; experience Him and reveal Him. It is time to walk in the inheritance of healing that He has ordained for us!

It begins with sharing your space and developing lasting relationships; by inviting others into your circle to know the greatness of your God. This is our divine call – to make disciples – and it is through relationship that disciples are made. Father is calling, wooing, and drawing others into our midst. We need to do our part to bring them near, keep them near, and to make disciples who walk in wholeness by the power of their divine inheritance!

Much love,

Sherry Jankowski
Home Group Coordinator

Tab Blog: Dangerous Dreams

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We all have dreams. Things we desire to accomplish. They all begin with just one step, then another, and then another. It sounds easy, but the first step is usually the most difficult one to take. Regardless, big dreams or small dreams, that first step has to be taken. The great news is we are not alone. Dreams are more than just something to be achieved, they are an opportunity to partner with our Creator, the biggest Dreamer of all time. God does not need us to fulfill anything, but He desires to partner with us.

All through the Bible we see examples of this. Noah built a boat for an event he’d never heard of. Moses led an entire race out of Egypt. David went from being a young shepherd to becoming a King. Esther became a queen and saved her people from genocide. Joseph married a young girl who gave birth to our Savior.

Maybe your dream isn’t of “Biblical” proportions, but it is still important to God, and to you. Ever since I can remember, it was my dream to play piano. When I was young, I’d go to my grandmother’s house and pound away on the piano that belonged to my mom when she was a girl. As I went through school, I played other instruments, but nothing came close to that piano. Eventually my mom’s piano became my piano, but lessons were still far away. But then came “that day!” Someone put a message on the 3D Woman Facebook Page offering piano lessons and I responded. When I began lessons five years ago, I was asked what my goal was. My response was, “I wanted to sit in my living room and worship the Lord.”

God has enabled me to meet that very goal and surpass it. Today, I find myself ministering in places I never thought I’d be. God is so good! Remember, the dream is just the beginning. He will take the dream in your heart and not only help you meet it, but even go beyond. Then He will move you into the places He has had waiting for you all along.

What dreams are in your heart? It may not be a dream inside the church walls, but it is no less important. What you need to know is that whatever it is and that whatever stage of life you’re in, God is waiting for you. All you need to do is take that first step.

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.  T.E. Lawrence

Be dangerous!

Living for Him,

Lorri Atkins