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March 2019

TAB Blog: The Face Of Jesus Christ

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Thank you for your generous commitment to our “Let there Be Light” initiative. We continue to believe the Lord for His abundant blessing as we walk together to Easter.

In Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle celebrates the freeing power of the Gospel he is privileged to declare. “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). What is Paul referring to here? He’s quoting from Genesis, Chapter 1, where there was darkness and chaos and confusion; and the Spirit of God brooding over the water like a mother hen ready to bring something to life. “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light” (Gen. 1:3) – and Creation began to spring forth! Paul quotes Genesis 1 and says, “The God who spoke into the darkness of the original creation and called forth light…; that same God has spoken into the darkness of our hearts, by the light of who He really is, revealed in the face of Jesus Christ. And when He spoke that into our darkness, a New Creation sprang forth!”

What is this light that we have received? It’s the light of revelation! It’s the light of truth! It is the light that dispels all darkness and delusion; the light that erases the errors, the falsehoods, the half-truths and the untruths we had believed concerning the person of God and imparts to us illumination concerning the true knowledge of the LORD!

Where is this light of the knowledge of the glory of God found? It’s found “in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). “In the face…” is a Hebrew expression. “The face” is representative of all that a person is; the totality of their being. So, we meet God, the real God, “in the face,” – in the person – of Jesus Christ! It is in the unveiled face of Jesus Christ that we see the glory of God. The glory of God is all that He is! It is the fullness of His essence; the composite of His nature and attributes; the full representation, expression and manifestation of God!

Beloved, whatever faulted ideas we may have had about God are corrected when we meet God in the person of Jesus Christ. Whatever distorted images of God we had arrived at are corrected when we receive the light of revelation that shines through the face of the Lord Jesus Christ!

Let There Be Light!

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Let There Be Light!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Many of us walked together during our “Journey Capital Stewardship Campaign” (May 2015 – May 2017) which helped raise the funding to address some pressing needs of our buildings and grounds. While we were able to complete a fair amount of improvement and upgrades, a major area that was left untouched was that of technological advancement. In order to address this most important focus, it is my joy to introduce our “Let There Be Light!” initiative.

This theme, “Let There Be Light!” addresses two critical areas in need of development. First, in a physical sense, there is a great need to enhance our Worship Center platform lighting. Improving this area, along with several other important advancements, will provide a more engaging experience for those who attend our services, as well as that of our ever-growing local, national and international online audience.

“Let There Be Light!” also speaks to the powerful revelation of God’s Word emanating from this House, going to the region, nation, and nations of the world. Through this initiative, the Reid Leadership Center will be fitted with the physical and technological upgrades enabling us to properly record teachings, seminars and equipping sessions that will be shared with others who hunger for the truths coming from this ministry.

Beginning today and continuing through Easter Sunday, April 21st, we invite you to partner financially with us in this important advancement. Join us in believing for gifts totaling $45,000 that will go a long way in providing these necessary upgrades. In order to achieve this goal, we are asking everyone who looks to The Tabernacle for ministry and inspiration, as members, adherents or friends, to make the “Let There Be Light!” initiative a matter of focused, sacrificial giving, over and above your regular tithes and offerings.

To assist us, beginning today, and continuing through Easter, our Project Offerings will be designated for our “Let There Be Light!” initiative. However, please know that you can give toward this advancement in any of our regular offerings or through any of our online giving portals. Simple choose the “Let There Be Light!” online giving option or write “Let There Be Light!” on your offering envelope.

Thank you in advance for your faithful response and partnership in this important initiative. We look forward to seeing these areas of ministry enhanced and the testimony of this Church advanced through the generous gifts of God’s people.

In the Light of His Love,

Bishop Robert Stearns

TAB Blog: Catch the Momentum to Glory

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Recently, God has been moving and speaking to our Youth and Young Adults in such a specific way. We have been seeing students radically transformed through coming to faith, receiving the Holy Spirit, releasing the things of the world, etc. He is tugging on hearts to continue to lay down and surrender everything to Him. There’s an invitation being sent to live a life completely sold out to Him.

As I’ve seen the Lord take us into this season, I’ve felt an underlying theme and challenge for myself. “Am I willing to lay down my life and take the steps to get caught up in the fierce currents of His living waters? Will I crucify my flesh because of the way Jesus was crucified for me? What is it that is holding me back from my first love, from running alongside the Father hand in hand?”

All of the earth is groaning with expectancy for Jesus to return. Time is continuing to advance and nothing can stop the Lord’s kingdom from coming. The Lord is preparing hearts for the approaching times and aligning things the way they need to be aligned. I’m continually challenged as I ask myself, “Am I willing to get completely caught up in this Holy momentum?” “Do I believe that nothing else will satisfy my heart, the way that obedience to the call of God will?”

There’s no formula to this call; and it’s by far nothing close to an easy, one and done decision. My prayer for our house, for our ministries, and for each person today is that we can begin to enter into His Holy momentum to glory. May we be able to make the decision each day to lay down our priorities, our emotions, our preferences, and lay them at the Father’s feet.

There’s a Holy momentum to glory that is happening all around us. It’s our choice to acknowledge it and it’s our choice on how deep we want to go into it.

With many blessings,

Andrew Thiel
Young Adults Director

TAB Blog: Your Tabernacle Family

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I am passionate about my Tab family. I love to be together as we seek the Lord; worshiping, praying, laughing, crying, encouraging and living-out our friendships. When I am away, I look forward to coming back. I have felt the very pulse, the breathing in and out of The Tab. The souls who have gone before us are exhaled in a gust of breath. While the new people enter in with the inhale. Holy Spirit leads us forward along pathways that intersect through each life. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37: 23). As the new and the old are exchanged, Holy Spirit is intricately performing, conducting and directing our steps. As if we were in a majestic orchestra, each of our sounds are melodically spaced and timed. Our heart cries are tuned together. Holy Spirit searches the heart, so intimately. In this house, “what affects me directly, will affect us all indirectly” (MLKing Jr).

Our Kairos Bookstore continues to be an exciting place of Holy Spirit movement. Someone is always stepping in and blessing us. They reach for me, right over the counter, to speak kind words over me. They stop me in my path to tell me how blessed they feel when they are there. “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bring good tidings” (Is. 52:7).

I have grown so much through worship and prayer. My attitude and understanding have changed. I remember going up for altar calls and I would be drawn into the arms of Pastor Wanda. I just couldn’t understand why each time I saw her she would say, “I love you, I love you.” At first, I would think, Oh, how kind; how sweet she is to me. The same thing kept happening to me each time as she would repeat how she loved me, whispering in my ear. I would think, “She just doesn’t know me or the sins I have committed in my past. If she knew she wouldn’t think this way about me.” More time went by at the altar and I found myself believing that she really did love me. I have learned about the love God gave to her for me. It’s agape love. It is a wonderful, cleansing, life-filling love. I am so grateful to know: “I am the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 5:21). I am worthy of God’s love. I am valued by God.

In Ladies Bible Study, we have been listening to Pastor Wanda interpret bible verses intermixed with her life experiences. Her words are a voice of wisdom to us as if the wisdom were seeds attached to a dandelion in its seed-stage, soft and white, and ready to fly off. Holy Spirit breathes on it and POOF the wisdom floats all around the room to each one of us.

We are so blessed to experience God’s love within the breath and pulse of this house. “You are all over; You are all around; You are inside; This is life; This is life.” (Song: This Love) Take time to experience and dwell in the life-flow of our house here at The Tab.

Ann Crinzi, Kairos Bookstore Manager

TAB Blog: Our Covenant God – The Covenant and The Kingdom

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The Bible reveals the Covenant bond between God and His people to be the most powerful personal relationship we could ever experience. In ancient times, Covenants were solemn binding agreements, honored above all other contracts. Making a Covenant represented the total commitment of one person to another unconditionally and eternally. As you follow the thread of God’s Covenant woven throughout the Bible, you’ll discover everything God does in your life is based on His Covenant Word and His Covenant promises to you.

Alongside this theology of Covenant God also offers to us the theology of the Kingdom. While covenant is the promise of God, Kingdom is the rule of God over all of His creation. The elements of kingdom theology are: there is a King, God Himself and while He has the authority to act, He expresses His authority through people who choose to follow His Son and through the anointing of the Holy Spirit carry the responsibility of representing Him. It is a “Servant Kingdom” that does not come within the realm of natural understanding, but it is spiritually discerned. For us, access to the Kingdom comes through being in Covenant relationship with God and being responsible representatives of God in the earth through the authority given to us by Jesus. So, the specific purpose of Covenant promises, made between God and man, is for them to be vehicles that carry the express purposes and desires of God for mankind individually and corporately.

When you understand how thoroughly the dynamic concept of Covenant permeates everything God says and does in your life, you’ll come to experience one of the most stabilizing relationships you will ever have with Him, because God is a Covenant-making, Covenant-keeping, Covenant-revealing God. When you understand the concept of the Kingdom of God being righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, you will understand the words of Jesus “The Kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21.

May we always be a people of Covenant and Kingdom,

Pastor Jo Ann Angelo