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April 2019

TAB Blog: At the Altar

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Hello Tabernacle Family,

I am so excited for the season that we are in. Throughout the years, we have had significant points of time when God visited The Tabernacle in a supernatural way – each specific time released another layer of the church’s mantle into its destiny.

I believe we are in another pivotal moment of time that God has destined specifically for The Tabernacle. As this starts to unfold in the multi-faceted dimension God has destined, I want to talk to you about what’s in my heart, The Altar and the significance it plays in the time we are now in.

There are many amazing testimonies of things already happening at the altar as God’s Presence floods like a river and creates an atmosphere that overflows healing, salvation and breakthroughs each and every week. The majority of the time it’s without the laying on of hands or prophesying, which both are amazing and God definitely uses them, but being soaked and drenched in His Presence at the altar can change the course of your life.

What would take 20 years of counseling…
God can do in one moment of His Presence.
Sickness and disease….Healed in one moment of His Presence.
Hurt and pain physically or emotionally…
set free in one moment of His Presence.

When we are in worship and the Holy Spirit is flooding the sanctuary, I want to invite you to come up to the altar and let Him saturate you in a way that literally will take you from Glory to Glory. It might be uncomfortable at first, but I’d like to provoke your thinking a bit here…what if we physically become the first fruit offering and offer ourselves to Him as we come to the altar and give Him our sacrifice of praise, making it simply about loving on Him. Not in what we need or want, but we go to the altar purposefully with the intent of loving on Him in praise, worship or just standing there in silence with our hearts outstretched to Him.

Praise and worship from our pews is awesome, but what could happen when we step out of our comfort zone and partake in the tangible outpouring of the Holy Spirit, each one of us jumping in the river together, shutting off our minds and thoughts and just engage our hearts to loving Him? What do you think this does to God’s love tank when we come corporately to the altar as one tribe with the sole intention to love on the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, the Great I Am, the Alpha and Omega?

Let’s find out the significance together as we jump into a new paradigm of the River – as one tribe.

See you at the altar,

Sue Morino
CovNet Administration
House of Prayer Leadership

TAB Blog: Let There Be Light this Resurrection Day

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Happy Resurrection Day!

Today, in the Season of Passover, we celebrate Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the dead, the beginning of the New Creation, and the assurance of the believer’s future bodily resurrection! This is truly a day to rejoice in the breaking forth of The Light of the world!

In the beginning, God spoke into darkness and chaos, issuing His powerful command, “Let there be light!” (Gen. 1:3). In a similar way, in Jesus’ resurrection, God has again declared, “Let there be light!” In that moment there burst forth a tremendous eruption of light, as before the Risen One, the tomb was thrown open and Death itself was conquered. Since that first resurrection morning, God’s Light has continued to spread throughout the world, moving onward toward that perfect Day when, “the dead in Christ will rise” (1 Thess. 4:16). Beloved, we have a future and a hope!

Proverbs 4:18 tells us, “The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.” In a very real sense Jesus’ resurrection was “like the first gleam of dawn.” Now, His Light is continuing to shine “ever brighter” until that day when all chaos will have been transformed into cosmos – an orderly, harmonious, systematic universe!

As you study the Old Testament, you see that God’s Word (The Torah) was understood to be like light coming from God, intending to illuminate all humanity. Psalm 19 compares God’s Word to the sun (v4-6), rising to separate light from darkness, truth from error, and good from evil (v7-14). This is the reason The Torah is so deeply cherished by the Jewish People and should be by Christians as well. We recognize that the Word of God is present in a Person – Jesus! He is The Word made flesh (Jn. 1:14). He is the True Light that all humanity needs: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men!” (Jn. 1:4); “That was the true Light which, coming into the world, gives light to every man!” (Jn. 1:9).

Surely, in His resurrection from the dead, Jesus has emerged as The Light of the world. His radiance will never dim, and in fact, will shine “ever brighter” until all mankind witnesses the glory of God from one end of the earth to the other. What began as “the first gleam of dawn” will ultimately culminate in “the full light of day,” with the earth having been saturated with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD! (Hab. 2:14).

Let there be Light!

Bishop Robert Stearns

TAB Blog: Shining His Light

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Because of your generous, sacrificial giving, we are well on our way to achieving the goals of our “Let There Be Light” initiative. By God’s grace, we will also fulfill our individual roles of being shining lights of God’s love to our region, nation and the nations of the world. As a way of encouraging us toward this end, Jesus instructed His first disciples, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).

I’m sure you would agree that it is impossible to exaggerate the depths of darkness that engulf our present world. Sadly, but as God surely foresaw, the sin of man runs rampant in the earth, bringing multiplied heartaches and heartbreaks to every home, family and life. No one stands outside the shadow that sin has brought upon God’s creation.

Yet, it is into this world that God sends us as His luminaries. We are sent to proclaim God’s light to a world engulfed in darkness. Believers in Jesus are not called to hide from this darkened culture or cower in our church buildings and shine our lights in each other’s eyes. Instead, Jesus commissioned us to, “go into all the world” (Mark 15:15-16), and commanded us to let our, “light so shine before men.”

Yes, we are to let our light shine, but the truth is, we have no light in and of ourselves. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12), so think of it this way: He is the Son, and we are His moons! We know the moon has no light of its own. It is simply a piece of dead rock that reflects the light of the sun upon the earth. So too, as “God’s moons” His light is reflected through our lives upon a darkened world. You and I have only one light – the Lord Jesus Christ, and there is no darkness so thick that His powerful light cannot penetrate and prevail! In fact, the blacker the darkness, the brighter our light will shine.

The ultimate purpose in shining our light is not to bring attention to ourselves. Instead, our light, which Jesus describes as the good works we do, are to magnify the grace and power of God by pointing people to Him. This is our goal in advancing our “Let There Be Light” initiative; so, thank you for all you are doing to see this come to pass.

Shining forth,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Truth of God’s Salvation

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Thank you for your sacrificial investment in our “Let There Be Light” initiative. Together, we are becoming a shining light of revelation to our region, nation and the nations of the world.

In his Gospel, Matthew tells us, “And leaving Nazareth, Jesus came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is by the sea, in the regions of Zebulun and Naphtali, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.” (Mt. 4:13-16)

The Tribes of Zebulon and Naphtali occupied the most northern lands allotted to the people of Israel when they conquered Canaan during the time of Joshua. Through the years, because of their distance from Jerusalem, they had a more difficult time maintaining their connection to the rest of the people and were exposed to a myriad of foreigners who passed through their borders. “The way of the sea” was the Roman Road that connected Damascus, Syria with Caesarea on the Mediterranean coast; a branch of which went along the west bank of Galilee through Bethsaida and Capernaum.

The lands of Zebulon and Naphtali were humbled in that they were the first to fall to the Assyria armies when they invaded Israel during Isaiah’s time. Many of the inhabitants were deported and intermingled / intermarried with those from pagan cultures; and by the time of Jesus, Galilee was geographically and politically cut off from Jerusalem and had a predominately Gentile population. In fact, the Galileans were regarded by Judeans as uncultured and irreligious, and there is plenty of evidence to show the strained relations that existed between the two provinces (See John 7:40-43, 52).

Yet, it is this region and this people that God chooses to visit with the dawning of the age of redemption through the coming of His Son. In despised Galilee; a place where the people lived in darkness, without the religious advantages of Jerusalem and Judah; far removed from the center-of-power of the Jewish-religious-machine; in the land where death’s shadow and darkness were most dense; the light of God’s King and God’s Kingdom began to break forth.

Today, we joyfully affirm that the Light of the World which dawned upon Galilee of the Gentiles has reached to us, and is now shining through us, illuminating the truth of God’s salvation for all who believe.

Let it shine!

Pastor Jim Ruddy