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June 2019

TAB Blog: International Fest

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Isaiah 66:18
“It shall be that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and see My glory.”

Hello Tabernacle Family,

Many of you may remember the incredible times our church family shared many years ago at our International Festival. This event was such a beautiful representation of the many cultures that comprise not only our Tabernacle family, but our community and our nation. This year, we are bringing back this tremendous festival to the Tab, July 7th.

Immediately following the 10:00am service on July 7th, we invite you, your family and friends to join us for International Fest 2019. Here you will be able to sample foods and experience arts and cultural presentations from around the world. In addition to the culture food booths, Coyote Cafe Mexican and the Polish Villa food trucks will be joining us! Bounce Nation is also bringing a bounce house, obstacle course and dunk tank to complete the festival fun!

Today, advance sale tickets are available for a significant discount. Come by the table in the Atrium to pre-purchase your food tickets as well as gather more information on all that is going on and how you can become a part!

International Festival is the first of two outreach Festivals that the Worship & Arts ministry of The Tabernacle will be hosting in 2019. The second is our Christmas Festival which will be held December 7 – 8th. This Christmas Fest will feature our Christmas Wonderland and Christmas Musical, “Welcome Home.” So don’t forget to mark your calendars for these two incredible Festivals!

If you are able to volunteer on a deeper level to assist us in either of these events, please let Michael Wulf know at the table in the Atrium today or via email at worship@thetab.org. We would love to have a few more countries represented through food, music, dance or cultural displays. There is also a need for general volunteers, and don’t forget the coming Christmas Festival volunteer opportunities and auction basket donations. Please also consider sponsoring the festivals on a financial level — many levels are available for you to consider on an individual, family or business level.

There is so much to do together as a family to accomplish these incredible Festival Outreaches!

In this coming week when we celebrate the birth of our Nation, we celebrate what truly makes this nation great … that we are a “nation of nations” free to be united in our diversity! So, come celebrate with us, International Festival 2019!

God is truly gathering the nations, and all the peoples here at The Tabernacle … and as Isaiah 66:18 declares, “they shall come and see My glory.” This is our dream — that we would be a multi-cultural gathering place for ALL people, that they would come and truly see His glory!

All for His Glory,
Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: Vote for Jesus

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. – 1 Timothy 2:1-2

In the current political climate of Erie County, the State of New York, the United States of America, and the world as a whole, this is a difficult passage of scripture with which to align. The vitriol used on both sides of the aisle seems averse to “a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.” It is something that sounds good as a stump speech on the campaign trail, but simply impossible. As we go to the polls this Tuesday for the Erie County primaries, let us remember the words of Bishop Robert Stearns, “We’re not to be concerned with the agendas or platforms of the elephant or the donkey. We’re called to be people of The Lamb!”

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. – Romans 12:2

When we vote, we use our God-given free will to voice our needs and values to our elected leaders. Let us be mindful of that and vote in submission to the “perfect will of God.”

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. – Romans 13:1

I find comfort in these words regardless of the outcome of any election. The Apostle Paul is not addressing the rule of the Romans when he wrote this letter. He is chiefly concerned with the understanding and whole submission to the resurrected King Jesus, The Lamb of God. When we understand that Jesus is King over all, we begin to understand the true rendering of “supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks.” These actions are for our elected officials and not simply for compliance with our personal beliefs. It is, instead, the complete submission to our Lord and King, Jesus Christ, Son of God.

I implore you, as your brother, for absolute submission to King Jesus. Vote for Jesus!

With love,

Joshua Ogle

TAB Blog: Happy Father’s Day

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Happy Father’s Day; the day we honor our earthly fathers and worship our Heavenly Father.

Anyone who takes the time to read the Bible will quickly come to understand that the love of God is not presented in some sappy, sentimental way. Instead, God’s love is communicated in the most concrete and tangible terms. For instance, in John’s First Epistle – not his Gospel, but the first of John’s three letters – you’ll find that the Apostle introduces the subject of God’s love in Chapter 2; briefly discusses the love of God in Chapter 3; and then fully explains this love in Chapter 4.

If you hear John’s heart in 1 John, Chapter 3, I believe you’ll see what I’m getting at. “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God.” John starts with the strongest of terms as a way of calling our attention to the way God’s love has been manifest among us. He uses the word “Behold” or “Look.” This word is only used 6 times in the New Testament and it always implies great astonishment. As he considered the love of God, John is gripped with amazement. This love is so unparalleled in human experience that John doesn’t even have words to describe it.

The love of which John speaks is not some impersonal force but finds its source in God. Notice further, that John doesn’t speak of God in indifferent terms, but uses the most intimate title of “Father.” He purposely chose this word to describe the Father-child relationship that is ours through redemption. God is eternally the Father of Jesus Christ, and through Jesus, He is our Father. Through Jesus we receive the Father’s love and are called children of God. What an honor! God calls us His children and then gives us the assurance that as his children we are heirs and co-heirs with Jesus Christ. This thought is simply too great for John to wrap his head and heart around, so all he can do is declare, “Behold!”…“what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” (NIV). And that is what we are!

Please note that becoming a child of God is not something that is reserved for some future day, but it is the description of what we already are – presently! This is not a promise from God that will be fulfilled in “the great bye-and-bye,” but it describes the status those of us who have come to God through faith in Jesus already enjoy. “Dear friends, now we now God’s children.” (1 Jn. 3:2), and as such, we are entitled to all of the rights and privileges our adoption entails, all because we have come to know God as our Father!

In the Father’s Love,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Towards a Greater Awakening

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Throughout history, the great revivals were preceded by a “great awakening.” This was a time when men and women of deep faith shook off the slumber of mediocrity and compromise, and sounded a clear call to repentance, holiness, and the love of God for lost humanity.

Did you know the first Great Awakening in our nation started in New Jersey?

In the 1720’s Theodore Frelinghuysen, a minister in New Jersey, was shocked by the deadness of the churches in America. He, along with another New Jersey pastor, Gilbert Tennent, preached the need for conversion and a profound, life-changing commitment to Christ. They saw many make commitments to Christ and eventually news of this awakening reached Jonathan Edwards and George Whitfield. Whitfield was used by the Lord as revival swept through the colonies, preaching to over 30,000 in one meeting.

Why the history lesson? Could it be that God is about to do something even greater?

This July 10 – 13, Eagles’ Wings is hosting the East Coast Conference in New Jersey, close to the very area where Frelinghuysen and Tennet would have preached. Now in its 26th year, ECC has been used by the Lord to sound a prophetic call to the nation.

This year’s theme is “Awake.” If we are indeed on the verge of another great move of God in our land, then it would seem that we must first have a “great awakening.” We are believing that this East Coast Conference is part of that sound of awakening.

You are invited to participate in this unique moment as the Body of Christ from across the nation comes together to cry out for the “greater things” that God wants to do. With special guest Micah Wood from the RAMP, Julie Meyer, the Fitt brothers, and of course Bishop Robert and the Eagles’ Wings team it promises to be a powerful time of fresh outpouring.

Prayerfully consider if you are supposed to join us this July 10 – 13 in Cranford, NJ. Then visit eagleswings.org/ecc19 (use code: TAB25 for special Tab-only 25% discount) or call 1-800-519-4647 for more information. It’s time for a greater awakening!


Stephen Jenks

TAB Blog: A New Chapter

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.” Matthew 11:12. It’s not a mindset of comfort, but a willingness to do what is necessary.

We allow our failures to become our identity. My life with God is not based on my failures. Peter’s failure on the night of Jesus’ trial was simply horrible. In the hour of his Lord’s greatest anguish, Peter denied even knowing him. He had no idea how weak he really was. Peter allowed his failures to define him and Peter assumed his name was disqualified… the “Yea, but…”

I find it’s so easy to talk about the promises of God but it can be hard to experience them coming to pass. Why is this? I have found the biggest thing that keeps me stuck is the thought of, “This is where I messed up before.” We allow previous chapters of our life to write our next chapters.

How do we start a new chapter? Everything you have gone through made you who you are today and God wants to use you. Leave the past in the past. Your past can never break you through. Stop being the victim of your own story. You are the VICTOR. Although I may be down, I don’t have to stay down. Determine what’s next in your story. Who do you want to be and what do you want to accomplish? To be more convinced at who God says I am than how the past tries to define me. I am ABSOLUTELY convinced that this time is THE TIME! Start writing your TODAY. Right now. What am I going to do at this moment? What am I going to choose to believe? Whose voice am I listening to?

What is ahead of you is better than what is behind you. Today is the day to start a new chapter. It takes courage. The definition of courage is mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty. It’s bravery in the face of fear… NOT in the absence of fear.

The God who made the promise will fulfill it! “He will be standing firm like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life. He is never dry, never fainting, ever blessed, ever prosperous.” Psalm 1:3 Lord you are enough. Christ in me. I am enough.

May God Ignite Your Heart,

Cheri Leight
Creative Marketing Director