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August 2019

Tab Blog: A People Devoted

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“They committed themselves to the teaching of the apostles, the life together, the common meal, and the prayers.”

Acts 2:42 The Message

I love how Eugene Peterson translated this verse as it embodies my heart’s desire for the Tabernacle, for Orchard Park, for Buffalo, for New York, and for our nation. I pray, day and night, that we would be a people devoted to the teachings of our Father God. When we live life with one another, breaking bread and praying with each other, we learn how to better love our brother and sister. We all come from different places, cultures and backgrounds. Jesus’ own disciples were very different from one another. From humble fishermen to an affluent tax collector, they came together, lived life together, broke bread together, prayed together, and loved one another. God has created each and everyone of us in His Image, Imago Dei. Let us find out what giftings and callings we each have been given and celebrate them together.

Today is our All-Church Picnic and it is a great day to put this verse into action. We have an opportunity to celebrate with each other over a delicious meal. We have an opportunity to commit our lives to one another. I encourage you to find yourself in this passage of scripture and become a part of the living and active component of the Word of God. As we gather together today after service, find someone and begin to live life together. As Bishop Robert has taught us, let us be slow to speak and eager to listen.
As we join together in celebration of our church and our community let us ponder the words of Coretta Scott King, “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

With love and devotion,
Joshua Ogle

Tab Blog: Generals of the Faith

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Hello Tab Family!

This year I felt the Lord prompt us to dig into revival history and the Generals of the Faith of the last 200 years that God has used to build the church of our generation!  Our Sunday nights have been filled with not only education but the depths of understanding of the Prophetic History that has gone before us & what we are picking up by the Spirit today … we are about to see the greatest Awakening the world has ever known!  Let’s get that in our spirit today!!!

One of these generals we studied was TL & Daisy Osborn, and their successor & daughter, LaDonna Osborn.  This family was very special to the mine, as my Dad walked alongside the Osborne’s and I was ordained under LaDonna’s prayer and impartation.

Dr. Osborn was the first missionary evangelist to go to open fields or parks, in non-Christian nations, to proclaim Christ and to pray for miracles as proof that He is alive. Today it has become standard procedure. The Osborn DocuMiracle films and videos in 70 languages have been shown in thousands of villages and towns in one hundred and fifteen nations, influencing millions to believe the Gospel. The Osborn National Missionary Assistance Program has sponsored over 30,000 national men and women as full time Missionaries to un-evangelized tribes and villages — Over 30,000 missionaries — and over 150,000 churches have been established through this unparalleled ministry.

Their mission, simple — Proclaim Christ and Pray for miracles as proof that He is alive! The fervency of the Osborn’s conviction compelled them, and the miracles followed!  This picture shows the devices left behind at a crusade after thousands left healed! The Osborn’s mantle as forerunners of the worldwide crusade movement has the scripture engrained upon it, “All things are possible if thou canst only believe, Mark 9:23.”

Why not today??? Why not here??!!!  Why not now??!!

Today we stand upon this prophetic history!  In fact, we stand on 6,000 years of supernatural prophetic history!  God is releasing this and other supernatural mantles upon our generation.  May we arise and step into this dimension of faith and wear well the Osborne mantle of “All things are possible!”  Today, no matter what you are facing, or what we corporately are facing as the body of Christ, we CAN believe and see that nothing is impossible! God is still the God of profound miracles!

With great expectancy,

Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: Our Lives are Significant

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

It is not necessary to be a “news junkie” to recognize that we are living in tumultuous times, where there are seemingly more questions than answers, and more incidents than resolutions. We struggle as we attempt to reconcile our basic values with the rapid erosion of our communities, and institutions that have offered hope and the prospect of a better time.

Our world is marked by human beings striving to find identity and fulfillment. Is it any wonder when we are constantly being reminded that we are incomplete or defective in some way unless we use certain products, wear certain clothing attire, or live a lifestyle that is fantasy, and unsustainable?

We have believed our professors, and political representatives, who tell us that there is this world that is available for us with minimal restrictions upon the seeker. This is advanced by pressure to earn another degree, or have “new” legislation enacted that will remedy the problem.

We tend to measure our self-worth by how our work is valued; multitudes measure their worth by their earnings. In such an environment, a shadow is cast upon the person at the lower end of the pay-scale, which is often discouraging and can also make them vulnerable to unscrupulous individuals, ready to exploit them for self-serving ends.

Our lives are significant, even if they don’t appear that way to the world.

Attempts to exile God from our culture have disclosed that there is a severe consequence to this approach. We can march for human rights and express concern over mistreatment of our environment and cruel treatment of animals. At the same time, we give little value to a person based on performance only, not on reason.

Our passion for human worth is established on the basis of a Christian world view. God has established human dignity because He assigned worth to man and woman. Our origin is not an accident, but a profoundly intelligent act by the eternal One, who has stamped His image on each person. If there is no divine glory, there is no human dignity.

What can you do?

Believe that God is sovereign and is not taken by surprise, nor has He relinquished control.

Receive the revelation of who you are, and walk humbly before God in that knowledge.
What is man that You are mindful of him and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.” — Psalm 8:4-5

Believe you are the person that God says you are. You have purpose and a destiny. You carry the answer for the world’s needs.

Recognize that you are an ambassador representing God and His Kingdom to this world, and He has equipped you for every situation; Pray for a spiritual awakening in our nation that will touch every area of our culture; and pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

In His Service,
Pastor Allen Baun

TAB Blog: Find Yourself in God’s Story

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Good Morning Tabernacle Family!

In prayer and in the creative process, the mind and the heart, the intellect and the intuition, the conscious and the subconscious stop fighting each other as they often do and collaborate. As two people do who know each other, who love each other. And if the love of the two people is a gift, a totally unmerited gift, so is the union of mind and heart.

When we try to control our lives totally with the self we think we know, self-awareness is inhibited. Instead of owning and understanding our emotions, we ask God to “take them away.” Instead of seeing shame or guilt as an opportunity to understand ourselves better, we pray for them to somehow magically leave. Or we simply avoid time alone so that we don’t have to face these feelings at all. We can even use otherwise “good” activities, like Bible study, small groups, or church work to stay far away from what we really think and feel.

You can’t heal what you don’t acknowledge. You can’t transform what you’ve pretended doesn’t exist. There’s a time and a place for speaking truth to ourselves and loved ones when we’re struggling. Emotions are not the enemy. Anger. Sadness. Guilt. Fear, even Shame are cues. They need our attention and understanding.

Become aware. Allow yourself to experience the beautiful and sometimes messy collaboration of your heart and intellect. Find yourself in your story. In God’s story. Because what you do and who you are matters.

Lord, even when your path takes me through the valley of deepest darkness, fear will never conquer me, for you already have! You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way. Your authority is my strength and my peace. The comfort of your love takes away my fear. I’ll never be lonely, for you are near… So why would I fear the future? For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life. (Psalm 23 4,6)

Blessings,

Cheri Leight
Creative Marketing Director