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TAB Blog: Covenant Relationship

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I hope you have been enjoying this wonderful summer season. Here in WNY, summer weather seems to come and go so quickly. Soon, we will be making changes in our routines to accommodate the activities associated with the changing seasons; all while we seek to enjoy every last bit of summer that we possibly can.

At The Tabernacle, we are also preparing for another year, when the various ministries resume normal activities. One of those activities is the class titled “Discovering Church Membership,” which begins September 9, 2018. Whether you have recently determined to make The Tabernacle your place of worship or you have been part of this congregation for a longer period, you are invited to attend this class and discover the importance of this step.

The Church is created and designed by God to provide spiritual development and care for believers. It also provides a community of faith through which the gospel is proclaimed and, in every generation, His will advanced. The Tabernacle is a living community of covenantal relationships centered around prayer and worship. God calls us to live in this type of harmony with each other so we can live in unity with Him. Have you considered entering into covenant membership at The Tabernacle?

There is a journey into Covenant Relationship, which is illustrated in the structure of Herod’s Temple. Each of the courts represent a portion of the journey, drawing us closer to the Holy of Holies, drawing us closer to God.

• The Court of the Gentiles Connection
• The Outer Court Cooperation
• The Inner Court (The Holy Place) Commitment
• The Holy of Holies Covenant

On September 9th a new Discovering Church Membership class will begin at 9:00am in the Atrium classroom (“the Matthew Room”). In the 8 weekly sessions, we will meet for approximately 45 minutes to discover the significance of membership. We will discuss the role that you have in building a healthy church.

If you are interested in more information and signing up for the class, there are information packets in the Atrium that contain a document, “Getting to Know You.” Please complete that information and give it to a pastor or staff member. An alternative is to call the church office at 675-2888 and speak to the receptionist and a packet will be sent to you. If I can answer any questions for you, please contact me at my office either by phone at
712-1708 or email at bauna@thetab.org.

Please let us know if you are considering attending this class. It will help us in our planning.

In His Service,

Pastor Al Baun

TAB Blog: Become Like Little Children

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Good morning!

I hope everyone has been having an amazing summer. I am excited to share with you for the first time in this way since coming on staff! We are gearing up for All Star Kids Camp starting tomorrow! Please pray that God’s Spirit is very present among the kids and our amazing team! I pray that each child who is with us experiences and gets to know Jesus more and more each day!

In Matthew 18:3 Jesus says “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV) This verse is on my heart during this time. Not only are we to teach children, we are to be like them as well. It has been a huge blessing for me to be a part of the lives of many Tab Kids so far. Furthermore, it is truly amazing to see how they trust God and know God’s Word. When Jesus says for us to “change and become like children,” it strikes me that we all used to be children. He is pointing out that we have already made a “change” and stopped being as children. Children are trusting; they are forgiving; they are eager to learn and explore. They are even, at times, extremely fun to be around! I think Jesus is reminding us to be trusting of Him, to forgive each other and ask for forgiveness, to be eager to learn from God and to remember that God can be fun too!

As a proud father of two boys, I reflect on how they act towards me. Being a parent or grandparent shows a wonderful reflection sometimes of how we need to be towards God. My youngest son often times will come running into the room and jump into my arms; totally trusting I will catch him. He is trusting that he is safe when blindly leaping. He is believing that I will not allow him to fall. While I am a fallen person and sometimes will make mistakes, Jesus will never let us down. If only we can trust Him in that way and know that He will not let us go; we may even find ourselves enjoying those moments when He calls us to jump.

Special thanks for Jen Cupicha and Pastor Aimee as they have been a huge blessing during this time leading up to Kids Camp. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for us all!

Blessings,

Pastor Adam

TAB Blog: The Will of God

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

As I write, I am hiding in my office from 117-degree heat in Phoenix, Arizona. I will be at The Tab this Sunday enjoying cooler weather and worshipping together. Can’t wait to be with you.

Many people have asked me recently how I am doing after so much loss and change in the last 4 years. My answer is “I AM LIVING MY BEST LIFE NOW.” The ‘perfect will of God’ is always the most blessed and productive place to be and I am there.

I was destined for global missions and thrilled to be on mission for Jesus and often doing that with The Tab church family.

Savant Inc is the organization that serves me as I serve the Lord. The mandate is to awaken, inspire, energize, and mobilize both established and emerging women leaders into mission for Christ; to attain a broad global intellect and fulfill their destiny! Through Savant, I call them to wholeness and to use, without reserve, the empowerment of their Holy Spirit giftings: to be on board in the grass roots movement of women “gifted to go” and “powered by the Ghost” on mission during these exciting last days. In so doing, I speak publicly, teach, hosts trips, mentor young women and men and help emerging leaders launch ministry organizations and capture opportunities.

So many miracles. Least of all a new opportunity to go to Africa (Angola) next month and minister to abused and neglected women; to see them healed and empowered through the blood of Christ. I will be doing this by preaching the “Unfinished Love” Story. The amazing account of my “Jesus purchased miracle” out of deep grief, loss and sorrow to reconstructed thinking, restored joy, youthful strength and renewed purpose. This incredible miraculous triumph is a story that begs to be told so those stuck in debilitating sorrow can achieve healing, freedom and fully recapture their destiny.

I am stoked about teaching at Tab Life Institute next week to share the story – “Missions Movements that CHANGED the World.” Please join us. Stay connected with me via Facebook: Lavon Reep or Savant Inc, or by email to: lavonreep@gmail.com

In His Name,

Lavon Reep

TAB Blog: Evangelism Training

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Hello Tabernacle Family!

I would like to invite you to come to our first Prophetic and Power Evangelism Training on Friday evening, July 27th beginning at 7:00pm in the Reid Leadership Center.

The first time someone asked me if I wanted to go evangelize I was terrified! When I thought of the word “evangelism,” I pictured a person standing on the street corner telling everyone they were going to hell. Why would I want any part of that? I also had fears of being rejected. What if I walked up to someone and they laughed at me or made fun of me? What if God didn’t show up? These fears seemed very real to me, but when I stepped over the chicken-line and stopped letting fear paralyze me, I learned that people are so hungry to experience the supernatural power and love of God.

The truth is evangelism is all about spreading the love of Jesus to a world that is hurting. My goal is not to see how many people I can convert or pressure into saying a salvation prayer. My goal is to let each person see a glimpse of the Father’s love. Each person we reach out to is being invited into a love encounter with the Father, and we have the privilege to be a part of that.

The Truth of God is always speaking. During the training we will use an evangelism tool called “Treasure Hunting” which makes it easy and fun to see how God is speaking. I know we bless the people that we minister to, but it is also rewarding for us to be used by God and see the way He shows up every time.

I invite you to join us for the Prophetic and Power Evangelism Training on July 27th. Whether you are a seasoned evangelist or scared to death like I was, come join us! We will talk about overcoming fears, different ways to hear Gods voice, evangelism strategies and share testimonies of what God is doing.

I promise you it will be fun and God will show up! He is a good Father and loves to show off for His Children!

Blessings,

Tyanne Seiler

TAB Blog: One Thing I Desire

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

What a wonderfully refreshing time we have had over the past four days basking in the Presence of God! How grateful we are to Bishop Robert and the entire Eagles’ Wings Team for allowing us to host the annual East Coast Conference here at The Tab!

As you know, this year’s theme has been “Fire and Presence,” and certainly we have experienced the reality of these words as we’ve worshipped in a spirit of grace and unity. I’m happy to say, we’re not finished but have this LORD’s Day to continue in each of our services with the same heart and mind. And, in fact, we won’t be finished once this day comes to conclusion, for we are called to live our lives each day in the Presence of The LORD! This desire is what the Psalmist David had in mind when he wrote, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” (Ps. 27:4)

We know from Scripture that King David had a wonderful desire to walk with God and desired to build a house for The LORD. He was familiar with the Tabernacle of Moses, yet he desired a more permanent dwelling place. Although he was never permitted to erect the Temple, he was allowed to gather the building materials and make the preparations for its construction. David never saw the Temple in Jerusalem, instead, it was his son, Solomon, who ultimately saw the Temple completed. Even though the Temple had yet to be built, David envisioned it and expressed his desire to be safe within its Sanctuary, for it was there that he looked to experience God’s presence in a very unique and significant way.

This statement, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek:” is one of the most single-minded statements of purpose in the entire Bible. It’s as if David took his life to the sharpener, and grinding away every distraction, and stripping off every hindrance, sharpened-down his life to a point: and with it wrote, “One thing I desire!” I’m wondering, what “one thing” would I write? If your life was reduced to its lowest common denominator, would your “one thing” bring you back to The LORD?

Today, let’s join David in setting God’s Presence, not only as the priority of this day, but as the priority of our lives.

In His Presence,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Fire & Presence East Coast Conference 2018

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I greet you on this special day from Prague where I have been ministering this weekend at the National Pastor’s Gathering, and am today speaking at Prague Christian Fellowship here in the Capital and largest City in the Czech Republic. Thank you for your faithful intercession for me as I complete this ministry time in Europe. I am confident that through your prayers and the provision of the Holy Spirit I will be successful in fulfilling this present assignment and return to the States this week.

Of course, I am looking forward to kicking off the “Fire & Presence: East Coast Conference 2018” that we are hosting this week at The Tab. Believers from across the Nation will be joining us for this four day gathering, Wednesday July 11 through Saturday July 14. We are honored to have internationally renowned worship leaders Rick Pino, Eddie James, the Fitt Brothers joining us, as well as members of the Eagles’ Wings and Tabernacle worship teams leading us before our Great King! Please join me in prioritizing these days as we determine to press on to know The LORD, confident that we will be refreshed by the glory of His Presence. Registration for the day sessions is still open and, of course, the evening sessions are free and open to the public, so plan on bringing a friend. You can check out the full schedule and details at www.eagleswings.org/ECC18

In closing, I rejoice at the opportunity to honor Bishop Emeritus Tommy and Wanda Reid as they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. As I state in the video greeting I sent earlier this week from Frankfurt, Germany, I send my love, congratulations and blessings to this amazing couple whose lives have impacted the entire world. Today, we, The Tabernacle Family, as well as the whole Body of Christ, stand to honor you, to bless you, to thank you, and to say, “Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary!”

From my heart,

Bishop Robert

TAB Blog: Anything is Possible!

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Good Morning Tabernacle Family!

What an honor it is to have this opportunity to share with you what has been on my heart. To be completely honest, I am learning how to walk fully in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly BEYOND all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Father said it. Father meant it. Father will do it. All we need to do is step into it. With every minor/major act of obedience when we walk where He has asked us to walk… Anything is possible!!

My husband and I recently returned from France attending the Festival de Cannes for a film we were a part of. This experience was so beyond my imagination that even the idea of this happening never entered my mind. This is a moment that has changed my life forever. The Lord literally plucked us out of Buffalo and took us with Him to Cannes, France. The experience was overwhelmingly humbling and honoring. We were given a glimpse of a world that we never thought we could imagine being in. As we walked the red carpet and throughout the festival we prayed and took land for The Kingdom. The events leading up to this moment challenged us. God was so specific in ordering our steps, but we had to make the conscious choice of partnering with God and what He was doing. We had to walk it out even when we didn’t feel like it. GOD said GO and so we went. We never would have imagined that this film would win multiple awards and earn a screening at the Festival de Cannes in France!

The pauper mentality keeps you small. We dilute the words and commands of God’s voice in our life down to what we can accomplish in this weakened, victim mentality state. When God is calling you to a large place with influence and authority that totally suits you. It’s what you were created for! Though, we limit ourselves down to what we think we can handle. In my weakness, HE is strong. Do not settle for a posture of defeat. We have a responsibility of replicating what’s in heaven here on earth.

“I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling —that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in us, His holy ones!

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! And now He is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming!” Ephesians 1:18-21 (TPT)

May God Ignite Your Heart,
Cheri Leight
Creative Marketing Director

TAB Blog: East Coast Conference

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“And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then he said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.’“ Exodus 33:14-15

What makes us unique? Really. Lots of groups and clubs meet weekly. Many people attend musical productions or speeches every day. What makes our Sunday morning different from a Kiwanis, Rotary or any other kind of civic meeting of people wanting to genuinely do good?

Presence. That’s it. It is the Presence of the living God in the midst of His people that makes us different from every other religion and organization on the planet.

Moses knew this, which is why he said to the Lord, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” Yet we can become so familiar with the presence of God that we can take it for granted.

This July 11 – 14 you are invited to join believers from across the nation for “Fire & Presence: East Coast Conference 2018” hosted at The Tabernacle. This four day gathering will include ministry from internationally renowned worship leaders Rick Pino, Eddie James, as well as Eagles’ Wings and the Fitt brothers. Draw aside and spend extended time in God’s presence, soaking in His goodness and being marked by a fresh word for your life. Registration starts at $59 and evening sessions are open to the public. See the full schedule and details at www.eagleswings.org/ECC18 use promo code: TABDISCOUNT

His presence not only refreshes but it also leads, as it did the Children of Israel straight to the Promised Land. This people, the Jewish people, stewarded the presence of God for thousands of years. They and the land of Israel are a part of our spiritual DNA.

Tonight, we are very honored and blessed to have, direct from Israel, one of the great ministry leaders of our time. Dr. Dan & Patti Juster are leaders of the global Tikkun movement with congregations spread around the world. They live in Israel and carry a powerful testimony of what God is doing in this nation and the nations. You do not want to miss this dynamic couple speaking tonight at 7:00pm.

As we pursue God’s heart, honoring His presence through these special events and each time we gather, we will make way for a fuller expression of His Kingdom in our midst!

Stephen Jenks

TAB Blog: Father’s Day

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Hello Family,

It’s Father’s Day again, a special day set aside to honor our fathers.

I want to tell you about my Father…

My Father is a wonderful father! He loves me so much and He always has loved me. I know that the day I was born He was there loving me, so excited to see me. He held me in His arms and blessed me. He said I had His eyes. His dream for me was to live a blessed life and to be a blessing to others.

As far back as I can remember He wanted to spend time with me. He always wanted to share His heart with me, continually pouring His love into me. He would ask me questions that made me think and then He would give me the answers. When I had questions about anything, He was there and always willing to talk. As I grew up and life became more difficult, my Father continued to encourage and affirm me in my life decisions. I can never lose as long as He is with me, loving me.

Even when I did dumb things, like getting angry and wanting to live my life independent of Him, He continued to love me. He never turned His back on me and never stopped loving me.

I’m learning to be more like Him. My Father is with me always. When I started a family, He was there; not just loving me, but my wife and children as well. In fact, He calls them His children and they are. He loves them with the same love He loves me with, providing everything we could ever want or need because of His great love.

My Father didn’t decide to love, He is love. He loves the whole world as much as He loves me. His love for us is so great, so deep and so wide, we can’t understand it with our minds. Only when we open our hearts can we begin to comprehend His love for us.

I first learned about Father’s love by watching my older brother Jesus and His relationship with our Father. Their relationship was so special and so intimate. Jesus lived in the bosom of our Father. He did only what He saw our Father do and said only what He heard Him say. They were so close that at one point, if you saw Jesus, you saw our Father. Jesus loved the Father so much, He came to earth to die in order bring many sons into glory. They love us so much that they decided to come and make their home with us and in us.

I invite you all today, no matter who you are or where you’re from, to open your heart, allow Him in and let Him be your Father too.

Happy Father’s Day!

Jim Emser
Restoring The Foundations

TAB Blog: God’s Plan for You

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Expanding with the Lord

When God increases, it becomes an across the board effect. In other words, His Glory sweeps over much and many all at once. Changing one small thing has consequences. After all, God is the great engineer, creator of all things from the tiniest molecule to the enormity of the solar system. I was thinking about the vibration of sound that God created to form into our own individual sound. Imagine we each have our own identity. I know I am a creative person, I tend to think out of the box. But God is able to create the things you want to use to create something with! My mom was also very creative, she and Dad raised 9 children. When she heard one of us say “Mom there’s nothing to do!” She would find you some chore to accomplish or a baby to take care of. But sometimes there would come a cherished moment when she would sit alongside one of us and teach us how to sew buttons or cut paper dolls all connected together. Those were the times when loving support and patience are mixed together by God to create spontaneous thoughts and your mind can wander off on creative tangents. All of a sudden you are smiling and giving life to an inanimate object that was just recently lying there flat. God can do anything. He can give you a dream to dwell on and chew on and lead you along on a path that you may not even be aware will have an effect on the creation of your dream. He knows our hearts so very deeply. My mom knew each one of her nine children but God knows us even more tenderly and deeply than your own mom and dad.

The book of our lives is written in heaven for each of us. I see the books we purchase through the bookstore for all of us to enjoy and I think about all the different personalities of authors we are privileged to enjoy. Each author gives so much to us from within themselves. I heard we should all write a book as it would help us to know our identity, who we are. When you write, your brain, heart and experiences unite to communicate ‘you.’ I am so grateful God created us each to be unique. We are meant to love and care for each other. I can fill the spaces in you that you may need to be nourished and fulfilled by writing a book. I don’t even have to know of you or anything about you, yet you can understand me in the way I choose to write about my feelings and experiences. You can relate and feel what is being described inside. God is so amazing. He is able to lead us into just the right interaction, space and time with a complete stranger in order for each of us to gain a reaction through His Holy Spirit.

My husband, Alex, and I recently were in Florida to visit our friends. We decided to rent a car and travel to the Keys and then back to Ft. Lauderdale for a day or so to deliver our rental car and be at the airport on time. As we were touring around Ft. Lauderdale we met a young woman in a coffee shop. She was seated alone at a long table so we joined her and engaged in conversation. We found her to be delightful and as we were about to leave we exchanged phone numbers. That was January. Yesterday, Alex was at work and received a large box from a pizza shop, Malnatis, in Chicago. It had frozen pizzas, an apron, pizza spatula, pizza pan, half pound of chocolates and two cookies. This was sent from the young woman, a stranger who we had met in the coffee shop. She just decided to reach out to us in love and send us this extravagant gift. She blessed our lives. We are so grateful and humble to God for sending her our way.

I would like to say that we really meet people we are supposed to meet and we have a choice to bless them in kindness, ignore them or just be insensitive to the needs of others and think only of ourselves. Remember God is Father and creator of all. He has plans for you. Hold up your dream to Him. He can make anything happen.

With the love of God,

Ann Crinzi