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TAB Blog: His Promises

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

In The Ark, we use September as the kickoff to our year. When summer ends, “real life” is back. Homework, sports, clubs, projects, teachers, classes, friends, sleepless nights, and early mornings all return. I know it probably sounds simple to some, but when mishandled these things can grow in impact. We begin to discover who is a master of time management or who procrastinates. Whether you fall into group one or two, you either feel too busy or buried.

Mathew 4:4 states, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

A reality in life is that every day is different. There is no resolution, no strategy, no plan that will not need adjustment in our lives. God’s word over us, however, will keep us satisfied until the end. In an ever changing world, the steadiness of our God is the only absolute we have.

This past month, students of The Ark have refocused their lives to not be mastered by life itself, but be fueled by the Master of life. This is not so we can eliminate responsibility, but to make sure God is above all. Let the seed of His promises take you beyond any earthly plans!

In His Name,

Anthony Salerno
Ark Youth Leader

TAB Blog: From the Ends of the Earth, the Global Church Awakens to Jerusalem

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Over the course of 21 days something extraordinary happened. From September 10 through September 30, over 1000 people from 48 nations participated in three weeks of global fasting and prayer focused on Jerusalem. Led by Bishop Robert Stearns along with over 30 global Christian leaders including Mike Bickle, Che Ahn, Jane Hansen-Hoyt, Robert Stearns, Karen Wheaton, and Rick Pino the response was astounding. This global call to fast was accompanied by almost nightly prayer sessions on Facebook Live with various special guests including an Orthodox Rabbi, which had over 100,000 views. The fast leads up to a global gathering in Jerusalem October 7 – 9, which will launch with the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.

This year the event which will be broadcast live to 190 nations, featuring internationally-acclaimed worship and dance artists and a keynote speech by Minister of Knesset, and Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Michael Oren. This will begin a 72-hour round-the-clock event as hundreds of young millennial Christians from 20 nations worship and pray in key locations across the city and also with Christian Arab community in Bethlehem.

For information about the Global Broadcast of Awake Jerusalem please visit: god.tv

TAB Blog: The Western Wall

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This morning in Tab Kids Ministry, Ms. Jenn is helping the children prepare for the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem on October 7th. They have constructed a “Western Wall” in the Activity Center, and next Sunday the children will be placing prayer requests in the Wall, in the same way those of our family who are traveling to Israel this week will be doing when they are in the Land. Please write your prayer request on the attached “Post-it Note” and return it to the Welcome Center after service. It will be given to the children, so they can place it in the Wall next Sunday.

So, what is it about praying at The Western Wall and placing prayer requests there? Is there something magical about it? Does God hear prayers at the Wall differently than He does prayers offered anywhere else? The answer does not lie in God, but in us. The Wall reminds us of the fact that God is a covenant keeping God, and that His eyes, “are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry” (Ps. 34:15). It is the reminder that The LORD remembers the covenant He has made, and that He will faithfully fulfill every good word He has promised.

Take time to place your prayer request on the “Post-it Note” and then drop it off at the Welcome Center. It will be a great joy for the children to partner with you is seeking God for the answer to your prayers.

Believing with you,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Gods at War

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

This week we begin our individual and corporate study of “Gods at War – Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart” by Kyle Idleman. I hope you have purchased a copy of the book and signed on to be part of the six-week homegroups that are being hosted throughout the region. This study will help us understand our deep-seated needs for security, significance and satisfaction, our proclivity to try and meet by looking to created things (idols), and then be empowered by God’s grace to find our answers in the True and Living God alone.

Like some, you may be dismissing this focus on idolatry as fooling gibberish about some ancient practice of worshipping before wood carvings or stone altars. But as Idlemen contends, “Anything at all can become an idol once it becomes a substitute for God in our lives” (26). You see, as His beloved creation, God has made us with the innate need from Him, and our needs for security, significance and satisfaction are to be found in Him alone. Because of His love for us, God has blessed us with an abundance of wonderful gifts: gifts of pleasure – food, sex and entertainment; gifts of power – success, money and achievement; and gifts of love – romance, family and self. Each of these gifts, when received gratefully and enjoyed properly, result in our enjoying a heightened sense of joy and fulfillment – something God desires for each of us.

But “the problem is that every gift God gives us can be twisted into a lure to pull us away from Him” (83). As we begin to value the gifts above the Giver, the gifts can become gods, and we look to them to provide what we were created to find in the True God alone. The tendency of some is to overreact and throw out these good gifts altogether. Instead, our study will demonstrate how each of these gifts are to lead us to Jesus who alone can satisfy the deepest cries of our hearts.

It’s not too late for you to join us as we take this important step toward wholeness. Let me encourage you to purchase the book and sign up for a homegroup today. I’m looking forward to all that lies ahead, as we see every false god dethroned and the True God worshiped.

From my heart,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: TabGlobal

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“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19

We are excited that as a church we are being discipled and making disciples through the ministry of TabGlobal! Since our launch of TabGlobal, we have seen more disciples trained, equipped, and sent.

We currently sow into 40 missionaries in 15 nations around the world, including the neighborhoods and fields each Tab family member is sowing into!

TabGlobal serves to:

1. Strengthen those who are being sent through financial, prayer and practical hands on support

2. Equipping those who are sending by connecting you with our missionaries to serve and encourage

3. Raising up those here who are called to be sent through missions trips The Tab will be coordinating

We have had teams travel to more than 3 different nations in the last 6 months, with many of us headed to Israel in just a few weeks; and have hosted more than 5 of our TabGlobal missionaries right here at home!

As Jennifer Goeddertz, from our church family, travelled to Tanzania in August she saw many receive freedom from bondage and demons and unity breakout within the church. Praise be to God!

As we look ahead we are excited to announce upcoming trips for 2019 including one to Honduras in August. We will be having a Tab Life Institute focused on Missions, September 22nd from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Come hear more about Why missions, Why me, how to raise funds and upcoming trips. If you plan on joining an upcoming TabGlobal missions trip, this class is required.

Stop by the table in the Atrium to sign up for the class or if you want to become more involved in TabGlobal by praying for our missionaries or helping in a practical way.

Whether you are a sender or being sent, we all are part of an Apostolic Center that is together fulfilling the Great Commission!

Together In Him,

Veronica Jenks
TabGlobal Team

TAB Blog: Back to School! Back to Church!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

“Back to School!” Those words signal the changing of the seasons as the freer routines of summer give way to the more structured regiments of fall. I so enjoy seeing the “Back to School” pictures being posted by so many dads, moms and family members on Facebook. I can almost relive my childhood as I peer into the priceless expressions on the faces of these young people ready to move forward into a new and exciting day. What a joy to join with these families in praying blessings over each of their children as they take the next steps forward in their most amazing lives. Thanks for letting us share your joy.

“Back to Church!” In a similar way, the change of seasons invites us to make a fresh reconnection and recommitment to the House of God. Refreshed by our summer getaways and vacations, we now settle back into the solid rhythms of life that involve connecting our hearts with Christ and His Body – The Church. The more relaxed pace of summer has allowed us to catch our breath, and now, with hearts full of anticipation and expectation, we look forward to what this next season brings. Hopefully, it will result in a deeper and more satisfying relationship with the LORD, and a greater heart-connection with the amazing people God allows us to relate to at The Tabernacle.

Today and this week, we reopen the core ministries that help to disciple us as followers of Jesus. This is your invitation to find your place among Jubilee (Seniors), Men of Valor, 3D Woman (AM & PM), Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Activate Young Adults, Ark Youth and related classes, Royal Rangers, MPact Girls and Rainbows. From the oldest to the youngest among us, these ministries exist to help each of us thrive in our walk with the LORD. Check out the bulletin for times and make the decision today to connect with one of these life-giving ministries. Feel free to call the church office for more clarification or help in discovering where it may be best for you to connect.

Often, when I ask individuals if they are planning to join a discipleship ministry, they answer, “I’ll try” or “We’ll see!” Over the years I have discovered that those answers result in very few positive outcomes. Instead, determine today, “I will!” Choose to not “try” or “see,” but instead, determine today that you will take the next step in relating to the LORD and to the people who make up this life-giving Church where God has led you.

May God bless you richly as you come “Back To Church!”

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Home Life Groups

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Greetings Tabernacle Family!

Great News! Home Life Groups are relaunching with a purpose!!!

As our Fivefold Apostolic Ministry Team steadfastly leads, Home Life Groups are following in step with the Acts 2:42 – 47 model for producing disciples and creating ever increasing community. We are relaunching with a Fivefold Purpose to:

Know God * Build Relationships * Discover Purpose
Influence Others * Produce Disciples

Family, if we truly believe that we are standing in the threshold of a great move of God (and we are), then we have to do all we can to accommodate all that He wants to do. The Lord’s business is catching people.

He is about to launch us forth to capture a net-breaking, boat-sinking catch of men! We need to be trained and equipped to know how to accommodate those He sends to us! When this catch comes in, these new fish will need to be cleaned, fed, directed, aided, cared for and loved on. In other words, we are preparing to be the Church: we are preparing ourselves to embrace and make room for those who hear the call and come home to be made part of the family.

We might call it a catch or a harvest and negligently overlook the reality that these are people whom the Lord has saved, is saving, or wants to save. These are real people, with real issues and needs, who need real solutions to their very real problems. God wants them delivered, He desires to see them free and transformed. The heart of our Father wants these people welcomed, embraced and connected into a vibrant thriving community where Kingdom culture is the norm and those real issues can be lovingly and adequately addressed because we are a people who know our God.

Home Life Groups are the God ordained answer to this process, just as it was with the early Church! (v46)… breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart. Beloved, YOU are the answer!! YOU plugging into Home Life Groups with a purpose is a very powerful tool in the hand of our Savior.

As we expectantly anticipate the favor of the Lord to add to our congregation daily (v47) we must actively prepare to receive and assimilate the Lord’s harvest into our Home Life Group communities. We must unite in the Lord’s Kingdom purpose with a willingness to serve. Please join us by becoming the crucial element the Lord uses to bring in the catch and keep it! Please sign up! YOU are needed!!

Much love,

Sherry Jankowski

TAB Blog: I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

‘I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.’ (Ps. 139:14, NKJV) This has been a scripture placed upon my heart for some time now. It not only represents a beautiful devotion to our God in recognition of everything seen and unseen that was created by Him, but I also ponder the knowledge of just how wonderfully made we are!

How we care for the entire body through the food we eat greatly influences our mood/emotions, decisions/choices, and lifestyle. We rarely think of how daily habits affect our health. Sometimes it’s out of an unknowing that we make unhealthy choices, sometimes it’s out of deception of what is good/pure/whole in our world, and sometimes we fall into the lies of the enemy that heredity is greater than our decisions; that our earthly family history takes precedence over the Family history we have been grafted into.

Given half a chance, the body will heal itself; that is how amazing this earthly vessel is! Illness equals imbalance. Many imbalances are ones that can be addressed at home with simple tools: food, rest, prayer, and exercise. Simplicity is made complicated by our uncertainties of where to begin and how to proceed, but it doesn’t have to be! It is important to listen to our bodies, seek knowledge/resources available, and begin to build vitality in all areas of our life. When God formed us from dust He breathed HIS life into us; transferring into our very beings the ability to hear His voice, feel His pain, and find peace and HEALING in His hands. We are literally an extension of His presence! And in His Presence there is fullness of joy! (Ps. 16:11)

Beginning Sunday, September 9 from 9:00 – 10:00am in the Reid Leadership Center, we will be diving into the amazing world of wellness. Topics include: bio-individuality, Primary and Secondary foods, gene expression, forming daily habits, emotional roots to physical ailments, cooking demonstrations, prayer, and so much more! Please sign up in the Atrium!

Blessings,

Danielle Cofta,
Ms.Ed.; IIN Health Coach

TAB Blog: Train Up a Child in the Way They Should Go

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

A number of people have been credited with the quote, “Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” There seems to be universal recognition that children are vital to the future of a country. This is also true regarding the future of the church. Today’s children will be the leaders of tomorrow. We are responsible for teaching and training them to fill the roles that we hold today. Deuteronomy 6:6-9 stresses the importance of teaching God’s word “diligently to your children.”

No one would dispute that parents carry the primary responsibility for the life of a child. They must provide for the child and attend to the daily tasks of child-rearing. Parents are the ones who must “train up a child in the way that he should go.” (Proverbs 22:6), However, a child’s life is also shaped by the influence of many forces other than their parents. Every experience, encounter, relationship, whether positive or negative, has an impact on the life of a child. The child psychologist, Haim Ginott, says, “Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.”

I can look back on my own life and appreciate the influence of a number of adults: an aunt who took me with her on trips and showed me a world beyond the mountains where I grew up; my grandmother who sat with me on the porch and taught me the beauty of simple things and the joy of quiet reflection; my pastor who challenged me to go to Bible College, a decision which changed the course of my life. Many of you are making an impact on the lives of the children in your world. Teachers, mentors, coaches, neighbors, extended family… “one sows, another waters.” Whether deliberate or unintentional, our interactions with children influence who they will become.

As we move into a new school year, won’t you take time to consider how your gifts and talents might be used to build the future of the church? We need teachers on Sunday morning and Tuesday night, assistant teachers, and nursery workers; teachers for older students and for babies. We need people who are willing to serve every Sunday and we need workers who can only help once a month. Whatever your preference and your availability, our boys and girls need your help!

I have a plaque in my office which says, “One hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.” Dwight L. Moody said, “If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God.” Who knows the lasting impact you might have on the life of a child if you decide to become involved in children’s ministry?

If you’d like to join me in this most rewarding ministry or would like more information about areas where you might serve, please call me at 675-2888, ext. 1711.

For the Children,

Pam Kellner

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