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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!

Blessings,

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

TAB Blog: Yeah, God!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

On this Memorial Day weekend, we stop to remember those who served our nation and gave their lives in defending our freedoms. So many of our Tabernacle family have served or have family who have served in war or in peace time. God bless America!

Today we highlight Preschool Ministries here at The Tabernacle. We are laying a foundation of faith in our youngest worshippers. Every Sunday and Tuesday, the lessons and activities are centered around developing a heart of worship and cultivating a faith in our Birth- Pre-Kindergarten population. Lessons, activities, games and music are designed to bring these youngest learners to a place of interacting with God and seeing Him as One to worship and One who is powerful enough to take care of their every detail.

Our theme each Sunday is a “God is…” statement. God is faithful. God is powerful. Last week, our statement was “Jesus is God.” Like Peter of old, one of our four year olds called out, “I didn’t know Jesus was God.” I love it when the Holy Spirit makes the connection.

Recently, a Grandmother shared that her granddaughter made the connection of our powerful God. Grandma told the four year old that Grandma wasn’t feeling well and instructed the little girl to go play. In the next instant, the child came and said, “Then I pray for you, Grandma.” Her connection to a powerful God carried from a Sunday lesson to a real-life situation.

Our praises each Sunday as we sing our songs has also carried as a two year old boy was handed his pancakes at breakfast and he loudly proclaimed, “Yeah, God!” Our Rainbows recently told their favorite praise word and responses included, “Mighty, Powerful, I love you, and Yeah, God!”

Preschool Ministries on Sunday mornings and Tuesday Rainbows are making a Kingdom impact on our youngest under two nursery kids who dance to the music behind the nursery counter and then sit in the high chairs to eat cheerios and listen to their Bible story. The impact extends to our ready to go to Kindergarten kids who are learning to worship and love God’s Word.

I am grateful for our team who minister faithfully and for the families who support the ministry by following through with their children in their lessons each week. There are opportunities to minister on the team both on Sundays and Tuesdays. Connect with me at sbaldwin@thetab.org. I would love to talk with you.

Blessings,
Pastor Sharon Baldwin
The Tabernacle Preschool Ministries

TAB Blog: Welcome to the Wild

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

When you are 17 years old, there’s few things more satisfying than driving a car with a full tank of gas. There was one specific night I was enjoying this glorious occasion. As I drove off from the gas station, I lightheartedly asked the Lord, “Why can’t You keep my tank full? If my tank stay full, I will never have to worry about where I drive again.”

His response had shocked me.

Would you trust me to do it if the car were on empty?

So often I substitute safety with my salvation. When we’re taken care of and feel alright, we can become dependent on what we have already received. The issue with that is that there’s always so much more.

I believe that God pushes us into the wilderness not to run us dry but rather to depend on the one thing that never runs dry. The less we have to work with the more we have to rely on God.

I can set parameters in my life that make me feel like everything is okay but, as one who depends on God, nothing can steal who I am.

Welcome to the Wild,

Anthony Salerno
The ARK Leadership

TAB Blog: Happy Mother’s Day

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

When I was asked this week to prepare this article I did what is my normal response to a request of this nature. I looked inside my heart at what is resonating there.

In light of the fact that today is Mother’s Day, I am not intending to address the “how-to’s” of successful mothering. I honestly say perhaps I generally did some things right but am sure I could have done better with others. Perhaps that is the scope of all us mothers. But may I interject here how much we love our daughter, Aimee, and our two granddaughters, Kayla and Chloe. They are so devoted to our church spending many days and late nights assisting in various aspects of preparations for programs.

In today’s world with the loud voices of our culture, variables of lifestyles, and unconscionable pressures on parental authority, and our children struggling making decisions just to be accepted by their peers, I oftentimes find myself reflecting on how my family survived raising 9 children. God was foundational and Jesus at the center.

Spiritual values are challenged on every hand in today’s world and forces eagerly attempt to undermine and change value systems to a neutrality that eliminates absolute spiritual truth and that which is foundational to our nation.

I would like to honor our Children’s Pastor, Jennifer Cupicha, who is leading our children so effectively into a relationship with Christ. What an outstanding job she, her family, my family and other leaders have done putting together two Saturdays, one Princess Day, celebrating the younger girls as Princesses (the desire of every little girls heart) and the other Knights Day for our young boys. They had so much fun as the young men from Eagles’ Wings dressed in Knights costumes interrelating with them with games, etc. SO EXCITING!

How grateful we can be today for the fact that we have a HOPE in God that strengthens our faith to believe for our nation and the wellbeing of our families.

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

Blessings,

Wanda Reid

TAB Blog: Awakened to Destiny Conference

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Dear Tabernacle Family

We are 10 days away from the start of the “Awakened to Destiny” Conference, taking place at The Tab, Wednesday May 15th through Saturday, May 18th. We are excited to serve as the hosts for these amazing days of Spirit-filled ministry as Dr. Randy Clark, Bishop Joseph Garlington and Sean Smith join our Bishop, Robert Stearns, in powerful, life-changing services. Along with hearing from each of these keynote speakers, we will be engaging our hearts in times of dynamic, transformative worship and receiving teaching from Dr. Tom Jones, William Wood, Charity Cook, Brian Starley and Marcus Dygert.

Event Schedule
BEGINS WEDNESDAY at 7:00pm

THURSDAY, FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Morning Sessions: 9:00 & 11:15am
Lunch Break: 12:30 – 2:30pm
Afternoon Sessions: 2:30 & 3:45pm
Dinner Break: 5:00 – 7:00pm
Evening Session: 7:00pm

While each of the evening services are free and open to the public, you must register for the conference in order to attend the daytime sessions – Thursday, Friday and Saturday. It will be these morning and afternoon sessions that will help you receive a fresh understanding of the plans God has for your life and be equipped to step into your kingdom destiny.

Awakened to Destiny will bring together people from all backgrounds, occupations, and denominations, and at every stage of their journey. Each session will bring new teaching and revelation as seasoned speakers equip you to step into supernatural dimensions of healing, faith and Holy Spirit empowered ministry. God is calling His workmanship, the body of Christ, to a great awakening, and this awakening starts with you!

Awakened to Destiny is specifically designed to not only give you practical tools but to activate you to your calling, so be sure to register today by visiting https://globalawakening.regfox.com/awakened-to-destiny-buffalo-ny-2019 and join us for these four days of awakening!

Kingdom blessings,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

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