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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

TAB Blog: Dwelling in the Presence of God

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Hello Tabernacle Family!

This week I have been meditating on a Scripture we quote regularly, so well known to most of us … but this week, has presented to me a personal challenge, like a beckoning call deep to my spirit.

Psalms 27:4 Amplified Bible
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.

In this Psalmists cry, I also hear the cry of the Spirit to come into a deeper possession of a supernatural, living communion with the Lord. It’s calling me to “inquire for, and insistently require” something in my life … a consistent dwelling in the Presence of God, all the days of my life. In this place, my eyes awaken to behold the overwhelming beauty of the Lord. In this place, I meditate upon Him, upon that which is Holy. In this place, I find home.

This is not a place of Christian traditions, or obligations fulfilled, but it is a dimension of living that unlocks truth, revelation, and power like we have not yet known. More importantly, it is where we discover love and holy intimacy with Jesus, the King of the Universe, yet the lover of our soul.

Understand that your personal experience is greater than or even stronger than knowledge. Experience comes from direct observation or participation. You cannot gain experience without engaging and getting personally involved in the process. It is an action that requires directly perceiving and becoming aware through the use of one’s senses. You grab hold and truly assimilate what you are experiencing at the moment.

Now, knowledge comes by acquiring information. To gain knowledge is to have awareness or an acquaintance with the subject, cognitively. When you have an understanding of knowledge, you have learned a summary of a body of truth and can communicate it aptly to another.

As wonderful as knowledge is, experience still rises above it because it is so much more than a cognitive exchange; it is a apprehension of a totality that leaves a deep impression upon you, that changes and marks you forever.

This is the beckoning call I feel burning in me today, to simply and intentionally pursue a new dimension of life-experience, beholding Him! Open your heart today to hear that same call, one that calls you home to your holy dwelling place.

Tuesday evenings, beginning this week, we are opening up Tab Life to anyone (men and women) hungry for this experience. Each week for June and July, in the Reid Leadership Center we will begin with prophetic prayer ministry at 6:00pm, then at 7:00pm we will dive into a video study with Rolland and Heidi Baker called, “Living From the Presence.” After the study we will take time to discuss and pray into all that we are discovering.

This is an opportunity for investment into your personal, House of Prayer, and the building of a supernatural lifestyle that will bring His presence and power into all you do!

For His Glory,
Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: Stepping Out in God’s Dream

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Hey Church Family,

As many of you know I just got back from my first trip to the Philippines. When Pastor Mark first mentioned this trip, my heart leapt at the chance to be able to serve The CURE and see all that God is doing through Maranatha Christian Fellowship.

Growing up at The Tabernacle, I always heard about what Bishop Joe DiSarno was doing in the Philippines. I prayed about it and got the “yes” but was afraid of the thing most people are – the funds. The Lord blessed me through so many people and Tab Global, and made this Buffalo girl’s dream come true. This was just the beginning of what God was doing.

Once we arrived in the Philippines and walked into Maranatha Church, I saw a quote painted on the back wall that said, “This is a House of Dreams.” I knew I was home. While on the trip, we visited Rancho Ni Christo where girls rescued from the sex trade live. We also served over 500 street kids through the feeding program, prayed for the kids and parents in a slum town and ended the trip ministering at a 3 day youth conference where I saw hunger for the presence of the Lord like I’ve never seen. Even though we saw so much oppression and poverty, all I kept thinking about was the quote in Maranatha and it made me think of Bishop Reid. He is a man who has lived his life inspiring others to follow God’s dream for their lives. Being in Cebu and getting to see the fruit of Bishop Reid’s life really impacted me. God is doing something in the Philippines; He is awakening the dreams He has put inside His children.

I am so honored to have been sent on this trip. It has pushed me to continue to look at my life and ask myself “Am I taking steps towards the dreams God has placed inside of me?” I encourage you today to ask yourself this question. What do you need to do today to take a step towards God’s dream for you? Maybe it’s going on a missions trip yourself! Whatever it is, God is ready to make a way but He needs you to start walking it out!

Blessings,

Chelsea Rose

God’s Heart for Men

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Several years ago, Pastor Al Baun invited me to have breakfast with him. That meeting was the beginning of a friendship that has developed and become so very meaningful for me. His interest and concern for me, my family and my work told me he cared. His counsel and prayers bathed in God’s love modeled Godly manhood.

As men, we all know guys we can call our friends or buddies, but how many of us have someone in their life who intentionally invests their life in ours? The real depth of a significant and meaningful relationship is one which moves you from relying on yourself or others to relying on God. It’s called discipleship, and this is at the core of what The Tabernacle Ministry to Men is about.

Some time ago, during a Sunday morning worship service, the Holy Spirit showed me the Father’s heart for the men of The Tabernacle. To this day, I cannot recall that special moment without tears forming in my eyes. I encountered the love of the Father who so desperately wants His sons to know how much He loves them and how He longs to bring them into the fullness of His Glory.

Much of how men view their Heavenly Father is reflected in the relationship they have with their earthly father. Sadly, in many cases, there has not been a father to love them or where there is, the example has fallen far short of Godly influence. How often I have heard men say, “My father never told me he loved me.” The repercussion of the father’s failure has given way to many societal problems, not the least of which are divorce, abortion, juvenile crime and other manifestations of an orphan spirit.

One would think the church would be exempt from these problems, but not so. For every ten men in the church, nine will have children who leave the church, eight will not find their jobs satisfying, six will pay monthly minimum on their credit card bills, five will have a major problem with pornography, four will get divorced (affecting one million children each year), only one will have a biblical worldview, and all ten will struggle to balance work and family.

In John 10:10, Jesus declared, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” Now, more than ever, the kingdom of God needs courageous men who will fight to reclaim ground the enemy has stolen; fight for our families, our marriages, and for each other. As Men of Valor, we are a band of brothers engaged in warfare tactics to take down the enemy by investing our lives in training and equipping all men to live victorious lives empowered by the Holy Spirit. If you’re looking for spiritual growth and meaningful relationships, I encourage you to join with us, Tuesday evenings at 7:00 in the World Prayer Center. Men, be the Man God called you to be. It’s time to step up and get in the fight!

Don Troyer, Men of Valor
A Tabernacle Ministry to Men

TAB Blog: A Mother’s Heart

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Dear Tabernacle Family, Happy Mother’s Day!

I’m so privileged to write today’s blog spot. Thank you for becoming family to us over the past 4+ years. God has truly been good to us in giving us such a wonderful place to minister and live.

Recently, Jim and I went on a mini-vacation to Niagara on the Lake, Ontario. It’s a beautiful, peaceful setting right on Lake Ontario and in the midst of countless vineyards. This time of year, there aren’t any leaves on the grape vines. They’ve finished tying up the branches to help yield the best possible crop with very little chance of spoiling the grapes. In particular, I noticed one vineyard that had taken a different approach to renew their fields. In between each aged grape vine stalk, a new plant had been put in. The new vines were very fine and had to be covered with something to shield them from the high winds and weather they experience. It reminded me of the scripture in Titus 2:3 where Paul is telling the older women how they should live and how they should teach the younger women to love their husbands and their children.

Growing up in a Christian home I had the privilege of having a godly mom and dad as my example. Beyond my home, and within the few churches Jim and I have had the joy of pastoring, I have always felt the need to have older women in my life. Some taught me how to quilt and make jelly. Some taught me the value of being at home while raising our sons. Others taught me to enjoy every minute of my life and to realize that God truly has a purpose for me to fulfill. I am forever grateful for each of these women who have been and are currently in my life.

Many years ago, within another church, I began a mentoring network for the women. With some help from a friend we matched younger and older women together. It was quite a challenge getting it to all work together, but we did it. Every other month we would get together for a ministry time and the testimonies would blow my mind when they told of the things they had in common. Many of those relationships are still flourishing today.

Let me encourage you today, determine to be a mentor to someone younger than yourself. Take time to bless them and to help them grow up in their holy faith. They in turn will be equipped to help someone else to do the same. Imagine how fruitful the body of Christ will become if we all take time to bless someone in this special way.

From a mother’s heart,

Mari-Lee Ruddy

TAB Blog: Kairos School of Ministry: My Third-Year Experience

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This third season of being a part of the Kairos School of Ministry has been an awesome experience! Having been a part of the school of ministry for two years already, I can definitely say that this year has been different in so many ways, and there is so much that has been highlighted to me over this season. One of the ways that this year has been so impactful to me, is how incredible the classes have been. I feel that this year I have been able to sit under and be poured into by so many different, incredible leaders from all over our region. It has been amazing to have the opportunity to draw from so many incredible wells and receive so much Godly training from these leaders. God has spoken to me about my calling as a leader through these classes this year.

This year as a third year student, my main roles have largely played out in the youth ministry here at The Tabernacle. I have grown more in my leadership roles this year and have the opportunity of discipling our young people, preaching in different youth services, and helping plan and coordinate all of our youth events. In this season, I feel I have discovered more of who I am in this role of youth ministry, and have grown in areas that aren’t in my strength and gift mix. All in all, I feel I have grown and received much insight and leadership opportunities in these areas. I’ve been able to connect in a deeper way relationally with our students as well.

I am excited for all that I can look back on this year and reflect on what God has done. I can definitely say that I have learned to trust Him more in this season, and even with my future steps I will take. I realize now that finding God’s purpose for our life is not just about taking the perfect steps, it’s simply about being obedient to take the next step. As I graduate and move on, I’m praying that dozens of young adults will find a place of spiritual growth at the Kairos School of Ministry.

Blessings,
Erika White

TAB Blog: Love Others as You Love Yourself

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

“Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.” Matthew 22:37-40 The Message Bible

We are so excited to see these scriptures imparted on a weekly basis on Thursday nights in our ministry of Operation Dignity that offers a safe place to address hurts, hang-ups, and habits. Every week we impart the living word that is the bondage breaker for hurts, hang-ups and habits. It is a place to increase your passion to love the Lord with all your heart, and mind; and to find your place in serving the body of Christ.

Operation Dignity will be providing a faith-based training for those who would like to become mentors. We are in need of men and women from the body of Christ to serve on Thursday nights as teachers and small group facilitators. Prayer warriors are always welcome. We are looking to do the training in August 2018 on a Saturday beginning at 9:00am until 2:00 or 3:00pm. We will provide a continental breakfast and a break for lunch. There would be a time for questions and role playing. As participants you will be well equipped to be a mentor with the Freedom in Christ Curriculum. There would be an opportunity for prayer and impartation. Come expecting to taste and see the goodness of the LORD!
For more information, please text Pastor Dee Bernardoni at
716-207-1995.

In His Name,

Pastor Dee

TAB Blog: Pastor Jo Ann Angelo and Pastor Tom Rinn

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

As I pass the 30-year anniversary of my tenure as an Associate Pastor at The Tabernacle, I hope it’s okay if I reminisce a little. I was led to the Tabernacle in 1983. I felt the call of ministry, so I began to prepare by attending Houghton College where I graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies and Counseling. Upon graduation, we were each asked, “What is your dream for the future.” My answer was, “To be an integral part of a World-Wide Ministry.” Little did I know God would connect me to the dreamer of all dreamers, Tommy Reid! I was ordained to ministry by Pastor Reid. I have had credentials with Elim Fellowship, CovNet and I am currently Ordained with The Assemblies of God.

My relationship with Bishop Reid, Wanda and Aimee was strong from the very beginning and has been a blessing to me over these many years. I will always be grateful to them not only for trusting me in ministry, but for their love and encouragement both personally and professionally. Because of them I have met and served the greatest teachers, preachers and world leaders of our time. I am also thankful to Bishop Robert Stearns. I was privileged to be here for the first East Coast Leadership Conference and though my time here is changing it is not ending. The dream continues as a new world of leaders and ministry has opened to me through Eagles’ Wings.

In my time here, I have had the opportunity to touch thousands of lives through the several ministries I was given oversight to: The TV Department, Pastoral Care, Dean of Students at Buffalo School of the Bible also called “The School of the Prophets.” Also traveling and teaching in the Philippines and in Honduras. After the school became part of Elim, I became the Director of Pastoral Care. In addition to counseling and visitation I officiated at many weddings and funerals. Some of my favorite times here were being part of the intercessory and altar teams during Renewal with Pastor Dennis Shearer, teaching the Wednesday night service for so many years and overseeing the World Prayer Center. But without a doubt my greatest memories are of the times I spent with Marilyn Hickey and calling her friend. Thank you Pastor Ruddy and my Tabernacle family for allowing me to fulfill my dreams in unbelievable ways and to still be here to dream into the future.

Blessings,

Pastor Jo Ann Angelo

 

“Giving thanks always for all things to God the Father …” Ephesians 5:20

I have been so blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in the ministry of The Tabernacle for over 50 years. It has been noted in many contexts that life is a tapestry. Each strand intertwined with others from birth into the senior years. As I gazed upon my own tapestry I am drawn to the brighter splashes of color.

At the age of 11, I had an encounter with God at the Lakeview Gospel Camp and was filled with the Holy Spirit. This instilled within me a strong desire to be used by God for His purpose. Little did I know that Pastor Tommy Reid would come to the Buffalo area in 1963 and that God would use him to shape my life.

I first served as the Youth Pastor and as a member of a Youth Ministry Team that traveled throughout the Northeast on weekends ministering at churches with a message to other teenagers. In 1980 I was invited to join The Tabernacle staff and had the opportunity to serve on the Board for many years as well as participate on mission trips to Europe and the Philippines.

Within the local church we witnessed tremendous moves of the Holy Spirit. I saw God’s miracles first hand. I have had the opportunity to sit at the feet of great men and women in the faith such as Oral Roberts, Fern Olson, Kathryn Kuhlman, Harald Bradeson, T.L. Osborn and many others. We were always challenged by God to stay on the cutting edge of what He was going to do. First came the Catholic Charismatics, and then the Jesus People. I witnessed lives that were dramatically changed by the power of God during these times and church attendance ‘exploded.’ Many of those touched by the Holy Spirit became future pastors, ministers, missionaries and church leaders. It was an exciting time.

Cheryl and I are so blessed and thankful to be a part of The Tabernacle family heritage; to see the children and grandchildren of the early saints continue to worship the Lord in this house. Their sacrifices, prayers and labor continuing to carry the living Word to future generations.

Life has certainly added color to my tapestry. What appears the brightest? The day I said yes to Jesus!

Pastor Tom Rinn

TAB Blog: God-Given Gifts and Talents

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FLYING BELOW THE RADAR

Almost daily we hear about covert operations that are carried out under the covering of secrecy. Military planes have been designed to avoid detection by radar, a critical ability if you are piloting a plane whose mission is to deliver its payload on an enemy target. There are situations that should not be openly shared, but what about the gifts and talents that God has entrusted to us?

It is a great privilege to serve in the role of leading the Jubilee Ministry at The Tabernacle. It is interesting not only to see who has the largest collection of grandchildren pictures but to hear them talk about their desire to experience God’s presence and a desire to have Him touch their family and church family

Many have been walking with our Lord for many years but struggle in an unfamiliar role, being unable to perform the tasks that were such a normal part of earlier days. But they do have a common theme, which is the faithfulness of our Lord, and how they desire and pray that their children and grandchildren serve God.

I am continually amazed at the heart of these individuals, and their desire to have a role in The Great Commission. They are ready to respond to a call to rally around those that are in need. Despite having limited resources, it is amazing how they are willing to contribute to help someone who is unable to buy Christmas gifts, pay a utility bill, etc.

In our planning sessions, we seek ways for our group to be able to minister to those in need, especially those who are no longer able to attend services and other church activities. At one particular meeting, the conversation became focused on the number of gifted individuals within the Jubilee group. We were amazed as we learned of the artists, writers, painters, etc. that we hadn’t known. As a result, it was determined that we would attempt to feature the individual giftings at our lunches.

The April 18th Jubilee Luncheon will have Felicia Ponder sharing her ministry and gifting. Music will be provided by Burnie Scott, a favorite who’s talent and gifting has not been flying below the radar.

Our March guest wasn’t really Jubilee age, but the grandson of Marv and Louise Rupe who arranged for Christopher Rupe to be with us. Christopher co-authored “Contested Bones” with a former atheist and renowned geneticist, Dr. John Sanford of Cornell University. Despite his Christian heritage, he wondered if his parent’s faith in Christianity was misguided. At 17 years of age, he started researching topics relating to creation, evolution and the Bible. He has a burden from the Lord to preach the Gospel and bring clarity to the topic of origins.

These thoughts are not just directed to the Jubilee folk but to all ages. What has God placed in you that needs to be brought into “the light?” What is keeping you from pursuing that dream? Do you have a hobby that might be used to minister to others?

Have you even shared your desire with someone else or are you concerned that they may make fun of your idea? Don’t allow someone to steal your dream or talent. There may be someone who is looking for an opportunity to exercise their gifting by helping an emerging artist to better perfect their talent. Maybe you will encourage someone else to take that step. What is in your hand?

Pastor Al Baun