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TAB Blog: Stirring Up Deep Wells

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I have woken up repeatedly with a song on my heart. It is one of the kids’ favorite songs we sing, “Deep Cries Out”. They love this song, even though I think we sing it too often in kid’s church. While singing this fun, upbeat praise song, many of them do not comprehend the lyrics. I believe they are receiving even if they don’t know the revelation of their favorite song. God is answering their shouts as they sing:

“I’ve got a river of living water
A fountain that never will run dry
It’s open Heavens You’re releasing
And we will never be denied
Cause we’re stirring up deep deep wells
We’re stirring up deep deep waters
We’re going to dance in the river, dance in the river”

The kids might just love excitedly dancing to the chorus, but these words were ringing in my spirit as I woke – “We’re stirring up deep deep wells.”

I believe this is a prophetic word that God is speaking. He is stirring up those deep wells; the wells of old. He is restoring open heavens and deep wells of revival that we are crying out for. The words stirring up hit me as I thought of the pool of Bethesda (in John 5:1-15). The angel would come and stir up the waters for healing; for wholeness! All anyone had to do was get in the water while it was being stirred and they were made whole! Let’s dive into the waters that are being stirred! We cannot sit on the side of the pool anymore, waiting for someone to carry us in. For “deep cries out to deep.” (Ps 42:7). Deep Love, Deep Revelations, Deep Encounters, Deep Moves of God. I believe He is stirring up the deep wells. So let’s jump in and dance in the river of the living water that He is pouring out.

In His Name,

Jenn Cupicha
Children’s Pastor

TAB Blog: Focus on Him

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

In the age of screens, virtual reality, instagram, youtube and pinterest, I wonder what the affect of a barrage of images has on our souls.

One of the conclusions I’m coming to is – God knew our human souls live cleaner and healthier when we live off WORDS rather than IMAGES. This is one of God’s intents of the 2nd Commandment.

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven images, nor bow down to them” is an abbreviated form of the second commandment. Some bible versions say,”thou shall not worship any idol.”

Although no single biblical passage contains a complete definition of idolatry, the subject is addressed in numerous passages, so that idolatry may be summarized as the worship of idols or images.

In a day of millions of images, we may have metaphorically returned to the days of Abraham. This modern version of the ancient polytheistic culture is packaged differently but functions the same. I’m not saying that all images are gods, but it is something to think about and consider. What are all these images doing to our souls and our ability to hear words?

Jesus taught us that, “man does not live by bread alone, but by EVERY WORD.” Every word that proceeds from the Father.

So as we step into this new year. Let us commit to return to words. Let us return to The Word, The Bible. Let us return to words in books or audio books. Let us return to words with friends and family over coffee or at a dinner table. Let’s return to listening to words.

I’m believing that 20/20 vision in the year 2020 is going to come not from getting new eyes, but from opening our ears. When we hear, we move our head to the sound and look in a different direction. As the Holy Spirit whispers to us in our reading and listening, we will get new vision. As we listen and respond, our eyes move from what we were looking at to what we should be looking at. I think we’ll find, it wasn’t new vision we needed after all, just new focus and new perspective.

In 2020, the year of 20/20 vision, we will see most clearly if we return to listening. Let’s listen for the Word this year!

God Bless,

Pastor Mark Passarella

TAB Blog: 20/20 Vision

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Welcome to 2020! The new decade. The year of the Olympics. The year the Bills go to the playoffs again. The decade for many more firsts as we advance in science and technology and push further and harder to achieve places man has never gone. “To infinity and beyond!”

Many have dubbed this year 20/20 vision. Perfect vision. I would like to challenge us to “clearly see what can be.” The possibilities. The second challenge is to “clearly see what can’t be.” The discipline of sorting out the impossible, impractical and refinement of reality. And then, “clearly see what IS.” The faith factor of what God has in store for those who put their trust in Him. Sort of 20/20 in overdrive.

Let’s sit in the vision chair for a moment. Elisha, God’s servant, prayed in 2 Kings 6:17 for the eyes to be opened. verse 17 – And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.”

Here is my prayer for all of us:
1. Open our eyes to SEE WHAT CAN BE. Open our eyes to the possibilities of the Kingdom as we put our trust in You, Lord. Open our eyes to see Your provision, Your path, Your dream over our lives. Open our eyes to see what Your hand has done in our lives and what can be for our next steps.

2. Open our eyes to SEE WHAT CAN’T BE. Help us, Lord, to put away the items from our lives where You have clearly shut the door. Help us to refine our path and not cling to areas that You have not directed us. Give us wisdom. To obey. To step into Your will and to dream ahead rather than pine for the trail behind.

3. Open our eyes to SEE WHAT IS. Bishop Stearns preached prophetically, “Just say the Word.” Lord, we put our trust in You for this decade of Vision. Stretch us further and OPEN OUR EYES TO SEE WHAT IS. To see the reality of WHAT YOU SEE. To speak the Word. To step out in Vision. To proclaim the Lord’s Word over our lives, our families, our businesses, our work places, our relationships and to see the Word of the Lord fulfilled in a greater sense than ever before.

“LORD, open our eyes to see Your hand at work and to believe for the heart of the Father to be revealed in our lives.”

“To infinity and beyond” in 2020!

Pastor Sharon Baldwin
The Tabernacle Preschool Ministries

TAB Blog: For the Lord in 2020

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men. Colossians 3:23 (AMP)

It’s that time of year where we all look back on what we did over the last 12 months. We introspectively perform an analysis to see if our year was successful. This process usually leads us to create a list of things we want to be better in the next year. Many of us will begin 2020 with a list of resolutions. Maybe we want to get healthier, eat better, work out more, get better grades in school, get that raise or promotion at work, read the Bible more, start tithing or give generously beyond the tithe, volunteer more, learn how to play the guitar, learn a new language, learn how to sew, the list may be full of things or have just one. These are all admirable and I hope you each accomplish what you set out to do. Whatever the goal is for 2020, take a moment to reflect and think about if it is going to be done for the Lord or for yourself.

There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. Proverbs 19:21 (NKJV)

Bishop Robert teaches us that we must prioritize hearing from the Lord. When the Lord puts things in our hearts we must remember to discern how we do those things with excellence and for God’s glory, not our own. As we embark on the adventure of a new year, we must strive to live in unity with our brothers and sisters and make our families, workplaces and communities better. We need to show the love of Jesus to a nation that is in desperate need.

The Tabernacle is a place for dreamers. This church has a heart full of God-given dreams. We all want to see this church be the best it can be for our community, our city and our nation. Let’s make sure the Glory of the Lord covers the earth like the waters cover the sea in 2020!

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

Miracles happen at The Tabernacle,

Pastor Joshua Ogle

TAB Blog: His Grace and Glory

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Good Morning.

I am grateful and humbled to have the opportunity to share my heart with you this morning. I was reading through my devotional and I received a beautiful revelation about advent tenderness and I’d like to share parts of it with you.

Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. (Isaiah 53:1-4 NIV)

Before now, I’ve never thought of the manger as the very place the Father “planted” Jesus, the “tender shoot” of Isaiah’s vision. But truly, Jesus is the root that broke through the dry ground of a fallen universe. Who could have imagined that the humble estate of a stable would become such a garden of grace and glory? Who could have dreamed that the mighty arm of the Lord would be revealed most powerfully in the weakness of his birth?

Jesus literally became everything ugly and vile about our sin. He became sin for us so that, in Him, we might be clothed and become the very righteousness of God. Jesus – who shared the eternal delight of the Godhead and the adoration and esteem of angels became the man of sorrows for us. And though Jesus did not remain a tender shoot, he retained ALL tenderness.

No one is familiar with suffering like our Lord Jesus. In taking up the cross, he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows. If we can make progress in only one thing this Advent season, Lord Jesus, may it be to have a much greater esteem for you. Intensify our love for you, deepen our awe of your manger and your cross, and make our hearts to be much more tender as the gospel is calling us to become.

Abundant blessings to you and your family.

With love,
Cheri Leight
Creative Media Director, The Tabernacle

TAB Blog: This Christmas Season

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

We are in the midst of the Christmas Season, which is filled with joy and happiness, for many people. Activity seems to be at a peak for the year, fueled with new energy, and a fresh wave of optimism. We are in our fourth month of viewing Hallmark Christmas Movies, where names and places change, but the plot remains rather constant. The advertising gurus are constantly reminding us if we wear certain attire, own a specific type of vehicle or electronic gadget, we too can look or be special.

Baking of holiday treats, decorating houses inside and out, attending house parties is the order of the day. We strive to make our homes to look like sets used for photo-shoots for “Better Homes & Gardens.” Of course there is shopping!!! What would this holiday be without the hunt for that perfect gift, even if requires that “you shop until you drop?” But it is Christmas and we consider the price of the pursuit not excessive, or at least for the immediate.

Christmas season is wonderful, and should be enjoyed, but it may not be that way for everybody. It is a study of contrasts, joy and despair. In the midst of great celebration, there are those who have encountered loss, or fear what lies ahead for the family. Their holiday season is not likely to have a great amount of joy, as they deal with broken relationships, an unfavorable health report, or the loss of employment due to a company down-sizing. Even though we may not be able to turn their situation around, it is a time when our Tabernacle family can minister to people by demonstrating true care and concern. Perhaps the most important thing is to simply let them know they are not forgotten, however that may be expressed.

In the midst of all the activity, have 2020 vision.

With the activity & fatigue levels so high, we may fail to remember 2019 is rapidly coming to an end. It seemed like only yesterday when we were determined to do some things differently. Whatever they were, we are now being faced with the success or failure of those intentions. The “books” are about to close for 2019, and it is time to prepare for a new year. Unless changes are made, 2020 can be a replay of prior years.

Please allow me to make some suggestions for this holiday season!

• Really believe that God loves you and thinks you are very special.
He is your provider and not reluctant to share His goodness and provision with you. Give Him first place in all your festivities.
• Make this holiday season a time for family and to the best of your ability, enjoy peace on earth (and in your home). It is not about the perfection of the meal or price of the gift, it is about what it represents.
• Reach out to those who are in a difficult season of life. Make the phone call, send a card with a heart-felt message that encourages, share your blessings with others. You will enjoy your Christmas even more.
• Relax! Laugh about the things that didn’t come out perfect. It seems that we remember what was goofed up more than what was perfect. Make memories! Take pictures!

Most of all, thank the Lord for His gift of life. Jesus has come that we might have abundant life!

Merry Christmas and 20/20 sight for the New Year!
Pastor Al Baun

TAB Blog: “Welcome Home” A Musical

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Light the Christmas trees, hang the stockings, bake those cookies, sing those carols…the holidays have officially begun! Today, we invite you, your family, friends and co-workers to begin the Christmas Season with us, your Tabernacle family, tonight with our Christmas Musical & Festival.

This incredible night features our annual musical, “Welcome Home,” with live orchestra and vocal team. Performances are:

Sunday, December 8th at 7:00pm

90 minutes prior to the performance, our Christmas Festival will begin which will host our Basket Auction, Timeless Treats at our Confectionary, Holiday Beverages, Photo Booth, String Quartet, “Pastries by Camille” Crepes, and much more! It’s the perfect time to invite your loved ones to your church home; those who you deeply desire to share the love of Christ. This beautiful night is the best opportunity of the year to do that! We have free tickets in the atriums for you to use as an invitation. Keep inviting, keep reaching out…you never know who will say, “Yes!”

Christmas. Just the simple mention of the day can elicit a strong reaction; anywhere from excitement to dread. Maybe you immediately think of that one year when everything went wrong…The kids found your secret hiding place for their presents and raided it at 3pm on Christmas Eve and then did a not so great job of rewrapping them in an attempt to cover their tracks. Then the cat climbed the Christmas tree and down it went…the oven broke but you had no idea until you went to take out the long awaited golden brown bird and you found it ice cold & raw.. Microwave dinners for everyone! Or maybe you think of your first Christmas as a parent…The way your child’s eyes got wide with wonder as the lights twinkle in the night and how they were much more interested in the torn wrapping paper than the gift that was in it.

Close your eyes. Imagine, it’s Christmas morning. In the distance you can hear Christmas music on the radio, slightly overpowered by Grandpa’s TV as he watches McGyver way too loud because he’s too proud to use his hearing aid. The mouthwatering aroma of the coming feast wafts through the air as Grandma pulls the dish from the oven and places it on the table next to her mother’s gravy boat. You hear the crunch of gravel beneath car tires and the dog starts barking to announce it’s arrival. The kids jump out of the car as soon as it comes to a stop and immediately burst through the front door, their excitement is almost tangible and their laughter fills the air. After a flurry of hugs, laughter and “Merry Christmas’s” you carry the gifts to the tree. You can’t help but linger there for a moment and admire it. There is nothing particularly stunning about it, except the way it tells the story of your family. It chronicles everything. The hand carved wooden tree that Grandpa made for the first Christmas he and Grandma were married. The “baby’s first Christmas” ornament they bought when your Dad was born. The tin can lid ornament your Dad made in Kindergarten with his picture and too much glitter on it, that hasn’t aged well and always made you question his teachers craft choices. It’s this moment every year, when you see the tree, when the memories surround you that you release that deep exhale of comfort and contentment. Suddenly, the kids yell from the dining room that it’s time to eat and you find your place at the table. Grandma reaches her hands out to either side of her and everyone joins hands. She is beaming as she lovingly looks at each face and says “Welcome Home”.

Today, we say to you, “Welcome Home to the Tabernacle!”

Much love,
Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: Welcome Home

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Light the Christmas trees, hang the stockings, bake those cookies, sing those carols…the holidays have officially begun! Today, we invite you, your family, friends and co-workers to begin the Christmas Season with us, your Tabernacle family, next weekend, December 7th & 8th, for our Christmas Musical & Festival weekend.

This incredible weekend features our annual musical, “Welcome Home,” with live orchestra and vocal team. Performances are:

Saturday, December 7th at 3:00pm & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 8th at 7:00pm

90 minutes prior to each performance, our Christmas Festival will begin which will host our Basket Auction, Timeless Treats at our Confectionary, Holiday Beverages, Photo Booth, String Quartet, “Pastries by Camille” Crepes, and much more! It’s the perfect time to invite your loved ones to your church home; those who you deeply desire to share the love of Christ. This beautiful weekend is the best opportunity of the year to do that! We have free tickets in the atriums for you to use as an invitation. Keep inviting, keep reaching out…you never know who will say, “Yes!”

Christmas. Just the simple mention of the day can elicit a strong reaction; anywhere from excitement to dread. Maybe you immediately think of that one year when everything went wrong…The kids found your secret hiding place for their presents and raided it at 3pm on Christmas Eve and then did a not so great job of rewrapping them in an attempt to cover their tracks. Then the cat climbed the Christmas tree and down it went…the oven broke but you had no idea until you went to take out the long awaited golden brown bird and you found it ice cold & raw.. Microwave dinners for everyone! Or maybe you think of your first Christmas as a parent…The way your child’s eyes got wide with wonder as the lights twinkle in the night and how they were much more interested in the torn wrapping paper than the gift that was in it.

Close your eyes. Imagine, it’s Christmas morning. In the distance you can hear Christmas music on the radio, slightly overpowered by Grandpa’s TV as he watches McGyver way too loud because he’s too proud to use his hearing aid. The mouthwatering aroma of the coming feast wafts through the air as Grandma pulls the dish from the oven and places it on the table next to her mother’s gravy boat. You hear the crunch of gravel beneath car tires and the dog starts barking to announce it’s arrival. The kids jump out of the car as soon as it comes to a stop and immediately burst through the front door, their excitement is almost tangible and their laughter fills the air. After a flurry of hugs, laughter and “Merry Christmas’s” you carry the gifts to the tree. You can’t help but linger there for a moment and admire it. There is nothing particularly stunning about it, except the way it tells the story of your family. It chronicles everything. The hand carved wooden tree that Grandpa made for the first Christmas he and Grandma were married. The “baby’s first Christmas” ornament they bought when your Dad was born. The tin can lid ornament your Dad made in Kindergarten with his picture and too much glitter on it, that hasn’t aged well and always made you question his teachers craft choices. It’s this moment every year, when you see the tree, when the memories surround you that you release that deep exhale of comfort and contentment. Suddenly, the kids yell from the dining room that it’s time to eat and you find your place at the table. Grandma reaches her hands out to either side of her and everyone joins hands. She is beaming as she lovingly looks at each face and says “Welcome Home”.

Today, we say to you, “Welcome Home to the Tabernacle!”

Much love,
Pastor Aimee

TAB Blog: The Word, The Spirit, The Name

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Three Keys to the Book of Acts

This was the prayer of the early church. Acts 4:29-31 “And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. 30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” After this prayer, the meeting place shook, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. Then they preached the word of God with boldness.

The Book of Acts is the standard of what it means to be a Christian and a follower of Christ; it demonstrates Christ at work through men and women who surrender themselves to Him.

When we study The Book of Acts, we find it to be an illustration for the church today. The facts are, God has never changed. The ministry of the church has never changed. Jesus Christ has never changed. The purpose of miracles has never changed. The world is waiting for the church to return to the order of The Book of Acts in its fullness and glory.

God’s Word is still as creative and as powerful as it was when God spoke it. If God said, “I am the Lord that heals thee” (Exodus 15:26) 4000 years ago, that Word is as much in power today as His Word that keeps the heavens and the earth in place.

There are three keys, three facts which unlock the treasure book of apostolic power. They are not new; they are not even profound! They just work!

Number One ~ They not only preached the uncompromising Word of God; they believed every word they preached.

Number Two ~ They were not only filled and anointed with the power of the Spirit, they depended on Him fully. It is The Spirit that produced the miracles.

Number Three ~ They knew the authority of, and the use of the Name of Jesus. It was the Word that convicted and convinced, but The Name was their credentials and authority.

Those are the three keys to the Book of Acts. The Word, the Spirit and The Name. Three keys that are still the keys to healing, miracles and world evangelism in this generation. Be a keeper of the Keys!

Blessings,

Pastor Jo Ann Angelo

TAB Blog: Thankfulness

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

A five year old was learning about creation and posed a question to the children’s pastor, “What day did God create BLUE?” Chuckles and smiles ensued in the Facebook post as adults saw the simplicity of the question. I got excited. My emoji hand shot up in the post. I wanted to answer. Science and creation summoned together to explain one of the great wonders of the Bible.

On Day 1 God created Blue. And yellow. And red. And all the millions of other shades of colors as on that day, God created light. Genesis 1:3 is a simple first command from the Great Creator, “Let there be light!” I recently bought a prism to show how light refracts, and in that refraction, we see all the colors of the rainbow and multitudes more. In the very first act of creation, God created color. Without light, there is no color.

In the dark void of Genesis 1:1-2, the Spirit of God was hovering over the water as darkness covered the earth. Then God spoke light into existence. Color became a reality and God called it good. We experience the wonders of following a sunset as light shines through the layers of atmosphere to create spectacular colors. We are filled with awe as we watch the spectacular stars on a night sky, view the amazing pigments of sea life or observe the display of changing colors in the fall season. Color is all around us and God declared it, “Good!”

I am amazed at the variety of color. Colorists will tell you there are 1000 shades of gray in just one category of color. The fine detail of God’s creation was not defined by one box of 8 Crayola colors. No. On Day One, the Great Creator made color that could not be defined by any of man’s designs but one in which we have worked to capture the height, depth, and broad spectrum of creation through our finite considerations for thousands of years.

In this month of thankfulness, I am giving thanks for the color Blue. And red. And Orange. And every other shade God spoke into existence on Day One. I am thankful for the light that shines in darkness and reveals the very heart of an incredible God who continues to enjoy His creation. I am grateful for all that His hand provides.

Yours for the Kingdom,

Pastor Sharon Baldwin
Preschool Ministries/Southwestern Day Care