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TAB Blog: Daily Decisions

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

This is the month we celebrate the birthdays of two of the great Presidents of our country, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. These men were deeply committed to performing the duties of the office of president. One was establishing what this new country was to be and how it would function; the other, some 50+ years later, was committed to preserving the union and abolishing a great injustice in our land. They saw beyond their own comfort and pleasure to the generations that would come behind them. They worked to create a nation that would be a blessing.

Over the last few Sundays, we were privileged to hear messages that have spoken to our conduct in the day we are living. Those of us who have a few more miles on their odometers look at the events with amazement as we consider the changes we have seen in our lifetime and the acceleration that they have occurred. In this ever-changing world, our challenge is to be “wise as serpents, but harmless as doves” (Matt. 10:16).

In Isaiah 39, the prophet is speaking with Hezekiah concerning his entertainment of an envoy representing the King of Babylon. It is recorded that Hezekiah was “pleased with him” and he gave the envoy a tour of all his treasures, which was described as everything that he had. This act and admission opened the way for the prophet to bring a strong word of rebuke. He pronounced that all the treasure in the house and all that the fathers had accumulated would be carried into Babylon. Furthermore, some of the sons would be made eunuchs in the palace of the King of Babylon.

Instead of humbling himself in repentance, Hezekiah had an amazing response. “The word of The Lord which you have spoken is good! At least there will be peace and truth in my days.” His response reflected his “broken values.” He cared only for himself and his generation but had no eye toward the future. It may be difficult to understand why a King of Judah would be engaged in this behavior and, when confronted about his behavior, how he could be comforted by the deferred consequences of his behavior. It would seem to me that his confrontation with Isaiah would somehow prompt him to repent and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Daily decisions have tremendous impact on our lives and on the lives of our families, church and communities. There are times when we say things or make decisions out of ignorance, foolishness or other motivation without considering the consequences. How can we guard against having “broken values,” that will lead to a mindset that is only focused on our comfort, entertainment or ease?

As believers, as citizens of His Kingdom, we are to always be mindful of the thoughts we entertain and guard our hearts so as not to compromise what God has placed there or the calling that is upon our lives. As ambassadors, we are to represent the country of our citizenship and our King. His response is to be my response. His perspective is to be my perspective, which can only be accomplished by continuous relationship with the King.

It is easy to think our service probably won’t make a difference in the great scheme of things, but I would encourage you to do whatever you can to represent our King to our families, church, community, and beyond. If we are faithful, we can trust God for the results.

Pastor Allen Baun

TAB Blog: Home Life Groups

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Greetings Tabernacle Family!!

Home Life Groups are about to resume for an eight-week study of Randy Clark’s book, Authority to Heal, and WE NEED YOU! We need you to open your homes to host this study. Please begin by inviting new people into your inner circle and make room for them. We need you to reach out to those who are new to The Tab! Warmly welcome and draw them near, invite them to build relationship with you, and to get connected within your group. We are the glorious Church possessing the love of Christ within our hearts. Our community surely needs what you possess on the inside of you!

It is time for the world to get a glimpse of God’s glory! It is time for the world to discover the power of God that dwells within and rests upon His people! It is time for all who will, to taste and see that the Lord is truly good! His righteous mercy endures forever! It is time to begin bringing in the first fruits of the harvest! Beloved, it is time to bring forth fruit; divine fruit; glorious fruit; much, much, much fruit! “‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord.” (Zech. 4:6). Glory Hallelujah!

This study will help us dive deep into the reality of the knowledge of our divine inheritance. Grace and peace are multiplied to us through the knowledge of God. We will yield the fruit of healing and the world will marvel at all the great things God does!

This is how it starts; this great in-gathering of souls; this great harvest that is surely upon our threshold; by knowing our God and walking in our inheritance! It is time to find Him; know Him; experience Him and reveal Him. It is time to walk in the inheritance of healing that He has ordained for us!

It begins with sharing your space and developing lasting relationships; by inviting others into your circle to know the greatness of your God. This is our divine call – to make disciples – and it is through relationship that disciples are made. Father is calling, wooing, and drawing others into our midst. We need to do our part to bring them near, keep them near, and to make disciples who walk in wholeness by the power of their divine inheritance!

Much love,

Sherry Jankowski
Home Group Coordinator

Tab Blog: Dangerous Dreams

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We all have dreams. Things we desire to accomplish. They all begin with just one step, then another, and then another. It sounds easy, but the first step is usually the most difficult one to take. Regardless, big dreams or small dreams, that first step has to be taken. The great news is we are not alone. Dreams are more than just something to be achieved, they are an opportunity to partner with our Creator, the biggest Dreamer of all time. God does not need us to fulfill anything, but He desires to partner with us.

All through the Bible we see examples of this. Noah built a boat for an event he’d never heard of. Moses led an entire race out of Egypt. David went from being a young shepherd to becoming a King. Esther became a queen and saved her people from genocide. Joseph married a young girl who gave birth to our Savior.

Maybe your dream isn’t of “Biblical” proportions, but it is still important to God, and to you. Ever since I can remember, it was my dream to play piano. When I was young, I’d go to my grandmother’s house and pound away on the piano that belonged to my mom when she was a girl. As I went through school, I played other instruments, but nothing came close to that piano. Eventually my mom’s piano became my piano, but lessons were still far away. But then came “that day!” Someone put a message on the 3D Woman Facebook Page offering piano lessons and I responded. When I began lessons five years ago, I was asked what my goal was. My response was, “I wanted to sit in my living room and worship the Lord.”

God has enabled me to meet that very goal and surpass it. Today, I find myself ministering in places I never thought I’d be. God is so good! Remember, the dream is just the beginning. He will take the dream in your heart and not only help you meet it, but even go beyond. Then He will move you into the places He has had waiting for you all along.

What dreams are in your heart? It may not be a dream inside the church walls, but it is no less important. What you need to know is that whatever it is and that whatever stage of life you’re in, God is waiting for you. All you need to do is take that first step.

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes to make it possible.  T.E. Lawrence

Be dangerous!

Living for Him,

Lorri Atkins

 

TAB Blog: TabGlobal

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“‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:37-39

Love God…Love People

Our TabGlobal ministry seeks to do just that, as we serve our 38 missionaries around the world and as we equip to send others out.

Have you been sensing it’s time to GO? … Well, we are excited to announce our upcoming TabGlobal Missions Trip to Honduras, August 17 – 24, 2019. As a Church we will have the opportunity to see and participate first hand in the work of the Hope Center led by very own TabGlobal missionaries, Peter and Tyanne Jurka, who were sent out from the Tab in 1988.

They raised their family in Honduras and partnered with their daughter and son-in-law, Tarah and John Carrette, to adopt 23 children. Their mission includes the Hope Center which provides food and a medical clinic for the needy. They developed Honors Academy, a school that has grown to 250 students to serve the area. Tyanne has also developed a prison ministry to the 18th Street Gang and their families.

As a short-term Mission Group, we will be participating in humanitarian services throughout Honduras that may include serving at a medical clinic, ministry in local villages, visiting a prison, outreach to students, or a water project.

Would you take a moment and ask the Lord if this where He is sending you to love Him and to love His people? Stop by the table in The Atrium to apply or to receive more information. Please be aware that space is limited so you need to apply to secure your spot.

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

Together In Him,

Veronica Jenks
TabGlobal Team

TAB Blog: Pastoral Care

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Hello Tabernacle Family!

I just wanted to take this opportunity to share on the ministry that is so dear to my heart, Pastoral Care! I am honored to be a part of your lives in a very special way. Supporting, caring, and loving people in times of sadness, loss, and fear, as well as in times of happiness, achievement, and success is such a privilege. Being able to share in what God is doing in all seasons, and create a safe, comfortable atmosphere where people can be vulnerable, and allow you to cry with them, laugh with them, and even let you pray with them, is so special.

Jesus said, “I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.” John 13:34-35 (AMP).

We have a Pastoral Care Team who go above and beyond to make people feel that they are loved and part of our community. The Pastoral Care Team ministers to our church family in many ways; by making visits in hospitals, nursing and rehab centers, and homes, by sending cards to members who can no longer attend services, and by making calls throughout the week to connect with people. Pastoral Care also attends to the needs of people interested in being water baptized, having their children dedicated, and we are there for them when they walk through a loved one’s funeral, or the excitement of a birth or a wedding. This church could not have the impact that is does without the help of the Pastoral Care Team.

If you have a heart for people and would like to serve them, please call or come by and see me at the Church Office. Let’s love one another together!

Love and Blessings,

Pastor Jamie Procknal

TAB Blog: Love After Marriage

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Can you believe that the Valentines season is already upon us? That means The Tabernacle Marriage Workshop called, LOVE AFTER MARRIAGE is fast approaching from January 30th – February 2nd. The Marriage Workshop will be a compilation of live teachers facilitating: activations, teaching videos, real life testimonies, tools for conflict and more. Below is a word from Barry and Lori Byrne: the Founders of LOVE AFTER MARRIAGE!

Marriage can be really hard. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been married a month or 20 years… We’ve all had those times of escalating conflicts, feeling hurt and frustrated toward each other, and experiencing the pain and stress of disconnection – even hopelessness at times. We understand, and have helped thousands of couples learn how to restore, maintain, and deepen the connection in their marriage relationship, regardless of their history.

Unfortunately, almost all of us enter into married life with a lack of skills and tools to help create the marriage we desire – one filled with love, intimacy, enjoyment, hope, and security. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. THERE IS HOPE. Love After Marriage (LAM) has helped countless married couples experience a level of relationship they never thought possible. With disarming transparency and vulnerability from our own lives, we share insights on how to draw closer to your spouse and the overwhelming benefits of pushing past the hurts and disconnection that we all have felt from time to time.

When you go through LAM, you will:
1. Learn how to develop deeper intimacy by inviting God to play an active role in your relationship.
2. Practice implementing simple and practical tools that will help you build and protect your connection. With the right tool set, even the most stressful and difficult of problems becomes an opportunity to become even closer with your spouse.
3. Gain insight and wisdom on how to further connect on an emotional, sexual and spiritual level.

Don’t let pain and conflict go unresolved in your marriage. If we are unintentional in this area, we are leaving room for disconnection to grow. Build and protect the intimacy in your relationship by getting equipped with the right skills and tools, and learning to navigate the intricacies of marriage with God. By investing the time and energy now, it will create deeper connection between you and your spouse for decades to come.

Sign up for the Love After Marriage workshop today online at
http://thetab.org/marriage-ministry/
Why? Because why wait any longer to begin experiencing the marriage you’ve hoped for?

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Lots of love,

Krystena Nightingale

TAB Blog: IGNITE – The Tabernacle Kids Ministry

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Greetings Tabernacle Family!

I wanted to take a moment to first thank you for welcoming me here at The Tab and allowing me to shepherd your kids. It’s one of the greatest blessings I have ever received. I love your children and they have already won me over.

Let me share a little bit of my heart and greatest passion in life. I believe that when Jesus told us the Kingdom of heaven belongs to the children (Matt. 19:14), He meant it. I see the Kingdom when I look at these kids. One of the truths I have been emphasizing to them is that they are more than “just kids.” The same Spirit. who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in THEM (Rom. 8:11), and God doesn’t give them a junior Holy Spirit! My heart beats for them to genuinely encounter Him and hold fast to the truth of who they are in Christ.

With that being said, we are so excited for the relaunching of the Kids Ministry here at The Tab, beginning next Sunday, January 13th. I am honored to announce “IGNITE – The Tabernacle Kids Ministry” – to ignite the flame of God and keep it burning in our hearts. Now that we are IGNITE, we will be introducing a lot of effective methods to ignite the fire and keep it burning. We’ll be having themed message series, related dramas, more awesome times of prayer and worship, deeper classroom times, monthly themed parties/events, outreaches, new check-in system, video announcements, a parents resource board, and of course, lots of FUN!

My appeal to you Church-family and intercessors, is that you would keep us in prayer, and please feel free to join us as our team meets regularly for prayer as well. I believe with all my heart that these kids will experience the grace and wonder of the fire of God’s love for them. Having you to undergird us in prayer is what it is going to take to make it all happen. Thank you in advance, and if you have any questions please feel free to reach out to me.

Many Blessings,

Jennifer Cupicha
Children’s Pastor

TAB Blog: Yesterday, Today and Forever

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

 

”Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

Because our world is in constant change, it is difficult for us to comprehend the unchanging nature of the LORD God. Our moods, dispositions, situations and circumstances are constantly in flux. Time and the passing of it brings about great change, yet God never changes. Time doesn’t alter His heart toward His people nor His compassion for the lost. He never grows weary. His patience is never exhausted. His hands never tire of reaching toward each of us.

Jesus, the Christ of Yesterday! There have been some wonderful yesterdays in each of our lives: the birth of children, schooldays, graduation, marriage, careers, friends; spiritual times of great joy, salvation, baptism, healing and renewal. So too, we have faced our share of difficult days: sickness, death and opened graves, family problems, divorce and adversity. Only the grace of God can enable you to make peace with your past. Jesus is the Christ of Yesterday.

Jesus Christ is also the same Today! In one sense, today is the only day we really have. Tomorrow is a myth. Tomorrow is the day to which we put off those things we should do today. Because of our procrastination tomorrow is the day that never comes. To the contrary, the Psalmist declares, “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24). We rejoice over the fact that the God who never changes is with us, and anything He has ever done at any time, He can do today! He is the All-Sufficient Changeless One!

Jesus Christ, the same Yesterday, and Today, and Forever! We’re all fascinated with the future because that is where we will live the rest of our lives. While we might dream of what is to come, we are never to worry or fear a future day. The same God Who has walked with us though our past, and Who is with us in the present hour, this same, Changeless-Christ will never leave us nor forsake us throughout all eternity.

Yes, our lives are uncertain, but we can close this final week of 2018 and open a brand-New Year confident that our Yesterday’s are forgiven, our Today’s have meaning, and our Forever is secure in the hands of Jesus Christ.

Pastor Jim Ruddy

 

TAB Blog: Merry Christmas!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Thanks so much for joining us for Christmas Worship! How wonderful it is to share our love for God through the beautiful gift of worship! There are many customs and traditions which are associated with the Christmas holiday. The trees with ornaments, tinsel and lights. The family get-together, complete with turkey and feasting. The carols, parties and festivities. And of course, the giving and receiving of gifts. When we seek the origin as to why we give gifts at Christmas, our search takes us back to the manger in Bethlehem where Jesus Christ, the greatest gift, was initially presented to the world.

We might want to say that the Wise Men started it all when they presented him gifts (See Matthew 2:1-12), but in truth, gift-giving really began with God Himself. Isaiah 9:6 declares, “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given!” From our earthly perspective: “a Child is born;” but from God’s heavenly perspective, “a Son has been given!” Jesus himself declares in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

God is the consummate giver! He gave His love to the world in the person of His Son. He gave the Shepherds an angelic birth announcement heralding the glory of the hour. He gave the Wise Men a star that brought them to the Christ Child. And in response to these gifts of God’s grace, Mary gave her submission to the will of God. Joseph offered his reputation and his faith. The Shepherds gave their worship and their testimony. The Wise Men presented their gifts of honor and praise, and we present our hearts to God in surrender and adoration as we declare with the Apostle Paul, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)

On behalf of Bishop Robert, along with each of the pastors and staff of The Tab, we pray you will experience a most blessed and Merry Christmas and that your heart will be continually filled with the wonderful gifts of God’s love and grace.

With Christmas Joy,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Jesus Eats with Everyone

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“The Table” – Darlene Zschech, copyright 2018 Integrity Worship Music

No palace worthy of our King
Too many walls to keep Him in
But a mansion worthy of this Son
Was a stable that said, “Welcome”

A journey on a starry night
The wisest ones followed the light
They gathered ‘round the Holy One
Who was born to love and lead us home

A child who is the King of Kings
Who made a way of grace for sin
Our humble Saviour gave it all
So we’d be seated with the Lord

Hark the herald angels sing
Hear the sound and enter in
There’s a place reserved, just come
‘Cause Jesus eats with everyone

Oh, hear the whisper of His heart
The goodness of our saving God
It doesn’t matter what we’ve done
‘Cause Jesus eats with everyone

We gather at the table, the table of the Lord
Come one, come all, come as you are
We gather at the table, the table of the Lord
Just seek and you will find Him, come as you are

Songs have such a way of expressing the beauty of a heart filled revelation. “The Table,” is a beautiful reminder to me of what Christmas is all about. It’s about the gift of our Savior. It’s about a humble manger where He was born. It’s about a cross where He would one day give His very life for all mankind. And Christmas is about a table where all are welcome to come and dine, “for Jesus eats with everyone.”

This Christmas may we all be reminded of the table of the Lord, lovingly prepared for all that says, “There is a place for you here. You are loved, and you belong.” In a culture where reality has become relative and connections are often made phone to phone rather than face to face…may we all listen a little closer to the voice of the Father calling us home to His table. May we look for opportunities to welcome others, and even sit down with one another heart to heart, face to face. May we embrace our loved ones even closer, and extend our arms to the lonely. No matter who or where you are in this Christmas season, know there is a table prepared for you by a Father Who loves you with an everlasting love.

Merry Christmas,

Erin Paolercio