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TAB Blog: Impossible Assignments

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Impossible assignments are your assignment. Whew. To read that is exciting. To walk it is exciting. To live it is world shattering. When you think about the word impossible what do you think of? It’s defined by Webster as incapable of being or of occuring. Felt to be incapable of being done, attained, or fulfilled : insuperably difficult.

I’m presenting this to you this way because insignificance must be answered in order for us to move and live in the impossible. The question of “who am I” will be right in your face, unrelentlessly presenting itself to you. If we rely on our own humanistic responses, we will fail and fall short and never step into what God is calling us to do. The Lord wants to put His hand on your spirit and say, “Live again. Bigger and better than before.” God is faithful and He is interested in increase.

We are called to impossible assignments because we serve a God of the impossible. Moses had an impossible assignment. He actually protested God in Exodus 3:11-12, “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you…” Do you hear the Lord responding to you? “I will be with you.”

This one statement, “I will be with you,” changes everything! He will do what only He can do. He is the only one that makes the difference. The Lord said, “I pick you.” He will make you the very one to unlock the doors. Do you pick Him? God is drawing you deeper into the impossibilities. I pray that the eyes of your understanding would be enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling (Ephesians 1:18).

God wants to show the world that He picked you. Would you come into agreement with what the Lord is doing in your life? Let it be done according to His word. Allow the Lord to make himself known to you while you make yourself known to Him.

The spirit of revelation wants to move you from where you are into activation. This ramp has a purpose. It’s to move you. Would we consider moving to the assignment? Allowing ourselves to shift our focus from who we were to who God is calling us to be?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5.

Cheri Leight
Creative Marketing Director, The Tabernacle

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