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TAB Blog: Inheritance

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22 (NKJV)

Becoming a father has brought this Bible verse to life for me. It has become a driving force in how I live, work and spend my resources. In everything I do now, I’m reminded by God’s Word. Am I leaving an inheritance for my grandchildren?

There is an Iroquois philosophy called the Seventh Generation Principle. This principle states the decisions someone makes today should result in seven generations of sustainability. Benjamin Franklin even considered this principle as a contributing influence on the American Constitution. Our founding fathers were moved by the Iroquois system of government. Whether knowingly or not, this principle shares much of the Biblical wisdom that King Solomon shares with us in the book of Proverbs.

Sadly, much of our culture today has rejected this Biblical wisdom of living with a generational worldview. Today’s sentiment is to take advantage of what’s in front of you and don’t worry about the consequences that will be left behind. This is often short sighted and I believe in many areas of culture/society we can point to circumstances where we are dealing with the effects of this type of living. What would happen if the church rejected the hedonistic lifestyle that culture is promoting and began to look at the world through the Biblical wisdom of King Solomon? Would we see failing churches, buildings in disrepair due to lack of financial resources and constant splits and divisions?

The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, Psalm 24:1a (NKJV)

When we align ourselves with God’s Word and recognize that every decision we make has lasting ramifications, we are able to build a legacy that not only sustains our children and our children’s children, but creates a continuing platform that God can build from strength to strength, Glory to Glory!

I pray that as a church, we seek this Biblical lifestyle of generational living and blessings.

With love,

Pastor Joshua Ogle

TAB Blog: How We Win

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Does it matter how we win?

My deep love and respect for the game of baseball is no secret. There are individual players and teams that I tend to follow, but my interest is for the game and how it’s played. To a casual observer, the game may be less than exciting, but to its followers, it is full of strategy and individual contests. There are rules and traditions that guide how the game is to be played.

You are probably aware that a scandal is casting a shadow over the validity of a certain team’s accomplishments, which spreads to the integrity of the game. The performance of those to whom the game has been given to steward is in question.

There is a desire in each of us to succeed in the endeavors that we are engaged in. With that comes a desire to have an “edge” that gives an advantage in the matter. Does it matter how that edge is obtained? Does it matter how a person or team wins?

Paul likens his life to running a race where the contestant competes for a perishable crown. He was so focused on the goal that he would not consider allowing anything to hinder that pursuit. The writer of Hebrews speaks of running a race before a great cloud of witnesses and encourages the runner to lay aside every weight and sin that would easily ensnare us.

Psalm 24:3-6 asks an important question and answers it as well. “Who may ascend unto the hill of the Lord, or who may stand in His holy place?”

Scripture contains numerous accounts of those who ran the race of life, the challenges and sacrifices that they made. They realized that the race can be long, you become weary, and even seem hopeless. If you quit, you certainly can’t win. If you find a way to “beat the system” victory is hollow, and if discovered, can be removed.

The Psalmist in Psalm 73 had doubts that almost overwhelmed him as he compared himself to worldly men and their prosperity. He admits that he had entertained the temptation to yield to their methods and practices. They were proud, arrogant, seemingly untouched by adversity.

He describes his pain as he thought about it, “until he went into the sanctuary of God.” With that perspective he saw their end, and his view changed to “it was good for me to draw near to God.”

If you are wrestling with this type of issues in your life, please don’t allow yourself to grow faint in your well-doing. Each of us will be measured by how we live our lives with what God has given us. There is a trap in comparative living. It will leave our lives open to envy and lust for things that will not satisfy because they are obtained out of questionable motivation.

Live your life in a manner that will produce victories that will bring true satisfaction.

Pastor Allen Baun

TAB Blog: Words of Praise

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Hello Tab Family,

The spirit of worship here at The Tabernacle has been one of the defining foundational factors and core values that makes us who we are.  We have had the privilege over the last few weeks to hear from our preaching team about worship, prompting us to individually and corporately pursue a new level of worship and encounter His Glory.  A couple of weeks ago I shared on the Hebraic understanding of praise, and how the uniqueness of each Hebrew word of praise shows us a further demonstration of how we praise the King of Kings.  Here is a summary for you to keep with you.

7 Hebrew Words for “Praise”

Yadah to revere or worship with lifted or extended hands; to throw (as a stone or arrow) at or away; Root Word, Yada, which means to be intimately acquainted with someone, or God. To understand or acquire knowledge; to know; to discern; (learning to discern God’s heart) To know by learning and experiencing. Knowing through the senses, by investigating and proving Genesis 29:35; 2 Chronicles  20:21; Psalm 63:1, 107:15; Genesis 49:8; 2 Chronicles 7:6; Isaiah 12:4; Jeremiah 33:11
Todah Praise, thank offering, means to praise no matter what your circumstances. Psalm 100, 50:23, 56:12; Jeremiah 17:26
Halau raise, boast, celebrate, clamorously foolish, to shine, hence to make show, to rave, sing; to cause to shine, to make bright, to give light, radiance is at the heart…It is the root word of Hallelujah! Jeremiah 31:7; Psalm 149:1, 69:30, 22:22-25, 48:8;

Judges 16:24; 2 Samuel 14:25;

2 Chronicles 7:6; Ezra 3:10-11; Nehemiah 5:13

Barak kneel; bless, to do with motion. To confess, to thank, to use the hands, or to bow the knee, to revere, worship, salute, to bless God in an act of adoration Judges 5:2-3; Psalm 103:1, 72:15, 96:2, 103:1-2, 18:46; Job 1:21
Shabach triumph, glory, commend, a loud adoration, proclaiming with a loud voice unashamed glory. Ecclesiastes 4:2; Psalm 145:4, 147:12, 117:1; Isaiah 12:6
Zamar sing praise with the instrument; to touch with fingers the strings of an instrument, or to pluck a stringed instrument in celebration II Samuel 22:50;

Psalm 33:2, 71:2, 61:8, 66

Tehillah Praise, laudation, or hymn of praise: the most demonstrated word for praise in the Old Testament.  Comes from the word HALAL = strong expression.  TeHILLAH is the song the Lord sings to us & subsequently, through us, God’s song being sung; the spontaneous expression of the spiritual song Psalm 22:3, 33:1, 34:1;
Isaiah 61:3; 1 Chronicles 16:35;
2 Chronicles 20:22; Deuteronomy 10:21; Exodus 15:11

 

 

As you read scripture, remember that behind every English word, “praise” is one of these seven Hebrew words, so as you discover them, you can see the fullness of how praise is expressed and lived.  Let’s begin with challenging ourselves to stretch in our expression of praise, and then wait to see how your worship grows and the experience of the presence and glory of God increases in its revelation to you personally … and how it increases as we all come together corporately.   Ruth Ward Heflin said “Praise until the spirit of worship comes, Worship ‘till the glory comes, then .. Stand in the Glory.”  Let’s press into this together as a covenant family!

For His Glory,

Pastor Aimee

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.

Blessings,
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