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TAB Blog: One Thing I Desire

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

What a wonderfully refreshing time we have had over the past four days basking in the Presence of God! How grateful we are to Bishop Robert and the entire Eagles’ Wings Team for allowing us to host the annual East Coast Conference here at The Tab!

As you know, this year’s theme has been “Fire and Presence,” and certainly we have experienced the reality of these words as we’ve worshipped in a spirit of grace and unity. I’m happy to say, we’re not finished but have this LORD’s Day to continue in each of our services with the same heart and mind. And, in fact, we won’t be finished once this day comes to conclusion, for we are called to live our lives each day in the Presence of The LORD! This desire is what the Psalmist David had in mind when he wrote, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” (Ps. 27:4)

We know from Scripture that King David had a wonderful desire to walk with God and desired to build a house for The LORD. He was familiar with the Tabernacle of Moses, yet he desired a more permanent dwelling place. Although he was never permitted to erect the Temple, he was allowed to gather the building materials and make the preparations for its construction. David never saw the Temple in Jerusalem, instead, it was his son, Solomon, who ultimately saw the Temple completed. Even though the Temple had yet to be built, David envisioned it and expressed his desire to be safe within its Sanctuary, for it was there that he looked to experience God’s presence in a very unique and significant way.

This statement, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek:” is one of the most single-minded statements of purpose in the entire Bible. It’s as if David took his life to the sharpener, and grinding away every distraction, and stripping off every hindrance, sharpened-down his life to a point: and with it wrote, “One thing I desire!” I’m wondering, what “one thing” would I write? If your life was reduced to its lowest common denominator, would your “one thing” bring you back to The LORD?

Today, let’s join David in setting God’s Presence, not only as the priority of this day, but as the priority of our lives.

In His Presence,

Pastor Jim Ruddy

TAB Blog: Fire & Presence East Coast Conference 2018

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I greet you on this special day from Prague where I have been ministering this weekend at the National Pastor’s Gathering, and am today speaking at Prague Christian Fellowship here in the Capital and largest City in the Czech Republic. Thank you for your faithful intercession for me as I complete this ministry time in Europe. I am confident that through your prayers and the provision of the Holy Spirit I will be successful in fulfilling this present assignment and return to the States this week.

Of course, I am looking forward to kicking off the “Fire & Presence: East Coast Conference 2018” that we are hosting this week at The Tab. Believers from across the Nation will be joining us for this four day gathering, Wednesday July 11 through Saturday July 14. We are honored to have internationally renowned worship leaders Rick Pino, Eddie James, the Fitt Brothers joining us, as well as members of the Eagles’ Wings and Tabernacle worship teams leading us before our Great King! Please join me in prioritizing these days as we determine to press on to know The LORD, confident that we will be refreshed by the glory of His Presence. Registration for the day sessions is still open and, of course, the evening sessions are free and open to the public, so plan on bringing a friend. You can check out the full schedule and details at www.eagleswings.org/ECC18

In closing, I rejoice at the opportunity to honor Bishop Emeritus Tommy and Wanda Reid as they celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary. As I state in the video greeting I sent earlier this week from Frankfurt, Germany, I send my love, congratulations and blessings to this amazing couple whose lives have impacted the entire world. Today, we, The Tabernacle Family, as well as the whole Body of Christ, stand to honor you, to bless you, to thank you, and to say, “Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary!”

From my heart,

Bishop Robert

TAB Blog: Anything is Possible!

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Good Morning Tabernacle Family!

What an honor it is to have this opportunity to share with you what has been on my heart. To be completely honest, I am learning how to walk fully in Ephesians 3:20-21, “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly BEYOND all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” Father said it. Father meant it. Father will do it. All we need to do is step into it. With every minor/major act of obedience when we walk where He has asked us to walk… Anything is possible!!

My husband and I recently returned from France attending the Festival de Cannes for a film we were a part of. This experience was so beyond my imagination that even the idea of this happening never entered my mind. This is a moment that has changed my life forever. The Lord literally plucked us out of Buffalo and took us with Him to Cannes, France. The experience was overwhelmingly humbling and honoring. We were given a glimpse of a world that we never thought we could imagine being in. As we walked the red carpet and throughout the festival we prayed and took land for The Kingdom. The events leading up to this moment challenged us. God was so specific in ordering our steps, but we had to make the conscious choice of partnering with God and what He was doing. We had to walk it out even when we didn’t feel like it. GOD said GO and so we went. We never would have imagined that this film would win multiple awards and earn a screening at the Festival de Cannes in France!

The pauper mentality keeps you small. We dilute the words and commands of God’s voice in our life down to what we can accomplish in this weakened, victim mentality state. When God is calling you to a large place with influence and authority that totally suits you. It’s what you were created for! Though, we limit ourselves down to what we think we can handle. In my weakness, HE is strong. Do not settle for a posture of defeat. We have a responsibility of replicating what’s in heaven here on earth.

“I pray that the light of God will illuminate the eyes of your imagination flooding you with light, until you experience the full revelation of the hope of His calling —that is, the wealth of God’s glorious inheritances that He finds in us, His holy ones!

I pray that you will continually experience the immeasurable greatness of God’s power made available to you through faith. Then your lives will be an advertisement of this immense power as it works through you! This is the mighty power that was released when God raised Christ from the dead and exalted him to the place of highest honor and supreme authority in the heavenly realm! And now He is exalted as first above every ruler, authority, government, and realm of power in existence! He is gloriously enthroned over every name that is ever praised, not only in this age, but in the age that is coming!” Ephesians 1:18-21 (TPT)

May God Ignite Your Heart,
Cheri Leight
Creative Marketing Director

TAB Blog: East Coast Conference

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“And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’ Then he said to Him, ‘If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.’“ Exodus 33:14-15

What makes us unique? Really. Lots of groups and clubs meet weekly. Many people attend musical productions or speeches every day. What makes our Sunday morning different from a Kiwanis, Rotary or any other kind of civic meeting of people wanting to genuinely do good?

Presence. That’s it. It is the Presence of the living God in the midst of His people that makes us different from every other religion and organization on the planet.

Moses knew this, which is why he said to the Lord, “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here.” Yet we can become so familiar with the presence of God that we can take it for granted.

This July 11 – 14 you are invited to join believers from across the nation for “Fire & Presence: East Coast Conference 2018” hosted at The Tabernacle. This four day gathering will include ministry from internationally renowned worship leaders Rick Pino, Eddie James, as well as Eagles’ Wings and the Fitt brothers. Draw aside and spend extended time in God’s presence, soaking in His goodness and being marked by a fresh word for your life. Registration starts at $59 and evening sessions are open to the public. See the full schedule and details at www.eagleswings.org/ECC18 use promo code: TABDISCOUNT

His presence not only refreshes but it also leads, as it did the Children of Israel straight to the Promised Land. This people, the Jewish people, stewarded the presence of God for thousands of years. They and the land of Israel are a part of our spiritual DNA.

Tonight, we are very honored and blessed to have, direct from Israel, one of the great ministry leaders of our time. Dr. Dan & Patti Juster are leaders of the global Tikkun movement with congregations spread around the world. They live in Israel and carry a powerful testimony of what God is doing in this nation and the nations. You do not want to miss this dynamic couple speaking tonight at 7:00pm.

As we pursue God’s heart, honoring His presence through these special events and each time we gather, we will make way for a fuller expression of His Kingdom in our midst!

Stephen Jenks

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