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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

TAB Blog: Honoring Our Veterans

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.

Tomorrow we will be celebrating Veteran’s Day. It’s a day that we set aside on our calendar to honor all the men and women who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. When I read what the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 12:10, I immediately think of the men and women who took an oath to serve the greater good and put preference to their fellow Americans, instead of their own self-interests. Traditionally, we put three headers over Romans 12. The first is A Living Sacrifice. The second is Humble Service in the Body of Christ. The third is Love in Action. The veterans with us today took a season of their life and modeled for us what it means to be a living sacrifice, in humble service, while serving a purpose of love. The men and women with us today sacrificed for the many freedoms that we enjoy and live in today. Some of our veterans made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms which we hold dear. Many in my family, including my father, made this oath because they believed in the ideals of this country, a nation under God. The freedom of religion, the freedom to attend church and the freedom to own a Bible are pillars of what makes this nation so great.

I believe it is vital for us as Christians to honor those who serve us. We must purpose in our hearts giving preference to one another, which I see exemplified in our veterans and current servicemen and servicewomen. Please join with me as we honor those that are with us and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

With love,

Pastor Joshua Ogle

TAB Blog: Helping Those in Need

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

A value we have as families of The Tabernacle has always been, and will always be, taking care of those in need. Whether it’s in Buffalo, the Philippines, Israel, or other places, we’ve always made feeding those in need a priority at the Tabernacle. We’ve always made it Glocal (Global and Local) too.

What does the Bible say about feeding the poor?

Jesus, our rescuer and leader, says that when we feed the poor and welcome the stranger into our midst, we are not just doing it onto that person we are literally doing it to Jesus. Jesus elevates all people, especially those in need to His level. Wow! He’s so awesome.

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” – Matthew 25:35

The Word tells us that blessing and curses are connected to our care of the poor and needy. When we give to the poor we open up blessing in our lives and secure for ourselves God’s care towards us. He promises we will never lack or want. He’s a good Shepherd.

“Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.” – Proverbs 28:27

Right here on campus through our food pantry, we help families in need of regular and emergency assistance. During holidays, we extend our reach to try and be even more generous during the Holiday Seasons. Personally, Gabi and I find it so meaningful connecting with the various ways we help at The Tab. We sometimes get opportunities to help and volunteer physically but we always make opportunities to help financially.

I’m so glad I’m part of a ministry and family that value serving those in need as Jesus would have us do.

Blessings,

Mark & Gabi Passarella

TAB Blog: Be Who God Created You to Be

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Hello and Good Morning,

There has been such a stirring taking place in my heart. A wrestling, a contention for our identity in Christ. For who God created you to be! I encourage you to stop wrestling and start decreeing who you are. Embrace the bold, quirky, bright, and fragile parts of who you are. The wrestling you have been going through might be God telling you to stop wasting your potential and become who you’re supposed to be. You have a God-planned future filled with great hope before you.

This wrestling for identity is very personal to me, as I have contended, cried, laughed, gave up, started back up again, and gone full circle having allowed myself to be controlled by fear. Most of the time, unknowingly, not realizing that everything I was trying to do was in my own strength. Not God’s.

Take a step back from all the chaos that tries to engulf you. Exhale and breathe again. Quiet yourself. Your heart. Your mind. Your emotions. Be still. Allow the presence of the Lord to come in and rest with you. Acknowledge and release to God your hurts, your heartache. Praise Him for ALL that He has done. Give Him glory. Especially when you don’t feel like it.

Circumstances only have the power to consume you if you allow them to. YOU are powerful in your choices. In your thinking. Don’t conform to what fear is telling you. Most of us feel fear and react to it. We stop doing what is making us afraid and the fear goes away but our world gets smaller. In these moments, we have power over fear in our response and in our thinking. Choose to acknowledge the fear, then proceed into your God-given destiny.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (Psalm 139:13-16).

With Love,

Cheri Leight

Creative Marketing Director

TAB Blog: Lather, Rinse, Repeat

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

“Lather, Rinse, Repeat.” We have all heard this phrase before. I’m sure you have heard these 3 words before from your mother, hairdresser or just read it on the back of the shampoo bottle. These words remind me of the routineness of life. We go through seemingly insignificant days with our schedules and routines. Punching the time clock, laundry, dishes, school work, paying
bills, watching Netflix, eating dinner, running the kids everywhere. “Lather.” After all the busyness, we get our said 6-8 hrs of sleep. “Rinse.” Then we wake up and do it all over again. “Repeat.” The mundane of Lather, Rinse, Repeat can become commonplace and often we feel like we are trapped in a never-ending cycle of same old, same old.

Yet there is beauty in our everyday lives, more then what we have stopped to think about. On any given day that you are lathering, rinsing, and repeating, just being on this planet you are rotating on its axis at 1,000mph! If that’s not amazing enough, Earth is moving around the sun at speeds of 67,000mph. That means on your average day you have traveled more them 1.5 million miles in time and space. If God can do the big things like keeping the planets in orbit, He can surely master the small things, those little amazing details of our lives.

What I am suggesting is that we look beyond the lather, rinse, repeat in our lives to see God in the big things and the little things. There is age-old saying: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” but I think everything is in the eye of our Beholder. Let’s desire to see God beyond our tasks and schedules and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Him in all things. Prayer is what activates this movement in our lives. So today, invite the Holy Spirit to see God in the “lather,
rinse, repeat” of life. It will restore joy, create hope, and we begin to see God in a greater dimension. He is Omnipresent but wants you to invite Him into everything. So, invite his presence with you while you do the laundry, while we are working, running errands, find him, and seek him out in all things. Stop seeing the world just as we are and see the world as He is, in all it’s splendor!!

My prayer for us: God, We invite the Holy Spirit to see you in every detail in our lives. Give us wisdom and revelation in the little things and the big things. Let us see You like never before.

And tomorrow while you are actually lathering, rinsing and repeating with your shampoo think about the fact that every hair on your head is numbered.

In His Name,

Jenn Cupicha
Childen’s Pastor