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October 2017

Pastor’s Pen: The Next Generation

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

God is raising up a generation of believers who are seeking real truth. Those who want a real, genuine encounter with their Father. As our culture continues to get clouded, and the enemy continues to strike strategically, we are in the midst of a young adult movement.

The Lord is preparing both those who grew up in the church, and those who are newly saved to step into a new hunger for Him. He’s preparing his children to live with boldness, fire, and passion for His kingdom.

In the midst of this new and fresh outpouring that is coming, God is asking the older generations to partner with what He’s doing. The older generation has a unique opportunity: to step into their sonship and to be the much needed spiritual mothers and fathers for this next generation.

As a millennial, I want to encourage you and also challenge you to pray and walk into what God is doing. There’s a hunger for guidance, wisdom, and mentorship that spiritual mothers and fathers have the opportunity to provide. Many of us at this age have this desire to be mentored and sowed into, but the enemy may hold us back. We are either too afraid to speak up, or have pushed this desire deep down to try and ignore it.

Please don’t let the enemy discourage you in these times, but yet rather begin to walk in your identity and destiny. As a millennial, I challenge you to continue to push past the lies of the enemy and seek the Lord’s truth. As an individual from an older generation, please be praying for our country, wisdom for this next generation, and pursue youth who are hungry for mentorship and guidance!

As the new Young Adult Director of The Tabernacle, I’m beyond thrilled with the small beginnings of our young adult ministry, Activate. God has already done such amazing things with the group, and I firmly believe that He’s preparing to call back a generation who has been missed. A generation who has not just been missed in The Tabernacle, but all around our country. It’s all of our jobs, both young and old, to come together and walk ever so deeper with what the Father has already begun to do!

Many Blessings,

Andrew Thiel

Pastor’s Pen: The Blessed Life

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I hope you have been encouraged by your reading of Robert Morris’ best-selling book, The Blessed Life. I have been challenged again regarding the stewardship of my finances, wanting to show myself faithful with what God entrusts to me, knowing it is the key to my receiving the true riches of The Kingdom! (See. Luke 16:11).

As you know, a most important time in each of our services is when we present our tithes and offerings to the Lord. Each time a believer gives to the Lord, our gifts are expressed in three dimensions or time-zones: the past, the present, and the future.

Every offering expresses gratitude for what God has done in the past.
2 Corinthians 8:9 says, “For through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, though he was rich, yet for your sakes, He became poor so that you through His poverty might become rich.” Our tithes and offerings reflect our gratitude for the grace and mercy of God that allows us to be transformed from spiritual poverty to a life of true prosperity. When we give to God, it’s not out of pressure, but out of appreciation for what He has done for us in the past.

Every offering allows the believer to prioritize the present.
Jesus declared in Matthew 6:33, “But seek first His kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” It’s obvious that God doesn’t need our money. Instead, we need to analyze what we’re doing with our money and giving allows us to prioritize our present by making sure we are putting God first in our lives.

Every offering plants a seed for the future.
In 2 Corinthians 9:6 Paul writes, “Remember this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” Sowing and reaping don’t happen on the same day or even in the same season; but each seed planted today insures a harvest tomorrow. As you give today, you’re not only investing in the future of the Kingdom, but in your own future as well.

While “The Blessed Life” involves far more than money, it does include this pivotal area of everyday living. As you give today or in the future, recognize your offerings are spanning three time-zones, including a past that has been redeemed, a present that makes sense, and a future that is secure. I pray you’ll have a great day and enjoy The Blessed Life!


Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Buffalo Celebrates Israel!

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

The day we have been long anticipating has finally arrived and this evening we have the wonderful privilege of joining together with both the Jewish and Christian Communities of WNY for “Buffalo Celebrates Israel!”

Tonight at 6:00pm we will fill the Sanctuary at New Covenant Tabernacle, 345 McConkey Dr, Buffalo, NY 14223, to express our solidarity with the Jewish people, join in a wonderful celebration of the Nation of Israel, and express our commitment to Judeo-Christian values that are under assault in our day.

The evening will feature uplifting worship with Bishop Robert and the Eagles’ Wings worship team and a special presentation by the Kedimah School. We are especially excited to hear from Rabbi Pini Dunner of the Beverly Hills Synagogue, New York Senator Timothy Kennedy, along with other leaders from the faith community of Greater Buffalo.

During the service an offering will be received to support the Feeding Centers that Eagles’ Wings sponsors in Jerusalem and Tiberius, along with the good-will work that is done throughout the Land. A highlight of the evening is when the offering will be presented before the Jewish Community as a demonstration of our genuine love for Israel. Please come prepared to share in this freewill offering.

Tabernacle Family, it has never been more urgent than now for us to respond to our Scriptural call to pray for the peace of Jerusalem and to stand as Watchmen on the Wall. Israel is facing many challenges in the world right now and in this pivotal hour it is important that you add your voice to those of others in this region expressing Jesus’ heart for His covenant people. This is not the hour to be silent but to arise and stand together as we seek the blessing of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We’re asking all of us to prioritize this once-a-year evening and honor the Lord and His ancient covenant people as we gather together. Your presence in this evening’s service will go a long way in expressing the love of Jesus to the Jewish Community.

We’re looking forward to seeing you this evening!

Bishop Robert Stearns and Pastor Jim Ruddy

Pastor’s Pen: Keepers of the Flame

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

The Lord is moving here at The Tab and forming us into a House of Prayer! As we continue to embrace the move of God, it’s important to realize that we must not sit back in what He has already done, but instead, continue to actively press into Him as He moves among us.

This Friday evening we have an opportunity to come together at Keepers of the Flame for a time of worship and prayer with special guest worship leader Rick Pino. I have personally been deeply impacted by the ministry of Rick Pino. I had the opportunity to be in many services with him when I was a teenager; and those times of worship were some that marked me for life. Rick has a powerful revelation of worship and intimacy. He carries a unique anointing to lead others into powerful encounters that draw people into the face of God.

As we press into a Tabernacle of David culture, I encourage you to take advantage of times like this Friday evening at Keepers of the Flame. It’s in these moments of extended worship and prayer in the atmosphere of His presence that He forms us into a House of Prayer.

“The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.” Leviticus 6:13 NIV


Amanda Fisher

Pastor’s Pen: Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

Today is the Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. All over the world millions of Christians in 175 nations are gathering to pray in accordance with Psalm 122, agreeing for God’s blessing and Shalom on the city where the Lord said “I will put my name” (2 Kings 21:4).

“Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!” (Psalms 122:2)

As you read this, members of The Tabernacle, along with myself and believers from all over the world are literally “standing in the gates of Jerusalem” leading a global prayer meeting that is being broadcast to 192 nations around the world on GOD TV. (You can visit daytopray.com/godtv to see the broadcast times.)

The scripture goes on to say , “For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, ‘Peace be within you.’” (Psalms 122:8)

We stand linked today, through God’s covenant plan, to our brothers and sisters in Jerusalem. The scriptures makes it clear that we have a responsibility as the wild olive branch grafted in (Romans 11) to pray for and support the Jewish people, while also agreeing for God’s blessing for the Arab people. As we pray this way, we are praying in alignment with God’s heart.

This passage concludes with “Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.” (Psalms 122:9)

There is a “house” that God is building here at The Tabernacle and around the world; it is the “house of prayer for all nations.” Praying for Jerusalem and her inhabitants on this day and every day releases the blessing of the Lord on this house, on your house, and the city of Jerusalem. Your voice counts, your prayers matter, so take your place today as “watchmen on the wall” (Isaiah 56:7) as we lift up a united prayer.

Here are some of the ways you can participate today:
– Jerusalem Prayer Card – You should have received a Jerusalem Prayer Card as you came in with a simple prayer you can pray and scriptures for further study and declaration.

– Participate in the 24-hour “Virtual Prayer Room” conference call until midnight tonight. Led by trained prayer leaders, join in with others from around the world interceding for Jerusalem and Israel all day. To participate Dial 712-432-0075, and enter passcode 7739242#

– Get more prayer resources at www.daytopray.com/pledge – There are downloadable resources with more scriptures and prayers you can pray.

Whatever way you choose to participate, I want to thank you for joining in this global cry declaring, “Peace be within your walls…Jerusalem!”
(Psalms 122:7)

For Zion’s Sake,
Bishop Robert Stearns