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Dear Tabernacle Family,

We are living in a culture enamored with its great accomplishments; placing a premium on pleasure and comfort. This pursuit ignores the Lord in our lives, as we often try to violate principles and sound practices. With things proceeding in a favorable manner, mankind acts as the god of their lives and worships the work of our own hands. However, when comfort and confidence is disturbed and it is apparent that we don’t have the remedy, it is then we “seek” God, even if it is only to restore our world.

Isaiah, a prophet living in Jerusalem who appears to have been highly ranked - probably the head and chief of the prophetic order - gives an account of how it was when King Uzziah died.

In the year King Uzziah died, I [Isaiah] saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted. . .” (Isaiah 6:1).

Judah was enjoying a marvelous time of peace and prosperity under the leadership of King Uzziah. There was a sense of confidence and security that was attributed to their king. He was held in high esteem by his people, and respected and feared by surrounding nations.

Uzziah began serving his nation following the assassination of his father. He “did what was right in the sight of the Lord.” He lived with the prophetic voice of Zechariah instructing him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God made him to prosper.

His approval ratings were out of sight. A shoe-in for another term if running for office.

He led his army in successful military expeditions against the Edomites and tore down the walls of major Philistine cities, while reclaiming territory previously taken from Judah.

· Successful military expeditions against the Edomites, tore down the walls of major Philistine cities, while reclaiming territory previously taken from Judah;

· His homeland security was in high gear as the walls of Jerusalem were strengthened;

he was a great patron of agriculture;

· Prosperity was at a level not seen since the days of Solomon;

Judah had become a strong and influential state in the area.

Change and transition is always a dangerous and troublesome time for a nation, business, or even a family. As the nation mourned his death, they wondered how their life would be impacted.

Isaiah discovered who was in control when he encountered the real King. He was probably a respected member of the Jewish community, but in the presence of the Holy God, he realized his own incompleteness and need. God responded to Isaiah’s confession. A seraphim purged Isaiah’s lips with a coal from the altar, his guilt was removed, and his sin forgiven.

Do you have an “Uzziah” in your life that prevents you from seeing the Lord? It may be an individual, your religion, education, possessions, position, or anything that has a premier place in your life that prevents you from seeing the Lord in His rightful place.

Our world is filled with great confusion and many voices speaking. How do we know what we should believe? The answer is found when we set our distractions aside and allow God to reveal Himself to us.

"We worship at the level of our revelation of God" - Oswald Chambers

“If we commit ourselves to remain in God’s presence, He will change us, move us, guide us, and make a way so that we can fulfill our divine destiny”-- Bill Wilson, (“Christianity in the Cross Hairs.”)

Pastor Allen Baun

Hello Tab Family!

Right at this moment, I am sitting outside our RV overlooking the St Lawrence Seaway, watching boaters and ships pass by and feeling the breeze on my face. It's a time of regrouping, of relaxing, of family … and a time when I am seeking the presence and thoughts of God!

For the last many months, we have all watched and felt the tremors of the earth as it “groans” for something greater. People are crying out for justice, and the world is warring over what that actually means. Everyone has their variation of “the problem” and “the answers.” Genuine cries and tragedy are being exploited as politics, and the heart of the issues are being gravely missed. May I offer that perhaps it isn’t really the depravity of parts of history that people are crying out about, or the even the current injustices … could it be that it is really the world being awakened to a spiritual cry?!

Romans 8:18-22 in the Passion Translation says, “I am convinced that any suffering we endure is less than nothing compared to the magnitude of glory that is about to be unveiled within us. The entire universe is standing on tiptoe, yearning to see the unveiling of God’s glorious sons and daughters! For against its will the universe itself has had to endure the empty futility resulting from the consequences of human sin. But now, with eager expectation, all creation longs for freedom from its slavery to decay and to experience with us the wonderful freedom coming to God’s children. To this day we are aware of the universal agony and groaning of creation, as if it were in the contractions of labor for childbirth.”

There is a cry that is being revealed in creation: it is a genuine cry coming from a people, yet being expressed in human ways that are deeply flawed. Can we as a kingdom people hear beyond the noise, the violence, the politics, the pride, and the darkness to hear the sound of the Spirit?

God is releasing a sound of the Spirit in this hour! It is a sound that will shake the heavens and the earth. It is a sound that will awaken the church from its apathy. It is a sound of a general lining up his troops. It is a sound of the rallying of unified forces. It is a sound of the hoof beats of the white horse upon the clouds! The King is on the move and He is seeking to align the scattered remnant to His mighty sound, His purposes in this hour, and His heart that is aggressively beating to redeem the earthly kingdoms.

Revelation 11:15 NKJV, “Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!”

Many look to this Revelation scripture as a sudden apocalyptic event, but a scholarly study of the book of Revelation in its original language, shows a progressive transformation toward a new heavens and new earth. While that study cannot be unpacked here, the witness of scripture confirms a rising of the people of God amidst the decay of this world. A church will emerge triumphant and begin to restore the ruins caused by the flawed expressions of humanity’s cry. We, in this hour, have an opportunity to become the manifestation of Isaiah’s prophecies in our day, rising as “the repairer of the breach,” “the restorers of streets to live in,” “raising up former devastations … of many generations.” (Isaiah 58:12; 61:4 NRSV)

The moment of opportunity is NOW to turn our mind rehearsals into kingdom thinking, our frustrations into strategies, our fear into love, and our helplessness into supernatural power. As earthly kingdoms and systems fail, we will see God’s people stationed in key places of influence in culture and begin to see the reality of the kingdoms of this world becoming the kingdom’s of our God.

Let’s lean in together to hear the sound!

Pastor Aimee

Mark 1 16-18 TPT

16 As Jesus was walking along the shore of Lake Galilee, he noticed two brothers fishing: Simon and Andrew. He watched them as they were casting their nets into the sea 17 and said to them, “Come follow me and I will transform you into men who catch people instead of fish!”[a] 18 Immediately they dropped their nets and left everything behind to follow Jesus.

In this scripture, we clearly see the invitation from Jesus to come and follow him. Following him means transforming our lives and leading those around us to Him. This summer, 25 Young Adults from our region are doing just that. Our Young Adult Ministry is hosting the first “Young Adult Summer Leadership Experience Program” for 5 Tuesdays this summer. This group of young adults are pursuing development and growth in community, service, leadership, morals and ministry. I believe with my whole heart that we, together, are called to Follow Christ and Lead a Generation. The time to walk that out is needed now more than ever. Would you join me in prayer for this group as we are poured into by our Tabernacle leaders, learn and practice evangelism tools and experiences and, most of all, encounter Jesus as we choose to follow Him above all else!

In anticipation,

Michael Wulf

Young Adult Ministry Director

3210 Southwestern Blvd.
Orchard Park, NY 14127

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