The True Meaning Of Christmas

Pastor’s Corner: December 2017:

The True Meaning Of Christmas:

 

 This month marks the celebration of the holy day of Christmas, when we celebrate the birthday of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. With the holiday fast approaching there is no doubt that we are looking forward to gathering with family, friends, and loved ones. We may drink eggnog, sing Christmas carols, or even share a loving kiss under the mistletoe. And it is a joyous occasion to be surrounded by the people you love. But let us not forget that Christmas has a deeper meaning. It is our remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ. John 1: 14 states: Jn 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. God Himself was born and we celebrate His life because it means our life, forgiveness and salvation.

 

Many of us may focus on the gifts that we may receive but Christmas is really about giving and sharing with others. We can utilize the season to show our love by giving and sharing our many blessings with others. We can give a donation to the church or an organization that gives free toys with children in need. We can feed the hungry and clothe the homeless. We can invite someone to Christmas dinner who doesn’t have loved ones of their own. In conclusion, there is no Christmas without Christ and there is no Christ without love. John 3:16-17 says: Jn 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jn 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. Let us utilize the Christmas season to save someone else this month.

 

Sincerely,

Reverend John David Long

Senior Pastor: Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church

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So Much To Be Thankful To God:

Pastor’s Corner: November 2017:

 

So Much To Be Thankful To God:

1 Chronicles 16:34-36 states”1Ch 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. 1Ch 16:35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise. 1Ch 16:36 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever. And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD”.

 

As we approach the season of Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful to God for. For myself, I am thankful that for the last six (6) months that I have been the pastor of the Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church. I can thank God that I was called to minister in the city that I was born and raised. I am a native son of the very community that I serve. As we ponder this month, take an inventory of your own life and find the things for which you are grateful to God. For some, it might be renewed health. For others, it is seeing a year or even a day that they have never previously witnessed.

 

One final thought: We should not be thankful to God just once each year on Thanksgiving day. We should continuously praise God every day of our lives. He is always with us and has never forsaken us through the myriad seasons and the highs and lows of our lives. God is good all the time. s, the more you will ultimately possess.

 

Sincerely,

Reverend John David Long

Pastor: Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church

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To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required:

Pastor’s Corner: October 2018:

 

To Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required:

Luke 12:48b states: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”  In life, we often forget the many blessing that God has bestowed upon us. We often forget just where we started and how far God has brought us. We may become complacent or self-satisfied in our opulent lifestyle, or with our many possessions. We may think that our status or our lifestyle is due to our worthiness or superior value in the sight of God. But this is simply not true. God gives us increasingly more and more so that we will possess the tools and resources to increasingly help others.

 

The life of a Christian involves a lifetime commitment to sacrifice our lives to give back to God for His many blessings by continuously helping others. The more we acquire, the higher our accomplishments, the higher God’s expectation that we will utilize everything we have to help others. As our status, power, wisdom, experiences, and resources expand, the more God asks of us. The higher the gifts from God, the higher the divine expectations. We are expected to thankfully receive and to increase the gifts, talents, and resources that God has given us by having an increasingly positive impact upon the lives of others. Those who rightfully receive and increase the things God has given them shall increasingly receive more responsibilities, gifts, and resources. When this occurs, we widen the circle of help and love.  Conversely, there are many individuals who utilize the blessings that God has given them only to benefit themselves. To them, the things that God has given them shall be taken away because they have not increased them according to His Will and Purpose. The spiritual standard is this: The more generous you are in helping others, the more you will ultimately possess.

 

Sincerely,

Reverend John David Long

Pastor: Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church

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Suffering Is A Part Of God’s Plan For Us:

Suffering Is A Part Of God’s Plan For Us:

 

One thing that is certain in life is that as Christians there are times in our lives that we will suffer. Philippians 1:29 states: 29 For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake.

We may curse God, be angry, or not understand when God allows us to suffer and to bear a burden that it seems to heavy for us to bear. But we must trust and depend upon God completely in the time of trouble and He will see us through. The thing that we have to understand is that our level of suffering is not based upon how much faith we have or lack. We do not suffer, or get sick, or die, or have problems in our lives strictly because we don’t have enough faith. It was always part of God’s plan that we suffer, are sick, we die, or we endure terrible pains, trials and tribulations, heartaches, and
afflictions. How can we be angry with God when He allows us to suffer or fail to depend upon Him in the time of trouble when Jesus Christ Himself had to suffer and die on
Calvary’s cross to save us from sin and death.

 

If God Himself had to suffer and die to save us then why are we unwilling to depend upon God and suffer and even die for Him to fulfill His will and purpose in our lives. Just as Jesus Christ suffered and died on Calvary’s cross, we must suffer, live, and die for Jesus Christ, For God allows us sometimes to suffer to fulfill His Will and Purpose in our lives, to make us stronger, wiser, kinder, more loving, or to make us the person we need to become to endure the suffering that we must endure in the future without being daunted or turned away. The suffering we endure now makes us stronger for the suffering ahead. Whatever the trial, the tribulation, the persecution, the obstacle, the mountain my Bible tells me that:

 

God never said that we would not suffer. Instead He promised us that He would always be right there, that He would never leave us nor forsake us and that we would outlast and overcome our suffering through faith in Him and the Everlasting Power of God.

 

Philippians 4:11-13: Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12   I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.

 

Sincerely,

Pastor John David Long

 

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Even in my darkest hour, God is present.

Dearest Brothers and Sisters:

In each one our lives, we will all go through challenging situations that shake our existence and cause us to question our faith in God. But to have a fulfilled and fruitful life, we must find the strength to always trust in and depend upon God. Faith is total trust and dependence on God in all circumstances without limitations, conditions, boundaries or exclusions. God is the head of every part of me and my life. It is the process of giving myself completely to God and continually placing Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life.

In Hebrews Chapter 11, God says: 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  But without faith it is impossible to please him (God): for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. 

Even in my darkest hour, God is present. Because I believe in Jesus Christ, I am confident that He will lead me safely through the challenges in my life that I do not understand. I trust God to do with me as He wills to fulfill His Will and Purpose. I cannot please or serve God without a strong and abiding faith in Jesus Christ. I know that I may continue to suffer, but I know that God is blessing me daily because I diligently seek Him.

Sincerely,

Pastor John David Long

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Hearing And Accepting God’s Calling

Hearing And Accepting God’s Calling:

Isaiah 6:6-8: {6} Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: {7}  And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity i taken s away, and thy sin purged. {8} Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

 

Hello Everyone,

 

I would like to introduce myself to you. I am Reverend John David Long, the newly-elected Senior Pastor of Tabernacle Of Faith Baptist Church. Welcome to TheTab. Every Christian possesses the gifts of faith, salvation, love, and eternal life and residence with God (We will live in heaven with Jesus Christ.). But each of us also possesses a special calling to sacrifice our lives to God and every other human being and fulfill the specific calling that God has ordained for us. When called the prophet Isaiah he asked him the following question: Whom shall I send and who will go for us?

 

Each one of us possesses the capacity to choose to submit to or reject God’s calling, will and purpose in our lives. God has a special task that He selected especially for each one of us. It is a task that is ours alone and one that only we can fulfill. God is calling us daily and continuously to hear and submit to His voice by fulfilling our calling. What will you do when you are in the tabernacle of grace, just you and God and He asks you: “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us. Will you resist God’s call? Will you reject God’s call? Or will you stand up, speak up, and take up the mantle of your calling to fulfill the Will and Purpose of God in your life?

 

The choice that you must make to accept or reject your calling is yours alone. You are a free moral agent who can choose to serve God and others or serve yourself.  In Isaiah 6:8, Isaiah answered God’s call by standing up, stepping forward, and saying: “Here I am Lord, send me! We fulfill our life and our purpose when we do the same thing, make the same choice.

 

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An Update Regarding Pastors Corner

This ‘blog’ was supposed to be a place to share the Pastor’s Corner letters published each 1st Sunday in our weekly publication ‘The Tab’.

Our Pastors Corner was started by our Founding Pastor, Rev. Douglas Ferrell, and continued by our Second Pastor, Dr. Charles Mims, Jr.

Our third Pastor, Dr. Reginald M. Leffall, III carried on this tradition all the way up till he retired in November of 2015. Pastor Leffall Passed away on June 23rd, 2016. We have several of his previous letters which will slowly be archived here on the site for others to read.

Currently, our Interim Pastor, Rev. Willie D. Hall has been carrying on the tradition of addressing our Church Family, every first Sunday. if you are unable to attend our Weekly Church Services, we will be working on getting more of our previous issues of The Tab in .pdf form, and archived on our website here @ MyTabNow.org

Our church is currently in the process of selecting a New Pastor for our church. Please keep the Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church in your prayers, and lift up those chosen for the selection process. If you are interested in working with our Media Ministry please contact us, and submit your information to the Church Office.

Office Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Contact us via email through our Contact page; or call.

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Pastor’s Corner: July 3rd, 2016

Pastor’s Corner

03 July, 2016

“I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.“- Psalm 122:1

 

Pastor Willie D. Hall, Interim Pastor

My beloved Church Family,

As we reflect on the above scripture let us rejoice as we enter this house. Some people feel that staying at home and watching on tv their choice of preacher, and have no need to come to the meeting place of the church. That is within each and every one of us.

I am so grateful to the Lord that things are going well in spite of what the Devil tries to do. So just as David said, “I was glad when they said unto me let us go into the house of the Lord.”
We Thank God for all that the 6th month brought us. We were able once again to provide a place to vote, and I’m glad to report that the people came out in large numbers. We worshiped with the men and Church of St. Reed Baptist Church in their Annual Men’s Musical.

We rejoiced during the Annual Youth Day here at the Tab, The songs, Praise Dancers where the youngest dancer Mr. Williams who came in at 4 years old and knew the routine. And the message that stirred the hearts of each of us, not only were we fed spiritually, but the staff of the Youth Church served a very satisfying meal.

Bro. George & Lynda Saunders are moving rapidly in the planning stages of our 72nd Anniversary and looking for a few good men & women to join the Anniversary Committee. Please give them a hand and keep them in your prayers.

Some might think we have loads of time but it’s only three months away.

My wife and I were able to get some rest and enjoyed the company of our 2 Great Grand Daughters who were with us for two wonderful days, before they had to
return home because of death in the family.

We were shocked when Sis. Leffall called with the news of Pastor Leffall’s death. We know where we are today but don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

Let us as a church family put our arms around Sis. Leffall during these Trying time, and in the days to come. Let us continue to pray and support our Church in the building fund phase. Continue to pray for our world, our nation, state, President and each other.

In His Service
Pastor Willie D. Hall, Interim Pastor

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Pastor’s Corner: June 5th, 2016

Pastor’s Corner

05 June, 2016

“In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and
bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is
everlasting strength:”” – Isaiah 26:1-4

Rev. Willie D. Hall

 

To my Church Family,

God has blessed us to come through another month in which he has caused us to make progress in spite of the evil one who is always attempting to slow or stop progress; but I’m grateful to our God that we can rejoice and sing as Israel did in the 26th chapter of Isaiah. Just like they had a strong city, we have a strong Church. For more than 71 years God has used the Tabernacle of Faith to bless many in this community, city, State & Nation. Let us think on that 3rd Verse, “Thou wilt keep Him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee! Because He trusteth in Thee”.

As we wait & trust God to fill the Senior Pastor Position, let us just keep our hands in the masters Hand and keep our mind stayed on Him.

There’s a song that says “Into each life some rain must fall, and on last month we experienced some rain in our church in a Five day Period. We experienced some rain in the homegoing Services of 3 of our congregation. However, this rain has positive results on both sides. On our side we will miss them, but knowing their destination, makes our hearts glad. Because they were saved & sanctified. So we say so long on this side to Brother Arthur Livingston, Sister Hattie Ellis & Sister Earline Jackson. They are being welcomed home by loved ones and friends in that land where they all have been made whole, in that land of no more, no more pain, no more doctors, no more hospitals, no more medications, no more death. We thank God for each of them and pray that the Lord give each family member comfort in knowing they are safely home.

Summer is apply approaching and our children will be getting out of school. Let us pray that the Lord give them protection during the summer.

Finally, let us continue to keep our eyes on Jesus as we continue to pray God’s blessings on our sick, shut-ins, and all of the families that have experienced death in their family. Pray for our church & for each one.

May His blessings always be yours.

In His Service
Pastor Willie D. Hall

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Pastor’s Corner: May 1st, 2016

Pastor’s Corner

01 May, 2016

“When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?” The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” – Matthew 8:5-8

 

Pastor Willie D. Hall, Interim Pastorasto

To My Tabernacle Family,

We have once again been blessed to come through another month of God’s blessings, where we have been striving to do God’s will.  We thank and praise Him for His grace and mercy.

As we enter this 5th month of 2016, let us reflect on the above scripture.  Jesus had just healed a leper and instructed him to tell no man.  Which we may find to be puzzling, and sometimes the master may tell us to keep things to ourselves, even if it’s difficult.  Because when he blesses us, we want others to know about it, however when he so instructs, we can’t hide the visible evidence.

After this healing Jesus encounters a centurion, a man of authority.  He said to Jesus, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented and before he continued Jesus said, “I’ll come and heal him.”

However the centurion said “Lord, I’m not worth that you should come under my roof but just speak the word an my servant will be healed.” Christ spoke the word and the servant was healed at the very moment.  Jesus said to His disciples, “I have not found so grate faith, no not in Israel!”

This lets me know that can heal from a distance, that time and place is no barrier to Him.

My friends, as we move into May, let us not limit what God can and will do if we give Him the chance.  We thank God for our Mothers who have cared for us down through the years.  Let us not wait for the Annual Mother’s Day on our calendar, but thank and praise them and God each day.

Finally, let us pray for our Pulpit Committee as they continue to evaluate candidates for Senior Pastor of our Church.  Pray for our children who are facing their Summer break from school, pray for our Church as a whole, and for each other.  May God’s blessings be each and everyone’s continually,

In His service,

Willie D. Hall

 

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