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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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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: 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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Pastors Corner: January 03, 2016

Pastor’s Corner

03 January, 2016

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” – Philippians 1:3-6

Pastor Willie D. Hall, Interim Pastor

To My Tabernacle Family

I greet you in the matchless name of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

As I look back over the last 53 years that I have spent as a member of Tabernacle. I join Paul as He thanks God for the Philippians for their Participation and fellowship in the gospel. As I remember what the fellowship has been to me, and the people that have and are influencing my life. I just thank you, and most of all, God.

The last month of 2015 was a source of great appreciation for all that went on, the shopping and preparation for the Watts World Revival Give Away, and the very moving presentation by the Youth Church. Not forgetting the impromptu Christmas Concert by our own Brother George Saunders, Jr. In all of this, we give God the glory.

There’s a saying (I don’t remember it’s origin) that says, “God has been good and people have been kind, but they don’t have to be kind to you.

And again on Christmas Morning we gathered to praise and worship the Lord, as we remember the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Thanks to all who made the morning so special, From Sis. Chelsea Williams, Sis. Judy Johnson, Bro. George Saunders, Jr. and the very talented Christopher Family. It was also great to have such a good time fellowshipping after the Services.

We as a Church have come a long ways. For 71 Years we have served God by serving His people. God has blessed us with 3 undershepheards to the Present Time, and I’m sure He has the next one already picked out, waiting for us to Receive him or her. It is my prayer that we will be ready to receive God’s gift.

God Has It All Worked Out

“So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me.” – Ezekiel 33: 7

“And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.” – Jeremiah 3:15

In each scripture, God is stating what He will do, to give and all He requires of us is to receive His gift. Pray with me as we wait for His gift.

It is my prayer that as we move into this year, we will keep focused on being the servants of God to His people.

In His Service
Willie D. Hall
Interim Pastor

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Pastor’s Corner – August 04, 2013

04 August, 2013

Picture In Collar

“ To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious” – 1 Peter 2: 4

 

My Dearly Beloved “FAMILY”

We thank our God for having spared us to cross over to the month of August. The year 2013 is swiftly moving to a close. Yes one more day, one more golden privilege to be about the Lord’s BUSINESS in GODLY-PURPOSE.

The Past month was a busy one yet it was rewarding in every way. Most
importantly, and the bottom line it was fruitful. Young souls were added to our
membership via our highly successful “Vacation Bible School”. We closed the month on a Sunday last with our ‘Annual Men’s Day Service” … O My Lord, what a great time we witnessed in Worship, Praise, Celebration, and of course the proclamation of the Word by our guest preacher, The Reverend Andrew Taylor

In the scripture cited above, the apostle Peter described Jesus as a living stone. He wrote, “coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house”. ( I Peter 2: 4-5) Precious in the eyes of the Father is the sacrifice of the Rock of our salvation. Christ is the enduring stone upon which the Father has built our salvation and the only foundation for meaningful life (I Cor. 3: 11). It is only as our lives are built upon His strength that we will be able to endure the harshness of life in a fallen world.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. – Mote

The month of August is now before us, and we do solicit your prayers and
support for all of our regular and special Services. This one added reminder, we urge every loyal member to be faithful and consistent in the financial support of the TABERNACLE, through Offering and Tithes. We do want to remain on target with our
approved budget for this year.

Let us continue to be much in prayer for each other, our many, many sick and shut-in, public, charter, college/university students, infirmed, bereaved and suffering humanity within our local community, state, nation and around the world. Also, lift up in daily prayer, President Barrack Obama.

Yours in Christ
R.M. Leffall, III ,
Senior Pastor

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