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Shalom Aleichem Beloved, Recently during my time soaking in God’s presence, I’ve found myself confronted repeatedly with the same vision. I see myself standing before a sand dune, knowing that on the other side is an ocean that represents a new depth of both resources in the natural and a sharpening in the prophetic.

Occasionally in this vision, the wind blows and the dune shifts just enough to catch a glimpse of the vast ocean on the other side. As I began to seek the Lord for clarity and understanding, I felt deeply that He was trying to get my attention. There was something I was missing that was holding me from the other side. I began submitting this vision to my mentors seeking counsel from those I am submitted to.

Finally, this past week, I left for a vacation with my wife, Caite, in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with a group of our friends. When we arrived, our first stop was naturally the beach. As I stepped onto the shore and my toes hit the cold sand near the water's edge, I breathed deeply and said. “Ok Lord, these next four days I am all ears. Speak what you need to. Your servant is listening.”

It was like a dam broke and the Lord began to impress His presence upon me and His voice was inescapable with every sight, sound, and smell echoing His heart. One of my friends, who I had shared the vision with, came up to me and lightly punched me in the arm with a grin from ear to ear asking, “Do you realize what you’ve done?”

I looked at her confused until she pointed back to the sand dune we had just crossed over. As it began to dawn on me she continued, “You’ve literally fulfilled the vision you’ve been having, so…..what is God saying now?” I turned toward the sea and I heard the Lord ask, “Son, what do you feel?” “Peace, I answered, complete and utter peace.” “Then live in this” was His response.”

Again He asked me, “What do you see before you?” I answered, “The ocean, Lord.” He asked again, “how is it related to the sea of prophetic and resource I am calling you into?” I stood silent for a moment and answered, “It’s vast, limitless, terrifyingly powerful. It has everything I need for survival and yet contains a powerful unknown that terrifies me to my core. All I can think about is being ripped by the undertow and carried out into everything I fear.”

I could almost feel Him smile as He asked, “So what are you waiting for?” I began to realize that what terrified me wasn’t what was in the ocean. Instead, it was the idea that I couldn’t resolve my lack and need for provision before diving in. I was more scared of letting Him take care of what was on the shore side of the sand dune than I was getting carried away by the riptide I was chasing.

Beloved, maybe the answer to your breakthrough is simply learning to abide in the breaking waves and allowing the current to pull you further as you learn to simply soak in His presence. I am not saying sit and do nothing. I am saying that once you’ve stewarded your resource to the best of your ability and you’ve done everything humanly possible to bring about change, the only thing left is for you to chase that riptide and leave everything you can’t control in the Hands of your Father on the other side of that sand dune.

In the Love of Christ,

Matt Kunkel

Tabernacle Youth Ministry Director

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Dear Tabernacle Family,

I wanted to share about a very exciting program we have happening this summer.

The Young Adult Summer Leadership Experience is back, August 6 - 11, for its second year. This is a time where young people can give God 5 days of their summer and experience powerful times of worship, prayer, impartation and teaching. The encounters with God and the relationships that are formed are truly one of the highlights of my year.

Please keep this program in your prayers, for all the lives to be touched this summer. Also, help us spread the word to young people in your life to be a part of what God is doing in this generation.

People can register on the church website or by calling the office.

I am so expectant to what God will do this summer!

Michael Wulf

Young Adult Ministry Director

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Welcome to Pentecost Sunday. In the Christian church, we celebrate Pentecost as the day in which the Early Church was ignited as the Holy Spirit came and filled the Upper Room. As Pentecostals, we believe the event of the Upper Room can be experienced today.

Waiting on God to do the next thing is key. Praying into that next thing is even more important. The transformation of Peter as empowered by the Holy Spirit is an incredible example of what can happen in a believer’s life as they open themselves to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit fills us as we seek God. I determined early in my life that God wanted to give me more and I was not going to hold back. I prayed to receive the Baptism as an

8 year-old. I will never forget the incredible experience of being saturated with God’s Presence at that altar.

The Holy Spirit comes as we wait on Him. “Lord, I’ve got two hours until the kids return from school. If this experience is real, come fill me now.” That was the prayer of my great-grandmother in 1907. As she knelt praying on her living room floor with her Bible open to Acts 2, the Holy Spirit changed her English words to sounds and language she had never learned. As a healing evangelist in the 1890s, her life was now empowered with new faith for the miraculous and her prayer language remained part of her for the rest of her life.

The Holy Spirit ignites our prayer life with power. There was a dear, elderly lady at The Tabernacle who was homebound in the 1990s. She wanted the pastors who came to visit to pray a strong prayer. They knew to pray in tongues. Time spent praying in the Spirit is what Paul refers to as the effectual and fervent prayer that produces much.

How’s your prayer life? Have you received since you believed? Ask. The Holy Spirit will fill you. Then allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and pray through you as you go deeper In God and allow Him to use you for His Kingdom.

Yours for the Kingdom,

Pastor Sharon Baldwin

Preschool Ministries at The Tabernacle

Southwestern Day Care Director

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