1980s Tabernacle Teachings

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Repentance — Repentance is how we return to God’s will and it is through repentance we strive for holiness. The word holy in the Bible means separated or different. It means to be set apart. God is calling us all to be set apart from the world, to be holy and you get there through repentance. You shut the door on the past and turn around. You say you will not be that kind of person anymore; you will not do those things anymore. (Feb. 26, 1984)


What is a Christian? — Jamie explains that being a Christian is to simply being a person who is controlled and dominated by the Lord Jesus Christ. A Christian is not someone who does certain things on Sunday morning and does not do certain things on Saturday night. A Christian is just someone living a life managed by Jesus Christ. That’s all. Extremely religious people have added many, many things to what we think the definition of a Christian is. But a Christian is simply someone who has given himself over, completely, to being controlled by the Spirit of God. (Oct. 23, 1983)


Be Ready for the Holy Spirit to Move — When you encounter the Holy Spirit, expect things to change, to flow, to move. The Holy Spirit is not placid. New wine, as it grows and ferments, is a violent experience. Place new wine in old wine skins, the Bible says, and you will have a disaster on your hands. The Holy Spirit cannot be placed into an old wine flask that can’t expand. It needs to be flexible and able to expand. (May 12, 1985)


The Harvest is Ready — The harvest in the fields is ready and we should all be doing our part to bring in the harvest. God will direct us, as He sees fit, and it will look different from other harvesters. We should stop debating the theological finer points and get to work doing what God is commanding us to do. (May 26, 1985)


What to do in Times of Crisis — Our lives are shaped by the traumatic things that happen to us and by our reaction to those situations. Jamie shares 5 keys to help get us through traumatic times, times of crisis, as we learn to handle the unfair experiences of life. (May 13, 1984)


Music Comes From Tension — Everything in the world operates under tension. All music grows out of tension. If there is too little or too much tension, there is disharmony. God knows our proper tuning point and if we are all tuned by the Master Tuner, we can be a marvelous symphony. Whom God loves He puts under tension. (January 5, 1986)


Live Life to the Fullest — Jesus said He came so we can have life to the fullest. He is talking about the restoration of that life which was ours originally but was stolen by Satan. It all boils down to our having authority, through Jesus Christ, over Satan. (June 14, 1987)


At The Lord’s Command — God is trying to get through to each of us, to simply hear His voice, follow Him and do what He tells us to do. There are many things God wants us to do. He loves us and has a purpose for our lives. He has things for us to do, things that will bless us and prosper us if we will only hear His voice and follow Him. (March 13, 1983)


Gold Medal Christians — God is calling us into excellence. If you are baptized in the Holy Spirit you have no excuse not to operate in excellence—with your body, your job, your devotional life, your family. God wants us to be gold medal Christians, to do the best with what we have on the racetrack that stretches out in front of us. (August 5, 1984)


Healing for Today — Healing is at the heart of what God wants to do for us today. Jesus manifested himself and made himself known by healing. There is healing in the cross of Jesus and God chooses to heal today. (September 23, 1984) (The booklet based on this sermon is coming soon)


Creative Worship — It is time for the church of today to break through and move into new dimensions of worship. True worship will lead you into a true relationship with God. Pure worship is when everyone has their eyes on God. Not a pastor or a band. But only on God. (February 12, 1984)


Meeting God at Every Corner — Life is full of changes, corners to take, events to walk through. Yet, around every corner, God is there waiting for us. He is with us now and He is there ahead of us. We have nothing to fear, because He is always with us. (January 1, 1984)


Winners with Jesus — God wants us to be and to act as winners. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit there is a security that comes on the inside that no man can move you from where you are. Jesus was that kind of man. We are to walk on this earth as winners with a deep security of who we are in Christ. (June 9, 1985)


Church and StateWe are citizens of two worlds. The U.S. is not a Christian nation because there is no such thing as a Christian nation in this world. We are called out of the world and God’s kingdom is within each of us. It’s not a matter of politics. (June 21, 1987)


Releasing Fear — All throughout the Bible God is telling his people to not be afraid. God wants to break the stronghold our fears have on us. He is calling to us to look to Jesus and to break the bondage fear has on our lives. Stop focusing on our problems and start looking to Jesus. (February 5, 1984)


Worry and Anxiety — Jesus asks why we worry when He knows everything that is going on in our lives? Jamie compares worry to an alarm clock. We are to turn it off as soon as it alerts us to something. Then we are to release that situation to God. We are not to wallow in it any more than we are to listen to the alarm once awake. (September 4, 1983)


Trials Produce Character — When rains fall into your life, rejoice. God has brought you to that place because he loves you. And remember, whom God loves he chastens, so all the ugliness can be gone and we are matured to have the character of Jesus, complete and not lacking anything. (June 1989)


Listen to the Crickets — Jamie talks about how we need to be still and learn to listen for the voice of God. There is nothing more exciting than to hear God and act on what he is saying. (November 2, 1986)


Good News — Jamie tells how God’s will for our lives is always good news for our walk with Him. He uses examples from the Scriptures showing that what Jesus’ disciples often thought was bad news was actually very good news for the world. (September 26, 1982)


Activating Angels — Jamie teaches how our prayers are activating agents to enlist the angels to fight spiritual battles on our behalf. Prayer is the key to successful spiritual battles. (January 15, 1989)


When God Withdraws — Taking lessons from the book of Haggai, Jamie discusses how we as Christians should respond when we find ourselves in times of adversity. He tells us to first determine if it is God or Satan causing the adversity. Then he cautions us to be very careful when blaming Satan for adversity in the life of a Christian because nothing happens to us unless it first flows through the loving hands of God. (March 8, 1987) 


Half-baked Christians — How easy is it to not turn over every aspect of our life to Christ, or worse, to go backwards. You may appear good and righteous on one side, but look behind you. You are half-baked. You have failed to expose all sides of your life to the fire of the Holy Spirit (Jan. 13, 1985).


Christmas Eve Service (Home for Christmas) — In this special Christmas Eve service, Jamie talks about what it means to be home for Christmas. What mystical longing calls us home for this time of the celebration of the birth of Christ? (December 1981)


Home for Christmas In this Christmas Eve message, Jamie teaches that the Bible is a book about family. From the Garden of Eden all the way through, the Bible focuses on family, relationships, and the fact that we were not created to be alone. God wants a relationship with us and the church is the family of God. Jesus came that we might be totally accepted into the family of God. (December 1989)


Eagles or Turkeys The Bible states that we are righteous in the Lord Jesus. We are no longer bound by our old sin nature, and the Holy Spirit has come to convict us not of sin but of our righteousness. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. (November 1981)


God’s Unusual People — Who does God use? God is not looking for perfect people. He is looking for yielded people to accomplish His desires and His will on this earth. Regardless of the vessel, God’s word will not return void or empty (July 1989).


Live a Disciplined Life (Practical Principles for End Times) — God has marvelous things for each of us to do, but we will never get any of it done unless we are well disciplined. If you want to be an effective Christian you must commit yourself to a disciplined life. (April 1981)


The Battle is The Lord’s — God continues to speak to His people today. He speaks not only through his written word but he also speaks to us through words of prophecy. And when God speaks, we need to listen and we need to obey. (March 1981)


Authentic Christianity — God is calling us to be authentic. He is calling His Church to be real, not like the Pharisees who were hypocrites, pretending to be righteous when actually their hearts were full of evil. If you truly want to be real it can only be done through the power of the Holy Spirit. Otherwise you live as a fake, a fraud, pretending you are something you are not. (February 1981)


Spiritual Athletes — There is only one thing in this life that counts and that is the crown of glory, righteousness and life that God has been preparing for us. God is looking for a generation who will respond to His calling, people who are moving, not just standing in the way. God wants a people who are willing to sacrifice their life for His purposes and not just seek earthly riches, glory or fame. (February 1983)


Flowers With Faces — We all have dreams of doing great and wonderful things for the Lord. Don’t take them lightly. Cherish them. Even when things don’t seem to be working out right or taking a very long time, hold on to the dreams God has given you. Offer them to the Lord and He will bless them. You can trust Him with your dreams because He put them in your heart in the first place. (December 1981)


Drive with Delimiters — From the very foundation of the earth, God had a purpose for you. He created you in His image and not only did He create you but He continues to re-create you. Jesus wants to perfect that which is already in you even your most basic drives and desires. Let Him work and give God the glory in the re-creation process. (November 1983)


Paradoxes of Live — Have you ever set out to pray for something and the exact opposite happens instead? Jamie has 3 words for you: Don’t Give Up. Remember, God is on our side and He is watching over us. We just need to begin to look at all things through His eyes with eternity in mind. God desires that we see as He sees, understand as he understands, and to live by faith. (September 1986)


The Word of God in Your Heart — The Word of God comes to us in many ways. The Bible is the basis for His written word. However, we also know God speaks to us using the spoken word. Once a person commits his life to Jesus, God will fill him with His Holy Spirit and God’s word will flow from his heart. (April 1986)


Good Will Come — Using the story and example of Abigail from 1 Samuel, Jamie gives four specific spiritual truths that will help anyone who is having to live with bad decisions from our past. God will take our previously bad decisions and work them for our eventual good once we place our lives in His hands. (April 1986)


Release from Fear — Jamie, with the assistance of two of his grandchildren, demonstrates how Christians are to be child-like in our approach to God, and in doing so we can be fearless, because God is love and perfect love casts out fear. (July 1986)


Here is Your Mother — In this mother’s day message, Jamie references the words of Jesus on the cross telling John to take care of His mother. “If the Christian gospel has any meaning at all” Jamie states. “It means family is forever. It must be a priority for us to honor our parents as they grow older.” (May 1981)


Winners — Jamie teaches that if Christ came into this world for one thing it was to show us that in Him we are overcomers, winners, and we do not have to allow the world to fashion us into its mold. (February 1987)


Stop Taking Life, and Yourself, so Seriously  — Jamie says, if God is really in control, then we should just relax and enjoy life. Our problem is we take life, and ourselves, too seriously. As a result we begin to believe we are in control, and not God. (August 1986)


Going Through the Rapids — Jamie gets honest regarding some of his failings in dealing properly with issues and transitions in the body of the Tabernacle Church. He asks the church to hang on as we run the rapids because God is preparing something great and wonderful ahead. He uses the book of Joel to draw comparisons and make his points. (October 1987)


Supernatural People — As Christians we are a supernatural people. The problem is we still function on a natural level. We do things in the natural and only expect things to be done for us on the natural level. Which is why so many of our prayers go unanswered. God desires for us to see things and do things in the supernatural realm. He desires to answer our prayers and to bless us, supernaturally. (March 1984)


50 Years of Quality — On his 50th birthday, Jamie teaches on what he feels God expects from him for the rest of his life. This includes 5 specific applications that include prayer, excellence, discipline, vision and above all else, pleasing our Father in Heaven. (March 1982)


Be A Witness — God has called every Christian to be a witness, not just with words but with our life. We are called to speak the word of the Lord to others, but we are also called to live according to His will. On both accounts, what we say and how we live our lives are to be truthful witnesses unto the Lord. (September 1982)


Combating Spiritual Burnout —  If you are serious about Jesus, at some point you will come under attack from Satan. But remember, the battle is the Lord’s and it has been won. We are to stand firm in the faith and continue to do what God has called us to do. The Lord is our strength as spiritual forces fight on our behalf in the heavenlies. (December 1980)


Normal Christian Living — Jamie teaches that being a normal Christian looks to the world like you are being a radical, especially in the area of giving and sharing. Jamie states that good stewardship is taking care of what God has given you, but always under His direction. (June 1989)


What Are You Doing? — Jamie takes his teaching from Jesus’ parable in Luke 19 about the 10 minas. What are you doing with what God has given you? Are you putting your gifts to work for God or are you simply leaving them buried in the ground? (January 1983)


When You Are Born Ugly! — Jamie teaches on the story of Laban’s two daughters, Rachel, who is beautiful, and Leah, who is not. And of Jacob, who desired Rachel but was tricked into marrying Leah. Yet, God had a plan for Leah. (August 1989) (Get the booklet based on this message HERE!)


The Lifestyle of Jesus — Jamie teaches on what the Bible clearly defines as the lifestyle of Jesus. How then should our lifestyle be, as the followers of Christ? How should we regard material things? How should we regard others? (June 1987)   


What God Expects – Jamie teaches from Micah 6 – “….And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (May 1989)  


Handling the Issue of Money Jamie teaches on the topic of money and the Christian’s attitude toward giving. God is a giving God and He does not require anything of us in exchange for his gifts to us. (November 1985)


Risky Living Worldliness focuses on things of time, rather than on things eternal. Anything that focuses on the things of time is worldly. We must set our affections on things above, on things eternal. (September 1988)


A Risky WalkJamie teaches on how God looks at our motives rather than our successes. He discusses several key lessons he has learned in his walk with the Lord as he approaches his 50th birthday. (February 1982)


Priorities for Fathers Jamie teaches on making proper choices when it comes to setting proper priorities for families. He lists six key points important to maintaining a Godly approach when raising a family that is pleasing to the Lord. (June 1983)


People who Hear God — Our only task as a Christian is to hear God and to obey Him and sometimes all that means is to simply be available to, “keep the door open,” for His Holy Spirit to do His work. (February 1988)


Weather Vanes and Wind Machines — God does not allow us the luxury of knowing the future. Instead, in preparation for the future and the life ahead He has in store for us, He is calling us to do today what He has given us to do, today. (Jan. 1981)


The Circular Quality of Life — In this Mother’s Day message, Jamie tells us not to be worried about the daily grinds and routines of life. It is circular, but God is building character and purpose in us all. (May 1983)


New Beginnings — In this Christmas message, Jamie relates what Christmas is really all about. It’s about the living Christ and a time of new beginnings for us all. (December 1986)


The Heavenly Perspective — Jamie teaches on the dangers of the occult. He tells that our guidance should come only from God through the Bible as interpreted by the Holy Spirit. Any other source of guidance like that found in horoscopes, astrology or witchcraft, is of the devil and must be left alone. (May 1988)


Breakthrough to Important Goals –Jamie teaches on how with God’s help and our dedication and commitment we can achieve the important goals God has for each of us. (April 1984)


Victory in the Cross Life — Jamie teaches on being victorious in Jesus and how we must die to self in order to find life. (March 1985)


The Authority of Leadership — As Jamie prepares to ordain new elders, he teaches on the authority and responsibility of being a leader and minister in the Church. (August 1982)


The Lord will Provide — Jamie teaches on the story of Abraham and God’s promise to his people through one man’s obedience. (October 1981)


A Holy Kiss — Jamie teaches how God wants us to love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. (June 1989)


Take up Your Cross Daily — Jamie teaches on God’s blessing and our obedience to His call. We must lay everything on the altar, knowing the only way to receive God’s blessing is God’s way. (January 1987)


Affliction and Redemption — Jamie teaches on the story of Job and the dilemma we sometimes encounter when we know we  serve a good and loving God, however, like in the case of Job, there are times when terrible things happen to us. (August 1986)


Not Easy to be a Tree — Jamie teaches from Joshua 1:13 and the new things of God. When God brings us into a new dimension of our life, He gives us rest, and peace and with that comes the expectation of change. (January 1989)


Together there is Strength — Jamie teaches on the age-old question, What is Sin? “Christians like to talk about forgiveness, but to understand true forgiveness we need to understand sin, otherwise we don’t know what we are being forgiven of, and the first thing sin produces is unbelief. At the very core of sin is a lack of faith. When Jesus came to the world He came to restore to us the ability to have faith and believe God.” (November 1986)


Restoring Relationships — Jamie teaches from Malachi 2 and the importance of keeping our vows made before God and loving each other as God loves us, as Christ loves the Church. Love is not a feeling. Love is an act. (December 1985)


Apples of Gold – Jamie teaches that we need to be an encouragement to each other and not bring others down by negative or discouraging words. (September 1987)


Effective Editing – Jamie teaches how we can cut many things from our life but we cannot cut out Jesus and live. (November 1987)


Unproductive Times — Jamie teaches on not becoming discouraged during the unproductive times or the fruitless seasons of our lives. (October 1981) (Get the booklet based on this message HERE!)


God in the Desert – Jamie teaches on four things we should do when we find ourselves in a wilderness place in our lives. (July 1982)


New Dimensions – Jamie teaches on how real purpose comes when you know and follow Jesus and Him only. (January 1980)


The Kingdom is Yours – Jamie teaches on the goodness of God and His purpose for us to receive the Holy Spirit. (March 1980)


Handling and Mishandling the Call of God – Jamie teaches on the story of Jonah and how we choose to handle or mishandle the call of God on our life. (January 1981)


The Servant – Jamie teaches on being a servant and leading with a servant’s heart. (July 1982)


An Altar and a Tent – Jamie teaches about Abraham and his one desire to only go where God sent him and do only what God told him. (November 1984)


Failed but not a Failure – Jamie teaches about Jesus’ disciple John Mark and how his early failures were forgiven as his life was transformed by God. (June 1987)