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August 15, 2018

So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart.
(Neh. 4:6, NIV)
 I have always loved the story of Nehemiah. He had a “primo” job in a high level advisory position with the king of the empire. His residence was in the capital of the empire, but his heart was in Jerusalem, hundreds of miles away, because he knew that was where God wanted to move in a big way. The walls around the city had to be rebuilt, and Nehemiah provided the people with the vision and leadership to get it done, despite all kinds of obstacles.

Last week I returned from my summer break to find things … “messy” … and “moving forward.” Not “messy” as in incompetent and irresponsible, but “messy” in the sense of a-lot-of-things-going-on-at-once. The new satellite sanctuary at The Point has only a few weeks more to go before it is finished, but what a race it is going to be! So far, walls have been relocated and painted. The projection wall has been created. Sound booth and stage have been constructed and painted. Drywall has been finished. House lights are being installed this week, tiling and carpeting are going in the week after that. The Big Event will be the total removal of the wall separating the current Café from the new space. That is also scheduled for next week. In the meantime, teams are being recruited and there are many stories to tell about how God has provided in unexpected and wonderful ways.

There are also stories to tell of “weird” challenges and difficulties in various ministry areas that are popping up along the way. They are the sorts of things that happen when people are moving forward in “Risky Obedience” to the Lord. Spiritual advancement always meets with spiritual resistance. The Book of Nehemiah is filled with that sort of thing. When you think about it, however, that is kind of encouraging. It means that we are on the right track and that God is up to something exciting.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for September 2, Labor Day weekend, when the children’s and youth ministries resume their schedules for the fall. The turnaround time between now and then is tight, and so it may still be a bit of a “work in progress” on that first Sunday, but it will be an adventure, too. I have stood on the platform – just to test it out, of course – and it feels good. It is a wonderful space and a significant step forward in our ministry.

This is part of our mission, the first step of which is to REACH PEOPLE, and this extra room enables us to do that. However, we need to be doing it all in dependence on God. That is another key theme in Nehemiah’s story. Please pray every day for God to lead and bless and clear the way … and do a great thing in the year to come.

In Nehemiah’s day, the people had returned to Jerusalem 90 years earlier. Then, when they put their mind to it and responded to the Lord, the wall went up in in over 7 weeks. 90 years. 7 weeks.

We have been waiting a long time, too, and now a new chapter is getting ready to unfold. Thank you for being a church that is willing to stretch and trust God to do great things!

Frank

 

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