God knows where we live.

The Church building
You know when I first saw this place out here in the field, I honestly wondered how they survive, I mean how do they keep meeting for a hundred years when the nearest neighbour to the church is over a mile away. Where do they come from, and why.

Well, tonight I'm just leaving the office after a long hardworking board meeting, of which the average age was probably in the 30's, and I am just encouraged once again about this place and it's future. They want to do well and they work hard to do the right things for the right reasons, and if they follow through with some of the things we worked hard on tonight, I think that really sets the stage nicely for a solid future and a church that is about the spiritual health of the community in which it lives.

It's really amazing to me that a place like this has a future, but there are a lot of people living on farms in these hills, who need connections and relationship. And like we talked tonight, it's the relationships that will attract people and build people. The goal here is not a big church building or a big group of people who will do what you convince them to do. The goal is to help people become reconciled to Christ, that they might find peace and hope and a future.

This place is on the way to being a light in this community that could burn for another hundred years.

3 comments:

  1. While there are major differences in our locations and circumstances, I am astonished at the similarities between your situation and ours.

    "The goal here is not a big church building or a big group of people who will do what you convince them to do. The goal is to help people become reconciled to Christ, that they might find peace and hope and a future."

    That fits so well.

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  2. Amen, Toni. Iam in a church with such spirit-filled people, yet, some of the people and the pastor feel bigger is better, I believe we need small churches as well as big ones.

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  3. God does see, hear, and know all or so it is written.

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