“Building” Our New “Butler” Church Home

Posted: November 23, 2016 in Articles, government, Politics, Religion
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1 Chronicles‬ ‭29: 1-20 MSG:
“Then David the king addressed the congregation: “My son Solomon was singled out and chosen by God to do this. But he’s young and untested and the work is huge—this is not just a place for people to meet each other, but a house for GOD to meet us. I’ve done my best to get everything together for building this house for my God, all the materials necessary: gold, silver, bronze, iron, lumber, precious and varicolored stones, and building stones—vast stockpiles. Furthermore, because my heart is in this, in addition to and beyond what I have gathered, I’m turning over my personal fortune of gold and silver for making this place of worship for my God: 3,000 talents (about 113 tons) of gold—all from Ophir, the best—and 7,000 talents (214 tons) of silver for covering the walls of the buildings, and for the gold and silver work by craftsmen and artisans. “And now, how about you? Who among you is ready and willing to join in the giving?”
Ready and willing, the heads of families, leaders of the tribes of Israel, commanders and captains in the army, stewards of the king’s affairs, stepped forward and gave willingly. They gave 5,000 talents (188 tons) and 10,000 darics (185 pounds) of gold, 10,000 talents of silver (377 tons), 18,000 talents of bronze (679 tons), and 100,000 talents (3,775 tons) of iron. Anyone who had precious jewels put them in the treasury for the building of The Temple of GOD in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite.
And the people were full of a sense of celebration—all that giving! And all given willingly, freely! King David was exuberant. David blessed GOD in full view of the entire congregation: Blessed are you, GOD of Israel, our father from of old and forever. To you, O GOD, belong the greatness and the might, the glory, the victory, the majesty, the splendor; Yes! Everything in heaven, everything on earth; the kingdom all yours! You’ve raised yourself high over all. Riches and glory come from you, you’re ruler over all; You hold strength and power in the palm of your hand to build up and strengthen all. And here we are, O God, our God, giving thanks to you, praising your splendid Name.
“But me—who am I, and who are these my people, that we should presume to be giving something to you? Everything comes from you; all we’re doing is giving back what we’ve been given from your generous hand. As far as you’re concerned, we’re homeless, shiftless wanderers like our ancestors, our lives mere shadows, hardly anything to us. GOD, our God, all these materials—these piles of stuff for building a house of worship for you, honoring your Holy Name—it all came from you! It was all yours in the first place! I know, dear God, that you care nothing for the surface—you want us, our true selves—and so I have given from the heart, honestly and happily. And now see all these people doing the same, giving freely, willingly—what a joy! O GOD, God of our fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, keep this generous spirit alive forever in these people always, keep their hearts set firmly in you. And give my son Solomon an uncluttered and focused heart so that he can obey what you command, live by your directions and counsel, and carry through with building The Temple for which I have provided.”
David then addressed the congregation: “Bless GOD, your God!” And they did it, blessed GOD, the God of their ancestors, and worshiped reverently in the presence of GOD and the king.”

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As I finished up my Bible reading and time with God this morning I read the scriptures above which made me reflect on the huge process that Pastors Rusty Nelson and Leisa Lowery Nelson (and the rest of our church leadership) are leading us into with the purchase and transformation of our new church home in the Butler High school facility.

When David gathered Israel before the crowning of Solomon as his replacement as King and for the commissioning for Solomon to begin the building of the temple he honored thanked God for the opportunity to help prepare for His house to be built by Solomon.

As I read these scriptures I recalled the “vision” walk through that our pastors provided for the servant leaders to not only view the future church home but to also provide the vision that God had given them as he blessed us with the opportunity to reclaim a facility that had long been thought as lost and was mothballed. But God saw something different and had planned for this day fifty years ago when the building was first built to be a house for His people to minister to His people, a home for the “lost”, a refuge for people who find themselves in life’s many “storms”, and a place where the Name of Jesus would be exalted as His message of Salvation is spread throughout the earth.

Just as David did in this passage Pastors Rusty and Leisa have already invested monetarily with money for this “building” (refurbishing and rebuilding in some cases) his church home but they have also tithes and lifted up offerings from their lives to the service of the Lord as an example of how “we” the servants of God can help.

I’m so proud and honored to serve side by side with these two people who live what they preach and I’m further honored to join with them in seeing this “vision” come to fruition as I’m sure that we all do.

I ask you to pray and seeks God for what you can do be it financially, prayerfully, or in service in building this new church home and I pray that we have this same spirit that David and Israel had when faced with the building of the Temple in our service and/or giving for the project.  

These are exciting times…I’m so stoked!!!

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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