Thursday, August 21, 2008

God's Building at Legacy

Olivia and I were able to celebrate a huge milestone with the congregation here in Forth Worth. God has blessed the Legacy church of Christ with abundant growth and fruitfulness. Over the past 50 years this congregation has been growing and growing! This growth has forced them to add onto buildings, move locations, and build bigger facilities. Legacy was even forced to go to two services because it could not accommodate the whole congregation. This last Sunday morning was a change-- at the completion of its new auditorium, the whole congregation was able to meet together in its entirety.
If you venture down to 8801 Mid-Cities Blvd, you will see an enormous auditorium, a building filled with classrooms, offices, kitchens, storage, and all the other facilities that make a congregation function in its day to day ministries. But, even though there is beautiful lighting or the color schemes are dazzling, even if you notice the sound system or the heated baptistery . . . the building is just an empty shell. When we look at these amazing features and cool modern facilities, we have to remember that in the grand scheme of things this building is insignificant compared to the real building God created.
Now , if you venture down to 8801 Mid-Cities Blvd. on Sunday morning, you will notice the truly beautiful building we call the church. Scripture refers to each member of the church as a living stone which is built up to be a spiritual house, a place where worship and service and spiritual sacrifice is offered up to God. It is not the physical attributes and upgrades which make a church amazing, it is the body of believers who serve and worship there. Without them you only have an empty, useless shell of a building.
That is the beauty of the church God created! Many people around the world are not able to meet in a beautiful building of wood, brick, or stone. Many people do not even have a property set aside for the use of the church; nevertheless, everywhere throughout the entire world the beautiful spiritual building of Christ can be seen and experienced as each of his living stones is fitted into place to create the most amazing, exciting, glorious building that has ever been built.
In the Old Testament we read that Mount Zion (the church) will be established high above all mountains and it will be exalted, and all the nations will flow into it. They will not only flow into it, they will also invite others to come to this place as well. We may build the beautiful auditoriums and facilities, but it is the glory of God seen on his mountain and in his church that makes the nations flow into it. All glory and honor is due to our God who has created such a place that we can come encourage, worship, serve, and truly feel closer to our Creator . . . a place where we can be built up into what we were created to be.
We invite you to one day attend a Sunday morning assembly at the Legacy church of Christ. When you go you will find a building of people who love and care about each other, people who are seeking to grow in their faith and obedience to God, a people set apart to proclaim-- throughout the world-- the excellencies of Him who saves. It is a building of people that will amaze you and encourage you as they express the love they have received to everyone they meet.
We have been greatly blessed to be a part of this congregation. And look forward to spending more and more time with our brothers and sisters here. Below is a short video of our time together in worship and fellowship as we celebrated the completion of another resource given to Legacy as we serve the living God.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

A Few Highlights of Our Week

Well, it's about time for us to write another update here on our blog. We've had several things that have happened, so we thought we would share a couple highlights with you!
First of all, David and I have now both had the opportunity to speak at Legacy. David taught one of the adult classes this last Wednesday night and Sunday morning. I was also able to share a little about myself and our plans at a lady's function Tuesday night. Usually, after we open up a little about ourselves, others feel more welcome and share their own similar stories. It's a blessing and the more we get to know this congregation, the more excited we become because they are so encouraging and have really worked to make us feel a part of the family.
Another highlight was last Saturday. We were invited to spend a day at Possum Kingdom lake with Dale and Tina Bankhead (see picture to the left) from church. We had a great day with them-- wake boarding, tubing, playing on the jet ski, and just enjoying the fellowship. They were even kind enough to take us out to Hell's Gate which is a really nice area of the lake. There are cliffs on either side of the lake with very nice houses all around. We just stopped and had dinner there, it was the perfect spot! That whole day was a well needed break, and so good to get in the water again! I must say, though, the next day we were both really sore. But, it was worth it!!
And finally, if you didn't know, our family seems to attract brown recluse spiders, this is great for David, but not so for me. We came to the conclusion that we were finding more than the normal amount of these little guys in our house so we decided to go ahead and get some professionals to come and get rid of them for us. But before we did David wanted to have a little fun with it. I hope you enjoy his video.