For August 2002
March of 1980, a small group of us gathered together for the first
Sabbath Worship Service of the Christian Church of God in a small
leased storefront space on West 7th Street here in Amarillo. We
had worked feverishly transforming a dismal vacant storefront into
a cozy sanctuary and ignored the nay Sayers who predicted, as false
prophets are wont to do, that this congregation would never live
to see it's first anniversary. Well, we have celebrated 22 anniversaries
to date. I heard of an old timer rocking away on his front porch
when a stranger asking if he had spent all his life in that town
approached him. The old timer's response was, "Not yet!"
worked and worshipped together with a vision, a dream of building
a House of Worship to honor God, not content to "get by"
with renting space wherever there was a vacancy. Within six years
that vision and commitment led to the purchase of a plot of land
on the hill overlooking Quail Creek and the Medi-Park area. We didn't
have the funds to buy this choice chunk of real estate, but after
touring a couple of other sites that we could afford, the dedicated
nucleus of this Church, spoke up and then "put their money
where their mouths were" by pledging the funds to needed to
purchase this particular plot. What a wonderful day that was, seeing
the commitment and faithfulness of this small band of Christians
that wanted the very best location possible for our House of Worship.
we all put our heads together designing this House of the Lord.
We issued and sold bonds to fund the construction and then gathered
together one beautiful autumn Sabbath to "break ground".
How exciting it was to see everyone in our congregation, from toddler
to the hoary head, grab a shovel and commence the fulfillment of
our dream. Upon completion of the structure, we all pitched in and
bought a piece of furniture. All you have to do is look around the
sanctuary, offices, nursery, audio-video control room, classrooms
and Fellowship Hall to see the names on each piece of furniture
and equipment. It was truly a labor of love.
the month of the 7th anniversary of this congregation, March 26,
1987, this House of Worship was dedicated to the glory and honor
of God our Father, and Jesus Christ our Lord. What an exciting day
what an exciting day August 24th will be. As we make our final payment
on this Church building, we'll be celebrating with a special Worship
Service and festivities as we praise God for blessing this congregation
so. I want to commend all of you who have remained faithful, committed
and loyal to your calling. It has not always been easy and Satan
has certainly hurled his fiery darts at us, chaffing at our faithfulness
Pet 1:10-11 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to
make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things,
ye shall never fall: 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto
you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ. (KJV)
thank God for bringing us together and for the Work He does through
us. The Gospel is preached, the sinner is baptized, the truth of
scripture is taught and shared, we fellowship in the Lord and grow
in grace and knowledge. I know how Paul felt about his brethren
1:3-6 3 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 Always in
every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 5 For
your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 6 Being
confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work
in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (KJV)
God continue to bless and use each and every one of you, for the
Church is more than brick and mortar, the Church is you, the faithful
body of believers that God has called! God bless this Church.
A few years back, more than I care to disclose, I had
a client who had a most interesting business card.
It showed a buzzard sitting in a tree with the caption, “patience,
xxxx – I’m going to kill something”.
Although the card was designed to be attention grabbing,
it also indicates a trend of society, lack of patience.
Galatians 5 tells us that patience is a fruit (by product)
of the Spirit. While
I agree things need to be done on time, (I write this after several
pleading by Veronica, and my first thought for a subject was procrastination,
since I was so guilty) we as a people live in the age of instant
Ask yourself this; how often do you get paid?
Once a week, twice a month, once a month, most people are
paid (receive gratification) very soon after they do what ever it
is that earned the gratification.
We have instant coffee, microwave foods, pre-packaged
instant lots of things – all of which can cause us to lack patience.
Look at the really worthwhile things like family and
character; both take time!
Both take a great deal of patience.
It’s easy to say, “be patient” but quite another thing
to truly exercise patience on a daily basis.
Now most of you know I’m not the most patient person
in the world, especially any of you who have spent significant time
with me, so please be patient as I attempt to give advise on how
to become more patient!
Step one: plan ahead, plans develop structure, structure
and systematic actions develop patience. Predetermination of what needs to be done when helps to avoid
last minute impatience.
Step two: know what is important, what is critical,
and what only sounds important.
Simply put, don’t allow items, which may be very loud to
distract you from items that are in fact very important.
We become impatient when we have failed to do what is important
because we were distracted by what demanded our attention.
This is part of the planning in step one, but has to do more
with setting proper priory to activity.
Step three: Trust others, we will have great difficulty
in developing patience spiritually if we fail to trust God.
We will have great difficulty in developing patience in dealing
with one another if we fail to trust one another.
The apostle Paul exhorts us; “but in everything commending
ourselves as servants of God in much endurance, in afflictions…in
distresses…in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine
Which brings us to the final step in becoming more
patient; be more filled with love!
This is the real key to patience, love is putting the interests
and well being of others in front of our own interest; impatience
is putting yourself first!
So, when you see the bird of the air, remember God
provides for them, the buzzard doesn’t need to be impatient and
neither do we.
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