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THE OLD TEMPLE

One time King David in the Bible said,

“I will allow no sleep to my eyes
or slumber to my eyelids,
till I find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling for the Mighty One
.” (Psalm 132:4,5)

David found a site for and prepared for the building of a temple in which the people would worship.

THE NEW PLACE FOR THE LORD

Jesus, 1000 years later, announced the destruction of that temple’s successor because it was being terribly misused.

We know from Jesus’ and His Apostles’ teachings that the dwelling place the Lord prefers is the hearts – and thus the lives – of ordinary people.

“I pray … that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you … may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:16-19)

Let’s make it our highest purpose in 2014 to “find a place” for the Lord in each of our own hearts! And let’s make it our business to help others do the same. Then we will be finding not just “A” place for the Lord, but many places for Him!

IT’S 2014! LET’S FIND PLACES FOR THE LORD!

This world has a lot of needs. The people of Hasting have a lot of needs. Let’s serve those needs. But let’s focus on taking care of the ROOT of all good. Please, let’s each work seriously to “find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One” in our own hearts.

IF THAT REQUIRES SOME CHANGES …

“Any old dead fish can float downstream,” Dad often said. Our American values and way of life do a lot of good for us, and we could appreciate that more than we do.

But as a culture we also have some bad patterns going, aspects of life in which we’d be smart to swim against the flow.

Is there a pat- yourself-on-the-back incident from last year where you chose to swim against the current regardless of the guff you took or how uncool you seemed? Did you encourage someone else when they were scraping together the courage to do the same? Notice it. That’s a habit worth developing further.

And if we are determined to find places for the Lord – as we should be – we must make sure He has a complete and on-going welcome in our own lives. We must. If we don’t take care of this the rest of our projects will be unsatisfying, and will end up falling completely apart.

It may require some real changes. But hey, “any old dead fish can float downstream!”