this past weekend out little family went to BR for a mini vacation/church visit at my home church. i wont steal Sarah's thunder about going to the Louisiana Arts and Science Museum so i will skip that part. I do want to talk about our visit to my home church and what is going on there.
they recently (well over the past few years) built a new building and held their first full church service. this is incredibly awesome to me because i grew up in this church and can remember when the church met in a trailer-house type building that suited us just fine until attendance grew. To which we moved to a store-front location in downtown Denham Springs, which is not the antique section of town (i am glad the church moved before it too became a part of the antique section). The church then moved to an actual church building where we have been for the past 20 years +/- a year or two; i remember VBS, youth group meetings, AWANA, and Sunday school meetings (in the pastors office b/c of lack of space). And now there is a new building with classrooms and a really big auditorium.
i have to say that i am really excited for my home church, the pastor and all the friends and family members who attend, its a new chapter in the story of what God did with what first began as a Bible study in our first pastor's home. looking back over the years i am pretty amazed at one thing that has been quite amazing to me is that this church with 25+ years of ministry in the Denham Springs area has only had three pastors in this time. Now some of you are thinking whats the big deal some pastors have been in churches for over 25 years...but it is a big deal.
in doing some research for our present church's 75th Anniversary we came across some data that showed that in the 75 years of this church's existence that the average amount of time here was 3.5 years. This does not include the 10 years our former pastor spent here building relationships (so maybe i should say in the 65 yrs before our former pastor) but seriously 3.5 years!?!?! that is why i think it is a landmark for my home church; the present pastor has been there 4 years which means that the previous two pastors had been there for 11 years (on average). i love my home church, the changes, the people (old and new) and the feeling of home i get when i am there.
a verse in the first chapter of a book i am reading really fuses the way i feel about my home church and my presnt church into one great church experience...the verse is from Jeremiah 6:16 and it reads:
This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
The rest of the verse goes on to say that the people would not follow the path and that they were given a watchman to sound the trumpet but we will not listen...then watch all you nations and witnesses see what will happen!
i don't want to think about what will happen if i seek out godly wisdom and don't take it especially when people say take this path, heed this warning! we know what happened to Israel, so with that i want to say that there are men (and women for Sarah) that i know i can seek godly counsel from and do seek counsel from.
this verse has really been on the forefront of my mind for a couple weeks now and i find that it fits in a lot of different scenarios and have even used it to encourage friends but i think it is really powerful. seek those who have gone before us.