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Years ago, a small town in Maine was proposed for the site of a great hydroelectric plant. Since the dam would be built across the river, the entire town would be submerged. When the project was announced, the people were given many months to arrange their affairs and relocate.

During the time before the dam was built, an interesting thing happened. All improvements ceased. No painting was done. No repairs were made on the buildings, roads, and sidewalks. Day by day, the whole town got shabbier and shabbier. A long time before the waters came, the town looked uncared for and abandoned, even though the people had not yet moved away. One citizen complained, "Where there is no faith in the future, there is no power for the present." The town was cursed with hopelessness because it had no future.

Some of our lives are cursed with no hope for the future. Maybe we let God into some parts of our hearts. The parts that are already neat and in order. But God wants to invade your heart entirely.

(From a sermon by Ty Tamasaka, Dare to Dream Again, 9/9/2011)

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