Summary: I’m posting this, it’s from our 18th Annv. Celebration. It highlights the miracles of the journey and how good God is. If your going through or have ever been involved in a church plant and building program, this will build your faith!
Happy Birthday, Calvary Temple
Would all of those who attended in the little church, please stand for a moment.
We would like to thank everyone for their faithfulness to the Lord and His Work, as we celebrate 18 yrs of ministry, here this morning.
We would also like to acknowledge, the ones who are no longer with us and have went on to their eternal reward.
*Our beloved founder and pastor, J.L. Schaffer, his impact and faithfulness continue to still be felt here in the church,
And are a great legacy and testament as to the way, he lived his life.
*Jack Curbox, Brooks Curbox, Mary Schwier, Ralph and Evelyn Hughes, Dave Fletcher, Roger Capper, Jim Wentz, Glyn Mcmasters, Mary Stack, Les Westberg and most recently Shirley McMasters.
All who helped touch many lives for the Kingdom and were touched in return and have been rewarded for their effort, by none other than Jesus, Himself!
I Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now! Seemed like a very appropriate statement to make this morning
And My oh my, what a journey its been, from the moment we first walked on the property, Gods presence has met us every time!
So many things have happened, so many doors God has opened to us throughout the years,
so many people that we’ve come to know and love along the way.
Miracle after miracle we have witnessed in our midst and God has been faithful to us, every step of the way.
TBS. in Isaiah 43:19 NKJ
19. Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert.
There certainly have been numerous times that God has made a road through the wilderness and a river through the desert for us.
*Pastor Schaffer, Bought the property for $50,000.00 with no money down, no paper work, no credit check, no collateral,
only a handshake and a desire to see people come to know the Lord and their lives to be changed.
That was the very first miracle, our first river in the desert, of many that the Lord would provide.
$500 a month, pastor told us and we were thinking, that’s not to bad of a deal, we can do that.
And then he said, and a, oh by the way, we need to raise $10,000.00 as our first balloon payment in six months,
followed by a $10,000.00 balloon payment each year and every year after that, until it was paid for.
12 people came to the very first service and every time we have had a need since then, it has came in without fail. Praise God!
God never let us down one time, in fact we paid off the property in 3 ½ years, almost 2 yrs. ahead of time.
* Blessed with Mowing since the beginning, ever since Tim and I spent 19 hours, mowing the yard the first time, with a push mower and a 30 inch snapper in faith,
God has provided the machine and the man every time since then and even the fuel, at no charge! Praise God!
* Always have been Blessed with Giving people that wanted to do something for the Lord
* Started building program with 20, $1 seeds from the pastor, he said go and multiply it,
Mark 4:8 NKJ
But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirty fold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.
Pastor had done his part and he left the rest up to God and my oh my, what a faithful God we serve!
This story, still amazes me, no matter how many times that I tell it, or hear it!
One year later, the planted seed resulted in $100,000.00, thats right, a $100,000.00 offering!
(We stopped the service to count it, everyone kept giving until we reached the Goal)
others gave later too, when they were told of the story, everyone wanted to be a part of something so incredible,
Never underestimate the God of endless Possibilities! Praise God!
* Another time we needed $30,000 during the building program, it came in, in cash just at the right time.
He’s never early, He’s never late, always right on time!!
* Another time we needed $10,000.00 for a building need on a Monday, it came in Sunday’s offering and the need wasn’t even mentioned. Praise God!!
* Every step of the way, God continually said to us; “I will make a way, where there seems to be no way” To trust Him!
I remind you of these events this morning, not to brag on mans efforts,