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Summary: More principles for building God’s house.

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"IT’S TIME TO BUILD.....PT 5"

INTRODUCTION

LET ME TELL YOU -- THE LAST 2 SUNDAYS BEGINNING ON THE PM SERVICE JUNE 25; HAVE BEEN SOME REALLY AWESOME CHURCH SERVICES (PEOPLE TESTIFYING TO GOD’S GREATNESS, SHARING THEIR SORROWS, OPENING AND BEING REAL), GOD’S SPIRIT HAS BEEN PRESENT AND MOVING IN THIS PLACE. AND DURING THE LAST 2 SUNDAYS I FELT LED TO LEAVE OUR SERIES ON BUILDING GOD’S HOUSE...

AND I AM GLAD THAT I DID (GOD USED THOSE MESSAGES) -- BUT NOW IT IS TIME TO GET BACK TO OUR MAIN TOPIC -- BUILDING GOD’S HOUSE... BECAUSE AS GREAT CHURCH HAS BEEN RECENTLY WE ARE NOT THERE YET... WE STILL HAVE FAR TO GO; WE ARE ONLY BEGINNING TO TOUCH THE HEM OF THE GARMENT OF THE CHURCH IN ALL HER GLORY...

AND SINCE WE’VE BEEN AWAY FROM THIS FOR A FEW WEEKS I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMIND YOU OF WHERE WE HAVE BEEN UP TO THIS POINT, BEFORE WE MOVE ON TO NEW TERRITORY. AS PETER THE GREAT FISHERMAN SAID IN 2 PETER 1:13, "I THINK IT IS RIGHT TO REFRESH YOUR MEMORY..."

WE ARE STUDYING THE BOOK OF EZRA, A BOOK THAT RECORDS THE EVENTS OF GOD’S PEOPLE BUILDING HIS HOUSE AFTER THEY RETURNED FROM A 70 YEAR EXILE. AND WE ARE PULLING FROM THIS GREAT BOOK PRINCIPLES THAT THEY APPLIED TO SUCCESSFULLY BUILD GOD’S HOUSE THEN -- SO WE CAN SUCCESSFULLY BUILD GOD’S HOUSE AT ETCC, NEARLY 3,000 YEARS LATER. THE PEOPLE WHO WE ARE READING ABOUT IN EZRA -- THE 50,000 MEN AND WOMEN WHO MADE THE TRIP BACK HOME TO JERUSALEM WERE MOVED BY GOD;

THEY MOVED BY THOUGHTS OF THE TEMPLE; THEY WERE MOVED BY THE POWER AND PROMISES OF GOD; THEY WERE MOVED BY GOD’S GRACE AND BY THEIR 2ND CHANCE AS A PEOPLE... DESPITE ALL THEY DID, GOD STILL LOVED THEM (HE HATED THEIR ACTIONS/PUNISHED THEIR SIN -- BUT EVEN WHILE SUFFERING IN THAT PUNISHMENT THEY ALWAYS COULD SEE HIS HAND OF LOVE REACHING OUT TO THEM...) AND NOW, HE HAS CALLED THEM/ HE HAS ALLOWED THEM TO BUILD HIS HOUSE.... THEREFORE, IN 536BC THOSE WHOSE HEARTS GOD HAD MOVED LEFT AND RETURNED TO JERUSALEM PREPARED TO BUILD THE HOUSE OF GOD....

BUT JUST LIKE TODAY NOT EVERYONE WENT -- BECAUSE NOT EVERYONE WAS MOVED TO BUILD GOD’S HOUSE.... NOTICED IT DOES NOT SAY "AND ALL THE PEOPLE PREPARED TO GO..." NO, IT SAYS THAT ONLY THOSE WHOSE HEARTS WERE MOVED BY GOD WENT...

YOU SEE THE REST WERE UNMOVED BY GOD -- BECAUSE THEY HAD NOT GIVEN GOD THEIR HEARTS, AND THEY WERE COMFORTABLE RIGHT WHERE THEY WERE.... NOW WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE STILL IN CAPTIVITY -- THAT CAPTIVITY CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AFTER THE FALL OF BABYLON AT THE AND OF THE MEEDS AND PERSIANS... THE JEWS HAD HONES, LIVES AND JOBS IN THE LAND...AND SOME DID NOT WANT TO RISK THESE COMFORT TO GO BACK TO A DESTROYED CITY TO LIVE... WHERE WOULD THEY LIVE -- WHERE WOULD THEY WORK.... SO WHEN THE TIME AND OPPORTUNITY CAME FOR THE MOVE TO BE MADE FOR THE TRIP TO BE TAKEN THEY STAYED...

AND JUST LIKE TODAY I AM SURE THAT BEFORE THAT MOMENT OF TRUTH CAME; SOME WHO WOULD LATER STAY IN PERSIA TALKED A REAL GOOD SPIRITUAL TALK... THEY GAVE THE IMPRESSION OF BEING A PEOPLE WHO WERE MOVED BY GOD...


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Henry A Roso

commented on Jul 18, 2009

Why all Caps in the text? It''s difficult to read.

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