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"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."  Isaiah 43:18-19

It's amazing what you can forget when you make up your mind to.

People say you can't forget difficult things.  All I know is what God says.  He says to FORGET the former things -- that must mean it's possible.  Instruction or encouragement wouldn't be there in His Word if it weren't doable. 

Never in my life have I been so happy to forget - wipe clean from my mind altogether -- (and I do mean completely as if it never existed) many former happenings, people and circumstances and move on to the new thing God has for me, for us. 

The new thing springs up, even today it springs up.  This morning the new church sign is unveiled, Celebration Church is founded, and a new day has come, a new beginning -- out with the old in with the new.

He has already made a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.  

We are blessed with so much fruit, mature -- ripe fruit -- that remains.

Yesterday I didn't get home from working at the church til 11 pm but you know it was a FANTASTIC DAY of people just spontaneously pulling together.  Mark Twain said if you love what you do, you won't work a day in your life!  I believe it! 
We didn't have an official workday.  It was just our staff, and people who decided to stop by the church.  Larry and I counted up last night when we got home and there were over 50 people who just stopped by just to lend a hand, most for HOURS of time...quite a number ALL DAY.  We were so grateful. 

The core of this church is strong as the day is long.  Committed.  Loyal.  Everything was shaken that could be shaken quite a while back that left us with the lasting fruit of this kind.  Larry and I as well as most of those 50 people were just exhausted beyond belief when we left late last night but I'm not sure if any group of people has ever been more excited and feeling like we are on the threshold of something HUGE!
I am just pinching myself with the reality that CELEBRATION CHURCH OPENS TOMORROW!!!

Comments

Michael Gibson said…
That is so awesome and contains an encouraging word! Not to mention, I am so excited for you guys and Celebration Church. We both love and are so proud of you guys!

Mike & Donna
Anonymous said…
This was written for me as I learn to put yesterday behind me! So excited for you and Celebration Church!

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