Mere Shadows

This month is a history making month.  Knowing that our lives are, in fact, very short when compared to eternity, we have launched an effort titled “Mere Shadows.”  The entire concept is born out of First Chronicles chapter 29 where David responds to the realization he will not be able to build the Temple, David commits to raising money so Solomon, his son, can build it.

One of King Davids driving forces was the fact that our lives are mere shadows (this verbiage is derived from The Message version).  He knew what he did today would change tomorrow.  That is exactly what this campaign is all about, changing lives today and tomorrow.

This church has been a strong missions church, and a strong evangelistic church for many, many years.  Only eternity will truly be able to testify to how many millions of lives have been changed by the Gospel message because of the sacrifice of men and woman who went before us.  We stand tall only because so many stooped so low in humility and self-sacrifice to build what we are standing on.  Now it’s our turn!

Our building is not the church, we know that, but our building reflects the church and our reflection needs to be polished up a bit.  We are in need of renovations, and that is why we hired SJCF architecture firm to help us develop a master plan for renovation.  I would rather call it the Masters Plan, for our church building, because I do believe He has brought us to this point.

The entire month of April is committed to Mere Shadows.  April 3rd we Looked Back to what God has done, April 10th we are looking up to what He is doing, April 17th we look out, and we will wrap things up on April 24th as we look forward to what He wants to do.

Please be in prayer about how God would like you involved with this effort.  Also, try to make every service in April.  These are historical days we are living.  This church will be a light to this community for years after we are gone, but in the next few weeks, (in some ways) we will help determine how bright it will shine.

To the Glory of God

Pastor Billy

Manhattan First
Our mission is to Know God intimately, invest in one another deeply, and Reach Manhattan and the world creatively.
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