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Church Expansion Project update and Pastoral Message from Pastor Alex Yuen – 11/7/2017

Give thanks to the Lord for helping us to get the [Nordhoff Blessed House] ready for move in and (soon be) ready for use as fellowship and Bible study class room. Since [Nordhoff Blessed House] is located in a residential zone and the City regards church as a commercial entity, we have to comply with city regulation. There must be someone living in [Nordhoff Blessed House] to make the accessory use as meeting place for Bible study inside the house legal. Surely, the Lord provides and so He brought Brother Alan Chen back from Taiwan to serve as pianist at church. We invited Alan to move in as the [“Guardian” of the House]. Brother Alan humbly regards himself as a doorkeeper of the house provided by God. [because “house of God” usually refers to the church building]

Psalm 84 vividly illustrates how a trusting person earnestly yearned for God in heart and in action. The author used the temple to represent God: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.” (vv.1-2) The author pictures a man longing to be a doorkeeper of the house of God to show his desire to love and serve the Lord: “For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness.” (v.10) In Old Testament times, only the Levites could serve in the temple. Today, we don’t have this limitation. Everyone can draw close to God without hindrance and can participate in serving Him.

Looking from a broader perspective, every believer can be a “Guardian of the House of God”. From spiritual standpoint, believers are to guard the House of God through holding on to Truth, not being led astray by heresy and false teaching, not being tainted by worldly vile, living a life worthy of the salvation and sharing the gospel. From a practical standpoint, believers are to guard the house of God in ministry, in financial matters, and in caring and loving each other. Let us all pray that we can each be a “Guardian of the House of God” in the area that the Lord wants us to be.

While we are waiting for the [Nordhoff Blessed House] to be opened for full use, the Church Building Committee is working hard on church renovation and improvement items, such as: painting the inside and outside of our church building, the purchase of new chairs for classrooms, improve the nursery and children department facility, build an outdoor children play area, improve the audio-visual equipment and lighting in the sanctuary. The pastoral team and church council members are working on next year’s ministry and budget too. Dear Brothers and Sisters, while we are giving thanks for [Nordhoff Blessed House], please pray that the Lord will lead our people to finish the yet to be finished items.

Message from Pastor Ken:
     Perhaps you remember the first kite that you built, using newspaper and paste made from rice. Or the cricket cage? A plastic model airplane or ship? For me it was a bamboo fishing pole, made entirely of parts and pieces that I found as a boy.

     Making things, building things, give us great satisfaction and feelings of accomplishment. It is a part of being a human being made in the image of God. We all want to create, design, and complete things that have value and beauty.

     This is a part of the goodness of our future building program.

     But it goes well beyond personal satisfaction. We have three or more collections of people within our congregation at MBC, depending on whether you use age, culture or time of attendance. Our mutual participation in a substantial endeavor will bind us together. Belonging comes through participation and contribution. Identity is forged by challenge and success. These provide the foundation we need to be God’s lighthouse here.

     The National Heath & Safety Performance Standards tells us that each child needs about 50 square feet of space for activities. While we cannot reach that optimum, we can alleviate the current crowdedness. This is a third value of building.

     Jesus marveled as he watched a widow’s magnificent faith donation. He saw someone who was determined to do her part for the glory of God. She was following the saying of King David who said he would not offer to God that which cost him nothing. (2 Sam. 24:24) That same God now watches to see what each of us, and each generation of us, will do for his glory until he comes with his rewards. This is the eternal value of building, to please God and give him glory on earth in our generation.