|Those Were the Days — We have a dream|
|Saturday, February 22, 2014 9:00 PM|
Over 40 years ago, the people of Delphos First Assembly of God had a dream. They saw the need for constructing a multi-purpose building that would be a blessing to the church family and to the surrounding communities. Through prayer, the giving of money, work, time and sacrifice that dream became a reality. For four decades, the multi-purpose building at 800 Metbliss Avenue has served the people of our church and the surrounding communities. For more than 25 years, the multi-purpose center was known as Sonshine Day Care. During my time as the church’s pastor, the name was changed to The ROC (Righteous Outreach Center).
Many church ministries like The C.R.E.W. (Christ reaching Everyone’s World) youth ministry and community ministries like Upward Basketball and Cheerleading, our monthly food ministry, Tri-Co Wrestlers, Teens For Christ, Community Thanksgiving Meals and so much more have taken place at The ROC.
Only God knows how many thousands of lives have been touched, how many people saved, how many people influenced by the love of God because more than 40 years ago the people of this church had a dream; a unified vision!
A unified vision; a unified dream has power! Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NIV) “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
Soaring up to 350 feet in height, west coast redwoods are the tallest trees on earth. Although redwoods have no natural predators, they have a shallow root system that digs roughly 10 to 13 feet into the ground before spreading 60 to 80 feet outward. Those roots would normally put such tall trees in danger of being ripped free and toppled by high winds. However, each tree intertwines its roots with those of nearby trees, adding strength and stability to the group or grove.
And so it is with people. While one person can have a dream, that dream is more likely to be achieved through the power of God and His people working together through the power of a unified vision to achieve that dream!
Dreams can be compromised by settling for something less. There was a little boy who lived on a farm in the late 1800s. He had never seen a circus. You can imagine his excitement, when one day a poster went up at school announcing that on the next Saturday a traveling circus was coming to the nearby town. He ran home and asked his daddy if he could go. Although the family was poor, the father sensed how important this was to the boy. He told him he could go if he got all of his Saturday chores completed ahead of time. Come Saturday morning, the chores were done and the little boy stood by the breakfast table, dressed in his Sunday best. His father reached into the pocket of his overalls and pulled out a dollar bill — the most money the little boy had possessed at one time in all his life. The father cautioned him to be careful and then sent him on his way to town. The boy was so excited his feet hardly seemed to touch the ground all the way. As he neared the outskirts of the village, he noticed people lining the streets, and he worked his way through the crowd until he could see what was happening. Lo and behold, it was the approaching spectacle of a circus parade.
The parade was the grandest thing this boy had ever seen. Caged animals snarled as they passed, a band played, acrobats did gymnastics and waved flags and ribbons. Finally, after everything had passed where he was standing, the traditional circus clown, with floppy shoes, baggy pants, and a brightly painted face, was at the end of the circus parade. As the clown passed by, the little boy reached into his pocket and took out that precious dollar bill. He handed the money to the clown, turned around, and went home. What had happened? The boy thought he had seen the circus when he had only seen the parade.
Are you experiencing all that God has for you? The Christian life is an incredible adventure. It’s an exciting journey! Many people – including Christians – seem to be content to live a mediocre Christian life, settling for less than God wants for them. Do you want the abundant life that Jesus promised? Do you want to live life to its fullest? Don’t set your sights too low! Determine to become all that God created you to be.
At about 4:15 p.m. on Feb. 9, the roof of The ROC collapsed. People had been in and out of the building throughout the afternoon; however, no one was inside during the time of the collapse. For that, we are extremely grateful.
Is The ROC and the ministry that took place in it dead just because the roof caved in? Is our dream to have greater impact in the city of Delphos and the surrounding area dead? Is your dream dead?
Our God is still a dream-giver! Just as we will see The ROC rise up from it’s current collapse and brokenness… so too we will see our God-given vision and our God-given dreams come to pass!
We have a dream! Our dream allows us to give up any moment all that we are in order to receive all that we can become. Our dream helps us sense the invisible so that we can see the impossible. Our dream allows us to trust God’s resources since the dream is bigger than all our abilities and acquaintances. Our dream enables us to continue when discouraged, for where there is no faith in the future, there is no power in the present. Our dream allows us to see ourselves and the people of this church and surrounding area in the future. Our dream is the promise of what we shall one day be.
We have a dream. It’s a God-given one. It is bigger than any obstacle. We believe that all things are possible with God. We invite you to join us as we pursue our God-given dream!