Lately I’ve been scanning and posting pictures that consist of nearly four decades of history from a church that began in a barn in our local community. Many people who passed through the doors of the houses or the barn or ultimately the buildings this church has called home have memories that are precious and go very deep. I’ve noticed comments on these albums (which have been posted on a face book group called “Light of the World Fellowship/Calvary Chapel of Evansville“) have been expressing a deep longing for what once was.
God has and continues a divine work through this little part of His body. I’ve often referred to this church as a spiritual train depot. God brings people through and while they’ve stopped, they have either been used mightily by Him to minister to those who remain in this church, or those who call this church their home are used to minister and draw the temporary visitors closer to the Lord Jesus before they move on in their journey.
This ministry has always been a powerful one. The teaching unusually balanced and sound. The worship uniquely precious and moving.
My heart is burdened for those who have found themselves somehow longing for those times rather than focusing on the things that God is doing now and the blessed hope of the glory that shall be revealed.
I have been longing for heaven, when we will forever experience all the above and be in His presence The One who Was and is and is yet to come!
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 10: 9-10
And “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is youra life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4