School Opening Service
God Knows the Plans
Text: Jeremiah 29:10-13
There are only a few left who would remember this. It was the Spring of 2008. Christ the King had been given a small grant to start up a preschool. The search was on to find a location. We had been renting out Wadsworth Elementary School for worship, but we had no place to start the preschool. At the time, there weren’t a lot of spaces available in Palm Coast.
One of the first sites we looked at was the empty space attached to the gas station way over I-95 on the corner of Palm Coast Parkway and Clubhouse Dr. A contract was being worked out, but the owners became afraid of insurance liability with a school and they backed out. We didn’t know it, but that was a very good thing. Then we looked at one of the retail spaces behind Goodwill. But that was way too small.
Then we looked at the strip mall on Palm Coast Parkway right next to Sears. Right now the spaces are occupied by Massey. They were two big open spaces—big enough to seat both our Sunday morning worship and to host our preschool. It was perfect! No more lugging things in and out of Wadsworth every Sunday, dripping sweat and wasting time. One ministry location for both the church and the school. And a decent price, too! It was perfect! Quickly we signed the contract.
I’ll never forget the excitement I had on that one Sunday as I pulled the keys out of my pocket and announced we soon would be moving to a new, permanent. Everyone (which was about 25 people back then) cheered. But that very next week the city of Palm Coast said they wouldn’t allow a playground area there and we had to cancel the contract.
Dejected, the search went on. The next location was the landscaping business in Bunnell next to the campground and the storage facilities, across from Church on the Rock. It was spacious and very affordable. A contractor made drawings for the renovations. A contract was drawn up. It looked promising—until the agent didn’t return my phone calls. Finally, two weeks later he got back to me to say that he sold it out from under us to someone else. Read the rest of this entry
13th Sunday after Pentecost
School Opening Service
In Christ Alone
Text: Acts 4:12
“Knowledge is power,” the old saying goes. The more you know, the more powerful you are. Others have said similar things. Thomas Jefferson once said that, “Information is the currency of democracy.” Ronald Reagan said that, “Information is the oxygen of the modern age.” Knowledge is power, and the more knowledge and information you have the more powerful you become.
I watched an entertaining movie this last week where the White House was overtaken and the president was kidnapped. What did the terrorists want? Information. They wanted to extract codes to American nuclear bombs. Watch any good heist movie. What do modern bank robbers want? They don’t want piles of cash anymore. They want security codes and account numbers and passwords so they can wire the money to their accounts. What do cyber criminals want with all of their phishing schemes in your Email inbox? They want your information—your passwords, your bank account numbers, your social security number, your birthday.
Go to the International Spy Museum in Washington D.C. and you’ll see all kinds of cool gadgets and gismos. There’s a reason we have a Federal Bureau of Investigation and a Central Intelligence Agency. Why? Knowledge is power. The more knowledge you have, the more powerful you become. Read the rest of this entry