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churchThis is the House that Christ Built
By Debbie Porter

One of the most challenging writing tasks I’ve ever tackled was the creation of five individual, self-contained stories, each no longer than 50 words. Being someone who likes to waffle on when it comes to writing, I honestly didn’t think that it would be possible. So imagine my surprise when "The House that Christ Built" flowed effortlessly into life.

Here are five tiny stories that are acted out every week, all around the world, whenever the church comes together to worship. You may recognize some of the characters; in fact, you may even see yourself as well. (I know I’m there!)

I hope you’ll enjoy this little glimpse into "The House that Christ Built". From next month we’ll be making regular visits into a congregation just like this one … perhaps just like yours. I’ll look forward to your company as we spend time each month with the people of Pleasant Valley Community Church. But for now, here are some very familiar friends …

"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25 NIV)

* * *

The Mother

Kate entered the Sanctuary like a whirlwind, with her small son squealing and baby daughter sobbing.

"Why do I bother?" Kate asked in exasperation.

Then she remembered her Sunday School days and realised that even though it required a sacrifice, she was making an eternal investment in her children’s lives.

* * *

The Seeker

Bob sat with arms firmly crossed in the very back row. He didn’t want to be there, yet for some reason had traded the Sunday comfort of his bed for a cold, hard pew. He didn’t believe in all this God stuff, but had come anyway – needing to find truth.

* * *

The New Believer

With a smile that spread from ear to ear, Dawn almost skipped through the church doors. Just one week ago she’d found the answers she’d been searching for all her life. Jesus was Lord and now every moment not spent praising Him just seemed like a huge waste of time!

* * *

The Prayer Warrior

At the venerable age of 82, Jack had been given the unofficial title of Church Grandfather. Everyone loved this dear saint, but not everyone realised just what a treasure he was in their midst. They never knew the battles that Jack fought for them every day – on his knees.

* * *

The Worship Leader

Susie could feel the old familiar butterflies dancing in her stomach as she stepped up to the microphone to lead worship that morning.

"Oh Lord," she whispered, "be glorified in our praise and use me to take these precious people before Your Throne."

And that’s exactly what He did.

* * *

"Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit." (Ephesians 2:19-22 NIV)

And this is the House that Christ built!

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