He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
Ever watch any of those home flipping shows, where people with varying levels of construction skills purchase dilapidated fixer-uppers, strip them, and then make them over into something trendy and desirable? You’ll often hear the phrase “good bones” as a descriptor of a home that has potential.
Well, here we are still at the bones stage of our construction project. Yes, it may feel like this stage is taking a long time, but remember that the bones—good and strong bones—are perhaps the most important part of the construction process. With weather delays making progress slower than ideal, you may find yourself asking the question, “Can these bones live?”
Praise God, they can and will! Soon trusses and beams will be laid in place, mechanical and electrical elements will be fitted, sound and lighting will be installed, finishings of all kinds will provide the flesh and colour to our new church home.
But the true life will come with you! Can you hear the laughter in the halls? Can you hear the praise songs ring in the auditorium, or the grunts and groans of people getting fit at boot camp in the gym? Can you smell the chilli cooking in the kitchen, ready to be transported to those downtown who are hungry? The time is almost here.
Get ready, church! Let’s be willing and eager to stay united, and to use our time, talents, and energy to reach out to our community in meaningful ways. Then all will know that He is Lord!
Take a tour of the current progress, courtesy of Pastor Francis’ iPhone:
Cold conditions make one day’s worth of work take three to complete! Tarps and propane heaters are a must when working in below zero temperatures.
The gym walls are going up!
Looking down the spine (our church atrium). The gym is to my right, community rooms are to my left, and the front entrance is straight ahead.
Our children’s division: Nine rooms to be filled with faith and fun!
Our masons are tackling the gymnasium in colder than ideal conditions.
Our masons need a safe and solid foundation on which to erect their scaffolding, in order to tackle the walls of the gym.
Looking through the window into the Lead Pastor’s office.
The offices, bathrooms, and mechanical rooms are ready for the steel trusses.