River of Life Church held its first service in 1977 at the Isanti Community Center. Over the next three years it moved from the center to the Cambridge VFW and then to Chadashchay Ministries just east of town. Land was purchased and an old Methodist church from a town 14 miles east of us was moved onto the land in 1980. The addition that was built a few years later was condemned resulting in our church becoming mobile and meeting Sundays at the Christian School in town. After five years of setting up and taking down our insurance company would no longer carry the portion of the building we were still using for office and storage. The building was leveled and in August 2011, we leased the former DNR building owned by Johnson Brothers. This past November 29, on the coldest day in nine months, we moved again.
Why the other moves?
Why not just stay where we were?
Why the future goal of building a new building on our property?
Why did we move?
2 Peter 3:10-13 compels us to move.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
Why did we move?
So we could do what Jesus told us to do – grow by rescuing people from hell and filling heaven.
We moved because of this life saving station mandate from God.
Jesus is coming back to restore our broken world and each of us is part of that restoration project NOW!
That is why we moved.
What does 2 Peter 3 provoke you to do?