Week 36: Build the House

Today’s Text: First Chronicles 20-22

Key Text: First Chronicles 22:11

“Now, my son, the LORD be with you, and may you have success and build the house of the LORD your God, as he said you would.”

King David’s son was privileged like few men. He was hand-picked to “build the house of the LORD,” something which his father David had hoped to do. It fell to him, guided as he was by God, to do that important job and the temple which resulted was greater than any other temples of the day.

Can you imagine what a privilege – and responsibility – it was to undertake that task?

On a much smaller scale – we are called in a similar way.

We too can have the privilege and responsibility to “build the house of the LORD.”

We build it, symbolically, in the building of our own homes on a foundation of faith.

We build it, as a witness to that faith, when we build and maintain a strong Christian home.

We build it, and give it as a gift to the next generation, when we put Christ at the center of our home life.

We are not likely to be called to literally build a great temple to God.

Still, the “temple” of our life and witness can speak volumes.

Have you undertaken such a building project?

If not, why not start today?

By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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