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Continuing the Pilgrimage

by on March 6, 2014

“So they set out from the Mountain of the Lord and traveled for three days. The Ark of the Covenant of the Lord went before them” Num. 10:33.

When you think back on some of the significant trips or vacations you have taken, what brings the best memories; the trip or the destination? If they were family vacation road trips probably both are fondly remembered (hopefully). If it was an incredibly long airline flight, then probably the destination is most predominant. For Israel, the journey to the Promised Land was certainly memorable, sometimes good memories and sometimes bad. While on that 40 plus year journey they could be considered ‘pilgrims’ and every time they camped at set up the Tabernacle they were reminded of the transitory nature of their journey.

As we continue to consider our 50th Anniversary of the Berean Bible Church I am reminded of the days that our church body was a ‘pilgrim’ body as each Sunday we used a rented facility, carted in hymnal, Sunday School equipment, audio visual supplies, snacks for kids, etc. It was quite a journey and while we were fortunate to have permanent-temporary location at Loyal Hts School and a local church for Sunday PM it still was a two year journey. Groups met in homes during the week, prayers were offered for a permanent location and plans were laid.  In the midst of the journey we (I say we because both my family and Teresa’s were charter members) purchased land and began the building process, looking forward to moving permanently to the ‘Promised Land’ of Shoreline. Even those of us in Jr. Hg. as I was had the chance to actually participate on the Saturday Workdays as we helped put the new place together.

What a great day it was when in 1966 we were able to dedicate our brand new facility and begin using it throughout the week, we were finally home and put our roots down in our new location. As you can imagine, for those still around who were part of that process we have fond and wonderful memories of the trip, the journey. That time of pilgrimage will always bring remembrances of working together and sharing a great journey. We believe it was the Lord who did go before us as it could never have been accomplished without His hand. Our founding fathers and mothers were not a rich or powerful people, just regular folks who sacrificed and believed that God desired for the Berean Church to have a home and a place to change lives.

Just like God’s people in every generation, in a sense we are still on that journey as we are reminded from the author of Hebrews “since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders . . . and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (12:1). We will always be pilgrims and on our journey home, but while we are here how great it is to have a church home, a physical place where each month, each week and each day we can still impact lives for eternity.

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