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Hurting? Dissatisfied? Hungry for more? For those who "seek first the kingdom," all things will be added (see Mat. 6:33)! We don't just proclaim "Jesus is Lord," we teach how to make Jesus Christ Lord in everyday life so God's kingdom will be expressed in us and through us. In the process, we are also committed to healing the hurting, experiencing God's new thing, and gathering together to encounter God. And, if you feel disqualified, we believe in restoration. 

The exciting news is that we have entered into a brand new season of building! God is setting believers in place as living stones (1 Peter 2:5) to build His temple. All things are being prepared for a great awakening.

[Y]ou . . . as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 2:5).

However, many of the stones are “burnt stones,“ those who have been cast aside in the rubbish of lost dreams and vision.  Cast aside from the wall of God’s plans and purposes. Cast aside from destiny. If you feel like a burnt stone, it's not too late for you! Even in the natural, with heat damage visible as physical fissures and charring on the surface of the stone, often the damaged layers can be cut away to reveal an undamaged surface below. How much more can people-stones be healed and restored by the power of God.

Rebuilding the wall

When Nehemiah, the Jewish butler with a heart for national revival, learned the wall of Jerusalem was broken down, he wept because the city lay in ruins. He returned from Babylonian captivity and began to rebuild, but the enemies of Israel mocked the Israelites saying, “Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?”

But it so happened, when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall [of Jerusalem], that he was furious and very indignant, and mocked the Jews. 2 And he spoke before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? . . . Will they revive the stones from the heaps of rubbish—stones that are burned?” (Nehemiah 4:1-2).

 

You may be a burnt stone if:

  • You dread going to church.
  • You have stopped assembling with other believers regularly.
  • You are bored by what used to thrill you.
  • You have stopped actively pursuing more of God.
  • You find entertainment more interesting than the things of God.
  • You are wounded, burned out, discouraged, or offended with church members and leaders.

 

God of the double portion

The Lord can do a great work with people who have suffered great defeat! God can give new hope to those who no longer hope. God can heal the wounded. God can restore the fallen. God, in fact, delights in restoring the downcast and the outcasts in greater quality and quantity than before. God is the God of multiplication and increase. He is not the God of “settling for second best” or the God of “diminishing returns.” No! God is the God of the double portion for those who return to Him!

Read the mission statement of Jesus, as written in the book of Isaiah 61:1-7 in the Message translation. NOW is the time for God to:

[C]omfort all who mourn, To care for the needs of all who mourn in Zion, give them bouquets of roses instead of ashes, Messages of joy instead of news of doom,  a praising heart instead of a languid spirit. Rename them “Oaks of Righteousness” planted by God to display his glory. They’ll rebuild the old ruins, raise a new city out of the wreckage. They’ll start over on the ruined cities, take the rubble left behind and make it new... [Y]ou’ll have the title “Priests of God,”  honored as ministers of our God. You’ll feast on the bounty of nations, you’ll bask in their glory. Because you got a double dose of trouble and more than your share of contempt, Your inheritance in the land will be doubled and your joy go on forever [emphasis mine].”

 

Restoration

Some individuals may judge burnt stones as being beyond remedy because they are too religious or self-righteous to comprehend all that God can do with burnt stones. Some burnt stones may be unwilling to be restored, preferring to cling to what they think they "want to happen," or what they want God to do for them. Not all burnt stones really want to be restored from the inside out.

A burnt stone with a hardened heart will give the impression of motives that are mixed, or not pure. Others may recognize their zeal, but also see ambition. Others may see a certain love of the Lord, but also see a love for self. Others may see a person with great potential, but also see a person who is difficult to work with.

God works with the willing hearts of those who are genuinely seeking Him. The only things a burnt stone needs for God to restore them is humility, hunger for God, and willing obedience. 

  • God works with willing hearts.

 

We invite you to join us

Kingdom Life Church is a vibrant present truth assembly of believers who are passionate about Jesus, living transformed lives, connected with one another, and seeking the fullness of God in our midst. Come be restored in a healthy environment. Come be part of loving church family. We welcome you to become part of what God is doing here!


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