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    Before last week, driving on to the Bethel Road Campus of ValleyPoint Church, you wouldn’t get an idea of what was being accomplished. You would have seen some big machines and some large, white concrete forms that look like a giant’s toy building blocks. There was, however, no structure, no ground movement; nothing looked like it had even started. In fact, the campus looked a bit dreary and forlorn.

    Last week, things were beginning to change. Earth is being moved around, and trenches are being formed. These trenches are the beginning of a permanent part of the property, forming a water retention basin.

    The water retention basin is essential to the protection of our property. Its purpose is to prevent flooding. After being formed, some basins get filled with grass and a drainage pipe is connected. This is a major accomplishment being achieved above ground. Work we can see.

    But there are also things going on underneath the ground; things that are unseen and yet vitally important to our new building.

    The first and crucial unseen accomplishment is the sanitary sewer lines laid along our property using a horizontal drilling machine. This is a huge step forward and one we all be grateful for! These lines will take away the unwanted stuff, much like our circulatory system does in our bodies. These sanitary lines, like our circulatory system, are completely unseen and yet a major component of how we survive.

    The second is also something that we will not see. They are now completing the tie-ins to the storm drains at the edge of our campus; this is another vital part of keeping our campus free of any problems in the coming years.

    One of the most interesting parts of what is happening on our Bethel Road Campus is that God does the same thing with us that our construction crew is doing for our new building. God starts by working on the parts of us that are unseen. First, He awakens inside of us, an awareness of His existence. Once we trust in His Son Jesus; He gives us The Holy Spirit by which He changes our attitudes and emotions, which become evident in our seen actions. The Holy Spirit is unseen and yet vital to our existence as growing Christians.

    Our construction process is much like our spiritual journey; great and unseen things are happening that will result in something beautiful that can be seen and experienced by us and by many others for years to come.

    Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11: 1

    (post written by Mike Roberto)
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    We have had some fun movement on our Bethel Road property in the last 10 days. Check out some footage of the progress that has been made towards our future Real Home! The time is nearing!

    Together towards a new home.

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    In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
    Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
    Snow had fallen snow on snow, snow on snow,
    In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
    – Christina Rossetti

    “In The Bleak Midwinter” is probably not a Christmas carol that everyone is familiar with as it is over a hundred years old, but it is an excellent description of what the current weather condition is at our Bethel Road Campus. Despite the earth being “hard as iron,” equipment has come on to the property, and the iron earth is being moved.

    Picture the scene in your mind’s eye. Large trucks made of cold metal are equipped with a shovel, these trucks are called loaders, and yes Google was used to confirm that, men are working on these trucks or waiting to help. They are carrying with them thermoses full of hot coffee or 32 ounce Tervis cups, anything to keep the cold at bay. Slowly but surely earth gets moved, and the start of building begins.

    In this cold weather, a place of warmth and love is being built. A home where one day, in the not too distant future, as a church, we will celebrate the love that is Jesus where people, like the earth on our campus, will have their hearts moved and some of them will have their hearts of stone turned into hearts of love.

    I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give to you a heart of flesh…  Ezekiel 36:26

    (post written by Mike Roberto)