I want to read to you an obscure little verse from an obscure part of the Old Testament. Very few people know this story, but it has a lot to it, and is found in First Samuel 23:1: "When David was told, 'Look, the Philistines are fighting against Keilah and are looting the threshing floors,' he inquired of the Lord, saying, 'Shall I go and attack these Philistines?' And the Lord answered him, 'Go, attack the Philistines and save Keilah.'"
We all come from different backgrounds. I pastor a church in downtown Brooklyn, in the "hood," because about thirty years ago, God put my wife and I in the inner city. I'd never been to seminary or Bible school, and my wifewho I am so very proud of and thankful forwas a musician, but she couldn't read or write music. In fact, she has never been technically trained, but she recently won her fifth Grammy award with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir! It's amazing. None of the musicians can read or write music, including my wife, but they just get up and sing to the Lord. That's the way God led her to do it.
When my wife and I began our church in a run down little building with 15-18 people and no training in seminary to tell us how to do it, it was a very depressing situation. But by inquiring of the Lord, we've been able to grow. So what I want to talk to you about is very critical.
On 9/11, we lost four members of our church. We also had another girl, Jenel Goosman, who made it to the thirteenth floor before the building came down on top of her. She was very lucky to fall into an air pocket, but was pinned facedown to the ground until the emergency workers pulled her out, 27 hours later. In fact, she was the last person pulled out of the wreckage.
That event has opened up ...
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