How much must God love us to let us go through this together? That’s the question I keep asking myself after the fire last night at Heartland.
I don’t say that to minimize the importance of church buildings, or places in general. I’m actually extremely sentimental about places. God placed our souls in a body, and then placed those bodies in a location. So locations are a part of the goodness of God to us. And one of the most important locations, or places, in my life is 1620 19th Street, Central City, Nebraska—Heartland EFC. In that place, my three children have given me hugs in my office at 8:45 every Sunday morning for the past 9 ½-years. In that place, I have prayed with a handful of people as they found new life in Jesus. In that place, I have developed a love for writing. In that place, I have worked for almost ten years with friends and people I consider faith-warriors. And in that place, I have watched God heal marriages, kick addictions, and stop suicides.
I’m excited to experience this love of God with you, Heartland.
“Christianity teaches that, contra fatalism, suffering is overwhelming; contra Buddhism, suffering is real; contra karma, suffering is often unfair; but contra secularism, suffering is meaningful. There is a purpose to it, and if faced rightly, it can drive us like a nail deep into the love of God and into more stability and spiritual power than you can imagine.” (Timothy Keller, Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering)