mountain_church-t2A small congregation in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains encountered a major problem when they built their new church. A church member had willed the congregation some property so they built a new sanctuary on the new site and relocated the congregation. Just ten days before the dedication, the building inspector informed the church that the new parking lot was too small. In fact, he said, it had to doubled in size. The problem was the church had used all the land that was given to them. They actually backed up to a mountain making their situation seem utterly hopeless.

Rather than lose hope, the pastor called a special prayer meeting at the church. The pastor asked for those with “mountain-moving faith” to be present. The following morning a local contractor who was building a new shopping mall across town showed up at the church door. He told the pastor they were having trouble finding enough fill dirt. He asked the pastor if the church might be willing to sell them dirt from the mountain on the back of the property. In exchange for their prompt agreement, the contractor would level the surface and pave it at no charge. The church agreed to the offer. The dedication service took place as previously scheduled.

So Jesus said unto them, “… I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)

(God’s Vitamin C for the Spirit, Kathy and Larry Miller, 1996, p.55)

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