Too often, it seems like there’s a disconnect between God’s promise and our possession.  In other words, we hear/read many great things that God promises to His children (peace, joy, power, victory, etc.) but we seldom find any of those things in our possession.  Why is that?

Check out yesterday’s message from The WellLAYING HOLD OF GOD’S PROMISE – and you’ll see why.  The problem isn’t that God doesn’t fulfill His promises; the problem is that we aren’t looking for the right thing.  We’re looking for trees, but God is giving out seeds.

Watch the video below and you’ll understand what I mean.

This is a guest post from Katie Karras – a communications and training consultant in Washington, DC and a proud member of St. Timothy and St. Athanasius Church in Arlington, VA. You can follow her on twitter,@KatieKarras. And if you too are interested in guest posting on my blog, please visit my Guest Post guidelines for more info.

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“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)

That’s the promise God gave me at the start of 2014.  And to be honest, I spent most of this year confused by it.

We’ve heard quite a bit about the encouraging promises of God on this blog, but when I looked at my promise on January 1, I was a little disappointed. Others were given promises of hope, of victory, and of slicing through bronze while I was given a promise that was seemingly “not applicable” to me. I had no idea what to expect in 2014.

Well here we are, ¾ of the way through the year, and I’m still not brokenhearted, nor have I been crushed in spirit. As I contemplated whether or not God maybe misspoke that New Year’s Day, I got an email from a friend I’ve always looked up to, gently asking where I had been and why I hadn’t reached out during a particularly hard time.

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“What happened with the building?  Did we get it or no?  TELL US!!!”  Here’s the update you’ve all been waiting for – the latest on our attempt to purchase a building for God’s sanctuary in Arlington.


1) We officially made an offer (YAY…EXCITING!!!!!).

We submitted our offer on Friday, September 26.

2) They rejected that offer (ewwww…..not so exciting). 

But this wasn’t a huge shock to us; we somewhat expected it.  But our goal was to begin the negotiation process.

They told us that they would give us two weeks – till October 10 – to make another offer and that it needed to be much closer to the asking price of $5 million.  They said that if our next offer isn’t to their liking, they will strongly consider taking the building off the market and redeveloping it themselves (yikes!).

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Get ready for a celebration!  It’s the final week in the Build Your Kingdom campaign and yesterday’s message answered the question: “WHAT’S NEXT?”

Check out the video below to see what I mean.  And keep laying those BRICKS!  The Sunday series may be complete, but the campaign to build the Kingdom in Arlington is NOT!  I’ll post an update tomorrow.  But in the meantime, KEEP ON BUILDING!!!

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In case you missed my announcement yesterday, check out the video below and see how you can add your name to the BOOK OF STSA.


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1welldoneWant to read a boring chapter in the Bible?  Go to Ezra 2.  It’s everything you DON’T want to find when you open your Bible in the morning.

“Those who came with Zerubbabel were Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.  The number of the men of the people of Israel: the people of Parosh, two thousand one hundred and seventy-two; the people of Shephatiah, three hundred and seventy-two…” (Ezra 2:2-4)

Want more?

“…; the people of Arah, seven hundred and seventy-five; the people of Pahath-Moab, of the people of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve; the people of Elam, one thousand two hundred and fifty-four; the people of Zattu, nine hundred and forty-five; the people of Zaccai, seven hundred and sixty” (Ezra 2:5-9)

Had enough yet?

“…the people of Bani, six hundred and forty-two; the people of Bebai, six hundred and twenty-three; the people of Azgad, one thousand two hundred and twenty-two; the people of Adonikam, six hundred and sixty-six…”  (Ezra 2:10-13)

You get the point, right?

No action.  No story.  No wise sayings.  Just names.  Lots and lots of names.  70 verses of names.  Names that you’ve never heard of and names that you’ll never remember.  Names that you can barely even pronounce!

What’s the point of all these names???

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A special message from me to all the “extended” STSA family – our friends, followers and supporters from all over the world.  Take a look at this short video clip and please consider lending a helping hand as we seek to BUILD GOD’S KINGDOM.

For more information, check out this blog post from last week.