I Chronicles 29:11 "Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."

Monday, July 09, 2007

Our New York City Church

So, while we are here in the Big Apple, (I have never actually seen a big apple, neither is Manhattan shaped like an apple, so I couldn't tell you why they call this city that, but that is a post for another time. I need to do some homework.) we attend Open Door Bible Baptist Church.

And we love it.

This church started in Pastor Pete Montoro's apartment. They only had like, fourteen kids at that time, I think, so you can imagine they needed a larger building to hold church in pretty quickly.

As they prayed about where God would have them move their church, a building became available on 35th street. Anyway, before I get into too much detail here, long story short is that they call their building the Miracle on 35th Street. God provided the finances, and they have paid off a $400,000 mortgage in just a few short years. God is so good!!

This church has been a blessing to us in a number of ways. The Prince attended this church during his college years when he came home to NYC to visit, and it was like his home church away from home. Then when we were married, we continued the church attending there.

Then on deputation we were invited to their missions conference, and they voted to support us. They have been a faithful blessing to us, and we also know they are praying for us. Sweeter people you will not find. Not in NYC anyway.

This morning after service Pastor Montoro asked the Prince if he would like to preach tonight. (He doesn't call him the Prince though. He knows his real name.) Of course the Prince's first reaction is to say no, and immediately vacate the property. But he accepted, and preached a great message about 'Living the Life Jesus Gave You'.

That title is a sermon in itself.

He was nervous, because he had never preached a sermon in this church before, and also he really respects this Pastor, his family, and his ministry.

He was sweaty-palms-lips-stickin'-to-your-teeth nervous. But you couldn't tell. Unless you are his wife and know his 'signs'. (And that is not a Deaf joke either.)

Anyway, when all was said and done, we could breathe a sigh of relief. When our goodbyes were finished, and the girls and I made plans for a tea party with the Montoro girls, we did what the Prince needs to do in NYC after stress.

Can you guess what it is?

We went out for thin crust pizza.

Even though it was 8:30 at night.

And our girls EACH drank 16 oz of sugar-filled SODA.

So they are wearing pull-ups to bed.

But the Prince is relaxed. When he smiles at me, I know it's not only from eyes full of love for my person. He's thinking about how good the pizza was.

And that's ok with me.


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