"I won't let you go unless you bless me."  (Genesis 32:26b)


Years ago a Kentucky pastor named William C. Neace was returning to his Lexington church after hospital visitation.  A red light (that had always been green previously) stopped him at an intersection.  Bill saw an old building, set off from the road, that he had never noticed before.  Above the door of the aged structure was a sign with fairly large letters:


THERE IS NO PLACE
ANYWHERE NEAR THIS PLACE
LIKE THIS PLACE
SO THIS MUST BE THE PLACE

The saying stuck in Bill's mind as he drove back to Eastland Parkway Church of God.  He thought:

It reminded me of this text of Scripture [in Acts 4:31] where it says, "And when they had prayed the place was shaken"—shaken by God's power.  And I began to wonder what it would be like if all our people in the congregation there would determine that there would be no place anywhere near our place like our place, and that people all around would come to know that our place was the place of God's blessing.  

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