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A Prayer Parable (3 of 7)
Series: A Capital Campaign Series
Intro: Montezuma was the emperor of the Aztec state from 1502 to 1520. The Aztecs were rich sophisticated and predatory. The empire included an estimated 5 million people. In 1519 a party of Spanish conquistadors coming from Cuba under the command of Hernando Cortes landed on the Mexican Gulf coast with 600 men, seventeen horses and ten artillery pieces. They advanced upon Montezuma's great capital city. Because he thought that Cortes was a reincarnated god, Montezuma made no move to stop them or bar their way when they reached the city. The Aztec army, waiting in the hills for the signal to attack, was never called. If they had been called, they could have annihilated the invaders, cut off escape over the causeways or isolated and starved them into surrender. But this sovereign warlike people, outnumbering their captors a thousand to one, submitted to slavery. The conquerors stamped their rule upon Mexico for the next three hundred years.
We have a big challenge ahead of us as a congregation. Our goal is to raise extra dollars over the next two years for our capital campaign. The good news is that God has supplied the funds we need to build our new building. The bad news is it's still in our pockets! We have just weeks before Commitment Day and, to be candid, I've been somewhat concerned from the beginning.
I'm concerned because the future seems so uncertain. The country is at war. Oil is pushing $90 a barrel. We're moving into a presidential election year. The housing market has tanked. These are tentative times. This doesn't seem like the ideal time to have a fundraiser.
But I guess my greatest concern is whether we are truly committing this project to God in prayer. I guarantee you we're not going to do this in our own strength. That's why we are having Prayer and Vision evenings beginning tonight. We are praying for God to lead each of ...
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