by James Merritt

Dr. James Merritt
1 Chronicles 29:1-14


1. It is without question the most famous house in
all of the world, and the most recognized. It is known
as the White House. It serves as the official
residence for the President of the United States. It
stands on 18 acres along Pennsylvania Ave. in
Washington, DC.

2. The interesting thing about the White House is
every President in the history of this country has
lived there except one, and the one who didn't was
George Washington. Here's the interesting fact. It
was George Washington who chose the site where the
White House would sit. It was George Washington who
selected the architect who would design it. It was
George Washington who made sure that the government
provided the funds to build it. But he never lived
there himself.

3. George Washington was a servant leader. Although
he knew he would never live in the White House he took
great pains to make certain it would be a house that
would befit the President of the United States.
George Washington was a man who was willing to look
beyond personal benefit to see the much larger picture
of having an influence over those who would live in
the future.

4. George Washington was just like another great
leader, King David. In 1 Chron. 28 we read the
background of this story.

"Now David assembled at Jerusalem all the leaders
of Israel: the officers of the tribes and the captains
of the divisions who served the king, the captains
over thousands and captains over hundreds, and the
stewards over all the substance and possessions of the
king and of his sons, with the officials, the valiant
men, and all the mighty men of valor.
Then King David rose to his feet and said, 'Hear
me, my brethren and my people: I had it in my heart to
build a house of rest for the ark of the covenant of
the Lord, and for the footstool of our God, and had ...

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