by Jeff Schreve

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It's Time to Arise (1 of 11)
Series: Arise and Build
Jeff Schreve
Nehemiah 1:1-4

Well, the year was 1979, and a third-year seminary student, he and his wife, they were getting ready to graduate from seminary. He was at Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. And the Lord had put into his heart the desire to build a church and to plant a church somewhere. He didn't know where, and so he began to pray. And he put out a map of the world and he began to pray. And he said, ''God, where do You want us to go? We'll go anywhere.'' And the Lord began to kind of direct him and show this guy and his wife, said, ''Listen, I don't want you to be missionaries a, abroad. I want you to have a ministry in the United States.'' And so, this man began to pray, ''Lord, I want to go to a big city where there are lots of people, where I can reach lots of people for Christ.'' And he prayed about Detroit. And he prayed about Philadelphia. And he prayed about New York. And he prayed about Chicago. And he prayed about cities in California. And the Lord directed him to Orange County, California. And this man said, ''The call was so strong in my heart.'' He said, ''I just knew that's where I was supposed to go.'' He said, ''I heard from God.''

And they graduated in December of 1979. And they loaded up their car and their u-hall, and this man and his wife and his four month-old baby made the trip to California. He had no money. He had no church building. He had no church members. He had nothing except a dream and a word from God, ''This is where you're supposed to go.'' And he had faith in God's promise.

He went to a real estate office. He walked in the door. The man said, ''Can I help you?'' And he said, ''Yes.'' He said, ''I've been called here. I'm starting a church. I have no money, and I need a place to live.'' And that man laughed. The seminary student laughed. And he found a place to live. And they got him the first month free. And that realtor became the first member of ...

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