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Happy Sabbath, Berean! My three-year-old granddaughter recently commented that she liked Grandma’s church (Berean), but not the “other” church she’s attended because it was “ugly.” Her comment reminded me of King David. David’s most ardent desire was to build a beautiful dwelling place for God; he was denied this privilege because he had shed much blood. But David “set his affection to the house of . . . God.” I Chr. 29:3. He gave in abundance gold, silver, brass, wood, precious stones, etc., for the erection of God’s temple. David envisioned a temple that would reflect the magnificent glory of the God he loved and revered.
 
The task of building the temple fell to Solomon. David instructed Solomon that “the house that is to be builded for the Lord must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory.” I Chr. 22:5. Although David had provided rich stores of treasure for God’s temple, it wasn’t enough. He “needed” the help of the people. David called together “the chief of the fathers and princes of the tribes of Israel . . . the captains of thousands and of hundreds,” and asked, “who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the Lord?” I Chr. 29: 6, 5. The rulers “gave for the service of the house of God.” “Then the people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly, because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord.” vs. 7, 9. David and his people found their greatest joy in giving back to the God who had given so much to them.
 
David encouraged his son Solomon to “set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord . . . and build ye the sanctuary of the Lord.” I Chr. 22:19. Berean, we must set our hearts to “build up” the sanctuary of our God. I must admit a “little” bit of pride crept into my heart when my grandbaby noticed the beauty of the Berean sanctuary. Let’s continue to build, especially our children’s division. As my grandbaby reminded me, children love beauty too!
 
Let’s continue to give our children the education that will teach them right and noble principles; that will encourage them to be magnanimous; that will inspire them to truly love God. Let’s continue to support Christian education by placing our generous love gifts in the baskets that are brought to us by the children at Offering time or in a tithe envelope (indicate the amount on the Education line).