When God chose to deliver the Israelities from the hands of the Midianites, he chose to use Gideon and a small band of men (“With the 300 men . . . I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands.” Judges 7:7–8). God could have chosen to supply many men for the work; instead, he chose to use a small number to demonstrate that the real victory comes from him rather than overwhelming odds. God commands us to pray and tells us that he honors the “effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man.” 

Like Israel of old, Tenth needs the Lord’s wisdom for a very important decision. Just recently, the property at 1710–12 Spruce Street became available for sale. I still recall many years ago Dr. Boice and Ruling Elder Elmer Snethen standing outside the front of the building praying that the Lord would in time provide this building for Tenth. Is this the time?

Last Tuesday evening, the Session authorized the real estate committee to begin the work of due diligence, that if satisfactory, could lead to acquisition of the building. At the same time, the Session recommended that above all other matters, it would be a time for the congregation to join the elders in the essential step of seeking the Lord’s direction and blessing. The Session’s desire is that the Lord’s people first of all seek the Lord through the process of determining whether this is the right step for Tenth. 

The elders of Tenth Presbyterian Church would like to invite Tenth people of all ages to consider being a part of the “Band of Gideon.” This group will commit to pray regularly from March 2 through a decision. 

If, after carefully considering this commitment before the Lord, you wish to participate, please email Terri Taylor or fill in your name and email address on a pew card with a note saying “Gideon Band.” Through weekly emails, you will receive updates, matters to pray for and encouragements to pray.

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