Sunday, January 15, 2006

Eviction Update

Regular readers of this blog know that Generation Xcel and Abounding Grace Ministries, the church my father pastors, have been contesting a wrongful eviction case for more than a year. This is a quick update and request that you keep praying as the litigation enters another phase. Your prayers are working! Last week, the case moved into the "deposition" phase of "discovery." Discovery is the process of gathering and sifting through facts, or "evidence," that the Court can use to make correct decisions about the legal issues. Discovery generally involves producing relevant documents; answering "interrogatories," or written questions, with written answers; and conducting "depositions" where potential witnesses answer questions under oath. The first deposition occurred last week, with more scheduled through mid-February. Because our legal adversary is a church, we have sought every possible means to resolve the legal issues out of court, but to date that has not been possible. Our hope remains that we can reconcile our conflicting views in a way that honors God and respects the law, trusting that, "In all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). We take comfort in the words of Paul:

"Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and he will commend you. For he is God's servant to do you good" (Romans 13:1-4).
We rejoice that the judge, whom Paul calls "God's servant to do good" in this matter, has a process available to help her discern the truth. Afterall, "The truth will set [us] free" (John 8:32). (Sorry if it's cliche to string together a bunch of encouraging verses, but Scripture remains "a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.")


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