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July 14, 2004
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The Deconstruction Worker
by Tom Goodman
You’ve heard of construction workers; Stephen Israel is a deconstruction worker, and his work reminds me of one of the most exciting things Jesus promised would happen in the future.
Stephen Israel saves historic pieces of architecture from buildings targeted for demolition. He is founder and president of a little Vermont business called the Great American Salvage Company.
The man scours the East Coast for stately old structures that people plan to tear down: mansions, hotels, theaters, church buildings—grand old buildings built in a time of careful stonework and painstaking craftsmanship.
Before the bulldozers come, he arranges permission to go in and pry loose the special pieces: window frames, carved moldings, marble fireplace mantels, pedestal sinks, wrought-iron gates, light fixtures, fan-shaped stain-glass windows, mahogany paneling, and so on.
Imagine his work. He enters a dilapidated area—once grand and dignified but now in a state of deterioration and neglect. And before the whole place is torn down, he pries loose those things he values. He reclaims them from the ruins and fits them into a newer and better place.
The Bible tells us of a day when Jesus will come back to a world targeted for demolition. And before the whole place is torn down, he will “pry loose” those he values. We will be caught up in an event Christians call “the rapture.”
The “rapture” is a non-biblical word for a biblical event. In other words, if you do a word-search in your Bible, you won’t find the word, but you’ll definitely find the event the word describes. The English word “rapture” means to be caught up, and it has come to be the preferred word most Christians use to describe that future time when we will be lifted from this world, gathered around the returning Christ and transformed in a magnificent way.
We’ll look at this marvelous event Christ promised this Sunday, July 18, 8:15 or 10:45 a.m!
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