The foundation of the temple of the Lord was laid in the fourth year, in the month of Ziv. In the eleventh year of the month of Bul, the eighth month, the temple was finished in all its details according to its specifications. Solomon had spent seven years building it.
1Kings 6:37-38.

 
I can relate somewhat to what Solomon went through, building the Temple. We first saw the land 15 years ago, but the man who was working his corn crop told us that he would never sell his land. During the next 15 years we saw and inquired of many sites on which we thought we would build the Temple but nothing ever transpired. One day talking to a very close friend about the need to build a temple, he said that he knew of a piece of land and took me to it. When he stopped his car it was in front of the land we first saw 15 year ago. Obtaining the land was the easy part.

 
The enemy came up against us for the next 5 years as we began the construction process. The journey through those valleys was a process of relying totally on God for everything. The greatest lesson was learning of His patience. As He worked to slay the enemy in our path, and as he turned hard hearts that were against us to loving hearts for Jesus.
I know how Solomon felt when the Temple was finally finished and dedicated it to our God on High.

 

 

The front entrance to Mount Zion Evangelical Church
The way the Church was built disguises the 15 rooms and offices below.

Setting up for the 4 special dedication services