FROM READERS: The House of Treasures becomes the house of God

Friday, July 25, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

Norma Schmitz is retired and lives in Columbia. 

The familiar white cinder-block building, with bark green trim, located at 2202 Paris Road, formerly the "House of Treasures" thrift shop, is now the home of "Jesus Saving Grace Ministries."

Recently, I attended the eleven o'clock Sunday service, where William and Joycelynn Linzie co-pastor their new church. Their presence is a wonderful combination of gentle humbleness and busting at the seams enthusiasm. The music was upbeat, a taste of soul.

The readings were taken from the Old Testament but filled with present day impact. Pastor Williams message was power packed. He repeated it several times. He said "when we are at our weakest, our rock bottom, our God is at his maximum strength within us. He is just waiting for us to ask his help. He is our strength when we are most broken."

And although there were few in numbers, the space was overflowing with the spirit. It occurred to me as I left the service, that the true "treasure" of this house of God is the hope and possibilities it extends to the north Columbia community.

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