Unless the Lord Builds the House

Back in early July, I shared a post about our historic church receiving a makeover. Getting Things Done with God told the tale of our 80- something-year-old building which was in dire need of repairs, but the price tag seemed impossible.

Enter God, who excels at doing the undoable. The miraculous renovation is complete! A few readers asked me to post an update when the work was accomplished. So, here’s the before and after:

🎶”Isn’t she lovely? Isn’t she beau-ti-ful?” 🎶

Our little chapel got a new slate roof, beautiful cooper trim, resealed stain glass windows, and…

Custom solid wood doors! Yes, that’s a bicycle lock on the handle. They’re so new they don’t have dead bolts yet.

Unless the Lord builds the house, it’s builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

Psalm 127:1

Here’s an original worship song to celebrate the occasion. Thank you for reading. 🙏❤️






43 responses to “Unless the Lord Builds the House”

  1. Catsandcoffee Avatar

    How beautiful that building has become.

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  2. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Sounds good, Jeff! I saw you posted earlier. I’ll tap over there now. Blessings, brother!


  3. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    We’ll have to catch up again soon! For now, read my post on abortion and see KENNETH’S comment at the end! Mind blown!

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  4. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It truly is a miracle that this historic church was saved. Another building nearby, about the same age, has already been demolished. God chose to honor Himself, and Christ’s redemptive work, by keeping the chapel. doors open. I’m glad you enjoyed the song, brother. Thank you, and God Bless!

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  5. Alan Kearns Avatar

    The Church looks really good, and those doors are gorgeous. I am sure our Father God will honour this work to His Glory. And your worship song is just so beautiful brother David, your smile and voice really tell us you believe every word of the lyrics…keep up the great work for Him brother.

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Jeff! God Bless.

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  7. Beth Alisan Avatar

    Thank you for the full disclosure. It was a perfect fit and quite catching. I found myself singing it while finishing up my evening chores. I love songs in which I’m singing scripture.

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  8. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    Great song, David! The church looks beautiful, but no so beautiful as the people inside!

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  9. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Petrina. His best to you too.

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  10. Petrina Avatar

    Lovely photos and song! Thanks for sharing. Good job. God bless. 🙂🙏🏾

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Pastor Pete. Blessings to you, as well!


  12. pastorpete51 Avatar

    Love the lyrics and the sweet acoustic guitar accompaniment! Reminds me a bit of Harry Chapin. Blessings my brother.

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manette Kay. Yes, the chapel is beautiful and we are thrilled about the renovation. Have a blessed Sunday!

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  14. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    That is a gorgeous church renovation. I love older architecture and craftsmanship. Your song and the lyrics are an appropriate way to commemorate. Thanks for sharing with us, David.

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Beth! In full disclosure, I wrote the song prior to the renovation of our church. Yet it seemed like the right one to sing to honor God for the gift of our renewed house of worship. God Bless!

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  16. Beth Alisan Avatar

    David, I can’t think of a better way to commemorate a miraculous renovation than an original song of praise. Great song and beautiful pictures!

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  17. The Quiet Roarer Avatar

    Church looks lovely! Great song too!

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  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you! The renovation was mostly to the exterior of the building, but lighting was improved inside. I am grateful for your reading and commenting. God Bless!

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Gary! The old building sure does sparkle now—better than photos can show.

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  20. Gary Fultz Avatar

    Wow, slate and copper. original restoration. Fun pickin on the guitar to a song made for the occasion. Good stuff David.

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  21. davidsdailydose Avatar

    And that’s not here, but not as often as up north. I’ll be sure and get one when it does.


  22. jesusluvsall Avatar

    maybe take pictures if it snows there


  23. An Audience of One Avatar
    An Audience of One

    What an absolutely beautiful church! And the song was a delightful way to end your post. Really enjoyed it!

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  24. davidsdailydose Avatar

    The chapel first opened just before Christmas in 1935. And now she’s almost as good as new. Thanks Matt. God bless!

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  25. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Beautiful church building. Looks like it could be on a Christmas card

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  26. davidsdailydose Avatar

    It’s just a number, Crystal, but I understand the feeling. 1968 seems like a long time ago.

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  27. Crystal Byers Avatar

    I appreciate you, David. It’s a one-a-day pill until January, and we go from there. I feel fine, maybe a little old?

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  28. davidsdailydose Avatar

    And thank you for listening! I tried to sound a little bit like Paul Simon, or maybe Pete Seeger—🎶 “ If I had a Hammer” 🎶. Call me a Christian folky! Have a blessed weekend!


  29. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Crystal. Thank you for reading, watching and listening, and commenting. I don’t like the way I look or sound on video, but I’m sure I’m not alone on that! I hope you have a great weekend. 🙏 Continued prayers for your treatments.


  30. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Bridget! As one of our church members commented, the lighting in the sanctuary was also updated to brighter LEDs. I’m going to get a picture of that and post it later. Thank you for your consistent encouragement. You are one of my most frequent commenters! God Bless.

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  31. God Still Speaks Avatar

    I don’t want to swing my hammer in vain! Thank you for the song!

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  32. Crystal Byers Avatar

    Wow! A couple of lovely and beautiful things found here today. Thanks for sharing your gift, David.

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  33. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Betty. I knew to explain about the bike lock, because I have plenty of observant readers—like you! On a military post, where our church is, a bicycle lock is enough to keep everyone honest. Thank you also for your kind words about my song. Music has been a part of my life from the beginning, and a talent I’ve continue to develop over the years.

    “Enjoy your day!” as you often say.

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  34. Betty Avatar

    The remodeled church is beautiful! I’m glad you explained about that bicycle lock on the doors. I was like, what’s that? – because those doors are absolutely stunning. And David, that original song is just beautiful. You have a talent there – to write a song, play the guitar and sing, too. Your joy in the Lord comes through and is very inspiring. Thanks for the update and sharing your song.

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  35. Bridget A. Thomas Avatar

    Thanks for sharing the update, pictures, and song. I am happy for you and your church family. Beautiful!

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  36. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I thought about the new lighting but didn’t have a picture. Yes, this could be for another post. Thanks, Nadine!


  37. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you so much! The original doors were solid mahogany but I don’t think these are. Our church is as good as new! I appreciate your input. God Bless.

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  38. Nadine Avatar

    You didn’t mention the miracle of new lighting! Being able to see your part in the music is such a blessing! Somewhere there might be a new post there?
    We have a beautiful chapel!

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  39. Don't Lose Hope Avatar

    Fantastic! The church looks beautiful. I especially love the solid wood door. Such craftsmanship!

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  40. BerryBunch.family Avatar

    I always love stopping by!!

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  41. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Andy. There’s been a bit of fixing up on the inside, but mostly on the outside. Thanks for stopping by. God’s best to the Berry Bunch!

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  42. BerryBunch.family Avatar

    That’s looking fabulous David.

    Andy B

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