Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
Unless the Lord . . . starts the church, the church planters labor in vain.
Unless the Lord:
. . . pastors the church, the pastors shepherd in vain.
. . . preaches, the preachers preach in vain.
. . . leads the small group, the leaders lead in vain
. . . makes his presence known in worship, the worship leaders sing in vain.
. . . welcomes people as they arrive, the greeters greet in vain.
. . . teaches the children, the teachers teach in vain.
. . . provides for the church, the financial team systematizes in vain.
. . . draws people, the advertisers and social marketers strategize in vain.
. . . meets the needs of the disenfranchised, the social activists advocate in vain.
. . . brings unity, those working for racial reconciliation labor in vain.
. . . speaks, the prophets prophesy in vain.
. . . guides, the spiritual directors direct in vain.. . . pulls together volunteers, the team leaders organize in vain.
. . . preaches the Gospel, the evangelists evangelize in vain.
. . . writes the articles, the bloggers blog in vain.
. . . writes the books, the authors write in vain.
. . . writes the songs, the songwriters write in vain.
. . . podcasts, the podcasters record in vain.
. . . holds together, spouses fulfill their vows in vain.
. . . raises children, the parents parent in vain.
Unless the Lord . . .
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