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August 13, 2018

Quilt mural on building at Kitchen Kettle Village
Quilt mural on Village Quilts shop in Kitchen Kettle Village

"Don't Build Your Life On A Sink Hole!"

Message summary: Eventually, sometimes sooner, sometimes later the type of foundation we have built our lives on will be revealed. Are you building on the Rock or on sinking, shifting sand? "Don't Build Your Life On A Sink Hole!"

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"But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash" (Matthew 7:26,27).

Tanger Outlets sinkhole 8/10/18Shoppers at a local Tanger Outlet Mall in our area were in for a shock last Friday afternoon when their cars sunk into a sink hole. (Photo here) The hole swallowed six cars but thankfully no one was hurt. However one woman was in her car at the time and she had a very "unsettling" experience to share with her family and friends (probably on Facebook). She initially thought it was an earthquake.

It is believed the sink hole was caused by the very heavy rains in our area over the last several weeks. We have certainly had plenty of pouring rain, rising streams and blowing winds. Events like this make you wonder just how susceptible any of us might be.

Regarding the sink hole at Tanger Outlets it was in an area where there had been some new construction. Although contractors are supposed to compact the soil over building foundations and parking lots one considers that this may have been a factor.

Matthew 7:24-27Jesus concluded His "Sermon on the Mount" with a teaching contrasting two types of foundations. It's a short section and you can read it here in Matthew 7:24-29. It has long been one of my favorite passages of Scripture and one which has frequently been cited in the 22 years of writing these Daily Encouragement messages and the basis of numerous sermons in nearly 45 years of preaching.

In building our lives there are two places we can build our foundation; on rock or on sand. Today let us give special focus to the second foundation, described in our text as "a foolish man who built his house on sand."

Everyone is building a house, speaking of what we believe and how we live our lives. Jesus calls one a wise builder and the other a foolish builder.

Matthew 7:24-27There are several identical similarities. In both cases they:
1) "Hear these words of Mine"
2) "built a house"
3) Face an identical storm, "The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house."

However the dissimilarities are critically significant:
1) One builder is called "wise", the other "foolish".
2) One, upon hearing the words of Christ, "puts them into practice" (obeys them), the other "does not put them into practice" (disobeys them).
3) One house "did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock", the other house "fell with a great crash".

Eventually, sometimes sooner and sometimes later, the type of foundation we have built our lives on will be revealed. Are you building on the Rock or on sinking, shifting sand? "Don't Build Your Life On A Sink Hole!"

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying manDaily prayer: Father, we place our faith on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness. The sweet glorious message of Scripture teaches us that yesterday, today, and forever, Jesus is the same. All may change but Jesus never, glory to His name! In this day of shifting sands where philosophical rubbish on every front seeks to snare even the elect if possible, we take a firm stand as we anchor our faith in the bedrock of Your unchanging Holy Word, not the hollow and deceptive philosophy that depends on the basic principles of this world. Instead we look to Scripture for daily guidance on how we are to live our lives here and now, even as we prepare for our future eternal home. Amen.

Quilt store at Kitchen Kettle Village
A photo of the Village Quilts shop in the Kitchen Kettle Village in Intercourse PA.
Note the quilt mural on the side of the building which is our lead photo today.

Calvary Church choir and orchestra at Mount Gretna Tabernacle 8/12/18
Last night Brooksyne joined fellow choir members and the orchestra of Calvary Church in singing at the Mount Gretna Tabernacle.

Calvary Church choir and orchestra at Mount Gretna Tabernacle 8/12/18
Brooksyne took this photo looking out over part of the gathering from her location in the choir.

Beau Eckert preaching at Mount Gretna Tabernacle 8/12/18
Calvary Church Pastor Beau Eckert preached the message, "Everyone Has A Story".
We'll share more photos from Mount Gretna with tomorrow's message.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"The Wise Man Built His House"
  Video  Brooksyne's Note: While listening to the children sing this great Scripture chorus I was taken back to my booster band years MANY years ago. As a youngster growing up in a small country church we children opened the worship service following Sunday School with our booster band songs. The leader lined us up along the altar railing and we sang our hearts out with such numbers as "Zaccheus was a wee little Man", "Only a Boy Named David", "The Wise Man Built His House" and other such tunes. Our parents beamed as we did all the motions with the songs.

Yesterday we led the chapel service at Paramount (formerly Longwood Manor) and Stephen preached the sermon we present today. As he was preaching I thought this would be a great song to lead the people in after his message. I did so and I believe every person sang along and did the motions as well since it didn't require moving anything below the waist. It was a lot of fun and later I considered how my small hands that "built the house upon the rock" as a child is now nearing my senior years where I am still building upon the rock. Much has transpired in the many years that I first sang it, but now I really know what it means, and I know that building my life on Jesus has helped me stand firm through the many storms over the years. My life has not been like the "house on the sand that went splash" but the "house on the rock" that stood firm.

"The Solid Rock"  Video  Sovereign Grace Music

"Praise The Name Of Jesus"  Video  Shane and Shane "He's my Rock"

"Hallelujah What a Savior"  Video  Calvary Church choir and orchestra from the service last night at the Mount Gretna Tabernacle. Note: Video was recorded in low light thus some loss of quality.

Finally today:

Sally with Stephen 7/1/18
Our longtime friend, Sally Novosat, whom we visited and then wrote a tribute for in July has now taken on immortality in heaven this past Friday. We include this link to her obituary where friends and family have posted their fond remembrances of her. Since 1993 when we left our pastorate in St. Marys, PA Sally has written to us regularly and always expressed her great love for Jesus in every letter. Now she can express it personally as she is there with Him!

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