Building our Lives on a Strong Foundation

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

It certainly has been a summer of storms. One day a tree looking tall and strong…and the next day it’s laying on the ground pulled out by the roots….due to too much rain and extreme winds, taking the tree down to the ground. As I was driving around Antigo after the “big” storm, looking at the aftermath, I was reminded of the story that Jesus told about a wise builder and a foolish builder. You remember the story.

The wise person built their house on the rock, the foolish person built their house on the sand. When the storms hit, they hit both houses. The house built on sand collapsed, while the house built on rock stood firm. The parable of course is not really about houses, rain and wind…it’s about building our lives on a strong foundation.

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Jesus is Greater Than >

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

“Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” (Corinthians 15:3-4)

Are You Ready to Celebrate the Wonderful Miracle of Easter? What miracle is that you ask? “Jesus Christ is risen!” This was the joyful news the angels shared with the women at the empty tomb. God has spoken forth proof of who Jesus is…through His resurrection from the dead!

The writer of Hebrews affirms “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:3-4) Jesus is Greater Than fear, sin, and death!. He completed His mission! Salvation is available to you and me!

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Eternity is Now in Session!

“Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.” – Genesis 5:24

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” – John 17:3

In the Old Testament, there is a phrase used to describe those who faithfully lived for God.  The scripture comments “Enoch walked faithfully with God.” And then the scripture adds an interesting commentary that says, “then he was no more, because God took him away.” It’s like saying Enoch and God went for a walk one day and just kept on going.

I had a friend named Helen, when I lived in Baraboo, who was a woman who walked with God. I consider her one of my mentors. She was a godly woman who became an example for me of what it means to love God and love people. Every day she would faithfully spend time in Bible study and prayer in her morning devotional time. One day I received a phone call saying Helen had been having her quiet time with God and died suddenly. (She was in her late 70’s or early 80’s). I’ve always thought of her passing this way, Helen walked with God, and one day they just kept walking all the way to heaven.

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