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Digging Foundations

  • Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say? Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you who he is like. He is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep, and laid a foundation on the rock. When a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it was founded on the rock. Luke 6:46 WEB

    The boss paced back and forth watching us behind his mirrored sunglasses. He carried a pistol in his boot. The rest of us stood waist deep in ditches of gumbo clay while we dug with shovels under the hot sun. You would think that we were on a chain gang, but in the South, it was called 'construction.'

    Having quit school at sixteen and gotten married, I then landed a "great" job as a common laborer on a construction crew that paid the minimum wage, $3.35 an hour at that time. This is one of the perks that can happen when you leave school early. I wasn't exactly groomed for success.

    We were the foundation crew and went ahead of the carpenters. We dug deep ditches by hand following a straight line, then we filled them with wheelbarrows full of concrete. The taller the building, the deeper the foundation had to be.

    Jesus was a carpenter and He knew all about foundations. He told a story about two men that built houses. One man dug deep and built his house on the rock, while the other just built his house on top of the sand. The houses looked the same, and they required the same materials to build. The difference lay beneath the surface, where you couldn't see it.

    When a flood came and the wind beat on both houses (Matthew 7:25), the house that was built on the sand collapsed, while the house built with the rock foundation was fine. Then Jesus explained what the story meant:

    Everyone who:

    1) Comes to Jesus,

    2) Hears His words,

    3) And does them:

    Will have a foundation laid on The Rock.

    Storms beat on all of the houses when they come. The difference is this: After the wind dies down, if you have obeyed His Word, you will still be standing. It is our obedience to His word that digs our foundation. 'Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say?' (Luke 6:46).

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please guide me into a firm foundation. Help me structure my life around You, the unmoving, unshakable Almighty God who created the heavens and the earth. Nothing is impossible for You and when You speak, things happen. Lead me today Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge: "Luke 12:27-28: Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you'you of little faith!" ~ 'April showers bring ' mud puddles & May flowers' will be our next fun theme and is open wide for creative interpretation. We encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect some fun mud puddles along with some beautifully clothed spring flowers! Have a joyous and peace-filled week, and don't forget to stop and smell the flowers!" Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Lord for being there for me and you are my rock!
Apr 21
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Apr 21
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Apr 21
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. My foundation my rock is the LORD!!! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Amen

Apr 21
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

My house is built on the Rock thank you Father for giving us the floor plans and for teaching us the best way to live.

Apr 21
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen, Father You are my Rock

Apr 21
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Lead us today Jesus for your glory.We love and worship you. Amen 

Apr 21
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Apr 21
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen..thank you Lord. 

Apr 21
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you! Lead me please, Lord.

Apr 21
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Such a simple, profound illustration!  Thanks, Pastor Dion, for today's encouragement! Help me structure my life around You. Lead me today Lord!

Apr 21
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Apr 21
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Thank You Father for all You have done and still doing for me, that Your Holy Spirit shine on me to teach us how to have a good foundation in our lives. Lead us Lord we will follow Your designs, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Thank you and Sylvia for all you do on our behalf, God bless you both. 

Apr 21
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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

 Heavenly Father please guide me into a firm foundation. Help me structure my life around You, the unmoving, unshakable Almighty God who created the heavens and the earth. Nothing is impossible for You and when You speak, things happen. Lead me today Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Apr 21
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Apr 21
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Apr 21
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Apr 21
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Judith B
Judith B

Amen

Apr 21
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Lead me to Your will for my life each day, Amen!

Apr 21
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God nothing is impossible for you so please open the doors if it is your will. Thank you for your many blessings. Praise God in the name of Jesus. Holy Spirit guide us Amen. 

Apr 21
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Apr 23