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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 in his sunglasses and carried a pistol in his boot, while the rest of us stood in ditches and dug with shovels under the hot sun. You would think that we were on a chain gang, but in the South, we called it '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 minimum wage. This is one of the perks that can happen when you leave school early. I was poised 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 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. Both houses required the same materials and looked the same above ground. The difference lay beneath the surface.

    When a flood came and winds beat on both houses (Matt 7:25), the house that was built on the sand collapsed, but the house built with the foundation on the rock was fine.

    Everyone who: 1) Comes to Jesus, 2) Hears His words, and 3) Does them, will have a foundation laid on The Rock. Storms come to all houses. The difference is this: after the dust settles, if you have obeyed His Word, you will still be standing tall. Our obedience digs the foundation. 'Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say?' (Luke 6:46).

    Prayer: Father 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, it happens. Lead me Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! As mentioned last week, the Bible Study will be on hold for a couple of weeks while we prepare for the Book of Acts. In the meantime, it looks like some of you may have missed the last one, which covered the final chapter of Luke. To catch up on that or any of the previous studies, click on the "Bible Study" link on the site menu. Your participation is an important measure of which projects we choose to work on here, so thank you :)! ALSO, the newest FAAD chat is now available for signups, titled "Mending the Broken Relationship"! Be sure to sign up and review the reading materials at the FAAD group. Have a blessed day!

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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro Important advice.  Why do you call me Lord, when you don't do the things I say.  Perhaps that is why we pray everyday.  To take out the garbage so only what is pleasing to God remains, and which brings us closer to Him.  God bless all!  
October 20, 2015
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glaze really good way to put that !
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, words of wisdom.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
October 21, 2015
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Reggiee Moore
Reggiee Moore Good word pastor I also want to add,God can anoint you and bless you with many gifts but I don't have God's word  which is the armor to support the Gifts my house will not stand we need to put the full armor of God on and build our house on his rock
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, because only on that Solid Rock, Jesus can we all stand, safe and secure. He loves us so much.
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Christie Smith
Christie Smith Create in me a clean heart and remove any distractions that would hinder my walk with you.  I want to see More of you and less of Me!!  Let us stand firmly on Your Rock that nothing can shake.  Amen
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, beautiful words, (let me see more of You and less of me) Thank you for sharing.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
October 21, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen, love the prayer. 
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Deleted Member Amen and Amen
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, God is so good.
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Joey Smith
Joey Smith Amen, thank you Pastor Dion for the wonderful words from the Lord.                                    
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Deleted Member Amen
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen!!  When the Lord  speaks, open your ears and let them hear, for the Lords word is to be taken seriously and we must always wait patiently and know that he always has our best interest at heart.  Thank you Father, I love you always!!!
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, He always and forever has our best interest at heart, this is so very true. God bless you and thank you for sharing.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph Lord bless me to be more submissive to your will for for my life, as the storms come and go I pray that your arms are holding me on a firm foundation build by your words which are keeping me still and safe as they pass by. Thank you Jesus, Amen. 
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen, He is The Rock, that solid rock that we can always count on. God bless you.
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morganedited: October 20, 2015 Lord help me to stand and see the salvation of the Lord ! Help me to hear your voice and be obedient  to your word in Jesus name I pray . Thank you pastor Dion for this encouraging word this morning God bless this ministry.  
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Deleted Member Amen, I too am so thankful for the daily devotionals, they give me so much to ponder and I learn something new and wonderful everyday.
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Rob Clements
Rob Clements Amen I needed that one this morning too. God bless you pastor Dion !
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Deleted Member Amen
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Eric Rodriguez
Eric Rodriguez A M E N ......  
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Deleted Member Amen, God is awesome, He loves us so much and He wants us all to stand on His firm foundation. God bless you.
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Lilly Dulworth
Lilly Dulworth The Bible fun fact mentioned in the email has a biblecreference passage that does not reference the point.  "Bible Fun Fact: Jesus was only 12 when he amazed people in the temple (John 2:1-11)" the verses is Jesus at the wedding turning water into wine. I use your facts, so I just wanted you to be aware. Thank you But Amen to the Word. And thank you for all you do in Jesus' name
October 20, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd Thank you Lilly, that should have read: "Jesus was only twelve years old when He amazed people in the temple (Luke 2:42)."  I am not sure how that happened, probably looking at one thing and typing something else, but thank you for pointing it out!
October 20, 2015
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Dorene Glaze
Dorene Glazeedited: October 20, 2015 Im thankful to God that when he called me to be saved at 15 yrs old I gave my heart to him as well as my life , I dug in deep reading and praying night and day ,i read the Bible from gen. to rev . at least 11 times that year went to many bible studies and prayer meetings .The L ord gave me such a hunger to get all i could as he knew the flood of religion and false doctrines was coming , he had me dig deep so my foundation wouldnt be destroyed and the floods did come many times but i never lost my foundation even though as our sis carol wrote ,i had to pray alot and take the garbage out daily ! These daily devotionals are great Pastor Todd ,reading them 1st thing in the morning reminds me that i need to keep taking the garbage out!
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Deleted Member Amen, what a beautiful and heartfelt testimony.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! 
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I have found that it is much easier to do the will of God than to fight against it. Outside of His will is a turbulent world of trial and error.  It shakes the very foundation of our faith. Striving hard to live within His will, requires prayer, reading and following His commandments,  pursuing a deeper relationship with Him. Then when the storms of life come upon we may be shaken but we survive and are not washed out to sea, where others who choose to ignore His voice are left to perish. As for me and my house we shall serve the Lord!  
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Deleted Member Amen, Carol, so beautifully said, (As for me and my house we will serve The Lord) I totally feel the same way. Love and blessings to you.
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady God bless you and keep you!
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Thank you once again for the timely devotion and for mentioniang about the Bible study! Last week was full of doctor visits, so I missed it. I plan to catch up ASAP. I especially look forward to the daily "Bible Fun Facts"--they are great little informative snippets! Thank you, Pastor Todd, for all the hard work you do to make this site the very best place on the Internet!
October 20, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!
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Lucille Jordan
Lucille Jordan Holy Spirit help me to remain firmly grounded so that I will be able to stand firm during the storms of life. Help me to keep Jesus as the center of my life and allow Everything else to revolve around Him, in Jesus Name.
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Deleted Member Amen, may I too, be like you, wanting Jesus to keep me firmly grounded and stand firm in my faith and let Jesus be the center of my everything. God bless you for sharing these amazing words. 
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Deleted Member Thank you for this message, I pray I build only on The Rock, Jesus Christ. 
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese   Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
October 20, 2015
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen!  
October 21, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!
October 21, 2015
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Patti Masley
Patti Masley Amen, Praise the Lord
October 21, 2015
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan So true!  In realizing there could be some thing too this, besides ones own wit, mind, a surrendered Spirit will notice the differance!!!!!!!
October 21, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Thank you Lord
October 28, 2015