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A Rock Solid House

When I look around my house, though we have only been here a few years, I can see the changes. It is interesting how a house can change with time—gradual changes we make as we continue forward. As we build our home, we have two choices of a foundation. The one foundation is the Rock; the other foundation is the sand.

Matthew 7 speaks about these foundations. In verse 24, we read about “everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice.” This is talking about obedience to God. Building your house on Jesus—obeying the Word—in doing so you will be like the wise one who builds on the Rock. You will have a house that is on a firm foundation that can withstand any storm that comes its way. This is referring to a building process that is continuous.

Look around your home. Consider the changes that have been made over the months or years. In the same way, as we continue to walk in obedience, we will build up our “house” on the Rock – Jesus Christ. As we walk in obedience, we glean understanding. We get to know Jesus more intimately. Read Proverbs 2 and pray for a more obedient heart.

“By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established” – Proverbs 24:3 [ESV]

“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. 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. 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 7:24-27 [NIV]

The Rock from which Cut

If you take a rock and cut a piece off, it has great similarities to the rock from which it was cut. If you take a piece off of a chocolate chip cookie, it tastes just the same as the cookie from which it came. As a parent, I can look at my children and see similarities that they share with me. My daughter talks a lot just like me. My son likes to joke around a lot just like me. Many similarities.

In Isaiah 51, it says to “consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined.” So let us consider it. From where do you come? You were created by our Creator. Not only were you created by God, but you were created in His image. Consider the rock from which you were cut.

When you look in the mirror, remember you were created in the image of God. When you see others, remember also, that each person you meet was created in the image of God. Everyone is created in the image of God. When you consider the Rock from which each was cut, you see things much differently.

“Listen to me, all who hope for deliverance–all who seek the LORD! Consider the rock from which you were cut, the quarry from which you were mined.” – Isaiah 51:1 [NLT]

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Children’s Ministry Lesson: Wise or Foolish (The Wise and Foolish Builders)

Tomorrow’s lesson is about the Wise and Foolish Builders which can be found in Matthew 7 and Luke 6 of the Bible. I have created a simple handout for the children to complete. The handout will challenge children to grasp the true meaning of the selected passages, to understand obedience, and to consider a personal plan of action to move forward. Too often, we consider this verse as telling us to build our lives on the Rock (Jesus), but obedience isn’t discussed.

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This lesson does not include an activity. We will be discussing different scenarios and we will be having a hands on activity involving two different types of buildings.

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Keeping The Father Waiting Lesson Plan

Keeping The Father Waiting Lesson Plan

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Overview/Outline

TOPIC: Priorities
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 20:3, Matthew 22:36-38, Matthew 6:24, Matthew 6:33
TARGET AUDIENCE: Youth thru Adults
MATERIALS: Video (found here http://youtu.be/EhXEKH7xX1g), Rock/Jar Supplies (see Rock/Jar
Exercise Sheet), paper & container (see exercise in Experiment section)
LEARNING GOALS:

  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of what should take priority in our lives by analyzing Exodus 20:3, Matthew 22:36-38, and Matthew 6:24.
  •  Students will demonstrate understanding of priorities in life by sharing examples of non- essential items and items that point to God from their own lives.
  •  Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to change their schedule and their priorities in life to make sure God gets top priority.

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Real Security

This past week I moved, because I wanted for my children to be in a safer area. We all have needs and one need that we have is a sense of security. We want to be safe and we want to know that everything is going to be okay. At the same time, we actually have no control over the things that could very well threaten our security. We can prepare. We can try to prevent certain things from happening. However, the only security that we have is in Jesus and in the promises found in His Word.

Last night, after not even a week at my new place, I woke up in the early morning to hearing loud shouts, mostly curse words. I looked out the window to find some young man running around nearly naked screaming. The man was ripping the boards off of a neighbour’s fence, tearing it apart and tossing it feet away. He then went houses down the street and took a patio chair, tore the cushion apart and tossed that as well. He was making animal noises, grunting and yelling as he was doing all of this stuff.

Even though I spent ten years working in the medical field and dealt with mental health patients, I was a bit fearful. This wasn’t in some institution– this was outside my front door. As I think about this now, anything could have happened. The police came for the man, who happened to try some new, popular form of marijuana that is currently in the area, one that causes people to go crazy.

This event shows that bad things can happen anywhere. We cannot run and hide, thinking that if we are in a certain area we will be safe and secure. We could spend our lives not driving because we are afraid we will get in an accident, and a car could run up onto the footpath and run us over. We can put safety helmets on our children so when they fall, they won’t get hurt, but the child could get hurt elsewhere.

The only true security that we have is Jesus. He promises no matter what to be with you. He promises forgiveness, peace, salvation, treasures in heaven, life abundantly, healing, reward, blessings, cleansing, great joy, comfort, justice, rest, love, friendship, power, companionship, etc. You can purchase a home security system, practice all of the safest health measures, reside in a particular area, and read all of the safety findings found online, but nothing– NOTHING– will provide you the security you need except for Jesus.

“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer.
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

– Psalm 18:2 [NASB]