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“These Words of Mine” (Concluding Mt. 7.24-27)

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This will be the third and final installment dealing with the Parable of the Two Builders. Here again is the parable, as Jesus told it:

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. (Mt. 7.24-27)

We have seen in the first and second installments dealing with this parable that Jesus uses the motif of building a house. Both men in the parable do the same thing. Both men seem capable and skilled at the craft. Both complete their task, (again, unlike the tower builder), and both have houses that will be tested by a storm. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Two Men Build Their Dream Houses (Continuing Mt. 7.24-27) Part 2

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We will pick up where we left off in our last post. First, we will read the pericope of the parable of the two builders.

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it. (Mt. 7.24-27)

When we look at this parable, we first want to give place to the imagery Jesus used to convey the message. First, let us consider a few comparisons made in this parable of the two builders. Second, we will consider the contrast given. And then, we will think concerning the meaning of the parable. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Foundations are, in a Word, Foundational! (On Mt. 7.24-27) Part 1

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Foundations are important. If a foundation is unsure or insecure, then no matter how magnificent the structure is that is built upon it, that structure is in real danger of collapse. In short, it would be better to have a shabby structure built upon a solid, sure foundation, than an elaborate, architecturally inspiring structure built upon a crappy foundation.

The foundation is, well, foundational. There are reasons contractors do not begin with the roof or even the walls; rather, they begin with a good, stable foundation. They do this because they know that if the foundation is iffy, the whole structure is in trouble. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Ode to Winter (A Poem by Emma Lyon)

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I came across this poem, as I sit and look out the window at winter’s chilly breath. I thought it went well with the sentiments I expressed in yesterday’s post. I hope you enjoy it! The poet is Emma Lyon and the source is listed beneath the poem.

Ode to Winter

When Winter’s silver mantle spreads the ground,

And robes fair nature in her vestment pale,

My wand’ring eyes gaze o’er the chilling round,

As sad I listen to the plaintive wail

Of airy songsters, while aloft they soar,

And with fleet wings etherial tracks explore. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Lent has Lentened . . . Eh, Arrived! (But What Does it Really Mean?)

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As you know, yesterday was the beginning of Lent. I remember a former professor of mine, Dr. Calvin Miller, said he always loved the spirit of the Lenten season. Yet, he was never quite sure, early in his life, what lent actually meant. He said for a while there, he just assumed it had some deep and beautiful theological meaning to it.

Until one day, his curiosity got the better of him, and he decided to look it up. To his chagrin, he found it simply means spring. The term comes from Old and Middle English and carries the idea of a lengthening (as in days). That is to say, springtime is when the days begin to lengthen and the daylight is longer than the cold, dark winter months. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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When All Else Fails . . . Run for the Hills!

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I recently began a winter bible study at my local church. Last year, I led them through the letter of Colossians. This year the suggested book was Deuteronomy. Yes, I know, I know, when many here the D word they either find a flimsy excuse to exit stage right or they suddenly contract some sort of ancient fainting disease, which exhibits long blank stares, drooling at the corners of the mouth, shortly before causing a violent (and reportedly uncontrollable) plop of the head down to the nearest flat surface. Inevitably, snoring ensues and the culprit (eh, victim?) finds a nice, long rested sleep.

Well, Deuteronomy isn’t all that bad, right? I mean, if you can learn to spell it that’s half the battle! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Another Year Older and Deeper in . . .

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A few nights ago, I was applying some lotion to my hands. I personally have always detested the way lotion feels on my hands. I have seldom used lotion for that reason. However, my hands have been very dry the past few months, forcing me to apply the oily remedy.

As I was rubbing the lotion into my hands, my now five-year old daughter, who was standing beside me, ever attentive to my every movement, asked, Daddy, why are you putting lotion on your hands? I replied in a matter-of-fact way, Because sweetheart, my hands are dry. She stood there for a second or two, still observing me rubbing my hands together (yes, I make sure it is completely rubbed in before I finish!) and said in her matter-of-fact way, No Daddy, it’s because you are old! Read the rest of this entry »

 

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