What Are You Building On?


Anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.

Notes taken from my study of Matthew 7
using The Message, The Voice and NIV 1984

Whatever standards you set for others will be demanded of you. In the same way before you are critical, judgemental, and harsh towards others, are you guilty of the same things?

It is easier to focus on the faults of others and make excuses for our own.
If we really want what is best for others wouldn’t it make sense to be sure we clearly see our own shortcomings before we try to correct theirs?

Don’t reduce sacred things to t-shirt theology and trendy slogans. In our attempt to be relevant we can water down the truth and misrepresent the mission.

Don’t bargain with God.
Ask, seek, knock, let Him know what you want.
He is not looking for ways to deny what you need. If we who are less than perfect parents love and want good things for our children, why would we not think God, who loves us so much more would want to give good things to those who ask Him?

To sum up how we treat others, ask yourself what would you want people to do for you?
How would you want to be treated? And then following the example of our Father, take the initiative to do what you would like done to you, to treat someone how you would like to be treated, and show that kindness to someone else.
Before they ask, even when they don’t deserve it.

Don’t look for shortcuts to God.
Wide and broad leads to destruction. The way to God cannot be found through easygoing, in your spare time formulas.
The small gate and narrow way is hard to find and requires vigorous and total attention.

Be wary of false prophets disguising themselves as preachers and teachers.
It’s not about charisma but character and who they are is more important than what they say.

We can’t just identity with Jesus, know all the correct passwords, even do good things in His name.
What is required is relationship. Relationship that produces serious obedience, doing His will above all else.

I love the way the Message phrases Jesus’ final thoughts in this chapter

These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. “But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”Matthew 7:24:26

Anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on a rock.

September 15 2016

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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