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October 1st, 2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie

Buildings with weak foundations are not long for this world. The calamities of hurricanes and earthquakes are all we need for conclusive proof.

Our lives are not much different. Relational storms and circumstantial earthquakes can shake us to the core of our being.

Jesus was well aware of those realities. So he taught with authority, clarity, and compassion. He laid out the truth about how life with God can look and pointed out conclusively that it was worth the pursuit even if the way seemed hard.

The conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount is our focus this coming Sunday and it should be no surprise that Jesus talks to us about the foundation of our lives. We must build our lives, our relationships, and our ministries wisely. And the teachings of our Lord are the building blocks of a solid foundation and a strong life that we all desire. Strong hearts, strong careers, strong influence, strong marriages, strong families and strong churches fit into our deepest desires. Jesus points the way to that kind of strength. Listen to Jesus’ final exhortation to us who wish to follow the Savior with a whole heart. Here is the text for this week:

 

Matt. 7:24 - 27 “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.”

Matt. 7:28-29 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.

 

 

P.S. Each Wednesday the Cedar Grove Facebook page posts a sneak peak at some of the music for Sunday morning. Often the worship team will play a new song that supports the scripture and sermon, and more often than not that song will be new. Posting it on Facebook a few days early, gives you a chance to check it out and walk into church on Sunday already familiar with it. Find this week’s post below.

https://www.facebook.com/CedarGroveCC/

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