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  • Writer's pictureBy Pastor Andy Plank

Do you have a firm foundation?

Once upon a time, in a childhood long, long ago, I built a little shed. I was very proud of that shed. In fact, when I went in to eat some lunch, I bragged to my grandfather about my good looking shed. After lunch, we went outside to admire it. In just about 30 minutes, it had fallen over sideways and looked like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. My grandfather looked at it and, bless his heart, he didn’t even laugh. He said, “Son, the trouble is, you built your building without putting it on a foundation. If you build your house on sand, eventually it will turn to quicksand.” That early lesson in carpentry stuck with me. I still can’t build a shed, but I do understand the necessity of a good foundation. A good, strong foundation is important in spiritual matters as well. This past year, our foundations have been tested with Covid-19 and the latest political shenanigans on Capitol Hill. A lot of folks are all up in arms because their shed has fallen over. They have the same problem my little shed had years ago. Their world has no foundation and, if it does have a foundation, that foundation isn’t strong or stable. May I remind you that, if you are a Christ follower, you are a citizen of an eternal kingdom. You have a foundation built upon the Solid Rock. Your hope is not republican, democrat, or even American. If it is, your hope is built on quicksand and like my little shed, it might look good for a minute or two, but will end up turning to rubble. I hope the hymn we often sing means more to you than mere words. “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.” Hope built upon any other foundation is just sinking sand.

Be blessed and be a blessing. Andy

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