PG: Parental Guidance Required (4 of 4) by James Merritt

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PG: Parental Guidance Required (4 of 4)
Series: Family Re:Union
James Merritt
Psalm 127

Introduction

1. The headline in the BBC News said it all. When I read it, I thought to myself, ''They said more than they intended to say and they were exactly right.'' Here was the headline - US Homebuilding At All-Time Low.'' What they were referring to was the fact that the rate of construction of new homes in the United States fell by 15.5% in December of 2010. It hit an all-time low. In fact, the rate of new construction from December 2007 to December 2010 was down 45%.

2. In reality, they weren't really referring to homes; they were referring to houses. I don't have to tell you the difference between a house and a home. I contend that U.S. home building is at an all time low. In my opinion, we've got fewer true homes in more houses, than ever before in the history of our country. That is why we've been doing this series called ''Family Re:Union'' because we really do need to reunite and renew both the family and commitment to the family.

3. I don't think our biggest problem in America is not that we aren't building houses. I think the problem is we are not building homes. I can give you one simple reason why I know that is true. Anybody can build a house, but only God can build a home. Don't take my word for it. The wisest man who ever lived.
''Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.'' (Psalm 127:1, NIV)

An even better translation puts it this way,
''Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless.''
(Psalm 127:1)

One of the most popular preachers in America recently said and of all the words in the English language, the word ''useless'' was the word he hated the most, because if anything is useless it means somehow it just doesn't count.

4. There is a simple reason why God is indispensable to having a true family reunion is because families are God's idea. It was God who gave the first woman to the f ...


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