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MARRIAGE AND FAMILY SURVIVOR
Dr. Stan Coffey
On the show SURVIVOR, there are many things that you have to do well to be the one who wins a million dollars at the end. It's a test to see who has the skills and the ability to work with others and to do difficult things, and that person is the survivor. There's only one thing you have to do to be a marriage and family survivor. Jesus Christ preached the greatest sermon every preached in the Sermon on the Mount. In Matthew 5-7 you find the record of the principles upon which we are to build our lives as part of the kingdom of God. But all these principles, all of these instructions are for nought if you don't catch what Jesus said at the end of The Sermon on the Mount. "Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the
fall of it." (Matthew 7:24-27)
Jesus said, "Whoever not only hears these things but he also does them will be likened unto a man who founded his house upon a rock." What does it mean to found your house upon the rock of the sayings of Jesus Christ? It means not only do you hear them, but you also do them. That's why many people may be in church, many people may even go to church with their family, and they still experience a storm that destroys that house, that marriage, that family. Why? Because it's not just those who study what He says, not just those who learned the principles, not just those who can quote the scripture, but those who DO ...
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