by Dr. Ed Young


Contrary to your bulletin, if you will open your Bibles instead to the book of Matthew,

Chapter #7, I'll begin reading with verse 21 and read through verse 29.

She was 18 years old. A lovely girl, an intelligent girl. She was pregnant and I had
the unhappy opportunity of having to go with her and announce this to her parents, whom
she had rejected, cursed and literally hated. She was caught up in the drug culture;
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but in her predictament, in her tragedy, she clid itat g-a toF those who had got hin this
mess instead, she had to go to her folks with whom all lines of communication - long
ago had been destroyed. How did it happen? Why did it happen? What was the matter
with this rather externally, at least, normal home? What was wrong with this young lady?
One thing, basically. She did not know how to build a life.

Jesus was a carpenter. He knew how to build a house and as He finished the Beatitudes-
this immortal Sermon on the Mount, with all the blesseds, with all the happiness, with all
the to be congratulated gr those who are meek, those who are long-suffering, those who turn
the other cheek - when He had finished all the high precepts then He sat down and said to
the people at the climax, at the end of His message - He explained how to build a house.
He said, "Building a house is like building a life." And then He warned His hearers. They
were saying in their vernacular and in their way, "Amen. That's right, that's the truth,
I agree with that. Never has man spake as this man speaketh." But Jesus knew folks like
you and me, didn't He? He knew that we talk a much better game than we live. He knew
that we could hear all of these tenents, all of these suppositions ...

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