by Terry J. Hallock

A Tale of Two Homes
Terry J. Hallock
Psalm 127; Matthew 7:24-29
May 9, 1999
A Mother's Day Sermon

As we gather today to mark Mother's Day, to celebrate the gift of our families, to pray for the preservation of those families and to consider the condition of our culture in which our children and marriages must exist, we turn to God's plan for our homes.

God plan for the family stand on two basic and unchanging premises:

1. The homes we build are no better than the foundation on which they are laid.

2. The only foundation upon which a solid, safe, secure and sanctified home can be built is the living Word of God. "Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain."

The Bible makes clear its contention that only -- ONLY -- when homes are built upon the principles of God's Law and the hearts within them are ruled by Jesus' words will those homes stand up against the onslaught of the darkness and evil which saturates this world.

The truth of that Biblical contention has been made manifestly clear in recent days in the tale of two starkly different homes. Cassie was a 17-year-old junior in High School with long blond hair she wanted to cut off and have made into wig for cancer patients who had lost theirs through chemotherapy. She was active in her youth group at Westpool Community Church and was known for carrying a Bible to school. On Tuesday, April 20, 1999 she was in the library of Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado reading her Bible when two young men carrying guns burst in. According to witnesses, one of them pointed a gun at Cassie and asked, "Do you believe in God?" Cassie paused and then answered, "Yes, I believe in God." "Why?" the gunman asked, but Cassie did not have a chance to respond for the gunman had already shot her dead. A classmate would later say, "She completely stood up for God. When the killers asked her if there was anyone who ha ...

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