by James Merritt

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Framing Values – Part A (2 of 8)
James Merritt
Psalm 127


1. One of the amazing things about American homes is that the huge majority of them are built using completely standardized building practices. One reason for this consistency is a set of uniform building codes that apply across the country. Another reason is cost. The techniques used to build homes produce reliable housing quickly at low costs.

2. As we told you last week with any home you begin with the blueprints. From the blueprints you build the foundation. Immediately after the foundation comes the next most important part of building a home and that is the framing. Everything else flows from the framing. The windows, the doors, the roofing, the siding, all the exterior and the appearance of the house flows from the framing. It is a crucial stage in the construction of the home.

3. There is nothing wrong with the housing industry in America. From all indications, housing is at an all time high. The problem we face is we are building houses, but we are not building homes. I contend and so does God's word that though anyone can build a house, only God can build a home. The wisest man who ever lived, King Solomon, wrote these words in this psalm.
"Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless."
(Psalm 127:1, NLT)

4. As we continue our Extreme Home Makeover For Families, we need to deal now with the framing of our home. The framing of a home deals with children. That is why we are calling our message, "Framing Values". Today, I want to deal with the most strategic, critical years of a child's life, from the time that child is born until they reach adolescence. As you can tell from the activities on our stage this morning, these are definitely the active years. This is a time when children are growing by leaps and bounds. You can see changes almost daily, both mentally and physically, taking place right before your eyes ...

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