Pastor's Note
A Message from Reverend, Dawn Freese, Senior Pastor

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Once again I was awakened by the rumbling thunder and heavy rain hitting my windows. As I listened to the storm out-side I recalled a Sunday School song I had learned as a little girl, the song was

"The Wise man built his house upon a Rock" the lyrics are as follows:

The wise man built his house upon the rock
And the rain came tumbling down

Oh, the rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain down
And the floods came up
And the wise man's house stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand
And the rain came tumbling down

Oh, the rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
And the foolish man's house went "splat!"

So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
Build you house on the Lord Jesus Christ
Build you house on the Lord Jesus Christ
And the blessings will come down.

Oh, the blessings come down
As you prayers go up
As your prayers go up
The blessings come down
As your prayers go up
So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.

At the time I learned this song and the actions that accompanied it, I had no idea it was tied to a scripture passage from
Matthew 7:24-27, this is how it reads in the Message version of the Bible:
24-25 "These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit—but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock. 26-27 "But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don't work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards."

The rains will fall, we will have disappointments in life. In fact Jesus tells us plainly in John 16:33, 33 "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."

What is your house built on? The one way to test it is with lots of rain. If your faith erodes when the floods come, you've built your house on sand. The good news is that if that's the case, God is there to help you rebuild your life after laying a firm foundation. If the floods come and have damaged your house, but your foundation is firm, God will be there when the rain leaves to help you make repairs. Either way, the rain should drive you closer to God and nourish your spirit. Times of rain are painful, but needed. Don't run from them.

Onward Christian Soldiers,
Pastor Dawn
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