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  • FAITH & VALUES: 'Inspecting the Foundation'

  • Foundations are crucial to a building’s strength.  A tornado can level a building, yet a foundation remains as mute testimony to its existence.  When Greensburg Mennonite Church began planning to rebuild, an engineer inspected the remaining foundation for stability.


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  • Foundations are crucial to a building’s strength.  A tornado can level a building, yet a foundation remains as mute testimony to its existence.  When Greensburg Mennonite Church began planning to rebuild, an engineer inspected the remaining foundation for stability.
    We revisit the Church’s foundation to affirm our unshakable faith in Christ: “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 3:11).
    When life gets confusing, circumstances take a painful turn, or the future is uncertain, we need a reliable foundation.  1 Corinthians 15.1-5 points to the foundation of faith: Christ.  This is most important:  “...Christ died for our sins...was buried...was raised on the third day… (1 Corinthians 15:3,4,5).  He didn’t die for His own sins because He never sinned.  He was buried, verifying that He physically died.  He was literally raised from the dead three days later.  Many theories about “what really happened” have been circulated for centuries.
     Do you believe “...Christ died for your sins...was buried… (and) was raised on the third day?”  Believing it saves us.  Hard work won’t.  Beating ourselves up won’t prove we’re worthy.  To believe means you are so convinced that you live your life in harmony with this truth no matter what happens.  To cope with any situation, survive hard times, or meet the stinging grief of death, we must be convinced Christ and His Word are absolutely true that we live it regardless the consequences.
     Earlier Christians were persecuted because they held to the truth about Christ.  We may undergo ridicule, mistreatment or isolation.  We may suffer other trials although committed to Christ.  We trust Him, yet someone dies.  We believe in Him but lose everything.  We ask Him to intervene, and the answer is “No.”
    We will cope and have courage to keep going, if we stand on the truth about Jesus Christ.  He is the only foundation that will hold us up when life is shaken to the core. 
    Jeff Blackburn, Greensburg Mennonite Church
     

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