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Only Sure Foundation

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HISTORICAL NOTE:

The Roman Empire, if one counts the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire, lasted for close to 1,500 years, starting with Augustus.  The empire in the West ceased to exist in 476 C.E., having been successor to a kingdom then a republic–about 1,200 years in all, starting with the founding of the city of Rome.  Yet, strictly speaking, the (Western) Roman Empire stood for about 500 years, starting with Augustus.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 10, 2014 COMMON ERA

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1 Cor. 3, 11

I.

Every structure, to stand in the day of adversity, must have a secure foundation, whether [the structure] be a life, an institution, or a nation.  The house founded upon a rock–obedience to Christ–stood; that on the sand fell.  Men find [that] it works that way.  The Roman Empire, resting upon force, stood for 1200 years, but moral corruption worked its destruction.

II.

Character alone is abiding, unfailing strength of a nation–of all worthy institutions–the love of freedom, of home, of law, devotion to God and country.  These are the bulwarks of civilization.

III.

Faith in God through Christ is the one sure foundation of all greatness and goodness.  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.”  “It is above rubrics, is the principal thing.”

IV.

Are we concerned about the condition of the world?  Here is the only sufficient remedy–the knowledge of God through Jesus Christ.  It must be brought back to these fundamental virtues–to build on his sure foundation.  There is no other.  Here is our emphasis and security.

Those who forget God or fight against God wreck themselves by their own folly.

GEORGE WASHINGTON BARRETT

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