Summary: This sermon would be useful to preach cose to the anniversary of the 9-1-1 terrorist attack on America.

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LUKE 13:1-5

1 There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

2 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things?

3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.

4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem?

5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish

Today's Bible text tells about a tower that fell.

There are all sorts of towers in the world.

We see towers that hold up high voltage wires;

towers from which forest rangers observe the woods for fire;

towers from which air traffic controllers

guide the flight of millions of aircraft.

There is the Eiffel Tower in France

and the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.

Today's sermon is about security.

Twelve years ago today,

most Americans believed they were safe and secure.

A few days later, we didn't feel quite so secure!

We are all familiar with the Twin Towers

which stood in New York until terrorists brought them down.

A total of 2,277 Americans died in that catastrophe.

And there is the tower of Siloam that catastrophically fell

and resulted in 18 deaths.

But let's consider towers today:


The Jews wanted security from their enemies,

so they built towers on walls and in vineyards and in plains.

Towers were erected as vantage points for defense from attackers.

A tower provided a good view and early warning.

We all want to be safe, secure, protected,

and sheltered from danger, pain, misery and death.

If we can avoid trouble, we ought to.

But trouble is sure to come anyway!

We, too, may seek towers for security:

We think we will be safe and secure if we have these towers:

We may seek the tower of favorable circumstances:

We say to ourselves, "If I can just create a happy and comfortable life, I'll be secure."

But, if our circumstances are miserable or our experiences are bad,

our security is weak.

We may seek the tower of positive emotions:

We say to ourselves. "If I feel saved, I'm saved; if I feel forgiven, I'm forgiven; if I feel secure, I'm secure!"

Yet, if we feel emotionally down or far from God,

our sense of security dies.

We may seek the tower of position:

People say, "If I am prominent and well established in society, I am secure."

But if we are overlooked and passed by,

our security is wrecked.

We may seek the tower of possessions.

Like the rich man in Luke's Gospel

we may feel that our possessions assure us

of long and good and secure living.

Jesus says, however, ""Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses,

Luke 12:15).

We may seek the tower of performance or achievement:

Some people say, "If I do good and don't make mistakes, I'll be accepted and even God will approve of me!"

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