Summary: Only in God are we safe and secure.

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Psalm 46:1-11

Matthew 7:21-29

“Drop Your Anchors”

By: Rev. Kenneth Sauer, Pastor of Parkview United Methodist Church, Newport News, VA

We speak naively about the the earth being a terra firma--which means that it is solid ground.

But it isn’t.

Geologists have discovered that the continents are actually afloat---continually being changed by moving


So what we are living on---the place where we have built our homes, our castles...the place where many of

us have stored our treasures.....the place that many of us pin our hopes on, our dreams, our futures on..... actually a dynamic, living, changing planet which is set in an exploding, expanding universe.

The idea that this world, this universe, this creation is like a clock that has been wound up and then left to

tick along on its own--just doesn’t work!

In fact, creation is a great natural drama that seethes with the unexpected.....

but at the same time.... has a meaningful purpose that will reach it’s objective.

And this is exactly how Psalm 46 describes our world.

This earth is not our final destination.

It is not our fixed position.

It is not solid ground.

It is not the place where we are to pin all our hopes, our dreams, and our futures.

We will not be here forever...the earth will not be here forever....but we will be somewhere forever!!!

Yes, we are afloat in this life....but this doesn’t mean that we are forced to be drifters....

to be lost at sea....

to be without hope and purpose.

Because there is a place where we can drop our anchors!

There is solid ground!

And this solid ground is found only in God’s strength and the security which is found in Him.

There is a general sense of instability and insecurity that we all face in this life.

Many of us live from paycheck to paycheck...

...praying that we will be able to pay each month’s bills.

Many people live without the security of a loving home and a loving church family.

As you know, my parents are with us this morning....

and I’m going to serve them communion!!!

What a thrill!!!

I was brought up in a very stable and loving home....

....and I have beautiful early childhood memories which are filled with joy and love--devoid of the

instability and insecurity of this world.

My parents built my foundation on the Rock....

....they knew where to drop their anchor!

Unfortunately, as time goes seems that more and more children are growing up without this

foundation, without this Rock, without this anchor....

....and the results are hitting us in the face every time we open the newspaper or turn on the news.

For many people, the results are in their very own homes or backyards.

Yes, we are all afloat and it is so very important where we decide to drop our anchors.

A colleage of mine, another United Methodist Minister in this area who I respect greatly....

....who has much more experience in life than I do.....

....told me this week:

“I’m afraid we have become too politically correct for our own good.”

We were discussing the current war, and the horrible terrorist situation.

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