Summary: We need to make the house a home, it is a process, battle and commitment, we need to build our home on the Rock, we need to protect from the enemy,

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A house or a home. Matt. 7:24-27, Judg.6:11, 14

In case you haven’t noticed, lately, Satan has launched an all-out offensive attack against families - against the traditional home! It doesn’t take a "rocket scientist" nor does it take a degree in Sociology to recognize that the American family and home is in serious trouble! This great nation of ours - once upon a time "Under God" - is no longer a "Leave It To Beaver" society! In the past forty-eight (48) years, the American family has taken some pretty hard hits - it has fallen upon some hard times - it has sustained some pretty hard knocks!

Let’s examine, for just a few moments, some of the changes that have been wrought in the traditional American family and home, shall we? Since 1960, there has been a 400% increase in the divorce rate - with many of those divorces taking place within the Christian community - something that was unheard of in the past! There has been a 200% increase in the number of children being raised in "single-parent" homes! Today, my brothers and sisters, 70% of all preschool-aged children have mothers who work outside of the home; and, 80% of school-aged children - "latch-key children" - come home each day, after school, to an empty house. The traditional American family no longer exists! Instead, my brothers and sisters, the traditional American family has been replaced by a number of "new models" - American families and homes of diverse styles and shapes!

Sixty (60) years ago, some high school teachers were polled to find out what the top offenses were that their students had committed - they listed these things: "talking, chewing gum, making noises, running in the hallways, getting out of turn in line, wearing improper clothing; and, notputting paper in the waste basket." Do you know what was listed in this year’s poll? "Rape, robbery, assault, burglary, arson, muder; and, suicide" - in that order! Tell me, my brothers and sisters, that we do not have our work cut out for us! The question becomes, "How can we have a happy, ’Biblically-functioning home’ in a world such as ours?"

A home is not a house. It is those who live within the house. Those who spend their lives, or a part of their lives living and learning just what life is all about. So let us this morning, go to God’s word to see just what is meant by the word, HOME

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal they crawled into their tent and went to sleep. In the middle of the night, Holmes awoke and nudged his friend. “Watson, look up and tell me what you see.? Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.? “What does that tell you, Watson?? Asked Holmes. Watson pondered a moment and then replied, “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is within the Leo constellation. Chronologically I observe it’s nighttime 3 a.m. on June 14th. Meteorologically, the air appears dry, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day. Why did you ask? What does it tell you?? Holmes says, “Watson, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent!

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