Happy New Year, Woodlawn.
Are you ready for what God has for us in 2016? What a year 2015 has been for us. We have had some challenges and we have had to make many adjustments, but I am here to tell you that we are stronger because of the storm.
I know that when God looks at where we are today, he looks at us and says…it is good.
From the very beginning of time, God called his creations “good.”
He created a pattern when he saw that the world was without form, and void, to make it good.
He began with light on day one and concluded with man & woman on day 6 to complete the process. And after each day, he called his creation “good.”
He placed Adam & Even in the garden of Eden with specific instructions to dress it and to keep it.
He told Adam: Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
And this is where I will begin my scripture reading today.
Genesis 3:1-6 (KJV)
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
One more verse of scripture for our text today:
Mark 10:18 (KJV)
18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
I want to preach to you for the next few minutes:
A Good Foundation
My aunt Jenice Huhn used to tell me as a child when she saw my size 12 shoe, “Son, you have a good foundation, it’s just a long way from your head.”
I have often said, and I will repeat again today, if the Lord had not called me into the ministry, I would enjoy being a contractor. I love construction. While renovating the church has been a long & tiresome year, I have enjoyed the process.
I have been privileged to build 3 houses for my family. And through each one, I have gained knowledgeable experience of the building process.
Just 2 to 3 years ago, my wife and I purchased a few acres along with my wife’s family out on 238 Graves Creek Rd. to settle and put down roots in Marion County. We love our little spot of land. It’s my refuge. After a long day at the office, it’s refreshing just to drive down my long driveway and retreat from the busyness of life.
But building this last house did not come without some pain.
My inlaws built first so I had a good idea of the problems I was about to face. When the contractor showed up to begin digging the footings, we noticed that the soil in which our house pad would be built on was not suitable for the weight of a concrete slab. It was that good ole Mississippi clay mud.
The dirt was good alright, but only if you wanted to build a lake or a pond. It would hold water for days, and would shift with any kind of pressure applied.
So to the recommendation of the engineer and the contractor, in order to pour a concrete pad, all of this bad dirt had to be replaced by good, dense soil in order to get the proper compaction.
I’m not just talking about a foot of good soil, but we had to bring in 6 feet of the right material the entire area of the home.
This does not help the house budget in the beginning stages of the process, but it was necessary for a good foundation.
God thought this principle important enough to include in His word a parable on the importance of a good foundation.
Pastor Jerron Carney and his wife, Holly, were elected senior pastor of Woodlawn in 2013. Prior to their election, Pastor Jerron served Woodlawn, since 2005, in student ministry and administrative pastor. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, School of Business with an emphasis in accounting. He is the proud father of Jane-Claire, Jack, & Everly June. They are his greatest source of joy. He enjoys the outdoors through hunting and golf… Go Saints!