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Each of us in life is going to face crumbling walls. Illness, death, disability, discord, disobedience, and desertion just to name a few. How do we make sense of this?

If we look at our lives as houses, each of these houses is made of different materials: beliefs, experiences, people, perspectives. When the storms of life prevail against our house, the degree to which our house weathers the storm is based on the materials it is formed of. A house on a firm foundation stands while a house on say, sand, collapses. A hut made of branches is quickly destroyed while a house made of rock withstands pounding wind and rain.

This is precisely the metaphor Jesus uses in the New Testament book Matthew 7:

24“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25“And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. 26“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27“The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell—and great was its fall.”
      28When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; 29for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes. (biblehub.com)

This site is a collection of essays giving personal testimony about how God (The Rock) has worked in each person's hard place.

The testimonies here are of individuals who believe there is a God who created the world. A God we as humans chose to disobey and distrust thus severing our relationship. This is the point where all the "bad" enters our world. But then, God sent himself in human form as Jesus Christ, living a sinless life and sacrificing himself as the perfect restitution for our wrong. And a God who has promised to redeem us both now through the processes of renewing us with his Holy Spirit and fully one day when He returns to bring an end to sin. All of this can be found in the Bible.

Jesus taught as one having authority, because the narrative of the Bible explains that Jesus Christ is The Rock. The Old Testament books of Psalm and 2 Samuel, written before Jesus, speak of God as a rock and fortress. Then the books of prophesy, Isaiah, Daniel, and Zechariah speak of a cornerstone that will bring salvation. And in the New Testament, written after Jesus lived and died, we read the completion of that prophesy as Jesus Christ himself.  One of these passages is Ephesians 2:19-22:

19So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, 22in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (biblehub.com)

This is the framework that the writers of the essays posted on this site are working from. They have made sense of their hard places through the lens of faith in the God recorded in the Bible. They believe their hard places are not a waste, but a means of bringing glory to a living God. 

We desire for these stories to bring you hope, but even more, for you to build a house on The Rock, which can weather the storms of this life.

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