Foundational Truth


foundation brickI am not a building expert. I do consider myself a skilled professional in determining the value of buildings, houses and land. I am not an appraiser, but I can do some math regarding the cost of building materials and the cost per square foot.  Another thing I’ve learned to look for in determining the value of a building is the “bones” of the building. On a practical note, you can look in the crawl space at the structure as well as the attic and make some determinations about the overall structure.  When building anything from the ground up, it’s critical to have a good foundation. There are codes to follow as well as common sense. If the foundation is bad, the whole house will have problems in the future.

Jesus is being grilled by the Pharisees and the Sadducees and other teachers of the law. Since He is the Author of the Law, they had no chance to trip Him up. That didn’t stop them from trying. Check this out….

34 But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees with his reply, they met together to question him again. 35 One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40 NLT)

The entire law really comes down to four words in the English language: Love God – Love Others. That is pretty simple. I didn’t say it was easy, but it is simple. The Lord wants to be first place in my heart. He doesn’t want to become second to anyone or anything. After I get that part right, I’m called to love like He loved. He loves everyone. He sees past the rough exterior right into a person’s heart. He loves those who are hard to love and He calls me to do the same. The foundation of my faith is based on these two simple yet complex commands. I find it easy to love God, but difficult to love others. It is easy to love people who love me and it’s easy to love my wife and children.

It’s hard to love weird people.

It’s hard to love hateful people.

It’s hard to love people who hate me.

It’s hard to love people who hate God.

God didn’t put exceptions on love. He commanded me to love. I am still trying to figure out how to love everyone. I will probably be working on that for a while. I’m learning the more of my heart that He has, the easier it is to love like He loves. I’m also learning that when I realize how much He loves me with all of my sin and stupid choices – my heart for others expands. I really want to put these two simple commands (aka foundational truth) into the very fabric of my life.

Pressing On!


Trust Him To Build My Life

Trust with blue markerI want to be trusted. In fact, the subtitle of my REALTOR title is to be a “trusted advisor”. I must maintain integrity, honesty and honor to be trusted. Included in this description is competency. I must know what I’m doing. I must do what I say I’ll do and be who I say I am. I am continually building my business and it’s all based on these deep values. I take keeping other’s trust very seriously.

Jesus takes trust very seriously as well. He compels me to trust Him. I came across a small passage of scripture that I’m not sure I’ve ever noticed before involving trust. Check this out…

23 Because of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Jerusalem at the Passover celebration, many began to trust in him. 24 But Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew all about people. 25 No one needed to tell him about human nature, for he knew what was in each person’s heart. (John 2:23-24 NLT)

I read this and I began to wonder if the Lord trusts me. I do trust Him. I do try to order my life around His call upon my heart. I don’t think I’ve ever wondered if the Lord trusts me. I been overly concerned about my trusting Him. I want to be one of His trusted friends. I am Dad to five amazing kids. It is interesting to watch them grow and try things. It’s comical to think of the things that they tried that were wrong, but they tried to “get away with it”. It is a huge blessing to be able to put my trust in them. They are go where they say they are going. They give me reason to trust them. Yes, I’ve had trust with them broken.

Building trust is a delegate work in progress. It can take years to build and a millisecond to destroy. I want to keep building my life on the foundation of trust in the Lord. I love this song recorded at Passion 2017. It was written by Pat Barrett, Karl Martin, Matt Redman, Brett Younker.

Build My Life

Worthy of every song we could ever sing

Worthy of all the praise we could ever bring

Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe

We live for You

Jesus, the name above every other name

Jesus, the only one who could ever save

Worthy of every breath we could ever breathe

We live for You

Holy, there is no one like You

There is none beside You

Open up my eyes in wonder

Show me who You are

And fill me with Your heart

And lead me in Your love to those around me

I will build my life upon Your love

It is a firm foundation

I will put my trust in You alone

And I will not be shaken


Pressing On!


The Rock


stone isolated white background natural rock granite solid bouldWhen I think of the word rock, I think of something solid. A rock is hard to break. A rock makes a great foundation – we manufacture a rock like substance called concrete. The Lord refers to the Rock often as our faith foundation. There is a song that says: “On Christ, the Solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand”. I have also been known to trip over a rock. If the rock is big enough I can stand on it or go around it.

Paul makes it clear that even those that are not of Jewish decent have access to the foundation of Jesus Christ which produces in us righteousness. Check this out…

30 What should we say then? Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained righteousness—namely the righteousness that comes from faith. 31 But Israel, pursuing the law of righteousness, has not achieved the righteousness of the law. 32 Why is that? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written,

Look, I am putting a stone in Zion to stumble over
and a rock to trip over,
and the one who believes on him
will not be put to shame. (Romans 9:30-33 CSB)

I am putting my faith in Creator God. I believe He created the earth, the universe in all its expanse and intricate detail. He is the One in Whom I trust to lead me through whatever I face in this life. My journey here for what feels like a short span prepares me for eternity which is unmeasurable time.

I love David’s prayer – seeking God as a refuge. Check this out…

Be a rock of refuge for me, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for you are my rock and fortress. (Psalm 71:3 CSB)

I stand on the Rock Eternal because He gives me strength.

I stand on the Rock Eternal because He picks me up when I stumble.

I stand on the Rock Eternal because He saved me.

I stand on the Rock Eternal because He loves me.

Pressing On!



construction of concrete foundation of buildingWhen a house or building is built, there is great attention paid to the foundation because that is the anchor of the building. The foundation is the part that fastens the building to the earth. It is the solid base of the building. If the foundation is faulty, then the whole house is faulty. I was in downtown New York sometime ago and saw the beginning of a “sky scraper” being built. The construction team was building the foundation according to engineered plans and careful specifications. The prophet Isaiah reminds me of my foundation. Check this out…

16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,
    a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;
the one who relies on it
    will never be stricken with panic. (Isaiah 28:16 NIV)


I remember clearly digging the footers for the house I live in. I remember also the pouring of the foundation/basement walls. There was steel and concrete for great strength. The foundation of any building is critical to the rest of the structure and certainly the longevity of the structure.

I want to build my life upon the cornerstone of the Son of God. He came to earth to make a way for me. He laid a foundation that I can build my life upon. His foundation is based on truth. The Creator/Engineer for the existence of all life bases his foundation on specific design. I would be wise to make His Cornerstone my cornerstone. I trust in Him. I will build all of my life upon Him.

Pressing On!

Firm Footing

tug of warIn the game of tug of war, it’s important to have a strong team. It’s also important to have a strong footing to stand upon as you pull and tug. If the footing is slippery, then a fall is about to happen. I think my life is often like that; I need a firm foundation on which to stand. Check this out…

23 The Lord makes firm the steps

    of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,

    for the Lord upholds him with his hand. (Psalm 37:23-24 NIV)


I need the Lord to give me “firm footing” each day. I believe that as I read and study His Word, He will help me to be steady and strong in the face of “high winds” and tough times.

30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,

    and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;

    their feet do not slip. (Psalm 37:30-31 NIV)


As I read and study the Word of God, I believe He writes His Word on my heart in order for my feet to be steady and not slip. I will be the first to admit that I still stumble and I do slip, but I believe that my “footing” has been more consistent since I’m grounded in His Word and He’s writing His Will upon my heart.

I believe that the behaviors of my daily life come from deep within my heart. I believe that true life-change comes from my heart. There are quadrants of my heart that still have “issues”. I do want to surrender all of my heart to Him. I want the foundation of my life (my feet) to be steady and strong – built upon Him and His Word.


My daughter has written a song called Battle Cry. This is the chorus….

So I will stand my ground
Even when the walls fall down
I will let my allegiance be known
And I will lift my eyes
And with a battle cry
I will lay down my life at Your throne     (©2013Kristen Hicks & Cindy Lowery)
Pressing On!