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Summer in the Sand > Building Sand Castles

Mark Crumpler

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July 26, 2015

In spite of its reputation for castle-building, sand is not a good manufacturing material. Jesus points out what is obvious to a five year old with a bucket on a beach: It’s not easy to make a good foundation out of sand. It is unstable.

Summer in the Sand

Is there a more definitive symbol of summer fun than sand? Images of sand evoke dreamy thoughts of lazy afternoons, languid walks, and sounds of children laughing. But sand isn't just for escaping. It is also the environment for some of God’s deepest wisdom and understanding. What can the many characteristics of sand teach us about how to follow Jesus?

Matthew 7:24-28

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