This weekend we want to celebrate our nation's independence. We have very much to be grateful for. We pause to say "thank you" for fathers on Father's Day and for mothers on Mother's Day, and it seems appropriate that we take time to reflect upon our country on Independence Day.
If you're trying to decide what movie to rent or go see, your decision will be based on what kind of a mood you are in. If you want to laugh, then you watch a comedy. If you want to cuddle up next to that special someone, then you get a romance … if you're a woman. If you're in the mood for adventure, you get an action movie. But if you want to be in suspense until the very end, then you choose a cliffhanger, because with cliffhangers, you don't know until the last five minutes how everything turns out. And if your home address is in the United States of America, you need to realize that you're a part of a story that's a cliffhanger. The ending of the story is as yet unknown.
Today I have the task of looking at the foundation of our nation. King David writes in Psalm 127:1, "Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain." As it goes for the home, so it goes for the country. Some of you will want to make this a political sermon, and you will listen to it with the bias of your own personal political views. I wish you wouldn't do that. Weigh this message against God's Word, the way that you weigh every message that I preach. This is a message many of us need to hear.
I want to divide our talk into three different seasons in the life of our country. First, let's look at our nation's foundation.
Remember our foundation.
At the beginning America had a ...
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