GOOD MORNING...

AND THANK YOU FOR WORSHIPPING WITH US HERE TODAY. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE VISITING US FOR THE FIRST TIME, I'D LIKE TO EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME, AND INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR THE HOUR OF FELLOWSHIP IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING TODAY'S SERVICE. COFFEE, TEA & PASTRIES WILL BE SERVED IN THE AUDITORIUM AND I HOPE YOU'LL JOIN US THERE.

TODAY, AS WE LOOK BACK ON OUR MANY, VARIED EXPERIENCES IN THE CHURCH, I WONDER HOW MANY OF US AS CHILDREN USED TO SING THE OLD SPIRITUAL "JOSHUA WON THE BATTLE OF JERICHO. . . AND THE WALLS CAME TUMBLIN' DOWN"?

DID YOU SING THAT WHEN YOU WERE YOUNG ? I KNOW I DID.

IT'S A SONG FULL OF EMOTION AND PASSION. . . VERY DRAMATIC, BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT ALL OF US, TODAY, HAVE WALLS AROUND US THAT ARE TUMBLIN' DOWN.

BIG WALLS.

OLD WALLS.

WALLS THAT HAVE STOOD FOR CENTURIES AND HAVE STOOD STRONG.

BUT NOW. . . THOSE WALLS ARE JUST A-TUMBLIN' DOWN!

SOME OF THE WALLS I'M SPEAKING OF ARE THE WALLS OF HUMAN DECENCY. THEY WERE THERE TO REMIND US THAT EVEN AS WE STRIVE IN OUR LIVES TO BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE, WE MUST ALWAYS BE MINDFUL OF THE NEEDS AND SENSITIVITIES OF OTHERS. . .

THOSE WALLS, IT SEEMS TO ME, ARE TUMBLIN’ DOWN!

THE WALLS OF FAMILY STRUCTURE. . . WALLS THAT HOLD A HUSBAND AND A WIFE TOGETHER IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH, FOR RICHER OR FOR POORER, TILL DEATH THEY DO PART.

THOSE WALLS ARE TUMBLIN' DOWN.

AND PERHAPS MOST TRAGICALLY, THE WALLS OF MORAL CONDUCT. . . WALLS THAT SEPARATE THE GOOD FROM THE BAD. . . THE RIGHT FROM THE WRONG. . . THOSE WALLS, MY FRIENDS. . . LIE IN RUIN AROUND US BECAUSE THEY HAVE LONG SINCE COME A-TUMBLIN' DOWN!

THE WALLS THAT PROVIDE STRUCTURE TO OUR SOCIETY & PRESENT LIMITS TO THE SPECTRUM OF HUMAN CONDUCT. . . THEY ARE ALL BEING BROUGHT DOWN IN A WORLD, WHERE IT SEEMS, “ANYTHING GOES”. ALL BETS ARE OFF. SCHOOL IS OUT, AND WHATEVER YOU DO IS OK, BECAUSE WE'RE TOLD "IT'S YOUR PERSONAL LIFE. IT'S YOUR BUSINESS. YOU CAN'T LEGISLATE MORALITY", AND IT'S THAT KIND OF MINDSET THAT HAS SERVED AS THE WRECKING BALL FOR THE WALLS WHICH ONCE SURROUNDED OUR SOCIETY, AND MAKE NO MISTAKE, A SOCIETY WITHOUT RULES, WITHOUT LIMITS, WITHOUT WALLS. . . IS A SOCIETY DESTINED FOR ANARCHY AND RUIN!



"We have all read the blueprints... we know the plan."



SO HERE WE STAND.

OUR WALLS CRUMBLED OR COLLAPSED AROUND US, AND WE WONDER "WHAT ON EARTH ARE WE TO DO?"

WELL, WE CAN'T VERY WELL PICK UP THE PHONE & CALL THE MASON.

THERE'S NO BRICKLAYER WHO CAN COME AND RECONSTRUCT THESE WALLS.

NO, FRIENDS, THE ONLY WAY WE CAN RAISE THESE WALLS BACK UP IS IF WE PICK UP THE BRICKS AND MORTAR OURSELVES AND GET TO WORK.

WE HAVE WITHIN EASY REACH THE PLANS OF A GIFTED ARCHITECT. THEY'RE RIGHT HERE [Rev. Buren holds up Bible]. WE HAVE ALL READ THE BLUEPRINTS. WE KNOW THE PLAN.

BUT NOW, AS OUR CITIES ARE SUBMERGED IN MURDER AND MAYHEM... AS OUR LEADERS ARE BEING REVEALED AS LIARS AND CHEATS. . . IT IS UP TO US TO BEGIN THE RECONSTRUCTION PROCESS.

AND WE MUST BEGIN THAT PROCESS .

IN OUR HOMES, IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AT OUR PLACE OF BUSINESS AND AT THE BALLOT BOX THE WORK MUST BEGIN NOW .

AND SO TODAY, I URGE YOU. . . I IMPLORE YOU. . . TO GET TO WORK. FOLLOW THE PLAN [holding up Bible]. AND SET ABOUT TO BUILD NEW WALLS WHERE ONLY RUBBLE EXISTS TODAY.

BUILD THE WALLS THAT'LL SHELTER OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AND ALL THE GENERATIONS OF THE NEXT MILLENIUM FROM THE CYCLONE OF SIN THAT HAS WREAKED SO MUCH DISTRUCTION ON OUR WORLD.

BUILD THEM STRONG.

BECAUSE STRENGTH. . . WILL SURELY BE NEEDED.

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