A word from Jerry Winfield, Senior Pastor of Oak Valley Baptist Church in Franklin, TN.

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I’m bewildered and amazed at the construction that is going on around us. I have two questions: one, where are these people coming from, and two, how are they going to drive on our already crowded streets?

All this building reminds me of a devotional thought I read in Open Windows. Let me share with you.

“And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:20

Paul encouraged the Christians at Ephesus to accept each other in the Lord - both Jews and Gentiles alike. Paul likened the Christians to a building or temple with Christ as the cornerstone. The cornerstone is the foundation stone and the basis for aligning all the other stones. It is the preaching of Christ that forms our spiritual foundation.

When I look at my life and where I have served the Lord, I continually realize that I must keep Christ at the center of my efforts. Anything I do, I must do for the Lord who is my mainstay.

Paul called Christ the most important stone in the temple, the One who provides cohesion and support for the entire structure.

As Christians, we are joined together as the temple of the Holy Spirit, with Christ Jesus as our Cornerstone.

Make sure that your life is founded on the chief Cornerstone who is always there to keep us in right position with Him. He is the center of my life.

Father, with Your help I pray I will always keep You at the center of my life so I can give Your love to others.

Jerry Winfield