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BUILDERS 4'2m0f The parable of the wise and foolish builders

(background auto engine noise)

ED --   And now, sit down, put your feet up, relax and listen to 
another edition of... Parables on Parade. Tonight's parable comes 
from inside a car. But I have no idea where we're going because 
I'm wearing a blindfold. Why am I wearing a blindfold?

FRED -- You want it to be a surprise don't you?

ED --   Not particularly.

FRED -- Well, I do. Bear with me just a little longer. We're almost 
there.

ED --   I don't know why I let you do these things. Our audience can 
never see your demonstrations anyway. 

FRED -- Yeah, but you're gonna love this one. I built it just for 
you.

ED --   Built what? I suppose now would not be a good time for me to 
expect you to make sense.

FRED -- I can hardly wait! Do you want to know what tonight's 
parable is? Want me to give you a clue?

ED --   Alright, what else have I got to do?

FRED -- I built something BIG.

ED --   Nope. Can't imagine. Wait a minute. If YOU built something, 
it has to be the parable of the wise and foolish builders.

FRED -- You guessed! You're pretty good.

ED --   And I don't even have to guess which builder you are.

FRED -- Was that a slam?

ED --   Don't tell me. You went and built a house?!

FRED -- Oh, man! You spoiled the surprise!

ED --   You know, you don't have to go to all these lengths. Our 
audience can't see...

FRED -- Well, here we are. (brake noise, engine off, doors open) You can take 
off your blindfold now.

ED --   You did! You spent all that time and money to build a house 
and you built it on sand? Do you know what's going to happen?

FRED -- Wrongo, wrongo, sceptical one. This parable is not just 
about building houses. It's about foundations. I read that in the 
footnotes.

ED --   Yes, but...

FRED -- And THIS house has a special foundation. I drove piling into 
the sand and poured concrete footings over the pilings. This 
foundation is not going to budge in a rain storm.

ED --   I don't know how to tell you this, but this parable is not 
about physical foundations. It's about spiritual foundations.

FRED -- Oh. I did it again, didn't I? (thunder) Oh, oh, it's gonna 
rain. We better go into the house.

ED --   No, thanks.

FRED -- You're afraid this is gonna be just like the parable, aren't 
you? You think that just because my house is built on sand, it'll 
wash away in the rain, just like it says in the parable. How does 
that go again?

ED --   You mean Matthew 7:24 "Therefore everyone who hears these 
words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who 
built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, 
and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, 
because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears 
these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a 
foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the 
streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it 
fell with a great crash."

FRED -- Yeah, that's it. Well, you won't have to worry about that 
baby. She won't budge. (thunder) Come on in the house.

ED --   No thanks.

FRED -- Why not? I told you...

ED --   Oh, it's not the sand that bothers me.

FRED -- Well, what is it then?

ED --   It's this sign I found face down here in the sand. 

FRED -- What's it say?

ED --   It says "Thunder River".

FRED -- Yeah, so?

ED --   You you built your house in the middle of a dry river bed.

FRED -- Oh, man! No wonder the land was so cheap! (Thunder)

ED --   Do you still want to take shelter in you new house?

FRED -- Let's get out of here! (slam, slam, engine noise)

ED --   Tune in next time for another edition of Parables on Parade.

FRED -- I was wondering why there were no trees in my yard.


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