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The Desolate House Luke 13:31-35

The Desolate House

Unless we tend our relationship with God, our spiritual houses can become places of desolation.

At a Glance

Foreclosure signs are a familiar sight in many communities across America. Some of these properties fall into disrepair. In this material, Jesus refers to a house that has been left "desolate." It's an opportunity for us during this Lenten season to examine how our "houses" become desolate, and how they might be restored once again.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle reading, see "Cross-Friendly Church," March 8, 1998, at

If there's one biblical metaphor that translates easily to our culture today, it's likely the one Jesus uses in Luke 13:35, where he laments over Jerusalem and says, "Look, your house is left to you desolate ..." (NIV).

Thanks to our home-foreclosure crisis, we are getting all too acquainted with literal desolate houses. Neighborhoods in cities and towns across America are decimated because of houses abandoned after their owners are either forced out by mortgage holders, or give up and walk away from them ahead of...

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