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The View from the Tower Isaiah 5:1-7

The View from the Tower

Our Christian structures are worthless unless we use them to do the Lord's work in the world.

At a Glance

This year marks the 850th anniversary of Notre Dame, the famous cathedral in Paris. Many improvements have been made to the cathedral itself, and especially the North Tower. The tower! That gives us an entry into the tower of our text, a tower from which God has a viewpoint, and God is not pleased with the view. Read on.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's epistle text, see "Have a Wonder-full Life," August 16, 1998, at

Climb the South Tower of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and what will you see?

Inside, you'll observe the 13-ton bell named Emmanuel, which was tolled 69 years ago to announce the liberation of Paris at the end of the Second World War. Outside, you'll see the flying buttresses that were built at Notre Dame very early in the development of Gothic architecture. And if you use your imagination, you might spot Quasimodo -- the famous bell-ringer from Victor Hugo's book The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Quasimodo? Never met the ...

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