Building on a stable foundation

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount: a rock-solid basis on which to build one's life

The Building Industry Association of San Diego thought it would be great publicity to sponsor a contest to build a house in less than four hours. They asked two building contractors to participate. My family's construction firm was one of the two.

Prior to the weekend of the contest, the building site had been graded. The preliminary plumbing and electrical site work was in. The builders and their teams of subcontractors were ready. After they said "Go," the first step was to pour a quick-dry-cement foundation.

All the trades were working at once—many of them prepping for their work off to the side. When their time came, they would rush in and install what they had done. The wood frame went up quickly, then the roof went on. The house was full of workmen until the carpeting was laid and the appliances were in place. All was done. The other builder finished the house in two hours and thirty minutes! We came in second at around three hours.

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