A photo of a white, concrete house, near the bear tree under a blue sky during daytime.

Introduction

While doing research for today’s sermon I came across an illustration that describes a house that sat empty because its owner lived in a houseboat. He didn’t maintain his old residence at all. So the bushes and trees grew up around it in a fast phase. Everybody in the neighborhood knew the house was unoccupied and very soon it became a hangout for drug addicts, vandals, and prostitutes who broke into the house.