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Facts of the Matter

A weekly letter of encouragement and challenge to business and professional men and women
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Dear Colleagues,

FIVE OBSERVATIONS FROM THE PARABLE OF THE SOWER (Matt. 13:1-23; Mk. 4:1-20; Lk. 8:11-15)

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One: Effective sowers of the Gospel are intentional in their effort to get out the word of God: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. (Matt. 13:3) Clearly it is Jesus desire that we purposefully engage with the lost in our efforts of winning them to Christ: My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil oneAs you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world (Jn. 17:15, 18).

Two: Sowers are not particular perhaps even indiscriminate – as to who hears the message of the Gospel:  In the Parable of the Sower, the seed is randomly exposed to varied kinds of hearts: Hard, shallow, distracted, and good. (Matt. 13:3-9).  Fear and over analysis in the sowing process can lead to paralysis and inconsequential results.  (See Ecc. 1:1-6)

Three: Sowers expect to encounter the enemy when engaging in evangelism: As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it upWhen anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart  (Matt. 13:4, 19a).

Four: Sowers encounter four major hindrances to their seed reaching maturity: (1) Shallow hearts:  Some [seed] fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away (Matt. 13:5, 6, 20, 21), (2) The worries of this life, (3) the deceitfulness of wealth and (4) the desires for other things (Mk. 4:19).

Five: When the  sowers seed lands on good soil it produces quality fruit: Observe the description of the good soil (heart):  As for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience (Lk. 8:15 Amp.).

A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND CHALLENGE: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose]  (I Cor. 15:58 Amp.).

This week may you experience His grace, peace and protection.

R. Dwight Hill

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