A Closer Look at the Parable of the Sower part 4

We've looked at two types of soil that Jesus referred to in the Parable of the Sower, now let's go to the good soil. Here's what Jesus said: 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” I …

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A Closer Look at the Parable of the Sower part 3

Last time we looked at the first type of soil in Jesus' parable of the sower, now let's look at the second type of soil: Jesus said, “ Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; 19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke …

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A Closer Look at the Parable of the Sower part 2

Mark 4:1—Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2 He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3 “Listen! A farmer …

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A Closer look at The Parable of the Sower part 1

Have you ever wondered why Jesus used parables? When I researched that question, a lot of different answers sprung up. And I don't believe there is only one answer, I believe that Jesus used parables for a variety of different reasons.  First, you'll notice a lot of parables start with the phrase: 'The Kingdom of …

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The Prophetic Purpose of Bethlehem

"Bethlehem's selection by God as the birthplace of the Messiah was no happenstance. Nor was it chosen only because Joseph's lineage happened to originate there. No, Bethlehem was strategically picked to be part of God's redemption plan from the beginning—that Jesus would come to earth as the final, once-for-all, sacrificial lamb of God (see 1 …

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Paul, the unlikely hero (conclusion)

Luke 15 begins its chapter with these words, the New Living Translation put it this way: Tax collectors and other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach.  Did you hear that? Notorious sinners. In four of the five gospels, Jesus said “I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but the …

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Paul, the unlikely hero (part 3)

Picking up where we left off yesterday, we see that God wanted to display his compassion more by using someone named Ananias to heal Saul. 10 In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered. 11 The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on …

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