What Makes Us Fruitful?. July 28, 2013. Matthew 13:1-9.
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July 28, 2013
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up
quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop-a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 He who has ears, let him hear."
1. Friends and Associates
2. What we watch & read.
4. Pursuit of Pleasure
“If the resources devoted to pleasure were given over instead to Christ’s interests in the world, we would indeed be amazed. Congregations would flourish. Churches would be crowded. Missionaries would multiply. The poor would be helped. The downtrodden would be lifted up. The suffering of men and women would be alleviated. And like our Master himself, many would go about doing this weary old world a great deal of good.” Phillip Keller
5. Personal Ambitions
6. Our Thought Life
7. Jesus’ Footprints