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being focused. mark 4. being focused. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said : “ Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed , some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up .

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  • He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said:
  • “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the
  • seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
  • Some 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…
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  • Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants,
  • so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It
  • came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or
  • even a hundred times.”

Mark 4: 2 - 8

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  • …Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How
  • then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word.
  • Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown.
  • As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that
  • was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the
  • word and at once receive it with joy.
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  • But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When
  • trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall
  • away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but
  • the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires
  • for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
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  • Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and
  • produce a crop — thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was
  • sown.”

Mark 4: 13 - 20

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  • What kind of mud are you?
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  • the pathway
  • As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the
  • birds came and ate it up… some people are like seed along the path,
  • where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and
  • takes away the word that was sown in them
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  • the shallow soil
  • Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang
  • up quickly, because the soil was shallow…others… hear the word
  • and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last
  • only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of
  • the word, they quickly fall away
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  • the infested soil
  • Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants,
  • so that they did not bear grain… still others, like seed sown among

thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness

  • of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the
  • word, making it unfruitful
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  • the good soil
  • Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a
  • crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times…
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  • the farmer has to go ahead and plant the seed
  • irrespective of the condition of the soil!
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  • Planting seeds
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  • Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or
  • what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed,
  • which is the smallest seed you plant in the ground. Yet when
  • planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with
  • such big branches that the birds of the air can perch in its shade.”

Mark 4: 30 - 32

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  • 2 Kings 5: 1 – 3, 17
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  • The potential of growth and fruit lie in the seed
  • NOT
  • in you or me!
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  • The perfect storm
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  • That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go
  • over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him
  • along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with
  • him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat,
  • so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a
  • cushion. The disciples awoke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t
  • you care if we drown?”
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  • He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!”
  • Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his
  • disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They
  • were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and
  • the waves obey him!”

Mark 4: 35 - 41

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  • What Jesus says – will happen…
  • Don’t let your eyes dictate your faith!
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  • Unclear priorities
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  • Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the
  • worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for
  • other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful

Mark 4: 18 - 19

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  • Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the
  • worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for
  • other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful

Mark 4: 18 - 19

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  • Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the
  • worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for
  • other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful

Mark 4: 18 - 19

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  • Unclear Commitments
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  • …let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily
  • entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for
  • us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,
  • who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its
  • shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
  • Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that
  • you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Hebrews 12: 1 - 3

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  • My confidence in myself - pride - gives me a divided heart
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  • My confidence in myself - pride - gives me a divided heart
  • My confidence in Christ – humility - gives me a focused heart