The Parable of the Sower
4 When a great crowd gathered and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5 “A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell on the path and was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. 6 Some fell on the rock; and as it grew up, it withered for lack of moisture. 7 Some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew with it and choked it. 8 Some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold.” As he said this, he called out, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”
The Purpose of the Parables
9 Then his disciples asked him what this parable meant. 10 He said, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God; but to others I speak in parables, so that
‘looking they may not perceive,
and listening they may not understand.’
The Parable of the Sower Explained
11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones on the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 The ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe only for a while and in a time of testing fall away. 14 As for what fell among the thorns, these are the ones who hear; but as they go on their way, they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 But as for that in the good soil, these are the ones who, when they hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance.
July 28th 9am Worship @ the Racine County Fair “Udderly Divine”
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
August 11th 9th Sunday After Pentecost Romans 8: 14 & John 1: 12 “Note to Self – I Am a Beloved Child of God”
14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.
12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,
August 18th 10th Sunday After Pentecost Genesis 9: 12; Psalm 42: 8; 1 Corinthians 15: 10 “Note to Self – God Is With Me”
12 God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:
8 By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life.
1 Corinthians 15:10
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me has not been in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them—though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.