Matthew 13:9-23

"Whoever has ears,

let them hear."

The disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?”

He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:

“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the

prophecy of Isaiah:

“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn,

and I would heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear

but did not hear it.

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart.  This is the seed sown along the path.  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives 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. The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”

John 11:25-26 (NIV)

Jesus said, “I am

the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die.

Do you believe this?"

God of salvation
You chased down my heart
Through all of my failure and pride
On a hill You created
The light of the world
Abandoned in darkness to die

And as You speak
A hundred billion failures disappear
Where You lost Your life so I could find it here
If You left the grave behind You so will I

- Hillsong United

“Thank God for His Word!

… let us pray together …

 

'Father, what we know not, teach us;

what we have not, give us;

what we are not, make us;

for Your Son’s sake and in His Name.  Amen.”

Alistair Begg

“I’m asking you to put your trust in Christ

Pray this prayer …

‘Dear Heavenly Father, I know that I’m a sinner

and I ask for your forgiveness.

I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead.

I turn from my sins. I repent of my sins.

I invite you to come into my heart and my life.

I want to trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior.

In Jesus name, Amen.’

‘He’s Alive!

I’ve given my life not to a dead Christ, but to a living Christ …

I have reason for existence.

I know where I’ve come from.

I know why I’m here.

I know where I’m going ...

Do you?”

Billy Graham

Shoulders - for King and Country
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