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Wednesday, October 7, 2009
100 times more people will hear a sermon this week than preach one.
So why are there thousands of articles, books, and classes on how to preach a message, but virtually none on how to listen to one? It's because most people think listening just comes naturally. But that's not what Jesus thought.Jesus said to "consider carefully how you listen" (LK 8:18). The state and fate of your life depends on how you listen.
Teachers are responsible for teaching well, but you are responsible for listening well. Jesus wants you to listen in a way that will change your life.So how can you listen in order to change your life? You need to hear with more than just your ears. You need to listen with your heart, mind, soul, and strength. Listening like this is an act of love, and it can change your life with God now and forever.Listening with your heart can be tough. Why? Because our hearts are messed up.
Oftentimes, we don't feel the way God feels about things, want the things God wants for us, or care about the things God cares about. Sometimes we even love what God hates and hate what God loves. As a result, God's words won't sink in.Jesus told a story that illustrates this. It's about a farmer sowing seeds onto four kinds of soil (see Matthew 13:3-9, and 13:18-23). It was a metaphor for His words being planted in four kinds of hearts. Jesus said:
1. Some hearts are Hard. They prevent God's words from sinking in, and the evil one snatches them away.
2. Some hearts are Shallow. They keep God's words from taking root, and when hard times come, His words wilt away.
3. Some hearts are Thorny. They choke out God's words with worldly worries and wealth.
4. Some hearts are Good. They take God's words, plant deep roots, grow, and multiply.The good news is God can cultivate your heart.
He can soften a hard heart, deepen a shallow heart, and clean a thorny heart. But the choice is up to you. He'll do this if really want it and if you ask Him. So pray!
An excerpt from Pastor Brian Mavis
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Huddle up! Huddle up! Let's us go together to plant the seed that saves - Seed of Faith in Christ.
Planting the seed of faith in Christ is the best form of planting ever. Be it known that a small sprout of faith can lift up a mountain as Christ said it so. Even how tough that mountain is, faith can move that in Jesus Christ mighty name.
Our benefits in planting.
The beauty. When God created all things, he was pleased on what he has done. Meaning there is beauty in planting. Like those of the fields, when everything is green, it is pleasing to the eyes of the farmer.
The joy out from beauty. A farmer will surely have joy in his heart when he saw things are happening accordingly. A green fields can catch up all passerby that makes them ask how such thing happen. And so, the proud farmer himself can tell how he did such thing with a great joy in his heart.
The opportunity to be known. Like a farmer who grew a good crops, a church that goes to mission to plant a seed of faith in Christ has the greater opportunity to be known. You'll be known not just because of your skills and talents but because of your faithfulness of doing what has been told you to do by your Master.
The abundance from the harvest. A planter deserves reward. The harvest always promise abundance. Those who plant sparingly will reap sparingly. Those who plant abundantly will reap abundantly.
One thing is sure - you'll get a reward whenever you plant. We will live abundantly if we plant. So let's huddle up and let us start planting the seed of faith that saves.