Luke 8: 1-15 How different hearts receive…

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A WORD IN YOUR EAR 

Luke 8: 1-15 How different hearts receive; (The parable of the sower).

1After that, He went into every town and city with His disciples, both teaching and showing everyone the good news of the Kingdom of God. 2Women who had been cleaned of demons, and healed of sicknesses, (one being Mary Magdalene who had had seven demons sent out of her, 3and another being Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward, called Chuza, and another being Susanna), supported Him in His work from their own pocket. 4When a big crowd had arrived to hear Him speak, He told this story;

5“A farmer was spreading his seed on the field, and as he threw it, some fell on the pathway which was just walked on as people passed by, and then got eaten by birds. 

6Some fell on rock and it came up and died quickly as it had no water. 

7Some fell on weeds that gave it no room even to breathe. 

8But some of it fell on the good soil, and that grew normally, producing hundreds more seeds”. 

At this point, He spoke out with emotion, 

“Those who want to learn, understand what I am teaching you.”

9So, His disciples asked Him what the meaning of the story was…

10“Understanding what the things of God are, has been given to you, but I tell parables to others so that those who say that they understand, but don’t, are kept from understanding them. 

11This is the meaning of the story; the seed is the Word of God. 

—-–—12Those who hear, are the path where the seeds fall. The devil comes quickly and takes their mind off what they heard, so that they will not be saved. 

—–—13The seed that falls on the rock are people who respond to the word with joy at first, but give up as soon as they see something else that they want to do but that they know is wrong. 

—–—14The seed that fell on the weeds that killed them, are like the people who hear the word, but as soon as they get back to their life again, just want to live for themselves and serve no useful purpose. 

—–—15The seed that fell on the good soil is like the people who hear the word, and because they have a good heart and want to do something about it, the word speaks to their heart and they then do something about it, and by their on-going actions, they show that they have taken it to heart. 

–——16For example, no one would light a candle and then cover it up, or hide it under a bed, but they would put it up high on a candle stick so that it can be seen as people come in. 17Everything you do, will be made public. 

18Be careful how you hear. The person who has already carefully received will be given more, and the person who did not receive with care will lose even what he thought he had received”.

—-Summary

18Be careful how you hear. The person who has already carefully received will be given more, and the person who did not receive with care will lose even what he thought he had received”.

Today’s Verse… Who is Jesus? 

Luke 8:1-3 After that, He went into every town and city with His disciples, both teaching and showing everyone the good news of the Kingdom of God. 2Women who had been cleaned of demons, and healed of sicknesses … supported Him in His work from their own pocket. 

Today’s Challengewho is Jesus?

18Be careful how you hear. The person who has already carefully received will be given more, and the person who did not receive with care will lose even what he thought he had received”.

Prayer, Praise and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Jesus said, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” Matthew 26:40.

Pray along with this hymn… “The Old Rugged Cross” 

LYRICS – THE OLD RUGGED CROSS

George Bennard, 1913

Verse 1

On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

The emblem of suffering and shame;

And I love that old cross where the Dearest and Best

For a world of lost sinners was slain.

Chorus

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it someday for a crown.

Verse 2

Oh, that old ruggd cross so despised by the world,

Has a wondrous attraction for me;

For the dear Lamb of God left His glory above,

To bear sin on dark Calvary.

Chorus

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it someday for a crown.

Verse 3

In the old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

A wondrous beauty I see;

For ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

To pardon and sanctify me.

Chorus

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it someday for a crown.

Verse 4

To the old rugged cross I will ever be true,

Its shame and reproach gladly bear;

Then He’ll call me some day to my home far away,

Where His glory forever I’ll share.

Chorus

So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross

Till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

And exchange it someday for a crown.

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