Well…how did/do you like the one service idea for the summer? K said to me “It’s hot, it’s crowded, and I LOVE it!” That made me happy. D said “I was so hot it was almost distracting.” That made me less happy, but concerned about people’s experiences. We did have an issue with the air conditioners not coming on early enough…so lets hope this week is a little cooler. Let me hear your thoughts if you have any on this subject.
This Sunday we’ll be looking at the Parable of the Sower in Luke 8:1-15 .
It’s a story that Jesus tells which causes us to normally focus on the types of soil that the seed of God’s word gets planted into. What type of soil am I, hard like pavement, stony (as in covered with rocks, not being stoned…c’mon!) or full of weeds, or good soil that is receptive to God’s word. That’s a legitimate way to consider this story…but this Sunday I want to look at an underlying message in this parable. A message about HOW the kingdom of God is being advanced on this planet.
As you read this, what do you think is the all important factor to having a crop…that is, to having people accepting the rule of God over their lives and the difference that makes? Why do you think Jesus doesn’t explain who the “sower” is? What do we learn about the efforts of the sower, and the control he has over the situation? Things to think about before we cram together this Sunday!