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  • The Sower

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
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    The sower The story is told of a young man who had just started his new job in the produce department of a grocery store, when a woman came up to him asking to buy a half head of lettuce. As politely as he could, the young man said that “In this store, we don’t sell half heads of lettuce, we ...read more

  • Persistent Sowers

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Aug 15, 2011
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    PERSISTENT SOWERS During a particular drought several years ago, much of the seed that had been planted did not come up. The seed that did produced runty plants that promised a scanty yield, if any at all. Grass burned up in the intense heat, and the cattle nearly starved. Many farmers were ...read more

  • Fail In Order To Succeed

    Contributed by I. G. Spong on Jul 15, 2017
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    An old axiom says that failure is the stepping stone to success. Are we afraid of failure? The road to success is paved with failures. Before the farmer in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13) had a successful crop he failed in three areas. We fail in these same areas. We allow the devil to snatch ...read more

  • Hal Niedzviecki In His Book "We Want Some Too: ...  PRO

    Contributed by Luciano Lombardi on Feb 27, 2001
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    Hal Niedzviecki in his book "We Want Some Too: Underground Desire and Reinvention of Mass Culture" - Has identified another type of culture that exists today which he calls "Lifestyle Culture" defined as "the triumph of ...read more

  • Too Afraid To Plant  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 19, 2005
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    TOO AFRAID TO PLANT A Georgia farmer, ragged and barefooted, was standing on the steps of his tumbledown shack. A stranger stopped for a drink of water and just to pass the time of day he asked: "How is your cotton coming along?" he asked. "Ain’t got none," replied the farmer. "Did you ...read more

  • Choking The Word Of Life

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 19, 2005
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    CHOKING THE WORD OF LIFE Unless we know the difference between flowers and weeds, we are not fit to take care of a garden. It is not enough to have truth planted in our minds. We must learn and labor to keep the ground clear of thorns and briars, follies and perversities, which have a wicked ...read more

  • A Discerning Commentator (Alexander Maclaren) ...

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Jul 28, 2005
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    A discerning commentator (Alexander Maclaren) writes: “The Parable of the Sower is both history and prophecy. It tells Christ’s ...read more

  • And He Was Changed  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 11, 2004
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    AND HE WAS CHANGED In 1918, a notorious criminal named Tokichi Ichii was sentenced to hang. While in prison in Tokyo, he was sent a New Testament by two missionaries, Miss West and Miss McDonald. After a visit from Miss West, he began to read the story of Jesus’ and crucifixion. When he reached ...read more

  • What Kind Of Soil Will The Word Find?  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 12, 2004
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    WHAT KIND OF SOIL WILL THE WORD FIND? The following story speaks about the kind of soil the Word of God might find. Which woman would you be? Two women were hired by a man to make custom-tailored dresses for his clothing store. They were told that not only would they be paid a flat hourly ...read more

  • The Strangle-Hold Of Wealth  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 12, 2004
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    THE STRANGLE-HOLD OF WEALTH There was an article in the Wednesday, June 26, 2002 issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette by Michelle Singletary titled “How Much is Enough in the Pursuit of Money?” She began by writing about Karen Hughes, counselor to President Bush, who decided to leave the ...read more

  • A Little More  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 12, 2004
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    A LITTLE MORE An interesting article appeared in the Wall Street Journal. It was an interview of six top executives, all of them making six-figure salaries. That means that they made somewhere between $100,000 and $1 million a year. Now you are probably thinking , “If I made even $100,000 a ...read more

  • Just A Little Silver  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 12, 2004
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    JUST A LITTLE SILVER There’s an old fable about a miserable rich man who went to visit a rabbi. The rabbi took the rich man by the hand and led him to a window. "Look out there," he said. The rich man looked into the street. "What do you see?" asked the rabbi. "I see men, women, and children," ...read more

  • Planting A Donut  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 12, 2004
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    PLANTING A DONUT When Watching the Krispy Kreme Donut machine, or as I like to call it the “Dream Machine,” I noticed something that made me very upset. At the end of the conveyer they were throwing away a bunch of the donuts. Let me describe the machine. First there is the dough plopper ...read more

  • Too Afraid To Plant  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 12, 2004
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    TOO AFRAID TO PLANT A Georgia farmer, ragged and barefooted, was standing on the steps of his tumbledown shack. A stranger stopped for a drink of water and just to pass the time of day he asked: "How is your cotton coming along?" he asked. "Ain’t got none," replied the farmer. "Did you ...read more

  • The Four Soils: A Physical Illustration  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Sep 12, 2004
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    THE FOUR SOILS: A PHYSICAL ILLUSTRATION (The following physical illustration is taken from “Heno Head’s Simple Science Object Talks.” If you decide use it, take note that you need to carefully measure out how much baking soda you use, and how much vinegar you place in each jar. Since we have ...read more

  • Soil And Spiritual Seasons  PRO

    Contributed by Mark Eberly on May 19, 2009
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    SOIL AND SPIRITUAL SEASONS Jesus says these people resemble the soil next to the path which in Palestine could look like decent soil but only an inch deep. Because the soil has settled there maybe blown by the wind or pushed there by the run off from the rain, it can be very fertile. People ...read more

  • What Will You ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jul 31, 2008
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    WHAT WILL YOU DO? Henry Ford gave away millions of dollars to many different causes in his lifetime, but he was notorious for the fact that he refused to give any money at all to schools. He felt that well-meaning but non-businesslike people frequently mishandled those gifts. Now, there was a ...read more

  • Max Lucado Tells The Story Like This: The Faces ...  PRO

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jun 18, 2007
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    Max Lucado tells the story like this: The faces of the three men were solemn as the mayor informed them of the catastrophe. “The rains have washed away the bridge. During the night many cars drove over the edge and into the river.” “What can we do?” asked one. “You must stand on the side of the ...read more

  • Spiderman Pajamas Don't Attract Attention, ...

    Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 30, 2009
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    Spiderman Pajamas Don’t Attract Attention, Disappointing a Little Boy Last January, Kristy and I took the boys up to Big Bear on a little vacation to play in the snow. We had lots of nice snow cloths for the boys, but no thermal underwear. So, we figured their pajamas resemble thermal underwear, ...read more

  • Watch Out For The Weeds  PRO

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Feb 23, 2010
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    WATCH OUT FOR THE WEEDS Watch out for the weeds in your life – the things that come between you and God; between you and serving God. I like the way Rick Warren illustrates weeds. • You don’t have to plan for weeds to grow; it just grows. • The difference between a plant and a weed is ...read more