Summary: When the seed takes root, there will be fruit.

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God Brings Growth

Mark 4:26-29

Rev. Brian Bill


Probably because I’m not real handy, I often have no clue how certain things work. I have some visuals up on the stage to show what I’m stumped about. I was going to bring a video of the moon walk from Apollo 11 but apparently it’s been erased. Let’s start with this microwave. I know you plug it in and punch some numbers and it cooks your food but I have no idea how it works. I did learn this week that it was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and the chocolate bar in his pocket suddenly melted.

I have no insight into how this iPod works either. It’s so small and yet it can hold about 2,000 songs and sermons. I have no clue how this sermon can go through this wireless microphone, be recorded on the computer upstairs, uploaded to iTunes and then by the time I get home and plug my iPod in, the sermon will download in seconds to this credit-card size device so I can play it as a sleep-aid tonight when I have a hard time falling asleep. Incidentally, I subscribe to 18 different podcasts, which include sermons by three other pastors (Ray Pritchard, Steve Brown, and James MacDonald) and other interesting programs like “Bill O’Reilly’s Talking Points,” “The Dog Trainer,” “Focus on the Family, “60 Minutes,” “Plugged In Online,” “Stuff You Missed in History Class,” and my current favorite called, “How Stuff Works.”

The most recent “How Stuff Works” episode was called, “How Twinkies Work.” Invented in the 1930s, these delectable delicacies have 39 different ingredients, with two of the flavors coming from petroleum. Their long shelf life is legendary. The company that makes them states that they can last 25 days before they go bad but we all know that they’re essentially indestructible – especially if they’re deep fried. These yellow cakes are baked first and then the cream is squirted in through three small holes on the bottom. Would anyone like this one? I bought it back in 1978 but I think it’s still good.

Last week we looked at four different soils on which the seed is sown. Since seed sowing in souls can be discouraging, today we’re going to study a short story that is found only in the Gospel of Mark. It’s located right after the parable of the sower and its aim is to bring encouragement to us. The parable of the sower demonstrates the importance of the quality of the soil. This parable shows the power of the seed itself. We could summarize it like this: When the seed takes root, there will be fruit. We might not know how God works, but we know that He is working.

Let’s listen to this very practical parable from Mark 4:26-29: “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”

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