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Summary: The church of Jesus Christ has been commissioned to sow the seeds of hope for the next generation.

Seeds of the Sower

HHM Pastor Jim Parisi Feb 16, 2003

The church of Jesus Christ has been commissioned to sow the seeds of hope for the next generation.

With all that is going on in the world today… wars and rumors of wars

Mt 24:6 – And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.

We are on the brink of war again in our nation today… right now as we speak.

And some churches are giving Bible studies on Sunday morning instead of addressing the troops, and preparing them for battle.

A battle which will be on our doorsteps and in the streets

They will perish these people for they will have no vision.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. King James

AFRAID or OBLIVIOUS… I’m not sure which…

911 was a wake up call and we were standing blessing God and now where is all of that we were seeing on the TV

Was it in time of crisis we noticed God Government Leaders standing on the steps of great buildings in Washington sing in unity GOD BLESS AMERICA.

Why aren’t they doing this today?

Is it our time again to just bless Him with “LIP SERVICE”?

Death hired hand is Knocking on the doors of our hearts and nation today.

We have failed as the church of our generation.

“BUT GOD”… Remember that phrase...

BUT GOD will change the situation. 46 times nkj 69 times nlt

44 times in the KJ the bible says “But God”

One great example.

Ps 73:26 - My flesh and my heart fail; “But God” is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

He is raising up an army in this nation and in the world that will not compromise the word of God in their hearts.

Or the promises of God for their lives.

We the churches have the responsibility to sow the seeds that our Father in heaven has given to us

for this lost and dying world.

The seeds come first from our mouths and hearts then through our actions.

Through our Prayers

Say it….. Do it…. Accomplish it.

Go on to the next task…

His next commission.

Wealth has come to this nation and to us its people as individuals for the purposes of God.

For His Glory

There are many parts of the text in the New Testament of how we are to help and benefit the less fortunate but I see in Luke a great example.

Luke 16 19-26 19 "There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 Then he cried and said, ’Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ 25 But Abraham said, ’Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. 26 And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ EXPLAIN

We have forgotten the lessons of yesterday let alone the lessons of old.

We are a spoiled generation…. having it all taking and leaving nothing behind for the ones to come.

Me first…. our generations crys out today.

Let them fend for themselves.

My Fathers- father my grandfather was a poor man with many children….

His life was hard. Not enough on the table at times.

They suffered great hardship to make a better life for their children.

I know my Grandmother and Grandfather were people of faith.

My Grandfather.. Frank had the faith to leave his home in Sicily as a Young man and make a better life for his children my father…..

Which benefits me today. His actions then are for me today

Some of you have done the same here today.

I can remember as a child hearing my Grandmother praying for her family.

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