Mark 4:3 Sowing The Seed

Scattering Seed

“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed.” Mark 4:3

As was common for Jesus, He began to teach another parable. This one is about a farmer going out and sowing some seed. The seed falls in different places and has various results as to its growth or lack of growth.

During the time of Jesus the method of sowing seed was to carry a bag of seed into the field. The farmer would take handfuls of that seed and scatter it all over the field as he walked along. There was often very little pattern in where the seeds would land.

In modern times, when a farmer is planting a large field of produce, machines are often used to lay out the seeds. It is a very precise planting of the seeds. This is to keep the produce in set rows and at a correct distance from each other to maximize the growth pattern.

A lot of care is placed in preparing the field for the planting. Rocks and weeds are removed. The area is leveled out to be ready for the seeds. Compost and pesticides are often spread out first.

For the average person planting a small garden the same preparation takes place. However, instead of using machines to plant the seeds, they are planted by hand in specific rows and spacing.

The seeds that Jesus was talking about is not just plant seeds, but the word of God. Believers are to go out and scatter the seeds of the word of God wherever they go.

Often some believers will not talk about the gospel message with certain people because they believe the people would not hear it at all. The will tend to be quiet about their belief.

As a believer you must be willing to scatter your seed anywhere and everywhere. You do not know where that seed will take root and sprout and produce a great crop.

If you pick and choose where you will scatter, you will not scatter much seed. Along with that you will not see a great harvest.

The more you spread the gospel message, the better chance of seeing people turn to Jesus. The better chance you will have of seeing the gospel message spreading and God’s kingdom growing.

Do not be afraid of scattering small messages of the gospel. God can work with those seeds. Scatter God’s seed everywhere.

I pray today that God will strengthen you to share the gospel message; that God will show and increase in the growth of your seeds; and that God’s kingdom will grow because of your sowing.


Speed The Light Fund Raiser

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My 17 year old son, Caleb, has been led by God to try and raise $25,000 for Speed The Light. This is a part of the Assemblies of God that helps provide missionaries with vehicles or methods of transportation.

The mode of transportation depends upon where they are located and the need. Some missionaries receive bicycle, or horse, car, truck, off-road vehicle, or even boats. It is dependent upon the average mode of transportation where they are reaching the lost. The goal is to help as many missionaries get the gospel message to the people as fast as possible, thus Speed the Light.

In the following video my son explains what he has done in the past and how he came up with the dollar amount for this year. Please watch the video and prayerfully consider supporting his goal. At a minimum pray that his goal will be met and that thousands of people will hear the gospel message because of this program.

To watch the video, click on the following link: 

Speed The Light Fund Raiser Video

If you would like to know more about Speed The Light follow this link:

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Thank you for your prayers and support!

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Be Ready, Without Fear

hurricane harvey

Over the last few weeks weather has played havoc on the lives of many people in the United States and several island countries nearby. Two major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have hit the coasts and created a lot of damage.

damages harvey

The first hurricane, Harvey, hit land only a few hours from where I live in Texas. Houston, itself, is only about 1 1/2 hours from my place. I had many friends who live in some of the coastal cities and the Houston area that were hit very hard. Several completely lost their homes, others had their homes completely flooded out. It was a very bad storm.

flooded homes

During the last 2-3 days before the hurricane hit, people started running to the stores to purchase food and water. In the days before, till several days after the hurricane, many of the shelves in the store were bare. As fast as the stocker could pull water off a cart and put it on the shelves, the water was snatched up and purchased by someone.

bare shelves

Along with the shelves becoming bare of food and water, there was a run on gas. People quickly ran to the gas station to fill up. This occurred even more, once they heard that the oil refineries were broke down. There was a great fear of a shortage of gas. Gas and food prices started to rise in the fear.

Even now, after a week of Harvey being gone, there are gas stations that shut down nightly because they are out of fuel. People are still lining up at the stations to get gas. Talk is everywhere about the fear of the shortage of gas and prices going higher all the time.

I will not try to spiritualize the hurricane and say that God is judging America. He did not tell me that, so I will not say that either. It may or may not be true. God does use natural disasters to punish a nation. And there is sin in this world, so there are also natural disasters that will take a toll on human life.

What I do want to talk about is being ready without fear. Panic had risen in the hearts and minds of many people. This had caused the people to run to the stores and buy as much as they could, as fast as they could. This was all done out of fear and lack of preparation.

Many people live their Christian lives in the same way. They react to situations in their lives out of fear and lack of preparation.

Some negative situation happens in the life of a person and immediately he runs to God, crying out in fear and desperation for help. He then opens the Bible and scours it for verses of hope dealing with his situation. Prior to this situation, he never prayed, except at an occasional meal, or at church when the pastor asks everyone to bow their heads and pray, and he never opened the Bible, unless the pastor asked him to directly. The Bible sat on a shelf, collecting dust all week, until Sunday.

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This is not a picture of someone who is ready. It is not a picture of someone who is prepared for whatever may come his way. It is only one of fear and desperation, just like those running to the stores to get food or gas during and after the hurricane.

2 Timothy 4:2 New International Version (NIV)

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

Paul had told Timothy to preach the word and be prepared at all times. Although Paul was talking about directly preaching to people the gospel message, it can be seen in preaching the Word of God to situations in your life.

As a believer you must study and know God’s word in your heart and mind at all times.

Psalm 119:11 New International Version (NIV)

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.

Hiding God’s word in your heart and knowing it all times will keep you from sin. Running in fear is not trusting God. Not trusting God is a sin.

Time in Gods Word

The only way you can know God’s word and have it hidden in your heart is if you spend time in His word. The only way you can know God’s will for your life is if you spend time talking with God about it. And if you talk to God about it, you must listen to what He has to say.

God is a God of peace, not fear and panic. He is always in control of every situation in your life. Whether the situation is of hurricane size, or a bump in the road, God is still there with you. Know this before you hit that situation and you will have His peace and comfort in the storm. Spend time with God and His word, before life gets rough with a bad storm.

Do not place yourself in a position of running in fear to God’s word, drastically searching for some help. Know it before the time of need comes. Then you will be able to confidently go before God with your needs, knowing that He is there and in control. You will be ready for anything and not have any fear.


Today as you think about this, please be praying for those affected by the hurricanes in Texas, Florida and any other states or countries in their path. Pray for their peace, protection, and restoration.

Labor Day Remembrance

Happy Labor Day

It is Labor Day in America today. It is a time to celebrate the hard work and labor that men and women have done to make this country the great country it is. Many people have worked hard at building things, inventing things, and building this country.

Throughout the years there have been many who have attempted great things for this nation and failed at it. Others have attempted and been cut down and ridiculed until they chose to quit. Some have been stopped by others to keep them from achieving something that would be great.

While many have failed, stopped or been stopped, many have also succeeded. The invention of many different things have been done in this nation that has led to a better workplace. New laws have been put in place requiring better safety in the workplace.

There are many things that you and I enjoy today because someone else has paved the path for us. It does not matter what country you live in, it is the same for every nation in the world. Think about all the paved roads you drive on. Someone had to design them, clear the land for them, and build those roads to make them what they are today.


The grocery store that you buy food from each day is the result of many people’s hard work. The farmer had to grow enough food to provide for the store; someone had to process that food; someone had to deliver it to the store; someone had to build the building for the store; someone had to stock the shelves; and someone has to be there to sell it to you.

Everywhere  you look there is signs of someone’s hard labor to make what you enjoy possible.

On Labor Day in America, many people get the day off to enjoy the fruits of their labor. They grill out with family and friends to enjoy some good food as they relax.


As you relax, you must remember what others have done ahead of you, not just your own hard work. When this day is over and you go back to work, go back giving it your best as you remember what others have done for you.

Along with the work that we often see in the public places, there is another labor that I want you to look at and remember the hard work of. This is one that is not so commonly honored. It is the work of the ministry of building God’s kingdom here on this earth and for eternity.

God had set hard work in motion when He created the heavens and the earth in six days. He set man upon the earth to work the land and thrive upon it. Man, being jealous and greedy, wanted all the glory for himself and rebelled against God’s way of doing things. This is where the fall of man comes in.


Immediately God set into plan a work to save all mankind from sin. He had a plan in the works to destroy all sin and death for eternity. For man, the ability to destroy death was impossible. In order to do that he had to get rid of the sin in his life, which was impossible.

This was accomplished through the work of Jesus dying on the cross and being resurrected three days later. When Jesus rose from the dead, He had defeated death and was given the power to remove all sin from every man and woman on this earth for all time.

After Jesus had done this, He got ready to leave the earth. As He left the earth He gave this command to the disciples:

Matthew 28:19-20 New International Version (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

The disciples followed His command and began to preach the gospel message to every person they came in contact with. Later Paul would come along and go through a lot of persecution to spread the gospel message around the world. Many men and women gave their lives in the early days of the church striving to get the gospel message to every person. They put in long hours and hard work to get the message out to every one.

As time went along, more and more people heard the gospel message and believed in Jesus for their salvation. Many of those people continued the mission and hard work of getting the gospel message spread.

Over the years there were many people who spread the gospel message: Martin Luther, George Whitefield, John Wesley, William Booth, Billy Sunday, John Wycliffe, and Billy Graham, plus many more untold thousands who have spread the gospel message. These are just a few of the list of men who impacted thousands. Alongside of these are thousands of men and women who never stepped into the pulpit, wrote a book or had any full-time ministry.

These are the men and women in everyday jobs, living a normal life, but are willing to tell their neighbor, co-worker, friend, anyone they meet about Jesus. Some of these people have gone through extreme persecution, shunned by families, hated by friends and lost their jobs and lives in order to keep the message of the gospel going to more people. They did not fear the persecution ahead of them, but sought to bring every person to a saving knowledge of Jesus.

Spreading the Gospel Message

One or more of these people have had an impact in your life. It was because of these people that you are a believer today. They worked hard so that you may know Jesus today. Some strived to pass the gospel message on to the point it impacted your life.

As you celebrate the hard work and labor of men and women today in your nation, remember those who have gone before you in the spiritual work.

Hebrews 12:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

12 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.


Colossians 3:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,


2 Chronicles 15:7 New International Version (NIV)

But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

Do not stop telling people about Jesus. Seek to tell someone everyday. Do not be ashamed of the gospel for it has the power to save. Do not make the hard work others have done before you worthless. Do not stop what they have continued since Jesus walked on the earth.

As you work hard at building God’s kingdom, you are getting yourself ready to stand before the Father some day and hear Him say:

Matthew 25:23 New International Version (NIV)

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Jeremiah 1:19 They Will Fight You

“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:19

God called Jeremiah to speak to the people and the nations. Many of his words that he would have to speak were not very nice sounding, politically correct words, yet they would be the message God wanted the people to hear. God promised Jeremiah that the people would fight against him because of those words, however, God would rescue him. Despite their numbers and strength, they would not be able to destroy Jeremiah.

No one likes to be offended in any way or spoken against and told that he is wrong. People like to think that their choices and decisions are the best and that they are correct in all that they do. They want to be in absolute control of their own lives and not allow anyone else to take away that control.

The gospel message is the number one message that God wants all of the world to hear about. His whole purpose in sending Jesus to the earth was to save the world from their sins.

Yet, as great as that message is, it is also extremely offensive and politically un-correct. In the eyes of the world it is the wrong thing to say.

It is offensive because it says:
* It says you are wrong
* It says you are going to die
* It says you have to give up all control
* It says that you must obey
* It says  you must forgive
* It says  you must love
* It says that there is only one way into heaven

If you speak these kinds of words to most people, most of them will hate you and fight against you. God promised this to Jeremiah, Jesus went through this, and Jesus promised you would also be persecuted for your belief. It is nothing new.

The world does not see God’s love showing how to have the best life possible for all eternity, because they get stuck on the words of them being wrong. It doesn’t make sense that God would die for you, but it is the truth.

Despite the world hating you for the gospel message, God is with you. All the world can do is destroy your body, God has your soul in His hands. They cannot destroy that. God will rescue you in the end. So go out and share that gospel message with the world. Show them that God really does love them, even when they are wrong.

I pray today that God will fill you with boldness to speak His words; that you will be filled with God’s love for the people; and that the world will see God’s love through you.