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Prepare the Soil or Dig the Grave

Prepare the Soil or Dig the Grave (Mark 4: 3-9, 13-20, 21-25)

  1. “Some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds of the air came and devoured it” (v.4).

“ones”…”And when they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts” (v.15).   

[Absence Doesn’t Make the Heart Grow Fonder] This can happen in: Good Times (Judges 2: 6-7), or One Generation (Judges 2: 10; Ephesians 4: 17-20).


      2.“Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth.  But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away” (v.5-6).

“Who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time.  Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the world’s sake, immediately they stumble” (v.16-17). 


[Tripped Up On the Road to Glory] This can happen to those who depend on: Friends (I Corinthians 15: 33); Family (Mark 3: 31-35; Luke 12:49-53); Fellows (John 12: 42-50).


      3. “Some seed fell among thorns; and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no crop” (v.7).

“ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things entering choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful” (v.18-19).   


[Wasting Away Amidst Plenty] This happens to those whose lives are ruled by: Possessions (Luke 12: 13-26)


If that which creates Christians is tossed our way and to little or no effect;

And that which creates Crime, Slavery, and Depravity is tossed our way and it


  • July, 2019

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