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More seed

More seed

A couple of thoughts from Mark 4:20-22:

"'But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.'  21 And he said to them, 'Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand?  22 For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light.'"

Notice that...

(1) The "fruitfulness" of the seed in this fourth soil is connected with the production of more seed. It's as if Jesus is saying that the fruitfulness of his word in us is connected with more of his word coming from us.

(2) This is evidently what the word of God is for. Just as a lamp is designed not to be put under a bed or under a basket, but on a stand where it can be seen; so also the word of God is designed to be proclaimed by those who receive it.

A call to worship, Psalm 13

You have trusted in the steadfast love of the LORD. So let your heart rejoice in his salvation, Sing to the LORD, for he has dealt bountifully with you!...

A call to worship, Psalm 12

The LORD will arise and rescue the poor; He sees the poor in their affliction, and he will place him in the safety for which he longs. Draw near to worship the Triune God!...

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This question has been nagging me for the last few days, after a friend asked me if I could recommend any liturgical resources for family worship. He'd spent some time hunting around, without success, and I couldn't help much either. So I started to wonder why this might be. I hear quite a lot of people talking about "family worship". I've often wondered what exactly they do. FWIW, we t...
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