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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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Being Good Listeners

"But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering, produce a crop" (Lk.8:15).

Have you ever heard a famous person speak? On the evening of Jan.20, 1965, on the campus of Villanova University, I got to hear Dr. Martin Luther King speak. I was nineteen years old at the time, but I still remember some of the things that he said. Every time we get to hear the word of God either preached or taught, it should be like listening to a very famous person speak. We should listen with a noble and pure heart... Today's verse is part of the explanation that Jesus gave about the Parable of the Sower... He explained previously how the seed (the Word) fell on the ears of different kinds of hearers. All of those other hearers (path, rock, thorns ) did not listen as they should have. The term Berean would mean very little to us today, except for a passage in the Book of Acts... "Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true" (17:11). We should all be the good soil... We should all be the Bereans... Every opportunity we get to hear more of God's Word, is an opportunity to be blessed. It should be as if we were listening to some great or famous person speak. Doesn't the proclaiming of God's Word deserve at least that much attention? Most excuses given for not listening with rapt attention are probably pretty lame. Since we don't get lots of chances to hear, we should take advantage of each of them. I almost feel guilty about remembering some of the things I heard 48 years ago in Villanova... How much do we remember of what we heard last week?

Have a great day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil.4:11

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