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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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05/23/2017

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The Good, The Bad, And The Christians


"What is the kingdom of God like, and what shall I compare it to?" (Lk.13:18). "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed , which a man took and sowed in his field" (Matt.13:31). "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away" (Matt.13:24-25).

As we continue Jesus' explanation of what the church would be like, we encounter two parables from the gospel of Matthew. Most of you get the gist of them, but refresher courses are always good to reinforce and enhance our belief... The seed that produces the mustard tree, which grows to a height of about 20 feet with low branches close to the ground, is very small. The tree produces a great herb, and the birds come and lodge in it according to the scriptures. This shows the very small beginning, the gradual progress, and the tremendous increase of the church... At first it was made up of some unlearned and unknown men;(Acts 4:13) yet it soon became a power that spread throughout the world. Soon (Col.1:23) the gospel was preached to every creature. Lets remember this; God intends for the church to grow and spread from small beginnings to great proportions. Here's our part; To do so, we who constitute its membership must be strong and influential Christians... Lets look at the Tares Among The Wheat parable. In it, we see the opposing works of Christ and the devil. In Jesus' explanation, He said that the seed are the children of God and the field is the world. The tares are the evil ones sown by the enemy, the devil. The teaching is that there will be a mixture of good and bad in the world, and that the righteous should not attempt to destroy sin by exterminating evil men. "So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age" (Matt.13:40) We must allow them both to grow together until the harvest... As Christians, we are to strive at all times to be the good seed, by being strong and influential members of His church... If we do so, we'll be welcomed into the next kingdom at the harvest....

Have a wonderful day.... Do good and give God the credit... Love mark Phil.4:11

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