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ESV: Straight through the Bible
October 7: Matthew 13–14

ESV: Straight through the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 11:40


Matthew 13–14 Matthew 13–14 (Listen) The Parable of the Sower 13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. 2 And great crowds gathered about him, so that he got into a boat and sat down. And the whole crowd stood on the beach. 3 And he told them many things in parables, saying: “A sower went out to sow. 4 And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. 5 Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, 6 but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. 7 Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. 8 Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears,1 let him hear.” The Purpose of the Parables 10 Then the disciples came and said to him, “Why do you speak to them in parables?” 11 And he answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says:   “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand,    and you will indeed see but never perceive.”15   For this people's heart has grown dull,    and with their ears they can barely hear,    and their eyes they have closed,  lest they should see with their eyes    and hear with their ears  and understand with their heart    and turn, and I would heal them.' 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. 17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. The Parable of the Sower Explained 18 “Hear then the parable of the sower: 19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path. 20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.2 22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” The Parable of the Weeds 24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds3 among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants4 of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?' 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.' So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”'” The Mustard Seed and the Leaven 31 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33 He told them another parable. “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” Prophecy and Parables 34 All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. 35 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:5   “I will open my mouth in parables;    I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” The Parable of the Weeds Explained 36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. The Parable of the Hidden Treasure 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. The Parable of the Pearl of Great Value 45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, 46 who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. The Parable of the Net 47 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was thrown into the sea and gathered fish of every kind. 48 When it was full, men drew it ashore and sat down and sorted the good into containers but threw away the bad. 49 So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. New and Old Treasures 51 “Have you understood all these things?” They said to him, “Yes.” 52 And he said to them, “Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old.” Jesus Rejected at Nazareth 53 And when Jesus had finished these parables, he went away from there, 54 and coming to his hometown he taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished, and said, “Where did this man get this wisdom and these mighty works? 55 Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? And are not his brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 And are not all his sisters with us? Where then did this man get all these things?” 57 And they took offense at him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.” 58 And he did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. The Death of John the Baptist 14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,6 4 because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, 7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 9 And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus. Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand 13 Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a desolate place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. 14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. Jesus Walks on the Water 22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way7 from the land,8 beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night9 he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,10 he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret 34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized him, they sent around to all that region and brought to him all who were sick 36 and implored him that they might only touch the fringe of his garment. And as many as touched it were made well. Footnotes [1] 13:9 Some manuscripts add here and in verse 43 to hear [2] 13:21 Or stumbles [3] 13:25 Probably darnel, a wheat-like weed [4] 13:27 Or bondservants; also verse 28 [5] 13:35 Some manuscripts Isaiah the prophet [6] 14:3 Some manuscripts his brother's wife [7] 14:24 Greek many stadia, a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters [8] 14:24 Some manuscripts was out on the sea [9] 14:25 That is, between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. [10] 14:30 Some manuscripts strong wind (ESV)

Proclamation!
Episode 194: A Tiny Mustard Seed of Faith

Proclamation!

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 13:14


Proclamation! For the Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost Sunday, 2 October 2022Reverend Shelley McVea reminds us that a tiny mustard seed of faith is all it takes to do the impossible.  And the impossible is found inside the bounds of normal life.  Placing our faith in Jesus and doing God's work through the simple acts of daily life.  “All you do is done with my grace.”  *** St. Saviour's Church, 43 Kimberley Avenue, Toronto, M4E 2Z4 416-699-6512  Email: stsaviours@rogers.com www.stsaviours.ca  Like us on Facebook:   www.facebook.com/churchwithreddoor/ If you would like to speak with Reverend Shelley to have a conversation about life or faith, personal concerns or in the case of a pastoral emergency, please call the church office and a time can be arranged. 416-699-6512  Tell your friends - Proclamation! Podcast is now available for free through iTunes.Email: stsaviours@rogers.com www.stsaviours.ca   

Epiclesis
Bigger is Not Always Better

Epiclesis

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 24:56


Do you want more faith? Maybe that's not what you really, truly need. In this sermon on Jesus' words about the little mustard seed, Pastor Chris takes a close look at the kind of faith one has rather than its size. By the way, do you think mustard seeds have faith? Join us for a refreshing look at faith and purpose.

North City Church
Jesus Story | The Gospel Is A Mustard Seed | Dale Durie

North City Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 12:43


The series: Jesus' Gospel - continues with a look into the metaphors Jesus used while teaching. "...the Kingdom of God is like..." Dale Durie highlights the mustard seed story, and how God might be at work in our lives and the world around us in small ways. How are you listening, and looking, and tending to those seeds in your life? October 2, 2022

Pilgrim Baptist Church
4 Reasons Why the Parable of the Mustard Seed is NOT the expansion of the Church!

Pilgrim Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 41:00


--- Sermon delivered at Pilgrim Baptist Church on Sunday, September 29, 2022 at 11-15 am. -----An expositional sermon on Matthew 13-31-32.--The parable of the mustard seed verse can be found in Matthew 13-31-32.--The Mustard Seed parable meaning is explained in this expositional sermon based on Matthew 13-31-32.--This sermon will give 4 reasons why the parable of the mustard seed is NOT the expansion of the church.--The following questions will be answered---Who are the birds in the parable of the mustard seed--Where should our affections be set--How does the many humanitarian efforts relate to the parable of the mustard seed--What do the kingdoms mentioned in Daniel 4 and Ezekiel 31 have to do with the parable of the mustard seed---We hope this message is a blessing to you----- -- -- -- ----Jimmy Fortunato is the Pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church located at 229 W. Jere Whitson Rd. Cookeville, TN 38501.--Pilgrim Baptist Church is a bible-believing, independent Baptist church that takes a strong stance on the authority of the King James Bible and the absolute necessity of public evangelism for true New Testament churches.--For more information about Pilgrim Baptist Church visit--- https---pilgrimbaptist.church---Stay Connected with Pilgrim Baptist Church on Social Media---- Facebook- https---www.facebook.com-PilgrimBaptistCookeville--- Instagram- https---www.instagram.com-pilgrimbaptistcookeville---- Twitter- https---twitter.com-pbc-cookeville--- Sermon Audio- https---www.sermonaudio.com-solo-pilgrimbaptist--Donate To Pilgrim Baptist Church---- https---pilgrimbaptist.church-giving--- https---www.paypal.com-paypalme-pilgrimbaptist

Antichrist on SermonAudio
The Birds of the Air

Antichrist on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 32:00


A new MP3 sermon from Reformed Baptist Church of Tama is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: The Birds of the Air Subtitle: Parable of the Mustard Seed Speaker: Paul Rendall Broadcaster: Reformed Baptist Church of Tama Event: Sunday School Date: 10/2/2022 Bible: Daniel 7:13-28; Isaiah 60:8-12 Length: 32 min.

Richmond's First Baptist Church
Learning as We Go: Increase Our Faith!

Richmond's First Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 20:12


As Dr. Somerville continues his 'Learning as We Go' sermon series, today he talks about the apostles asking Jesus to increase their faith.  Jesus' reply to them is rather odd, but maybe what he is saying is that they already have the faith, they just need to listen to him and live it.  Listen in to an encouraging sermon!

St James Leith's Podcast
October 2nd “Mustard seed faith”

St James Leith's Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 33:20


An edited audio recording of our Sunday service at St James Episcopal Church in Leith. The service was led by Jo with a reflection from Judith.

Living Beatitudes Community Homilies

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Seed on SermonAudio
4 Reasons Why the Parable of the Mustard Seed is NOT the expansion of the Church!

Seed on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 41:00


A new MP3 sermon from Pilgrim Baptist Church is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: 4 Reasons Why the Parable of the Mustard Seed is NOT the expansion of the Church! Subtitle: 7 Parables in Matthew 13 Speaker: Jimmy Fortunato Broadcaster: Pilgrim Baptist Church Event: Midweek Service Date: 9/29/2022 Bible: Matthew 13:31-32 Length: 41 min.

Seed on SermonAudio
The Birds of the Air

Seed on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 32:00


A new MP3 sermon from Reformed Baptist Church of Tama is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: The Birds of the Air Subtitle: Parable of the Mustard Seed Speaker: Paul Rendall Broadcaster: Reformed Baptist Church of Tama Event: Sunday School Date: 10/2/2022 Bible: Daniel 7:13-28; Isaiah 60:8-12 Length: 32 min.

Antichrist on SermonAudio
The Birds of the Air

Antichrist on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 32:00


A new MP3 sermon from Reformed Baptist Church of Tama is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: The Birds of the Air Subtitle: Parable of the Mustard Seed Speaker: Paul Rendall Broadcaster: Reformed Baptist Church of Tama Event: Sunday School Date: 10/2/2022 Bible: Daniel 7:13-28; Isaiah 60:8-12 Length: 32 min.

Grace Anglican Church Gastonia, NC
Mustard Seed Faith, Luke 17:5-10

Grace Anglican Church Gastonia, NC

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022


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GCF Brenham
The Mustard Seed

GCF Brenham

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 40:29


Emmaus Anglican Church - Montreal
The Faith of a Mustard Seed, Luke 17:5-10

Emmaus Anglican Church - Montreal

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 14:25


Fear or Faith? Podcast
Episode 437 - O, Ye of Mustard Seed-sized Faith! (Sermon)

Fear or Faith? Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 20:45


Sermon by Rev. E.B. Holschuh - O, Ye of Mustard Seed-sized Faith! (based on Luke 17:1-10). Recorded 10/2/22 during 9am worship service at Zion Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Alamo, Texas.  Music by theLacesmusicdude from Pixabay.

Fount of Life's Sermon Podcast
“Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed” – October 2, 2022

Fount of Life's Sermon Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 18:29


Here is the sermon for Sunday October 2, 2022. This is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost. The theme for the sermon today is: Faith as Small as a Mustard Seed The Scripture readings for today are: First Lesson: 1 Chronicles 29:1-2, 10-18 Second Lesson: 2 Thessalonians 1: 1-5, 11-12 Gospel: Luke 17: 1-10 Sermon Text: Luke 17: 1-10 Thank you for joining us in worship! You may donate by going to this link: https://tinyurl.com/uod28xy

All Saints Episcopal Church
The Rev. Naomi Tutu | October 2, 2022

All Saints Episcopal Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 13:49


The Rev. Naomi Tutu preaches on the Parable of the Mustard Seed from Luke 17:5-10. "Jesus tells the disciples, 'It's not a matter of increasing your faith. It is a matter of having faith.'"

Fr. Barry Braum - Homilies and Conferences
Faith - Growth From The Mustard Seed

Fr. Barry Braum - Homilies and Conferences

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 11:50


Faith - Growth From The Mustard Seed by Fr. Barry Braum

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church: Catholic Sunday Homilies
A Mustard Seed of Faith Is All We Need (Lk 187:5-10)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church: Catholic Sunday Homilies

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 16:15


It never feels like we have enough faith. It always feels like it's a mustard seed, and not enough. However that is enough, if we act on it God will provide. Let us not be discouraged by what seems like small faith. If we all acted on the little faith we have, it would be enough to do the impossible. God wants to increase our faith, and our hope, for this he has given us his love.  So let us pray that God increases our faith, hope, and love.  

Regnum Christi Daily Meditations
October 2, 2022 - A Mustard Seed Size Faith

Regnum Christi Daily Meditations

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 4:53


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Preaching On Tap
Mustard seed faith is enough

Preaching On Tap

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 8:21


BeSimply Radio
BeSimply…Herbal Tonics. Beauty Is…CadreScott {Mind You + Food}

BeSimply Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 34:00


"Knowing the innermost Self brings supreme non-attachment" — Patanjali Fall/Spring Seasonal Food…Herbal Tonics: Proactively Nourish the Lungs, Skin, Large Intestines. With Special Guest, Cadre Scott. She shares her reflections on stepping into a clean lifestyle, music and beauty from within. Cadre Scott Performs an acoustical in studio performance of ‘Beauty Is'. More Lung + Large Intestines Go to Recipes: Daily or Weekly Nourishment: Grapefruit Roasted Garlic Spread Pomegranate Turmeric Shot Good Super Charged Water (ask me for more information) Recipes Roasted Turmeric Carrots with Walnut and Pomegranate Crumble Steamed mustard greens with chili, garlic and ginger. Stuffed Chicken Breast with Carrot Top Pesto  Music: 'Beauty' Cadre Scott New Album: Living Loving Growing “Regarded by ancient herbalists as the ‘mushroom of immortality,' reishi is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to support healthy immune system function and promote a healthy stress response.” Superfeast Fascia Massage… Abyangha Self Love Massage Recipe: Sunflower Seed Oil, Mustard Seeds, Pine Needles, and Cumin. Directions: Warm all three in a crockpot on low. Drain off the herbs and store infused herbs in a jar. Pour into a small jar. Use daily before shower. Let it soak into your skin. Production brought to you by OmToro Wellness

A Walk in The Word : A Journey through the Sunday Mass Readings with Hector Molina
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C: The Mustard Seed, The Sycamine Tree, and the Worthless Servant

A Walk in The Word : A Journey through the Sunday Mass Readings with Hector Molina

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 96:09


Join Catholic evangelist and bible teacher, Hector Molina as he explores the Mass Readings for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C.Mass Readings:Habakkuk 1;2-3; 2:2-4 Psalm 95Luke 17;5-10"A Walk in The Word" podcast is a weekly bible study and reflection on the Sunday Mass readings led by International Catholic evangelist and bible teacher, Hector Molina.WATCH: View this video version of this podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/hectormolinacatholicevangelist?

BeSimply
BeSimply…Herbal Tonics. Beauty Is…CadreScott {Mind You + Food}

BeSimply

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 33:04


"Knowing the innermost Self brings supreme non-attachment" — PatanjaliFall/Spring Seasonal Food…Herbal Tonics: Proactively Nourish the Lungs, Skin, Large Intestines. With Special Guest, Cadre Scott. She shares her reflections on stepping into a clean lifestyle, music and beauty from within. Cadre Scott Performs an acoustical in studio performance of ‘Beauty Is'. Seasonal food conversations with a deep passion to serve your well being and the well being of others. Mind You + Food. Balance from Within.For the additional recipes mentioned in this show e-mail s@suzannetoro.com in Subject: More Lung Recipes.Body: Recipes Please…Recipes: (Located at suzannetoro.com 3 days after the original broadcast date.)"There is always a light within us that is free from all sorrow and grief, no matter how much we may be experiencing suffering." — PatanjaliMore Lung + Large Intestines Go to Recipes:Daily or Weekly Nourishment: GrapefruitRoasted Garlic SpreadPomegranate Turmeric ShotGood Super Charged Water (ask me for more information)RecipesRoasted Turmeric Carrots with Walnut and Pomegranate CrumbleSteamed mustard greens with chili, garlic and ginger.Stuffed Chicken Breast with Carrot Top Pesto  Fall Ayurveda: Lube UP. Dosha Specific Body Oils. Pre-nourish the skin.Order Here:  and/or Book Complimentary 21 minute evaluation.   Small Batch Organic Skin Care Formula Flawless Music:'Beauty' Cadre Scott New Album: Living Loving GrowingFall Herbal Support https://bit.ly/3C3BCFI“Regarded by ancient herbalists as the ‘mushroom of immortality,' reishi is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to support healthy immune system function and promote a healthy stress response.” SuperfeastFascia Massage… Abyangha Self Love MassageRecipe: Sunflower Seed Oil, Mustard Seeds, Pine Needles, and Cumin. Directions: Warm all three in a crockpot on low. Drain off the herbs and store infused herbs in a jar. Pour into a small jar. Use daily before shower. Let it soak into your skin. Way of WaterSeasonal Reboot(available worldwide)Fall Shed, Balance + Cleanse Spring Balance, Reboot + Cleanse Weekly Classes + Programs:Mind You + FoodArt of Living and DyingSol+Luna Cycle 'Well Being + Love"8 Limbs Yoga Session:Bare Naked Bliss Gift Bundle...Learn how to love from within, remember bliss and serve your highest calling.Humanity and Earth Align+Focused OfferingsSuperfeastLiving TeaKindSpringFormula FlawlessZinZino Balance OilProduction brought to you by OmToro Wellness

Saint + Elizabeth + Ann + Seton + Parish
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Father Persing

Saint + Elizabeth + Ann + Seton + Parish

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 6:31


(October 1, 2022) Do we always trust God when life seems too difficult or challenging? Father Charles L. Persing reminded us this weekend to put our trust in God as He is at the wheel.

The Catholic Journey
Faith The Size Of A Mustard Seed

The Catholic Journey

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2022 11:36


Deacon Pat shares a homily about faith.

Catholic
Kresta In The Afternoon - 2022-09-29 - Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed

Catholic

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 113:47


Al remembers “Brother Andrew,” who smuggled Bibles behind Communist lines. Also, Peggy Stanton looks to this Sunday's Gospel on having faith the size of a mustard seed and Dakota Wood updates us on the war in Ukraine.

Plymouth Christian Centre
The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Plymouth Christian Centre

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2022 28:30


Rachel and Hamish, our Youth Pastors, speak on small things making a big difference.

Holy Shenanigans
Hope & Mustard Seeds

Holy Shenanigans

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 27:24


Today we wish Holy Shenanigans a happy 2nd birthday... and talk about the intersection between faith, traumatic experiences, and trauma recovery with Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez.About today's guest:Jennifer Ohman-Rodriguez is in the first call process toward ordination in Word and Sacrament ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her first book, A Time to Mourn and a Time to Dance: A Love Story of Grief, Trauma, Healing, and Faith, is published by Chalice Press.  Ohman-Rodriguez is a frequent workshop presenter in trauma-informed spiritual care and also curates the Trauma Recovery Page at Compassionate Christianity.  She holds master's degrees in early child development and divinity. This weeks' poem: It's only just the dawnOctober's chill is falling, fog is rolling, and crickets sigh. A train is on track with mourning's blight and wheel clack in the mid-of-night.There's always something moving, even a drowsy lark.                                                    There's always changes coming, even in the deepest dark.True mercy can't be kept apart from the shadows of life and love. Mercy stretches her arms to embrace the whole sad world and breach the great divide. There's always someone walking, in the sweaty heat of life.                                              There's always someone moving, shifting between dark and bright. Wandering souls aren't lost, when they remember their cause. They hold tight to hope in the darkest night or the cold of an early frost. There's always someone trying to tell you what you've done.                                            There's always someone saying, you've lost and it can't be won. There's a train that travels in mercy and it fills the world with grace. On this train all are welcome – it's no matter of beauty, wealth or place.There is One who says you're accepted. There is One who extends all the grace.  This is One who banishes the darkness and ushers in the morning light to shine on every face.Don't heed those words of worry. Don't let them hold you down. Wait for morning's dawning that streams beams of light all around.Look to the east and keep on walking – you're walking in the sun. There's always something moving, even a drowsy lark.                                                  There's always mercy coming, even in the deepest dark.The journey's not yet over – it's only, just the dawn.Copyright Tara Eastman 2016Support the show

Water Daily
Water Daily 9-27-22 - Of Mustard Seeds and Mulberry Trees

Water Daily

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 3:23


Today we explore Luke 17:5-10, in which Jesus explains what real faith looks like. It's not the quantity but the quality that counts. To receive Water Daily by email each morning, subscribe here. Next Sunday's readings are here.

Same Old Song
Pentecost 17 (C): Angry Prophets and Mustard Seeds

Same Old Song

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 29:21


Jacob and Aaron look into the readings for the Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost, which are Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, 2 Timothy 1:1-14, and Luke 17:5-10.

The Christgazing Podcast
Luke 13:18-21 Like a Mustard Seed

The Christgazing Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 11:39


Luke 13:18-21 18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.” 20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.” What does this say about God? About people? What is your response? A full transcript can be found at amyburgin.com.

Living Rock Church
Matthew 13 Pt.3 – The Wheat and The Tares – Spot The Difference!

Living Rock Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 29:50


In this second parable in this series of seven parables, Jesus also gave His disciples the explanation to it. But before He gave the explanation, privately to His disciples, He told them two more parables (#3 The Parable of The Mustard Seed) and (#4 The Parable of The Leaven) in vv.31-33,  and quotes a reason why speaking in Parables fulfils Prophecy (vv.34-35). Once again, there is no need to speculate on the meaning of what is behind the Parable of The Wheat and The Tares, as Jesus Himself gave us His explanation. But one thing we should bear in mind is that just because some of the same phrases or words are used in one parable, does not mean automatically that you interpret them the same in each parable. For instance, in The Parable of The Sower, there The Seed is the Message of The Kingdom, whereas in this one, The Seed are The Sons of The Kingdom. Some interesting things about this parable are that Jesus was making a distinction between those who are The Seed (the true believers), and those who are The Weed (the false convert, the fake “Christian”)! Can you spot the difference? To watch the full video, click on this link! The post Matthew 13 Pt.3 – The Wheat and The Tares – Spot The Difference! appeared first on Living Rock Church.

Grace Covenant Church Sermon Audio
The Parable Of The Mustard Seed

Grace Covenant Church Sermon Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022


Dr. Samuel Waldron

Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor
25 Sep 2022 | Blue Ocean and the Quirky Category-Bending Mustard Seed We Represent

Blue Ocean Faith Ann Arbor

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 31:58


Ken’s final sermon as a pastor explores how the parable of the mustard seed expresses the kind of church we are. Extended version: includes Emily’s introduction and ends with a joint discussion. Learn more about Blue Ocean Church at a2blue.org. You can watch recordings of past services, find out which Sundays we'll be meeting in person, […]

For The King
Gospel in Eschatology: The Parable of the Mustard Seed

For The King

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 22:18


Bryce and I continue to describe how the gospel goes to the ends of the earth through a postmillennial understanding of eschatology. We look particularly at what the bible teaches about the kingdom of God this episode. We pray and hope it edifies you! For The King!!! Key Texts: Matthew 13:31-33 Ezekiel 17:22-24 Social Media: Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/For-The-King-105492691873696/ Gab page: https://gab.com/ForTheKingPod Twitter: https://twitter.com/ForTheKingPod Fountain.fm -> https://fountain.fm/show/U78tm316mhRmq1LFZ6HS Support: Donate Crypto: https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/f63fd7db-919e-44f6-9c58-8ec2891f3eb5 Kingly Clothing: https://www.bonfire.com/store/for-the-king/ Contact: Website: forthekingpodcast.com Email: forthekingpodcast@gmail.com --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/rocky-ramsey/support

Grace Hill Church
A Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed – Evan Snyder

Grace Hill Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 43:11


Jesus tells us that mustard seed faith is the clearest evidence that we love Him and our neighbor. We look […]

Westside Church of Christ: Bakersfield
Mustard Seed and Persistent Widow

Westside Church of Christ: Bakersfield

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 46:45


Today's parables feature a farmer with a tiny mustard seed, a baker with a small amount of yeast, and a widow who won't leave the town judge alone. Each of them, in their own way, illustrate the same basic truth: Things don't have to be bigger in order to be better. Instead, Jesus wants us to know that God is always at work, often in imperceptible ways, to cause his plan for the world to come to fruition. We just need to be willing to wait for God to do his work.

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible
September 20: Psalm 50; 2 Samuel 10; Ezekiel 10–11:13; Luke 13:10–35

ESV: Digging Deep into the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 14:26


Psalms and Wisdom: Psalm 50 Psalm 50 (Listen) God Himself Is Judge A Psalm of Asaph. 50   The Mighty One, God the LORD,    speaks and summons the earth    from the rising of the sun to its setting.2   Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,    God shines forth. 3   Our God comes; he does not keep silence;1    before him is a devouring fire,    around him a mighty tempest.4   He calls to the heavens above    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:5   “Gather to me my faithful ones,    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”6   The heavens declare his righteousness,    for God himself is judge! Selah 7   “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;    O Israel, I will testify against you.    I am God, your God.8   Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;    your burnt offerings are continually before me.9   I will not accept a bull from your house    or goats from your folds.10   For every beast of the forest is mine,    the cattle on a thousand hills.11   I know all the birds of the hills,    and all that moves in the field is mine. 12   “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,    for the world and its fullness are mine.13   Do I eat the flesh of bulls    or drink the blood of goats?14   Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,2    and perform your vows to the Most High,15   and call upon me in the day of trouble;    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.” 16   But to the wicked God says:    “What right have you to recite my statutes    or take my covenant on your lips?17   For you hate discipline,    and you cast my words behind you.18   If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,    and you keep company with adulterers. 19   “You give your mouth free rein for evil,    and your tongue frames deceit.20   You sit and speak against your brother;    you slander your own mother's son.21   These things you have done, and I have been silent;    you thought that I3 was one like yourself.  But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you. 22   “Mark this, then, you who forget God,    lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!23   The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;    to one who orders his way rightly    I will show the salvation of God!” Footnotes [1] 50:3 Or May our God come, and not keep silence [2] 50:14 Or Make thanksgiving your sacrifice to God [3] 50:21 Or that the I am (ESV) Pentateuch and History: 2 Samuel 10 2 Samuel 10 (Listen) David Defeats Ammon and Syria 10 After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. 2 And David said, “I will deal loyally1 with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came into the land of the Ammonites. 3 But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it?” 4 So Hanun took David's servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. 5 When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.” 6 When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob, 12,000 men. 7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. 8 And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the open country. 9 When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. 10 The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. 11 And he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the LORD do what seems good to him.” 13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians, and they fled before him. 14 And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem. 15 But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16 And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the Euphrates.2 They came to Helam, with Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer at their head. 17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan and came to Helam. The Syrians arrayed themselves against David and fought with him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 700 chariots, and 40,000 horsemen, and wounded Shobach the commander of their army, so that he died there. 19 And when all the kings who were servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became subject to them. So the Syrians were afraid to save the Ammonites anymore. Footnotes [1] 10:2 Or kindly; twice in this verse [2] 10:16 Hebrew the River (ESV) Chronicles and Prophets: Ezekiel 10–11:13 Ezekiel 10–11:13 (Listen) The Glory of the Lord Leaves the Temple 10 Then I looked, and behold, on the expanse that was over the heads of the cherubim there appeared above them something like a sapphire,1 in appearance like a throne. 2 And he said to the man clothed in linen, “Go in among the whirling wheels underneath the cherubim. Fill your hands with burning coals from between the cherubim, and scatter them over the city.” And he went in before my eyes. 3 Now the cherubim were standing on the south side of the house, when the man went in, and a cloud filled the inner court. 4 And the glory of the LORD went up from the cherub to the threshold of the house, and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the LORD. 5 And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when he speaks. 6 And when he commanded the man clothed in linen, “Take fire from between the whirling wheels, from between the cherubim,” he went in and stood beside a wheel. 7 And a cherub stretched out his hand from between the cherubim to the fire that was between the cherubim, and took some of it and put it into the hands of the man clothed in linen, who took it and went out. 8 The cherubim appeared to have the form of a human hand under their wings. 9 And I looked, and behold, there were four wheels beside the cherubim, one beside each cherub, and the appearance of the wheels was like sparkling beryl. 10 And as for their appearance, the four had the same likeness, as if a wheel were within a wheel. 11 When they went, they went in any of their four directions2 without turning as they went, but in whatever direction the front wheel3 faced, the others followed without turning as they went. 12 And their whole body, their rims, and their spokes, their wings,4 and the wheels were full of eyes all around—the wheels that the four of them had. 13 As for the wheels, they were called in my hearing “the whirling wheels.” 14 And every one had four faces: the first face was the face of the cherub, and the second face was a human face, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. 15 And the cherubim mounted up. These were the living creatures that I saw by the Chebar canal. 16 And when the cherubim went, the wheels went beside them. And when the cherubim lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the wheels did not turn from beside them. 17 When they stood still, these stood still, and when they mounted up, these mounted up with them, for the spirit of the living creatures5 was in them. 18 Then the glory of the LORD went out from the threshold of the house, and stood over the cherubim. 19 And the cherubim lifted up their wings and mounted up from the earth before my eyes as they went out, with the wheels beside them. And they stood at the entrance of the east gate of the house of the LORD, and the glory of the God of Israel was over them. 20 These were the living creatures that I saw underneath the God of Israel by the Chebar canal; and I knew that they were cherubim. 21 Each had four faces, and each four wings, and underneath their wings the likeness of human hands. 22 And as for the likeness of their faces, they were the same faces whose appearance I had seen by the Chebar canal. Each one of them went straight forward. Judgment on Wicked Counselors 11 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the east gate of the house of the LORD, which faces east. And behold, at the entrance of the gateway there were twenty-five men. And I saw among them Jaazaniah the son of Azzur, and Pelatiah the son of Benaiah, princes of the people. 2 And he said to me, “Son of man, these are the men who devise iniquity and who give wicked counsel in this city; 3 who say, ‘The time is not near6 to build houses. This city is the cauldron, and we are the meat.' 4 Therefore prophesy against them; prophesy, O son of man.” 5 And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and he said to me, “Say, Thus says the LORD: So you think, O house of Israel. For I know the things that come into your mind. 6 You have multiplied your slain in this city and have filled its streets with the slain. 7 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Your slain whom you have laid in the midst of it, they are the meat, and this city is the cauldron, but you shall be brought out of the midst of it. 8 You have feared the sword, and I will bring the sword upon you, declares the Lord GOD. 9 And I will bring you out of the midst of it, and give you into the hands of foreigners, and execute judgments upon you. 10 You shall fall by the sword. I will judge you at the border of Israel, and you shall know that I am the LORD. 11 This city shall not be your cauldron, nor shall you be the meat in the midst of it. I will judge you at the border of Israel, 12 and you shall know that I am the LORD. For you have not walked in my statutes, nor obeyed my rules, but have acted according to the rules of the nations that are around you.” 13 And it came to pass, while I was prophesying, that Pelatiah the son of Benaiah died. Then I fell down on my face and cried out with a loud voice and said, “Ah, Lord GOD! Will you make a full end of the remnant of Israel?” Footnotes [1] 10:1 Or lapis lazuli [2] 10:11 Hebrew to their four sides [3] 10:11 Hebrew the head [4] 10:12 Or their whole body, their backs, their hands, and their wings [5] 10:17 Or spirit of life [6] 11:3 Or Is not the time near . . . ? (ESV) Gospels and Epistles: Luke 13:10–35 Luke 13:10–35 (Listen) A Woman with a Disabling Spirit 10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him. The Mustard Seed and the Leaven 18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.” 20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.” The Narrow Door 22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,' then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.' 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!' 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Lament over Jerusalem 31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.' 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'” (ESV)

Fasting on SermonAudio
Faith Fixed on Christ

Fasting on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 24:00


A new MP3 sermon from Reformed Baptist Church of Tama is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Faith Fixed on Christ Subtitle: Parable of the Mustard Seed Speaker: Paul Rendall Broadcaster: Reformed Baptist Church of Tama Event: Sunday School Date: 9/18/2022 Bible: Matthew 13:32; Matthew 17:14-21 Length: 24 min.

Demons on SermonAudio
Faith Fixed on Christ

Demons on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 24:00


A new MP3 sermon from Reformed Baptist Church of Tama is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Faith Fixed on Christ Subtitle: Parable of the Mustard Seed Speaker: Paul Rendall Broadcaster: Reformed Baptist Church of Tama Event: Sunday School Date: 9/18/2022 Bible: Matthew 13:32; Matthew 17:14-21 Length: 24 min.

Bibles & Bonnets
Luke Chapter 13

Bibles & Bonnets

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 38:05


In this weeks (late) episode, Co-Host Cheyenne goes over the 13th chapter of Luke [Repent or Perish, The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree, A Spirit of Infirmity, The Parable of the Mustard Seed, The Parable of the Leaven, The Narrow Way, Jesus Laments over Jerusalem] while providing some life examples.

Grace Hill Church
A Vision the Size of a Mustard Seed – Allan McCullough

Grace Hill Church

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 43:11


What is the vision that God has given His church? How does God define success? We find the answer in […]

The Woodlands Methodist Church: Traditional Audio
What Faith Makes Possible: Parable of the Mustard Seed

The Woodlands Methodist Church: Traditional Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 27:08


Traditional Worship | Bishop Bob Hayes | The word “faith” has many meanings, but because we live in a world where most people have to “see” in order to “believe,” the idea of having faith in something for which there is no proof is difficult to accept. However, the New Testament book of Hebrews tells us that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Jesus knew that faith was a gift from God that requires a human response. In this sermon series we will look at the stories of how faith allows us to believe in the unbelievable and make the impossible possible.

@ Sea With Justin McRoberts

My social landscape does not look the way I expected it to a few years ago. Some of that comes on the heels of religious difference or political disagreement. And as sad as that stuff can be, it's also a bit cliche and predictable. If I'm being honest, what's been harder, is recognizing that the more I've grown into who I am, and the more distance I've experienced between myself and people I was once connected to - those connections have been harder to let go of, as has been the familiarity I had with my former self. I felt some of these things before I was experiencing something like it in 2004, when I first heard the song, let go. And on the other side of a very strange season, marked by both grief and newness, I found myself liking where I was in life, and also tasting the bitterness of saying goodbye to what had been true, and had been comfortable before. So it is again today, and maybe you resonate with that feeling, I have a feeling you might. So is there beauty in the breakdown. That's what I'm counting on, in my relationships, my friendships, and that hope is part of what moved me in part, to track my interpretation of the song. In the same way, my religious landscape does not look the way I expected it to a few years ago. And some of that comes on the heels of a healthy and fruitful process of growth and maturity. In fact, most of it actually comes on the heels of such maturity and growth, it's a good thing, that I'm experiencing some distance from what I used to think what I used to believe. Part of that maturation process has come with knowing that in order for God to truly be God, I have to let go of my hold on how I think God works and who I think God is. And I need to mean that prayer of Meister Eckhart in which he writes, God, rid me of God. The struggle here, though, is that I built a fair amount of life around some of those earlier conclusions and assumptions and knowings of God and I also developed some significant emotional practices. In response to what I knew about God, I don't want to be one of those folks who's trying to make Jesus king by force. But it has been difficult, it has been hard to let go of what I used to believe what I used to know and how I used to relate to God because of how much life I built around. What used to be, is there is beauty in the breakdown. That's what I'm counting on. And that hope is part of what moved me in this season to track my interpretation of that song. My political landscape does not look the way I expected it to a few years ago. I have this key memory of a mentor of mine, saying to me about choosing a party, that yes, it's a conflict and it's a bit of a choice. And it comes with some contentious feelings within your own soul. So he says Pick a party, one that you resonate with maybe a tad more deeply, even though you will never feel fully at home in a political party then be a faithful and lovingly critical part of that party, while being aligned to the principles of the kingdom, which is bigger and deeper and broader and more beautiful than any party platform. And I've tried to do that. I've wanted to not just be a good neighbor, but also to set a tone of neighborliness in an environment that favors rightness and victory instead. But, and the nature and depth of sheer awfulness between human beings over the last few years has left me in a state of relative disorientation. It's not that I don't know who my neighbor is, it's that I don't feel like that word. Or the reality it points to means the same thing, or in some cases means much anything at all, to people around me. Even some of those people that I consider neighbors. The practice here has been recognizing my experience of other people and the ideas they are moved by as exactly about my experience, to heed some form of wisdom and recognize the limitations of my perspective in relationship to the social world around me, the neighborhood around me, the systems around me, I can only know so much I can only care so much I can only see so far. And to believe that there is a capital S Something capital M more a something more Twitch, all of this striving and arguing and battling, eventually does come home. To believe that there is beauty, not just after, but in the breakdown. See, that's what I'm counting on. And that's part of what has moved me in this season of my life to track this interpretation of this song. It is a song in which I receive and hear a promise. That in the moment of the breakdown, as things are falling apart, as my expectations fall by the wayside, my plans disintegrate before my very eyes as I'm even leaning on my own coping mechanisms, instead of dealing with the reality of life changing in ways that I didn't want it to that there is a hope. I hope without specifics, I hope that there's something better if I can simply let go, of what I wanted, of what I had planned for, and what expected. Jesus tells the story, this parable, it's one a lot of us are familiar with. It's called the parable of the mustard seed. And this that's the way the editors denoted this particular story in parable. And in Mark, the way it reads is, again, he said, What shall we say the kingdom of God is like what parable show use to describe it. It's like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on Earth. And yet, when it is planted, it grows, and becomes the largest of all garden plants with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade. And the elements of this parable for me that just keep coming back are twofold. The one is that it's a really small seed. And it's really easy to make this really cute oh house precious an idea that just this tiny little seed of faith, this tiny little seed can do so much. It's cute until the reality of one's life as actually boiled down to a very little bit of knowledge, a very little bit of hope and a very little bit of any smidgen of plan you might have been holding to begin with, it's a very different thing, when the hope you have for the future really is that small. But the parable takes it even further. Because what Jesus says is yet, when planted, because even that seed, even that little tiny thing that I hold in my hand, I have to put it in the ground and let it go. And trust it to a process that is beyond my knowledge, beyond my power and in many ways beyond my imagining. And that if I can do that, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade. These plans I've made and these expectations that I've held to many of which I've built my life around, I'd held to and planned on from good intention. I've wanted to feel cared for and I've wanted to care for the world around me. And the season has come over the last few years in which if I really do want to feel held, I have to let go of the things that I'm holding in order to be held. And if I really do want to care for the world, I have to release the control I have over all these aspects of my life so that I can see those aspects of my life held by the one who holds all things together. I've had to let go and trust that there is a beauty in the breakdown beyond my even wildest and most deeply caring imaginings. That's what I'm counting on. And that is why in part, in this season of my life I've chosen to track this interpretation of the song

Bible Baptist Church of Rossville, GA
The Mustard Seed - Sunday AM

Bible Baptist Church of Rossville, GA

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022


Dr. Ricky Gravley - A message preached Sunday morning on September 11, 2022

William Ramsey Investigates
WR talks about the Past, Present and Future with the Millenial Mustard Seed podcast.

William Ramsey Investigates

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2022 71:50


WR talks about the Past, Present and Future with the Millenial Mustard Seed podcast. Recorded Sept. 9. 2022. Millennial Mustard Seed https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/millennial-mustard-seed/id1504504171 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices