Good News

23
Jul

When Weeds Are Not Weeds

Marbury Church of God,  July 23, 2017

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
13:24 He put before them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field;
13:25 but while everybody was asleep, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and then went away.
13:26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared as well.
13:27 And the slaves of the householder came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where, then, did these weeds come from?’
13:28 He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’
13:29 But he replied, ‘No; for in gathering the weeds you would uproot the wheat along with them.
13:30 Let both of them grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Collect the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.'”

13:36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples approached him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”
13:37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man;
13:38 the field is the world, and the good seed are the children of the kingdom; the weeds are the children of the evil one,
13:39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
13:40 Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
13:41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all evildoers,
13:42 and they will throw them into the furnace of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
13:43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Let anyone with ears listen!

Rev. Shannon Buehler: Today’s Message

When Weeds Are Not Weeds

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

When Weeds Are Not Weeds
The Parable

He put before them another parable. “The Kingdom of Heaven may be compared to someone who sowed good seed in his field..”

When Weeds Are Not Weeds

Why did Jesus tell this parable?

Blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. (13:16)

How is this like the kingdom of heaven?

The Explanation

And his disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.”

When Weeds Are Not Weeds

The Seeds Are People.

How is this like the kingdom of heaven?

Weeds are weeds…

But People Can Change!

16
Jul

Prepare the Soil

good soil is the result of cultivation. Most farmers will tell you that it’s not likely to just be there for you, with no work and no preparation. We break up the hardness, remove the rocks, weed out the thorns; then we are ready to hear the word of God, and become not only hearers, but doers.

09
Jul

Come to Jesus!

Come to Jesus

Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
11:16 “But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another,
11:17 ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’
11:18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’;
11:19 the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.
11:25 At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants;
11:26 yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.
11:27 All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
11:28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Come to Jesus

John & Jesus: It’s the Message Not the Style (16-19)

Come to Jesus

God’s Wisdom: Hiding in Plain Sight (25-26)
Come to Jesus

Where to Find the Answers (27-28) –see also 1 Corinthians 2:21-30 James 1:5

Come to Jesus: An Invitation to Rest. (28-30)

11:28 “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.””

01
Jul

Verse of the Month — July 2017

Beauty

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

Isaiah 52:7, nrsv

25
Jun

Out In the World

“See, I am sending you out like sheep into the midst of wolves; so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”

19
Jun

The Grace in Which We Stand

Romans 5:1-11
The Grace in Which We Stand
What’s the “therefore” there for?
Peace with God

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Being in God’s Grace

Through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand;

11
Jun

Following Jesus’ Instructions

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

04
Jun

Are YOU a prophet?

But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the Lord’s people were prophets, and that the LORD would put his spirit on them!”

01
Jun

Verse of the Month — June 2017

Truth

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth.
John 16:13a

28
May

Eternal Life – Together!

And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

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