Parable of the Sower

by: Ronald L. Dart

First of all, I would like to ask, why it is that I am on the radio teaching the Bible? I firmly believe that the Bible is God's testimony to man, it is His word and as such, it is quite capable of doing its own work. Down through generations on top of generations this book is an incredible document or collection of documents.

When you understand how old some of this literature is, there is really nothing comparable to it in the world. There is no collection like it, nor has there ever been a collection of literature, of any religion in the world that has had the kind of attention that this book has received. You could fill a building with the books that have been written about this book all by itself, by the attention that it has received of people.

The oldest book in it is probably Job, they tell us, and the latest books in the Bible have all now, in spite of all that the scholars have done and of their thrashing around about things, the books in the New Testament that you have in your Bible, are basically recognized as New Testament books and have all been firmly established as having been written in the first century. None of them are second century books. Scholarship now in the latter half of the 20th. century has firmly establish the truth of the testimony of the earliest writers about the Bible that these 27 books are all first century books.

What you have in your New Testament is a very reliable documentation of the life and work of Jesus Christ on the one hand, and the work of the early church on the other hand and it is extremely powerful.

Bible Is More Important Than The Person Teaching It

Now I do not believe that the person who is doing the teaching is as important as the ‘word’ itself, the Bible.

If God's word, the Bible, can be gotten out to the people in their homes and into their minds and be there for them to study, that if I can be on the air, teaching the Bible and hold people's interest, according to the things of the Bible and bring things out that they have not seen before, then the Bible will change their lives, which is something I cannot do.

Organization Of Christian Educational Ministries

I have no pretensions to it and I am not going to try to do it. I made it very clear that the organization of Christian Educational Ministries that we govern no one. We have no interest in or want responsibility for the governance of a local church.

We have a group that meets in Marina, a small Christian fellowship group, nearby here. We are friends, we work together but they are not accountable to us and we are not accountable to them. Our relationship is one of the spirit not of any human organization or any governance that someone might try to oppose on one another. This is really important to me.

Having been part of a church that was really bound up in church government, handcuffed by church government, and the abuses that took place over time. I concluded that if I was going to be of any effect for God and God's work in the latter part of my life, that I needed to be on my own essentially, teaching and preaching the gospel, independent of church organizations, in order to have the freedom, the liberty to do what needs to be done, and to say what needs to be said, without having the fear of somebody coming down on me, or losing my job or finding myself out in the cold. I have faced that question on more than one occasion, and I have come out of it with having made the right decision.

My Guiding Star

There is a short passage I'd like to talk to you about in Isaiah. It is an important passage in so many ways and it concludes with a statement that is really in a lot of ways my guiding star.

Isaiah 55 verse six, "Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near. {7} Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon."

It is not a difficult thing to achieve a pardon from God, try getting one from the governor, but from God it is not. He will abundantly pardon. He is ready to forgive, He is ready to write off your past, He is ready to go forward and look only to the future with you.

But you have to be prepared to "seek Him" (verse 6), and this is an interesting statement, "while He may be found." What this suggests to me is that there is a time while He may not be found. That in itself is really fascinating to consider, that in every person's lifetime, there is a time when God may be found and a time when He may not be found.

Now He goes on to say, verse 7, "Forsake your way, and let the unrighteous man forsake his thoughts; Let him return to the LORD, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. {8} "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. {9} "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts are higher than your thoughts."

What a startling difference to think about. Not one of us has an argument with that. We all know that God's thoughts and ways are higher than ours. From time to time we live our lives as if we know better than God does.

Then God comes to this of which I think it is pivotable saying.

Continuing in Isaiah 55 verse 10, "For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and does not go back there again, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, so it may bring forth seed to the sower, and bread to the eater."

This is the King James Version up to this point, now I am going to switch to the New American Standard version.

Understand the image. The rain comes down and it does not go back up, like it came down, until it had watered the ground, watered the seed, caused it to bring forth, "So," He says, "shall My word be which goes forth from my mouth. It shall not return to me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it."

That is a sobering thought.

Read The Bible To Me

It is interesting that I was chatting with someone who was visiting with an elderly man who was dying and I was struck by the fact that he said, "Just as I was leaving, the man asked me, "Would you stay and read the Bible to me for a little bit?" "

The reason this struck me so much was the fact that it was a matter of a pivotal thing or a crossroads thing, but I have heard this again and again of people who are deathly ill, who want someone to read the Bible to them. Even when they would be capable of reading the Bible themselves. They want someone to read the Bible to them. So whether you are able to explain it, expound it, answer a question or anything else about it, that if you so much as sit by the bedside of someone who is dying and read to them from the pages of the Bible you have done a good work. It is God's word that makes the difference. Not the teacher.

Now I think it is important that anyone who takes up the Bible, be a person of integrity. You cannot be one thing today and something else tomorrow and be effective in the proclamation of God's word, but the fact is there are so many ways of looking at this and there is one prophecy in the 23rd chapter of Jeremiah where God speaks of a set of prophets saying, {21} "I never spoke to these prophets. I did not send them but they ran. I didn't give them a message but they spoke" and He says of these men, that He did not send them. He did not commission them. He did not authorize them.

God says in verse 22, "If they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then even they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings."

I Have Not Been Commissioned By God

Now I am very reluctant to come and stand before you today and tell you that I am commissioned of God. I would be bearing witness of myself, and as it is mentioned the New Testament, if you bear witness of yourself your witness is invalid (John 5:31). I can't come up here and claim some commission from God and in fact if I made the claim, I think you should be suspicious of it. You have no way of knowing, if I told you that God appeared to me in a dream years ago and He told me "Ron, you will go out and you will preach the gospel here and there." How do you know if that is true. Answer, you don't.

So consequently, I feel it is better for me to approach you as I feel you should accept me and that is I have no special authority, no commission from God that you can verify, therefore you have to take the word that I speak on it’s own merit.

It is the message, it is either true or it is not true, and as far as I am concerned, I'm not what's important, except that I provide no stumbling block, and I try to maintain the integrity so that as a person comes to know a broader basis of what I speak that if they find that there is a consistency through it, and that I'm not off in one direction or the other direction there, and that requires a certain amount of discipline on the part of the teacher, but a teacher does need the discipline and he needs integrity and that integrity means, you have to have it together. I think also the teacher needs character. But I do not like to make those claims when I stand before people. This is why I tell you, that it is ‘God’s Word’ that is important.

Going On Radio

So when I had the chance of going on the radio, after I started Christian Education Ministries, I was very happy to do that and my decision as I went on the radio was, that I would basically teach the Bible. So I started by doing a series of broadcasts on the topic of "Making Life Work" which was based on the book of Ecclesiastes primarily and then from there I went to the Book of Matthew.

We moved all of our stations to play the same broadcast in the same week which really simplified our job. When I did the Book of Matthew series it turned out to be a very long broadcast series. But there is so much to talk about and to be able to get on the air and read Jesus' words out into the air, and then to just talk about them as I would talk to friends, because the approach that I take is of an intimate Bible study, with you and me and we are just talking about the Bible. I'm trying to explain to you what I see and what I read and point to other scriptures.

The whole idea is that you will come to understand Matthew's gospel more clearly, than you understood it before we started. That's my objective. I feel and I believe that Matthew's gospel is quite capable of doing its own work. My job is to simply to get it out there.

People’s Response

Now there is nothing I think either particularly surprising about the fact that one person responds to the program and another person does not, because over time, there are two things that have to meet for a person to really respond to the Bible and to really begin to and, lets say, come to God and turn their life around, be converted and be saved.

Two things have to come together, one is understanding. They have to come face-to-face with passages in the Bible that have something to do with their life. They have to come to understanding and the second thing that has to be there is, something has to have happened in their life that causes that to make sense.

It Is Hard For A Rich Man To Enter The Kingdom Of Heaven

This is one of the reasons I think why Jesus said in Matthew 19 verse 23, "Verily I say unto you, that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven."

I have not known very many people whose lives were working like clockwork, ticking right along, everything was fine, at the time they came to God. They came to God because they felt the need. They came to God because their life was not working. They came to God because there were things that just weren't right. They were discontent. They were uncomfortable. Something was wrong and so consequently with that unease in their own life, whatever that unease and whatever degree, came into contact with a particular understanding from the Bible that met their need. That's where the turn began to take place. There is the two sides of the coin.

Second part of that question is, why are people listening to me teach the Bible on the radio? The answer is, because of the power of the Bible to touch people's lives and give meaning to their lives. This is why this chemistry takes place. This is why it works. It does take time. It takes quite a long time. It takes time for people to listen. To get into the habit of listening. A lot of people will listen to a radio program like this and while I am new to radio myself, I have a lot of experience with other organizations that had radio and television.

It does take a long period of time of listening to a program before a person is ever motivated to go get their Bible and look something up.

Some people could listen for months, before they are ever provoked enough to say, "Ah, surely that's not what the Bible says?" Then they go get their Bible and get it out and look it up themselves. It takes even longer than that, for people to get around to picking up the phone and calling us or calling the local number that might be on their radio station. It takes longer than that to make any kind of a move beyond that, and longer than that if they should decide, "You know I really need to attend a church where there are people who believe like I'm coming to believe and where I can get the encouragement and support so that I need with this new value system, this new belief system. This new awareness of God and obedience to God that I'm getting to be aware of."

Awareness Of Timing

There is an interesting passage in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes that I am fascinated with and it is a song that you are familiar with.

This one is from the New American Standard version.

Ecclesiastes 3 verse 1 "There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven-- {2} A time to give birth, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to uproot what is planted. {3} A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to tear down, and a time to build up. {4} A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance. {5} A time to throw stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time not to embrace."

You know when I think about it, do you have any idea how much success in life depends on timing? Of knowing the difference between the time to laugh and a time to mourn. A time to gather and a time to scatter. The realization that there is a time for everything and to grasp the moment. The expression, seize the day, grab it, now is your chance, go for it. The awareness of timing, that now is your time for whatever it may be, is sometimes the difference between success and failure, and sometimes the difference between life and death.

Continuing in verse 6, "A time to search, and a time to give up as lost."

You can look and look and look, but sooner or later you have to say, "No, it's lost. "

"There is a time to keep, and a time to throw away."

Some of us with our garages would be a whole lot neater if we would throw some junk away.

Verse 7, "A time to tear apart, and a time to sew together; A time to be silent, and a time to speak. {8} A time to love, and a time to hate; A time for war, and a time for peace."

In some way, there is a time for a man and a woman to come to God, to respond to God, to accept the testimony of God and begin to apply that testimony in their lives.

I Am Glad To Be On The Radio

One of the reasons why I am glad to be on the radio with the Bible is I know that somewhere across this country every day, the time of somebody's life crosses whatever part of the Bible that I'm in. It is not everybody, it is not all of the audience but sometime every day, somewhere, sometime, someone's life has reached a time and they have suddenly at the same time, come into contact with an understanding from the Bible, that is at that time in their lives and it turns their lives right side up. I could say upside down, but that's not really what happens. It really is a change and they come to see that there is something they need to do.

This time, as I said, very rarely happens when everything is going your way and it couldn’t be better. I think this is one of the reasons why Jesus said, "It was so hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 19:23). It conveys a false sense of security, a false sense of power and it is the powerless, that tend to come to God. It is that sense of a lack of power, of not having empowerment, of not being able to do, of being weak and helpless, to be defenseless that actually causes people to come to God.

The whole thing is a lot like a parable that Jesus gave back in Matthew the 13th. chapter.

Parable Of The Sower

What I'm going to read to you is the most important things that I could possibly tell you.

Matthew the 13th chapter and verse one, "The same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the seaside. {2} And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat, and the whole multitude stood on the shore. {3} And He spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, "Behold, a sower went forth to sow."

Now you're not going to be very successful at this but I am going to ask you to do something just the same. I am going to ask you to imagine that you have never heard this parable before, that you didn't have a clue what Jesus was talking about. All right? Now bear in mind also that the chances are your Sunday School teacher told you or a minister did, that "Jesus spoke in parables to make His meaning clear," that He used the parables as an illustration, a comparison and analogy.

We use analogies in public speaking. We try to take something that is familiar to you and we compare it to something that is unfamiliar, so you will come to understand the unfamiliar, right? That's what analogies are for.

Now if you consider what Jesus is doing here, if what He is doing is an attempt to make His meaning clear, then there ought to be, two sides of the equation. What you understand and what you don't understand that is made clear by what you do understand and the comparison between them, right? That's what ought to be here. The problem is, the other side of the equation is not here.

Listen to what Jesus says here in Matthew 13 and verse 3, "Jesus spoke many things unto them in parables, saying, "Behold, a sower went forth to sow; {4} And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them: {5} Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: {6} And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. {7} And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: {8} But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold. {9} He who has ears to hear, let him hear.""

Folks, that is all Jesus said about this parable to the multitudes. Now we tend to immediately attach meanings to what we hear, but the problem is we do it because we know because we have this background of the Old Testament and the New Testament in particular to Jesus' explanation of the parable which most of you probably have read at one time or another.

You know basically what the seed is and what the seed means, but the crowd around Him didn't. Later His disciples came to Jesus asking "Why do you speak to them in parables?" Now I don't know why it took me so long to come to this in my life. The question makes absolutely no sense at all, if Jesus spoke in parables to make His meaning clear, then the disciples would have gone to Him and said, "That was a good parable. I know those people will understand that after you gave them that parable."

Now the synonym for parable is not analogy, it is not comparison. The synonym for parable is 'riddle.' Riddle. Where there is a comparison, but you're not told what it is and you are left to figure it out yourself.

And if that's where we were and I assigned all of you as you were students to come back with interpretations of this riddle, I would have gotten as many interpretations as there are people in this room.

You would have said "The seed means this," but you would not necessarily have come to what Jesus had to say about it.

Now, listen to what Jesus told His disciples when they came to him and ask Him about this parable.

Why Do You Speak To Them In Parables?

Matthew 13 verse 10, "Why do you speak to them in parables?" {11} Jesus said, "Because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given."

Now that, was one of the most startling things I ever came to understand in the Bible and I had read this before, but I never understood it, and to this day I'm puzzled as to how come I and countless other people like me, have read straight across that of not having understood the significance of what they're talking about here.

The presumption is that Jesus' objective was to try to save everybody that was in front of Him and yet He speaks to the crowd and says it is not given to them to know the Mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. It is to you His disciples!

Do you know how He did it? It’s really a simple thing. He told everybody the one side of the analogy, but to only His disciples He gave the other side.

Normally I would take something you are very familiar with, like driving your car, and I would draw comparisons between that and flying an airplane, so you might understand some of the principles that apply to an airplane which you know very little.

Jesus was doing the same thing, but He did not give the other side to the multitude. He gave the other side to His disciples.


Now there is a problem in this parable that Jesus has given here and the interpretation thereof, and the kind of mass media work we sometimes do, for in fact the gospel is spread in many ways. It is spread by personal evangelism. I would say in years gone by, I know more people who began to understand the basics of the truth of God from another person. I know people who first heard about it over the radio or television, and yet radio and television does do it. It spreads it out there.

The analogy of this parable to radio or television is very interesting.

They Were Not Ready And It Was Their Fault That They Were Not Ready

Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 13 verse 12, "For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even what he has. {13} Therefore I speak to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand."

These people were not ready for it. There is something you need to understand about this, they were not ready and it was their fault that they were not ready. This is something that I think, out of our own religious background, we may sometimes not quite understand. They were not ready and it was their fault that they were not ready.

Jesus goes on to say in verse 14, "And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing you shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing you shall see, and not perceive: {15} For this people's heart is waxed fat."

Life is working real good for them. They are fat, dumb and happy.

Therefore, what is going to happen?

Jesus goes on to say, "And their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. {16} But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear."

Now what do you suppose would've happened, if someone from the multitude would have come up to Jesus and said "Lord, I didn't understand your parable. What does it mean?" I would say that there was a good chance that Jesus would've explained it to him, just like He did to His disciples. But the truth is, the majority of people don't really want to know.

We have an antenna, you know, that starts quivering a little bit, when we get too close to unpleasant truth. If there is something that might upset our lives, something that might turn us a little sour so that it might move us away from our comfort zone, we are very aware of that very quickly and back off just as quickly. This is what Jesus is saying. Their hearts are fat and life is working. They close their eyes and close their ears, because they don't want to hear because it might make them uncomfortable.

Here is the key. Unless you are ready for your life to change, you are not really going to listen to God or to me for that matter. I am nothing more than a preacher, a teacher who has taken the Bible in hand and puts it out over the airways and explains it trying to make it clear to you so you will understand. You're not interested in that, if your heart is fat. Life is working, your bank account is full. Your car is running good and is still new, and still under warranty. Things like that don't bother you at a time like that.

Jesus goes on to say in Matthew 13 verse 17, "For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them. {18} So hear the parable of the sower."

The Other Side Of The Parable

Now we get to the other side of the equation. {19} "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one and catches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who receives seed by the wayside."

Okay. I got it. The seed is the word of the kingdom. Now I don't know how many of you people, as a part of your routine of life, ever plant seeds. You go down to the store – You buy packets of seed, grass seed, flower seeds, or what have you. Now seeds are expensive. You can spend a lot of money on special seeds. So consequently when you get out there and you're ready to scatter the seed on the ground, generally speaking, if you're going to invest that kind of money, you also invest the time in preparing the ground before you plant it, right? You can use your seed spreader and spread the seed so that it falls on your driveway. You make a point in not doing that. You try to keep all of this expensive seed in the fertile ground, don't you?

Okay, so there's something wrong with this, then, as looked at, that is purely as sower and seed. We should have tumbled to that when we heard the original story. What's wrong with this picture?

Now the second aspect of this is that the seed, the message, the word of God, is spread far and wide. It is allowed to fall on the good ground, bad ground, concrete, good earth, you name it. It is allowed to fall where it will. Why? Because one never knows where it might take root.

On The Banks Of The River

This struck me one day on the banks of the Buffalo River. We were setting up camp, and we finished setting up, and we were sitting there in the evening, enjoying the beauty of the river, the sound of the frogs, and I looked up and across the way, there was a bluff and close to being a shear rock cliff. About halfway up there was a small tree growing out of the side of that bluff, which to me looked like sheer rock but where that tree was there was a crack, with just enough dirt in it, to provide some soil in there, in which a bird or the wind had put a seed in there and a tree was growing out of what looks like solid hard rock.

Now if you were the one who happened to be living in a crack in the middle of a lot of very hard rock and you did have some soil around you, you would be very grateful for that seed, would you not, and the chance to have something grow, and something important in your life?

I looked up across the river and I watched and it was right there that I really began to understand one very important principle of this. God is not wasteful of the seed. He is generous with the seed. He allows it to grow everywhere because even He doesn't know for sure where it will take root.

Challenging Way To Think About God

That will challenge the way you think about God, because God is supposed to know everything. There is something that God does not know, God does not know whether you're going to go straight home after church this afternoon or stop off somewhere to get a bite to eat. He does not know that because you don't know. You have not made that decision yet. Since He's not going to make the decision for you, but will allow you to make it yourself, then He doesn't know. I understand, that runs very contrary to what a lot of people believe about God, but the truth is that God only knows what you're going to do with the truth when you do it. Otherwise you have no freedom. Otherwise it is all predestination.

If it is predestination then what's the point, there's no point in chasing down this particular line. There is no point of me worrying my head about spreading the gospel anywhere, because God will take care of anyway. They are either going to be in the kingdom or not regardless of what I do. If that's the case, I would just as soon retire and manage my rental property as to do what I am doing. It would give me a lot more time for fishing.

Now with freedom, when you think about this, God is very generous with the seed and He scatters it everywhere because He's not sure what decisions people are going to make. Some of those people live in some very inhospitable places. Ok, I can live with that.

Will You Build Your House On Rock Or Sand?

Jesus goes on to tell us in this parable here in Matthew 13 verse 19, "He that received seed in that particular place, is he which received seed by the way side. {20} But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and quickly receives it with joy. {21} Yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by, he is offended."

I have thought about this so many times, the classic illustration of this for you to compare with it, is where Jesus said in Matthew 7:24, "A man who hears my sayings and does them, is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. {26} The man who hears my words and doesn't do them, is like the man who built his house on the sand."

Most of you are aware of this parable. Now let me ask you something. You build one house on the rock and you build the other house on the sand, and in the course of the first three or four months, is their really any significant difference between the two? No, none whatsoever. Now Jesus in the parable says, "Then came the rain, wind, storm and the flood. The house that was built on the sand was washed away and the house that was built on the rock stood."

Now let’s simplify that for you and bring the comparison back home to a person's life. When things are going well, you can hardly tell the difference between one Christian and another. You can only tell the difference when they are under stress, when the pressure comes, when the temptation comes, when persecution comes. The stress will come, it will come in one form or another, and the question that is going to be resolved is, whether or not you had any depth of earth in yourself, and what is the choices that you make, just like in the case of the house.

Jesus said, "He that hears my word and does it."

Now isn't that a choice that is before you? I'm sitting here, putting Jesus' words out on the airwaves every week and here it comes. Actually I do the broadcasts twice a week, trying to get ahead of the game. We are there broadcasting the words of Jesus.

Those people who hear Jesus' words, at the moment they hear them, have a choice. They can do what He said, or they can not do what He said. Isn't that their choice to make?

So in the parable Jesus is talking about two houses being built, but the houses are representative of the choices that people make to obey or not to obey. It is through obedience that the foundation is properly laid. It is in the obedience that we find root in ourselves so that when the stress comes, we can stand and not be uprooted and washed away or torn down like the house.

By-and-by when persecution arises because of the word, he is offended.

The Cares Of The World

Continuing in Matthew 13 verse 12, "He also received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, chokes the word and he becomes unfruitful."

Now that's interesting. I think that also involves decisions about things that you think are important to you. The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. It is like what I told you a while ago, this is why Jesus said, "It is hard for the rich to get into the kingdom of God, because they don't need anything. Wealth has a habit of making you feel secure and safe. When you feel secure and safe, you don't have any need to change anything, because change has nowhere to go but down. So they do not do anything. They don't respond.

Then there is the deceitfulness of riches and this is slippery. It chokes the word and it becomes unfruitful.

Verse 23, "But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; and bears fruit, some hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Then Jesus continued with other parables.

What Kind Of Soil Are You In?

So in the end, you really have to decide what kind of soil you are and it is in some measure a matter of choice. This parable by one interpretation seems to say that you are what you are. You can see that can't you? Someone could go through this parable and conclude, "Well, it is bad soil and there is nothing we could do about it, he is what he is. But if you sit and think about that long enough, you have to realize, there's something wrong with this, because God made us creatures of choice and we do have choices to make.

When you put the parables together and the teachings of Christ together, you realize, you're not just what you are. You can be something different from what you are. You have the power to decide to obey God. You are not a victim, and being what you are and being a victim is no excuse for not obeying God.

I believe we all have choices, and the reading and studying of the Bible will cut through all the nonsense in your life and will help you make the right choices.

And if I can help you with the Bible then I have done my job. I don't have to make your choices, my job is to be sure, as far as I am able that the Bible is there for you, understood by you and is clear to you, as far as I can. And if you need fellowship and encouragement of like-minded people, call us and we will help you find a church group near you.

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This article was transcribed with minor editing from a Sermon given by:

Ronald L. Dart titled: The Parable of the Sower

96POSC 1/11/96

Transcribed by: bb 2/23/2020

Ronald L. Dart was an evangelist and is heard daily and weekly on his Born to Win radio program. 
The program can be heard on over one hundred radio stations across the nation.

In the Portsmouth, Ohio area you can listen to the Born to Win radio program on Sundays at 7:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m. on WNXT 1260 AM.

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