Matthew 13 verses 1-9 The parable of the Sower
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”
Matthew 13 verses 18-23 The meaning of the Parable.
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
Brenda and I, by God’s grace, have just completed fifty years in Christian Ministry, including fourteen years at Carmel Pontlliw. There’s no place like home! Throughout this period, I have always emphasised the fact that our chief work is to sow the seed of the Gospel. I remember one of the faithful members of Calfaria Skewen saying to me one day – you always tell us that the work of the Church is to sow the seed of the Gospel, and I do agree, but I would have loved to have had a ride on the combine harvester.
Sowing Gospel seed is difficult in the Wales of today, but it is essential work which brings honour to the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. We need to remember at all times spiritually speaking that if we plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land, that it is fed and watered by God’s almighty hand. On with sowing, bearing in mind the words of the psalmist “Those who sow in tears shall reap with joy.”
Sunday 11th October 2020 has been earmarked as our harvest thanksgiving.
We would ask you to support the B.M.S. appeal for Guinebor 11 hospital in Chad.
God loves a cheerful giver.
Eglwys y bedyddwyr carmel baptist church pontlliw
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Rev. H. Vincent Watkins