WHERE THE SEED LANDS – ???
A few weeks ago we studied the Parable of the Sower in our study of Luke. It’s really the Parable of the Soils, because that was Jesus’ point. Sometimes the gospel seed is rejected by hard ground, sometimes it takes root but quickly dies out, and some gets choked out by the weeds of the world. But, if we’ll just sow the seed, some of it will land in good soil, take root, and multiply. Know Your Bible has been sowing the seed since 1986, and I’m still amazed at all the places it lands. Here’s a recent example.
KYB received an email from a lady who had a really bad experience with a pastor who behaved like anything but a Christian pastor. If her description was accurate, the fellow definitely has some issues, to put it mildly. It seems that if she questioned anything he said, he would yell at her and then not talk to her for a while. Then he would claim he didn’t need to apologize to her because he’d already been forgiven by God. I gave her some scriptures about true repentance, and I also recommended she talk to another minister or a Christian counselor about the situation.
One benefit of email questions is that there is a chance a dialogue may be opened. In this case, it did. She wrote back with this message: “Thank you so much, this is very helpful! We have tried to figure out a Church of Christ in our area, but are not very good at figuring it out. We have had bad experiences with religious people and churches in the past which is why this has been so upsetting to lose that trust. This show really seems genuine by following the Bible which is what we’ve been reading during the pandemic, but it would nice to find genuine fellowship and support. Do you have ways to figure out which churches in our area would have those same views, that are affiliated with your show? It mentions finding a Church of Christ but we want to make sure it’s the right one…”
I responded that I’d be glad to help if she would tell me where she lived. Her answer was Moline, Illinois. The Moline Church of Christ happens to be one of KYB’s supporting congregations. I have visited the Moline church, and I have communicated with their minister about other contacts previously. So, I was able to give the lady a confident recommendation and the appropriate contact information.
We don’t know how all this will turn out, but we don’t have to. All we have to do is sow the seed. Pray for Julie and the church in Moline.