Focus on the Sower

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July 16, 2017. In today’s Gospel reading from Matthew 13, Jesus tells a parable to help his followers understand why many people rejected his teachings. The sower in the story spreads seeds on the path, on rocky ground, among thorns, and on good soil. Pastor Penny wants us to focus on the sower in her sermon today. He was wasteful, foolish, and a risk-taker — like parents are out of love for their children, and like God is with us.

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