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"Take care then how you hear"

Have you heard the word of God? Have you heard Jesus Christ is the son of God? Have you heard that God sent His son Jesus to die on a cross as payment for your sins? Have you heard that Jesus was raised again on the third day and now sits at the right hand of God? Have you heard that if you have faith in Jesus your sins are forgiven and you will have eternal life?

If you have heard the word of God, what have you done with the word of God given to you? If you have not heard the word of God, I would be glad to talk with you about it by email or phone. You can also read the bible on your phone, tablet, or computer by going to www.youversion.com. Over 700 languages available. I suggest that you start reading in the book of John.

Take a minute to read the Parable of the sower from the book of Luke and consider the warning by Jesus in vs.18 to "Take care then how you hear"

The Parable of the Sower

4 And when a great crowd was gathering and people from town after town came to him, he said in a parable: 5 "A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell on the rock, and as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up with it and choked it. 8 And some fell into good soil and grew and yielded a hundredfold." As he said these things, he called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

The Purpose of the Parables

9 And when his disciples asked him what this parable meant, 10 he said, "To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God, but for others they are in parables, so that 'seeing they may not see, and hearing they may not understand.' 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature. 15 As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience."

A Lamp Under a Jar

16 "No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. 17 For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. 18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away."

http://www.youversion.com/bible/chapter/esv/luke/8