eNote Highlights 7/12/2019by Dennis Miller
Getting grass to grow is not as easy as I think it should be. After burying a drain pipe in our backyard in late Spring, our grass seed has only grown where we added good topsoil. The seed will not grow in the hard surface clay.
Wheat is a kind of grass.
Nate Perry, Coordinater of Ag Operations and External Relations at Huntington University, has helped to educate me about wheat. A wheat seed will normally produce 4-5 tillers. A tiller is what you might call a head of grain. Each plant produces one main head and then offshoot tillers, the number of which varies. Nate shared that the wheat harvest in our area wheat is expected to produce an average of 4 Tillers, each bearing somewhere around 16 kernels. This means a wheat seed is outputting approximately 60x itself. Nate also said that predicting the yield for wheat is more challenging than other crops. Evidently, there are a lot of variables that come into play. Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln suggest that winter wheat will produce about 5 Tillers with 22 kernels each. This is a return of about 100x what is planted. This weekend we will wrap up our short series on the Parable of the Sower. I am encouraged by what I am learning when Jesus says we will produce 100, 60, or 30 times what has been invested in us. I trust you will be too.
We will wrap up this short series on the Parable of the Sower. We will examine each type of soil the seed was scattered upon. Our study will help us to understand what keeps people from following Jesus. It should also challenge us to consider how we can best align our hearts fully with the purposes of God’s will.
The resurfaced gym floor looks great and now needs to cure for several days. The FLC will be closed again this Sunday, July 14. We have created more seating space with live worship singing in the Commons. There will still be tables in the back of the Commons prepared for families with young children to participate in worship. The FLC will be open for worship services on Sunday, July 21.
Matthew 13:1-17 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.” 10 The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to the people in parables?” 11 He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heavenhas been given to you, but not to them. 12 Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 13 This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
14 In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:
“‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;
you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.
15 For this people’s heart has become calloused;
they hardly hear with their ears,
and they have closed their eyes.
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts
and turn, and I would heal them.’
16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.
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