Pulling out Those Pesky Thorns!

Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.             Matthew 13:7 ESV Thorns come with a wide variety of nasty consequences to their recipients. From the big ones that roses hide beneath their blossoms to the tiniest that coat the stems of stinging nettles, they are designed…

Pearl of Greatest Price

 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Matthew 13:45-46 KJV As a business man I have always been intrigued and drawn to this story. Though there are many different…

He Watches Sparrows

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. Matthew 10:29 In Jesus’ day sparrows were common and held value only for what brief use anyone might have of them. Sometimes I have wondered, why Jesus tells us that God watches sparrows. After…

Hidden Treasure

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44 Why does Jesus say that God’s message is a hidden mystery? It is all around us like air…

The Farmer and the Harvest

Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering his seed, some fell along the path and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly because the soil…