Seeds of Time
welcome to today's encouragement from our daily bread the reading today titled seeds of time was written by Kenneth Peterson
 in eighteen seventy-nine people watching William behl would likely think he was loony they'd see the professor of Botany filling 20 bottles with various seeds then burying them in deep soil what they didn't know was that bill was conducting a seed viability experiment that would span centuries every 20 years a bottle would be dug up to Planet Seeds and see which seeds will germinate Jesus talked a lot about seed planting often likening the sowing of seed to the spreading of the word he talked at some seeds are snatched by Satan others have no foundation and don't take root and yet others are hampered by the life around them and are choked out as we spread the good news it's not up to us which seeds Will Survive our job is simply to so the gospel to tell others about Jesus go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation Jesus said in Mark 16
 in 2021 another of bills bottles was dug up the seeds were planted by researchers and some sprouted having survived more than 140 2 years that's God works through us and we share our faith with others we never know if the word we share will take root or when but we're to be encouraged that our sewing of the good news might even after many years be received by someone who will accept it and produce a crop
today's our daily bread devotional scripture reading is from Mark Chapter 4 verses 13 through 20
 then Jesus said to them don't you understand this Parable how then will you understand any Parable the farmer shows the word some people are like seed along the path where the word is song as soon as they hear it Satan comes and takes away the word that was sewn in them others like seeds sown on Rocky places hear the word and it wants receive it with joy but since they have no root they last only a short time when trouble or persecution comes because of the word they quickly Fall Away still others like seed sown among Thorns hear the word but the worries of this life the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word making it unfruitful others like seed sown in good soil hear the word accept it and produce a crop some 30 some 60 some a hundred
 times what was song
 now let's go to God In Prayer
 Lord Jesus please give us courage to share you with our friends and family and colleagues who don't yet know you and then allow you to water and fertilize the seed that we planted trusting that you will make the seed grow thank you Lord It's in Jesus name that we pray and share the good news amen
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