Parable of the Weeds - John Van Sloten

July 21, 2013

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryIn this message Pastor John preaches on the parable of the weeds. We live in a world where good and evil seem inextricably intertwined. Why is that? Could this mysterious reality help us know God more?

“God's kingdom is like a farmer who planted good seed in his field. That night, while his hired men were asleep, his enemy sowed thistles all through the wheat and slipped away before dawn. When the first green shoots appeared and the grain began to form, the thistles showed up, too.
"The farmhands came to the farmer and said, 'Master, that was clean seed you planted, wasn't it?
Where did these thistles come from?'
"He answered, 'Some enemy did this.'
"The farmhands asked, 'Should we weed out the thistles?'
"He said, 'No, if you weed the thistles, you'll pull up the wheat, too. Let them grow together until harvest time. Then I'll instruct the harvesters to pull up the thistles and tie them in bundles for the fire, then gather the wheat and put it in the barn.'"
Jesus in Matthew 13:24-30

“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.”
The Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-9

Songs for this service, click to listen/watch.


All Creatures of our God and King

Deliver Me

Only You

The Maker

Soul Meets Body

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Matthew 13:24-30,2Corinthians 12:7-9,dzhokhar tsarnaev,rolling stone,evil

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