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Vol.  10  No. 11 November 2008  Page 3                    powered by FreeFind

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The Rootless Plant

By Mark McWhorter

Mark McWhorterHave you ever noticed bushes and trees growing on the side of rocky hill? It is amazing that some plants can grow in just a small amount of dirt. It is even more amazing that they can grow as big as they sometimes get.

Those plants do not have very deep roots. If they were growing in normal depth soil, they would be able to send their roots deep into the ground. However, since they are growing in shallow soil, they have very short  roots. These short roots do not keep them secure in the ground. If a strong wind blows, it can cause the  roots to pull out of the ground and the plant falls over and dies. Because the soil is not deep, there is not much water available for the plant. When the sun shines and is hot for any length of time, the plant may  wither and die from lack of moisture.

Jesus says that there are some people like these plants. In Matthew 13:5-6, 20-21; Mark 4: 5-6, 16-17  and Luke 8:6,13, Jesus talks about these people. He says some people hear the Word of God and  receive it. They accept it with joy and begin to grow in faith. They give the appearance of being healthy Christians, but they make their spiritual heart a heart of shallow soil. They do not send their spiritual root deep. Then when life gets tough or there is a crisis, their root is torn up, or they  wither and die spiritually.

It is necessary to study and find deep soil. The Word of God, the Bible, has what you need to  make rich, deep soil. Then you must send your spiritual root deep into that soil. Only by being rooted and grounded properly can you withstand the heat and winds of life that will challenge your faith.

Study your Bible. Learn all you can from it. Do not be a rootless plant. Send your root deep into the rich soil of God’s word, and if any of this is hard to understand, ask an adult to help you.

A Lesson from the Prophet Hosea

By Ernest Underwood

In the prophet Hosea’s time, Israel was in a downward spiral from God both morally and spiritually. Because the nation as a whole rejected God’s plea and warning, He finally sent them into captivity. Let us look at some of Hosea’s statements, and then compare the situation he describes with the conditions in America today.


Question: Is there any one of these things of which America is not presently guilty?

Toleration: Good or Bad?

By Ernest Underwood

Recently, as a result of receiving a publication that I edit, some have said that I should be more tolerant of other people’s beliefs. I rather tongue-in-cheek noticed that those who told me this were not very tolerant of my beliefs.

One definition Webster gives to the word “tolerant” is: “The allowable deviation from a standard.” In some situations, tolerance may be granted without harm being done. However, if your loved one was having open-heart by-pass surgery, how much “deviation from the standard” are you willing to give the surgeon in whether he connects the right artery to the right valve? I don’t know much about the procedure, but I do know that it is very precise. The patient’s life depends upon it. Again, how much “deviation from the standard” are you willing to give a drunk driver as he weaves back and forth across the centerline as he is meeting your teenage daughter as they both drive along a two-lane highway? Will you give him a foot, two feet?

We all know the answers to theses questions. Yet, when one is dealing with his most precious possession—his eternal soul—many people not only want such “deviation from the standard,” they adamantly demand it! “I don’t care what the Bible says, I wouldn’t give my feelings, opinions, or my pastor’s teaching for a whole stack of Bibles,” they cry. How truly, truly sad!

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