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  1. thanks …and also thank God for such people.

  2. Great article! People are more likely to listen when you have really lived out the gospel among them.

  3. Scott,

    Thanks for the words of wisdom. It is good for pastors to remember that the entire Old Te stament is written about life in an agrarian society and that Jesus taught in an agrarian society using many references to the soil and agronomic
    practices; planting, watering, weeding, harvesting, storing up grain for the dry times, etc. It is something we need
    to remember. Water, food and soil are everywhere and we are all connected to them. They make great teaching tools and illustrate the Gospel story very well because all human beings become thirsty, have felt the hardness of the ground under our feet and understand the “hardness of the heart”. Christ Followers need to understand our spiritual
    lives need ‘weeding, ‘pruning’ and ‘watering’ and as you said, from time to time we have to break up the hardness of our hearts in order for the Word to soak in. Again, great way to present a topic about a real need in the church. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  4. I loved the analogy to the type of tilling a farmer must/might do to their fields for soil preparation. However, there is another aspect to it that was missed but is helpful. I am a preacher not a farmer, but grew up in a hilly area. In many places around me no-till planting was practiced because of erosion and loss of top soil. No-till helps reduce the erosion, thus keeping the soil for the best for planting. While we should never practice no-till in evangelism, the continued lesson is to know your soil. Hills make erosion more possible allowing no-till to become almost necessary. Some cultures and locations might deem a different approach to evangelism. Southwest Ohio is going to be different than Northeast North Carolina. Learn to till in the best possible way for your location. I love this analogy, might even preach it some time.

    • Brandon Hilgemann

      Good thought. I agree. You have to know the people you are trying to reach. Some areas are ripe for the harvest. Some take much heavier plowing.