by Steve Jones

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This Year Grow Through Reading (2 of 4)
Series: A New Year of Growth
Steve Jones
II Timothy 3, John 5, Matthew 4

INTRODUCTION: An argument could be made that the government is in the business of causing things to NOT grow. This is from the Desk of Don Genereaux Honorable Secretary of Agriculture, Washington D.C.:

Dear Sir,
My friend, Dan Hansen, over at Mitchell, South Dakota, received a check for $50,000.00 from the government for not growing corn. So I want to go into the "NOT GROWING CORN" business. What I want to know is, in your opinion, what is the best kind of farm not to grow corn on? And what is the best kind of corn not to raise? I want to be sure that I approach this endeavor in keeping with all government policies. As I see it, the hardest part of the "NOT GROWING CORN" program is keeping an accurate inventory of how much corn I haven't grown. My friend Hansen is very joyful about the future of the business. He has been growing corn for twenty years or so, and the best he has ever made on it was $20,000 in 1988, until this year when he got your check for the $50,000.00 for not growing 7,000 bushels of corn. If he got $50,000.00 for not growing 7000 bushels of corn, then would I get $100,000.00 for not growing 14000 bushels? Please reply soon. I want to get started as soon as possible as this seems to be a good time of the year for the "NOT GROWING CORN" business.

While the government has a knack for making things NOT grow, God has a knack for MAKING things grow. We're in a sermon series about positioning ourselves to grow over the next year and our whole focus is based upon the premise that God makes things grow. I Corinthians 3:6 "I planted the seed, Apollos watered it but God made it grow." However, while God makes things grow, we have to do our part as well. In this sermon series I'm focusing on four actions that every Christian can take which will position us for spiritual growth both individually and as a church body.

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