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Jesus Working Love, Grace, and Mercy in YOU!

Matthew 13:31-32 New International Version (NIV)

The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” Thursday, July 23 - Matthew 13:31-32

As I was growing up and when I graduated high school the message that our

American culture constantly preached to me and my generation was: “follow your

dreams and change the world!” The only place I ever heard anyone praising the

“normal, everyday” stuff of life was in the church. You know, the stuff like being a

loving parent or a devoted spouse. No one praised the “hidden” stuff of integrity,

honesty, patience and self-control. Jesus came and declared that God’s kingdom is

here right now and has actually always been here. You cannot go anywhere in this

world where God is not sovereign. However, his kingdom works in hidden ways. The

primary and most powerful way is through faith in our “hidden” savior, Jesus. I say

“hidden” because even though the name of Jesus is famous in the world his death

and resurrection still seem counter intuitive. Death on a cross looks a lot like losing,

not winning. This is why many like Jesus as a “good teacher” but not as their Lord or

God! Jesus is the “hidden” king of the “hidden” kingdom working in you to produce

amazing and abundant results of love, grace and mercy.

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