S: It's All In The Ground
BC: The End
FC: It's All In The Ground
1: A book for Kinseyallyn
3: What is it that makes this so beautiful? | So complete? | So pleasing?
4: What's so different about this? More importantly, | How does this, | Relate to us?
6: While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: "A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown."
7: Then Jesus said this, | "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
9: Hear What? | Let's go deeper.
10: Within cultures, throughout history, the tree has been a symbol of life.
11: In fact, ancient Sumeria had stories similar to the Bible's about this same Tree of Life and it's two inhabitants.
12: Now, does truth transcend age? And even if we deny that story that happens, doesn't it's weight, it's moral still affect us?
14: Have you ever wanted out?
15: Just a change. | Not the same. | Something new.
16: Have you ever wanted to know how to change?
18: And you've tried everything. | And nothing has worked. | And now you're left empty.
20: And what if the problem isn't that you're doing anything wrong. | But you're asking the wrong question. | And instead of asking. | You ask. | Why? | How?
21: That might change everything.
22: What if it's all in this?
24: What if Christ wanted us to hear about the soil?
25: The | muddy | clammy | dirty | messy | ugly | filthy | mucky | unpleasant | Soil | Crazy, huh?
26: I mean. What do we have in common with the soil?
28: We see another symbol for life throughout history.
29: And it's not something that profound or hidden to us. | Not a secret nor an expensive mystery. | Nothing big. | Just the Sun.
30: It's funny how we pass under something so important. | Every single day. | And we could care so less.
32: And we find these two symbols of life | the Tree and the Sun | Intertwined | And through what?
34: We see another symbol of life all around us. | And it's starting to connect to | us. | But first,
35: Isn't it?
36: In this one book, | There's this woman thirsty for a drink of water, | So a man responds to her and offers her a drink. | But he says, When you drink this water you won't be thirsty again.
37: So she drops her water and drinks his, | And something happens. | She doesn't return.
39: And we still ask, | What's all these symbols of life got to do with one another?
41: "Why here?" | And once we find out the answer, we ask...
42: I have a friend. | And trust me, she's an amazing girl. | But she wants a change | She needs something Different | She's thirsty for Life
43: Just because you're alive, | doesn't mean you're really living.
44: Austin spoke to God one day saying, "Hey, I need a metaphor for me and my friends. Got any good ones?" God, first and foremost smiled as he does with all of his creation who think they're being overly clever, then he replied, "Go outside." So Austin did. He stood in a big patch of grass, and noticed it started to rain while the sun was still shining brightly. Then he slipped, hit his head, and it came to him. | Now if this next conversation happened like it would in a book, this is how it would have happened...
45: What if there was absolutely no way we could change ourselves?
47: Like, what did this plant do to make itself grow?
48: And we answer, | "That's just ridiculous, it's all a matter of how much sunlight it got, if it was in a place of rainfall, and if it was planted in fertile ground."
49: Now you're onto something.
50: So although the accepted analogy of Christ's parable refers to the gospel, we'll look at in in a different light.
53: The Sun | You already know it's the source of life on earth, | You know it's always there and when it's not, it is.
54: Now I've heard people say stuff like, The "Sun" is like the "Son" or the all-seeing eye in the sky. But we're not here to torture a parable until it's metaphors are devoid of meaning Luckily, The sun speaks for itself.
55: Taken from National Geographic Website: "Compared with the billions of other stars in the universe, the sun is unremarkable. But for Earth and the other planets that revolve around it, the sun is a powerful center of attention. It holds the solar system together; pours life-giving light, heat, and energy on Earth; and generates space weather."
56: Now look at the water, | 1. Roughly 70 percent of an adult's body is made up of water. | 2. Without food a person can live for weeks, but without water you can expect to live only a few days. | 3. Most of the earth's surface consists of water; there is much more water than there is land. | 4. Water removes waste from the human body. | 5. Most of the world's people must walk at least 3 hours to fetch water.
57: While the sun is the source of life, its heat also demands a high cost upon its dependents. The water brings cool relief from the sun's rays, especially in literature when it is symbolized with a sense of rest. However, it too can drown a world of people with its drops. | And then we get to the ground...
58: In his book, The Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster makes the point that instead of mustering up all the willpower and improper motivation to change ourselves, we must solely rely on those outside forces, this God and His grace, to transform us.
59: So there really is nothing we can do to save ourselves... | is there?
60: But before you begin to lose all hope, | Richard Foster goes on to lay out the common disciplines of the early church. | Meditation Prayer Fasting Study Simplicity Solitude | Submission Service Confession Worship Guidance Celebration
61: And suddenly there's something for us to do after all.
62: Now this book is not intended to go into further detail of all of these things* But instead, to ponder one thing
63: This stuff.
64: So just like the seed is helpless to make itself grow, we too need some help...
65: But not with some magic formula or by attaining some sense of perfection.
66: But by doing a little bit of this.
68: Some people have said it's like if you don't knock, | Who's going to answer?
69: And what's one piece of wood to another?
71: What good ever came out of the ground?
72: I mean, If it's all in the ground, All in the ways that make our own soil fertile, What's there to stop the Sun and the Rain from helping us to grow?