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Crypto-Returns in Spiritual Life | St. Luke 8

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Now available at Patristic, niter,doorg, patristic nectar publications is pleased to present a four part lectureseries by father, Josiah Trinum, entitled Male and Female Reflections Ontransgender ISM. These lectures directly address this latest iterationof the sexual revolution and the sexual anarchy unlease by a cultural rejectionof the Christian theological foundations of creation, anthropologysexuality and the traditional therapeutic paths of the church. Theselectures explain why Christians cannot reasonably avoid studying transgenderideology in today's cultural climate, how this new world view on sexualityfinds itself deficient in explaining and healing our fall in human conditionand how love must compel believers to open their arms to persons seeking gonefrom a transgendered background for these and other available titles.Please visit our website a patristic, nectar, donard and now the arena with Father JosiahTrenan, the name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, blessed Lord's Day to you, brothers andsisters. I'm thankful for you very much for your faithfulness to worship God and to be in your father's house alsofor your willingness to listen to the scriptures with a soft heart and to open your heart to me. God bless you. I've entitled my homilythis morning, crypto returns in spiritual life. Yes, I saw some head pop up veryquickly who wouldn't want to have critta returns in spiritual life. You can find out right now this marvellous parable that we oftencall the parable of the sower. That's not a good title. By the way it's founditself into a lot of bibles, because a lot of bibles now are sold with anapparatus in it that wasn't in the original manuscripts, including titlesand most bibles in Luca entitle this section, the parable of the SOWER, it'snot about the sewer at all. Actually, it's not about the seed either is completely focused upon the soils. The four different soils that receivethe seed that the SOWER CHRIST SOS the focus is very much about the soilswhich I'll get to in a moment. This is a parable about salvation.Jesus describes the hard soil. The soil that you would find on thelittle foot paths in Judea next to farm land, the paths that were packed down bypeople's feet every day when seeds fell on that it didn't go anywhere. Jesus described some people's hearts.That way, he says some people receive the word, but he says quote: The Devil comes andtakes away the seed from their heart so that they can't he says, believe andbe saved. This parable is about salvation it'sabout how to be saved, usually when we're thinking about people being saved.We're thinking of the Preaching Ministry of the Church were thinkingabout those who haven't heard about Christ. This is why the Church hasalways sent forth missionaries its, why she has always had an apostolic aspectto her existence in any culture where...

...she is were constantly speaking aboutprice constantly telling people about Jesus constantly welcome them to ourchurches and sending missionaries around the world. This is just what wedo. That's how we normally think about it.We divide the world into two. The Place is where the Gospel hasenlightened their hearts and brought the knowledge of the true God and theSalvation of the Gospel and those portions of theworld that don't know who, God is that's how we normally divide the world. This text, however, when it's talkingabout salvation, isn't talking about salvation for those who have neverheard Saint Paul says if we confess with our mouth andbelieve in that Jesus is Lord. We believe in our heart that God raisedhim from the dead will be saved for every one who calls on the name ofthe Lord will be saved. Then he says S, but how can they call upon one in whomthey have not believed and how can they believe in one of whomthey have not heard, and how can they hear if they don't have a preacher and howcan they have a preacher unless one is sent? That's the tenth chapter of theEpistle Paul to the Romans, and this is the theological basis for why we sentpreachers and missionaries. It's wise priests, talk to people all over theworld and the faithful are constantly preaching,because the knowledge of Christ is necessary to be saved. But that's not what we're talking abouthere. The Salvation that this Gospel istalking about is a salvation that is either embraced or lost and don't missthe terrible equation here. Three out of the four seeds preaching of theGospel, was worthless. No Salvation was obtained only twentyfive per cent of the soils received the word unto salvation. This is talkingabout salvation amongst the people of God, where the word of God, as preached this is talking about us, dear ones. Jesus was giving this parable,surrounded by his followers by disciples, who were following himeverywhere. He went that should concern us. I think this is about how we hear the word ofGod. We who know Christ we who are used to listening to him when we hear theword of God in Church, like you just did you heard the epistle lesson from Titus as though the Apostle, the greatapostle was standing in our midst. Speaking to you, you heard the gospel lesson from SaintLupus now: Christ, speaking directly to you, I'm his representative to preachto you you're hearing the word of God. How you here will determine everything with regardsto your soul. Salvation, when you hear the word read and preach brothers andsisters, you're, holding your heart in your hands, you're holding your salvation in yourhands. Everything depends on how you receive it. Everything you do not want to be hard soil. You donot want to be rocky soil. You do not want to be weedy soil because none ofthose souls soils receive the word and bear fruit unto salvation. None. Youwant to be the good soil, the good soil that in a good heart, receives the wordand it bears fruit unto salvation. This is what this Selifan parable isall about. Salvation requires hearing about the saviour, but it also requiresabout learning about him in a certain way.

Jesus says the only way to know themysteries of God. If you listen carefully, this is whathe just said in Luke to you. It has been granted to know the mystery of Godto you who here in such a way as to receive and obeywhat I'm saying everything depends upon our obedience to the word, ourdisposition to receive it unto application not to receive it asevaluation. Oh well, father did a pretty good jobtoday or all that sermon stock. Whatever you know, I don't care what you think,so I think it is completely worthless instead, listenfor yourself! Listen for your salvation! Forget me. I ask your forgiveness when I'm a fluband when it's pretty good. Thank God, thank God. But the issue is not me.It's you. I have to listen to it first before Igive it to you, listen in such a way that you can actually receive it andobey it, because if you have that disposition, you'll know the mysteriesof God, you'll understand who Jesus is you'll, be gods and you'll bear fruit for a long time. So the real question we have to ask isthis: What kind of dirt are we that's what we have to ask? What kind of dirt are we y'all knowthat you're made of dirt dirt and soul by the hands of God fashion to humanbeing the kind of dirt we want to be his soft good well prepared soil. Thisis the kind of soil that someone who is a farmer wants. This is why he ploughshis soil up. This is why he weeds it. This is why he takes visible rocks outof his soil s so that it can be prepared. The soil can be prepared sothat when the seed hits it something's going to come to pass, some actualfruit is going to be born. Think with me for a moment about thesethree nasty soils, the hard soil, the rocky soil, theweedy soil, what they have in common according to the Gospel text is themost important thing. They all have their unique descriptions, but whatthey have in common is that they don't bear fruit. That remains. This is what they com the fruitlesshearing, and this is Jesus. The greatest concern is that he's going topreach with no effect, no actual tangible life application and those whoare listening. This is what the three nasty soils havein common. The hard soil is a hard heart, a heart,that's not broken up. There's no compunction, there's no sense ofunworthiness, there's no sense of desperation or need that is so commonto every Christian who's growing. This is the hard heart. The Rock is hard is the the kind of soil that has a limestonelayer under that you can see it might be down there eight or ten inches deep.So you you put the seat on and it grows quickly, but then, as soon as the rootshit the limes thoughts, the limestone base, they can't they take onin deeperand it's cut off. You know, I see this as you do on theninety one free way. Every year were you to drive in the ninety onewere going, you know from river Seder Corona out to Orange County or we'recoming back from Orange County, and we get into that place right there nearChino, where it's either absolutely grotesque, Brown or we'vehad a little bit of rain. A little bit of rain bilma turns into a Lush GreenParadise. For a few days,...

...maybe for a couple months, if it's areally good season, maybe for a couple months and then it's gone, then it'sback to Brown. This is exactly what Jesus is talking about when he'stalking about the rocky soil he's talking about soil, that has a rockfoundation underneath it that's not visible. What this means in the spiritual lifeis that we're all excited we're all excited and we're going to dosomething, because that was a great sermon. I'm going to do that or we come toconfession and they hear a word okay, I'm going to do that and our enthusiasmis great and we do it for about two days and then we stop. This is the rocky soil. It's not helpful does not bear fruit unto salvation the weedy soil is the soil. THAT'S THEHEART! That's all mixed up in the world. The witty soil is interested in thechurch interested in Christ interested in the word of salvation, but as anaddition to a very full worldly life. Of course, I love Christ. He's made mylife so much happier the better me with Jesus, I'm thebetter me: It's not there's no self denial in thatlife, there's no establishing the Kingdom of God. As our true ambition.We have an earthly ambition that we want to fit Jesus into, because werespect him because he says beautiful things, and we want that too, becausewe don't want to miss out on anything. We want to get everything the worldhave to give and everything Christ has to give when, in fact our saviour says, it's impossible, it's impossible. If we love the world and the ways ofthe world, we can't be his disciples or, as Saint James says, any one who lovesthe world is an enemy of God. Ouch ouch Jesus isn't here to make this world alittle better he's here to redeem the world and he's brought us their ones to haveone ambition: one ambition, the Kingdom of God andhis righteousness. This is what we're seeking. We know that this world isshaky very shaky. If we haven't learned anything. Wecertainly learned this in the last year or two haven't we, it's very shaky, very shaky, there's only one kingdomthat can't be shaken and that's the kingdom that we belong to and that'swhere our king is. So. How do we avoid these three ones?How do we have the good soil? The sow that's prepared that receives the word,holds it fast and bears fruit unto perseverance, because make no mistake:the heart determines the disciple period. The heart that is soft that is prepared is authentic. Christianthat will findsalvation the heart that is hard shallow and weedy will not. Absorptionis what's necessary, how to get the grace of God absorbed into your heartso that it actually changes you so that you actually become what you in yourmind, think you should be listening to the word of God. You do that one andone way, only dear ones, and that is by preparing your heart, like a farmer,prepare soil, how do you do that? Will you avoid thehardening of your heart by repentance by confession? This is why it's impossible to secure the grace of God without abroken heart. It's impossible. It's also why, when you have a broken heart, when you takeyour sins seriously and you confess what beautiful things grow, all sortsof flowers, all sorts of trees. All...

...sorts of fruit comes out because you're avoiding the hard soilyou're, breaking it up. You're saying that beautiful psalm have mercy on MileGod according to thy Great Mercy and you're, saying those words in that songcreate in me a clean heart, and God does he does by taking your sins seriously enough toidentify them to speak clearly about them, to sorrow over them to tell themto your confessor and to oppose them in your life by amendment. This is the chief way that you avoid ahard heart. You know that Beautiful Som, some onetwenty five. It says that the person who sows with tears inthe night will reap with rejoicing in the morning. This is what happens when we are willing to have tears whenwe're willing to look at ourself and repent all sorts of joy flows, allsorts of happiness comes. You can avoid the rocky heart by insisting onapplication by not just being what Paul calls anarticle someone who wants their ears tickle. He says some people come andthey listen to him, the Great Apostle and, of course, his successors in thebishops and priests of the Church, because they want to hear somethingNice. We heard this a couple weeks ago on theFeast of Saint Dionysius right, the Greeks liked it too. It wasn't just theJews who are wanting to hear it ear. TICKLING sermons from Paul all theJewish philosophers used to stand around the areopagus and just hearsomething new. They always love to hear something new, but do you want to hearsomething that calls you to a new life? Do you want to hear something that willbe Selfie for you, but will require change? Do you want to hear somethingunto salvation? We should never hear a single sermonwithout thinking that we have to repent. Should we if we, if we hear a sermon unless the sermon really stinks and isdesigned to like make you feel good or something? If that's the purpose of thesermon, I could understand it, but if you're, if can you really read theGospel a single time and not feel after hearing it that you should repent? Do you notice how the Church teaches usthis by the fact that in Orthros you just heard the gospel proclaimed anwhat's the very next thing you say top fifty? Why do you sing some fifty every Sundayafter the gospels read in Orthros, because the church is telling you it'simpossible to listen to Christ in the Gospel and not recognize that you needto repent and therefore we're going to provide some fifty for you so that youcan repent after hearing the Gospel, we have to insist, brothers and sisters insist onchanging our life every day, every day, asking God's help and forgiveness everysingle day. Every time we hear the Gospel every time we listen to a sermon.Ask Yourself: How is my life going to be different? What am I going to do to day to applywhat I just heard you know, Saint John Cross Aston counselled his people thatwhen they would leave not to forget what they heard read to talk about the Gospel Lesson and totalk about the sermon he said pick a flower. He said as you're goinghome. I can only imagine the fields and Antioch pick a flower, he said and then, as youwould twist it and look at it from all angles. That's how you should talk toyour family about the sermon and the Gospel reading. When you leave church talk about it, what are we going to do?Folks, as which we should say fathers to his wife and children, wife to herhusband, brothers and sisters to...

...brothers and sisters? How are we going to be differentbecause of this? What are we going to change in our life to day? This is how we should listen. Saint Paul says we have becomepartakers of Christ. This is an Hebrews three. We have become partakers of Christ if,if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence until the end, we can't be like those quick springingup people who just disappear and I'm encouraging you. Let me say a word toyou: Kataches, there's a lot of you right now, nothing thrills my heart more than tosee the word of God sprout in the heart of a CATICOM to see the enthusiasm tofind the church. But I want you to remember thatenthusiasm has to be cultivated. This has the beginning of a lifelong process,for you, catechumens don't draw near the Church and start the instructionand be all enthusiasm, enthusiastic and then be received into the church andthen disappear. It would have all been in vain and it will be to your judgment. Youwill be sorry. You ever met the church. If you do that, you will be held tosuch a high standard, having calm, having heard, havingembraced and then fallen away, don't fall away. Let alone begin your catechism and notfinish it. This has been a new phenomena. I think it's because of thenumbers, but you know I've always watched therecidivism rate for our catechumens. It's bent for US around twelve per centafter five years. That's a horrible percentage to horrible percentage to loose twelveper cent from the active participation in thefaith. Of course, we want a hundred percent. Jesus did lose one of thetwelve. I think that's eight and a half percent loss on our Lord Si efforts with the twelve, but one of the new things now is some ofour catacolae literally disappearing after a year of catechism beforethey've even been received dear ones. Here, the Lord of the churchpersevere to the end. If you want to be saved, there's no quick salvation, it doesn'texist unless you're the thief on the Cross. If you're going to live on thisearth, this is the time to work out your salvation to hold fast unto theend, so that you're, not the rocky soil, you can be a dragster. You come out of the shoot, go up to three hundred miles an hourblow your motor and you can't even make it to the stinking finish line. Much better to come out of the shoot, disciplined and resolved to the end. You can avoid being a weedy heart by not and throning your feelings at the centre of your life, people who are who are worldly, who have weeds and the pleasures oflife which choke out the gospel they want to have their cake and eat ittoo. They want all the pleasures of life andChrist, first principle of our faith. Dear onesdeny yourself, you can't have them you can't. If you choose the world,then find you choose the World De, but you're not going to get the kingdom,because that's not what this life is...

...for. This short life is designed for us toprepare ourselves to be fit for God's presence. Eternally, that's why we'rehere we're being made into the people he wants us to ibe made into to enjoythis kingdom for ever. This is all preparation. This is not the kingdom. Those who are dominated by seekingearthly pleasures think that it's going to last for ever, none of it will crush those feelings that tell you thatyou have to have Christ and comfort. Why would you want something? Jesusnever had. Let me say a final word about cryptoreturns. So what happens? If you do this, what happens if you cultivate yourheart right? Do you know this? When you cultivate your heart and you hear Godspeak you embrace it, and you ask Lord, how can I put this into practice? Theresult is incredible. Matthew and mark say the result couldbe thirty sixty or a hundred times. That is quite the return. This doesn't mean that one seed becomesthirty seeds. What it means is that the effort that the farmer is putting inthe investment he's making in that one seed, whatever it costs whatever laborit was to put it in there to water it to watch. It will be multiplied in theharvest. Thirty Times or sixty times or a hundred lukedoesn't even deal with thirty or six that he just goes right to a hundred. Since, if you do this, the return willbe a hundred fold. This is how much fruits coming this bearing of fruit will enrich the church. It will enrichthe glory of God. It will enrich yourself eternally the good heart that's prepared will be full full of God's presence, full of peace, full of joy, full of love. That is what's promisednow for the person who prepares his heart, who works the soil and who breaks uphis hardness. This is why we can hear hear the word of the Prophet Jeremiah.He says this to the people he said to day put the shovel in your hard heart. Hesays turn over your following dry grass up root your heavy soil. He told theIsraelites so that a fruitful harvest can come Dur. My Four: it's an incredible textturn over your fallow ground, prepare your heart ter once and you'llhave a hundred fold return. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offered to you by patristic nectar,publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing the spirituallythirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. If you are interested in otheravailable titles or if you would like more information on patristic nectarpublications, please visit our website at www, dot, patristic nectar, dot, Org,again, that's www dot, patristic nectar Dodo. I.

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