“The Good News” (Romans 10: 11, John 14: 6; ESV) by Carley Evans

Paul writes, “For the Scripture says, ‘ Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.’ ”

Jesus says, “I Am the Truth, the Way, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”

Paul writes, “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart.” (Romans 10: 8)

Our hearts carry our belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior. With our mouths, we confess our belief. As we privately believe and publicly confess this belief, we are first justified and then saved. “For everyone who calls on the Name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10: 13)

Salvation can’t be that simple, say many. Paul says it is.

Words may emerge from the mouth, but if the heart does not hold the belief behind the words, they do not save. The heart may believe, but if the mouth fails to confess openly this belief before others, then that belief is fruitless.

Paul says, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” (Romans 10: 10 – 11)

Then Paul reminds us “how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” (Romans 10: 15)

“A Sower Goes Out” (Matthew 13: 3, ESV) by Carley Evans

“A sower went out to sow,” says Jesus.

The sower throws seed here and there, not knowing the state of the ground, not even knowing the location of each seed he tosses. He keeps sowing seeds. He isn’t carrying a hoe with him; he only has a sack filled with seeds. While sowing seeds, this sower worries not about the path, the birds, the rocky ground, the lack of soil, the sun, the thorns, or even the goodness of the soil. He is only sowing the seeds.

The sower keeps moving; he keeps sowing the seed.

“He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13: 9)

“Other seeds fall on good soil and produce grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matthew 13: 8)

“A sower went out to sow.”