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10 hours ago, 1to3 said:

 

 

Good passages! The parable of the sower is what reminded me of that analogy. The Parable of the sower always frightens me a bit because when I'm feeling low I end up thinking that my seed landed in the "thorny places" or was "eaten up by animals". Or when I fail at a project I end up thinking 'rotten fruit'. it's a scary feeling.  

 

9 hours ago, Davida said:

I Like it! but I'd put it slightly different-

Faith--->  =Seed
Salvation->=Tree / Vine ( we are connected by the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ
Works---> =Fruit (verifies the indwelling Holy Spirit)
 

 


Good stuff, I had difficulty fitting the 'fruit' with a description but yours is better. I will use it from now on. 

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