In applying the parable of the sower to today's world, the "rocks" would refer to hardened hearts, the "birds" to enemies of truth, and the "briars" to the media channels seeking to distract us. In this call to action, Graham and Toney help us see the importance of speaking God's truth in a hostile environment. 144 pages, hardcover from Worthy.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus foretold all the ways the world would try to reject Gods Word. Rocks will be thrown at the righteous, dirty birds will try to steal your peace and assurance, and briars will try to choke out the clear truth with noise and confusion. Today, the rocks are hardened hearts that have turned from God, the dirty birds are enemies of the Gospel dispelling negative influences, and the briars are the media channels seeking to distract, confuse, and alarm. Satan uses these threats to scorch out, choke out, and steal away Gods Word. Yet God is unchangeable and infallible. His Word is the seed that produces truthfulness, holiness, and obedienceand we are called to plant it, nurture it, and tend it in order to have a fruitful harvest.
Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritans Purse, a Christian relief and evangelism organization, is also president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The fourth of Billy and Ruth Bell Grahams five children, Franklin is the author of several books, including the best-selling autobiography Rebel with a Cause and All for Jesus. He and his wife, Jane, make their home in North Carolina.
Donna Lee Toney, a colleague of Franklin Grahams for thirty years, has been involved in the ministries of Samaritans Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and in literary collaboration since 1982, most recently on the release of Nearing Home with Billy Graham.