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Sow Godliness In the Next Generations

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sow Godliness In the Next Generations
BY RICK WARREN — JANUARY 12, 2016



“I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest.” (John 4:38 NLT, second edition)

A few years ago PBS did a series of family histories of famous Americans. They wanted to include a pastor, so they asked me if I would participate. They took a swab of DNA from my mouth, and they used it to trace my family tree back a thousand years. They didn’t discover that I’m the descendent of kings, but they found all kinds of interesting things and compiled it for a TV special.

One of the things they discovered is the amount of godly ancestors I have. I am reaping the benefit and blessings from grandparents and great-grandparents and others who were praying for their children’s children. I can see the blessings in my life because I had people in my family who loved God and were praying for future generations.

I know many would say, “I didn’t have a family like that. But I’d like to have a legacy like that.” You start it! Start it with your family. You determine that the future generations of your family name are going to be blessed because you planted seeds of godliness. If you do, the people who come out of your family tree will have a blessing in heritage.

You are harvesting both good and bad from your past because you’re not the only person sowing. You need to take your choices very seriously, because your life is going to affect future generations. You can’t control the past, but you can break the chain of hurt and abuse and ungodliness now. You can establish a godly legacy by sowing seeds of prayer and love and generosity and faith.

Jesus said in John 4:38, “I sent you to harvest where you didn’t plant; others had already done the work, and now you will get to gather the harvest” (NLT, second edition).

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    I can't talk too much about the next generation, because my next generation is gay, He is my darling Son. I love him dearly. He would do anything in the world for me! He's helping me buy my groceries now. I don't make enough SS and pension to do that with. I love your blog! It's awesome as usual! Keep praying for Him and Me! I
    Love You All! I love Jesus, too! I love Jesus more! Amen to all!

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    I give you all three.. Plant seeds of Kindness and Love.. Even when I faced this Heart Problem I had no Fear and my Grand Kids know this.. I talked to my Gloria and she told me she needed help but wanted me to write it down.. I did that Text Thing and said well call.. I would rather hear your voice and she did.. I am back and feeling better and I Pray that she will be fine as her and her boyfriend comes over this next week to watch a movie.. Best of all I know she will learn a lesson.. Great Movie of my High School.. Woodlawn... I knew the guy and laughed he was a very nice guy.. So I will blog about the visit we have.. I Pray she will see the Grace that only comes from God... In His Love and Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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