I can take it or leave it.  Have you ever heard someone say that? Have you said that? Either way it makes no difference.

Mark 4 “16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately "RECEIVE" it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.”

Mark 4 “20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and "RECEIVE" it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.”

Both groups "RECEIVED" the word.  Why the difference in the results?

In verse 16 is the word lamabano in the Greek which simply means, to take.  Take it or leave it, remember. Not much conviction there. They took the word.

In verse 20 is the word paradekhomahee in the Greek and it means, to accept near to, admit into, delight in AND TO MAKE ONES ONW!

The second group didn't just take it, THEY ADMITTED ENTRY INTO THEIR HEARTS AND MADE THE WORD HEARD THEIR VERY OWN! When you hear Gods word it is to you! Your very own personal words of love from the Father! When you "RECEIVE" in that way fruit is always produced! I love you all very much!(NLM)

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