Complete Gospel Tract Titles

Gospel Tract List
1. How I Received the Holy Ghost
2. Jesus Is Coming Again
3. You Must Be Born Again
4. Stir Up the Gift of God
5. The World's Most Dreaded Hour
6. What is Salvation?
7. Stand Still in Jordan
8. The Returned Father
9. Grieved Hearts
10. The Second Death
11. The Father and the Son
12. Suffering and the Saints
13. Cancer Conquered
14. The Church?
15. How Shall They Preach, Except They Be Sent?
16. Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since You Believed?
17. Patience
18. Alone With God
19. Tithes and Offerings
20. Prayer
21. The True Sabbath
22. The Besetting Sin
23. Saving Strength
24. What Will the Harvest Be?
25. Marriage and Divorce
26. Taking the Name of the Lord
27. Keys to the Kingdom
28. Works
29. Politics and Believers
30. Unequally Yoked in Marriage
31. Unequally Yoked in Worship
32. The Forgiven Woman
33. The New Earth
34. The Sin of Silence
35. Freedom
36. Gods of the Gentiles
37. Why Some Are Not Healed
38. The Seven Pillars
39. Life, More Abundantly
40. Fear
41. The Comforter’s Testimony
42. This is My Friend
43. Conversion
44. The Time Is Drawing Near?
45. Songs in the Night
46. The Master's Net
47. Trials are Opportunities
48. Receiving the Messenger
49. Seven Messages to the Seven Pastors
50. Keep Yourself Pure
51. Jezreel
52. The New Birth
53. Denying Jesus
54. Bruised Reeds
56. The Wise and the Foolish
57. Holiness
58. Is Jesus God?
59. Christ or Christianity
60. Have Faith In God
63. Four Kinds of Soil
64. Communion
66. Baptism
69. Crucified With Christ
70. Homosexuality and the Bible
71. The Kingdom of God
72. The Gospel of Christ
77. Sanctification
78. New Commandments
79. The Sacrifice of Christ
81. Speaking in Tongues
87. Antichrist
88. The Way of Grace
90. Relationships
93. Subdued
94. The Spirit of Christ
95. The Blood of Christ
96. Spirit of a Serpent, Spirit of a Dove
97. Gluttony
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Gospel Tract #63

Four Kinds of Soil

by George C. Clark

That same day, Jesus went out from the house and was sitting by the sea. Large crowds gathered about him, and so, he boarded a boat and sat down, and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And then, he spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "A sower went out to sow, and as he sowed, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seed fell on stony places, where they didn't have much soil, and since they had no depth of soil, they quickly sprang up. However, when the sun arose, they were scorched, and they withered away because they had no root. And other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. And others fell on good soil and yielded fruit, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty".
Matthew 13:1-8

From the preceding parable, we see that all who are privileged to hear the Word of God are divided into four groups. This being true, each one of us should ask the question, "Which group am I in?" or "What kind of soil am I?" First, let us look at

(1) The Wayside Soil (Mt. 13:9)

"When someone hears the word of the kingdom and doesn't understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is that sown by the road."

From the millions in this group often comes the question, "Is it our fault that we do not understand? Are we to be blamed for that?" Jesus gave the answer (Mt. 13:15):

"The heart of this people has been made hard, and they have heard with dull ears, and they have shut their eyes, lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand in their heart, and repent, and I heal them."

We might say, people do not understand the Word of God because they prefer sin and worldly pleasure. Anyone who wishes may easily understand enough of God's Word to repent. Now, we move on to

(2) The Stony Soil (Mt. 13:20-21)

"The one sown on stony places is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but lasts a short while. When tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, he is quickly offended."

In the Stony Soil, we find someone who hears the Word of God and, may we say, bubbles over with joy as he receives it. His experience in the Lord is genuine and wonderful. It leaves him shouting the victory and rejoicing; yet, he fails to stand for what he knows to be true; consequently, he is soon overwhelmed by the doubting spirits around him. Next, the Lord speaks of

(3) The Thorny Soil (Mt. 13:22)

"As for the one who was sown among thorns, he is the one who hears the word, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke out the word, and he becomes unfruitful."

The striking difference between these believers and those in group two is the time element. Those in group two lasted only a short time. Here in group three, the believer runs well for quite a while; but as time passes, he grows weaker. This, of course, is due to the fact he allowed thorns to remain, and they choked out the seed of God. The thorns represent "the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches," and these two evils make a believer unfruitful if they are allowed to grow in the heart.

Yes, reader, those in this third group go much further than believers in the second group, who, as we are told, "last for a short while." The truth is, those who are the Thorny Soil do not give up and walk away. Rather, they remain among the Assembly of saints, even though they become unfruitful.

In high moments of ecstasy, they may even be inspired to speak boldly against evil or to praise the Lord to the extent that they leave the impression that they are better soil than they actually are. Such believers reflect the Biblical picture that is drawn in Matthew 15:8:

"This people draw nigh unto me with their mouth, and honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me."

This Thorny Soil group equals in number the Good Soil group, for in one famous parable, Jesus compared God's kingdom with ten spiritual "virgins", five of them wise and five of them foolish (Mt. 25:1-13). They all had oil, you will remember, but the foolish did not bring enough of it. Likewise, all believers have the oil of the Spirit, but half of them do not have enough of it, and they will be cast out of the kingdom when they are judged.

Finally, Jesus tells us of

(4) The Good Soil (Mt. 13:23)

"As for the one sown on good soil, he is one who hears the word and understands it, who then bears fruit, and produces, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."

Thank God for these holy and faithful believers, who not only receive the Word of God but also obey it to the end. They have oil enough to take them all the way to the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Each one produces fruit according to his ability, "some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

So, now, can you answer my question, friend? In which of these four groups are you? It helps us to answer that question honestly once we acknowledge that not only the Lord sees where we really are, but every true saint of God does, too.

Reader, stay in "The Good Soil," for the time is short "when he shall come to be glorified in His saints." Amen!

Four Kinds of Soil

by George C. Clark

The fowls watched the sower's hand
and saw some seeds fall short.
They quickly "came and ate them up."
So ended this first sort.

The sun then played its burning part,
and scorched the ones who fell
upon the stony, arid ground,
where waters seldom dwell.

Next, the thorns all had their way
by choking out the seed.
At first they grew so very slow,
and then they took the lead.

But others fell in ground that's good,
And they brought forth the fruit,
An hundred, sixty, or thirtyfold,
The price of a wedding suit.