I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow.”

– 1 Corinthians 3:6

Isn’t it fascinating to think about words and their power? In order for words to grow, we must put them into action. Everything God allows us to experience can be traced to the seed of a word in someone’s mind, their heart, a word they read, or a word they wrote down on a cocktail napkin or in their personal journal. 

The seed of a word was planted into John Harvard and other men who decided in the 1630s that pastors should not be illiterate, so a seminary was founded. Half of his monetary estate was donated to build it. Additionally, he donated his entire library, and these acts formed the groundwork for a little seminary called Harvard. When he died at the age of 30, he had no idea what would happen to his namesake, which would become Harvard University — one of the world’s most prestigious universities in the world — born from words and a little idea that’s still having a huge impact today. 

Friend, the ideas, expressions, and visions that you have within you, along with the seeds that you carry, become more than seeds when you plant them in the ground and give them a stable foundation. As a result, they can become scientific breakthroughs. They can become great movements. They can become families. They can heal. If you consistently sow the seed into the ground and tend to it over a long period of time, they can become things of influence. They can become novels, paintings, or buildings. It is God’s encouragement for you to keep going, to keep planting and watering the seeds in your heart.


Father, help me to continue taking action and watering the seeds you planted in my heart.


Is the power of your words something you consider?

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9 Responses

  1. Dear pastor Bobby. I tried to give you a short explanation of who are my enemies. but I couldn’t succeed. I know that one day the truth will prevail.
    God bless the U.S.A. God bless you and your beautiful family.
    Emma Irena.

  2. Yes most definitely.The words that a person speaks can either hurt or heal.They have to take into account whether it is acceptable to use in various situations, or to just let it be.Be very careful, think everything through before saying Because you don’t know what the other person might answer in reply.Only God can be the judge of that scenario.I wish everyone at the worshiping community of Shepherd’s Grove at Irvine Presbyterian Church much good health and glad tidings.And to Pastor Bobby Schuller and his family.Peace.To the Hour of Power Choir and Orchestra and their directors.Messages of appreciation and thank you’s for the glorious music and singing.As always I remain a faithful viewer and Happy and Wholesome Student in Jesus Christ.Amen.And May God bless this beautiful country.The United States of America

  3. Words can definitely HURT AND WOUND for years… I have forgiven my parents for things they said because I know it was in part due to their upbringing. However, when you’ve gone thru a form of sexual abuse at the hands of an uncle who was trying “to prepare you for when you get married. Your husband won’t want someone who doesn’t know…” and your parents find out but call you “bitch and whore” and blame you for coming onto him… or in your 30’s, living on your own but don’t call them when expected or do as they feel you should thus disowning you – not accepting phone calls, cards(they sent ALL mine ud sent to them over a year unopened) or go around telling people we knew mutually that might ask them about me “Oh, she’s dead only thing we didn’t have a funeral” those kind of things stick in your head

  4. At a given time, one really does not know the ultimate results of one’s actions (positive or negative). If one takes a little time to consider what those results might be….I think “positive” results will prevail.

    I consider myself a somewhat distant member (Maine) of Shepherd’s Grove. I watch your service every Saturday evening on U-Tube.

    You are blessed with a wonderful family, as am I.

    Warren Graumann

  5. Dear Pastor Bobby, Your daily devotionals have kept me going especially during this past year. I have had two falls, suffering a fractured shoulder and ankle; then, subsequently, after six months, just after being released from rehab, I fell again and fractured my femur/hip. The bone was so crumbly they had to glue it back together and put a metal rod down the side of my leg from the hip to just above the knee, nail it to the bone and anchor it with a large screw at the top. That was February 24, and I am still working with physical therapy 2-3 times a week to rebuild my strength and stamina.

    The previous two years I was an active senior (late 70s) who had just reentered the art world, painting again after 50 years of a busy career, raising a family and caring for elderly parents. I also loved to cook and bake, and had just taken up the art of sourdough, and life was grand. I was busy and happy, involved in my community, church, and going out with friends. Since then, this past year, I have done nothing .. and I have felt despair that my life has literally been taken away from me. I was stopped dead in my tracks. On top of that other health concerns have appeared, and a knee replacement is inevitable as soon as I get through with this. And then, probably the other one, which means more surgery and more rehab, and who knows what else, lies ahead of me. The storm and darkness surrounding me seems relentless and never-ending. However, your words of encouragement and assurance of a greater purpose radiate within my soul, and I am reassured and know that God is still there and there is light beyond the darkness. But this ugly shroud of didpair still hovers around me. I pray that God will lift me up and awaken His spirit within me. I am in the winter of my life and my remaining time on earth is growing shorter, but I still want to live each day and savor each moment and continue be an instrument for His divine purposes. To exemplify, even under the most adverse circumstances, that God is alive and well, and that love and peace continues to live within me, and we can defeat the spirit of darkness that continually strives to kill the spirit within us.

    I was a faithful follower of the Hour of Power and your grandfather for many years, and know that God has anointed you to continue his work. Know that your words are giving hope and promise to many of us all over the world, and we look forward to your daily message. Thank you.

  6. The Atheists have been working hard to convince humans that we are causing global warming. Even in the face
    of obvious cooling we see young people taking their lives. They need our prayers.

  7. Honestly I sometimes do know the power of words but. O sided how often I think ( nothing) busy on auto drive. I appreciate these reminders of yours to bring us up higher, take responsibility m, remain alert and mindful. Pls pray for me ☀️

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