This sermon is taken from the eighth chapter of Luke's Gospel (Luke 8). It is one of the most familiar stories in the Bible. The emphasis of the message is on the heart of those who hear the word of God and their response to its message. We find according to Jesus Christ that there are four (4) types of hearts that people have. The condition of our heart determines the influence the word of God has on us. That is why it is so important for us to guard our hearts and cultivate one that is receptive to God's word.