prodigal son

Don’t Choke On The Blessing, Part 4of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Luke 15:28–30 “28 The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’”

In Don’t Choke on the Blessing part 3, we looked at the younger son and how he choked on the blessing given to him. He eventually came to his senses, humbled himself, and repented to God and his father. However, another character in the same parable upon seeing the younger son repent also choked on the blessing. That’s right, the older son too choked on the blessing, Read the rest of this entry »

Situations Can Reveal What’s In The Heart, Evans Olang

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Luke 15:11-31, vs. 29-30, “29 So he answered and said to his father, “Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30, But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’

It’s interesting to know that situations and circumstances bring out something you may have never known was in you. What might have not bothered me before, I now realize it does. These things are like little tools presented to diagnose and reveal the areas in our lives that need work. I am many times surprised by my flesh when something out of the ordinary comes and stirs up an attitude, critical spirit I deemed absent. Read the rest of this entry »

Give Me Or Make Me, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

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Luke 15:11-31, “21 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood… 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

While we know the story of the prodigal son having taken his inheritance and gone to a far country and wasted it all, I would like to dwell on his coming back home because it’s a powerful message most churches have forgotten. Repentance is the forgotten doctrine in most churches, foreign to many coming to God, no wonder General William Booth the founder of Salvation Army said, “The Chief danger of Christianity in 20th century will be…Religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; Forgiveness without repentance; Salvation without regeneration; Politics without God; And heaven without hell”.

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Give Me Or Make Me, Part 1of3, Evans Olang

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Luke 15:11-31, “12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood… 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

The parable of the prodigal son is the most familiar of all Christ’s parables. It has more than one lesson if you study it carefully. The prodigal son is an example of sound repentance having lived a life of self.

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Permitted May Not Mean Approved, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 8:7, “And the Lord said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them”

In the story of the prodigal son, we see a son insisting on having his inheritance now. Though the father did not approve of it, he permitted because of the hardness of his son’s heart and we know the end result.

Going back to the Israelites, God did not approve of them having a king because He knew how an earthly king would be to them. He loved them, cared for them and wanted to protect them. He explained the nature of an earthly king and what he would do to them.

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True And False Conversion, Part 3of5, Evans Olang

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Matthew 13:3&9, “3Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: “Behold, a sower went out to sow. … But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

There is something unique about these people who encountered with God. Think of Isaiah in Isaiah 6; the publican in Luke 18; the prodigal son in Luke 15; David in 2Samuel 12; Peter in Luke 5; the jailer in Acts 16; one of the criminals on the cross with Jesus in Luke 23; Nicodemus who came to Jesus by night in John 3; the hearers of Peter preaching on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 etc.

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