Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Parable of the Lost

The Parable of the Lost

In Luke 15, we see the heart of God as Jesus describes three stories of something or someone lost. The first one is a lost sheep, the second is a lost coin, and the third is a lost son. These are familiar parables but are worth reading again as we pray for a great harvest this week from the “My Hope with Billy Graham” meetings happening all over America. Let me show you the conclusion of each parable:

“And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:5-7

“And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:9-10

“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found,’ so they began to celebrate.”  Luke 15:20-24

Do you see how great the Father’s love is for us? Even while we are still far off, He is filled with compassion for us and runs toward us. He exchanges our dirty filthy rags for new ones. He adorns us with a promise ring and puts new coverings over our feet to walk in a new way. What an awesome, holy God, the Savior of the world.

In light of that, we have been praying for the Lord to move on our Nation. Continue to pray with me as we intentionally share the love of Christ with our neighbors.

This Sunday I will start of new series called, “My Hope.” We will look in John 20 and 21, where Jesus appears after His resurrection. There were three individuals who needed a fresh filling from the Spirit of Jesus. This Sunday will also be our Harvest Dinner in the evening at 5:30 p.m. Rick James will minister in song and we will celebrate what God has done through the many Matthews who presented the Gospel story. If you were one who invited others to your home and there were decisions made for Christ, bring your cards in so we can follow up with a gift. Place your cards in the box located at the back of the sanctuary.

Looking forward to great days ahead…

Joy in Jesus!

Pastor Mike

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