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Why the Prodigal’s Father Was on the Porch (Instead of the Pig Pen)

Everyone who has grown up in church knows the prodigal son story very well (Luke 15:11-32). The drifting son has the love of his father and subsequently, everything else he could ever ask for. One day, the drifting son decides he wants his father’s inheritance now (aka – I wish you were already dead). His father gives it to him and he spends it lavishly.

He lives a life of sin for some time – the ESV calls it “reckless living.”  He wastes all his money away until he gets a job feeding slop to pigs, and he is so low that he becomes jealous of what the pigs get to eat and wishes he was in their situation rather than his.

That’s about as low as it goes.

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Open Your Home for Ministry

As Jesus gathered disciples, He befriended sinners in home settings.  Acknowledging the needs of those around us, we should open our homes and open our hearts to minister to those in close proximity to us.

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Weekly Wisdom [06.15.18]

Need some Weekly Wisdom?  Here are my favorite resources of the week.

VERSE OF THE WEEK

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. [2 Pet. 1:3].

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These Aren’t the Calvinists You’re Looking For

In Star Wars Episode 4, A New Hope, Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi uses a Jedi mind trick on a group of stormtroopers to protect the safety of this ragtag group of heroes.  As he waves his hand upon the investigative soldiers seeking to identify if the robots in the back seat are the ones on the most-wanted list of the Empire, he changes their mind with the iconic phrase:

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

The stormtroopers are forced to believe him and they continue on to safety.

Sometimes, I wish I could wave my hand around and get people to think differently.  Especially, when it comes to ministry.  Let me explain.

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How to Live Happily Ever After

I mentioned a few days ago, that I am in the editing phase of a book on marriage.  I have been so encouraged by those who read the premise of the book and have been praying for me and motivating me to finish it.  It will prayerfully serve as a biblical and practical resource to help equip marriages.  The thought was to call it “What God Has Joined Together” and each chapter would be a particular item that could possibly separate the marriage.

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