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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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October 18, 2013 - The Father's Love

By Gary Rogers

In Luke 15 Jesus shares three parables about lost things: a lost sheep, a lost coin, and a lost son. The lost sheep and coin had no role in changing their condition. They were lost and would have stayed that way if it were not for the searching of the shepherd and the woman.

The emphasis with these two parables is obvious in seeing God's mercy through the shepherd leaving 99 safe sheep to go find the one lost and the woman searching carefully until her missing coin was reclaimed. I love the fact Jesus wanted to illustrate God's active role in reaching out with love and mercy to the lost.

The parable about the lost son gives a different insight. There we see a recognition of spiritual need and a personal move towards finding the way back to God. In Jesus' story the son spent all he had on a party lifestyle. When his money was gone, so were his friends. The young man hit bottom. Everything had vanished except the memory of his father.

Remembering the traits of his dad, the young man said, "I will arise and go to my father." His memory brought to mind the love of his father. The son recalled the mercy and forgiveness he had seen in the father's past interaction with others. The young man would act upon how he believed his dad would now respond to him.

Making his way back home, the son actually underestimated his father's love. The most the young man expected was a position as a hired servant. But the father welcomed his son back with open arms and reinstated him as an heir of the household.

Having reached bottom, the son had one thing left that changed his life. He retained the memory of his father's love. Your response to God's love is your responsibility in being found. The coin and the sheep did nothing to change their condition. They were without hope until they were found.

The son had a choice. He could respond to the memory of his father's love, or turn from it and remain in the gutter. It is exciting to see how Jesus through this story teaches us how to respond to the love of our Heavenly Father.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

 

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