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PowerPoint - Jan. 19, 2009

  • 2009 Jan 19

And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.

--Luke 15:20

Are you a broken-hearted parent today because of the choices your child has made? If so, I want to give you a message of encouragement, comfort, and counsel.

Maybe you’ve done your very best as a parent and yet your children are not walking in truth. God gives every person a will of his own and you can’t force feed your faith to your children.

Every person has a choice and we are not just victims of our culture or families. We choose to rebel because of the rebellious nature of the human heart.

Now I know there is no greater pain than for a parent to see a child fail or fall. But don’t be eaten up with guilt or questions. You can’t change the past. All you can do is pledge to be the kind of parent God has called you to be today.

I want to comfort you as well with the knowledge that God wants your child to return to Him even more than you do.

The unconditional grace and love of God is illustrated In the parable of the prodigal son. When the lost son returns, the father runs to meet him, kisses him, and has a party in his honor. According to Luke 15:10, “There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

Here’s the bottom line. Parent, Jesus loves you and God is faithful. The Holy Spirit is working whether your see it or not. So, keep reading God’s Word, keep praying, and don’t give up.

What your children need to see is that you are consistent in your faith and faithful in your prayers.


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