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A Long Way From Home

  • He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.' Luke 15:20 WEB

    Jesus once told a parable that became known as "The Prodigal Son." It is about a young man who grew tired of waiting on his father to die, and demanded his inheritance early. Graciously the father gave it to him. The son immediately left and blew all the money on 'riotous living' and prostitutes. When the money was all gone and his friends with it, he ended up working on a pig farm.

    While at rock bottom, he "came to his senses" and decided to go home and work for his father as a servant. He felt that he was no longer worthy to be called a son. When the father saw him coming down the road, he ran out to meet him, hugged him, and kissed him before the son could even say a word.

    The father placed the best robe on him, a ring on his finger, and shoes on his feet. Then he held a feast to celebrate his son coming back home. The father in the parable was not interested in the long sad story that the son had put together for him. The only thing that mattered was that his son was now safely back home.

    When we stumble we often act like this son. We hang our head down, feeling that we are no longer worthy to be His child, no longer worthy to pray, or even attend church. We stop talking to Him, withdraw, and give up on the plans that God had for our life. All the while, God is waiting with open arms for us to return.

    You are His child and the moment that you turn back to God, He comes to meet you with open arms. You do not have a lot of explaining to do, for He understands. He is happy to have you back with Him again. He will restore you completely as His child, and His plan for your life will resume as soon as you ready.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father I so thank You for Your gracious mercy. You are so good to me and I just want to know You even more. Help me learn to follow You closer and keep me from becoming distracted, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

October 23, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Praying for you Joseph, I hope you are feeling better. Amen

October 23, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Thanks Lynn.

 

 

October 25, 2017
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you Lord for always bringing me back home :)

October 23, 2017
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Aaaaaamen!!!!

October 23, 2017
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

October 23, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

My life is living proof that this parable is true. Our God is a Father we can count on. Thank you for being who you are!

October 23, 2017
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Yessss! Amen!

October 23, 2017
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

October 23, 2017
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father I so thank You for Your gracious mercy. You are so good to me and I just want to know You even more. Help me learn to follow You closer and keep me from becoming distracted, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen Thank you

October 23, 2017
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Lisa Moran
Lisa Moran

Amen! Thank you Lord for your mercies which are new every morning. I surrender all to you and trust you for your restoration and revival. In Jesus name!

October 23, 2017
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Amen!!! Glory to God!!! 

October 23, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Thank you Father for your grace and mercy!! Help me to follow You and know You better! Amen.

October 23, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen. <3

October 23, 2017
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for Grace.I love and worship you.You are magnificent. Amen 

October 23, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

We will never live a sinless life, we all stumble, we all fall, as we are only human, not perfect as Jesus . That is why it was so necessary for Jesus in His perfection to be the perfect blood sacrifice for victory over death and sin in our lives. Instead of feeling shame when we don't measure up to Jesus's exemplory life, we need to realize how Jesus paid it all, because God doesn't ever expect us to measure up. We are but flesh, though the Spirit of Jesus dwells in us, we still have the carnal flesh that wars with us. We have one foot on earth and one in heaven, so we lean from one side to the other as we limp forward down the path. Yet our feet are not moved off the path, they are made steady and our weak knees are made strong if we just keep our eyes on Jesus, our author and perfecter of faith.

October 23, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Well said and it really touched my heart, Carol. <3

October 23, 2017
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Carol Pady
Carol Padyedited: October 23, 2017

love you so much my sweet friend! <3!

October 23, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

I love you too, Carol. <3 You such a sweet loving women of God and thanks for always posting so much for everyone. <3

 

October 23, 2017
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father, I know I'm a sinner please recover me to be able to have Your grace again. Show me the way to stop the struggling in my life. In Jesus name I pray,Amen.

October 23, 2017
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen! ❤

October 23, 2017
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

So thankful for Gods unconditial love, He just keeps working in my life, no matter what my circumstances are. I pray that I will be willing to follow Him where ever He leads.

October 23, 2017
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

October 23, 2017
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord 

October 23, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Lord.Amen.

October 23, 2017
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father I so thank You for Your gracious mercy. You are so good to me and I just want to know You even more. Help me learn to follow You closer and keep me from becoming distracted, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen. <3

 

 

Thank you Pastor Dion this was a moving devotion for me. Helps to know that God loves us no matter when when we turn back to him. :-)

October 23, 2017
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Thank you for reminding me of my Heavenly Father's longsuffering and unfailing love! He is my "Hiding Place", my rock and shelter! I can barely wait for His return, and yet I know that I have to be busy and show His love to others! I love you, Lord!

October 23, 2017
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Good morning!  Thanks Pastor Todd!  This ministered to my soul this morning!  Heavenly Father I so thank You for Your gracious mercy. You are so good to me and I just want to know You even more. Help me learn to follow You closer and keep me from becoming distracted, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

October 24, 2017
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring

Thank you so much! 

October 24, 2017