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You Had Me at Hello

  • 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 got 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 serve his father as a servant, because 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 had a feast to celebrate his son coming back home. The father in the parable was not interested in the sad story that the son had put together. The only thing that mattered was that his son was now safely back home.

    When we stumble we often act like this son and 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 give up on the plans that God had for our life, but God will not allow that.

    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, will restore you completely as His child, and His plan for your life will resume when you ready.

    Prayer: 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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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen.
April 27, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles I love the story of the prodigal son! Such a great reminder that all we have to do is come back! Thank you Pastor. God bless! Pastor's Prayer: 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.  
April 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, me too.
April 27, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann Please Lord bring my daughter back home. Amen. 
April 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Will be praying for your daughter, Mari.
April 27, 2016
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Carol Policastro
Carol Policastro Praying Mari...for you and your daughter.  May God protect her and return her home to you!  
April 27, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan           Whoa in My silly ways as a Human amazing I've learned His ways through the years! I fall look too Him smile jump up-and start running the race again!!! Our innosence some times can be a Blessing!! My story is yet to be started to be told, hum waiting patiently... been through so many battles-its great to win!! I'm a decent loser.. All in how you look at it!! Too be His Warrior is quit a concept, the best is knowing I'm in Training!!!   Thanks Pastor!!!!!!!
April 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, Mike, I am excited to hear your story of Gods grace.
April 27, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome amen
April 27, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Very Encouraging. Amen.
April 27, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Amen, Alleluia, Amen!!!
April 27, 2016
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Samantha Greer
Samantha Greer Amen! ! God's love for us is absolutely AMAZING! I pray that each of us are able to embrace His love for us, and in turn love one another. Agape love 
April 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen, Samantha, He shows us how to love.
April 27, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt Amen. Jesus Christ never gives up on us. His mercy endures for ever. I thank You Jesus for never giving up on me and I know You never will. You want to shower on me many blessings for which I am so thankful.
April 27, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! Luke 15:7 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. God loves His prodigal children, He waits for them to return. When they do He rejoices and embraces them!   Romans 8: 31-39 Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love 31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. 35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”
April 27, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys Yes we have an amazing and loving God I knowi n my own life no matter how many times I have messed up he has been there for me right along!
April 27, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Amen.   
April 27, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen pastor another devotional stricks the nail squarely! Thank you!
April 27, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli AMEN!!  I know I have messed up in my lifetime and God opened his arms back up for me.
April 27, 2016
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Malissa Birket
Malissa Birket Amen
April 27, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝ Amen! Thank you for todays devotion Pastor Dion. :-)  
April 27, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen! Yes lord help me to learn to follow you closer and keep me from becoming distracted in Jesus name Amen!
April 27, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you Pastor Dion for this message and thank you Lord for understanding and taking me back with open arms when I've wandered off into the wilderness. Please help me to get to know you better. Amen.
April 28, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!
April 28, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you Father for your Grace and Mercy.Give me a hearing heart O Lord and the will to obey,in Jesus name I pray..
May 3, 2016