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The Heart of God Toward the Sinner

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In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, when his young son was still on his path home, his father ran to him, while his son was still some distance away (Luke 15:20b). It is implied in this verse that our heavenly Father meets us at some point in our journey back to him. He makes certain that we don’t have to make the full journey of repentance alone. The fact that the father of the young man ran to him would seem quite unfitting in the custom of the day, and this expresses the idea that our heavenly Father will not react toward us, in the manner in which we expect of him. Far from being angry over what we’ve done, he is always ready to give us much more than we desire. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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Being Brought to Repentance

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In the Parable of the Prodigal Son Jesus tells of the condition that befell the young man after he had left his father. He spent his inheritance on strangers, and afterward found he hadn’t a friend among them. With his wealth gone, he came to realize he was a stranger in a strange land, and, at least for him, there was a famine in that land (Luke 15:14). That is he was alone and destitute with no means of saving himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2017 in Gospel of Luke

 

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The Mutual Submission of the Believers

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At first, Peter seems to refer to the rest of the flock of God as the ‘younger’ who need to submit to the ‘elder’ (1Peter 5:5a). While 1Peter 5:1 does seem to refer specifically to the pastors and officers of the local bodies of believers throughout Asia Minor, I have to wonder if the use of the word ‘younger’ in verse-5 doesn’t modify verse-1 to include the elder and more mature believers of the community. Their lives are meant to be examples to the whole body of believers. They may not be the ‘official’ elders, but their lives do influence what is done by their respective local church groups to a great degree. So, Peter calls upon the younger to have a submissive attitude toward their elder brethren in Christ and consider them as examples to follow. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Epistles of Peter

 

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