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Ps Clinton Phillips 7th December 2014 (Luke 15:1-20)

Clinton Phillips, December 7, 2014
Part of the Storybook series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Storybook - LIsa Whittle - Testimony
Three stories that Jesus spoke about.
Luke 15:1-2. Tax collectors and sinners drew near to hear him. Hanging out with sinners.
- One hundred sheep, leaving the 99 and going after the lost one. When it comes to the heart of Jesus, about the grace of God. Understand the mercy and grace and God. Somewhere along the line we were like that one lost sheep. "When he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders rejoicing". How many of us would do that? The value of the sheep to him is not the monetary value. More joy in heaven over the one sinner who repents than 99 who need no repentance. Church is about celebrating all God has done for us! Let this be our focus.
- Parable of the lost coin. vs 8. Lights a lamp - turns on all the lights, looking. Sweeping that brings out anything hidden, brings all the mess out, looks through the dirt to find the coin. Begin to see this picture of a loving God, that which is lost, he is keen to find. He will do anything to find. Isa 60 - church arise shine, for the glory of The Lord has risen on you. Our light shining in such a way helps lost people to be found. Look out for opportunities. vs 9 when she found it, she calls her neighbours and rejoices. Jesus reveals the love in his heart. What will our attitude be?
- vs16-20 Prodigal son. Prodigal = lavish spending, having/giving something recklessly. Not so much about the son as it is about the dad. Someone who has and gives with such lavishness. Story, at the worst, even the pigs got more than the son did. When you're in a low place, the only way is up. vs 17 - when he come to his senses, vs 18 - I will arise. The first choice you can make in your circumstances is to get up. Get up and go back to my father's house. We get a picture of the father where he stands out on the balcony and looks out for his son every day, hoping that his son will come back. He sees his son and starts running toward him.

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