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Prodigal

Slide6This Sunday our community of faith will begin a new series of worship gatherings called, “prodigal.” Over the next six weeks we will be exploring one of the best known and beloved stories in all of Scripture, Jesus’ parable of “The Prodigal Son” found in Luke 15. One of the things I love about this parable is that it serves as a window to help us better understanding the mission of the Church, the reality of sin and human brokenness, the power of hope, and the prodigal love of God for each of us and all of us. This week’s message is entitled, “The People in Jesus’ Neighborhood” and my hope and prayer is that God will give us Christlike eyes, ears, and hearts to the people in our world.

Here are some of the resources I have been tapping into as I have been preparing for this series. Perhaps you might want to pick up one of them and do some personal exploration this summer (and I would love to hear your recommendations as well):

The Cross and the Prodigal (Kenneth Bailey)
Crazy Love (Francis Chan)
Prodigals and Those Who Love Them (Ruth Bell Graham)
The Prodigal God (Tim Keller)
The Return of the Prodigal (Henri Nouwen)
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus (Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg)

I also put together a prodigal iMix for those of you who like to engage God through music.

Please join me for the journey.

Stay connected…

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4 Responses

  1. Doug says:

    Terry,
    very excited about thr prodigal series. The thing I love about the parable is the acknowledgement that we can all be lost, (even those living under the Father’s roof), and we are always invited in by the Father who comes out to greet us in all our brokeness.

  2. Doug says:

    Terry,
    very excited about thr prodigal series. The thing I love about the parable is the acknowledgement that we can all be lost, (even those living under the Father’s roof), and we are always invited in by the Father who comes out to greet us in all our brokeness. Thanks Terry. (Glad the weather broke for the wedding,)

  3. Tadd says:

    One of my favorite parts of the book…..

    Here lies hidden the great call to conversion: to look not with the eyes of my own low self-esteem, but with the eyes of God’s love. As long as I keep looking at God as a landowner, as a father who wants to get the most out of me for the least cost, I cannot but become jealous, bitter, and resentful toward my fellow workers or my brothers and sisters. But if I am able to look at the world with the eyes of God’s love and discover that God’s vision is not that of a stereotypical landowner or patriarch but rather that of an all-giving and forgiving father who does not measure out his love to his children according to how well they behave, then I quickly see that my only true response can be deep gratitude.

  4. terrytimm says:

    doug and tadd – thanks for adding your voice here. i hope to post some thoughts during the course of the series and would love to have you guys continue to weigh in!

    doug – the idea of lostness is huge. tim keller really works this out in his book (the rest of the book is not so great IMHO).

    tadd – thanks for the reminder of the abundance of God’s grace toward us. may we have eyes to see and a heart to respond in deep gratitude.

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