VIEWING SIN 08-11-19


Today’s Prayer

Father, the answers that we receive when we pray certainly demonstrate Your faithfulness to us, but they are also dependent upon our being obedient and faithful to You. Your Word tells us that we cannot expect to have our prayers answered while we are living in sin and in disobedience to Your commandments.* Oh Lord, help us to sincerely repent of any wrong-doing before we come to You with our needs. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray, Amen.

Good day everyone. Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice. He woke us up this morning and started on the right path. What we do from this point on comes down to the choices we make. You better praise Him!

Let’s eat.

Four Views of the Sinner

The Wandering Sheep

Luke 15:4-7

If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!

The Sinner Straying The Lost Coin

Luke 15:8-10

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and sweep the entire house and search carefully until she finds it?And when she finds it, she will call in her friends and neighbors and say, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost coin.’In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

Sinner Dead and Helpless The Returning Son

Luke 15:11-19

To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story:“A man had two sons.The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living.About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs.The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you,and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’

The Sinner Repentant The Self-righteous Son

Luke 15:25-32

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house,and he asked one of the servants what was going on.‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’ “The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him,but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends.Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’ “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours.We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’”

Quote of the Day

Forgiveness is our command. Judgment is not.

Neil Strait





Written by Glenn Sterrett, Founder and CEO of the GCKRS™ Helping Hand Foundation.

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