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The Father's Day FATHER
There is no better example given than the Luke 15 (v. 11-32) Father.
1. He managed his house well. v. 17
2. He had a healthy respect for his sons. v.12
3. He demonstrated trusting and deep compassion for straying sons. v. 20
4. He generously gave the best to each of his own! v. 22, 24, 31
5. He entreated with patience and expected with persistence. v. 28, 32
11 ¶ Then He said: "A certain man had two sons.
12 "And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of
goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.
13 "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to
a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
14 "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he
began to be in want.
15 "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent
him into his fields to feed swine.
16 "And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine
ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 "But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired
servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 ‘I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have
sinned against heaven and before you,
19 "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your
20 "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off,
his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and
21 "And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your
sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 "But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put
it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.
23 ‘And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry;
24 ‘for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’
And they began to be merry.
25 "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the
house, he heard music and dancing.
26 "So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant.
27 "And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him
safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and
pleaded with him.
29 "So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been
serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you
never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.
30 ‘But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with
harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 "And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I
have is yours.
32 ‘It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was
dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’"
Luke 15:10 "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner who repents."
The inspiration for this outline came originally from then Assistant Pastor
Randall Prahl, TBC, 1989. Randy now pastors Berlin Baptist Church, Berlin, WI
and has since 1990.