The Far Country, Rebellion by Fred Lowery

THE FAR COUNTRYRB#3THE FAR COUNTRY
LUKE 15:11 FF

REBELLION
Boy is a son, not a slave. He chooses to rebel. Doesn't like restraints of home. "Dad, I don't want to wait until you die to get my part - I want it now.

Now - living for right now.
T.A.'s father arguing - I didn't ask to be born; I didn't ask you to be my Father. Good thing. The answer would have been NO

Illus.Little boy mother put in closet

Illus.Floor furnaceCharles Colson - spent 40 years seeking the whole world in my quest for power & success

Son = sinful man = deceived, deluded by sin, and turns against a Father's love. Only thing God has ever done is to love us and try to get us to love him back.

THE FAR COUNTRY

Some for whom the thrill of your faith is gone. Some for who the excitement of your relationship is gone. The edge off your commitment lost your burden.

The habit of church going and the tradition of serving. God has lingered, but the joy of doing it and the fulfillment it brings is gone.

I.ITS LOCATION

Doesn't say how far - not measured by distance. Anywhere you are outside of God's will is the far country.

Powerful passion
e.g.Pitiful Pettiness
Private pleasure

Elder son never left home but he was in the far country. Full of bitterness, jealously, resentment

e.g.SS teacher, staff member

II.ITS CHARACTERISTICS

A.Emptiness "to be in want" "spent all" desperate

Sin is hollow, empty - promises but doesn't deliver

e.g.Football Player

girl on airplane

Cigarette commercial "It satisfied" - lie, if so, you wouldonly need one.

Once you're saved - can't be happy out of God's will

B.SLAVERY ' JOINED HIMSELF TO A CITIZEN"

"Joined" = glue, glued himself, attached, desperate, Jewish boy slopping hogs = desperate (Jim Moose)

Battle for your mind, body, family, soul
A roaring lion walking above this city, destroying lives and even worse - souls

That which he sought to master became his master

e.g.I can tak ...


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