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#463 July 21, 1985 - AM
A STRANGE ENDING
Let's go to the Lord in prayer together. "Father, we thank You for the
privilege of being in this Thy house. Give to us hearts that are open,
minds that are sensitive. Give to us ears that are ready to receive and
record your fresh word for us in this hour. Those who are fatigued, give
them a new surge of energy. Those who are restless, give them an unusual
amount of concentration. Oh, Lord, may we center our thoughts and our
praise and everything about us upon Thee as you deal with us individually,
as You cleanse us collectively, as You is inspire us as a body of believers.
Lord, You speak. Let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy holy
and divine message might not only be heard, but may it be received and
understood and incorporated into our living. For we make this prayer through
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen."
I hope you already have your Bibles open to Luke, Chapter Number 15. We've
been studying this chapter, and especially during recent weeks, focusing
upon the prodigal son. And then that 24th Verse of Luke 15 reads:
"For this my son was dead and t& alive aga-in.
He was lost and is found. And they began to be
I wish we could end the chapter right there. Everybody loves a happy ending.
But we need to know that Jesus was too closely related to real life. He
understood that everything does not have a happy ending, that every true
life story is not like a fairy tale. And so then he begins to finish the
rest of the parable. And as he finishes it, I think many of us will see
in these final verses, I think we'll see perhaps pathetically or tragically
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