Friday, March 2, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 March 2

“And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry” 
(Luke 15:11-24).

Today’s Morsel:  I was talking to a man one day and he said to me, “You know, I need to get back to church.  I keep telling myself that I need to go back.  My life was so much better when I was at church and involved in church.  But now that I haven’t been attending, my life seems to be a mess.”  This is an example much like the Prodigal Son and of a man that comes to the end of himself.  He realizes that where he is isn’t working.  He realizes that the path he’s chosen to walk down is the wrong one.  The story of the Prodigal Son is a story of a young man who left home with much and returned empty.  This is what the world will do to you.  Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). Satan is the god of this world, and his goal is to take everything that you have and then kill you.  If you are continuously feeling like a hamster running around on a wheel in a cage, chances are things aren’t working for you. If all you seem to do is go to work, come home and sleep, and then repeat it all again the next day, chances are life isn’t working for you and you need to come to the end of yourself and come home just like the Prodigal Son did. Why delay?  The best place to be is home.  Come back to Jesus and His Home (the Church) this Sunday.  

Sing:  A little boy was lost one day, and they asked him where he lived?  And he said, "I don’t know." They asked him is there anything he could tell them about the house where he lived.  He said, "There is a white church close by with a cross on top"; And he said, "If I can find my way, back to that Old Cross, I can find my way back home."  Some of you may be like that little boy, is lost and can’t find your way home, but if you will come to that Old Rugged Cross, you can find your way back.

Thought For Today:  The Cross will get you home every time (Parker).

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