Our God is not a distant God, He is a God very close. He is not a dweller in the past, He is a doer of new things. He encourages us to forget what is behind, and look ahead where He is always making things new. Learn more about Isaiah 43:18 NIV this Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Victory Lutheran Church.
Watch the February 28, 2016 sermon by Rev. Brendan Prigge referencing Luke 13:6-9 NIV and learn more about how good helps us to be fruitful individuals.
“Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.”
These are the words spoken by the prodigal son, to his father upon his return home. Remember that parable? The kid demands his inheritance early, goes and blows it all, then realizes what a stupid thing he’s done. Unfortunately, throughout history, people have emphasized the son’s role in this parable. The focus is really to be on the father, and the amazing love he displays by welcoming his son home, and throwing a party for him. Even his older brother was jealous. I’ve talked to too many people over the years who feel like they’ve done something that God is still holding against them. I’ve talked to people who feel like their past actions disqualify them from certain levels of involvement in the church. They feel as though they wear a scarlet “S” for sin that only God can see. This parable reminds us that God forgives. All He wants is His children back. It doesn’t matter if they’re battered, bruised, and dirty. He’ll take care of the cleanup. In His Word, God tells us, “I will forgive their wickedness, and remember their sin no more.” (Hebrews 8:12) Jesus died on the cross for exactly that reason, so that anyone, everyone can return to God, admit their sin, and be forgiven. God doesn’t hold grudges. He doesn’t “get even” with sinners. He took all of that out on Jesus. C’mon home.
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