The Prodigals

The Older Brother

April 10, 2022

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So, he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So, his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”  (Luke 15:25-32)

“Woe to you, Pharisees! …Within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”                 (Matthew 23:27-28)

“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need.  Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.”  (Romans

3 ways to become a party planner:

  1. Make repentance more than a one-time event. #Tenderhearted

“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10)

“The humble are in and the proud are out. The people who confess they aren’t particularly good are moving toward God, because a prerequisite for receiving the grace of God is to know you need it.”—Tim Keller

  1. Keep expressing gratitude to the father. #Grateful

Praise the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.         (Psalm 106:1)

  1. Grab a towel, not a whistle. #Servantleader

Do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love. (Galatians 5:13)

It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. (Acts 15:19)

Everybody’s welcome, nobody’s perfect, and through Jesus, anything’s possible.

“If churches aren’t appealing to younger brothers, they must be more full of the elder brothers than we’d like to think.” –Tim Keller

We are and always will be party planners throwing parties for people who aren’t good enough but desire to worship a God that is.

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