Howard Reiter gave the communion meditation on the power of prayer. (Ref: James 5:16)
Pastor Chase Riebel gave a sermon on “The Gift,” referring to Luke 15:11-24, the parable of the Prodigal Son. When the son asked for his inheritance early, he became as good as dead to his family. The son had taken for granted what he was born into. He struggled with arrogance. Just like the son, we squander the very life that God gives us by our willingness to sin and turn away from him.
The son eventually returned to his father and confessed. This was a reason to celebrate. The father gave him a robe (meaning his son was special), a ring (giving the son authority and power), sandals and killed the fattened calf (sacrifice for the celebration). He gave his son the gift of grace. The son didn’t have to do anything to earn this grace, it was by the father’s love that he received it, just as God does for each of us. (Ref: Luke 15:11-24, Romans 1:21 & 28, Ephesians 2:1-9)
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