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Receiving the Father's
Forgiveness
Sermon Audio: March 14, 2010
1718 E. 10th St., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870    *    (252) 535-5355    *   Billy Meinsen, Minister
Billy Meinsen,
Minister

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Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons.

The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my
share of the estate.' So he divided his property
between them.

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he
had, set off for a distant country and there squandered
his wealth in wild living.

After he had spent everything, there was a severe
famine in that whole country, and he began to be in
need.

So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that
country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.

He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the
pigs were eating, but no-one gave him anything.

When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of
my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I
am starving to death!

I will set out and go back to my father and say to him:
Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.

I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me
like one of your hired men.'

So he got up and went to his father. But while he was
still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled
with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his
arms around him and kissed him.

The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against
heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be
called your son.'
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But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the
best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and
sandals on his feet.

Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast
and celebrate.

For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he
was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.

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.'"
The Parable of the Lost Son
Luke 15