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"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of Heaven."
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This week, "Good News Compage"
L.88, based on
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Luke's Gospel chapter
15, verses 11-24.
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Friendship! Riches! Freedom!
Have you found the road to true happiness? This story of how a young man found true happiness could help you find it much quicker than he did.
Maybe you would think he set out on the right road when he wanted friendship, riches and freedom away from the influence of his father!
The young man didn't want to wait until after his father's death so he said, "Father, give me my share of the estate." Then he "got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living."
Even as he reached for his happiness, just like reaching out to catch a beautiful bubble, it was about to burst! His riches were fast running out on him, and his friends were about to! "He began to be in need"!
You see, to seek your friendship, riches and freedom down the road of the "pleasures of sin" leads to a cul-de-sac! There you will be surrounded by emptiness, sorrows and regrets!
Although those sinful pleasures don't bring any lasting satisfaction they do prove to be very addictive! They produce a great thirst within you and a hope that eventually they will lead to satisfaction!
Beware of making the same mistake! God the Father has given you your life and health and brains.
Have you taken these "riches" and gone off to live a self-centred life instead of turning to love and please the God who has shown you such kindness?
Friendship and riches failed for this young man and then his freedom went too! In his effort to keep alive he found himself the slave to a cruel and uncaring master. He was sent into the fields to feed pigs. "He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no-one gave him anything."
It wasn't his father's fault he was in such a mess; it was because he had chosen the road that took him away from his loving father.
"When he came to his senses, he said, `..I will set out and go back to my father..'
"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.'"
The wretched slave boy discovered the true friendship of a father who was ready and willing to forgive him and accept him into his family. He also enjoyed the riches of his father's provisions for him. And to work for his father was freedom compared to the awful slavery he had been in.
The secret of happiness for you is only to be found when you repent and come to accept GOD'S friendship riches and freedom. God the Father has already paid in full for all you sins through Jesus Christ
and is ready to forgive you and receive you into His family if you will trust in what Jesus has done for you!
Come to Him in faith just now, as this prodigal did to his father in Luke chapter 15, verses 11-24.
To read more of Luke's account of the life of Jesus turn to the Gospel of Luke in the Holy Bible.
Bye for now,
John Nixon, Ballincollig, Co.Cork, Ireland.
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Bible quotations from N.I.V.
1 Luke 15:12.
2 Luke 15:14.
3 Hebrews 11:25. Job 20:5.
4 Jeremiah 2:13. Proverbs 23:29-35.
5 James 1:17.
6 Romans 2:4.
7 Luke 15:15-16.
8 Luke 15:17-19.
9 1st John 1:5 - 2:2.
10 John 1:12-13.
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