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Father's Day

Father’s Day
“Love, Father”
Dr. Burns Jenkins was a popular preacher and writer of a generation ago. When his son went to college, Jenkins admonished him not to join a certain fraternity. This, of course, was the very fraternity young Jenkins joined. For months he lived with the secret. Then, as he spoke to a church youth group one night, he was smitten by a sense of unworthiness. Returning to his room, he wrote his father in detail of his disobedience. Two days later he received this wire: “It’s all right. I forgive you. I knew it two days after you did it. Love, Father.”
Too Late
“O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (2 Sam. 18:33b). The sun and wind of the centuries have failed to dry the tears or still the anguish of this exceedingly sorrowful cry. Who was this distraught person? A neurotic parent? No, a king—King David! David was the first king in history to be selected according to ability rather than birth. He was …

The Prodigal’s Father

June 17, 2012     The Prodigal’s Father

Luke 15:11–32
  I.      Introduction
         A.      My Favorite Father in the Bible
         1.      Chosen by Jesus to illustrate the Heavenly Father
         2.      He must then be the ideal earthly father to study
         B.      He was a Father of Two Sons Who were Prodigal for a Time
         1.      The younger was prodigal in choosing the pleasures of sin
         2.      The older was prodigal in choosing pride of self
         C.      Because the Father was what he was, the prodigal became what he should be
         1.      The younger son returning and the older in decision
         2.      What king of a father was he?
    II.      Body
         A.      He was an Approachable Father (vv. 12–18)
         1.      The text would seem to give some family history
           a.      Seems that the mother of the boys had died
           b.      Perhaps at the birth of the youngest son
           c.      Perhaps this man had stood at a …