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  • ANNOUNCER- The followingprogram has been made possible
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  • by the friends and partnersof Christ for All Nations.
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  • (Music) Coming up onChrist for All Nations...
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  • DANIEL KOLENDA- So, the storyis not the story of some
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  • Jewish boy that lived a longtime ago. It's your story.
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  • It's my story. I'm theprodigal son. You're the
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  • prodigal son. And, and this isa story that God is calling
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  • you out of the darkness. Andthe arms of God are open for
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  • you, my friend. If you'reliving in that pig pen,
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  • you don't have to livethere anymore.
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  • (Music)
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  • REINHARD BONNKE- He hascome to break every chain
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  • and to unlock every prison door.
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  • DANIEL KOLENDA- He turnsdarkness into light.
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  • He turns sin into salvation.
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  • He turns bondage into freedom.
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  • And He changes usfrom the inside out.
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  • (Music)
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  • DANIEL- Hello, everybody.Welcome to another broadcast
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  • of Christ for All Nations. I'myour host, Daniel Kolenda.
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  • And it's my joy to welcome youtoday to this very, very
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  • special broadcast. We're gonnabe talking about a story today
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  • that is one of the greateststories ever told. And I say
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  • that because it's a story thatJesus told. And it's a story
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  • that has inspired people allover the world for millennia.
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  • It's a story about theprodigal son. But the way that
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  • we're gonna talk about ittoday is probably something
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  • you've never heard. And Ireally believe it's going to
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  • bless you. And I want to sharethis story with you, not just
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  • because it's a great story,but I want to share it with
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  • you because it's actually atool for evangelism. Now if
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  • you don't know the Lord, Ijust want to encourage you
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  • because over the next fewminutes, I believe the Holy
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  • Spirit is gonna speak to yourheart and I believe He's gonna
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  • give you an opportunity toenter in to a whole new life.
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  • So, stick around. But even ifyou are a Christian, even if
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  • you know the Bible, I want toput a tool in your hands to
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  • help you to evangelize andreach out to those that you
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  • love who need to be reconciledwith their heavenly Father.
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  • I'm gonna talk to you moreabout that in a moment, but
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  • first I want to give you theopportunity to send in your
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  • prayer requests. You know,our ministry, Christ for All
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  • Nations, we are a ministrythat believes in miracle
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  • answers to prayer. And we seemiracles all the time. At our
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  • gospel campaigns in Africa, wesee literally miracles every
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  • single day and every singleevening during our mass gospel
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  • crusades. Blind eyes open.Cripples walk. Deaf ears hear.
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  • It's absolutely amazing. Butalso, one of the things we do,
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  • you may not even be aware,is that we take your prayer
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  • requests with us to Africa,and there on that field with
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  • hundreds of thousands ofpeople in attendance, we pray
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  • for you. And we believe Godfor great miracles in your
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  • life. And so, use that contactinformation that's on your
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  • screen, get in touch with us,and let us know how we can
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  • pray for you. And while you'redoing that, we're gonna go
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  • directly to this nextteaching; one of the greatest
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  • stories ever known. I'mcalling it the story ofReckless Love.
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  • (Music)
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  • Today I want to talk to youabout one of the greatest
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  • stories ever told. And inlight of how great this story
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  • is, it's appropriate that I'malso gonna tell you about
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  • this painting by one of thegreatest artists that ever
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  • lived. It's called, The Returnof the Prodigal Son, by
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  • Rembrandt. And it's widelyconsidered his greatest work.
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  • In fact, the famous arthistorian, Kenneth Clark,
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  • claimed that it's not onlyRembrandt's greatest painting,
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  • but the greatest picture everpainted. And so, the greatest
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  • painting of all time by one ofthe greatest artists that ever
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  • lived is about one of thegreatest stories ever told.
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  • Does that sound worth yourwhile? You know, I was talking
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  • to an accomplished artist onetime, and he said to me, Do
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  • you know how to tell when apiece of art is truly great? I
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  • said, Tell me. He said, If youhave a really great piece of
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  • art, you can look at it everyday and see something new each
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  • time. And this is what I foundin this Rembrandt painting,
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  • and it's also what I found inthe story of the prodigal son.
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  • And so, I'm gonna show yousome of the great discoveries
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  • that I've made in both ofthese as we go through the
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  • story today, which is found inthe 15th chapter of the Book
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  • of Luke in the Bible. In verse11, Jesus told the story, and
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  • this is what he said: Therewas a man who had two sons.
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  • The younger one said to hisfather, Father, give me my
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  • share of the estate. So hedivided the property between
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  • them. Not long after that, theyounger son got together all
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  • he had, set off for a distantcountry and there squandered
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  • his wealth in wild living. Nowthe younger brother in this
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  • story did something highlyunusual. He basically said,
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  • Father, I know you're not deadyet, but I can't wait any
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  • longer. I want my inheritancenow. And the father had no
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  • obligation to comply with thisvery unreasonable demand. But
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  • surprisingly, the fatherdid exactly what his son
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  • requested. He divided uphis wealth and he gave the
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  • rightful portion to hisyounger son. A couple of days
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  • later, the son took all themoney and left town. He went
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  • to the big city. And althoughthe Bible doesn't go into
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  • great detail about what he didthere, it does say that he
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  • squandered his wealth in wildliving. That means he was
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  • living recklessly. He wasliving for the moment. And we
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  • see here that it says that:After he had spent everything
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  • - this is in verse 14 - therewas a severe famine in that
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  • whole country, and he began tobe in need. And so he went and
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  • hired himself out to a citizenof that country, who sent him
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  • to his fields feeding thepigs. He longed to fill his
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  • stomach with the pods that thepigs were eating, but no one
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  • gave him anything. This youngman ended up completely
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  • destitute. He didn't have apenny to his name. His money
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  • was gone. His friends all lefthim. And now to make matters
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  • even worse, there was a faminein the land. People all around
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  • him were starving and therewas nothing he could do to
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  • help them because he couldn'teven help himself. Notice what
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  • it says in verse 14. It saysthat he was in need. You see,
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  • his selfish lifestyle that ledthis young man to where he
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  • was, left him empty andfeeling needy. Isn't it ironic
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  • that this young man spenteverything that he had trying
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  • to satisfy his selfishcravings and urges? And
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  • instead of being satisfied, heended up being even needier
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  • than he was before. He causedthe very thing that he was
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  • trying to avoid. His cureturned into his very disease.
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  • And after spending everypenny, he was hungrier than
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  • ever before. And hunger,my friend, is a powerful
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  • motivator. And so, he had tofind more and more ways to
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  • satisfy himself. And his lowpoint finally came when he was
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  • forced to take a terrible job.The Bible tells that his job
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  • was feeding pigs and actuallyliving with the pigs in the
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  • pig pen. Now I know thissounds gross to everybody. The
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  • idea of living with pigs wouldsound gross to anyone. But you
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  • have to understand that Jesuswas telling this story to a
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  • Jewish audience. And the boyin this story was a Jewish
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  • boy. And when you realizethat, the story takes on
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  • completely new significancebecause for a religious Jewish
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  • boy, living with the pigs wasa whole lot more than just
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  • gross. It was the ultimatepicture of uncleanness and
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  • filth. Pigs were the verypicture of uncleanness in
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  • Judaism. Jews, of course,they're not even allowed to
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  • touch pigs or eat pork. Butmore than that, they're not
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  • even supposed to be aroundpigs. They're supposed to
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  • avoid all association withpigs. Just to touch a pig
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  • carcass would make a Jewceremonially unclean. So, the
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  • fact that this boy was livingwith the pigs was a vivid
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  • picture. Jesus meant for it toshow how far he had fallen. He
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  • was in a very dark placephysically, financially,
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  • relationally, spiritually, andin every other way. But not
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  • only was he living with thepigs, verse 16, says that he
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  • longed to fill his belly withthe pigs' food. You know,
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  • people that feed pigs and livewith pigs soon start acting
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  • like pigs themselves. And thisyoung man's hunger had driven
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  • him to a place of desperation.He was willing to do anything.
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  • Even the most vile, disgustingfood became appealing in his
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  • frantic attempt to gratifyhimself. But even then, even
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  • at that lowest point, he stillcould not satisfy his hunger.
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  • You know, he had started outtrying to find adventure,
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  • success, love, and pleasure,and all the things this world
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  • could offer. But his questled him to one dead end after
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  • another. Finally, even afterhe had squandered everything
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  • that he had and hit rockbottom, he still was not
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  • satisfied. It reminds me ofthat Rolling Stones song, (I
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  • Can't Get No) Satisfaction.And you know, my friend, I
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  • meet so many people who arein a pig pen in their lives;
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  • stuffing their bellies withthe most vile things in an
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  • attempt to satisfy the deeplonging in their hearts.
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  • But no matter how hard they try,they're still lonely.
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  • They're still desperate anddissatisfied. They're hungry
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  • for something that no one hasbeen able to give them. And
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  • some people have gone fromrelationship to relationship
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  • looking for satisfaction. Andthey keep finding themselves
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  • in the same abusive situationsover and over again. They keep
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  • getting hurt. They keepgetting taken advantage of.
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  • And yet, their deep hunger forlove and acceptance drives
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  • them right back into the pigpen over and over again. Many
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  • people indulge in, in thingslike pornography and all other
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  • forms of sexual decadence.What are they doing? They're
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  • attempting to meet some deepneed in their heart. And soon
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  • they find out that what theywere into wasn't dark enough
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  • anymore. They don't get turnedon my Playboy anymore. Now
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  • they need something moretwisted, more perverted, more
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  • vile. And soon they findthemselves going downward,
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  • ever downward, into thedarkest places, into the pit
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  • of hell itself. And still theyaren't satisfied. The prodigal
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  • son's journey was a downwardspiral that seemed impossible
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  • for him to get out of. Untilone day, he must have woke up
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  • and thought, How did thishappen? How did I get here?
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  • What, what is wrong with me?Is there any help for me? And
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  • my friend, it's in this darkplace when people hit rock
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  • bottom that they often lookfor a way out. Some people
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  • turn at this point to drugsand alcohol. They try to drown
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  • out the guilt and the pain,those voices in their head.
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  • Yet these temporary solutionsdo not really solve any
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  • problems. But in fact, theycreate new ones. Some people
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  • become murderous and hatefulat this point; vengeful and
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  • resentful of the whole world.They feel they have nothing to
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  • lose. They stop caring aboutanything and anyone, including
  • 00:10:39.898 --> 00:10:43.535
  • themselves. Still other peopleturn to suicide at this point
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  • because they're convinced thatthey will never make it out of
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  • this pig pen alive. So, whatshould you do when you find
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  • yourself in this dark place?Well, the story of the
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  • prodigal son gives us theanswer, and we read it here.
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  • It says in verse 17: When hecame to his senses, he said,
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  • How many of my father's hiredservants have some food to
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  • spare, and here I am starvingto death! I will set out and
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  • go back to my father and sayto him: Father, I have sinned
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  • against heaven and againstyou. I am no longer worthy to
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  • be called your son; makeme like one of your hired
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  • servants. So he got up andwent to his father. It says
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  • that he came to his senses.And my friend, this is the
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  • moment that every person needsto have; a moment of clarity,
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  • a moment of sobriety, a momentwhere you come to yourself and
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  • you think, Wait a minute, whatam I doing here? What have I
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  • become? Who am I? Why am Iliving like this? There must
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  • be something better andsomething more than this in
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  • life. You know, when I wasabout 12 years old, my cousin
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  • started smoking. And I thoughtit was pretty cool. I saw him
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  • there like James Dean in RebelWithout a Cause, with his
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  • collar turned up, leaningagainst the wall, smoking his
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  • cigarette. I wanted to be likethat. So, I asked my cousin if
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  • I could have a cigarette. Andto my surprise, he gave me a
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  • whole pack. I never moved upin the world so fast. I went
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  • from being an ordinary schmuckto a cool cat, just like that.
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  • But there was one problem. Yousee, if my dad caught me with
  • 00:12:13.258 --> 00:12:15.260
  • cigarettes, he would kill me.And that would be merciful
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  • compared to what my motherwould do. So, I took my pack
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  • of cigarettes, and I went outinto the woods. I sat down on
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  • the ground behind a big bushand I lit up one of those
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  • cigarettes. And of course, Istarted hacking and coughing.
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  • It was pretty miserable,actually. But I thought, Well,
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  • this is what it takes to becool, so it's worth it. I
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  • really didn't know what I wasdoing because the cigarette
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  • should have lasted a lotlonger than it, than it did.
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  • But I was determined to see itthrough. I was gonna smoke it
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  • like a man. I was determinedto smoke the whole thing.
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  • But then suddenly, I had thismoment of clarity. I thought
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  • to myself, Wait a minute, I'msmoking this cigarette, not
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  • because I like it. I'm smokingit to be cool. But if no one
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  • can see me, then no one canthink I'm cool. And if no one
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  • thinks I'm cool, then what'sthe point? I'm going through
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  • all of this for nothing. I putthat cigarette out. I threw
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  • the pack away and nevertouched a cigarette since. You
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  • know, this, this story'sreally not about smoking. It's
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  • about that moment of clarity.Some of you need to come to
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  • your senses. Maybe you grew upin the church and you used to
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  • follow Jesus. You need torealize that whatever naïve
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  • notions caused you to walkaway from God and started you
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  • chasing the things of thisworld, my friend, listen; they
  • 00:13:20.391 --> 00:13:22.861
  • didn't deliver. You didn'tfind the peace that you were
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  • looking for. You didn't findthe joy. You didn't find the
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  • satisfaction. You didn'tfind the fulfillment that it
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  • promised you. You're not eventhat cool. What are you doing?
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  • It's time to go home. Nowmaybe you've never heard the
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  • things I'm telling you before.Maybe you didn't know there
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  • was a solution to the livinghell that you're in. Maybe you
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  • didn't know that God has aremedy for the sin, and the
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  • sickness, and the addiction,and the darkness that's trying
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  • to drown you right, right now.And that's why, my friend,
  • 00:13:48.987 --> 00:13:51.589
  • sometimes you just need amoment like this. This is your
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  • wake-up call. It's time tocome home. And that's exactly
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  • what the prodigal son did.He decided he would humble
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  • himself and he would go backto his father. And he would
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  • become one of his father'shired servants if necessary,
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  • because even the hiredservants were living better
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  • than he was living. But thisis my favorite part of the
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  • story, because you see, asthat young man dragged himself
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  • home, one heavy footstep ata time, he was dreading that
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  • moment that he would come faceto face with his father. He
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  • was so worried about how hisfather would react to his
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  • reckless, immature life. Hewasn't sure how he was gonna
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  • explain himself when hisfather asked him what he had
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  • done with all the money he'dbeen given. But meanwhile,
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  • the father was sitting on thefront porch with his eyes
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  • trained on the horizon,staring in the direction where
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  • his son had gone away. Andevery day, that father sat
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  • there looking, wishing,waiting, hoping that one day
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  • his son would return. Andfinally, as the father sat
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  • there looking at the horizon,he saw the silhouette of his
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  • son appear. And that old mancould not contain himself. The
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  • Bible says that he got up andhe ran back to welcome his
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  • son. Listen to this. It saysin verse 20: But while he was
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  • still a long way off, hisfather saw him and was filled
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  • with compassion for him; heran to his son, and threw his
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  • arms around him and kissedhim. This is the scene that's
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  • depicted here in thisRembrandt painting. The father
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  • is bending down with openhands to receive the son who
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  • kneels before him and leansinto his father's embrace.
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  • What a beautiful picture ofreconciliation, of acceptance,
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  • of forgiveness, of grace, ofmercy. The father's not angry.
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  • He's not judgmental. He'snot bitter, and angry, and
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  • vengeful. He's a good father,full of the compassion for the
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  • children that he loves. Allthe things that the prodigal
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  • son had worried about, theywere just a mirage. The father
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  • didn't even ask about themoney. The father didn't
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  • rebuke him. The father didn'tpunish him. The father didn't
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  • send him away to live with theservants. The father didn't
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  • even ask about the money.Every day that young man had
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  • been living in the pig pen,the father was sitting on the
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  • front porch just waiting forhim to come home. But that
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  • wasn't all. The father didn'tjust reluctantly take him
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  • back. The Bible says that thefather kissed him and hugged
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  • him. He showered him in giftslike Christmas morning. He
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  • killed the fatted calf. Hethrew a party. He hugged him,
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  • and kissed him, and gave himeverything that he ever could
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  • have wanted. Rembrandt'spainting depicts the son's
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  • tattered shoes, you couldsee there. What a beautiful
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  • picture; that tattered robe,old shoes, so worn that one is
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  • fallen off and the other oneis just barely hanging on. And
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  • see what's happening, is theseobjects of shame, the tattered
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  • robe, the shoes, they will bereplaced with gifts of love, a
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  • new robe, new shoes, a ringfor his finger, and a welcome
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  • home feast. That's where wecome back to the story in
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  • verse 21: The son said to him,Father, I have sinned against
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  • heaven and against you. I amno longer worthy to be called
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  • your son. But the father saidto his servants, Quick! Bring
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  • the best robe and put it onhim. Put a ring and put it on
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  • his finger, and sandals forhis feet. Bring the fatted
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  • calf and kill it. Let's have afeast and celebrate. For this
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  • son of mine was dead and isalive again; he was lost and
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  • now he is found. And theybegan to celebrate. And here's
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  • where I saw something that I'dnever seen before. You know,
  • 00:17:36.080 --> 00:17:38.382
  • normally the emphasis of thestory is on the son. It's
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  • known popularly as the storyof the prodigal son, as I've
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  • already referred to manytimes. And yet I don't think
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  • that Jesus intended for theemphasis in this story to be
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  • on the son. All along I thinkit was supposed to be on the
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  • father. Because you notice,when you start the story in
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  • verse 11, Jesus didn't startby saying, There once was a
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  • son. No, it says, There was afather, a certain man had two
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  • sons. That's where theemphasis is. And Rembrandt
  • 00:18:04.375 --> 00:18:06.611
  • also managed to capture thatemphasis perfectly. Notice
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  • that the father is theemphasis. The son is only
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  • visible from behind. It wasthe man, the father, who is
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  • the protagonist. The story isnot about the son. It's about
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  • the father. But there's morebecause you see, the word,
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  • prodigal, maybe you don'thave, don't hear that word.
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  • It's not a very common wordin English. But it means
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  • wasteful, reckless,extravagant, giving or
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  • yielding profusely, lavish orabundant. That's what the word
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  • means. And this is exactlywhat happened here in the
  • 00:18:38.843 --> 00:18:42.847
  • story. The story is about theprodigal son. We say the story
  • 00:18:42.980 --> 00:18:46.584
  • is about the prodigal sonbecause we're focused on the
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  • way that the son recklesslywasted his money. But I think
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  • that Jesus intended to drawour attention to the father,
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  • who extravagantly and freely,and yes, even recklessly
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  • poured out love and grace onhis very undeserving son to
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  • the point that it made theolder brother jealous. And I
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  • guess you could say that thisstory is really the story of
  • 00:19:06.504 --> 00:19:08.439
  • the prodigal father. It'sa story about the father's
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  • reckless love, said anotherway. Maybe when you think of
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  • your life, you think about allthe ways that you've been so
  • 00:19:19.850 --> 00:19:23.688
  • wasteful and unwise. Maybe yousee all of your faults, your
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  • failures, your shortcomings.I want you to understand
  • 00:19:27.925 --> 00:19:31.028
  • something, the Gospel at itsheart is not really about what
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  • you've done. It's about, it'snot really about how far
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  • you've drifted and how muchyou've strayed. It's about a
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  • loving Father who loves you somuch that He gave everything
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  • for you. It's about a recklesslove that would do anything to
  • 00:19:44.242 --> 00:19:47.745
  • reach you. It's not about yourreckless life. It's about
  • 00:19:47.878 --> 00:19:51.449
  • God's reckless love. That'swhy one of my favorite
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  • Scriptures is Romans, 8:32,which says that: He that
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  • spared not His own Son, butdelivered Him up for us all,
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  • how will He not with Him alsogive us all things freely? God
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  • gave His Son knowing that manypeople would reject Him, spit
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  • in His face, mock His gift oflove. And yet, God freely, and
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  • lavishly, and selflessly gavethe best that He had for you.
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  • That is what I mean by God'sreckless love. And if God
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  • would give His only Son foryou, you can be sure that He's
  • 00:20:20.945 --> 00:20:24.015
  • willing to give anything andeverything else that you need.
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  • Maybe you're watching thisright now and you feel like
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  • you're that prodigal son. Andone of the things about this
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  • painting that many peopledon't realize, you could only
  • 00:20:33.824 --> 00:20:37.028
  • see the prodigal son here bythe side profile. But that
  • 00:20:37.161 --> 00:20:40.665
  • side profile is actually aself-portrait of Rembrandt.
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  • And what he was saying is,I'm the prodigal son. See the
  • 00:20:46.070 --> 00:20:50.508
  • story is not the story of someJewish boy that lived a long
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  • time ago. It's your story.It's my story. I'm the
  • 00:20:53.911 --> 00:20:57.715
  • prodigal son. You're theprodigal son. And the arms of
  • 00:20:57.848 --> 00:21:01.585
  • God are open for you, myfriend. If you're living in
  • 00:21:01.719 --> 00:21:04.689
  • that pig pen, you don't haveto live there anymore. You
  • 00:21:04.822 --> 00:21:08.626
  • know in, in the painting,Rembrandt set the scene of the
  • 00:21:08.759 --> 00:21:12.063
  • father and the son againstthis dark backdrop, this
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  • infinite void we see in thebackground. And, and this is a
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  • story that God is calling youout of the darkness into the
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  • light. You can come out ofthat life of darkness, and
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  • void, and addiction, andcompulsion, and you can come
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  • into the arms of your Fatherwho is waiting for you, Who
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  • welcomes you home. And if thatis your desire, I just want to
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  • pray with you right now. Whereyou are, where you're sitting,
  • 00:21:33.651 --> 00:21:36.520
  • just close your eyes, andbow your head, and pray this
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  • prayer with me. Say, LordJesus Christ, (Audience repeats)
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  • I come to you today(Audience repeats)
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  • a sinner(Audience repeats)
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  • needing salvation.(Audience repeats)
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  • Lord Jesus,(Audience repeats)
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  • I cannot save myself.(Audience repeats)
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  • But I can come home.(Audience repeats)
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  • Take me as I am.(Audience repeats)
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  • Save me.(Audience repeats)
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  • Forgive me.(Audience repeats)
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  • Wash me.(Audience repeats)
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  • And cleanse me.(Audience repeats)
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  • Lord Jesus Christ,(Audience repeats)
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  • I confess with my mouth(Audience repeats)
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  • what I believe in my heart(Audience repeats)
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  • that Jesus is my Savior,(Audience repeats)
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  • that Jesus is the Son of God.(Audience repeats)
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  • And from this day forward,(Audience repeats)
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  • I belong to Jesus,(Audience repeats)
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  • and Jesus belongs to me.(Audience repeats)
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  • I believe it.(Audience repeats)
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  • I receive it.(Audience repeats)
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  • And I confess it,(Audience repeats)
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  • in the name of Jesus.(Audience repeats)
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  • And everybody said,(Audience responds, Amen)
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  • Amen. Amen. My friend, listen,if you prayed that prayer with
  • 00:22:42.686 --> 00:22:45.055
  • me, I want to be the first oneto say, Welcome home. My friend,
  • 00:22:45.189 --> 00:22:49.960
  • listen, your Father welcomesyou with open arms. Heaven is
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  • open to you. What I want youto encourage you to do, from
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  • this moment forward is beginto follow Jesus every day. Get
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  • a Bible and begin to read thatBible every day. Begin to
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  • pray. What is prayer? Prayeris just talking to God the way
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  • you would talk to a friend.And find a local body of
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  • believers, a church, where youcan become connected, a place
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  • where you can establishlifelong friendships. I
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  • believe the very best is yetto come for you, in Jesus'
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  • name. God bless you.(Audience applause)
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  • (Music)
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  • ANNOUNCER- (Music) Do youknow a prodigal who's run away
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  • from our heavenly Father? InLuke, 15, Jesus tells the
  • 00:23:30.501 --> 00:23:34.371
  • story of the prodigal son,the compelling narrative of a
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  • father's unrestrained loveand his longing to have his
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  • runaway child return home.Everyone knows someone who
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  • the world today. It's craftedin a way that quickly catches
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  • (Music)
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  • DANIEL- I hope that youenjoyed that. You know, the
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  • story of the prodigal son, oras I've called it, the story
  • 00:24:37.835 --> 00:24:41.272
  • of the prodigal father, isperhaps one of my greatest
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  • stories in all of the Bible. Ijust feel the, the emotion in
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  • the heart of God as Jesustells this incredible story of
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  • the Father's relentless andreckless love. And I love this
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  • story so much, what I'veactually done is I've written
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  • a short Gospel tract. This isdesigned to be given out
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  • to people, maybe at therestaurant, or maybe somebody
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  • you know, maybe just left ina public place where somebody
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  • can get it and read it. It'sfull of very vivid graphics
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  • and interesting pictures,including the painting of the
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  • prodigal son that I wastalking about earlier. I use
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  • that as an analogy in thisbook. And in the back, there's
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  • a space where you can put youraddress or your phone number,
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  • or maybe the address and phonenumber of your church or
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  • another church. And just givethese out as you go through
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  • the day. What I want to do isI want to send you a pack of
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  • Remember, your gift, whateverit is, goes to help the
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  • appreciate that. But we alsowant to make sure that we get
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  • out and help to share themessage of the Father's
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  • reckless love. Thank you somuch for being with us on the
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  • program today. I can't wait tosee you again next week, same
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  • ANNOUNCER- (Music) Do youknow a prodigal who's run away
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  • runaway child return home.Everyone knows someone who
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