This week our guest Gmail writer is Brian Rhen, PCC Pastor of People Development.
As a kid, I didn’t have the patience for riddles, but as I have gotten older I have really enjoyed sitting in the riddles of Jesus, otherwise known as the parables. To me, parables are like riddles that need to be pondered and discussed to be figured out. One of the easiest ways for me to experience the parables is to find myself in the story. It is as simple as choosing one of the characters in a parable and then reflecting on how their story has played out in your life.
For example, during week one, when we focused on the parable of the one man building his house on rock and the other man building his house on the sand, I was reminded of all the times I was like the sand builder – having placed my identity in things that so easily can be washed away (money, achievements, people’s opinions, etc).
Similarly in week two, when I pondered the man who found the great treasure and was willing to sell everything to obtain it, I found myself reflecting on how I am a bit hesitant to release everything to God. It left me feeling like I might be missing out on the great treasure that God has for me.
And last Sunday, when I heard the retelling of the story about the persistent widow who would not stop asking the judge, I found myself remembering the ways I have experienced God answering my seemingly impossible prayers in His timing. This encouraged me to “not give up” praying for some long overdue prayers.
So this upcoming Sunday on July 15, I want to challenge you to really find yourself in the story of the Parable of the Lost Son (Luke 15:11-32). Will God have you identify with the lost son, the gracious father, or the bitter brother? This message will be delivered by our fabulous guest preacher, Laurie Polich Short , who is an experienced speaker, author, and associate pastor at Ocean Hills Covenant Church in Santa Barbara, CA.
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