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  • "In Defense Of The Older Son"

    Contributed by Clark Tanner on Sep 8, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 3,789 views

    We don’t usually hear much about the older son, but hey, he had a right to be miffed! Didn’t he...?

    (A backwards glance at the parable of the Prodigal) 22 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was ...read more

  • The Homecoming

    Contributed by Rodney Buchanan on Sep 1, 2002
    based on 109 ratings
     | 19,557 views

    It is interesting to try and identify with the three characters in the story: 1. The prodigal. 2. The older son. 3. The father.

    I realize that I have recently preached on this passage of scripture, but I feel compelled to speak on it again. The reason is that while on vacation I picked up Henri Nouwen’s excellent book entitled: The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. It is one of those books that pulls you ...read more

  • The Complaining Brother Series

    Contributed by Fred Sigle on May 1, 2006
    based on 35 ratings
     | 10,688 views

    The self-righteous are quick to point out the sins and faults of others, but overlook their own.

    THE COMPLAINING BROTHER A. Luke 15:25-32 (READ) 1. Can you imagine how difficult it must have been for the YOUNGER SON to come HOME! ILLUSTRATION: Picture what that first FAMILY MEAL was like back home. The Father sits at the head of the TABLE and the brother sits across from the ...read more

  • The Prodigal Father Series

    Contributed by Hal Seed on Jul 27, 2007
    based on 20 ratings
     | 16,264 views

    Sermon’s purpose is to move people to love God by showing the amazing love of the Prodigal Father.

    [This sermon is contributed by Hal Seed of New Song Church in Oceanside, California and of www.PastorMentor.com. Hal is the author of numerous books including The God Questions and The Bible Questions. If you are interested in The Bible Questions Church-wide Campaign, please visit and watch Hal’s ...read more

  • Behold The Father's Love

    Contributed by Daniel Habben on Nov 15, 2004
    based on 11 ratings
     | 1,239 views

    Behold the Father’s Love 1) For the obvious sinner 2) For the oblivious sinner

    Do your parents have favourites? Do they love your older or younger sibling more than you? It feels that way some times doesn’t it? Especially when your parents let your older sibling do more things than you, or let the younger ones get away with things they never let you get away with. How about ...read more

  • Jesus Teaches: Two Sons -- One Father – Three Responses

    Contributed by Clark Frailey on May 2, 2002
    based on 45 ratings
     | 1,377 views

    A look at the three people and three differing responses each has in light of their circumstances. Parallel drawn between Father, Son, and Christians.

    Jesus Teaches: Two Sons -- One Father – Three Responses I. INTRODUCTION: The Story ILLUS/OPEN: Little boy answers phone / boss / dad? / no / mom? / no / policeman? / no / fireman, search team – helicopter - ???- looking for me! ( Tell Story of Luke 15:1-32 ) Three Responses – 1) ...read more

  • The Older Brother

    Contributed by Edgar Mayer on Nov 10, 2000
    based on 89 ratings
     | 2,830 views

    A sermon on Luke 15:11-32.

    The Older Brother "Once a man had two sons. The younger son said to his father: 'Give me my share of the property.' So the father divided his property between his two sons." That's the dramatic beginning of a story that Jesus told. Who doesn't like to hear the end of it? Jesus had a knack for ...read more

  • A Father Who Deserved Better

    Contributed by Kenneth Trent on Jun 11, 2003
    based on 54 ratings
     | 5,622 views

    The father in this parable certainly deserved better than what he received from both his sons. I think we can all agree that our heavenly Father deserves better than what He receives from His children today.

    A FATHER WHO DESERVED BETTER 11 Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. 12 "And the younger of them said to his father, ’Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, ...read more

  • Lose Something ?

    Contributed by Robert Rust on Mar 23, 2001
    based on 111 ratings
     | 3,078 views

    The Prodigal Son through the eyes of the father.

    Lose Something ? Luke 15:11-32 March 25, 2001 We’ve all experienced misplacing something at one time or another. How many of you have searched endless for your keys ? Keys seem to have a strange way of finding the most unsuspecting places to hide. I heard about a man who came out of a ...read more

  • There Is More To Dream About Than Summer Series

    Contributed by Guy Glass on Jun 10, 2003
    based on 31 ratings
     | 2,398 views

    The first message in a series looking at what keeps us from really dreaming great things for God.

    Introduction: Mystic Seaport is filled with a variety of clippers and other sea-worthy ships. Countless voyages have been sailed by each ship. There is perhaps no greater sight to behold than that of such a sea-worthy vessel, trimming through the water under full sail. The ship is in her world. ...read more

  • Understanding The Father's Heart

    Contributed by Christian Cheong on Jun 13, 2003
    based on 47 ratings
     | 18,016 views

    From the parable of the prodigal son, we see the Father’s love and longing for his lost son to return. The salvation of the lost is a big thing to Him. Do we know our Father’s heart today?

    Luke 15:11-32 UNDERSTANDING THE FATHER’S HEART What is God really like? The Bible says He is a Father to us, we are His children. It is not enough to ask, “Do you believe in God?” What is more important is “What kind of God do you believe in?” Jesus tells us here in this chapter ...read more

  • Who Do You Think We Are?

    Contributed by Thomas Bowen on Apr 2, 2004
    based on 9 ratings
     | 666 views

    Prodigal Son - As Christians it is not just who we act like as much as who we should.

    Who do you think we are? Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 I don’t know about you but I sometimes spend a large portion of my day looking for stuff I put away for safe keeping. Sometimes I spend 5 minutes looking for the remote control for the TV instead of walking 5 feet to change the channel. When my ...read more

  • The Prodigal Brother Series

    Contributed by Craig Simonian on Oct 23, 2001
    based on 44 ratings
     | 3,918 views

    This sermon looks at how the older brother was unable to grab hold of his Father’s love and how we, like him, need to find our way back into the Father’s house.

    The Prodigal Brother October 14, 2001 Last week we started our series on the Father Heart of God, focusing on what we’ve called Fatherless Living. - And what we said was that each and every one of us has been created, at our very core, with a fundamental need for the Father’s ...read more

  • The Call To Become The Father

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on May 26, 2004
    based on 25 ratings
     | 1,132 views

    Our Call to become the father in the story involves grief, forgiveness & generosity

    Luke 15:11-32 May 23, 2004 The Call to Become the Father “The Return of The Prodigal Son” by Henri Nouwen. This is one of my “must read” books for Christians – I even recommend it for non-Christians. If you haven’t read it yet, read it this summer. We’ll have a little book discussion ...read more

  • The Forgiving Father

    Contributed by Jim Pye on Mar 20, 2001
    based on 73 ratings
     | 1,341 views

    Lectionary : Lent 4

    25/3/01 6 p.m. Luke 15:1-3,11-32. 151Now the tax collectors and "sinners" were all gathering around to hear him. 2But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, "This man welcomes sinners and eats with them." 3Then Jesus told them this parable:... 11 "There was a man who had two sons. ...read more