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  • "In Defense Of The Older Son"

    Contributed by Clark Tanner on Sep 8, 2006
    based on 10 ratings
     | 3,733 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
     | 19,359 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
     | 10,519 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

  • Missing The Party

    Contributed by Gerald Albers on Oct 1, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 6,669 views

    I would like us to study the parable of the prodigal son considering our own relationship with God, centering our lives on Jesus, and having intimacy with the Father. Oftentimes, our anger and refusal to "join the party," as it were, causes us to miss muc

    MISSING THE PARTY Luke 15:25-32 ________________________________________ On New Year’s Day 1963, USC played Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. The Wisconsin quarterback, Ron VanderKelen, was one of the all-time great college quarterbacks. I was fourteen years old at the time, and our family ...read more

  • The Prodigal Father Series

    Contributed by Hal Seed on Jul 27, 2007
    based on 20 ratings
     | 15,871 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

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

    Contributed by Clark Frailey on May 2, 2002
    based on 45 ratings
     | 1,330 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

  • A Father Who Deserved Better

    Contributed by Kenneth Trent on Jun 11, 2003
    based on 53 ratings
     | 5,526 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

  • There Is More To Dream About Than Summer Series

    Contributed by Guy Glass on Jun 10, 2003
    based on 31 ratings
     | 2,362 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

  • Lose Something ?

    Contributed by Robert Rust on Mar 23, 2001
    based on 111 ratings
     | 2,942 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

  • "Looking Up At Hell"

    Contributed by Kenneth Sauer on Mar 9, 2010
    based on 8 ratings
     | 9,036 views

    In Luke Chapter 15 Jesus paints us a vivid picture of the Love of God through the story of the Prodigal Son. How can we celebrate God’s party of love in such a way as to welcome not only the younger brothers who have come back from the dead, but also the

    Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 “Looking Up at Hell” By: Ken Sauer, Pastor of East Ridge United Methodist Church, Chattanooga, TN “There was a man who had two sons.” One—the youngest—comes to his father and demands his share of the inheritance. That may sound odd to our ears, but it’s not ...read more

  • When You Become Unthankful Series

    Contributed by Shawn Drake on Nov 14, 2001
    based on 226 ratings
     | 7,582 views

    This is the 5th sermon in the series "Life’s Challenge’s". This is also a Thanksgiving Sermon.

    Sunday Morning November 18, 2001 Bel Aire Baptist Church Thanksgiving Sermon Series: Life’s Challenges [#4] WHEN YOU BECOME UNTHANKFUL Luke 15:11-31 Introduction: 1. We live in a country that is very unthankful and ungrateful most of the time. Our idea of the rough life is the remote ...read more

  • The Prodigal Brother Series

    Contributed by Craig Simonian on Oct 23, 2001
    based on 43 ratings
     | 3,689 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

  • Let Jesus Find You

    Contributed by Susan Blader on Dec 22, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,841 views

    Jesus not only eats with sinners, He runs down the road and drags them in for the meal; they need only accept that they have been found.

    Let Jesus Find You A Sermon on Luke 15 You may have heard of Thomas Kinkade. He is often called the “Painter of Light.” You’ll recognize his paintings by their quaint cottages, horse drawn carriages, or cobblestone bridges, but above all, their fantastic use of color and light. And if ...read more

  • Coming Home To God's Grace Series

    Contributed by Michael Murdock on Oct 28, 2002
    based on 84 ratings
     | 7,941 views

    On Grace, based on session #2 of Fully Devoted; pursuing spiritual transformation by Willow Creek and Zondervan

    “Coming Home to God’s Grace” Luke 15:11-32 Introduction: Have you ever had one of those days were your kids are driving you beyond sanity. My daughter Megan is a very strong willed child. She is also very intelligent, and what is worse is the fact that she knows it. She is always pushing ...read more

  • Be The Father Series

    Contributed by Mike Wilkins on Jan 21, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 6,472 views

    We are called to have the character of he father of the Prodigal in our neigbourhood.

    Luke 15:11-32 January 20, 2008 Lighthouses of Prayer The Call to Become the Father Review of Lighthouses of Prayer Last week I introduced the idea of lighthouses of prayer. It comes from Luke chapter 10 where Jesus sends out the 72 Disciples to go into the villages around the ...read more