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Summary: The older brother was suppose to be the good boy

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The Good Brother?

Lk 15:11-32

INTRO: A. Prodigal’s Steps of Self-destruction

1. Self - Will 2. Selfishness

3. Separation

a. Rather be with others than be with the Father

4. Sensuality - Sin

5. Spiritual Destitution **Bad to worse Down on luck

*Raffle Hat tag A group of well-intentioned people met to discuss ways and means of helping a friend who had been down on his luck recently. Knowing him to be an extremely proud person, who would not accept money, they decided to arrange a bogus raffle. They told him that they would all draw numbered slips of paper from a hat, and the person who drew the number four would win $200. They didn’t tell him that the number “four" was on every slip.

After the drawing, each of the conspirators glanced at their slips and crumbled them up in the manner of disappointed losers. Then they waited to hear their friend announce that he had drawn the winning number. But he didn’t say anything. Finally, one member of the group asked him, knowingly,

"What number did you draw?"

He said "Six and seven-eighths," holding up…the hat-size tag.

6. Abasement: Degraded

7. Starvation: Lowest Point

B. The Father’s Love, Watching, Forgiving, Reconciling,

Restoration

1. Because HE’S God

2. Must allow Lost to make 2 decisions

a. Leave b. Return (repent) submit

3. Worked doing for us, placing love & knowledge of God’s

goodness to return to

4. The Father Saw Him coming

a. Only place in the bible see a picture of God Running

*And God Ran *Philips, Craig and Dean

Almighty God

The Great I Am

Immoveable Rock

Omnipotent powerful

Awesome Lord

Victorious Warrior

Mighty Conqueror

Commanding King of Kings

And the only time

the only time I ever saw Him run

Chorus

Was when He ran to me

Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest

And said "My son’s come home again".

Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes

With forgiveness in His voice

He said "Son, do you know I still love you?"

It caught me by surprise when God ran

The day I left Home

I knew I’d broken His heart

I wondered if

Things would ever be the same

Then one night

I remembered His love for me

And down that dusty road, ahead I could see

It was the only time,

the only time I ever saw Him run

It caught me by surprise, It dropped me to my knees

When God ran

Holy God, Righteous One

Who turned my way

Now I know, You’ve been waiting

For this day

b. Do you truly see God’s great love for the lost

c. God’s heart aches to see them come to Him

*3 things about the so-called Good Brother He was…

I. He was About His Business v25

A. Assumed he’s Smarter, More Mature, He is the GOOD

Brother, The Good Son

B. Working

1. Doing what is required

a. Probably griped & moaned the whole time, "Woe is me"

1. But still did his part on the place around the house

2. Consumed His Life *Made a Career of being good**

**Giving, Attendance, sing, Church**

C. While others drinking, doping, dancing sinning, killing,

abusing, adultery, Homosexuality, wasting life’s

D. Not as SON or Brother

1. But servant, worker, laborer, employee

a. Didn’t appreciate God’s goodness, blessings,

b. Or own Position, rights, powers, blessings


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