Tag: lost

Prison Doors

Prison Doors

Encouragment
Recently in our community group gathering my friend Rick said something that opened up a new way of thinking about a familiar teaching of Jesus. I love it when God does takes our understanding and blasts open a larger truth. In that final week before Jesus crucifixon he spent time teaching his disciples.  He taught on subjects like the near future, what will happen to him, and His return. During that time He portrayed what the final judgment will look like as God separates the “sheep,” those who followed, from the “goats,” those that did their own thing. In Jesus’ teaching God the King tells the sheep that he knows them because, “I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clot
Big Questions, Important Answers – Adam, Where Are You?

Big Questions, Important Answers – Adam, Where Are You?

Big Questions, Series
97...98...99...100...Ready or not here I come.  We’ve all probably played the childhood game of hide and seek. Trying to remain still and quiet so that we would not be found.  Or maybe trying to move about in order to be even more elusive. I had a nephew one time hide so well that he fell asleep and no one could find him. On the other hand, there are others who can’t help but giggle and always seem to be among the first ones found. In a way, you could say that mankind has been playing hide and seek with God ever since Adam. After Adam and Eve sinned by listening to the serpent and violating God’s commandment their first instinct was to try to hide. “They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presenc
Sally’s Lost Doll

Sally’s Lost Doll

Short Stories
“Mommy, Lucy’s lost.” a tearful Sally reported. Mom stopped layering the lasagna, gave Sally a quick hug, and sat her on the counter. “Tell me all about it,” Mom said. “Where have you looked?” “I’ve looked everywhere,” Sally replied with a sigh.   “Go on.” Mom said as she added another layer of cheese. “I’ve looked in my bedroom, the bathroom, the TV room, I’ve looked everywhere. Could Rufus have taken her?” Just then, a three year old golden lab wanders into the kitchen. “Well,” Mom said, “lets just ask.  Rufus, did you take Lucy?”  Rufus just stood there with a wagging tail and expectant eyes.  “Rufus looks pretty innocent to me.” Mom said placing the finished lasagna in the oven.  “How about we go and look again?” “Okay,” Sally replied. Mom lifted Sally from the counter and carrie
Lost Son

Lost Son

Lost Things, Series
Anyone that has raised a three-year-old knows this conversation or something like it: Dad: Tommy, it's time to go to bed. Tommy: why? Dad: because it's 8:30 Tommy: why is it 8:30 Dad: because to clock says so Tommy: why does the clock say so Dad: because the big hand is on the six and the little hand is on the eight. Tommy: why- Dad: because I said so! Sometimes our “why” questions are not answered but sometimes they are. In this last parable - the parable of the prodigal son - we learn why God feels and expresses joy when the lost is found.  Instead of printing out the whole parable look up Luke 15:11-32 in your Bible or click on the Bible reference to read it at Biblia.com. In the parable of the lost sheep, we are told there is joy in heaven when a sinner repents. The parabl
Lost Keys

Lost Keys

Lost Things, Series
I’ve lost my keys.  Not all my keys, just the spare keys for the car my wife drives.  So now, every time we go somewhere in her car I have to borrow her keys. We’ve searched the house; even looking behind dressers and under couches.  I’ve even looked in the freezer because you never know. I remember one time when I was a kid, I lost something (I don’t remember what), found it, and reported my joy to Grandpa Joe.  He said, “I bet I know where you found it.” He paused for a moment and added, “the last place you looked.”  You know what he was right! My lost thing was in the last place I looked.  And when I find my keys, they will be in the last place I look. Continuing from the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus told another parable of lost things. The parable of a lost coin.  “Or what woman,
Lost Sheep

Lost Sheep

Lost Things, Series
During my youth, we raised sheep for 4-H and FFA projects.  One night, very earlier in my sheep raising career, we received a phone call from a neighbor. He had seen some sheep down at the corner and wondered if they might be ours. Our flock wasn’t large in those early days, only three or four ewes.  Rushing out to the orchard we discovered a hole in the old fence.  While dad patched the fence the rest of us rounded up the sheep.  Lets just say that it was an adventure, but we did manage to get them all back safely behind the fence. One of Jesus’ well-known parables is that of the Lost Sheep.  “So He told them this parable, saying, “What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is los