June 21, 2020 Post

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GREETING

A month ago, we took a Sunday to celebrate Moms. Today, we do the same thing for our Dads. Moms and Dads are different in many ways. Aside from the obvious differences - male and female - there are things that one parent typically does and things that the other parent typically does. For example: Moms and Dads will both tell their kids not to do a dangerous stunt again, like jumping off the house or using  bed sheets as a parachute. But only Dad will tell them that the stunt they did was awesome when Mom isn’t around.

Dads tend to be more kid-like in many ways than Moms. Dads love to wrestle around with their kids from the time they’re big enough to crawl. Dads are more likely to spend more money than they should on things like fireworks. Dads are more likely to be into things like wrestling, monster trucks, and comic books.

All craziness and kidding aside, being a Dad is just as important and demanding as being a Mom. Dads share the responsibility of providing a nice home for their kids. They help make meals, clean house and maintain the yard. They help with homework. They read bedtime stories - or they make up new ones. They put everyone in their place when they get in trouble. And most important of all, they teach their children about Jesus.

I know that not every child has a Mom and Dad in the home.  However, we all have a Father.  The Bible calls God our Heavenly Father.  I hope that you enjoy this lesson with your child/ren as you teach them just what kind of a Father our God really is.

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY TO ALL OUR WONDERFUL FATHER’S OUT THERE.

Peace & Blessings,

Pastor Cheryl Schalm

 


 

THE STORY

 

The Lost Son

by Sharla Guenther

This week’s story is about the lost son.  This story is also called the prodigal son.  Prodigal means to spend a lot of money on things you don't need and being very wasteful with what you have.  You will see that, that is exactly what this son does.

This is the parable that Jesus told:  There once was a father that had two sons.  One day the younger son said to his father, "Father, could you give me my inheritance?" (Inheritance is money the father would give his children after he had died.)  So the father thought about it and decided his sons could have the money now, and he split it evenly between them.

Very soon after the younger son received the money, he decided that since he had so much money he would move to a different country and have some fun with it.

When he left, he left for good.  He took every last thing he had and didn't plan on returning.  He wanted to be grown up and spend all his money how he wanted with no one to tell him what to do.

So he just left.  He left a big farm with many hired men with everything he needed, he left his family, and more importantly he left his father who trusted him enough to give him the money.  This probably made his father very sad and I'm sure he missed him very much.

While the son was gone he spent all the money he had right away.  He didn't think to save any of it.  He ate out every meal every day, he bought fancy cars, he threw wild parties and spent money on many other things that God wouldn't be happy with.

After he had spent all his money, the country he was living in became very poor and they hardly had enough food for everyone.  It was even worse for people who had no money because food became even more expensive, so it was very hard for poor people to get any food.

The son was in trouble.  He had no money, no place to live, he had nothing to eat, so he had to get a job.  The only job he could find was feeding pigs.  He was so hungry he tried to eat the food that the pigs were eating but his boss caught him and told him if he ever saw him doing that again he would lose his job.

That night as the son was walking home his stomach wouldn't stop growling, he was so hungry.  He saw some people walking towards him and he asked them if they could give him any money for food, but no one would give him anything.  Everyone was so poor it was hard to share with anyone.

The son went to bed hungry and when he woke up he realized something.  When he lived with his father even the hired men had more food than they needed, and now he was starving to death.  At that moment he made a plan.  He would go back to his father's house and say to him, 'I have sinned against God and against you.  I don't deserve to be called your son, so hire me and I will work for you."

He knew that if he became like a hired man on his father's farm he would still be better off than he was right now.  He would always have a warm place to stay and food to eat.  So he headed for home.

It took the son a long time to get home, he was just hoping that his dad would let him work at the farm and let him be a hired man.  The son was walking up the to farm but while he was still a long way off and he could see someone notice him and start to run towards him.  He was sure that they must have been expecting someone else, no one would be excited to see him.

As the person got closer he realized it was his father and he was yelling, "My son! My son! You are finally home!"  He couldn't believe it.  His father threw his arms around him and kissed him.  But the son quickly said, "Father, I have sinned against God and against you.  I don't deserve to be called your son..."  The son wanted to continue but the father said to one of his servants, "Quick!  Bring the best robe and put it on him.  Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the biggest calf and kill it.  Let's have a party and celebrate because my son was lost and is found!"

A little while later, the older son was working in the field and heard music and dancing.  So he called to one of the servants and asked what was going on.  "Your brother has come home and your father is having a party for his return."

This upset the older brother and he refused to go join the party.  The father heard that he was upset, so he went to talk to him and invited him to join the party.  But the son refused saying, "Look!  I have been working for you all these years and I've never disobeyed you.  Yet you never had a big party for me to celebrate with my friends.  But now my younger brother has come home, spent all the money you gave him, and you kill the biggest calf for him!"

"But, my son," the father said, "you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.  We had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was lost and now he is found."

 


 

MESSAGE

 

In this parable the father in the story is just like God.  This is how God would be if we ran away from him and we started doing things we shouldn't.  He doesn't give up on us when we do things that are wrong, and he will always forgive us if we've truly changed and repent for what we've done.

Now the older brother in this story just shows how most of us would act if this happened to us.  I think we would all be upset if our younger brother or sister ran away for a long time and did a whole bunch of bad things and then came home and your parents threw a big party for him.

The father who had been wronged, was forgiving.  But the eldest son, who had not been wronged, was unforgiving.  In this parable Jesus gives a clear picture of God and what God is like.  God is truly kinder than us.

That’s the kind of love God wants fathers to have. A godly father is more than just your big playmate. He’s a picture of our Heavenly Father. Dads are to be loving and compassionate. They are always welcoming and always willing to forgive. That’s a huge burden to bear, and it’s all the more reason for us to show our fathers we love them on Father’s Day.

Some of you here may not have a dad at home. Maybe you only see him now and then. Maybe your Dad is never there. If you have a father or mother like that, I have good news for you: you also have a great Father. Your Father in Heaven loves you, just like the father in this parable. He will always be there for you, and he will always forgive you when you mess up. He sent his Son to be your Savior, and if you believe in Him, you can truly call God your Father.

I hope all of you have a good time with your Dad, grandfather, uncles and all the father figures in your life today. I hope you get to have fun, and I hope it gets a little crazy. But at the end of the day, be sure to say thank you for the father and men in your life who love and look after you.   Thank God for sending them, and thank your Dad and the others for being there. Tell them you love him today.

 


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

 

Dear ___________________,     

I know that you will make mistakes as you grow and develop into the wonderful person I have created you to be.  I will always be here for you and I will always love you.  Stay close to me and I will guide you and keep you in my tender loving care.  When you make a mistake, don’t run from me, come to me and I will forgive you.

Remember, my command to honor your parents.  I have blessed you with people who love you.  Tell them thank you and let them know you appreciate them.  Today is Father’s Day, show your dad or the men in your life just how much you do!

Love Always,

Your Heavenly Father   

 


 

ACTIVITY 

 

Make dad a Father’s Day Card and a special   “Dad Rocks” paper weight.   

Example:

 

 

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

Dear Heavenly Father, You are a great Father and I love You.  Thank You for taking care of me and for giving me a dad (or father figure) who loves me and takes care of me like You do.  ~Amen