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By Jeff Lucas

ISBN-10: 0310267242

ISBN-13: 9780310267249

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So much people have prodigals in our lives, even if a toddler, brother, sister, husband, spouse, or pal. The soreness for those pricey ones is like no different. they might harm us and disappoint us, yet by some means we won't cease loving them. And but we won't stay their lives for them. The Prodigal-Friendly Church seems at why humans depart the church, how we will hold them, how we will be able to achieve those that have already long past, and the way we will be able to support those that go back consider like they belong. Jeff Lucas deals no effortless recipes for achievement, yet lots of truthtelling, wish, and encouragement. This booklet discusses the foundations of: * achieve: How can we succeed in these who have already left the church? * go back: How will we support humans go back to the church? * hold: How will we continue the folk we've got labored so tough to arrive? eventually we're referred to as to convey our prodigals to the pass of Christ, for there we discover the mingling of our personal utter helplessness and God's overall energy to interfere and store. while the Father's home is choked with the Father's love, there's wish that the prodigals will come domestic.

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So much people have prodigals in our lives, even if a baby, brother, sister, husband, spouse, or buddy. The soreness for those expensive ones is like no different. they could harm us and disappoint us, yet someway we can't cease loving them. And but we won't dwell their lives for them. The Prodigal-Friendly Church seems at why humans go away the church, how we will keep them, how we will achieve those that have already long past, and the way we will support those that go back think like they belong.

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We become preoccupied with its vision and even busy with its activities. And yet at the heart of the excitement and activity, there is hollowness because we neglect to put down our own roots. And then when personal trouble arrives, or the church hits a difficult and more barren patch (as all churches will do), then we find ourselves high and dry. Surely many people drift away from faith because they were never properly grounded in faith in the first place. When we consider how the Christian church, especially in the first four centuries, developed a process for “sound conversion,” we must be challenged by their rigorous plan and commitment to ground new believers in their Christian lives.

We must not blame the church or ourselves for the seductive work that temptation, tragically, can accomplish in us all. Sometimes the deceptive draw of the far country seems just too luscious to resist. But as big brother failed the wayward lad, so we too will fail our prodigals if we neglect to ask searching questions of ourselves, and assume that the only journey to be made is their journey back to us. We must be willing to travel the painful road of self-examination and ask what we could have done differently.

8 42 MANCANDO : ARE WE PREVENTING A PARTING? Big brother should have been the big peacemaker, and the fact that he did nothing is an early indictment in the parable. His kid brother became a prodigal and set out on a journey that would have been fraught with danger, and yet the older and hopefully wiser sibling didn’t lift a finger to stop it from happening. Big brother does nothing to prevent a parting. The prodigal walks. Look, he fades now into the distance. Most of us have prodigals in our lives, and how we would love to see them come home once again to God.

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