Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Father's Love

June 19, Thursday we were graced by the presence of Pastor Peter Tan-Chi, senior pastor of CCF as Day 01 of God's Story of Salvation CCF-Singapore's 3-day retreat commenced at YMCA in Dhoby Ghaut.

Pastor Peter shared about the parable of the lost coin, parable of the lost sheep and parable of the prodigal son reading from the book of Luke 15:1-31.
Luke 15:11-31(NASB)
11 And He said, “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.’ So he divided his wealth between them. 13 And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living. 14 Now when he had spent everything, a severe famine occurred in that country, and he began to be impoverished. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would have gladly filled his stomach with the pods that the swine were eating, and no one was giving anything to him. 17 But when he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have more than enough bread, but I am dying here with hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me as one of your hired men.”’ 20 So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 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 dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.
25 “Now his older son was in the field, and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he summoned one of the servants and began inquiring what these things could be. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has received him back safe and sound.’ 28 But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him. 29 But he answered and said to his father, ‘Look! For so many years I have been serving you and I have never neglected a command of yours; and yet you have never given me a young goat, so that I might celebrate with my friends; 30 but when this son of yours came, who has devoured your wealth with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’ 31 And he said to him, ‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.
PTC's message was like a sumptuous buffet of revelations and learnings.  Here are to quote a few.

Sometimes pain is the megaphone of God to wake you up.
The very evidence of love is you have a choice. God loved us so much that He did not made us like robots. He gave us a choice.
Everytime you are preventing a consequence to happen, you are preventing the person to learn his lesson.

From the perspective of the older brother who felt neglected by his father in spite of serving him for years. He missed one of the greatest lesson I learned that night, that real joy is when you are walking in the presence of the Father.

Unlike other buffet, our discipleship group didn't just dine in, we also have our takeaways :)

Get to know God. Read the bible --Kaye
Find the lost sheep even the sheep is 1/1000 --Kytin
Real joy is when you are in the presence of the Father --Girlie
You are worried because you have a small God --Grace
Pain is God's megaphone --Belle
God is just behind you waiting patiently. But He also orchestrates circumstances to bring you back when you get lost along the way. He won't force you but won't allow you to get lost either.  --Angela
Three kinds of being lost, three different stories but no matter what you are, you are not a hopeless case. --Rachelle

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