The Choice Is Yours

His father saw him and was moved with pity

Luke 15:20
Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10

Sermon Topic


A student of the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) said to his teacher. “In my opinion, I am qualified for ordination as a rabbi” …

“What are your qualifications?” asked the teacher. The student answered, “I have disciplined my body so that I can sleep on the ground, eat the grass of the field, and allow myself to be whipped three times a day.”

To which the learned man replied, “See that yonder white donkey? Be mindful that it sleeps on the ground, eats the grass of the field, and is whipped no less than three times a day. Up to the present, you may qualify to be a donkey, but certainly not a rabbi.”

The Apostle Peter wrote a letter to Christian Churches largely made up of converts from paganism. In it, he identified them as being members of a “Royal Priesthood.” From time-to-time, we might do well to test our qualifications for this “Royal Priesthood” or,…

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