Dear Cornerstone family,
God’s restoring grace reminds us there is always a way back to our heavenly Father.
In Luke 15 Jesus tells us a story of two sons. The youngest demands his inheritance early, so he can go and live “outside” of the rules of his father. In Luke 15:13-16 (NLT2) we read, “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.”
I don’t know about you, but I can relate to this son. When I moved out of my parents’ house, I couldn’t wait to experience my freedom and to do what I wanted. I had money and friends, but when my money ran out, so did my friends. This is where the story takes a positive turn. The young man has an “Aha” moment. He starts to think about how much better things are in his father’s house. He decides to come back home to his father.
In Luke 15:18-19 (NLT2) Jesus describes his attitude, “I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ He is broken and repents, but he doesn’t know what his father’s response might be.
Jesus uses this story to explain how God will respond to us when we come home to Him.
In Luke 15:20 (NLT2) we read, “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.” Did you catch that? His father was looking for him. He was waiting for him with anticipation. The father’s heart was full of love and compassion. This is how our heavenly Father will respond to us.
Some of us are still struggling with this concept of God’s restoring grace. Maybe we can accept God taking us back, but we wonder if He is still angry at us. This couldn’t be farther from the truth.
God doesn’t hold a grudge against us.
In Luke 15:22-24 (NLT2) Jesus continues to describe the Father’s heart, “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.” God will not only welcome you back, but He will celebrate you returning to the life you were intended to live.
Where are you on your journey with God?
No matter how far you’ve gone, there is always a way back to God. The way back is through Jesus.
Following THE Leader with you,
Pastor Ed Turley
Cornerstone Church of Poway
Building Materials Fundraiser:
If you would like to contribute to the Prayer Quilt Ministry Building Fundraiser, please place your donation in the offering and note “Building Fundraiser” on the envelope as well as on your check. If donating through our website www.CornerstonePoway.com, please choose “Building Fund” in the dropdown. Thank you!
National Day of Prayer & Worship – May 3, Thursday night 7:00 pm:
On Thursday, May 3, we will be gathering for a special time of prayer and worship for our nation. Join us for a potluck and fellowship time in the café at 6:30 pm, then we will have prayer and worship from 7-8 pm in the Worship Center.
Be sure to bring your Mom, family, and friends for a special time of appreciation and worship Sunday, May 13. Join us for a photo opportunity and refreshments between services.
Life Group – Thursday nights:
Not in a Life Group? Would you like to make new friends, get refueled and refreshed? Come check out our Thursday night worship, group Bible study, and prayer time in the Main Sanctuary at 7 pm. Come early for snacks and fellowship! Invite someone, all are welcome!