And Jesus Alone

Prodigal:  I love watching the fish.

Me:  It is suppose to reduce blood pressure.

Prodigal:  I feel relaxed.

Me:  Good, maybe this will help you with some praise.

This is from the book  The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah, or the Anointed One, who would redeem God’s people.  In effect, dozens of these Old Testament prophecies created a fingerprint that only the true Messiah could fit.  This gave Israel a way to rule out impostors and validate the credentials of the authentic Messiah.  Against astronomical odds–one chance in a trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion, trillion–Jesus, and only Jesus throughout history, matched this prophetic fingerprint.  This confirms Jesus’ identity to an incredible degree of certainty.

Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new?  It hath been already of old time, which was before us.

Ecclesiastes 1:10

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Tunnel, Not a Cave

Me: I wonder where that tunnel leads.

Prodigal:  It doesn’t look to long.

Me:  No, and we have to remember that sometimes.

This is from the book Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy by Barbara Johnson

Nothing touches me that has not passed through the hands of my heavenly Father, NOTHING.  Whatever occurs, God has sovereignly surveyed and approved.  We may not know why (we may never know why), but we do know our pain is no accident to Him who guides our lives.  He is, in no way, surprised by it all.  Before it ever touches us, it passes through Him.

To come out of the darkness into the sunshine, it helps to remember you’re in a tunnel, not a cave.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Luke warm people

Prodigal:  I am feeling selfish today.

Me: I feel like that sometimes too.

Prodigal:  What should we do?

Me:  We should push through, and serve the Lord.

This is from Crazy Love by Francis Chan

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?  Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand”  1 Chron. 29:14

LUKEWARM People are continually concerned with playing it safe;  they are slaves to the god of control.  This focus on safe living keeps them from sacrificing and risking for God.

To see God’s glory you have to take a faith based risk.   This is total trust in the Lord, and with that the Lord likes to show what He can do.

The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, hath glorified his Son Jesus; whom ye delivered up, and denied him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let him go.

Acts 3:13

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

What Can We Say

 

 

 

Me:  This was a nice time we had together.

Prodigal:  I know.  Let’s leave with wisdom.

Me:  I have just the right thing.

 

This is from the book This is My Story, This is Our Song by Norman F. Blosat with Elva W. Blosat

 

I remember feeling disheartened as we learned about the corruption and worldly powers of the church during the Middle Ages.  A story was told of two clergyman who were fingering and counting money as it went into the church coffers.  One said to the other, “No longer need we say, ‘Silver and gold have we none.’–to which the other more introspective clergyman replied, ‘But neither can we say, in the name of Jesus Christ, arise and walk!”

 

I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people :  and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations.

Psalm 108:3

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

Keep Walking

Prodigal:  We have been walking a while.

Me:  Yes, we still have a little ways to go.

Prodigal:  I hope you will be with me.

Me:  I am always right here.

This is from the book In the Middle of the Mess by Sheila Walsh

“If we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other” (v.7).  That’s what makes it possible to have true fellowship:  a community of people who are unafraid of bringing their pain, wounds, and secrets into God’s light, a people who are unafraid of sharing their brokenness with each other.  When we begin to grasp how much God loves us, even in our brokenness, we are able to love each other, to have true fellowship.  And when we love each other this way, we can encourage each other to keep walking in the light of truth.

This is a process, but in the process I will be there.  I will help you to continue to walk  in the light of truth.

Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.

1 Peter 5:2

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

LUKE WARM Warning

 

Prodigal:  That pool was luke warm!

Me:  It might be nice to swim in but don’t keep that type of attitude.

Prodigal:  I need help with that.

Me: I can share with you some encouragement.

 

This is Crazy Love by Francis Chan

 

“All these commandments, I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.  When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing.  Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me,”  When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.  Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”  Luke 8:21-25

Lukewarm People think about life on earth much more often than eternity in heaven.  Daily life is mostly focused on today’s to-do list, this week’s schedule, and next month’s vacation.  Rarely, if ever, do they intently consider the life to come.  Regarding this, C.S. Lewis writes, “If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next.  It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.

 

If we don’t think about hell, we are not sad that the person we are talking to is going there.  Sometimes eternity has to be the focus so that we share the gospel more.

 

Sanctify yourselves, therefore, and be ye holy:  for I am the Lord your God.  Leviticus 20:7

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org

One Thing to Do

Prodigal:  Sometimes we have to go back to the things that are simple.

Me:  Yes, life can get to complicated very quickly.

 

This is from the book Celebration of Discipline:  The Path of Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster

 

In our enthusiasm to practice the Disciplines, we my fail to practice discipline.  The life that is pleasing to God is not a series of religious duties.  We have only one thing to do, namely, to experience a life of relationship and intimacy with God, “the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change” (James 1:17)

 

Proverbs 12:2

A good man obtaineth favour of the LORD: but a man of wicked devices will he condemn.

 

Jennifer Van Allen

www.theprodigalpig.com

www.faithincounseling.org