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The Prodigal Son

The Sonshine   June 2022

The Prodigal Son  by Walter Olsen

Luke 15:1-24


In reading the parable of the Prodigal Son recently, the Lord seemed to impress on me how much this message is needed in our world today. There are very many who are hurting because of poor choices made by the youth of today, hurting both the youth themselves and their parents. Thankfully, there is a way to bring comfort and restoration to those who are so hurting if they will acknowledge their rebellion and turn to the only One who can restore them and give them abundant life.


I think a consideration of the following observations may be helpful to those who are in the midst of such a problem. Consider the following applications from the illustration of the prodigal son.


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Knowing Him


The Sonshine  May 2022    By Walter Olsen  

Knowing Him


In many ways,  we are known by whom we know. I know that sounds kind of redundant, but I have a point. Knowing others is a significant part of our lives for many reasons. It may determine opportunity, a sense of special blessing, or any number of other things. It may be a source of pride also in declaring our special relationship to other significant people.

However, there is One whom it is crucial for us to know and that, of course, is the Lord Jesus Christ. To know Him is the greatest blessing of life and not to know Him is the greatest loss of life.

In this article, I would like for us to consider the various aspects of knowing Him, that is, the various claims of knowing Him. There is a very great difference between claiming to know Him and the reality of knowing Him. Jesus said to Phillip on one occasion, A...have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known Me, Phillip?@ (Jn. 14:9).  It was not that Phillip didn=t know who Jesus was, but perhaps that he didn=t know Him more intimately. He knew Him externally, kind of from a distance. It is the way many people know Jesus today. They are generally familiar with who He is as the Son of God, and even their Savior, but often there is little or no personal fellowship with Him.