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In this episode, we continue with Part 4 of our book study on The Return of the Prodigal Son and talk about God the Father. We discuss the failure of earthly and spiritual fathers and how God wants to restore our understanding of His fatherhood. We also talk about the mercy of the Father, the invitation to receive His blessing, and how the Father's heart burns for us to come home to Him.
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- What struck you from the podcast?
- How can you create space to hear the Father speak blessing to you?
- What are the words of blessing God wants you to hear in this moment?
- In light of all the abuses in the Church, how can you yourself “lean in in love” rather than letting discouragement drive you away from God?
- How does God need to restore your understanding of Him as a loving, faithful Father?
- Reflect and journal about this scripture: Luke 15:11-32. What does it speak to you personally this time?
- What are areas of your life where you believe the lie thatGod must be irritated with you?
- Do you imagine God as speaking blessing or condemnation toward you?
- When your models of fatherhood have failed you, how has that affected your sense of God as Father? What is God trying to tell you about himself as Father?
Quote to Ponder - “As Rembrandt approached death, he chose to portray a very still Father who recognizes his son not with the eyes of the body, but with the inner eye of his heart.” - Henri Nouwen
Scripture for Lectio Divina - Luke 15:11-32 - The Parable of the Prodigal Son