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The Prodigal Son Modernized.

The Prodigal Son Modernized.

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THE PRODIGAL SO MODERIZED.BY SAM JOESWe have a thousand reasons for gratitude as we look around us day by day. Oh, how many things have cometo our ears, how many things have we looked upon thisday that caused our hearts to say :Bless the Lord, 0, my soull and all that is within me, bless his holyname.God is beginning a gracious work. The undercurrents of the last two or three weeks are now bursting up in all theirlife-giving and fertilizing forces.This morning, at the consecration meeting, this churchwas full of men and women, and the very atmosphere of Veaven surrounded us. Perhaps all the hearts present real-ized this was the house of God and the very gate of heavento their souls.THE TEXT.We invite your piTiyerful attention to-night to the veryfamiliar lesson, the parable of the prodigal son.And he said : A certain man had two sons.And the younger of them said to his father, father, give me the por-tion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them hisliving.. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together andtook his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance inriotous living.And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land,and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country ; and ht^sent him into his fields to feed swine.And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swinedid eat; and no man gave unto him.And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of «y father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish withThe Punishment of Gluttony.THE PRODIGAL SO. 473r I will arise and go to my father, and will say onto him, father, I havesinned against Heaven and before thee ;And am no more worthy to be called thy son. Make me as one of thy hired servants.HIRED 8EBVATS.That boy made a mistake right there. I am glad hi*father corrected it afterward.Make me as one of thy hired servants.There are no hired servants in the kingdom of thepatience of Jesus Christ. After that boy had gone home,if his father had made a hired servant out of him andgiven him $20 a month as a field-hand, he would have beenstealing something before he had been there ten days withhis father. (Laughter.) I am glad his father saw properto correct that fatal error in the boy*s mind. There's toomany hired servants around in the kingdom of Christ nowon the outer edges, hanging on for the loaves and fishes,
may be. There is, indeed. — Make me as one of thy hired servants.And he arose, and came to his father.I am glad to see a man get to the point, though, wherehe is just willing to be anything. Ther<* \a a good deal inthatA DIVIE PARABLE.And he arose and came to his father.But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw htm and had com-passion, and ran and fell on his neck, and kissed him.And the son said unto him : Father, I have sinned against Heaven, andin thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.* But the father said to his servants : Bring forth the he^t robe, andput it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on bis feet;And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let u« eat and bemerry;For this, my son, was dead and is alive again; he was lost «•** * tandVnd they began to be merry.«t/4 SAM JOES* SERMOS.Yon recognize this immediately as the parable of theProdigal Son.Some one said that this parable carries on its very facethat its author is divine. If there was no other proof of the divinity of Jesus Christ this parable alone would entitlehim forever to the name of " God man ! "

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