Finders Keepers

After missing a week for the Easter holiday Wednesday night OTTAGETTU resumes with special guest speaker, Heidi Pisle! She will continue our series on the life of Jesus by looking @ three parables from Luke 15; The Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, & the Lost (Prodigal) Son. Heidi will talk about how Jesus used parables as a powerful teaching strategy to communicate spiritual truths. In these three stories, Jesus revealed his compassion for those who are separated from God because of their sin (the lost), & showing the lengths he goes to in order to find them, & the joy he experiences when they’re found. She’ll also talk about what it means to repent, & how God is always available to forgive & restore.

I’d encourage you to find a time for conversation with your teenager this week. Here are some questions that reflect the discussion during Wednesday night OTTAGETTU:
  • Jesus was telling these parables to help us understand God’s heart for those people who are still “lost” to him. How is your heart toward “lost” people similar to or different from God’s heart toward them? If someone has sought forgiveness for the same thing 500 times, did that person really repent? What do you think?
  • How can you help a new Christian grow spiritually & develop a stronger friendship with Jesus?
As you’re talking with your teenager this week, you also might ask about how you could pray as your student prepares to live out this mission of compassion with Jesus. Also talk about some ways your family can work together to connect with people who don’t know Jesus.

About Gene Reineman

Gene has been on staff @ CFCOG since 2006. He & his wife, Joey, have two children, Josette & Gabriel. Gene enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Phillies, & UNC Basketball. He also enjoys running, swimming, & playing golf. Gene’s approach to ministry, is in part, drawn from 1 Thessalonians 2:8, “We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God’s Good News but our own lives, too.” – NLT

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