Life: Backslidden-Parable of the Lost Son

"Holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith."-1 Timothy 1:19

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The famous shipwrecked of Shackleton in the cold south pole tundra of Antartica is a famous story of endurance to live. Have you ever heard of this amazing near death story?

Shackleton's Expedition, by PBS

I (Sal) was first told of this story from a good friend name Shannon (UMM Class of 02'), who told me about the special display at the Science Museum in St. Paul-Minnesota last summer. I thought about this story again after doing my devotional quiet time the other night in St. Paul (home for Thanksgiving weekend 11/29/03).

Shipwrecked is similar to being backslidden, or falling away from the light of Christ that gives life. I've been there before, like many Christians! It can be compared to being in the "wilderness" or "desert" that the Bible talks about in both the Old Testament (Job losing all what he got, Moses in the dessert, etc...) and New Testament (Jesus in the desert for 40 days, Peter's denying Christ 3x, etc..). It all depends how the individual perceives it and does with it.

Personal Backslidden Stories

After giving my life to Christ in the Spring of 96', I kind of drifted away that summer as I was no longer surrounded by fellowship of Christ's family. I was so glued into my summer job of making money fast! I did attend some weekly Bible studies, but I wasn't solidified with the Truth (see one church)!

Then, I kind of drifted away purposely from other believers a couple years ago after getting "offended" by my local church. After time in season, I was healed as God showed me how we need to avoid "division" (1 Corinthians 1 & 12)in the church-Satan's way of having us believers turn against one another.

Stories from the Bible

"The Parable of the Lost Son

11Jesus continued: "There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the estate.' So he divided his property between them.
13"Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17"When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.' 20So he got up and went to his father. "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21"The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.[a]'
22"But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate.
25"Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27'Your brother has come,' he replied, 'and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.'
28"The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29But he answered his father, 'Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!'
31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' ""
-Luke 15:11-32

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" The present-day story of the Prodigal Son is one of the most heart-wrenching experiences for a Christian parent. Helplessness can turn to hopelessness and hopelessness can turn to despair. Often, the more a parent tries to return a child to Christ, the more the child runs away from his Christian roots. The �prodigal experience� (the emotionally-charged relationship between a Christian parent and a rebellious child) is a universal challenge to Christian faith..."

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Woe to the Complacent (Amos 6)

" 1 Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!
2 Go to Calneh and look at it;
go from there to great Hamath,
and then go down to Gath in Philistia.
Are they better off than your two kingdoms?
Is their land larger than yours?
3 You put off the evil day
and bring near a reign of terror.
4 You lie on beds inlaid with ivory
and lounge on your couches.
You dine on choice lambs
and fattened calves. ...

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"I believe that He loves you where you are
I believe that you've seen the hands of God
I believe that you'll know it when
You're back in His arms again

I believe that He never let you go
I believe that He's wanting you to know
I believe that He'll lead you 'til
you're back in His arms again "

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