PARABLE OF TRANSFORMATION:
Have you ever wished you could go back to high school and have a "do-over"?
If so, The Prodigal's Wilderness: When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path will help you find your way back to God and understand your identity as a child of God.
It uses three stories from Luke chapter 15, including the one that is commonly referred to as The Parable of the Prodigal Son to show you how your life can be changed, just as his was.
Discover how you can have a second chance at life and be transformed into a new person with a future and amazing opportunities for a better life!
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God stands ready to welcome you back home; all you need to do is turn back to him and let him guide you step-by-step.
As you read through the Bible, you’ll see that God had many of the heroes of the faith participate in their own wilderness adventures, for example: Moses and the Israelites, David, Elijah, John the Baptist and even Jesus. They were all transformed by their desert experiences.
It may seem that time spent in the desert is wasted time, but in reality, the solitude and isolation of the desert allow God to accelerate our spiritual growth and increase intimacy with him.
He wants to develop a “real,” in-depth relationship with us and he will use whatever means necessary to make that happen. For example, he often uses family or political conflict, natural or economic disasters, health conditions, or loss of a significant person in our lives to drive us to our knees and put him first in our lives.
The desert is God’s preferred learning laboratory for believers. All believers will likely spend some time in the wilderness, in God’s “boot camp.” Some will enroll multiple times. But, the bottom line is this: God is still in control and he has a plan to conform you to his image (Rom. 12:2) so that he can have greater fellowship.
God is sovereign even when you’re in the midst of a wilderness experience and feeling scared, confused or overwhelmed.
The wilderness may seem like it’s the “wrong” path, that you’ve gotten lost or strayed from God, but He can redeem even the most crooked path and use all of your experiences along the way for good (Rom. 8:28).
Are you struggling in your own personal "wilderness" right now?
Don’t know which way to turn?
Perhaps you’ve just lost your job, or you've been hit with the dreaded “C” diagnosis from your doctor.
Perhaps you just have too much month left over at the end of your money. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one and you’re feeling lonely and depressed.
It could be that God has just signed you up for one of his wilderness courses.
They’re usually not very much fun, and may actually include a fair amount of pain and suffering, but they do have a number of important benefits, not the least of which is developing a closer relationship with God.
He’s there with you, every day and every step of the way on your wilderness journey even though it probably doesn’t feel like it right now.
And above, don’t think he’s angry with you!
All believers, at one time or another, have the “privilege” of taking one of God’s wilderness courses!
Do you ever feel like God is silent, so therefore, he must be angry with you?
This book, The Prodigal's Wilderness: When the "Wrong" Path Really Is the Right Path, is meant to serve as an encouragement to those of you who feel far from God.
Sometimes, periods of silence, or suffering, or struggle (what I’m calling the “wilderness experience”) are necessary for your growth and to build your faith.
After all, if you can constantly “see” what God is doing in your lives, and the world around you, you would have no need for faith, but the Bible tells us that faith is a necessity: “
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1 KJV).
Some of you may identify with the prodigal son in the third story… you may feel that you’ve been criticized, rejected and ostracized by your family or friends.
You may wonder if there’s any possible way for you to regain fellowship with your family or friends.
But, know this - there is hope for you!
This parable speaks volumes about separation, reconciliation, and restoration.
If you’ve never met Jesus, the Messiah, now’s your chance! Be sure to pay attention to the Chapter, “Who Is This Jesus?”
You’ll learn about the man, his mission, his ministry – and the changes he brought that have impacted the world for two thousand years!
Some of you just love to study Scripture and discover new Biblical truths.
I’ve packed a lot of Bible knowledge into the pages that follow. You will find the information about the culture and norms of first century Israel very fascinating. You may find that studying this parable helps you deepen your own Bible study methods and personal devotions.
Some of those little historical tidbits may open your eyes to important Biblical truths you’d never seen before.
After reading your website, I was lead to reread Luke 15.
Your site was much more insightful than my Bible commentary!
First impression-you’re an awesome author by helping me question and think more deeply!
Blessed to be your friend.
In today’s post-Christian world, Christians are increasingly under attack for traditional Biblical beliefs.
The devil and his minions are becoming much more active and much more vocal than they have been in the past.
People from many walks of life, whether they be entertainers and celebrities, or politicians and protesters, ..., or your next door neighbor, seem to take great pleasure in denigrating the Christian faith and your beliefs.
But there are moments, like the sun breaking through the clouds, when someone you know might actually be open to hearing the gospel and why you believe what you believe,
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect." (I Peter 3:15)
Yours may be the only lucid voice they will ever hear who can introduce them to the Savior.
Don’t let such an opportunity pass you by, because you were not prepared.
One of my favorite movies is “God Is Not Dead” (the first one). A young man in college finds himself stuck in a philosophy course with a very anti-God professor, and God calls him to take a personal stand and defend the proposition “God is not dead” to the class.
This young man had to stand alone, facing criticism, opposition, rejection from his friends, and the threat of failing the class from his professor. But, by standing up for his faith, and presenting a cogent argument for the existence of the living God, he influenced a lot of other students who would never have heard about the God who loves them.
Like the young man in the movie, God may call some of you to carry out a difficult and unpopular task.
You may find your life’s path takes you to places you would never have dreamed, and you will have to rely upon God’s strength and wisdom because the challenge is far greater than your human abilities.
You will need the kind of fortitude demonstrated by the young man in the movie. I trust that all of you will gain a greater appreciation for the depth and wisdom of this parable, and that reading this book will bless you and your family.