Mar 29, 2008

You're Gonna Miss This

Brother Ken's message "You're Gonna Miss This" given to The Orchard Church on March 29, 2008.

The Parable of the Lost Son
Luke 15:11-32

Lk 15:11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. a
Lk 15:12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ b So he divided his property c between them.
Lk 15:13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth d in wild living.
Lk 15:14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
Lk 15:15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. e
Lk 15:16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
Lk 15:17 “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!
Lk 15:18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned f against heaven and against you.
Lk 15:19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’
Lk 15:20 So 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. g
Lk 15:21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. h I am no longer worthy to be called your son. 63 ’
Lk 15:22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe i and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger j and sandals on his feet.
Lk 15:23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.
Lk 15:24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; k he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. l
Lk 15:25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
Lk 15:26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on.
Lk 15:27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
Lk 15:28 “The older brother became angry m and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.
Lk 15:29 But 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.
Lk 15:30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property n with prostitutes o comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
Lk 15:31 “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.
Lk 15:32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ”

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Mar 22, 2008

The Complete Gospel

Brother Ken Wilson's Easter Message to The Orchard Church delivered on March 22, 2008.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures

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Mar 6, 2008

This Week's Devotions

March 3

Jesus said, "let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them."

Matthew 19:14

I once read an article that said children spell love T-I-M-E. As I pondered

that statement, I had to agree. Take advantage of each and every opportunity

to do things together, going hiking, going fishing, doing crafts, reading

stories, baking cookies, playing board games...Don't just say you love your

children--show them! Spend some time together.

March 4

Be joyful always. 1 Thessalonians 5:16

You may remember thinking, "I can't do this one more day! God must not have

known what He was doing when He made me a parent." But, you know what? He

did know. He has equipped you with everything you need to be a good parent.

And He is more than happy to help you through when you feel your weakest. No

matter what--God loves you and believes in you.

March 5

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper

you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah


Father, help me to fan the dreams You've placed within my children. Amen.

March 6

He who heeds discipline shows the way to life. Proverbs 10:17

God's time-out chair isn't a place where He puts you to punish you; rather,

you put yourself there when you disobey Him. It's a place where the

blessings of God no longer flow. But the best thing about God's time-out

chair is that you can get up at any time. All you have to do is repent and

move on..

March 7

"Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring


Job 12:12

Father, as a sweet elderly man from our church once told me, these are the

best years of my life. Help me to treasure each moment with my children.


March 8

Let the wise listen and add to their learning. Proverbs 1:5

Are you a good listener? Do you really give your kids your full attention

when they are talking to you? Do you nod your head and smile, letting them

know that you're truly into what they are saying? If we fail to listen to

them now, we'll be sorry later when they no longer choose to tell us things.

Open up your ears and your heart and listen to your children!

March 9

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power to the weak. Isaiah


We are all busy people. That's just a fact of life. But if we allow

ourselves to become too busy, we'll miss out on quality time with our

families. We'll be running around so much that we won't know if we're coming

or going. Even good things can be bad if they take us away from our


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Mar 2, 2008


The Message Brother Ken Wilson delivered on March 2. 2008.

This is Brother Ken's eighth message in the series "Experiencing God Together".

Scripture Reference: Revelation 19:11 - 16

Rev 19:11 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war.
Rev 19:12 His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself.
Rev 19:13 He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.
Rev 19:14 The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Rev 19:15 Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.
Rev 19:16 On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:


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