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Greener Pastures (Luke 15:11-24)Tommy Boring, November 9, 2014
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
You don't have to be young to be rebellious. You don't have to teach anyone to be prideful or rebellious. We call rebellion many things. When sin comes into your life, you'll see things in a different way. When you think you've got the world by the tail, you'll start being prideful. The devil wants to destroy you and cause you to go the opposite way of God. Just because someone you know lived a rebellious life doesn't mean you need to also. You can't sow bad things and reap something good later. Ask anyone that has rebelled against God and come back to Him and they will all tell you, don't go that way. We all have a choice to live, choose God! Don't think for one minute that just because you've been raised right doesn't mean you can get by in life sowing to the world. If you go around sowing to the world you WILL reap what you have sown. You can not stop it and the harvest will be from the world. The only way to not follow the world is to repent of the worldly nature of your flesh. Once your child gets to a certain age a parent can no longer chasten them, but that also means they've fallen into Gods hands. If you're a child of God and begin to run wild with the resources of the devil, you will run out. The devil only has so much to hand to you but you will run out as far away as where you started. Children think that their life is hard living with their parents. What makes a child think that a parent that would jump in front of a bullet would lead them or motivate them in the wrong direction? There are rules and regulation throughout this world and they are usually there to protect everyone because someone cared. When one rebels they will resort to doing embarrassing things for the devil. If you're saying, when you clean you're act up, you'll come to church, it will never happen. No one has ever been able to clean themselves. Romans 8:35-37 Nothing can separate us from Gods love. The devil will steal everything you've got before you realize that you need to go back to God.
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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11And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. 14And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. 15And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. 17And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, 19And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. 20And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. 21And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 22But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: 23And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: 24For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. (KJV)