Church Requel
What should a Christ follower learn from the younger son in Jesus' Prodigal parable? In "Wasted" we consider 5 versions of our commitment to Christ - questions we should ask ourselves every single day if we are really determined to become who God created us to be.
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  • Church Requel
    2 Marion Ave, Mansfield, OH 44903, USA
    Sunday 11:00 AM
Easter Invite
Two weeks from today is Resurrection Sunday! We hope to fill all the pews with your friends and family members!! People will respond favorably to an invite to church at Easter time more than almost any other Sunday. Inside of your programs this morning you’ll find an invitation card. Please pass these out to everyone you know!! If you need more, there are extras sitting on the communion tables.
Free Gift For Our Guests
If you are visiting with us today, WELCOME! We’re glad you’re here. If you will stop by the piano on the north side of our sanctuary after this morning’s worship, and drop off your connection card, we have a FREE Christian book to share with you. We promise no one will show up at your door. But we will include you in our weekly Friday email newsletter and tell you about the good things happening at Church Requel. Thanks for being our guest!
Food Pantry
We continue to need non-perishable foods. When you come to church Sunday mornings bring some food to share with others, who may be sitting in the pew next to you. The Food Pantry is downstairs and will be open for 15 minutes after each Sunday service. You are welcome to receive food if you have a need. We are looking for volunteers to work in the food pantry 15 minutes each Sunday. Please see Sheri if you are able to help.
Easter Egg Hunt
immediately following our Easter service we will have our 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt!! So this means we need your help!! Today Karen and her helpers will be staying after the service to fill all the eggs. Anyone who is able to help her with this, please remain after the worship service today! This has always been so much fun for the kids (and the adults too!!)
Image Sings / Potluck
The weekend right after Easter, Sunday, April 23rd, we will get to enjoy a performance by IMAGE from Mansfield Christian school. This will be the 3rd year that IMAGE has come to Church Requel and it has always been such a blessing to have them and hear them sing. As we’ve done in previous years, we will have a POTLUCK after their performance as a way of thanking them and enjoying some fellowship with them.
Dinner Theater Fundraiser
We have an exciting opportunity for anyone wanting to help us fund the sanctuary upgrades we are planning this year. On Saturday evening, May 6th, Paul Lintern will host a dinner theater downstairs entitled, “1928.” Those attending will enjoy a “live radio” broadcast from Mansfield’s own WJW radio, with Harold Arlin as emcee. Part of the funds raised will help pay for new carpeting in the sanctuary. Reservations for the $25 a plate dinner can be made by calling Pat at 419-756-1372.
1st Quarter Offerings
We wish to thank everyone who has been faithful in the financial support of Church Requel so far this year. Each quarter we want to share with you our church’s financial results. We’re providing you some historical perspective for the 1st quarter in each of the 5 years we’ve been here at St. Luke’s Point of Grace. You’ll see how we have done so much better this year compared to last, but are still not up to where we were in 2014 and 2015. Let’s remain faithful!

2013 - 14,671
2014 - 17,378
2015 - 17,539
2016 - 15,198
2017 - 16,324

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Wasted - Luke 15:11-16

Today we talk about the idea of “Wasted.” We read in Luke 15:13 KJV that the younger son wasted his substance with riotous living. We may not be guilty of riotous living, but we certainly can be guilty, even as Christ followers, of wasting our substance - of not living up to the kind of glorious life that God had so graciously given us. Who among us would say that they have become all that God has in mind for them? Which of us could not improve in some way or another?

5 Daily Questions:

#1 - ___________ or _____________ ?

“The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them.” Luke 15:12 ESV

For the younger son to ask for his share of his inheritance, his portion of the property, while his father was still alive was just like saying, “I wish you were dead.” Especially when you consider that the second word for “property” is different than the first-

βίος -life; (1) of earthly life in its daily functions, (2) the means of subsistence property, goods, one’s living.

For the father to give up some of his “property” would be to give up a substantial portion of his very life, the very means of his subsistence. The younger brother is saying, “I don’t need you any longer... I can get along just fine on my own.” Not Your Way. My way. Even as Christians, we daily find ourselves with this same choice.

“Choose today whom you will serve... As for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15 NLT

It might help us if we realized that the choice of God’s way is actually the best way for us anyway. How many times in your life have you made a choice that in the end turned out not to be the best? God knows!!!

“There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way that leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 NET

This could be applied to every aspect of our lives - our physical lives, eating, exercising, sleeping, work time, play time. Our emotional lives - our relationships with spouse, kids, parents, not to mention bosses and friends.

#2 - _____________ or ______________ ?

“Not long after that, the younger son packed up all he had. Then he left for a country far away...” Luke 15:13a NIrV

Why did the younger son pack up everything and leave? Because he didn’t want to have Dad watching him, interfering. Guilt slowing him down. Don’t we sometimes do the same thing?. You may think you haven’t moved away from God, but there are probably some parts of your life that you have all “packed up.” Areas of your life you don’t want to acknowledge AND that you don’t want to hear about from God.

To NOT wander means to ABIDE! To be yourself - warts and all - before God. To know His love for you regardless of your failure.

“Abide in me,” / “Live in me.” / “Remain in me,” John 15:4a ESV / MSG / NIV

It means you can be yourself with God. Be real. Authentic. Unpack your dirty linens. Trust God to love you warts and all. We must learn to trust God, to let Him in on your most secret desires, your most guilty pleasures - even those things you think to be wrong. Trust God to heal you in a loving way.

#3 - ______________ or _______________ ?

“... and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” Luke 15:13b KJV

This quite literally means he wasted his life, he squandered his subsistence, his living, his bios. One of the greatest and most life-transforming truths we can learn about Christianity is that God didn’t “save” us just to get us into Heaven. He has a plan for us, a purpose. He chose us for that purpose!

“God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing.” Ephesians 2:10 NCV

Start being a student of how God made you. Learn your SHAPE - Spiritual gifts, Heart passions, Abilities, Personality, Experiences.

We read three things in Ephesians 2:10 that are remarkable:

A. God made me the way I am. I may have corrupted it, but there are some natural aspects of who I am that is God-created.

B. God made me for good works, living out my life doing them.

C. God planned this for me in advance!

#4 - _______________ or _________________ ?

“After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country,
and he had nothing.” Luke 15:14 HCSB

If we get #3 wrong then this one follows naturally. If everything is about immediate gratification, pleasing/obsessing about self then we’ll tend to see our resources in terms of today instead of tomorrow, now instead of forever, temporal instead of eternal. And that equates to emptiness.

Remember the secret of the Parable Of The Talents? Buried or Invested?

“The first servant reported, ‘Master, I invested your money and made ten times the original amount!’” Luke 19:16 NLT

Temporal = empty (buried). Forever = eternal (invested).

3 Eternal Investments: ________ , __________ , ___________

To know myself best and to become the best me I can be - the me that God intended MEANS I also must know God well. To know Him I must be in His Word (where He reveals Himself) and learning from godly people. To be “invested” instead of “spent” means I must be SET for eternity…

“The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out -
but whoever does what God wants is set for eternity.” 1 John 2:17 MSG

Two sides, two options, two choices. Which describes you more? Wanting wanting wanting or doing what God wants (SET for eternity?)

How do we get SET for eternity?

S _____________ with my God eyes. This is where it starts - with value. Truth is that in our humanness, our mortal, short-term selves, we value the wrong things. We must put on our “God eyes.” To do that we must spend time with Him, read His Word and hang out with His people.

E ________________ to serve. When we hang out with God more, and we start to with His eyes (eternal), it naturally follows that we will see opportunities to serve where we never did before. Expect it! Start each day with “God - what do You have for me today?”

T _____________________ . The Bible is filled with strategic risk takers for God! Abraham went to a foreign land. Moses left the royal family. Elijah confronted King Ahab and Jezebel. Daniel prayed. Peter preached. Paul traveled and taught. Do you think of yourself as a person to be used for God’s glory and purpose?

#5 - _______________ or ________________ ?

“The son was so hungry that he wanted to eat the pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.” Luke 15:16 NCV

This is the world we live in. Apathetic. Uncaring. But not God the Father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion.” Luke 15:20 ESV

We’ll talk a great deal more about this in 2 weeks, but if we want to be more like God, then we need to be more compassionate.

“You have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate
and merciful.” James 5:11 NRSV

“Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion.” Colossians 3:12 HCSB

Some of you are more naturally compassionate and merciful. But that doesn’t mean that we, who are not naturally compassionate and merciful, have an excuse. We have God the Holy Spirit living within us. Even if we don’t feel compassionate, we have access to God’s compassion. It is a CHOICE!.

“put on.” We are supposed to put on God’s compassion in the same way we put on clothing. We not naturally dressed. We are naturally naked. We decide, we choose to put on clothing. (Good thing too!) Each day we each have to decide to put on heartfelt compassion. That’s God’s way!

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