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The Parable of the Lost Graduate () Graduate Sunday 2016
Rev. Shelly Chandler / General
Graduation /

Leave Your Mark!

Graduates, leave your mark on this world. This world needs you to leave your mark. 
Graduates, leave your mark on this world. This world needs you to leave your mark. 
Your generation are born between 1977 and 2000. This generation makes up 25% of America’s population. This generation spends more than any generation and some estimates say they spend one trillion dollars a year. There are parents here that are saying, “I could have told you that!” Your generation is call by some the lost generation. because even-though this generation is bigger than the boomer generation it is the least saved generation in US history. The term "lost generation" is not a new term, but was used to described the youth who has come to age at the start of WW1. The term was made famous used by Ernest Hemingway in the book, "The Sun Also Rises".  
Your generation is call by some the lost generation. because even-though this generation is bigger than the boomer generation it is the least saved generation in US history. The term "lost generation" is not a new term, but was used to described the youth who has come to age at the start of WW1. The term was made famous used by Ernest Hemingway in the book, "The Sun also Rises".  
I use that term today because you are entering a world that is disoriented, wandering, and directionless. Without clear biblical direction you will be lost in this world. 
Today our world is confused about which bathroom to uses. Today this world is confused about whether they are a male and female. All of this is prophesied in the scripture.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 
22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools...
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 
My prayer today for each of you is that you will leave a mark on this fallen world and that this fallen world will not leave a mark on you. In the gospel of Luke chapter 15 is the story of the Prodigal Son, the hateful world, and the loving Father. In the story are are seven ways to leave your mark on this world.
Here are seven ways to leave your mark on this world.

1. Focus your life on giving, not getting. ()

Luke 15:11–12 NIV84
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
If base your life on how much you can get you will be disappointed. I don not mean you will be disappointed with how much you get. You may one day accumulate much wealth, but the things of the world never satisfy. They only bring outward amusement, but never inward peace and contentment. There is a long list of people who have try to fine peace and contentment with wealth and power and they all testify to the same things. This world does not satisfy. King Solomon said is best... 
Ecclesiastes 1:14 NIV84
14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
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12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!
14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
If you want your life to matter focus on giving not getting.
21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
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31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory.
32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

2. Don’t look for greener pastures, make your pastures greener. ()

Luke 15:13 NIV84
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.
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“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.
The Grass is not the problem. My parents are the problem. I need to get out of my house. My teacher is the problem... Bonifay is the problem... I need new friends... my friends are the problem. I will tell you what is the problem is.... SIN. Yes sin that lives in you.
When the younger son left his father he took all of his problems, his sin, his insecurities with him, and you will too. The Grass is not the problem... it is not any greener on the other side of the fence! 

3. Money will not bring you happiness. ()

Luke 15:14 NIV84
14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
Luke 15:14 NIV84
14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

3. Happiness is not found on the outside but on the inside. ()

Luke 15:13b–14 NIV84
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. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
Happiness is not found in the outside but on the inside.
Luke 15:14 NIV84
14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
Luke 15:14 NIV84
14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
Happiness is not found in the outside but on the inside.
“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. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
You have heard it said, easy come, easy go and this is often true with money.
Proverbs 20:21 NIV84
21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
You have heard it said, easy come, easy go and this is often true with money.
Proverbs 13:11 NIV84
11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.
21 An inheritance quickly gained at the beginning will not be blessed at the end.
17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life.

4. The World is not your friend. ()

18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”
Luke 15:15–16 NIV84
15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Proverbs 19:4 NIV84
4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend deserts him.
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So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
Proverbs 14:20 NIV84
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.
15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
A poor man knows who his friends are. A rich man is alway wondering.
4 Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend deserts him.

5. You can always come home. ()

Luke 15:17 NIV84
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!
20 The poor are shunned even by their neighbors, but the rich have many friends.

6. Confessing your sins is a good thing. ()

Luke 15:18–19 NIV84
18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’

7. Your Heavenly Father loves you. ()

“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!

Luke 15:20–24 NIV84
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. 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.’ 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. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
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1 John 1:9 NIV84
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’
If you follow the these seven statements into practice you will leave your mark on this world.

rate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

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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. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “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. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
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