Luke 15:11 reads: "A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’

So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. A few days later his younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.

He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

When he finally came to his senses he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both Heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.

"But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’"

Brothers and sisters, repent of your sins and come back to God. Sometimes we make mistakes, if you have never trusted Him as your Lord and Savior, do it today.

I tell you the truth, God loves you and He wants the best for you. And His best is Jesus, our Lord and Savior. So if you have strayed away, come on back to Him. He is waiting on you with open arms, that’s the kind of God we serve! A forgiving God, a God who will take you back no matter what you have done.

All you have to do is repent and mean it from your heart. There is nothing hidden from God.

We are naked to Him and He knows all about us. In fact, He created us. Once again, come back to God our Lord and Savior. Amen…

Marcus Chandler is a longtime pastor and columnist. Contact him at or (501) 908-9507.