We just celebrated Father’s Day.  Being a father myself it makes me reflect on my 14 years of being a dad.  I
now have three children and it is an incredible blessing.  However, it is also a challenging job that gets more
difficult over time.  Pondering how I could be a better father led me to a passage in the Bible, Luke 15:11-32,
that describes a father with two sons. This familiar passage is often known as the parable of the prodigal son.  
In fact much of the story focuses on the younger son who shamed his father by demanding an early
inheritance and then wasting it quickly with immoral living only to find himself literally with the pigs.
However, what caught my attention the most was the father’s response when his son finally came home.  It
was not anger.  It was not even reluctant acceptance and begrudging forgiveness .  Rather the father ran to his
son.  He kissed him.  He gave him a robe, a ring and shoes.  In other words he fully restored him.  This is all a
picture of God’s love for us and how He is quick to not only forgive us but to fully restore us.  As an earthly
father I want to emulate my heavenly Father by displaying this type of love and forgiveness for my children,
even when they make mistakes.  As a pastor, I want to be like my Heavenly Father by sharing the love of God
and His wonderful grace to a hurting world, including those that like the prodigal son.

New King James Version, Luke 15:11–32
Parable of the Lost Son
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me
the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood.
13 And not many days after, the
younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal
living.
14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15
Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16
And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to
spare, and I perish with hunger!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned
against heaven and before you,
19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your
hired servants.” ’

20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had
compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned
against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand
and sandals on his feet.
23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my
son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.

25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing.
26
So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother
has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’

28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he
answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your
commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my
friends.
30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the
fatted calf for him.’

31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should
make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ”        -Jesus
Father’s Day  
By Tim Eaton 6-20-10
Profit or Loss?  
By Tim Eaton 1-17-10
True Power  
By Tim Eaton 2-2-11
Yesterday our nation was hit by a devasting winter storm that
crossed over 2000 miles.  Chicago, and most of Illinois, was
pummeled by a blizzard of snow.  My community of Oxford, Ohio,
was not immune either.  Ice poured down most of the day and into
the night forming a thick coat of slickness on everything
including trees and power lines.  About 2am I woke to the sounds
of branches and ice falling heavily on to our roof.  Not long after
the power went out, I sat in bed thinking about my wife and
children and worried about when the power would come back.  I
worried about warmth and food in the refrigerator.  I prayed for
God to allow us to have this natural power back in our home on
which we were so dependent.  But as I did so, He brought to my
mind a verse we have been studying in the newest sermon series
in Acts 1, v.8 which says “But you will receive power when the
Holy Spirit has come upon you..”  I realized just as I can often
take for granted the natural power in my home so to can I forget
the need for the power of the Holy Spirit.  We want our homes to
be filled with the natural power to function properly, but as
Christians we need to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to
function properly as Christians. Are you filled with the power of
the Holy Spirit?

GOING FOR THE GOLD

You may be like me and love watching the
Olympics.  Have you ever dreamed of going for a
gold medal?  I can dream but know that I will never
win an Olympic medal.  I couldn’t even make the
team. But that got me to thinking about my life as a
Christian.  God has already given me the privilege of
joining His team and I’m told by Paul “Do you not
know that in a race all the runners run, but only one
receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.
They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an
imperishable.” Have you heard of the Olympic
Runner, Eric Liddell, made famous by the Oscar
winning movie Chariots of Fire?  He won Gold in the
1924 Olympics but what most people don’t know is
what happened next.  He gave his life to be a
missionary in China ultimately dying at a young age
in obscure internment camp while sharing and living
out the Gospel.  Which Gold was greater for Eric
Liddell?  Which one should be more important to
me?  I may never win an Olympic Gold medal but I
can be inspired to go for the true Gold by living my
life to fulfill the great commission.
-Dr. Tim Eaton, Pastor
 


May I ask you a question? What is the main thing that motivates you in life?  What captivates most of your
time?  What uses most of your money?  What do you desire more than anything else?  I have been thinking
about these questions a lot lately.  I have been captivated by a short section of scripture in the book of Mark.  
Jesus says in Mark 8:36-37:

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a
man give in return for his soul?”
Someone in the church asked me some time back why should I be a Christian today? Why not wait and live my
life any way I want and come to Christ later after I have done my living?  First, you are gambling with your
soul.  You have no idea what could happen to you even today. Secondly, you yourself may be saved but your life
would be a waste—a loss, unprofitable. You may say why?  Let me explain.  I have studied and taught
accounting for over a decade.  I am  well acquainted with profits and losses.  I have a Ph.D. in business, teach
accounting at a top university and serve as a consultant to national organizations.  But one thing I have
learned about my study of business is that it can also give great insight into the soul.  Many people have a chief
goal in life of acquiring profits– riches. Take Solomon for example.  He was one of the richest men that ever
lived—thousands of stables, glorious palaces, everything a man could ever want in this world.  But he could not
buy happiness and in the end he declared it all vanity (see Ecclesiastes). Study throughout time from the
ancient Romans, the medieval kings, to the Railroad barons, the captains of steel, oil, and gas to the traders on
Wall Street.  I have studied the Enron fraud in detail.  Men who had millions but it was never enough.  The
wealth was but a short season in their life and in the wake follows death and destruction.  Madoff enjoyed his
millions but is now in prison.  I still wonder about the everyday people who make the love and pursuit of
money their primary motivation in life.

Is money your main motivation in life?

Maybe you seek something else more than money.  You want to be successful and reach your wildest dreams.  
There was a young man who when he could barely walk took up the game of golf and made it his chief desire in
life.  He sacrificed day after day, year after year, to ultimately be the greatest golfer in the world.  To be loved
by millions.  As a bonus he also became the most profitable athlete ever as well as having a beautiful wife and
kids.  Yet that dream can quickly become a nightmare as circumstances change amazingly fast in this world.  
Beyond this world and how money, fame, power and glory can disappear think about the world to come.  What
will it profit a man in the day of judgment, if he has gained the whole world? Suppose that man comes before
Almighty God, the maker of the Heavens and the Universe, and says don’t you know me.  I was powerful.  I
was rich.  I was famous.  I was successful.  There will be no profit to man, in all he has achieved, when he
comes before God’s judgment. The soul is worth more than all the wealth in all the world! For all that wealth
could not buy a soul. The soul is made in the image of its Maker. The soul is eternal like God.  In fact, the
human soul is worth more than all the profits in all the world.  Why?  Because of the price Christ paid for it.
Not with gold or any money of this world but with His own flesh and blood He redeems the souls of those who
accept  Him as Savior.
FROM THE PASTOR'S
HEART
-Dr. Tim Eaton 7-4-20