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God welcomes us back.

Welcome Home!

There’s nothing like coming home. Home, Sweet Home, we say. What’s so sweet about home?  Lots of stuff: familiar surroundings; loving support; the people who know you best and keep loving and giving and praying even though they know everything. That’s what home is.

When you have a good relationship with God, your heart feels like you’re at home. You feel good about your life and you feel at peace.

But everyone who has ever walked with God knows that it’s easy for our hearts to walk away from God. A lot of times we don’t mean to. We just get distracted by other things—things that may not have belonged in our lives in the first place—and then one day we wake up and said, “What am I doing over here?  This isn’t what I wanted for my life. This isn’t what I wanted to be. This isn’t what I wanted to do.” 

But God stands at the front door and calls our name. “Come home! Come back to your family. Come back to Me!” And if we’re smart, we turn around wherever we are and we run back to God.

The Bible is full of accounts of people who got off the track and found themselves in a bad place. Even now it happens every day. Sometimes people are far away from God but they would like to come back. We see that really clearly in today’s video about Russia. For a long time, most of the people of Russia were far from God. For generations, they never heard God calling them to Himself. We’re so grateful that today so many Russians not only hear God’s voice but they’re running His way!

Too often what keeps us away is we’re afraid of what kind of reception we would get from God when we run to Him. Will God turn me away? Will He harshly criticize me? Will He slam the door? The fear of what we’ll find keeps some people away.

When we turn around and run back to God we are living the word, “repentance.” Repentance says, “I don’t like where I am, I’m turning around and never looking back.”

Repentance is the only way back to God. It’s saying I want to be at home again with God. That desire that they have is God calling them home. Psalm 95:7 says, Today, today if you hear His voice, don’t harden your heart.

We studied some hard things today about Russia. But in spite of what man believed about God, God never turned His back on Russia. Nor does He ever turn His back on us.

God is faithful to keep loving us. Even when man says God doesn’t exist. Even when man says God isn’t good. God says, “I love you. Come back to Me.” The Bible says that God’s kindness leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4).

Wherever you are today, God says, “Come home.”  

Dinner Table Chat:

  1. What do you like about your home? Name three things.
  2. Have you ever been at a place where you said, “Whoa! How did I get over here? I gotta get back to God!” What did you do when you realized you had drifted away from home? What will you do when that happens in the future?
  3. What do you think happens when we hear God’s invitation to “come home” and run back?  What happens when we ignore God’s call?
  4. What do you think Psalm 95:7 means when it says, “don’t harden your heart”? What does that look like?
  5. What’s one thing you learned about FEBC’s work in Russia today?

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