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freedom to lead

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

On May 25, 2014, I spoke to Heart's Home USA on the greatness of the freedom God gives us to lead others to create a culture of compassion. The talk is about thirty minutes and revolves around the passage in Mark 3:13-15 in which Jesus calls the twelve "to be with him and to be sent out to preach and have authority to cast out demons."

The inspiration for this topic comes from a sermon by Banning Liebscher twitter of Jesus Culture given in Chicago at the Awakening Conference in 2010.

god's compassion for our suffering

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

On March 9, 2013, I gave a powerful talk on God’s Compassion for Our Suffering during a conference on Three Things Talks at St. John’s University. I was so happy to speak about the compassion of our Father who reaches out to us through his Son and Holy Spirit.

In the course of the talk, I lead the audience through thinking about the story of the Prodigal Son (Lk 15:11-32).

Luke 15:11-32

The Parable of the Prodigal and His Brother

11 Then Jesus said, ‘There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.” So he divided his property between them. 13 A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14 When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16 He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’ ” 20 So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21 Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” 22 But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate.

25 ‘Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27 He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.” 28 Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29 But he answered his father, “Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!” 31 Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.” ’

freedom and belonging

Added on by Matthew Sutton.

On May 27, 2012, the Feast of Pentecost (and my birthday), I presented on the blessings of the Holy Spirit and the meaning of freedom. The goal of the presentation was learning about the blessings of belonging to each other in the Holy Spirit.

In the presentation, I am welcoming new members to the Fraternity of St. Maximillian Kolbe, which is a lay group supporting the mission of Heart’s Home, a secular institute that serves the poorest of the poor.

If you would like to follow along, I examine three biblical passages Acts 2:1-13, Exodus 19:1-25, and Galatians 5:16-26, which are the readings for the Feast of Pentecost.

Please listen to learn the blessings of belonging freely to a family of compassion.