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Turning Trash into Treasure Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32

Turning Trash into Treasure

A young man trashes his life, but finds redemption.

At a Glance

Today we have two stories. One is a contemporary tale set in the slums of Lagos, Nigeria, and is about a woman who turns trash into treasure. The other is an ancient story about a young man who turned treasure (his inheritance) into trash, ruining his life. Fortunately, he had a father who saw "treasure" in his son. His love was able to transform a trashed life into a treasured one.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "No More Glamping in Gilgal," March 14, 2010, at

This is a story-telling sermon. Here is story one: A certain woman, Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, was given a wonderful opportunity.

One day, when the time felt right, she packed her things, said goodbye to her friends and family, and traveled thousands of miles from her home in Lagos, Nigeria, to New England where she would study hard and work diligently toward a Masters of Business Administration degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. An...

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