The Prodigal Child: Just the Facts

Parents of prodigals learn to face a different reality.

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If you are of a certain age, you may remember the old Dragnet TV show. Whenever Sgt. Joe Friday interviewed people, he often interrupted them with the phrase, “Just the facts, ma’am. Just tell us the facts.”

The facts about living with a prodigal are often difficult to embrace. We’re right in the middle of a battle with our own child, while grieving the loss of a dream. But to survive and move forward, we first have to face the hard realities. This study deals with those realities and helps us face up to the facts.

Sgt. Friday would approve.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Proverbs 30:7–14; Ezekiel 18; Luke 15:11–32; 2 Timothy 3:1–7


    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: History is filled with prodigals.
Teaching point two: Parenting offers no guarantees.
Teaching point three: Parenting requires sacrifice.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources

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