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Key Bible Stories – The Waiting Father

Why does a father wait for his prodigal son?

What was so terrible about asking your father for your inheritance? What was so amazing about the father looking out for his lost son? What was Jesus trying to teach us through this parable? Watch the film and find out more about one of Jesus’ most famous parables.

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