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Holy Amnesia - Putting the Past Behind (8 of 8)
February 28, 1993
Read Matthew 11:28-30
Introduction: In October 1986 McCall's magazine carried the story of a thirty-nine-year-old mother of four who suddenly suffered a splitting headache. Before she knew what had happened, she was undergoing surgery for a brain aneurysm. The operation was successful but had an unusual side effect. Partial amnesia caused her to forget sixteen years of her life. In her mind, she was twenty-three, the mother of four small children.
Can you imagine the courage and patience it took for her to overcome that kind of experience? She'd forgotten all those years of happiness and achievement. She had also forgotten the hardship and the regrets of those years, too. Perhaps you think it would be a blessing to forget some of the things that have happened to you. Wouldn't we like to forget some of the things that we've done, things we're not proud of, things that keep haunting us?
During a Monday night football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants, one of the announcers observed that Walter Payton, the Bears' running back, had accumulated over nine miles in career rushing yardage. The other announcer remarked, " Yeah, and that's with somebody knocking him down every 4.6 yards!"
Payton understood that everyone - even the best- gets knocked down. While you may not be able to forget the past, you can put the past behind you and move forward in your life.
A CASE STUDY IN PUTTING THE PAST BEHIND John 8:1-11
• The Setting verses 1-2
• The Attack verses 3-5
• The Answer verses 6-10
• The Counsel verse 11
The Attack: And the scribes and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. These religious leaders were bent on destroying Jesus, who posed a threat to their religious system. They were willing for this woman to be destroyed in order to discredit Jesus.
• The accusation. With them they drag, like a squirming dog on a l ...
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