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Making Peace with the Past (2 of 4)
Series: The No-Regrets Challenge
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Luke 7:48-50 (WEY)
• Regrets of Ignorance
• Luke 7:39 (NIV)
• Regrets of Arrogance
• Luke 7:44-46 (NIV)
• Regrets are removed by Extravagance
• Luke 7:37-38 (NLT)
Allen Sacks said "Death is more universal than life. Everyone dies, but not everyone lives." And that's so true and that's why we're starting this new adventure this weekend we're calling the No-Regrets Challenge because it is my greatest prayer for you that when you come to the end of your life and the winds of time have blown all your birthdays away and the last word of the last page of the last chapter has been written and the book has been closed on everything you have ever thought or said or attempted to do, my prayer for you is that you will have really lived, I mean really lived all out, not holding anything back, no regrets, but it's really hard to live with no regrets in the present when you're weighed down with regrets from the past so I think as we start this new adventure, the No-Regrets Challenge, we have to first face the facts that we all have a lot of past regrets because we all have a lot of sins and failures and mistakes in our past. But the good news is this. You can make peace with your past and move forward boldly into the future living with no regrets. Now, you can't make the past perfect. I mean we can't go back and change the past even though we all wish we could. Bard said "Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start now and make a brand new ending." I love that because you can't make everything perfect in the past, but you can make peace with your past; and we're going to look at how to do that because I want you to open your Bibles to Luke Chapter 7 as we see where Simon the Pharisee invites Jesus Christ over for dinner. Now, Simon was a very prominent, but prideful religious leader in the community who was known for throwing these exclusive dinner parties and this one was going to be the biggest event of the year. It was the hottest ticket in town because everyone wanted an invite to Simon's party this time because they wanted to get an up-close look at this Jesus of Nazareth who was gaining notoriety from his brilliant teaching, and I'm sure the wealthy guests also were hoping they might get a glimpse of one of Jesus' miracles they had heard rumors about. And so as all the influential community leaders and socialites were seated for dinner, the party was crashed. Everyone just sat in stunned silence as the town prostitute walked right through the front door, right up to Jesus Christ and bowed at his feet.