When You Make a Mess of Your Life
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Well, in 1993 Hollywood made a movie. It was a blockbuster hit. It was called "The Fugitive." And in the movie, "The Fugitive," there was a train wreck scene. It was awesome. It was one of my favorite lines in that movie. He says, "My, my, my, what a mess." And it was. It was such a mess. I want to talk to you today about messes in life. I want to talk to you about train wrecks in life. Talk to you about bad choices and bad decisions and wrong turns that you have made and that I have made. And when we make those bad choices, and when we walk away from the Father who loves us, how we end up with a mess, how we end up with a train wreck on our hands, and our lives become broken and shattered and twisted and torn and ruined. And we leave behind us a wake of loved ones who also suffer because of that.
You know, lots of people in our world, so many people in our world, have made a mess of their lives. They have made the bad choice to get involved in sexual immorality and ended up with a train wreck. They made the bad choice to get involved with drugs and alcohol and ended up with a train wreck. They made the bad choice to harbor a grudge and to live in resentment and bitterness and hatred and they ended up with a train wreck. They've made that terrible choice to walk away from God and ended up in catastrophe.
Hey, what do you do when you make a mess of your life? That's a great question. What do you do? Is there any hope when you really, really blow it? Yes, there is hope because God is the God of all hope. And God specializes in taking the messes that we make in life and turning them around to perform a miracle.
So we're going to look at a very familiar story in Luke chapter 15, the story we so often entitled, "The Prodigal Son."
Jesus said this: "A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me. And he divided h ...
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