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Making the Most of Our Regrets Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18

Making the Most of Our Regrets

Regret can be an instrument of God’s grace.


An interim pastor’s chance encounter with a local church’s neglected history uncovers a story in its past that challenges the current generation. It challenges us as well, helping us come to grips with the guilt we may carry over past mistakes.


For material based on today’s gospel text, see “Grunting Allowed,” September 9, 2007.


For an alternative idea pertaining to Philemon 1-21, see “How Do You Spell ‘Koinonia’?


It isn’t every day that some event in our lives seems to echo a Bible story, but it happens. In fact, it happened recently to Stan Purdum, editor and writer of The Wired Word ( and also a regular contributor to Homiletics.

According to 2 Chronicles 34, in the days of Josiah, king of Israel, a copy of “the book of the law,” which was probably the scroll of Deuteronomy, was discovered in the temple during a renovation of that...

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