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Getting Past your Past!

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Getting Past your Past!   

 
Dear Precious Saints of MBC,
 
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to the Lord's Day.
 
This past week I read about a winter vacationer who was decided to rent a snowmobile and see the back country.  He was part of a group of snowmobiles.  He wrote the following:
 
As I sat on my assigned snowmobile listening to the instructor's briefing, I noticed that something was missing.  My machine didn't have a rearview mirror. As I looked around at the other students, I didn't see one on any of their machines, either.  In fact, the only snowmobile equipped with side rearview mirrors was the instructor's.  When I asked the instructor the reason for this, he explained that the outfitter didn't want us to be distracted by what was behind us.  
 
That story reminded me of what Paul said in Philippians 3:13-13
"...I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."  
 
Too many Christians are allowing their past to determine their future.  This week let me encourage you to not allow what has happened in your past to distract you from following the Lord Jesus Christ.
 
See you this Sunday,
 
In the light of His glory and grace,
 
Pastor Doug