When we have experienced God's forgiveness, we are new creatures. We do not need to live a life of regrets, we do not need to live a life of condemnation of others. The great wonder is that we can live with a forward-looking hope and knowledge. The writer of the the book of Hebrews has some words of wisdom:
"Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. . . . Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy . . . " Hebrews 12:1b-2, 14a
What may be hindering you today is what you can identify and "throw off". That is to absolutely walk away from it and not consider it again. Forgive yourself, forgive others and move out in faith following the example given by God.
Be the blessing you are meant to be to others. Who is the person you will have the opportunity to touch and influence today? You may never know, but rest assured, you will have the opportunity.
Iraqi Luncheon - Sunday afternoon, May 19th
Our Iraqi families invite us to join them in a celebration honoring their faith and culture. The families have been part of our family at St. Paul's for several years now. They have inspired us with their stories of strong faith and courage as they moved to a new land where they are safe to worship God as they choose. A generous contribution from the Atlantic District gave us the funds to establish a setting where our Iraqi friends can meet and be together. To help celebrate this community a kick-off luncheon will be held at St. Paul's on May 19th at 12:00 Noon. Please join us in the celebration of our Iraqi community.
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