AAA just reported that 41.5 million Americans will be traveling over this Memorial Day weekend. That is up 5% over last year and a 12 year high! The six most popular destinations will be Orlando, Seattle, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Anchorage, and Phoenix, Arizona! Yay! Eat your heart out Mickey Mouse we edged out Anaheim! While different roads lead to different places, the most popular and perilous road people take and will take is down Memory Lane.
To celebrate Memorial Day at North Ridge, we are doing a two-week series on the right and wrong way to navigate Memory Lane. Last week we talked about four memories that need to be left behind, and this week we will identify four memories that need to be taken with us. As we open God’s Word, we will look at some of the biggest causes of and cures for “spiritual amnesia” and why managing our memories in a Godly way is so important. Our worship teams have put together some amazing Memorial Day music and in addition to honoring those who have sacrificed for our freedom we will be celebrating the ultimate sacrifice as we partake of the Lord’s Supper in all of our worship services.
Unless you are one of the 41.5 million road warriors, I hope you will join us and invite a friend as well as I heard a rumor that there will be watermelon on the patio between our AM services! Have a wonderful weekend and I can’t wait to see you and your crew on Sunday. Sure do love making memories together with you and the North Ridge family.
Together In His Love,
P.S. Also be sure to bring back the Pregnancy Resource Center “baby bottle” coin banks we distributed on Mother’s Day!
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Deuteronomy 6:10- 12 When the Lord your God brings you into the land He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Deuteronomy 8:11-14 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe His commands, His laws and His decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied, when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Ephesians 2:11-13 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
Psalm 77:11-12 I will remember the deeds of the Lord yes, I will remember Your miracles of long ago. I will consider all Your works and meditate on all Your mighty deeds.”
Isaiah 64:4-5a Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways.
Matthew 16:8-10 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked, “You of little faith, why are you talking among yourselves about having no bread? Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered? Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?
Psalm 103:2-4 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.