Certain songs elicit certain memories. When I hear Jim Morrison sing “come on baby light my fire” my memories take me back to a sing along in my buddy Jim Lochner’s basement during my junior high days. When I hear Elton John belt out “Tiny Dancer” my mind replays sitting at a local cafe with my team-mate Paul Miller after high school basketball practice. When I hear Redbone sing their one hit wonder “Come and Get Your Love” I am transported to my college dorm room watching Don Kirchner’s rock concert on a black and white TV with my roommate Carl Walter.
Memories are powerful and they can be a force for good or bad. But do we have any control over them? If so, what memories work for us and what memories work against us? Does God have anything to say about living life on Memory Lane? He sure does!
Join us this Sunday as we begin a new series called Memory Lane (Leave That, Take This). In week one we will look at four things God says are better forgotten than remembered. As we explore God’s Word, we will see what files need to be deleted vs. retweeted! In addition, we will hear a great testimony from Gina Zoulek an awesome North Ridger who is learning to forget the pain, not the people of her past. It’s going to be a great Sunday and a great series so be sure to join us and why not invite a friend?
I know this is a busy week for many of you with school end events, graduations and parties but want you to know how much I appreciate you making Sunday services at North Ridge a priority. When God’s people gather together to worship Him, encourage one another and learn together from His Word, lives get changed and God’s kingdom gets expanded. I can’t wait to see what God’s got planned for us this Sunday. I sure do love you and your crew and can’t thank you enough for letting me join you on this journey with Jesus.
Together In His Hands,
P.S. As I write this, word is breaking and so are hearts over a school shooting in Texas. As followers of Christ we are commanded to weep with those who weep and comfort the afflicted. Please join me in praying for God’s peace and protection for our kids and for His healing hand to be upon those who have suffered such loss today.
Some Of This Coming Week’s Scripture Passages: (Your One-A-Day Vitamin)
Isaiah 43:18-19 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
Psalm 103:11-13 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him;
Romans 6:19-22 Just as you used to offer yourselves as slaves to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer yourselves as slaves to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
Numbers 11:4-6 The rabble with them … started wailing and said, “If only we had meat to eat! We remember the fish we ate in Egypt at no cost—also the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions and garlic. But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!”
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Galatians 4:6-9 Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir. Formerly, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those who by nature are not gods. But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.