E-Note for Tuesday, July 26

Hello, Friends! I hope this E-Note finds you well, and somewhere cool!

Now and then, we all get this call. The Past is trying to contact us, to catch up with us.

That’s not always a bad thing. For instance, I enjoyed visiting with my fellow grads of the Class of ’82 last weekend.

But think of it this way: God has observed-and judged-every second of your past. Is that good news, or bad news?

I’d say it’s both, actually. It’s bad in that each of us has plenty of sins which ought to disqualify us for the perfection of Heaven. One is all it takes.

And yet it’s good news. Because of Jesus, our Past doesn’t define our future. Nearly 600 years ahead of the curve, the Old testament prophet Jeremiah saw the future of God’s Son coming to the earth. The purpose of the arrival, life, and death of Jesus? To take away the power the Past has over us!

“…for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:34, NRSV)

Because of the work of Jesus, The Past no longer has any power to disqualify us from Heaven.  

At my class reunion, my former football teammates and I reminisced, and a line from an old Jackson Browne song came to mind: “You forget about the losses, and you exaggerate the wins.”

Indeed. But none of those old glory days stories amount to much now, 40 years later.

In the same way, the only way to have a future in an eternity we’re going to enjoy is to rely on the Grace purchased for us by Jesus, which removes the penalty for all our sins.

Don’t get me wrong. The Past has a rightful place in our lives. Enjoy those memories. Just remember, there’s a reason the windshield of our car is at least 25 times bigger than our rear-view mirror!

Confess. Let God forgive your sin. Let God practice His “selective memory” and remember your sin no more.

You might just find it a relief to decline that call when The Past is calling.

In Joy,

Tom


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Welcome to our newest members of FUMC, Phil, Prentis, Caroline and Meg Boatright, and Shannon Potter! All joined last Sunday by transfer of membership.

Churches are supposed to grow. Who do YOU know who would like to be invited to experience FUMC?


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Next Sunday, July 31, we will celebrate (at both services) the Blessing of the Backpacks, Promotion Sunday for Sunday School, Presentation of Bibles to our rising 3rd graders, and have a special prayer for our Teachers, Administrators, Staff and Coaches! Don’t miss it, and kids, remember to bring your Backpack to church!


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Well, Friends, that’s about it for today. Have a great day, stay healthy, and remember,

“God forgets the Past; we should imitate Him.”