Friday, October 2, 2015


Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ... that I may gain Christ and be found in Him."  -Philippians 3:7,9

Those are the words of someone who knew exactly what he wanted out of life.  And he was focused-  he wasn't going to let anything get in the way of attaining "the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" -- including his past.  And Paul had a pretty difficult past to overcome:  he was guilty of overseeing the death of the very people he was now trying to minister to.  Talk about baggage!  But he was determined that his past would not qualify him, either from the GRACE and love that Jesus offers, or from the joy and privilege of ministering effectively.

Last Sunday Caz went over three areas that keep us tied to our past:
      GUILT (over past sins)
      RESENTMENT (towards others who have hurt us)