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Christmas Past

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:1-4
Far to the north in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow reflected on the day, and Christmas days past. The season had held no joy for him for the past three years — not because of the war, but the tragic death of his wife Fanny in the summer of 1861. She was the love of his life, and they were splendidly happy, but on July 9, 1861,while sealing a letter with paraffin, Fanny dropped the match on her summer dress, which burst into flames. Henry heard her screams and ran to her, trying to help smother the fire and burning himself severe…

Your Past Behind You

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:13-14)
Regardless of how sheltered or indulgent our past has been, all of us have had regrets with feelings of guilt. You need to deal with your past before you can understand what true freedom is in the future. The sin that is a heartache to you today sank its roots into your life yesterday. You can’t expect to break your sinful habits until you have a new beginning in your life. Satan’s tactic is to use your past to ruin your future. His weapon is using guilt feelings to discourage you. You are caught in a vicious circle of one offense leading to another and will soon find yourself in the soil of discouragement. Can you have a new beginning? In one sense, no, since the past cannot be relived. Purity cannot be recovered; …