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Good evening,

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Just a short message to wish all of our friends, visitors and customers a Happy New Year.  We do hope you had an enjoyable festive period and we’re looking forward to fellowship with you over the weeks and months.  We had a very quiet festive period in that we did next to nothing the whole time other than enjoy a Christmas lunch with all of the family at my parent’s home but other than that, we just spent the whole time with David and Emily.  They got some great toys and DVD’s which we played and watched over and over again and I’m pleased to say, I can almost recite the whole of the Jungle Book, Toy Story 3 and Cars word for word due to it going on again and again but it was great to spend such quality time with our babies.

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So, I have to say I feel well rested and looking forward to the upcoming year and in some respects I’m glad this past year is over. We’ve had a great time with the kids and in building the Website but it’s been a hard challenge and we’ve felt God working on both myself and Sharon with some real issues to work out.  It’s strange, I didn’t realise how tired we were till we actually got a decent break so it’s given us time to refocus on what’s important and what’s not.  We did receive some very clear impressions from the Lord though which might seem a little obvious however, we felt him impress upon us to ‘forget those things which are before and press on’.

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For those of you who might not be familiar with these verses you’ll find them in the Book of Philippians where Paul said “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are before and press on”.  What he meant by that was to put behind the issues, the failures, rebukes and harsh words and look forward but the important part, to forget. Forget these things, put them behind you….it can be easier said than done but it can be done. God further confirmed these verses to us when I picked up a book by a dearly departed Christian called A.W Tozer and this is what he said…..

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“….So what is the answer to this growing list of cloud-forming attitudes? I think it is the willingness to put the cloud which is above you under your feet by faith and through Grace. Paul gave us this example when he said “Forgetting those things which are before” He considered that those things which were behind him would have shut out the face of God if allowed to remain in the foreground.  He put them under his feet by forgetting defeats, mistakes, blunders, errors and rebukes. This is the place of victory for the Christian, putting the cloud under our feet so we can see the smiling face of God again…” – A.W Tozer

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I think Mr Tozer said it well in the above and it’s advice we’d do well to take on.  I’ve certainly got things I need to put behind me from last year and Tozer was right, if we keep them in the foreground, they only serve to cloud the face of God.  I remember watching a Snooker Match and there was a guy playing called Mark Williams and the commentator remarked, “….you know what makes that guy so good? It’s because any time he makes a mistake he puts it firmly behind him straightaway and focuses on his next shot”.  It was true of Mark if you watched him, some other players making mistakes would take a little time to bounce back and loose points in the meantime but not Mark, he would just put them behind him straightaway and focused on the match ahead.

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Hopefully the message from the Lord in Philippians, the words of his servant Tozer and my little example would serve to confirm to any Christian that it’s a good mindset to adopt, forgetting those things which are before and press on, you’re allowed to you know, God said so.  God bless and once again we wish you all the very best for this upcoming season.

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Steven

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About Pastor Steven

Steven Birnie is a former local Church Minister and the author of Christian publications which include non-fiction, fictional and teaching eBooks with audio sermons. From the north-east coast of Scotland, Pastor Steven is married to Sharon and together, they have two young children called Emily and David. After seven years of training, three years of overseeing youth and young adults and, three years of being the Assistant Pastor in his local Church, Pastor Steven moved on to focus on writing Christian Publications. In the future, he hopes to open a Christian Children’s Home in his home town and write The Tribulation Soldier, his newest Series of Fictional, Military EBooks on the End Times, the Rapture and the Tribulation Period, as a 2.5 Million Word Series. But despite continuing pastoral work and writing, Steven remains devoted to his children, enjoying his family life with caravan holidays in the Highlands, fishing, canoeing and his favourite pastime, riding his motorbike through the Scottish countryside.