Mission Statement: “I want to know Christ and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
“Not that I have already obtained all of this or have already become perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet as having taken hold of it, but one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead, I press on for the goal, to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view, and if some view anything differently, that too will be made clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. Join with others in following my example, brothers. Take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you, for I have often told you and now say again even with tears; many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things, but our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly await a savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control will transform our lowly bodies so they will be like His glorious body. Therefore, my brothers; you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown; that is how you should stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.”
— 1) Forget what is behind: Let go of past sins of my own, past ways others have sinned against me, past successes I am still living off of.
— 2) Keep an intense focus on Jesus, remembering that HE has taken ahold of Me.
— 3) Keep my eyes out for mentors that the Lord is placing in my life to also show me the path and the focus I am to have on Jesus.
— 4) Know with confidence that Jesus will transform my lowly body into His glorious body–and that HE IS COMING BACK FOR ME.
I have been grabbed hold of by an Easter God, who shattered the despairing darkness of Good Friday, who screamed life into the stunning silence of Saturday, and then on Sunday, He came back for me. I must believe the gospel even with my deepest moments of pain.