Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh:
For God, said he, hath made me forget.
should be forgotten. Joseph could have wasted his life dwelling
on the injustices he suffered. As a youth, his brothers sold him
into slavery, and he was forced to live in a hostile land. He had
to spend his teenage and adult years away from his beloved father.
Joseph even spent time in prison. In spite of all he endured, he
harbored no resentment. In fact, he named his son Manasseh, which
means forgetting. He explained, For God
hath made me forget.
of forgetting past hurts is illustrated in the life
of William Sangster. A guest who had come to spend the holidays
with Sangster was watching him address the last of his greeting
cards. One of the names on the list startled the friend. Surely
you are not sending a card to him, he said. Why not?
the preacher asked. Dont you remember what he said about
you just 18 months ago? Sangster replied that he only remembered
a resolution he made at that time. He had determined that with Gods
help he would forget about the mans cutting remark. The card
was sent as planned.
Yes, some things
need to be dropped from the Christians memory. He shouldnt
harbor wrongs done to him. He mustnt let some unkind word
keep him from maturing in Christ as he should. And he should never
use anothers insensitivity as his excuse for not serving the
Are there things
in your past that you need to forgive and forget?
me forget the hurt and pain
Found along lifes way;
Let me remember kindnesses
Given day by day.
- Berry -
It is far better
to forgive and forget than to resent and remember.
whatsoever ye do in word or deed,
do all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God and the Father by him."
Sunday, the congregation showed their support of the building program
by contributing $ 14,246.75. Earlier
in that week another $ 1800.00 was contributed
to the building program. This is a great start. Thanks to all. May
God bless you for your generosity and support.
those wishing to make a special contribution to the Building Fund
envelopes are available in the foyer. Be sure to mark your
contributions: BUILDING FUND.
next 5th Sunday contribution will be on March 31st. This
contribution will be placed into the Building Fund.
note that the budget has been raised to $ 2000.00 per week.
Each family is asked to consider the new budget and the building
program as they purpose what they will give.
they came, every one whose heart stirred him up,
and every one whom his spirit made willing,
and they brought the LORD'S offering to the work
And they came, both men and women,
and brought a willing offering unto the LORD