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There is a tendency to remember things you should forget and forget things you should remember. There is a tendency to focus on what is wrong in a situation or circumstance and not focus on what may be right or beneficial. As we problem solve, it is normal to observe and identify what needs to be corrected or changed. In a difficulty, it is normal to focus on the irritant or obstacle in order to discover a solution. However, extensive time in a “negative” arena leads to a habit that slips in unawares. It creeps in with “soft slippers” and sits down - many times uninvited. It changes attitude, countenance, and optimism.
To oppose this, children of the King must remember what God wants them to remember and forget what He does not want them to remember. Too many believers have a Short Memory. They have forgotten the hand of the Lord in their daily lives, the blessings He has provided. Their focus has been on problem solving or problem/irritant discussion, and not on “blessing” discussion. Short Memory has reigned! As a former District Superintendent in The Christian and Missionary Alliance, I have told churches, boards, and individuals that the talk of the church ought to be the marvelous person of Jesus Christ. Yes, problems must be dealt with and issues resolved, but He needs to be preeminent in our discussions - who He is and what He wants!
God knew His children would have a problem with short memory. Reflect on what He says:
“Take care less you forget the Lord your God … when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God … for it is He who gives you power to get wealth...” Deuteronomy 8:11-18 ESV
The book of Judges is a book about how God's people forgot Him. They would always forget Him and “drift away.” He would send deliverers, but they would forget again and again … short term memory! The author of Hebrews knew of this challenge by saying: “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away...” (Hebrews 2:1 ESV). Even Peter makes this statement:
“Yes, I think it is right, as long as I am in this tent, to stir you up by reminding you… I will be careful to ensure that you always have a reminder...” 2 Peter 1:13-15 NJKV
With so many “reminders” in the Word, the Lord knew this was a problem that we would face: not remembering what we should and remembering what we should forget! (Philippians 3:13)
What can I do about this? Here are a few tips:
- Write down the blessings of today. Write them down! Count them!
- Fill your mind with the Word of God. Let the Word of God saturate your mind, soul, and spirit. Prayer will be birthed from the exercise!
- Talk about what He is doing for you today - some truth, some circumstance, some phone call, or some thought. PRAISE HIM!
- Keep company with other “healthy believers.” Many friends - even Christians - can tear and drag you down.
It is interesting to compare the memory of elephants and cats! Cats forget many things in ten minutes. Elephants remember the right things for long periods of time. Tell your pastor: “I am an Elephant Christian,” and let the discussion begin!
The Latest Happenings…
▪ Jerry Bridges, author, conference speaker and leader with the Navigators will be our guest at “An Evening with Jerry Bridges.” The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 at the Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, and is open to the public without cost. He will be presenting a timely theme followed by questions and answers. Throughout the years, his books have been used by thousands of Christians. He possesses a keen insight into the walk every believer should have with the Lord and how to be empowered to live the Christian life. Come join us!
▪ Dr. Tom Woodward, Research Professor/Bible and Theology, and his wife, Normandy, will be traveling to Japan after graduation, ministering in Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Kobe, Takamatsu, and a few other cities. Tom will be speaking on apologetics, including evidence for God in both scripture and nature, and Normandy will be ministering to children and participating in an evangelistic service for ladies and the community. She also will be presenting “teaching methods” to encourage the church.
▪ Mrs. Janet Kuehne, Director of Library Services, will be in Scotland this summer promoting the College and serving in churches.
▪ Dr. Stu Parsons, Program Director for Church Ministries, has received approval to present a scholarly paper about early Christian biblical interpretation at the 17th International Conference on Patristic Studies at Oxford University. Every four years, the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford hosts this preeminent scholarly conference about early Christian life and thought. Dr. Parsons has also had his new book, Ancient Apologetics Exegesis: Introducing and Recovering Theophilus’s World, published recently by Pickwick Publications.
▪ Trinity College of Florida and the C. S. Lewis Society are hosting an educational tour of England this summer. Through seminars, guided reading, and tours of key historical British sites in London, Oxford, and Cambridge, students will experience a blend of theology, apologetics and history. The course can be taken for credit or audited. Click here for details. Twenty-one have signed up!
▪ A special focus on marketing is underway for prospective students in Elementary Education, Intercultural Studies, and Business & Leadership for next fall.
▪ Presently there are over 40 students in online classes at Trinity College of Florida. Students now have access to over 146,000 volumes through e-books online.
▪ Additional lighting has been installed on campus for our students. More projects are underway.
▪ William Franklin Graham, IV, Vice President & Associate Evangelist of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, will be speaking at Trinity’s 2015 Annual Banquet, Until He Comes, Friday, May 8, 2015. He is the grandson of our own Dr. Billy Graham, Class of 1940, and the son of Dr. Franklin Graham. He will represent the new generation to the Trinity College of Florida family. Sign up to attend this special event by clicking here. A wonderful evening is planned. It will be held at Innisbrook Golf & Spa Resort, Inverness Hall, 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North, Palm Harbor, Florida. Dr. Graham also will be our speaker at Trinity’s 2015 Commencement the following day, Saturday, May 9, 2015.
▪ College Preview is April 17, 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for you or students of interest to experience the Trinity Touch in Biblical higher education. Classroom teaching, chapel, and a host of other activities are planned. There is no cost to enjoy this day. A special lunch is provided by Dining Services. Sign up to attend by clicking here.
Prayer Requests …
▪ A substantial gift toward the 1.3 million dollars needed for the new Student Residence Hall would allow us to begin construction. Please pray!
▪ Students finishing their course work at Trinity for graduation. Please pray!
▪ Fall recruitment for both the traditional and degree completion programs. Please pray!
▪ Contributions for the Life Change Scholarship at the Annual Banquet. This will be used during the 2015-2016 college year. Please pray! (This scholarship is unendowed and is used to assist students who are attending Trinity College of Florida and have completed their financial aid.) Please pray! Our goal is $200,000.
“When men choose not to believe in God, they do not thereafter believe in nothing; they then become capable of believing in anything.” - G. K. Chesterton
Deeply grateful for your partnership and support,