*** This is an excerpt from the January 2011 issue of The Abundant Times (Official Newsletter of the New Abundant Life Christian Center) ***

God bless you, I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As we enter into this new year of 2011 I would like to deal with the fact that it is going to cost us more if we continue to carry around extra baggage. Those of us who have traveled or are at least familiar with traveling by airplane can identify with this. Airlines only allow travelers to carry a certain amount on to an airplane but sometimes we want to carry on extra. Why? Because we do not want to leave something that we think is valuable behind. What we fail to realize is that if what we are carrying is not helping us, it may be hindering us. In other words, it may be costing us extra. So today I ask, what are you carrying on your flight that you do not need as you travel into the year 2011? Are you carrying someone or something from your past and if so, can they help you in your future? Hebrews 12:1 reads, "...let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us..." If we want to accomplish our goals this year we must ask ourselves, can we accomplish them with what is slowing us down from our past or must we forget those things and refocus on what lies ahead of us? Philippians 3:13 declares, "...but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before..." In 2011, those of us who are Pastors, Evangelists, children of God, business men and women, or even students seeking a degree, we must learn to refocus and let go of those things that used to hold us back. We must stop condemning ourselves and start reaching for those things which lie ahead. Let us go forth and do what God has called us to do. This is a season of new beginning. Let go of the past and reach towards the future. Remember, the best is yet to come. I love you, God loves you and Jesus is Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. I love you to life.

-Bishop Spencer H. Riddick, Jr. 
Pastor & Founder of New Abundant Life Christian Center

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