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How To Keep Your Past From Dragging You Down

May 26

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

When the famous explorer Hernan Cortes came to Mexico with his Spanish fleet of ships in the early 1500s, he faced a tremendous challenge. After the novelty of the adventure began to wear off, the men in his crew began grumbling and wanted to go home.

So one night, Cortes ordered all the boats be burned. And as the flames ascended into the sky, those sailors understood the reality that there was no turning back. They had been set apart for the calling and commission of their commander.

When we give our lives to Christ, our calling and commission is much the same. We burn the bridges behind us, leaving our past in the past and commit ourselves fully to serving Christ in every area of our lives. We no longer live for human purposes; we live for heavenly purposes.

Maybe today, you need to burn a few ships in your life that are holding you back and keeping you from going “all in” for Jesus. If so, make a conscious decision to let go of the past right now, put your present in God’s hands, and devote your future to serving Christ with all your heart.

GO “ALL-IN” FOR CHRIST BY PUTTING YOUR PAST BEHIND YOU AND LIVING EVERY DAY TO THE GLORY OF GOD!



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About Prestonwood Baptist Church

Prestonwood is a dynamic congregation, with people from all over the North Texas region who have come together for a common purpose—to study God’s Word, to worship Him, to do His work, and to reach the world with the Gospel message.

About Pastor Jack Graham

Pastor Jack Graham is the pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church, one of the nation's largest, most dynamic congregations.

When Dr. Graham came to Prestonwood in 1989, the 8,000-member congregation responded enthusiastically to his straightforward message and powerful preaching style. He challenged the Prestonwood family with a vision for a larger outreach, and in 1999, the church moved from its North Dallas location to a new 7,500-seat auditorium in west Plano.

Thriving with nearly 37,000 members, Prestonwood continues to grow with seven weekend worship services, four midweek services, about 300 Bible Fellowship classes for all ages, and multiple outreach and community ministries that reach thousands. In 2006, the church added a second location, the North Campus, in a burgeoning area 20 miles north of Plano. And in 2011, Prestonwood returned to its roots—beginning its third location, the Dallas Campus, about two from miles from its original location.

Dr. Graham has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

He is a noted author of numerous books, including You Can Make a DifferenceLessons from the HeartA Hope and a FutureLife According to JesusAre you Fit for Life? andPowering UpCourageous Parenting, co-authored by his wife, Deb, is based on their experiences as parents. Dr. Graham’s passionate, biblical teaching is also seen and heard across the country and throughout the world on PowerPoint Ministries. Through broadcasts, online sermons and e-mail messages, he addresses relevant, everyday issues that are prevalent in our culture and that strike a chord with audiences worldwide.

Dr. Graham was ordained to the Gospel ministry in 1970, and has a master of divinity degree with honors and a doctor of ministry degree in Church and Proclamation from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Contact Prestonwood Baptist Church with Pastor Jack Graham

Mailing Address
Prestonwood Baptist Church

6801 W. Park Blvd.
Plano, TX  75093

Phone Number
(972) 820-5000