18th Century Resolutions for the 21st Century

Well, Christmas is here and the new year is right around the corner, which means – new year’s resolutions! We make resolutions concerning our finances, our weight, our family, our job and our spiritual walk with Christ. As you begin to think about the goals you want to accomplish over the next year let me encourage you with some additional goals. Jonathan Edwards, the 18th century Puritan preacher made some resolutions that have been a help to serious-minded Christians throughout the years. What’s interesting to note is that he began these seventy resolutions as a seventeen year old. Below are just a few of Edwards’ resolutions. You will find a link below to all seventy resolution.

Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory….

4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it. Continue reading

“I just gave up”

How many people have said those words about trying to read through the entire Bible?  As we close in on the end of 2009 I want to encourage and challenge you to make a commitment to read through the entire Bible.  Most people are not against it; they love Bible preaching and they love their Bibles.  People struggle with a plan and the adherence to the plan.  The goal of this post is to put the idea in your mind and then give you some inspiration.  Here then is the inspiration.  It is an e-mail I received and ask permission to put in here for you:

Dear Pastor Campbell,
You wanted to know and I’m telling you that I DID IT! I read through the Bible! I’ve started it many a January, but fell farther and farther behind as life happened, until I just gave up. Well, it took me 2 years but I persevered and finished my last book, Ezekiel, this morning. (Not the easiest book to wade through.) Yea! Next time I’ll shoot for a year.
Have a wonderful, sunny day,
“Someone who took the challenge!”
So there you have it. What’s holding you up from trying?