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  • New Year resolutions
  • New Year Resolutions Typical Track Record2006: I will read 20 books2007: I will read 10 books2008: I will read 5 books2009: I will finish The Pelican Brief2010: I will read some newspaper articles2011: I will read at least one article2012: I will finish the comics section
  • Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)First Great Awakening Resolutions
  • “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. ”
  • “Aim at nothing and you will hit it every time!”
  • Psalm 90:5-6You sweep men away in thesleep of death; they are like thenew grass of the morning—though in the morning it springsup new, by evening it is dry andwithered.
  • James 4:14What is your life? For you are amist that appears for a littletime and then vanishes.
  • Ephesians 5:15-16Look carefully then how you walk,not as unwise but as wise, makingthe best use of the time,because the days are evil.
  • Sunday MorningsJanuary 15 – February 5
  • Studies on the Person and Plan ofGod from the Book of The Revelation Sundays at Grace February 5 – March 13
  • Ephesians 5:15-16Look carefully then how youwalk, not as unwise but aswise, making the best useof the time, because the daysare evil.
  • Analyze – ―look carefully‖Prioritize – ―making the best use of the time‖
  • Lay hold of our time! 24 hours1,440 minutes86,400 seconds
  • Ten Questions to Ask at the Startof a New Year or on Your Birthday
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)1. I resolve to seek God in all oflife, realizing that only in Himwill I find fullness of joy!
  • Psalm 16:2I say to the LORD, ―You are myLord; I have no good apart fromyou.‖Psalm 16:8I have set the LORD alwaysbefore me; because he is atmy right hand, I shall notbe shaken.
  • Psalm 16:11You make known to me the path oflife; in your presence thereis fullness of joy; at your right handare pleasures forevermore.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (Goal for Resolution #1)Five days each week as part ofmy personal worship (as I beginmy day), I will be using one oftwo tools:
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)1. I resolve to seek God in all oflife, realizing that only in Himwill I find the fullness of joy!
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)2. I resolve to immerse myself inScripture, knowing that theWord of God is the only reliablefoundation for life.
  • Matthew 7:24-25Everyone then who hears thesewords of mine and does them willbe like a wise man who built hishouse on the rock. And the rainfell, and the floods came, and thewinds blew and beat on thathouse, but it did not fall, becauseit had been founded on the rock.
  • Psalm 1:1-2Blessed is the man who walksnot in the counsel of the wicked,nor stands in the way of sinners,nor sits in the seat of scoffers; buthis delight is in the law of theLORD, and on his law hemeditates day and night.
  • Psalm 1:3He is like a tree plantedby streams of water that yieldsits fruit in its season, andits leaf does not wither. In allthat he does, he prospers.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (Goal for Resolution #2)Use daily M’Cheyne’s Biblereading plan
  • Robert Murray MCheyne (1813 –1843) wasa minister in the Church of Scotland for just a few brief years beforehe died at the age of 29 during an epidemic of typhus.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)2. I resolve to immerse myself inScripture, knowing that theWord of God is the only reliablefoundation for life.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)3. I resolve to pray better and topray more.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:17Pray without ceasing.
  • My resolutions for 2012(Goals for Resolution #3)Use daily a prayer journal thatfeatures a daily reading byAndrew Murray
  • Andrew Murray (1828 –1917) was a South African writer, teacher,and Christianpastor. He was also the son of a Scottish missionary.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (Goals for Resolution #3)Read thru E.M. Bounds collectionof books (8) on prayer; 3 chapterseach week
  • Edward McKendree Bounds (1835-1913) was a lawyer, army chaplain, and pastor in the Methodist EpiscopalChurch, South. He spentthe last seventeen years of writing (primarily on the topic of prayer).
  • PrayerMate
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)3. I resolve to pray better and topray more.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)4. I resolve to better shepherd mychildren and grandchildren intheir own personal faith journeys.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)5. I resolve to better love my wife,seeking to imitate the example ofChrist’s love for his bride, theChurch.
  • Ephesians 5:25Husbands, love your wives, asChrist loved the churchand gave himself up for her.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)5. I resolve to better love my wife,seeking to imitate the example ofChrist’s love for his bride, theChurch.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)6. I resolve to be more intentionalin sharing my faith.
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20Therefore, we areambassadors for Christ, Godmaking his appeal through us.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (Goals for Resolution #6)Be more “gospel-centered” in myprayers … always praying for thelost!Be intentional in using the “3:16Numbers of Hope” tract.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)6. I resolve to be more intentionalin sharing my faith.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)7. I resolve to renew mycommitment as a member of theelder team to shepherd our churchfamily with integrity of heartand skillful hands. I resolve toengage in those things that willmove me in that direction.
  • Psalm 78:72And David shepherded themwith integrity of heart; withskillful hands he led them.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)7. I resolve to renew mycommitment as a member of theelder team to shepherd our churchfamily with integrity of heartand skillful hands. I resolve toengage in those things that willmove me in that direction.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)8. I resolve to better care for mybody, knowing that as a followerof Christ my body is the templeof the Holy Spirit.
  • 1 Corinthians 6:19-20Do you not know that yourbodies are temples of theHoly Spirit, who is in you,whom you have received fromGod? You are not your own; youwere bought at a price. Thereforehonor God with your bodies.
  • My resolutions for 2012 (To be read twice each week)9. I resolve to do my utmost tokeep the above resolutions all byGod’s grace and for His glory!
  • My resolutions for 2012(I have shared these with you . . .) Certainly NOT to say, “Look, I’ve arrived!”1. To encourage you to do the same.2. To ask you to pray for me.