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These books are on my short list to buy and read…………………..

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Needless to say, I went into the local Christain bookstore armed with a $30 gift card and a $5 coupon and none of these selections were available…………..

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These are the first 10 of Jonathan Edwards Resolutions. I was reading over them this morning and thought I’d post them, to at least share them with people and maybe spark a discussion….

 

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, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the aforementioned things.

3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

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.

5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God. July 30.

9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.

10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.

Local Church History

Posted: September 12, 2008 in General Discussion
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As some of you know by now, the company I work for is being hit hard by the sluggish economy, so they are reducing production. This has resulted in us being laid-off (although that’s not what they are calling it), one week a month for the rest of the year. So it looks like I’m going to have some extra time on my hands. I know I have to clean out our storage building and move the stuff and put it in our garage, and I know I’m going to catch up on some reading. I’m working my way through “The Future Of Justification” by John Piper right now and re-reading “The Confessions of Augustine”.  I wondered what else I could do with all of this extra time …………..

 Yesterday I had a unique opportunity to take a tour of the First Presbyterain Church here in town. It’s one of the older churches in the area, and I have to say I was blown away . I was also fortunate enough to be led on the tour by a local historian who gave me an awesome history lesson on the church and about our town.  They just don’t build churches like this anymore. But anyway it has sparked an interest in me to visit more of the older churches around here and learn their history. So while I thought I was going to be bored out of my mind for 7 days, God has opened my eyes to another way to know Him better.

Stay tuned for updates and hopefully pictures. I am hoping this little experience will help answer some questions I have about the direction “The Church” is going.