Hugh’s News & Views (Wild Resolutions . . .)

WILD RESOLUTIONS FOR TAME LIVING

In almost 43 years of fulltime preaching, followed by 16 years of part-time preaching, near the beginning of a new year I would sometimes preach about New Year’s resolutions. One sermon that I occasionally preached had the above title. I do not know from whom I got the idea or the points for the sermon, but they were not original with me. I am using the sermon’s points for this week’s News & Views with the hope that they will stir us and spur us to a closer walk with God as tomorrow we enter a new year and a new decade (or at least the decade of the 2020s). In the coming new year I resolve to … Continue reading

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Hugh's News & Views (Ten Most Wanted)

THE TEN MOST WANTED

I do not know who came up with the following “Ten Most Wanted” list; however, it is not original with me. It encapsulates principles which, if followed, would make our world a better place in which to live. I commend it to us all for our thoughtful consideration and practice. Continue reading

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What does the Bible say about our speech?

Written by Douglas M. Williams, Sr.

“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who take His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7).

“Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word man may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:34-37).

“But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth” (Colossians 3:8).

At the beginning of a new year there is much talk about “resolutions.” I hope you have made resolutions to improve your life, and with this thought, I wanted to write about our speech as a resolution that we may not normally think about.

The above verses, and many others in the Bible, warn us about our speech not only in what we say but how we say it. James has much to say about the use of our tongue and shows that our words reveal our character (James 1:19, 26; 3:1-12). Speech is the index of the mind and heart. Some may use vulgar language because of a weak intelligence, thinking they cannot express themselves without using bad language. Yet the dictionary has thousands of good words we can use instead.

It is a bad, evil habit to curse, swear, use profanity, and use God’s name in vain. We should also be careful and guard against euphemisms as bywords and slang. Some who would not think of cursing, plainly use bywords that are closely akin to cursing.

Bad language is not only a bad evil habit, but is a sin against God and society. It is a bad example that can and should be stopped. Language is guarded when women or certain people are present, but remember God is always present and hears.

Our speech should be used in good ways to bless, praise, and glorify God and to be a blessing to our fellow human beings (1 Peter 3:15; 4:11).

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How to start the new year

In my RSS feed a daily post shares information about some people group who, in the eyes of the organization behind it, has not been reached by the gospel. Now, the organization and I have a different idea of what the gospel is. But I appreciate the effort, and each day I have determined that I will look at the information about the people group selected and pray that the Lord will send workers with the true gospel to them. It’s one way in which I seek to fulfill the Lord’s order to pray for more workers to be sent into the harvest. Besides asking for workers in our own region.

I’d be interested in hearing how you go about praying about this need. Really interested. Continue reading

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THE NEW YEAR

The beginning of Jesus’ gospel starts with the message and mission of John (Mark 1:1-11), also known as the one who immerses. His message was a message of repentance; he came unto Israel to smooth out the spiritually rough roads that have been trod over the many years of their existence. The road was very rough; not because of anything the Lord had done, but because the people took the Lord’s message and made use of it however they chose. This made for both “potholes,” “buckling” and winding roads. John’s message was a message that smoothed out these rough patches.

In order to get a new surface there must be a penitent attitude, John said. The attitude of heart that changes one’s thinking will also change one’s behavior. Thus, as one submitted to the “baptism of repentance,” confessing their sins to the God of all glory, a new path was set before each one.

However, the one of whom John spoke much about came to him in order to be baptized by him; John was a bit reluctant, but after persuasion, he immersed Jesus. Jesus resolved to do the Lord’s will and identify Himself with man. When He came up from the water, it was then that John knew Him to be the anointed of God (John 1:32-34).

The new year corresponds, also, to a beginning; we are one week inside of it. Perhaps a resolution or two you have made. Let me encourage you to make a resolution to live in accordance with Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me” (NKJV).

This approach to living will change your life. RT

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The challenge is to be a better Christian

David said, “From the end of the earth will I call unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalms 61:2). Paul said, “Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may lay hold on that for which also I was laid hold on by Christ Jesus,” and, “I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12, 14).

As you consider the past year, have you been the strong Christian you had intended to be? Have you been as faithful as you think you should have been, or could have been? Have you grown to be more like Jesus Christ over the past year?

At the beginning of this New Year you will be challenging yourself with resolutions to take better care of your body, to be a better neighbor, a better parent and a better spouse. These are noble goals. But I want to challenge all of you to set your sights on a higher goal; a goal that is greater than all the earthly improvements a person could make. That challenge is to be a better Christian.

A better Christian will take better care of his or her body because it belongs to the Lord, not to you (1 Corinthians 6:20). A faithful Christian will strive to overcome those bad habits that hinder the health of the body so that he or she will have a long and productive life in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ.

A better Christian will automatically be a better neighbor because of the second commandment: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). As a Christian grows to be more like Christ he or she understands better that when you sacrifice for your neighbor then you are sacrificing for Christ, and, you are laying up treasures for yourself in heaven (Matthew 25:40; 6:19-21).

A better Christian will also be a better parent. A better Christian observes closely how God brings up His children with love, admonition and discipline. God applies love liberally to His children. In turn God has provided parents to give admonition to the children, to bring them up in the right ways of God (Hebrews 12:5-7; Ephesians 6:1-2).

A better Christian will be a better spouse. A better Christian understands more deeply the relationship the church has toward her bridegroom – Christ (Ephesians 5:23-33). Christ’s love for His bride caused Him to give Himself for her (Ephesians 5:25). This deeper understanding reveals the true nature of agape, and is transferred to greater faithfulness of a husband for his wife and a wife for her husband.

If you accept the challenge to be a better Christian it will make every aspect of your life a better life. It will also cause your relationship with God and Jesus Christ to grow stronger. You will want to spend more time in prayer with God. A better Christian will take time to help his or her family grow closer to God.

Being a better Christian will automatically make you a better servant in the church. Better Christians gladly sacrifice their time and talents to help their Father. Our Lord Jesus Christ even gave His life’s blood for the church. The church was designed by God to be the place where Christians abide and serve and grow.

Now it is your turn to climb up higher, to press toward the goal of the upward call of God. The view of heaven is much better from up there.

In Christ, Steve Preston

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Nudge: Are You Making Any Resolutions?

Resolutions: some people can’t stand them – others do their best to stand in there with them.

Are you as an individual making any for this year?

How about any congregational resolutions? New activities, goals, evangelistic efforts? We have some plans at Keltonburg, how about where you’re at?

If these things apply to you, speak up, I want to hear them. If they don’t apply to you speak up anyways 🙂

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What resolution did you make for the New…

What resolution did you make for the New Year? In a USA Today snapshot poll 41% said “lose weight”, 11% “get a job”, 8% “make a major purchase”, and 8% “fall in love”. If that doesn’t add up to 100%, it is because 32% said they don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Many have failed so often in past resolutions, that they simply want to avoid the possibility of failing again. But consider those who did resolve. While there is nothing wrong with the categories represented, unless it is that “fall in love” department, there is a serious lack of spiritual consideration. I’m all for losing weight, but why not lose pride and arrogance? I’m all for getting a job, but why not get a deeper sense of commitment to family and God? Instead of making a major purchase your goal, why not make a major life change your mission? Instead of falling in love this year, why not try loving one another? This is Just-a-Minute with Ed Boggess

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An Old Cowboy bit of wisdom today we…

An Old Cowboy bit of wisdom today; we humans are a strange lot. We make all kinds of resolutions for the new year to improve ourselves, and we work day and night on projections for our business and the church. We tell our spouse or the kids that we are going to do thus and so, or the more truthful “we’ll see.” In the long run it is easy to say words and make promises. However nothing in life is harder then living them, day after day. It makes you wonder why we flap our jaws and then not take the time or make the effort to make the plans and promises come true. Ya’ll have a good day.

#new-year, #resolutions

Resolutions

I hope you had some success with yours for 2010. I did manage to listen to the New Testament every month this year. However, I failed in other areas. I wanted to read/listen to 100 books, but I fell a little short. I also planned to finish my novel, but my health situation precluded that plan.

How did you do with your resolutions?

I plan to attempt all three of those again next year. It is just two books a week to reach 100. But there are some big books I would like to read, so I get behind. 🙂

Maybe I can post here more often, as well.

#books, #reading, #resolutions

Resolved

I learned a valuable lesson in 2009. I persevered and lost 44 lbs. without exercise. I now feel stronger when it comes to accomplishing my goals this year. I still have around 25 lbs. to go, but I will get there. The last 25 lbs., though, is harder than the first 44.

I plan to write my second book in 2010 and read/listen to the New Testament every month. I also have several congregational goals, as well.

I also want to do a better job with my articles at Forthright. Your input is always appreciated on how I can improve.

For more about my resolutions, read here.

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I Am Resolved

The first thing I plan to do Monday morning is switch internet providers. This last week was the last straw. Perhaps some of you were wondering why I dropped off the “internet” face of the earth. I just couldn’t get the pages to load most of the time. It gets old paying for high speed but getting lower quality than dial-up. While it’s not really part of my annual resolutions I am resolved to make this change none the less.

This year I plan to streamline and declutter and to put rules in place to curb any new buildup.

I plan to restore margin back into my daily living. I have attempted this one before with some success, but it’s easy to fall back into old habits.

The biggest and most important resolution is to block out more time for Bible reading, writing and prayer. It might seem odd to place this one last, but hear me out. I have seen in the lives of others and especially in my own life two problems that keep us from setting aside time for God–too many things and too many commitments.

With God as my witness and my helper, I will bring these under control by the end of 2010.

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Let This Be The Year

We usually postpone the very things that ought to be done immediately. As a result, at the end of each year, we find a large deposit of unfinished business on hand. Thus, we enter each new year with the same old problems, weaknesses, failures and fears. Why don’t we determine that [this year] should be different? Let’s make this the year we really “turn over a new leaf” and blaze down the trail of life victoriously. As Jesus so aptly mentioned in Luke 2:49, may we, too, be busy in the Father’s service! Let this be the year… (Read More)

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My Challenges in 2010

I have dreams for 2010 and meditations on 2009. Join me as I build sandcastles. Share your thoughts on my ruminations. Feedback is always helpful.

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