Friday, December 28, 2007

Once more unto the 'resolutions' dear friends, once more...

At this time of year we are reminded of the resolutions of the New England pastor and theologian, Jonathan Edwards. If your New Year's resolutions are as basic as mine (do more sit-ups; read more books) then we might benefit from reviewing Edwards' meticulous list of spiritual commitments. One of the oft-quoted resolutions is 'Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live'. But this is just one among many striking phrases.

Here is one that stands out for me year after year:

'Resolved, to live so, at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.'

You can read all of the resolutions at the Center for Reformed Theology and Apologetics page.

May the Lord grant us wisdom and firm resolutions.


Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas!

"She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."

– Matthew 1:21

"And let this be a comfort to all poor struggling and striving Christians who are not yet set at liberty from their lusts and corruptions: that it is the office of the Spirit of Christ as the king of the church, by his Spirit, to purge the church perfectly, to make it a glorious spouse. And at last he will fulfil his own office."

– Richard Sibbes , Glorious Freedom (1639)

Image: Rembrandt's The Adoration of the Magi, from Joyful Heart Renewal Ministries


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