Pastor Mark's Weekly Update - January 4, 2019
At the start of each new year many people make resolutions. Typically we fail at some point to keep those reflective promises. Rather than make some big commitments on January 1 that you may or may not even remember, I am going to share with you throughout the year resolutions made by Jonathan Edwards nearly 300 years ago. Perhaps by focusing on one or two things each week we might see dramatic changes in our lives for the glory of God in 2019. So, this week resolve with me and with the late Rev. Edwards.
“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.” Jonathan Edwards, 1723.
Resolutions 1 & 2
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 myriad’s 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 and how great soever.
2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.
Verse of the Month
Each Lord’s Day during morning worship we say a scripture verse aloud together. This has been a practice for years. We do this for two reasons. One is that it is good for God’s people to say Scripture aloud together. The second reason is that it is a constant reminder and encouragement of memorizing Scripture. To prepare you for worship and to aid you in memorization, we will place the verse of the month in our weekly email. This month the verse is:
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
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Mark D. DeMoss
For the Glory of God