Holiness / Sanctification

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The title of this thread comes from some entries into his personal journal by William Borden (1887-1913), a man who was born into a very wealthy family, but gave it all up to be a missionary and then died at 25 years of age.  His life really revolved around three comments he penned.

No Reserves.  No Retreats.  No Regrets. ...continue reading

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During the past few months my wife and I have been faced with a matter of knowing the will of God in a certain area of our lives.  We have not been praying the Lord to give us some general idea, but that He would show us very specifically what His will is, and then give us a heart that is willing to obey whatever it may be.

I am sure that most Christians, when asked if they want to know and follow God’s will for them, would respond positively.  I am just as convinced, however, that not nearly as many are willing to surrender in obedience to God’s will as the Bible says we must, and that is the real issue. ...continue reading

The following hymn by John Newton seems a most fitting thought for the end of another year. May the Lord help us all to live the coming year "with eternity in view".

While with ceaseless course the sun
Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here;
Fixed in an eternal state,
They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,
But how little—none can know.

As the wingèd arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life’s rapid stream;
Upwards, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream.

Thanks for mercies past received,
Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us, henceforth, how to live
With eternity in view:
Bless Thy Word to young and old,
Fill us with a Saviour’s love;
And when life’s short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.

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It's that time of year again. Soon the hectic time will be over and many will be considering the coming year. This is a time when many people make their "new year's resolutions". Most have to do with losing weight, giving up some habit or starting on a new program of exercise, etc., all to improve the body. However, most resolutions have little to do with what matters the most - the soul. A prayerful reading of the resolutions of a man mightily used of God in his day will be profitable. Perhaps even take some of them on and make them your own!

Here they are: the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 1758)

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. ...continue reading