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January 2019

 

 

Be it Resolved

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”

I Corinthians 10:31

 

            If you’re prone to make resolutions at the start of each year, you know that now is the time to do it. So, what will you resolve? To eat healthier, exercise more, go on an adventure? Maybe your resolution is to simply take each day at a time.

            When it comes to making resolutions, it can be good to seek help or guidance. This can be done by discussing resolutions with friends or family. But it can also be done by looking back in history. In this case, to a man like Jonathan Edwards.

            Most people will know Jonathan Edwards as one of the key pastors and leaders in America’s First Great Awakening. He’s also known for being one of the wisest and most knowledgeable men in the history of our nation. However, what many may not realize is that Edwards was also a man of resolution; seventy resolutions to be exact.

            In 1722, as a young pastor of only 19 – desiring to keep his life focused on serving God and his fellow man – Edwards began writing certain resolutions that would help guide him, not only in the year to come but throughout his life. Some of these resolutions included the following:

 

Resolved, to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general.

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

Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.

Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better.

Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.

 

There are over sixty more of these, but just with this sample we can see that Edward’s resolutions were both practical and spiritual in nature; that he might better glorify God and love his neighbor each day.

Now, I’m not going to tell you to take Edward’s resolutions as your own; although there certainly would be great benefit in even just reading them. However, what I would suggest – no matter what your resolutions may be – is to start all resolutions and every day where Edwards started. As a preface to his resolutions he wrote, Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly intreat Him by His grace to enable me to keep these resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to His will, for Christ’s sake.”

            For the Christian this is where all resolutions ought to begin. In fact, this is where everything we do in life ought to begin; with a reliance on the help and grace of God and with the desire to do His will, all to His glory. After all, as another writer says, “Christ made the ultimate resolution, and He kept it perfectly and completely. Christ resolved to redeem His fallen and sinful people so that this new community could be reconciled to the Father and pursue a life of holiness.” 

            So, be it resolved to rely on Christ more each day, to seek His will in all I do, and to rest in His grace and to glorify His name in every moment of the day.

Pastor Gideon

 “It Takes a Village”

2019 was a year filled with many, many maintenance projects at Hauge, Emmanuel, and the parsonage. There were a number of people from both churches that contributed their skills, time, energy, finances, and camaraderie to “getting things done”. We would need a whole page to list the volunteers who have helped in so many ways! The help ranged from minutes to hours and hours. The projects ranged from furnace issues at Hauge to fixing and painting the Sanctuary at Emmanuel to eliminating mold issues at the parsonage.  And these are only  three of the many projects! God met all our needs through His humble servants.  A heartfelt thank you to the endless hours of dedication that were provided this year by our family members at Hauge and Emmanuel.  You are true servants of God. The love of Christ truly shines through your actions!

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