Goals for a New Year

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I don’t have a history of successful New Year’s resolutions. I count only two that have been successful in any meaningful way. The first was a weights workout resolution during college that lasted 8 months before carpal tunnel syndrome knocked me off pace for 14+ years and counting. The second was a vague but determined resolution to “be happier” the following year that had no hope of succeeding – except that God hijacked it and used it to bring me to repentance and faith in Christ by leading me through it into church attendance and being captivated by God’s word. Certainly I rejoice in this, but it wasn’t at all in line with what I had planned!… Continue reading

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The Spiritual Discipline of Journaling

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journal2Keeping a journal can be one of the most helpful spiritual disciplines a Christian can undertake. By journaling I mean not just writing down events that occur in your daily routine like a diary, but recording your insights, reflections and observations of what God is doing in you and through you to sanctify you and bring Himself glory. This discipline of writing or typing out your personal meditations and reflections for preservation and consideration will help you no matter where you are in your Christian life, whether you were saved last week or have been saved for forty years.

Check Your Motivation

Whether you ultimately decide to ever journal or not, there is one crucial thing to understand about spiritual disciplines.… Continue reading

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