Tuesday, January 02, 2007


Most every year I make some sort of "resolution." Last year was to get to a gym and get myself in shape. I don't know that I'm in shape, but I did stick with the routine of going to the gym three to four days a week and doing SOMETHING. Actually, I have noticed an increase in energy and I did manage to lose 10 lbs without altering my diet all that much (maybe I should work on that this year).

Several years ago, I also resolved to read a devotion book of some type each year. I've gone through John MacArthur's Daily Bible, as well as his Drawing Near and Strength for Today. Last year, I went through most of John Calvin's Heart Aflame: Daily Readings from the Psalms. This year, I've chosen 365 Days with Spurgeon (see side bar). I can't say that I read EVERY day, but I try. Sometimes my work schedule interferes; sometimes I just allow the day get away without making the time. No matter how much I may miss, I can honestly say that the days I do the reading, I am blessed/encouraged.

The Calvinist Gadfly has issued a challenge to memorize 52 verses in 2007. I'm not sure I can do 52, but I'm also going to make an effort to memorize more Scripture this year.

The Pyromaniacs had a link to the following Ten Questions to Ask at the Start of a New Year or On Your Birthday by Don Whitney. They are definitely worth the time to read through. (Note: Mr. Whitney is Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY and a member of the Board of Directors for Founders Ministries. My own pastor, Bill Ascol, is also on the Founders Board.)

Well, there are some things I can work on this year, and God willing, I'll see some success.


Nikolai37 said...

I agree, Im sick of the cruel and unusual punishment argument. Lethal Injection is too easy if anything, anybody have surgery before? Remember anything, nope, youre lights out without even knowing it. You could be shot and wouldnt feel it. Good bye to Hamilton on the Ninth and Carlos Grenados who stabbed a little boy to death on the tenth, hopefully.

virginia said...

I agree with you lethal injection is the easy way out. My aunt sendy reyes lara was one of his victims. She didn't have a easy way out. She left her 3 adorable children and sendy lives in them. He didn't have the balls to say I'm sorry. But i love everyone "who is he kidding" I witnessed the execution. He needed 3 spiritual guiders. Were they going to assure his way to heaven.. May he rest in hell.