Sunday, January 1, 2012


I gave up on New Year's resolutions long ago. Instead, I have composed a list of "determinations," things that are continual goals for my Christian life.

"Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood." (Acts 20:28)

"Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you." (1 Tim. 4:16)

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen." (2Pet. 3:18)


I am responsible for my own progress in holiness.

My own sanctification takes priority over ministry to others. 1Tim says that I will not be able to be an instrument of salvation to others if I do not take heed to myself.

Being is more important than doing.
Therefore, in order to better take heed to myself, I have composed these determinations:

  • I will say fewer prayers, but pray more.
  • I will read the Bible, and allow myself to be read by the Bible.
  • I will be less critical of others and more critical of myself
  • I will be ruthless in the sin I see in myself; gracious in the sin I see in others.
  • I will be ready for the worst and anticipate the best
  • I will take the work that God has set before very seriously; I will not take myself seriously.
  • I will be a better husband, father, grandfather, and friend; I will be an enemy of the world, the flesh, and the devil.
  • I will declare war on pride, arrogance, conceit, and Phariseeism – beginning with my own.
  • I will approach the work of God with the same attitude that David had in 2 Samuel 24:24 "And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen."

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