Month: June 2011

Resolved: 1. A Life Devoted to Good Works and Humble Service

Resolved - Resolution #1

This post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’ve written.

If you’d like a little more information, please visit this introduction to the Resolved series.

Resolution # 1

Resolved, to diligently pursue a life of good works and humble service towards all those whom God would place in my path; to do this by His power alone, not mine, in a manner that would give Him all the glory and make His name great.

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Resolved: Personal & Spiritual Growth in 21 Painful Steps

Jonathon Edwards Resolutions

I’m going to do something crazy from now through the end of July. New Year’s resolutions don’t work for me, so I’m going to make a Mid-Year’s Resolution.

Actually, I’m going to make 21 of them.

Why would I do that?

I was inspired to undertake this little series by some work I came across from the Puritan preacher Jonathon Edwards. Before he was the giant that theology nerds and Bible geeks know him to be, Edwards was a young pastor simply trying to figure things out.

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3 Little Lessons in Wisdom – A #OneWord2011 Progress Report

One Word 2011Back in January, I wrote a post about my one word for 2011; wisdom. The whole concept of ‘One Word‘ was dreamed up by Alece Ronzino to stand in place of those pesky New Year’s resolutions we all make, yet never keep.

I got an email from Alece last week asking everyone who participated to write a mid-year progress report. In all honesty, I don’t know how to faithfully report progress in such a subjective area as ‘wisdom.’

What I can share, however, are a few of the lessons that I’ve learned:

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Where Does a Pure Heart Come From?

Pure HeartHere’s some practical(I hope) theology with a tiny splash of diet Calvinism…

Yesterday, I wrote about the aim of our charge as disciples. In short and simple terms, our aim is to be agents of God’s love. Not our tiny human understanding of love, but God’s love; His infinitely un-knowable grace and mercy.

Our only hope for conveying that kind of love comes from a combination of three sources.

“The aim of our charge is love that issues from (1.)a pure heart and (2.)a good conscience and a (3.)sincere faith.” 1 Timothy 1:5

Today, we’re talking about that first source. Here’s what the Bible says about the journey of my heart in 3 stages. I won’t talk about your heart, lest I get absolutely destroyed in the comments section. I do hope, however, that you can relate somehow with my experience.

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The Aim of Our Charge

purpose

I want to love and serve people. That’s it.

It doesn’t matter if I’m coaching a leader, speaking to a crowd, or helping a young married couple buy their first house. My primary function is to love those people, to serve them well, and to do my best to reflect the glorious truth of the Gospel in all of it.

By God’s grace, that’s who I want to be and that’s what I want to do.

That’s my charge and if I could be honest with you, I think that’s every Christian’s charge. My problem is that I spend so much time trying to figure out what that looks like. I landed on this verse a few days ago and it gave me a nice little poke in the ribs.

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Video from Joplin,MO

If you read my last post, then you know I spent the earlier part of this week in Joplin, MO helping with disaster relief. I’m still recovering from that, so there won’t be any new posts this week. I’ll be back on track starting this Monday.

In the meantime, I just wanted to share this video of our experience with you. My new friend Carlos took some amazing footage and put it up on his website.

You can find the video here: http://www.ragamuffinsoul.com/2011/06/joplinvid/.