Resolutions, or Not?

Have you noticed in the last few days, posts in the blogosphere warnings against making New Year’s Resolutions? “They are a guilt-inducing manipulation of over-achievers that end up leaving you discouraged and unmotivated.” OK, I get what they’re saying. But, in the spirit of balance, may I offer you my take on resolutions?

I support New Year’s resolutions for these 5 reasons:

• Resolutions identify what we are striving for in the Christian life. …

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No Time To Memorize

The thought of adding one more thing to my schedule sends me over the edge. I hear you … and I feel the same way. But don’t dismiss memorizing Scripture as incompatible with a busy life.

Because of the value of God’s Word, we don’t want to eliminate spending time in it, but a goal of studying the Bible every single day doesn’t work realistically for everyone. However, when busy people neglect time …

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The Yellow Brick Road

Follow the yellow brick road. When Dorothy found herself in a strange place and didn’t know how to get home, this pig-tailed girl from Kansas heeded the advice of a dubious band of Munchkins. Dorothy and her dog, Toto, met other needy misfits along the way, locked arms, and empowered themselves with the mantra, Follow the yellow brick road. Reaching the wizard was their mission, and this road would lead them there. Danger, discouragement …

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Psalms at Summer's End

The summer went by too quickly. I didn’t get a vacation—“w-a-a-a-a”. Sluggish and weary, I don’t feel mentally geared up for a busy fall.

I run to the Psalms—the book that understands.

Why do I love the Psalms? When I flip over to those pages I find my melancholy self there. In the mix of praise and lament I see me. I linger and listen and learn. Eventually I find my way …

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Delighting in Instructions

Last night I taught Psalm One at the women’s Bible study at my church. Because of the familiarity of this psalm, I anticipated their expectations to be low. The comments I received afterward let me know that I’d given them some fresh insights.

After verse one tells us that the blessed person is not influenced by unbelievers, verse two tells us how that is possible. The blessed person delights in the law of …

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