Personally, I am not one for New Year’s resolutions. There is always so much pressure. Then there is the seemingly obligated failure of said resolution. It is almost like we aren’t meant to take them seriously.
A new year often brings the idea of a new start. I guess that is where resolutions come into play. While New Year’s resolutions aren’t my thing, I do think it is a good idea to occasionally do some personal inspection…personal reflection.
When was the last time you took some time for yourself, looked down deep, and asked yourself a few questions? How are things going? What am I doing well? What do I need to work on? Where is my life headed? Where do I want it headed? What has God done for me lately? What have I done for Him?
Below is an article that will get you off to a good start. Don’t let the title fool you, it only starts off with 10 questions.
Happy New Year everyone. As we start this new year, we want to share some new and exciting things we have going on at the Mendon First Church of God.
Disciples Path: The Journey
Starting on January 4th, we will begin a new Bible study called Disciples Path: The Journey. Together, we are going to dig into God’s word, and take an intentional approach to our discipleship. Whether you are a new believer, have followed God for years, or maybe you are just curious about God, this journey is for you.
Wednesday night Bible study is at 7:00PM. And new this year, we will be having Bible study on Saturday morning at 9:00AM. If you can’t make it to the Wednesday meeting, we will be covering the same material on Saturday morning. If you want to come to both, well, that’s awesome!
Online Bible Study
Something that we have been asked about in the past is about the possibility of an online Bible Study. Well, I’m up for it. Let’s give it a shot.
Through the forums on our blog site, we will have discussion sites available for various Bible studies, including The Journey.
More to come on this.
Fresh Website and Blog
That brings me to our new website and blog. It has been a long time since we have freshened up our websites. New year, new sites. They are still a work in progress, but we hope you find them useful.
We want to offer as many ways to reach out to you, and share Jesus with everyone we can. Stay tuned. We’re just getting started!
The 29th Annual Mendon Community Garage Sale will be sponsored by the WCSC of the Mendon First Church of God – Women’s Society – for a mission project. The sale date is May 14, 2011. A map will be made showing the location of all garage sales. All of the advertising costs will be the responsibility of the WCSC. Permits will be on sale from April 1 through April 25 at a cost of $10 each. Permits may be purchased by contacting Kristina Boroff at 419-795-9102.
We begin today with an oracle concerning Egypt. Like the oracles we read yesterday, this one speaks of punishment for Egypt. However, we come to find that Egypt, along with Assyria and Israel, ends up being a “blessing in the midst of the earth.” The fall of Babylon is foretold, as is punishment of Tyre. Then we read about God’s judgment of the whole earth.
We here that even though Babylon was a tool in God’s plans for punishing Israel, they will endure His wrath as well. Once again, God will have compassion of Israel, and bring them back to their own land.
Then we see the oracles of Isaiah concerning the nations around Israel. Though Israel in back in God’s favor (for now), these nations don’t seem to fare so well in His eyes.
Today’s reading in Ecclesiastes starts off talking about vanity in all things under the sun. There is vanity in having wisdom, "For in much wisdom is much vexation, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow." There is vanity in self-indulgence, "Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun." There is vanity in living wisely, "How the wise dies just like the fool!" There is vanity in toil, "I hated all my toil in which I toil under the sun, seeing that I must leave it to the man who will come after me, and who knows whether he will be wise or a fool?" And there is vanity in wealth and honor, "He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income."
We are told that there is a season for everything. That we should be joyful and do good as long as we live, and we should eat and drink and take pleasure in all our toil-this is God’s gift to man. And that as we all came from dust, so we all return.
Then we are told of evil under the sun. We are told of the tears of the oppressed, and how there was no one to comfort them. How those who are dead are more fortunate than the living, and how better off those who have not been are because they have not seen the evil deeds done under the sun.
We are told to guard ourselves before God, and watch what you vow to God. For it is better to not vow anything, than to vow something and not pay what is vowed.
"Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger that he."
"It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings to search things out."
"Do not put yourself forward in the king’s presence or stand in the place of the great for it is better to be told, ‘Come up here,’ than to be put lower in teh presence of a noble."
"If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you."
"Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country."
"A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.
"Like snow in summer or rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool."
"A whip for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, and a rod for the back of fools."
"Like an archer who wounds everyone is one who hires a passing fool or drunkard."
"Whoever meddles in a quarrel not his own is like one who takes a passing dog by the ears."
"The words of a whisperer are like delicious morsels; they go down into the inner parts of the body."
"A lying tongue hates its victims, and a flattering mouth works ruin."
"Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring."
"Better is open rebuke than hidden love."
"Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel."
"The prudent sees danger and hides himself, but the simple go on and suffer for it."
"Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another."
"The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion."
"Evil men do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand it completely."
"The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding, but a companion of gluttons shames his father."
"If one turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination."
"Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity."
"Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered."
"He who is often reproved, yet stiffens his neck, will suddenly be broken beyond healing."
"If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet."
"The rd and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother."
"Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight in your heart.
"One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor."
"Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice."
"Every word of God proves true; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him."
"Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say,’ Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God."
"There are those who are clean in their own eyes but are not washed of their filth."
"Three things are never satisfied; four never say, ‘Enough’: Sheol, the barren womb, the land never satisfied with water, and the fire that never says, "Enough."
"Under three things the earth trembles; under four it cannot bear up: a slave when he becomes king, and a fool when he is filled with food; an unloved woman when she gets a husband, and a maidservant when she displaces her mistress."
"Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute."
"Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy."
"An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.
"Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come."
"She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue."
"Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her."
"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."