Urari de Anul Nou

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A mai trecut un an, si de fiecare data la sfarsit de an obisnuim sa privim inapoi si sa reflectam la ceea ce am facut pana acum. Unele lucruri le-am putut realiza, iar altele nu. Aceasta cu privire la cele necesare, cele pamantesti de care toti avem nevoie si de care Tatal nostru ceresc stie ca avem trebuinta. Unii dintre noi au trebuit sa fie departe de cei dragi pentru a agonisi cele necesare, altii au ramas fara de lucru, altii dintre noi au trecut prin boli, suferinte, necazuri, stramtorari. Altii au pierdut pe cei dragi din mijlocul lor, si inca li se simte lipsa, si vremea trece, in tacere, fara ca sa ne intrebe daca plangem sau daca radem, daca ne bucuram sau ne intristam.

Dar tot ceea ce am facut nu mai poate fi schimbat, ci putem doar sa invatam de la ele, ca sa fim mai buni, si daca lucrurile ce le-am facut nu au fost bune, sa stim ce sa facem ca sa nu le mai repetam. Pana la urma cel mai important lucru este ca noi,  fiecare sa slujim lui Dumnezeu cu toata inima noastra si sa ne incredem in El si mai mult, ca binecuvantarile Sale de care avem nevoie sa nu lipseasca de la noi. Atat cele de fiecare zi, de care avem nevoie pentru trupurile noastre, painea noastra cea de toate zilele, dar mai ales cele spirituale care daca ne lipsesc ne vom simti ca niste orfani si fara de Dumnezeu, fara de fericirea dinlauntru , bucuria si pacea sufleteasca pe care numai El ne-o poate da si fara de care nu vom gasi fericirea.

Urarea noastra pentru anul care vine, anul cel nou, este pentru toti aceia care il iubesc pe Dumnezeu si care-l cauta si vor sa fie aproape de El. Este din Cuvantul lui Dumnezeu, care este o hrana bogata pentru sufletele noastre, care inseteaza dupa cele de sus.

Bucurati-va totdeauna in Domnul! Iara zic: Bucurati-va! Blandetea voastra sa fie cunoscuta de toti oamnenii. Domnul este aproape. Nu va ingrijorati de nimic; ci in orice lucru, aduceti multumirile voastre la cunostinta lui Dumnezeu, prin rugaciuni si cereri, cu multamiri.

Si pacea lui Dumnezeu, care intrece orice pricepere, va va pazi inimile si gandurile in Hristos Isus. Incolo, fratii mei, tot ce este adevarat, tot ce este vrednic de cinste, tot ce este drept, tot ce este curat, tot ce este vrednic de iubit, tot ce este vrednic de primit, orice fapta buna, si orice lauda, aceea sa va insufleteasca.

Ce ati invatat, ce ati primit si auzit dela mine, si ce ati vazut in mine, faceti. Si Dumnezeul pacii va fi cu voi(Filipeni 4:4-9).

Incolo, fratilor, fiti sanatosi, desavarsiti-va, imbarbatati-va, fiti cu un cuget, traiti in pace, si Dumnezeul dragostei si al pacii va fi cu voi. Spuneti-va unii altora sanatate, cu o sarutare sfanta. Toti sfintii va trimet sanatate. Harul Domnului Isus Hristos, si dragostea lui Dumnezeu, si impartasirea Duhului Sfant, sa fie cu voi toti! Amin (2Corinteni 13:11-14).

Va uram si va dorim tuturor un an nou si fericit si plin de bucurii in Domnul! La multi Ani!

– O scriere de A.C. –

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Traian Dorz – Anii trec ca norii

Anii trec ca norii

Traian Dorz

Anii trec ca norii, perii-ncărunţesc,
vremurile-s altfel, totul e-n schimbare,
zilnic se preface tot ce-i pământesc
— numai Adevărul este-acelaşi soare.

Iarba se usucă, frunza cade iar
apa-şi face vaduri, altele într-una,
peste toate-n lume plânge-un “în zadar”
— numai în iubire cânt-un “totdeauna”.

Vara arzi în soare, iarna arzi în ger
ce te-ncântă astăzi, mâine ţi-e povară,
toate-apasă duhul, toate-l strâng ca-n fier
— numai conştiinţa sfântă e uşoară.

Toţi sunt ca şi tine: slabi şi schimbători
cei aproape astăzi, ţi-s departe mâne
oamenii, ca anii-s aburi trecători
— numai Domnul singur neschimbat rămâne.

…Nu-ţi lega de nimeni inima acum
ca să nu ţi-o smulgă ruperea ce vine,
leagă-ţi-o de Domnul — lumea-i vis şi fum
singur El rămâne veşnic lângă tine.

Ginduri de sfirsit de an si pentru 2013 din cintarile lui Adi Gliga

Situl lui Adi este www.adigliga.ro/ – si Youtube-Adi Gliga

Romani 5:8

8 Însă Dumnezeu Și-a dovedit dragostea față de noi prin faptul că Cristos a murit pentru noi în timp ce noi eram păcătoși.

ADI GLIGA – Albumul NIMIC PREA GREUN-am meritat

Stau si ma gândesc cum ai murit
Vreau sa pot iubi cum ai iubit
Vreau sa iert asa cum ai iertat, ai iertat
Vreau sa înteleg clar voia Ta
Într-o lume care-i tot mai rea
Doamne-asa cum Tu ai vrut, as vrea sa fiu

Eu n-am meritat
Sa-mi raspunzi cu iubire
Viata mea era-n ruina,
Dar Tu m-ai iertat
Doamne, eu n-am meritat

Sângele curgea pe fruntea Ta
Eu primeam în schimb iertarea Ta
Tu-ai murit pentru ca m-ai iubit, m-ai iubit
viata Ta ti-ai dat pentru a mea
Si doresti sa stau în Palma Ta
Doamne, stiu ca ma iubesti, da, ma iubesti !

Eu n-am meritat
Sa-mi raspunzi cu iubire
Viata mea era-n ruina,
Dar Tu m-ai iertat
Doamne, eu n-am meritat

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Adi Gliga – Fara iubire

Poti sa ai, poti sa ceri o lume fara de dureri
Intr-o zi vei vedea, sigur nu-ti va ajuta
Un om in viat-asteapta iubirea sa-i oferi
Chiar daca uneori ea vine prin dureri.

Poti sa ai bogatii, ce e lipsa sa nu stii
Sa te-nalti cit mai sus, vei vedea ca nu-i deajuns
Un om in viat-asteapta iubirea sa-i oferi
Chiar dac-ai fi sarac, iubind i-ai da puteri.

Vorbe mari de-ai sa spui nu ajuta nimanui
Dac-ai vrea sa iubesti asta-nseamna sa jertfesti
Un om in viat-asteapta iubirea sa-i oferi
Dar vorba fara fapte nu duce nicaieri.

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Adi Gliga – Imi voi aduce aminte

Am fost zdrobit dar nu M-ai parasit
M-ai incercat pe brate M-ai purtat
Credeam mereu ca-s singur, cind mi-e greu
Dar m-ai pazit mereu m-ai intarit.

Imi voi aduce aminte
In clipa cea mai grea
Ca Tu esti linga mine
Esti bucuria mea.

N-am inteles de ce m-ai incercat
O Doamne bun dar tot am invatat
S-ascult mereu si-n ceasul cel mai greu
Sa pot striga, „Exista Dumnezeu”.

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BBSO Cor si Orchestra – Hai Vino Acum Sa-L Lauzi – inca o cantare minunata de la Evanghelizarea cu Voddie Baucham

VEZI PAGINA PRINCIPALA pentru Biserica Baptista Speranta Oradea aici

Secvența din evenimentul organizat de Biserica Baptista Speranta Oradea în 2 Decembrie 2012 la Arena Antonio Alexe din Oradea.

Interpretare: Corul si Orchestra Nationala BBSO.
Solist: Otilia Drozd
Dirijor: Lari Muntean

ALTE CANTARI de la PROGRAM

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Acesta este al patrulea video de la Biserica Baptista Speranta Oradea a unei cantari despre Nasterea si Jertfa Mantuitorului cantata de Corul National si Orchestra BBSO – solist Adi Hentea.

Published on Dec 13, 2012 de Biserica Speranta Oradea Secvența din evenimentul organizat de Biserica Baptista Speranta Oradea în 2 Decembrie 2012 la Arena Antonio Alexe din Oradea.

Interpretare: Corul si Orchestra Nationala BBSO.
Solist: Adi Hentea
Dirijor: Lari Muntean
http://www.bbso.ro
http://www.voddiebaucham.ro

Videoclip realizat de BBSO Media in colaborare cu Medialux (www.medialux.ro), ProContact Media si Independent Films (www.ifilms.ro)

(1) Cor si Orchestra BBSO – Ierusalim [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

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Flash Mob BBSO – 1 Decembrie 2012 [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

Vezi si video FLASH MOB BBSO OSC [OFFICIAL VIDEO] aici (e acelasi colind cantat la un mall in Oradea).

deBunked: 4. I Can Have Real Hope without God

Many thanks to Gabi Bogdan for this great apologetic series of which I will post one video per day. From WilliamTyndale1

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The Worth of Jesus – David Platt at Urbana 2012 – St. Louis Missouri

David Platt in India – 2011 brookhills.org – 2nd photo http://www.christianpost.com/news/

David Platt IndiaDavid Platt gives a powerful gospel message. He paints a picture of Jesus as someone who is not asking for part of our lives, but our whole lives. We don’t respond to his radical call because it’s easy, but because he is worthy of our trust, our plans and dreams, and our affections. Platt uses Luke chapter 9 in order to flesh out these reasons for making God’s Kingdom known around the whole world.

David Platt:

~For far too long, and in far too many ways, we have minimized the majesty of Jesus in the church and we have diluted what it means to be His disciple in the world.

~We’ll do everything we can today to draw the crowds. But, Jesus is different. Whenever the crowds started getting bigger around Him, He would say something like  „If anyone would come after Me, He must hate his wife and children, mother and father, brother and sister”. „If you’re going to follow me, you must pick up an instrument of torture, reserved for the vilest criminals”. „Anyone who comes after Me must give up everything he has”. He told one man in Luke, „Go, sell everything you have and give it to the poor. Then, come follow me”.  What if Jesus had said these things to us? And this is where we come face to face with a frightening reality: Jesus has said these (very) things to us.  He has beckoned every single one of us to love him in a way that makes our closest relationships in this world, look like hate in comparison. He has called us all to die, to die to ourselves. He has called every single one of us to give up everything we have for Him. And He could tell any one of us to sell everything we have, and to give it to the poor. But, we don’t believe this.

We take texts like these, and we say, „What Jesus really meant was…” and this is where we have to be very careful, because this is where we start defining christianity according to our preferences. This is where we start taking the Jesus of the Bible, and start twisting Him into a Jesus that we are a little more comfortable with, a Jesus who looks like us and thinks like us, and talks like us. A Jesus who is okay with nominal devotion. A Jesus who doesn’t mind materialism. A Jesus who wants us to be balanced. A Jesus who wants us to avoid dangerous extremes. And for that matter, a Jesus who wants us to avoid danger altogether.

But here’s the real danger. When we treat Jesus like this, when we mold Him in to our image, a nice little North American Jesus that looks like us and thinks like us, the reality is- now, when we gather together in our churches, in our conferences, and we sing our songs, and we lift up our hands, the reality is we are not worshipping Jesus of the Bible. We are singing songs and lifting up our hands to ourselves. And the danger is, we think we’re worshipping Him. (8:50)

So who is the Jesus of the Bible?

And is this the Jesus you are following? Three characteristics of Jesus’s worth:

  1. Jesus is worthy of all of our trust. We must understand the cost of following Jesus in light of the cross that Jesus chose, for you and for me. This is huge for us, and it hits at the core of how the Gospel is so often sold in our day: Come to Jesus to get stuff. Come to Jesus to get happiness and forgiveness. Come to Jesus to get health and wealth. Come to Jesus to get this or that. No! We come to Jesus to get Jesus!He’s the one we want. He’s the one we need. And in Him, we have everything we need or want. But we don’t live that way. Even in our christian lives, we fill them with so much stuff. We have so much entertainment now, that it takes so much to get excited about Jesus. But then I go to underground house churches in Asia, where followers of Christ are meeting at the risk of their lives. They love the Word, that’s all they have, and it’s worth giving their lives to know it. 60 believers crammed in (a small room) with a little light bulb hanging in the middle, they look at you and say, „We wanna pray, we wanna worship, teach the word for us, for at least a couple of hours. You get the picture, well, you wonder, „What can we do? How can we help them, what can we send them?” Ladies and gentlemen, I am here to tell you tonight, that the Holy Spirit is doing just fine in that country without the resources we have filled our churches with and our conferences with. Somewhere along the way, they’ve gotten the idea that the word of God and the Spirit of God are enough for the people of God, to enjoy and spread the worship of God. And they are right. Jesus is enough for them. Is He enough for us? How does faith in this Christ of Luke 9, lead us to construct multi million dollar buildings, and design endless programs all around ourselves, while we have brothers and sisters all around the world, who are dying of malnourished bodies and deformed brains? On top of the millions of people who have never even heard about Christ? It doesn’t make sense. God raise up a generation who says Jesus is enough for us. 
  2. Jesus is worthy of all our plans and dreams. Jesus is saying that when you follow Him, you have an obligation, a responsibility, a plan, a dream, an ambition that supersedes all other obligations, responsibility, plan, dream or ambition in this world to go and proclaim the word of God. We live in a world of over 7 billion people. The most liberal estimate puts the world at 1/2 christian. That’s people who claim to be christian. Even if we assume all of those are followers of Christ, that still leaves approximately 4 1/2 billion people who are without Christ, and if nothing changes, are on a road that will lead, inevitably, to an eternal hell. We do not have time to waste our lives, coasting out in casual, comfortable christianity. We have a master who demands radical sacrifice and we have a mission that warrants radical urgency.
  3. Jesus is worthy of our affections. Jesus said, „No one who puts his hand to the plow looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God”, In other words, you don’t look back. When we follow after Jesus, we’re not just some people that have been captivated on an urgent mission. We’re a people who have been conquered by a superior affection. This, I am convinced is the key issue. I ask you tonight, over and above everything else, „Does Jesus have your heart?Is He the center of your affections?” More than your family, more than your friends, more than anyone and anything. Everything changes when Jesus becomes the sole object of your love and affections.

David Platt from InterVarsity twentyonehundred on Vimeo.

No time for God?

Making Wise Use Of Our Time

by Mike Rile via www.Preachersfiles.com The following poem (by an unknown author) entitled “No Time For God?”  illustrates the wise use of our time in spiritual matters.

NO    TIME    FOR    GOD

“You’ve time to build houses, and in them dwell,
And time to do business — to buy and to sell;
And none for repentance, or deep earnest prayer;
To seek your salvation you’ve no time to spare.
You’ve time for earth’s pleasures, for frolic and fun,
For her glittering treasures how quickly you run;
But care not to seek the fair mansion above.
The favor of God or the gift of His love.
You’ve time to take voyages over the sea,
And time to take in the world’s jubilee;
But soon your bright hopes will be lost in the bloom
Of the cold, dark river of death and the tomb.
You’ve time to resort to the mountain and glen;
And time to gain knowledge from books and from men;
Yet no time to search for the wisdom of God,
But what of your soul when you’re under the sod?
For time will not linger when helpless you lie,
Staring death in the face; you will take time to die.
Then, what of the judgment — pause, think, I implore!
For time will be lost on eternity’s shore.”

If we are wise, we understand how to use time to its fullest. We arrange our priorities and do first things first (Matthew 6:33). We structure each day so that we get the most out of the time we are allotted. We understand the preciousness of living each moment we have, knowing that time is fleeting and our appointment with death and judgment is a certainty (Hebrews 9:27).

Scripture addresses the importance of using our time wisely while we have it. The Psalmist requests, “So teach us to number our days, That we may get us a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12). Paul exhorts us, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:15-16). Jesus recognized the brevity of His time on earth to do His Father’s will – “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4). It is certainly appropriate to exhort our youth to “remember thy creator in the days of thy youth….” (Ecclesiastes 12:1). We need to habitually “exhort one another daily while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Hebrews 3:13). Why? because today is all we have (James 4:13-14).

Brethren, are we making the best use of our time in doing the Lord’s work while here upon the earth? If not, perhaps today would be an appropriate time to begin making better choices in the proper use of our time. As our Lord warns us, “the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4).

Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions – Aug. 17, 1723

via A Puritan’s Mind.Scroll down to the bottom of article for a 19 minute audio (in video form) of this list

A list of the resolutions that Edwards read once every week to keep his mind on his duty before God.

Signature of theologian Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

(written at 19 years of age)

In an effort to be helped spiritually by Edward’s idea in inscribing his resolutions and then reading them each week, I also made a list of my own Maxims, which may also be of help to you – even if they simply spark you to make a list of your own (See my Maxims in the list on The Christian Walk page). Some are very similar to Edwards, some are exactly the same, and some are completely different. In any case, enjoy these Resolutions and Maxims in your daily walk.

Resolutions 1 through 21 were written by in one sitting in New Haven in 1722.

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1722-1723)

Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God’s help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ’s sake.

Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.

1. Resolved, that I will do whatsoever I think to be most to God’s glory, and my own good, profit and pleasure, in the whole of my duration, without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriad’s of ages hence. Resolved to do whatever I think to be my duty and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved to do this, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many and how great soever.

2. Resolved, to be continually endeavoring to find out some new invention and contrivance to promote the aforementioned things.

3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.

4. Resolved, never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God; nor be, nor suffer it, if I can avoid it.

5. Resolved, never to lose one moment of time; but improve it the most profitable way I possibly can.

6. Resolved, to live with all my might, while I do live.

7. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life.

8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God.

9. Resolved, to think much on all occasions of my own dying, and of the common circumstances which attend death.

10. Resolved, when I feel pain, to think of the pains of martyrdom, and of hell.

11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances don’t hinder.

12. Resolved, if I take delight in it as a gratification of pride, or vanity, or on any such account, immediately to throw it by.

13. Resolved, to be endeavoring to find out fit objects of charity and liberality.

14. Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.

15. Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings.

16. Resolved, never to speak evil of anyone, so that it shall tend to his dishonor, more or less, upon no account except for some real good.

17. Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

18. Resolved, to live so at all times, as I think is best in my devout frames, and when I have clearest notions of things of the gospel, and another world.

19. Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if I expected it would not be above an hour, before I should hear the last trump.

20. Resolved, to maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking.

21. Resolved, never to do anything, which if I should see in another, I should count a just occasion to despise him for, or to think any way the more meanly of him.

22. Resolved, to endeavor to obtain for myself as much happiness, in the other world, as I possibly can, with all the power; might, vigor, and vehemence, yea violence, I am capable of, or can bring myself to exert, in any way that can be thought of.

23. Resolved, frequently to take some deliberate action, which seems most unlikely to be done, for the glory of God, and trace it back to the original intention, designs and ends of it; and if I find it not to be for God’s glory, to repute it as a breach of the 4th Resolution.

24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.

25. Resolved, to examine carefully, and constantly, what that one thing in me is, which causes me in the least to doubt of the love of God; and to direct all my forces against it.

26. Resolved, to cast away such things, as I find do abate my assurance.

27. Resolved, never willfully to omit anything, except the omission be for the glory of God; and frequently to examine my omissions.

28. Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.

29. Resolved, never to count that a prayer, nor to let that pass as a prayer, nor that as a petition of a prayer, which is so made, that I cannot hope that God will answer it; nor that as a confession, which I cannot hope God will accept.

30. Resolved, to strive to my utmost every week to be brought higher in religion, and to a higher exercise of grace, than I was the week before.

31. Resolved, never to say anything at all against anybody, but when it is

perfectly agreeable to the highest degree of Christian honor, and of love to mankind, agreeable to the lowest humility, and sense of my own faults and failings, and agreeable to the golden rule; often, when I have said anything against anyone, to bring it to, and try it strictly by the test of this Resolution.

32. Resolved, to be strictly and firmly faithful to my trust, that that in Prov. 20:6, “A faithful man who can find?” may not be partly fulfilled in me.

33. Resolved, always to do what I can towards making, maintaining, establishing and preserving peace, when it can be without over-balancing detriment in other respects. Dec.26, 1722.

34. Resolved, in narration’s never to speak anything but the pure and simple verity.

35. Resolved, whenever I so much question whether I have done my duty, as that my quiet and calm is thereby disturbed, to set it down, and also how the question was resolved. Dec. 18, 1722.

36. Resolved, never to speak evil of any, except I have some particular good call for it. Dec. 19, 1722.

37. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I have denied myself: also at the end of every week, month and year. Dec.22 and 26, 1722.

38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord’s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722.

39. Resolved, never to do anything that I so much question the lawfulness of, as that I intend, at the same time, to consider and examine afterwards, whether it be lawful or no; except I as much question the lawfulness of the omission.

40. Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking. Jan. 7, 1723.

41. Resolved, to ask myself at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly in any respect have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.

42. Resolved, frequently to renew the dedication of myself to God, which was made at my baptism; which I solemnly renewed, when I was received into the communion of the church; and which I have solemnly re-made this twelfth day of January, 1722-23.

43. Resolved, never henceforward, till I die, to act as if I were any way my own, but entirely and altogether God’s, agreeable to what is to be found in Saturday, January 12. Jan.12, 1723.

44- Resolved, that no other end but religion, shall have any influence at all on any of my actions; and that no action shall be, in the least circumstance, any otherwise than the religious end will carry it. Jan.12, 1723.

45. Resolved, never to allow any pleasure or grief, joy or sorrow, nor any affection at all, nor any degree of affection, nor any circumstance relating to it, but what helps religion. Jan.12 and 13.1723.

46. Resolved, never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness at my father or mother. Resolved to suffer no effects of it, so much as in the least alteration of speech, or motion of my eve: and to be especially careful of it, with respect to any of our family.

47. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to deny whatever is not most agreeable to a good, and universally sweet and benevolent, quiet, peaceable, contented, easy, compassionate, generous, humble, meek, modest, submissive, obliging, diligent and industrious, charitable, even, patient, moderate, forgiving, sincere temper; and to do at all times what such a temper would lead me to. Examine strictly every week, whether I have done so. Sabbath morning. May 5,1723.

48. Resolved, constantly, with the utmost niceness and diligence, and the strictest scrutiny, to be looking into the state of my soul, that I may know whether I have truly an interest in Christ or no; that when I come to die, I may not have any negligence respecting this to repent of. May 26, 1723.

49. Resolved, that this never shall be, if I can help it.

50. Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world. July 5, 1723.

51. Resolved, that I will act so, in every respect, as I think I shall wish I had done, if I should at last be damned. July 8, 1723.

52. I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age. July 8, 1723.

53. Resolved, to improve every opportunity, when I am in the best and happiest frame of mind, to cast and venture my soul on the Lord Jesus Christ, to trust and confide in him, and consecrate myself wholly to him; that from this I may have assurance of my safety, knowing that I confide in my Redeemer. July 8, 1723.

54. Whenever I hear anything spoken in conversation of any person, if I think it would be praiseworthy in me, Resolved to endeavor to imitate it. July 8, 1723.

55. Resolved, to endeavor to my utmost to act as I can think I should do, if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. July 8, 1723.

56. Resolved, never to give over, nor in the least to slacken my fight with my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be.

57. Resolved, when I fear misfortunes and adversities, to examine whether ~ have done my duty, and resolve to do it; and let it be just as providence orders it, I will as far as I can, be concerned about nothing but my duty and my sin. June 9, and July 13 1723.

58. Resolved, not only to refrain from an air of dislike, fretfulness, and anger in conversation, but to exhibit an air of love, cheerfulness and benignity. May27, and July 13, 1723.

59. Resolved, when I am most conscious of provocations to ill nature and anger, that I will strive most to feel and act good-naturedly; yea, at such times, to manifest good nature, though I think that in other respects it would be disadvantageous, and so as would be imprudent at other times. May 12, July ii, and July 13.

60. Resolved, whenever my feelings begin to appear in the least out of order, when I am conscious of the least uneasiness within, or the least irregularity without, I will then subject myself to the strictest examination. July 4, and 13, 1723.

61. Resolved, that I will not give way to that listlessness which I find unbends and relaxes my mind from being fully and fixedly set on religion, whatever excuse I may have for it-that what my listlessness inclines me to do, is best to be done, etc. May 21, and July 13, 1723.

62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty; and then according to Eph. 6:6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man; “knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.” June 25 and July 13, 1723.

63. On the supposition, that there never was to be but one individual in the world, at any one time, who was properly a complete Christian, in all respects of a right stamp, having Christianity always shining in its true luster, and appearing excellent and lovely, from whatever part and under whatever character viewed: Resolved, to act just as I would do, if I strove with all my might to be that one, who should live in my time. Jan.14′ and July ’3′ 1723.

64. Resolved, when I find those “groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26), of which the Apostle speaks, and those “breakings of soul for the longing it hath,” of which the Psalmist speaks, Psalm 119:20, that I will promote them to the utmost of my power, and that I will not be wear’, of earnestly endeavoring to vent my desires, nor of the repetitions of such earnestness. July 23, and August 10, 1723.

65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton’s 27th Sermon on Psalm 119. July 26, and Aug.10 1723.

66. Resolved, that I will endeavor always to keep a benign aspect, and air of acting and speaking in all places, and in all companies, except it should so happen that duty requires otherwise.

67. Resolved, after afflictions, to inquire, what I am the better for them, what good I have got by them, and what I might have got by them.

68. Resolved, to confess frankly to myself all that which I find in myself, either infirmity or sin; and, if it be what concerns religion, also to confess the whole case to God, and implore needed help. July 23, and August 10, 1723.

69. Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it. Aug. 11, 1723.

70. Let there be something of benevolence, in all that I speak.

Aug. 17, 1723

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