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Jonathan Edwards, the 18th-century revivalist, sat down at age 17 and penned 21 resolutions by which he would live his life. Each week he did a self-check. He regularly summed up how he was doing and sought God's help in the process.

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards

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Sometimes little decisions are much bigger than they may appear at first glance. Let’s say that my boss at work wants me to stay back late, but it’s Bible study night. Should I go to Bible study? Or should I stay at work? It seems to be rare that someone would fall away from the faith by making a one time decision that Christianity is not true. Usually people drift away from the faith, slowly.

Little Big Decisions – sweat the small stuff

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If my ministry as a pastor is prayer and the word of God, should I not be giving a lot of time to prayer ...? I have to admit that I find it very hard to do that on my own. It’s much easier praying with a friend. We take it in turns. We use a passage of scripture, say one of Paul’s prayers, and pray in general for each person – for their godliness, growth in Christ, etc.

The Ministry of the Word and Prayer

There is nothing special about maintaining a schedule – the important thing is that you do your best to get into the Word – the benefit is in the reading – not in the schedule. It’s not a race. And don’t worry about what other people are doing – just listen for the voice of God and keep reading.

Nothing Special about a Bible Reading Schedule