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A New Year to Consider Your Ways

We hope you had a refreshing holiday season with loved ones with time to reflect and marvel at the wondrous mystery of God becoming man.

As we begin a new year, we encourage you to ponder the questions below. May 2018 be a year that we are attentive to God’s mighty hand at work and may we draw near to Christ with undivided zeal to live for His glory.

“Now, therefore, thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways.”  -Haggai 1:5

Don Whitney, associate professor of Biblical Spirituality at SBTS, presented these questions several years ago to help you evaluate your life and establish goals at the start of your new year.  The following is just a list of the questions. 

1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

In addition to these ten questions, here are twenty-one more to help you “Consider your ways.” Think on the entire list at one sitting, or answer one question each day for a month.

11. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?

12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?

13. What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?

14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?

15. Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?

16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?

17. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?

18. What’s one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?

19. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?

20. What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?

21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?

22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?

23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

24. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?

25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?

26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?

27. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your commute this year?

28. What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, and what will you do about it?

29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say? Would they be right? What will you do about it?

30. What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?

31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?

[from Don Whitney]

Scripture at Sunrise 10.5.2017

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“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint. Lead me to the Rock that is higher than I, for You have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy.” -Psalm 61:1-3
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Scripture at Sunrise 9.28.2017

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For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” -Isaiah 55:8-9
“As God is exalted to the right place in our lives, a thousand problems are solved all at once.” -A.W. Tozer via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 9.21.2017

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“O Lord, God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In Your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand You.” -2 Chronicles 20:6
The most overwhelming, confusing and disappointing thing in your life, whatever it is, sits today under the rule of your Sovereign Savior. -Paul Tripp via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 9.14.2017

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“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” -1 Corinthians 13:7
Love is strenuous. Christian love doesn’t give up on people. It’s very much like running a race. You stick with it. -Tim Keller via Twitter

Scripture at Sunrise 9.7.2017

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“Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other.” -Deuteronomy 4:39
The most overwhelming, confusing and disappointing thing in your life, whatever it is, sits today under the rule of your Sovereign Savior. -Paul Tripp via Twitter