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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…
6. Resolved, To live with all my might, while I do live.
16. Resolved, Never to speak evil of any one, so that it shall tend to his dishonour…
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.
Few people have formed more detailed and heartfelt resolutions than Jonathan Edwards, who at a young age wrote out seventy of them–and resolved also to read them over every week. They show a man who cut off his hand and gouged out his eye, who gave every effort at becoming a holy servant of God.
If you would like to read a work of this remarkable man, perhaps this country’s greatest theologian, I suggest his Religious Affections. And consider making New Year’s resolutions!
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Guided Study of Augustine’s Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love
We have started a guided study of Augustine’s Handbook on Faith, Hope, and Love, and you can still partcipate. Each week we send you a couple of short chapters to read and think about, and the next week we send questions for reflection. You may either reflect on the study questions individually or read other people’s comments in an online forum.
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As With Gladness Men of Old – William C. Dix (1837-1898) Taking Matthew 1:1-11 as his theme for stanzas 1-3, Dix likens the journey of the wise men who came to worship the Christ to our own Christian pilgrimage. The pattern of these stanzas is "as they … so may we." Stanzas 4 and 5 are a prayer that our journey on the "narrow way" may bring us finally to glory where Christ is the light (Rev. 21:23) and where we may perfectly sing his praise.
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Fifteen Hymns for the Feast of Epiphany by Ephraim of Syria (c.306-373)
The star of light shed its rays among them that were in darkness,—and guided them as though they were blind;—so that they came and met the great Light:—they gave offerings and received life and adored and departed.
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Chrysostom on the arrival of the wise men:
But what was it that induced them to worship? For neither was the Virgin conspicuous, nor the house distinguished, nor was any other of the things which they saw apt to amaze or attract them. Yet they not only worship, but also "open their treasures," and "offer gifts;" and gifts, not as to a man, but as to God. For the frankincense and the myrrh were a symbol of this. What then was their inducement? That which wrought upon them to set out from home and to come so long a journey; and this was both the star, and the illumination wrought of God in their mind, guiding them by little and little to the more perfect knowledge.
– John Chrysostom (c.347-407), homily on Matthew 2:2
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