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Goals and Resolutions–Part Two

In part one of the series I discussed the reasons I believe Christians should set goals.  You can read that article here.  Now I want to give advice to what makes a good goal.

Setting goals is not of itself a guarantee to successful Christian growth.  Even setting great goals will not insure success, but setting vague or faulty goals will make you even less likely to obtain the results you desire.  When setting goals I think there are a few important principles to remember:

1. Goals need to be measurable.  The point of the goal is to give you a target that you can later evaluate yourself against. If goals are not measurable then there is no way to determine if you reached the goal or not.  For instance you might set as a goal to evangelize more.  How do you measure that?  I guess to a degree you can, but it is a lot more difficult to measure then if your goal was to Ask one person a week to attend Bible Class with you.

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Goals and Resolutions–Part 1

I’m in California this week with my family so there will only be one post a day this week, but our week theme will be on Goal setting since we are getting close to the New Year and people are thinking about Resolutions to make.

I am a big proponent of self evaluation and goal setting.  At least twice a year (around the New Year and around my Birthday in July) I take the time to evaluate myself and then to set new goals or to reestablish existing goals. Although I do not think people have to set goals or make resolutions, let me suggest three reasons why I do it:

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Sermon Plagiarism

Something that has always upset me is the way that some preachers plagiarize sermon material.  It seems that some glory in the idea of using a preaching outline from one of the “big name” preachers.  I have also sat in auditoriums where preachers have used a sermon that was printed off the internet or out of a sermon book.  This always made me feel uneasy.  I guess I’m not the only one that feels uneasy about this.  Below is a quote by D.A. Caron and a link to a full article where he deals with this subject.

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What About Christmas?

What should a Christian response to Christmas be?  For some people this seems almost like a non-question, or a waste of time.  Some would say Christians should embrace Christmas wholeheartedly, since it is a Christian holiday.  However, there is a flaw to this reasoning.  Namely, Christmas or the celebration thereof, is not something that we get from a teaching in Scripture.  Now this does not mean that we cannot do it, but it does mean that we have to think a little deeper.

To me then Christmas falls into a different category then say a subject like salvation or the Lord’s Supper, which do have clear teaching concerning them.

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Always Restoring

Cliff Sabroe is back with some thought he wanted to share.  Read the post and then leave your comments if you agree or disagree.

All would agree that repentance is a process. Now, it is true that there is a moment in every believer’s life when one decides to turn away from sin and turn to God,  but the process has just begun. As one matures and grows in Christ they continually mold and shape their lives in accordance with the example left by Jesus. There may be those who would dare say they have “completely repented” of all sins, but John would refer to them as liars (1 John 1:8).

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