Pastor's Pen
by Buzz Dahlen
Well, the question has to be asked; how are you doing on your resolution(s)?  Did you make any?  Are you still working on last year's?  Do you even believe in making any resolutions?  Inquiring minds want to know…
What is a resolution?  The Random House dictionary defines it this way, a resolve or determination, to make a firm resolution to do something.  A firm resolution to “do” something.  Hmmmm, what are we to do? 
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"  "What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"  He answered: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"  "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."  Luke 10:25-28
A certain ruler asked him, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"  "Why do you call me good?" Jesus answered. "No one is good--except God alone.  You know the commandments: 'Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'"  "All these I have kept since I was a boy," he said.  When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."  When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.  Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."  Those who heard this asked, "Who then can be saved?"  Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."  Luke 18:18-27
When the people heard what Peter had to say on Pentecost, they asked: "Brothers, what shall we do?"  Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off--for all whom the Lord our God will call."  Acts 2:37-39  
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.  Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose.  The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped.  But Paul shouted, "Don't harm yourself! We are all here!"  The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas.  He then brought them out and asked, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?"  They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved--you and your household." Acts 16:25-31
It seems impossible to get into heaven without “doing” something, but Jesus has made it very clear; "What is impossible with men is possible with God."  Although what we are supposed to do does not take all that much movement, it does call for action.  My encouragement to all is to resolve to give your life to Jesus Christ and then do it…   Happy New Year!

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