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New Year Resolutions Biblical

Are New Year resolutions Biblical?

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Alan, I am very glad to hear he is still with us. He is a great guy. Hope this new year will be a good one for him. Let us know if you continue to hear from him. It sure is cold in Canada. I saw a barn In the city of Stockton here that had a big name on it, it said, "Emcee Dairy Farm" and I thought of him. Next time say hello to him for me. He was a good debater.
So you are a real cook. I love cookies but have to stay away from them. I love necadenmion cookies, I hope I spelled that right. I get them once a month. Pies, I love lemon moran. Later give me insight on some dishes you cook.
---MarkV. on 1/7/10


Mark ... I have heard from Cliff

He keeps going with the help of oxygen, and tells me that he now has 21 grandchildren and 30 greatgrandchildren!

In his part of the world they have had temperatures down to -15 and -28, but after wind-chill, its -40 to -45.

Cliff still looks at the CN blogs, but does not join in any longer.

I am a cook by necessity, not wish, but am quite good a cookies of vaqrious sorts, and I made our Christmas cake!
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/7/10


Alan, 16 dozen for the family. Everyone got to eat them. It took ten hours to do that many. Lots of work. You didn't say if you were a cook too. Let me know what dishes you make.
---MarkV. on 1/7/10


Mark ... I'll let you know if I hear from Cliff

As for tamales ... many of the ingredients we don't have here & for example I don't know what a burrito is!

It sounds hard work ... and why make 16 dozen?
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/7/10


Alan, first, let me know if you hear from Cliff. It would be great to hear he is ok. Second, are you also a cook or a person that loves to cook? I am one. I learned a lot from my mom when I was little. She taught me how to take care of myself in case I was along for a long time. If you are a cook, what kind of dishes do you cook?
---MarkV. on 1/7/10




Alan, thanks for the info. I hope he is ok too. I realize he was old but very dedicated to the RCC no matter the cause. I love him still no matter what.
About tamales, I hope you know what corn Tortillas are. They are made out of corn flour. Well Tamales are a tradition for Latino's in many countries. I make them every year. What you do is get what is called Masa, which is corn flour mixed. And spread the flour on corn leaf's that have been made soft with water, spread the masa on the leaf, and add either chicken, or pork already cooked and soft to the middle of the masa on the leaf, then roll it together like a burrito and then put them inside a big pan and add a little water so you can steam them. After 3-4 hours they are cooked.
---MarkV. on 1/7/10


Mark ... I've tracked down another address for Emcee, and have written again to him there. So far the email has not been bounced back to me, so here's hoping!
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/7/10


Hi Mark

It's some time since I heard from Emcee ... his actual name in Cliff & he's in Canada. I hope he is OK, and I've just written to him to ask for his news. You'll probably remember that he is a good deal older than you or me.

I have to confess that I have no idea what a tamale is! Some sort of New Year biscuit or cookie? If so, recipe please, as I love making them!

Blessing for the New Year
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/6/10


Mark ... I'm afraid the email I sent to Cliff was returned as undeliverable, no such email address. I do know that he was over 80, and it's possible that he has moved to a care home or to one of his children's homes and no longer has that same email address. Or of course he may have gone on ahead of us.

I liked Cliff (Emcee) a lot. We had our (sometimes strong) disagreements over some of his RC doctrine, but we kept a personal, even if only "virtual", friendship.
---alan8566_of_uk on 1/6/10


Alan, first of all, have you heard from Emcee? Is he ok?
Second, I do have a new years resolution, I will not make any more tamales for New Years. It is hard work to make 16 dozen and I ate a couple of dozen in one week, two dozen too many.
---MarkV. on 1/6/10




anything that gets your mind thinking of changing your habits for the better are good.
---tom2 on 1/2/10


Alan, I agree mostly with your view here on this subject of resolution. If anything can be of help in our lives, why should we avoid doing it. We know that the Spirit guides each individual, and no one can say it is not the Spirit guiding someone to make a commitment for a change. Many have quite smoking and other things during this time. And it has helped them very much. We do not find resolutions in Scripture, but we are under the power of the Spirit not only for ministry but for our continually changing of our lives. When God takes away one thing bad, it is always perfect work. But He guides us in making those decisions.
---MarkV. on 12/29/09


I think that the biggest problem with New Year's resolutions is that people have grandiose and unrealistic ideas, promise that they will fulfil them in the coming year, then in many cases, don't manage to succeed. If these are made as vows, they would then fall under the condemnation of "making a vow and then breaking it".

However, if one merely resolves to attempt to change something for the better (realizing full well that one might not succeed), and does so with REALISTIC expectations, this can be a good thing.
---StrongAxe on 12/29/09


I agree whole-heartedly with Donna that God is the only "real" change-agent in our lives. Only He can renew our minds and conform us to the image of His Son.

However, it is up to us examine ourselves and find the areas we are lacking. We should use this time of "NYR" to really search ourselves and find where we have prevented His changing of us, to find the areas we have kept from Him, and to find the areas where we have rejected His instruction.

2 Pet 1:10 "Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you, for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble"
---Mark_Eaton on 12/28/09


I like & totally agree with your answer Tommy. It reminds me of the 1983 movie, War Games, where the computer finally figures out the only way to win the game is not to play it. :)
---Leon on 12/28/09


Matthew 5:33-37
---Leon on 12/28/09


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I don't know if this has anything to do with the question, but, I've only made ONE new years resolution in my life that I've been able to keep. Several years ago I resolved to NEVER make another new years resolution and I've been faithful to that one since.(lol)
---tommy3007 on 12/26/09


No. Just for fun that people put in traditions. God told us not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. We should plan on today. So on that note, no he didn't tell us to make new years resolutions.
---candice on 12/25/09


Biblical or not, going through the motions of making a New Years resolution is usually a meaningless waste of time.

If you want to change something about your life just do it... now.
---ralph7477 on 12/24/09


\\Numbers 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it, for [he hath] no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better [is it] that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
---Francis on 12/24/09\\

And this applies to New Year's resolutions just how?

They are promises to oneself, not vows to God.
---Cluny on 12/24/09


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I would like to say at this time that since HOTDOGS arent mentioned in the Bible that they are therefore unbiblical and anyone who eats them is condemned to hell.


Of course Im kidding. Some things sound just as ridiculous though arent they
---JackB on 12/24/09


There was this beautiful "Nativity" scene outside a business , so an onlooker commented to the owner "That's a beautiful Nativity scene ,but why are the wise men wearing fire helmets"?
Owner says that's because the bible said they came from "a far"!
---1st_cliff on 12/24/09


Numbers 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond, he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.

Ecclesiastes 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it, for [he hath] no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better [is it] that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
---Francis on 12/24/09


Cliff ... what a spoilsport you are!

By saving up the resolution until January 1st (the fact it's not the original start to the year is immaterial, it's the first day on our modern annual calandar) means we can go on doing all those bad and stupid things until then, knowing we can "give them up" on New Year's Day.

Then of course, having made so many resolutions on the one day, it gives us the perfect excuse to say "Oh I just can't keep all this going"

Perfect! Have you ever known anyone keep a New Year's Resolution for more than a few days (if that)?
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/24/09


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\\ 1st of all Jan.1st was never New Years\\

Yes, it is. It's been New Year's Day for centuries in the west.

Though Russian Old Believers still reckon the New Year on 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation, which falls on the day the outside world calls 7 April.
---Cluny on 12/24/09


1st of all Jan.1st was never New Years, the Roman new year was around the spring equinox, while the Jewish NY was/is in the fall (sept). January was named after the the 2 headed god Janus,one new and one old pictured by a single head with two face back to back! February was a nothing month (still is) so both Julius and Augustus Caesars took a day from feb. and added it to their month to make them 31 days!
One doesn't have to wait for the New Year to make a resolution, like quitting smoking, drinking etc. They should be made at the moment of "realization"! Waiting for New Year is a stall! IMHO
---1st_cliff on 12/23/09


Moderator, Jesus said, "apart from me you can do NOTHING." And he wasn't kidding.

So any changes we want to make in our lives should be prayed about and we should ask the Lord to help us in tha area and let HIM do the work. We do the praying, HE does the work in us.

Amen? Also, we can ask Father God and Jesus, "what would you have me to do this coming year for YOU?" (versus what we want).
---Donna on 12/23/09


if it ends with," if the Lord be willing and let us liveth." why not?
---kevin on 12/23/09


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What does "Biblical" mean?

Do you mean "Are NYRs instructed in the Bible?"?

The answer is "No" to that, and neither does the Bible instruct us to use alarm clocks to wake us up in the morning so that we can face the new day calmly and with a fresh mind.

Nor does the Bible say anything about pedestrian crossings on our roads.

New Year Resolutions are not in any way contrary to what the Bible teaches us.
---alan8566_of_uk on 12/23/09


What would make them un-Biblical?

Sometimes, it helps to have a certain date to make an improvement in one's behavior or lifestyle.

And there's the psycholocial significance of the New Year--turning over the new leaf--fresh start--all that.
---Cluny on 12/23/09


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