Ethics & Religion
A Column by Michael J. McManus


For Current Column
See the Home Page


About the


Search this


Column Archives
List of all columns 









For 2003 and earlier
only the title is listed.
Use the Search Function
to find the article.








About The


to Mike

December 30, 2009

Column #1,479

A New Year’s Resolution Worth Keeping

By Mike McManus

            MANDEVILLE, LA – I heard a sermon before New Year’s at Church of the King suggesting the most profound New Year’s Resolution I’ve ever heard.


            A huge RESTART button hung behind Pastor David DeGarno as he talked of “Renewing Spiritual Passion…The Bible says we can have a big Reset: `Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new,’” he read from 2 Cor. 5:17.


            And from Lamentations 3:22-23: “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”


            He suggested a “spiritual discipline of prayer, fasting and a discipline of daily Bible reading.”  The Bible “is not an out-of-date, culturally irrelevant book, just an historical account, a rule book, but an inspired true book. It is not a super-sacred book that we can’t understand.


            “It is God’s love letter to us.  We can find out who He is, and who we are, and why we need Him,” said Pastor Dave. 


            To understand the Bible’s purpose, he suggested we look at the last letter of  Paul to his protégé, Timothy: “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).


            He argued that suggests that the Bible reveals truth which is useful for doctrine, truths we can build our lives and faith upon.  For most people, Scripture reveals that “My life is a mess.  Our ways are not working.  Truth contradicts our life, our pattern of living.” 


            “Just as an athlete who is injured must retrain muscles, we must develop new patterns of living. Just as there are disciplines of getting better at any sport, we must commit to encounter the Word of God on a daily basis and apply it.  You will find as your mind is renewed the Word will retrain your thought patterns,” he reasoned.


            “Old thoughts like `You’ll never amount to anything.  You’ll never overcome this addiction’ – can be rejected.  The Bible says I’m not a failure, but an over-comer, a new creation. As we encounter the Word daily, and it changes our thoughts, it makes us more like Jesus.”

  Since 1981...
2000+ Columns
  November 16, 2020: Column 2049: How to Cut the Divorce Rate in Half
  Recent Columns
  Divorce Rate Is Falling
  Latinos Deserve More Help
  How To Defeat Covid - 19
  How To Save Marriages
  55 Years of Marriage
  How To Cut America's Divorce Rate
  Suicide Rate Rising
  Overcoming Porn Addiction
  The Devastation of Pornography
  Marriages Are Falling - But Improving
  Divorce Rates Are Falling
  Cohabitation: the Enemy of Marriage
  How To Reduce Suicide
  How To Stop Drug Addiction
  Cut Federal Funds for Planned Parenthood
  The Horror of Soaring Suicides
  Make Adoption More Appealing
  The Addictive Nature of Pornography
  Abortion Becoming Illegal
  Protecting Girls from Suicide
  The Worst Valentine: Cohabitation
  Pornography: A Public Health Hazard
  Sextortion Kills Teens
  Cohabitation: A Risky Business
  Recent Searches
  gun control, euthanasia, cohabitation, sexting, sextortion, alcoholism, prayer, guns, same sex marriage, abortion, depression, islam, divorce, polygamy, religious liberty, health care, pornography, teen sex, abortion and infanticide, Roe+v+Wade, supreme court, marriage, movies, violence, celibacy, living+together, cohabitation, ethics+and+religion, pornography, adultery, divorce, saving+marriages
©2020 Michael J. McManus syndicated columnist  /
Ethics & Religion at
82 Tuckaway Lane, Kilmarnock, VA 22482 / 804-435-5192
President & Co-Chair Marriage Savers /
Site Sponsored by