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About a month ago, I was at Resolved 2011. Resolved is hosted by Grace Community Church where John MacArthur pastors. I’ve been to Resolved every year since 2007. God used the 2007 conference to save me. The theme for that year was The Gospel, so it’s obvious that it’s the one I’d get saved through.

Well, every year the has worship awesome and this year was no difference. The theme even for the worship this year was Christ our Refuge and stronghold.

The worship is always Christ-centered and Gospel saturated. I actually wrote down all the songs we sang so I could research and find the ones I didn’t have yet. I’ll include the list at the end. Sorry titles only.

Besides their typical hymns they put to contemporary music like that you can find on their CDs, and songs from Sovereign Grace Music which I’d highly recommend, they played a couple of modern ones which I thoroughly enjoyed. One of the modern ones they played was No Other Saviour by Starfield. I liked that song so much that when I got back to the hotel I found it and bought it. Trust me, Google the lyrics.

One of the other modern songs they sang that I really enjoyed was Psalm 62 by Aaron Keyes. Sometimes the song is called My Soul Finds Rest. It all depends which album you purchase it from. I found three or four when I searched it up on iTunes. I liked this song so much I’d including the lyrics right below. You can also listen to the whole thing on this blog.

My soul finds rest in God alone,
My Rock and my salvation,
A fortress strong against my foes,
And I will not be shaken.
Though lips may bless and hearts may curse,
And lies like arrows pierce me,
I’ll fix my heart on righteousness,
I’ll look to Him who hears me.

CHORUS
O praise Him, hallelujah,
My Delight and my Reward;
Everlasting, never failing,
My Redeemer, my God.

Find rest, my soul, in God alone
Amid the world’s temptations;
When evil seeks to take a hold
I’ll cling to my salvation.
Though riches come and riches go,
Don’t set your heart upon them;
The fields of hope in which I sow
Are harvested in heaven.

CHORUS

I’ll set my gaze on God alone,
And trust in Him completely;
With every day pour out my soul,
And He will prove His mercy.
Though life is but a fleeting breath,
A sigh too brief to measure,
My King has crushed the curse of death
And I am His forever.

BRIDGE
O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah, hallelujah,
O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah, hallelujah,
O praise Him, O praise Him, hallelujah! hallelujah!
O praise Him, hallelujah,

Next post I’ll be posting about the recommended resources (pretty much the books).

Here is a link to the post with the songs we sang per session.

Get these two songs and Go to Resolved 2012.

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This is my eighth Resolved 2008 Countdown post. I’m not sure what to write. There are only two days left until Resolved. Some may be thinking, “what you are talking about? It’s tomorrow.” Yes, I agree, but we have to finish today. It’s not even half over (I’m thinking about time we are awake) and then you have to go all the way through tomorrow. It starts at 8 tomorrow.

Yesterday, I did a lot of my packing. For the most part I have everything packed. I just need to get a few things together. I didn’t get to read much at all yesterday. I want to make sure I get into the Word more.
I’m just excited about Resolved. I’m looking forward to hearing preaching about Heaven and Hell. I can’t give away CDs. They asked me not to give anything away at the conference. That is fine. I would rather do what they ask me to do.
I’m not sure what else to write about so I’ll put some things people should pray about.
Pray that God would open the hearts of the unbelievers going. That He would also draw us further to Himself and that He would give us a desire for Himself, His Son and to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Now there are only three days left until Resolved. I’ve finished all of the CDs I wanted to make of last years conference to hand out to people who weren’t there last year. The thing is I haven’t even started packing yet or tried to figure out what I wanted to take.

The last speaker is Randy Alcorn. He is the newest speaker to the line up. All the other guys were there last year. Randy Alcorn is the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries (EPM). Which has an emphasis on the eternal viewpoint. Alcorn has been studying Heaven for over 25 years. I mean the biblical Heaven. He has been studying the Bible to see what it says. I’m glad He has been studying that. The generations in the last few centuries have lost site of Heaven and what it is really like. You can read his bio page here from EPM.

Reading Update
I’ve been able to read more of Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish by Friday evening.
I did recieve my order so I got my other books. Maybe someone in my car could read Edward’s Heaven, A World of Love. That would be cool.

The last couple of days I’ve been burning CDs of last years Resolved conference to give out to those who weren’t there last year. Heaven and Hell are good to know but the Gospel is more important and the other two hang onto the Gospel as ribs to a spinal cord. The Gospel is everything.
I finished. I made all 100. My motives may not have been right the whole time. I no doubt sinned while in the process, most likely from pride, but I hope Jesus uses these to save at least one person. If that happens than all this time was worth it. When a person gets saved, Christ’s Glory gets shown which means He gets Glorifed and that is why there is a party over one sinner repenting. The party is because God gets glorified in the repentant sinner and they get the joy.
I pray my God and Savior Jesus Christ uses these CDs for His Glory.

For His Glory,
Mark

Oh, next year my computer is going to have to do twice as much first, if the Lord wills (He might come by then) because next year I have to burn last years (2007, which is what I just made into 100 CDs) and this years (2008, which hasn’t happened yet but is going to be online after the conference).

Only 4 Days left. I’m getting more excited everyday. I still need to figure out what I’m going to take and make sure it is all ready to be packed. That is going to be some work.

The next speaker is Steve Lawson. The message I remember most by Steve Lawson from last years conference was the cost of Discipleship. I need to listen to the conference again. I probably won’t be able to do it before this years conference but I do need to listen to it again. Steve Lawson is the president of New Reformation Ministries. I don’t remember what it is about and I couldn’t tell you because the site is down at the moment I’m writing this blog. Oh Well. You can find some of his books on the Ligonier Ministries Website. He is one of the Reformation Trust Authors. You can find his page of that here
He is working a on series of book called A Long Line of Godly Men. The first book which is published is called Foundations of Grace. You don’t have to buy it there. You can buy it at Amazon, Grace Books International, Monergism, Reformation Heritage Books, Westminster Books and Cumberland Valley Bible Book Service. You can find his little info page on the Resolved site.

Reading Update
I was able to read a little more in Heaven. But not very much more. I’m going to be able to finish the first part of the book (Theology of Heaven) before the conference.
The other book I’m waiting for which is supposed to be coming by UPS. It is out for delivery so I hope it comes before I have to go to work. The book is Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between by Stephen Nichols. I also ordered Heaven, A World of Love (Pocket Puritan Series) by Jonathan Edwards also because I said, “Hey, that is the kind of thing I was looking for.” Come to find out Banner of Truth Trust just published it in a new series that they are planning to expand called Pocket Puritans. You should go check it out. As I am writing this, they are on the front page in the new releases section. They are the first four. I hope to be able to look at all three of these books before Resolved.

I apologize for so many links. Click carefully.
Mark

I’m excited! Only 5 days until Resolved 2008. (I’m counting the rest of today and all of Friday.)

C.J. Mahaney is another speaker that is going to be at Resolved. Last year one of His sermons was about the Suffering Servant. It was based on Isaiah 53. He has so much passion. I enjoyed listening to him. He is also one of Rick Hollands favorite preachers. I’m looking forward to his passion this year about Heaven and Hell. Anyway C.J. Mahaney is the president of Sovereign Grace Ministries. You can find many free MP3 downloads of sermons by C.J. on there as well as other pastors sermons as well. You can find his informational page here on the Sovereign Grace Ministries website.

Reading Update
I haven’t been able to read at all. I got to read another chapter of Heaven today. It was hot here today so I got tired fast.

Here is another update about my preparation for Resolved. My computer has been a CD burning factory. In the last couple of days I’ve turned out over 70 discs of last years audio to hand out this year at Resolved to the people who weren’t here last year. Heaven and Hell are important but they hang as ribs on the spine of the Gospel. Without the Gospel, there is no point to even learn about Heaven. No one you any human knows would go there. But God in His loving-kindness became a man to die to bare the wrath of His Father that we accumulated by sinning so that we could have His Righteousness because on that cross He bore our sin. The God-man was Jesus Christ of Nazareth who lived and did this about 2000 years ago. Not only that but He rose again Conquering our sin and now is seated at the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for those He died for and is going to come back to get those He died for that the Father gave to Him before time was. But anyway. Thats the gospel. The most important thing. You must repent from sin and turn back to God and trust in Jesus that He died for your sin and that He is going to get you past God’s judgement at the end of this age.

There are 7 days left until the Resolved 2008 Conference. And I’m getting excited. Sorry I haven’t posted everyday. I’ve been busy.

Rick Holland is the guy that started the Resolved conference. His favorite dead guy is Jonathan Edwards. Rick Holland has a desire to see God build up another generation with a passion for His glory. He is the Senor Associate Pastor at Grace Community Church where John MacArthur is Pastor. He is also the college pastor there. The website for his college group is www.crossroadsministry.net. I really don’t know much about this guy. He hasn’t written any books. You can find his sermons on the college groups website for free download. There are also excellent resources on there. I look forward to seeing all the Speakers at the conference.

Reading Update
I haven’t had a chance to read very much. I got a sermon by Sam Storms last night that is about Jonathan Edwards View of Heaven. It was from the A God Entranced Vision of All Things Conference held in 2003 at John Piper’s Church.
Not sure when my shipment is supposed to show up with the books I ordered. I’m making 100 MP3 CD’s of last years conference audio to give out at the conference this year. I hope I can make them all before next week.
I probably should try to read more in Randy Alcorn’s book Heaven. That is what I’m going to do today until next week.

Looking forward to Resolved. Again I hope that God moves on that place, saves many and gives a passion for Himself to those who are already called. Resolved in is 10 days.

Another Speaker that is going to be at Resolved is John MacArthur. John MacArthur grew up in a Christian family but didn’t surrender his life to Christ until he was in his early twenties I believe. After he surrendered His life to Christ, he became a full time evangelist. He has been preaching to the same congregation, Grace Community Church, for about forty years. I believe he is president of both the Master’s Seminary and the Master’s College. He also has a Ministry called Grace To You. It is on the radio and television. It is his church that Resolved is being sponsored by. Pray for John MacArthur as he prepares for Resolved.

Reading Update
I’m still working my way through Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I only got to read one Chapter. I plan on reading a few more today. The last chapter I read (chapter 5) is about the Present Heaven. The place we go after we die and before the resurrection with and living on the New Earth.
I’m still waiting for Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between. The place I purchased it online show that the shipment’s status is “Being Shipped” which means it hasn’t shipped yet. I hope it ships today. It’s based on eastern standard time. I missed it by ordering 15 mins late. I hope it gets here on time so I have time to check it out before the conference.

Thats about it. I plan on making an Index for this and other Resolved posts. I just haven’t done it yet.
The first post of the countdown has the links to the two books I mentioned and others that would help inform your minds before Resolved.

God Bless,
Mark

Some may notice I skipped a day. I did it on purpose. I don’t want to explain why. Skipping a Day just made it easier.

So there are 11 days left until Resolved. 11 some might say? Yes. The rest of today. Tomorrow and all the days until Friday the 13. Then also that Friday because Resolved doesn’t really start until 8:00 that night. We have to go through almost that whole day until then.

For the next six days (today included) I’m going to write about something about the speakers. Today I’ve decided to write about John Piper. His ministry is about spreading a passion for Jesus Christ to all peoples. Last year he spoke on God is the Gospel and having compassion for men’s souls. It was awsome to listen to that man last year. His ministry is Desiring God. You can find his speaker information and a little video clip of Him from last year at the Resolved site, www.resolved.org. When you get there, click on 2008 Info, then speakers, then John Piper and thats it. I would suggest listening to God is the Gospel. You can find the version from the conference here along with the other message he preached at Resolved 07. You can also find the God is the Gospel Regional Conference. The Resolved version is the compact version.

Reading Update
In A God-Entranced Vision of All Things, I have read as far as I believe God has wanted me to read. I read the first two parts (A Life and Legacy of Edwards and Lessons from Edwards’s Life and Thought). I didn’t read that last section (Expositions of Edwards’s Major Theological Works) because for this conference I’m trying prepare for Heaven and Hell and those three works they exposit are not about Heaven and Hell. I plan on finishing the book, if not re-reading it, but for now I’m stopping. I was reading it because I wanted to get to know a little about the guy who the conference was centered around.
I’m now working my way through Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I just started. I got through the first section (Realizing Our Destiny) of that which contains the first four chapters. I’m glad he wrote that people are not automatically going to Heaven. That actually we are destined for Hell because of our sin and only those that repent of their sin and believe on Christ to save them will be saved. I’m glad he brought that up at the very beginning of the book.
The next book Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between: remember in the last post of the countdown I said I let a friend borrow it. I decided to let him have it so he could always refer back to it. I also decided to buy a new one so I hope that it comes before Resolved so I can at least start reading but if it doesn’t, it doesn’t matter because I get to hear about Heaven (and Hell) at the conference. It is about Jonathan Edwards vision of living in Heaven on Earth.

The previous countdown post has links to all of these books as well as other places to buy them. The link will open in a new window.

Looking forward to seeing some there.
For His Glory,
Mark

Countdown to Resolved 2008

I’m so excited about going to Resolved. I hope God does a big work there both in my heart and in the heart of others. Today is June 1 which means there are only 12 more days after this until Resolved.

To prepare for Resolved I’ve been working on reading A God-Entranced Vision of All Things: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards. It was a book based off a conference of the same title in October of 2003 hosted by Desiring God about Jonathan Edwards. The link is to it’s page on Desiring God. It can be bought at a less than retail price there or you can download the PDF e-book for free from Desiring God by clicking here or you an buy it from Crossway for full price and get a free PDF e-book if you buy it with a credit card online. To do that click here.

A God-Entranced Vision of All Things is getting me familiar with the man who the Resolved conference is following the footsteps of. I also plan within the next two weeks to read Heaven by Randy Alcorn. I suggest it be read by every Christian. It probably can’t be read by most people in two weeks though. If you are going to purchase it, I would suggest buying it from Alcorn’s Ministry to support it. I’m not going to have time to read a biography of Jonathan Edwards, but oh well. God-Entranced gives me a taste of all sides of Edwards.

If anyone wants a short thing to look at before Resolved, I suggest Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between. I was going to read it but I let my friend borrow it. The link is to it’s page on Crossway, but it can be purchased from Amazon or Westminster Seminary Bookstore.
Other Books I suggest that can be quick. Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ by John Piper and Fifty Reasons Jesus Came to Die by John Piper.

One more suggestion. If you want this conference to affect you a lot, focus on the Gospel. Listen to last years conference and the year before that and the first year. They all focus on the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.

There is still time to sign up for the conference. The website is www.resolved.org

Again Here is the Promotional Video:

Here are a couple of Books:

A God Entranced Vision of All Things: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards
Heaven
Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between
Jonathan Edwards: A Life
Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography
Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ
Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die
The Wrath of Almighty God: (Jonathan Edwards on God’s Judgment Against Sinners) (Great Awakening Writings (1725-1760))
The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader
The Salvation of Souls: Nine Previously Unpublished Sermons on the Call of Ministry and the Gospel by Jonathan Edwards

Enjoy!
For His Glory,
Mark