Why does Hebrews 2 say that it was fitting the Jesus suffer? How could it be that this is victory and not defeat? Listen now to this message from Hebrews 2:10…
I’m grateful to have received a review copy of Matthew Perman’s new book, released today, What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. I’ve been reading Matthew’s blog for at least a couple of years and have always found his writing about productivity to be from a refreshingly thorough Biblical perspective. I’m just now digging into the book and I’m sure this will be a great read. I’ll likely be sharing more here as I have more time with the book but for now I’ll share with you what I think is the best endorsement you’ll find for this new book; it’s from John Piper’s forward to the book:
This book is simply extraordinary.
This is largely because of the way God has wired Matt Perman. His mind is saturated with biblical truth, and he is passionate, sometimes to a fault (as you will see in his personal stories), about being effective for the glory of Christ.
Those two traits have combined to produce a God-centered, Christ-exalting, Bible-saturated book that, without blinking, gets into stuff like Al Mohler’s midnight productivity and Seth Godin’s method for carving out time for work that matters. (Read the whole forward here.)
UPDATE: Here are a few standout quotes from my early reading…
Productivity is about effectiveness first, not efficiency.
Ironically, however, peace of mind results when the good of others, and not our own peace of mind, is our first aim.
More and more, productivity is about intangibles — relationships developed, connections made, and things learned.
…increasing your efficiency can actually backfire and make things worse. This is because when you become more efficient, you tend to do more things — and if you aren’t doing the right things in the first place, you have just become an expert at doing more of what doesn’t need to be done at all.
The things of this world are not as they should be but those who trust in Christ see Him through eyes of faith and seeing Christ changes everything this side of heaven. Listen now to this message from Hebrews 2:5-9…
Finding opportunities to get to know our neighbors seems to be a constant challenge in our busy culture. Being a living witness to our neighbors can be difficult when we’re all preoccupied with living life. That’s why I found this article, 10 Ways to Love Your Neighbor, by Ed Stetzer encouraging and the list within helpful. I’ve summarized below some of these simple ideas you and I can start using today to love our neighbors.
10 Ways to Love Your Neighbor:
- Invite one neighbor over for dinner each month.
- If someone is new in town, invite them to join your plans for the weekend.
- Organize a walking group or running club.
- When someone tells you they have an upcoming job interview, a test, or a doctor appointment, mark it on your calendar. Follow up on the big day with a note of encouragement to let them know you are praying for them, or ask them how it went afterward. Better yet, do both!
- If you see someone moving in, bring them dinner, cookies, or basic supplies they might need…
- Ask your neighbor to be their friend on Facebook. This is a great way to find common ground and things to talk about the next time you see them.
- Practice random acts of kindness. Take your neighbor’s trash out, or put their trash can away after pick-up. Mow their lawn “just because.”
- Use your kids as an ice breaker. Invite a fellow mom and her kids over for a play date and get to know her…
- Get outside the walls of your house. You’ll meet neighbors as you walk the dog, take walks, work in your yard, or hang out at your neighborhood pool. Don’t just wave; be intentional…
- Organize a neighborhood get-together so that your neighbors can meet each other…
Paying very close attention to what you’ve heard from God’s Word is so important for living a healthy, growing, Christ honoring life. It’s what we learn in this study of Hebrews 2:1-4. Listen now…
Gotta love everything about this music video by Luke Cyrus, but especially the lyrics. “You came to save you came to set the captives free”, praise God!
Items used in the making of this video:
- 28 White Plastic Tables.
- 44 ft. of Tyvek.
- 1 Basketball Hoop.
- 1 Medical Walker.
- 2 Pieces Of Barn Wood From The 1800′s.
- 2 25″ PVC pipes.
- 2 Shower Curtain Poles.
- 3 Outdoor Electrical Outlet Covers.
- 4 35mm Film Canisters.
- 1 Restaurant Tray Stand.
- 2 Spaghetti Noodles.
- 1 Gym
-1 Johnny Palmer #3 Golf Club Shaft.
-Approximately 148 sq. ft of cardboard found in Home Depot’s dumpster.
….and some duck tape.
"We should build our churches not from the pastor down, but from the Bible up." Hunter Powell
— Mark Dever (@MarkDever) December 17, 2013
The danger of drift in the Christian life is far too real; it is natural and easy, but not advised. In Hebrews 2:1-4 we’re called to be intentional about avoiding the drift by paying much closer attention to what we’ve heard. Listen now…