Weekly Wisdom [01.12.18]

Need some Weekly Wisdom?  Here are my favorite resources of the week.

Verse of the Week

Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. -2 Corinthians 5:9

Book of the Week

The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman

I reread this book every few years.  Ever since I read it in college, my entire life was altered.

The Master Plan of Evangelism is one of the top 5 books I believe every Christian should read.

“For more than forty years this classic study has shown Christians how to minister to the people God brings into their lives. Instead of drawing on the latest popular fad or the newest selling technique, Dr. Robert E. Coleman looks to the Bible to find the answer to the question: What was Christ’s strategy for evangelism?”

Favorite Quotes:

    1. His concern was not with programs to reach the multitudes, but with men whom the multitudes would follow (21).
    2. The result is our spectacular emphasis on numbers of converts, candidates for baptism, and more members for the church, with little or no genuine concern manifested toward the establishment of these souls in the love and power of God, let alone the preservation and continuation of the work (30).
    3. We fail, not because we do not try to do something, but because we let our little efforts become an excuse for not doing more (87).

Podcast of the Week

Equipping Your Kids to Handle Money (Part 1 of 2) – Focus on the Family Interview with Dave Ramsey

Popular finance expert and best-selling author Dave Ramsey offers parents practical help on teaching young children how to handle money wisely, establishing a solid foundation for doing so when they become adults. Dave covers topics including teaching kids how to earn and save money, the importance of giving, and much more. (Part 1 of 2)

Quote of the Week

To every person there comes in their lifetime that special moment when you are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to you and your talents.  What a tragedy if that moment finds you unprepared or unqualified for work which could have been your finest hour.
-Winston Churchill

Post of the Week

James P. Boyce – 6 Reasons Every Christian Should Study Theology

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from Abstract of Systematic Theology, the systematic theology textbook written by Southern Seminary founder James P. Boyce (1827-1888) [And also one of the first pastors of Rocky Creek!].

The advantages of studying theology systematically are several.

Song of the Week

Mutemath – You Are Mine

Had this song stuck in my head this week.  While this song by Mutemath leaves the object of obsession ambiguous, I sing this song as a worship song and its lyrics have always been intensely sincere for me.

Everyone has their obsession
Consuming thoughts, consuming time
They hold high their prized possession
That defines the meaning of their life
You are mine 
There are objects of affection
That can mesmerize the soul
There is always one addiction
That just cannot be controlled
You are mine

Tip of the Week

Wake up 1 hour earlier.

Nobody wants you at 5 AM.  There aren’t many needs clamoring at 6 AM.  If you feel like you can’t get enough done or you are behind all day, it may be because you are.  Go to bed earlier and/or wake up earlier in order to get the jump on spiritual devotions, exercise, and work projects.