Quick Takes – 5/17/2008

Melissa Michaels identifies the biggest mistake people make that causes disorganization. “Not following simple daily routines and systems. It is really easy to spiral into disorganization and chaos in any area of life. Success all comes back to basically two things: systems or routines that make sense for our life and our goals, and daily discipline to maintain them.”

Frugal Dad shows how to teach your kids about money with only 4 quarters. “By giving my daughter something tangible to represent our income she was able to understand that there are things you have to pay for (food, shelter, transportation), and things you can choose to spend money on (gifts and entertainment). All categories must be paid for with a finite supply of money.”

Tim Keller describes the practice of frontline prayer. “Maintenance prayer meetings are short, mechanical and totally focused on physical needs inside the church or on personal needs of the people present. But frontline prayer has three basic traits: a) a request for grace to confess sins and humble ourselves, b) a compassion and zeal for the flourishing of the church, and c) a yearning to know God, to see his face, to see his glory.” (Tim Keller, “Kingdom-centered Prayer,” Redeemer Report, January 2006.)

Andrew Jackson of SmartChristian.com is reading the Qur’an (Koran). (No, he is not changing his site over to SmartMuslim.com.) “I am researching and writing a detailed proposal for my next book Islam Explained: What Muslims Teach and Practice … As part of my research, I am reading and studying the 114 chapters of the Qur’an … It reads quite different than the Bible. With revelation chapters named The Cow, The Cattle, The Spoils of War, The Ant, alongside Abraham, Children of Israel, Joseph, Jonah, Noah, and Mary, you can understand that it takes a while to get your footing.”

Allan Fisher explains the origin of red-letter Bibles. “The first red-letter New Testament was published in 1899, and the first red-letter Bible followed two years later … In the first red-letter Bible, the words ‘universally accepted as the utterances of our Lord and Saviour’ were printed in red. So were Old Testament passages that Jesus quoted or that were directly related to incidents to which he referred (with the relevant cross reference also printed in red). Old Testament verses containing prophetic references to Christ were identified with red stars.” (HT: Between Two Worlds)

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  1. Frugal Dad says:

    Thanks for highlighting my post – glad you enjoyed it!

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