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Outline of Acts 6

April 24, 2011 Leave a comment
  1. The first deacons are appointed
  2. Stephen is opposed

Gamaliel’s Wisdom

April 23, 2011 Leave a comment

In the last verses of Acts 5, we read the advice of a religious leader who takes God’s authority seriously.

Don’t always insist upon making things right.  Leave judgments and follow-through up to God.

On Easter Sunday, God took care of us.

Obey God, Not People

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

See verses 27-33 for a brief and comprehensive guide to angering both secular and religious leaders.

Categories: Acts of the Apostles

Good Friday IV: Annual Reflections

April 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Last Good Friday, I wrote:

My goal ought to be pleasing God first, people second.  I’m not sure how to measure how well I’m pleasing God, but just because it can’t be measured quantitatively doesn’t mean that it’s not a valuable goal.  I’ll reflect upon this idea more next Good Friday.

This is intriguing, because I’ve felt major concern about this idea of targeting measurables.

Distilling success into measurables eliminates those things most important in life.  Who can measure love and loyalty and compassion?

My goal for the upcoming year is to reject measurables as an evaluative tool in lieu of qualitative measures like self-reflection and the Golden Rule.

I will create and submit to measurable evaluations when necessary, but I will strive to avoid the temptation to base my satisfaction on the success of meeting these goals.

Doing the right thing is different than meeting a goal.  This year, I will choose the right thing over the measurable thing as often as possible.

Please pray for me!  This will be hard.

Categories: annual goals, good friday

Knock ’em Dead: The Ultimate Job Search Guide 2011 by Martin Yate, CPC

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

When I was a college student, I read What Color Is Your Parachute, a classic in job hunting advice.

Knock ’em Dead is a worthy successor!

I received a free eBook copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.

Because of the many internet resources available, I recommend purchasing the eBook format of this book.

Mr. Yate is a consummate professional and writes with great authority.  No matter your job search needs, this book is written with you in mind.

The only area in which I differ with the author is his high regard for another book, Alan Lakein’s classic How to Get Control of Your Time and Your Life.  If you benefit from to-do lists, then use Mr. Yate’s and Mr. Lakein’s time management principles.  Otherwise, I recommend using Stephen Covey’s timeless 7 Habits of Highly Successful People instead.

Don’t take my word for it, though.  If you’re interested, check out http://www.knockemdead.com/main/ before you buy this book.  You’ll find that the book, in conjunction with the free resources online, are worth every penny!

This book receives my highest recommendation, and good luck in your job search!

Categories: book review, BookSneeze

Jailbreak

April 21, 2011 Leave a comment

In verses 17-26, we learn that even prison is not too great an obstacle for people to communicate God’s love through Jesus.

Categories: Acts of the Apostles

Popular Healing

April 20, 2011 Leave a comment

In verses 15-16, we read that the apostles were so powerful that even their shadows brought healing.

That’s an incredible level of faith.

Categories: Acts of the Apostles
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