Thursday, April 28, 2011

Links for HBC students on money and time

I mentioned to HBC students a couple of helpful worksheets on budgeting your money, and managing your time. And I promised I would give a link to each. Here they are:

Money (make sure you add a giving/tithe category!)

Time

As an FYI, the time worksheet called "Assessing my Priorities" is from the booklet called Priorities: Mastering Time Management by James C. Petty

They say Christianity is a crutch...

People often say that Christianity is a crutch. Their meaning is that only weak people embrace it, because they need it; they’re not strong enough.

This is false. But the reason it’s false is because it simply doesn’t go far enough! Jonathan Leeman says Christianity, true faith, is actually more like a defibrillator! You know what I’m talking about? Those things that doctors use when a patient’s heart stops beating? They hold them up in the air, wait till it’s charged, and shout, “Clear!”

Leeman says this in his great little book Reverberation. His point is that our hearts are far worse off than just needing a crutch. A crutch is for when you sprain your ankle roller-skating in P.E. But a defibrillator is for when your heart is not beating. It needs new life.

This is what we need more than anything: new hearts. Jesus said in Mark 7, “For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality” and a whole long list of other sins. My pastor, Tim White, preached a clear, helpful message on this text recently, which I highly recommend.

Lord Jesus, thank you that you give life to lifeless hearts through your precious blood.