Great Reads (23 Oct 13)


  1. IS IT POSSIBLE TO SELL YOUR SOUL TO THE DEVIL? Dan Delzell: “This type of misinformation only perpetuates the illusion that Satan has a hard time finding “recruits.” The truth is that he had his clutches into you the minute you sinned against your Creator… You don’t have to “sign up” to be under the power of Satan. You just have to be born into this world and start living according to your natural instincts.”
  2. THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FATALISM AND SOVEREIGNTYThis is a gem, from Nicholas McDonald, especially the examples he gives towards the end: Fatalism says, “It doesn’t matter what I do, God will do what He wants in spite of it.” The doctrine of sovereignty says, “God will use everything I do to accomplish his sovereign purposes.” Hear the difference? Let me give you a practical, albeit trite, example from my own life…”
  3. TOWARD A BIBLICAL APPROACH TO DATING. Paul Maxwell: “There are two popular, misleading ways of relating the Bible to dating. The first is to think that because the Bible does not speak about dating, we have liberty to dive headlong into romantic waters, guided only by desire to get married… The second is to think that because the Bible does not speak about dating, it forbids dating entirely, and constrains us to pattern our practices after the cultural options available to the biblical authors.” But there’s a third (biblical) way…
  4. FOUR BEATS OF THE LEADERSHIP RHYTHM. Nicholas McDonald: “I’ve boiled hundreds of leadership books and articles down to what I call the “Leadership Rhythm.” Every leadership tidbit I’ve found falls under one of these sub-headings, and when I find something useful, I tuck it under one of them. Invest in these four rhythms on a daily basis, and you’ll keep yourself doing what leaders are supposed to do while magnetically attracting followers along the way.”
  5. WHY PEOPLE MISTAKE GOOD DEALS FOR RIP-OFFS. Adam Alter: “Last Saturday, an elderly man set up a stall near Central Park and sold eight spray-painted canvases for less than one five-hundredth of their true value. The art works were worth more than two hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars, but the man walked away with just four hundred and twenty dollars.”


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