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5 for Friday (February 11, 2022)

How can you increase your concentration? How should a Christian handle being sued? And are we caring for widows?

These questions and more are answered in this week's 5 for Friday.

1. 6 Tips to Increase Your Concentration by Michael Hyatt. Distractions are everywhere, always an enemy to focused work. Our best work is done, though, when we are focused. Be intentional with these six tips to fight distractions in your work. Schedule your time. Go offline. Adjust the room temperature and listen to music. Eat well and take breaks.

2. How Should a Christian Handle Being Sued? By Charlie Self. A Christian writes asking what to do with a false legal claim brought against his or her own business by a customer. In these situations, God is for justice and for mercy. We can prayerfully pursue the same without falsely admitting guilt. God gives wisdom to those who ask and can give us peace in uncertain times.

3. How to Save Money for Your Kids by Maryalene LaPonsie. Having children will change the way you manage your finances. How should it affect the way you save, specifically for your kids? First, always begin with the end in mind—think through what major expenses will come with raising a child. Medical bills, College, a wedding—these are big expenses. Consider these eight options for saving now.

4. How Important Is It for Believers to Be Debt Free? by Randy Alcorn. Many try to live the “good life” by buying more things and getting into more debt. But studies show debt leads to depression and anxiety. The evidence points to what the Bible tells us, the borrower is a slave to the lender. It is good to get out of debt, but don’t let that freedom lead to more selfish spending.

5. Caring for Widows by R.C. Sproul. James writes that true religion is to care for widows and orphans. Jesus points out the widow who gave the equivalent of two pennies, rather than pointing out what we might call “big donors”. Widows are often overlooked; do we and our churches care for them biblically?


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