5 for Friday (October 22, 2021)

What does the Bible say about slothfulness? How should you handle the last three months of deferred student loan payments? And how can you take smart notes?

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

1. What to Do With These Last Three Months of Deferred Student Loan Payments by Mike Winters. When COVID began, the government put a freeze on payments and interest for federal student loans. This is set to end on January 31, 2022. Borrowers should consider making the most of the time they have left with the budget-space. Consider paying off high interest debt, strengthening your emergency fund, or contributing a little more to your retirement fund.

2. Four Simple Steps You Can Take Right Now To Grow Generosity At Your Church by Mike Stadelmayer. Churches who raise money for specific needs often wonder why such great expressions of generosity don’t continue when there isn’t a “capital campaign” to fund. One reason is simply the kind of communication the congregation receives from pastors. Here are four ways to communicate that will encourage generosity in the hearts of your people.

3. 10 Key Bible Verses on Slothfulness by Crossway. This article from Crossway includes ten passages in Scripture related to laziness. After each passage, there is a short paragraph-or-so of commentary providing insight and application of the passage for today. Christian work should exude diligence for Christ’s glory. Find encouragement toward that end in these passages.

4. How to Take Smart Notes by Darryl Dash. The challenge in the world today is not a lack of information, it is how to make use of the ample information available. Summarizing the book How to Take Smart Notes, Darryl Dash suggests creating a note-taking and personal-knowledge management system that will help you to absorb, evaluate and assimilate your learning into your life.

5. 5 Productivity Lies Christians Must Avoid by Reagan Rose. Being productive can honor the Lord. But aspiring to productivity isn’t without its stumbling blocks. Productivity won’t take away our responsibility to work. Faster doesn’t always mean better. We don’t work hard to be lazy later. We aren’t defined by our accomplishments, and we aren’t machines without limits.