Praying you have a blessed Good Friday as you reflect on the sacrifice of our Lord.
Here are some links to fuel your journey toward being a more productive Christian.
- On the Blog: Check out this three-part series on personality tests written by my friend, Julie Trotter.
- On the Podcast: Earlier this week I spoke about the subject of contentment in crisis.
Now, for what’s happening on the web.
“In Coronavirus and Christ, John Piper invites readers around the world to stand on the solid Rock, who is Jesus Christ, in whom our souls can be sustained by the sovereign God who ordains, governs, and reigns over all things to accomplish his wise and good purposes for those who trust in him. Piper offers six biblical answers to the question, What is God doing through the coronavirus?—reminding us that God is at work in this moment in history.”
You know my stance on smartphones being a double-edged sword. They can be helpful productivity and connectivity tools, but they can also be huge distractions. It’s nice to see the tech companies implementing features to help us self-moderate our usage.
“Facebook today is launching a new feature called “Quiet Mode” that will allow you to minimize distractions by muting the app’s push notifications for a time frame you specify.”
By the way, if you have an iPhone, you can already do this for more than just Facebook.
“Taking a wider view, it’s not a surprise that the people who seem to be doing the best in the pandemic are likely those who, before all this was dropped on the world, tended to open their Bible before their phone in the morning, had established patterns of discipline and self-reliance, and cultivated habits that helped them create more and consume less.”
There have been some legitimate concerns raised over Zoom’s commitment to user privacy. Here are a few alternatives to consider.
“Zoom is a video-conferencing app that’s taken the world by storm, but it’s only one of many. Whether you’re concerned about Zoom’s reported privacy and security problems, or you just want a free video-chat solution for a few people, here are some alternatives.”
I’ve had an Apple Watch for over a year, and been pretty disappointed with how little you can actually do with it. This new app may get me to change my tune. It allows you to program much more granularly when and where complications show up on the watch face.
If you’re a programmer or ever wanted to dabble in learning to code, now is a good time. Pluralsight is offering their 7,000+ expert-led catalog of courses for free for the month of April. I’ve personally taken 100s of hours of courses via Pluralsight. So, take advantage of this offer if that interests you.
“These calculators are flexible enough to help almost anyone calculate their exact toilet paper needs. Their purpose is to help people make better decisions and prevent over purchasing toilet papers.”
“Behold the man upon a cross,How Deep the Father’s Love for Us, Stuart Townend
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life –
I know that it is finished.”