Three Podcasts that Will Help You Manage Money Well

If you’re looking for wisdom on how to better manage money, start listening to these podcasts on a regular basis (and practice what you learn):

  • The Dave Ramsey Show
    Millions listen to The Dave Ramsey Show every day for common-sense talk on money. Listeners are also tuning in to hear real callers share real stories about their lives and families. They call the show in desperate need of help. They call to celebrate. And if you listen closely enough, you’ll hear a story much like yours. Hope has a home on the radio—and now it has a home online. Tune in today!
  • Chris Brown’s True Stewardship
    Chris Brown’s True Stewardship is a daily call-in radio show and podcast hosted by Ramsey Personality Chris Brown. Chris provides biblical insight and expert advice to callers with questions related to handling money–including debt, wealth, retirement, and more.
  • Chris Hogan’s Retire Inspired Podcast
    Subscribe to stay motivated and learn how to create the retirement you have always dreamed of from America’s voice on retirement. Download free resources from each episode to help keep you on track.

Your turn… Let me know how these resources impact the way you handle money.

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Three Resources by @JonWeece

Jon Weece is the Lead Follower at Southland Christian Church in Lexington, KY. I’ve been listening to his podcast for a few years and got to know him earlier this year when he spoke at our annual MENS CONFERENCE at The Hills Church. You should check out this recent sermon series along with his first 2 books:

  • ASAP
    The pressure to keep up with the Jones’ is real. And with Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, it seems like a wise practice to slow down, assess our priorities, and commit to a pace of life that is balanced.
  • Jesus Prom
    Nouns need verbs, a requirement that’s more than just a grammatical truth; it’s a spiritual truth. The noun Christian and the noun church require action verbs to fulfill their purpose. That’s why Jesus invites Christians and churches everywhere to perform the greatest action of all: loving people.
  • Me Too
    Your life is filled with pressure and pain and heartache and disappointment. So was His. If you’ve ever tried to pick up the shattered pieces of your life and put them back together again without help, you know it’s an impossible task. When you lose your job, when divorce divides your family, when a loved one commits suicide, or when cancer claims a friend, it’s easy to lose perspective and abandon hope. God doesn’t enjoy your suffering. But he does understand it—and he knows exactly how to fix it. That’s what Me Too is all about: A God who turned the ugliness of the cross into a spectacle of eternal beauty. An all-powerful Lord who will do the same with the pain of this world. An eternal Father who specializes in wiping away tears and putting you back together again. If you’ll allow him.

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Three Books by Dallas Willard

Dallas Willard has impacted my life and thoughts on discipleship and spiritual formation more than any other person outside of Jesus. I’ve previously mentioned some of his books here. Since his death in May of 2013, several books have been released and more are on the way based on the plethora of content he had produced and taught through the years but haven’t been published as of yet (you can learn more about them here).

Here are 3 you should get and read today:

  • The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth
    Co-authored by Dallas Willard and Gary Black Jr., this book is the sequel to The Divine Conspiracy and continues Dallas’s series on the Kingdom of God by looking at God’s plan to intervene in human history through His disciples who live out His calling in their life through their professions. To fulfill the Christian calling is not to remove oneself from the outside world and take shelter from its shortcomings, but to step into the world to lead and serve as agents of change. Dallas and Gary provide wise guidance on how to enter into our culture’s leadership positions and transform the world from the inside out.
  • Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, Interviews and Talks
    Compiled, edited, and introduced by Dr. Gary Black Jr., Renewing the Christian Mind is a collection of Dallas’s teachings that brilliantly encapsulate his spiritual philosophy and his contributions to theology. For those familiar with Dallas’s previously published work, this collection offers a greater depth of understanding on a multitude of issues he believed Jesus was interested in and master over. But it is also designed as a tool to introduce a new generation of minds to Dallas’s thought and teaching. It covers a wide range of his contributions on a multitude of critical and pastoral issues the church is facing today.
  • The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus
    When Christians share their faith, they often appeal to reason, logic, and the truth of doctrine. But these tactics often are not effective. A better approach to spread Christ’s word, Dallas Willard suggests, is to use the example of our own lives. To demonstrate Jesus’s message, we must be transformed people living out a life reflective of Jesus himself, a life of love, humility, and gentleness. This beautiful model of life—this allure of gentleness—Willard argues, is the foundation for making the most compelling argument for Christianity, one that will convince others that there is something special about Christianity and the Jesus we follow.

Your turn… If you know someone who would enjoy these resources, share them with them today. Also, how have you been impacted by the work of Dallas Willard?

 

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Three Books by N. T. Wright

It’s been a long time since my last post. I’m still undecided about the future of this blog… but lately I’ve been reading and listening to a lot of N. T. Wright as I’m working my way through his most recent book, The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion (you should check it out). With that in mind, here is a trilogy of books that preceded it (descriptions are from the publisher):

  • Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense
    Not since C.S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity has such a wise and informed leader taken the time to explain what Christianity is and how it is practiced. In Simply Christian, renowned biblical scholar and Anglican bishop N.T. Wright makes a case for Christianity from the ground up. Walking the reader through the Christian faith step-by-step and question by question, Wright’s Simply Christian offers explanations for even the toughest doubt-filled skeptics, leaving believers with a reason for renewed faith.
  • Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church
    Wright tackles the biblical question of what happens after we die and shows how most Christians get it wrong. We do not “go to” heaven; we are resurrected and heaven comes down to earth–a difference that makes all of the difference to how we live on earth. Following N.T. Wright’s resonant exploration of a life of faith in Simply Christian, the award-winning author whom Newsweek calls “the world’s leading New Testament scholar” takes on one of life’s most controversial topics, a matter of life, death, spirituality, and survival for everyone living in the world today.
  • After You Believe: Why Christian Character Matters
    This book addresses the question that has plagued humans for centuries—what is our purpose? As Christians, what are we to do with that ambiguous time between baptism and the funeral? It’s easy to become preoccupied with who gets into heaven; the real challenge is how we are going to live in the here and now. Wright dispels the common misconception that Christian living is nothing more than a checklist of dos and don’ts. Nor is it a prescription to “follow your heart” wherever it may lead. Instead, After You Believe reveals the Bible’s call for a revolution—a transformation of character that takes us beyond our earthly pursuit of money, sex, and power into a virtuous state of living that allows us to reflect God and live more worshipful, fulfilling lives.

Your turn… If you know someone who would enjoy these resources, share them with them today.

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Three Podcasts You Might Enjoy

Here are 3 podcasts I think you might enjoy:

  • The RobCast | Rob Bell
    As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t agree with everything Rob says but I do enjoy listening to him.
  • This Is Your Life | Michael Hyatt
    Here is a description of Michael’s podcast, “This Is Your Life™ is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership. My goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.” As usual, Michael shares lots of practical knowledge.
  • Newsworthy with Norsworthy | Luke Norsworthy
    This is my new favorite podcast! Luke is a great interviewer who has some fun and insightful conversations with amazing people as he explores a lot of relevant topics (check his archives out).

Your turn… If you know someone who would be blessed by these resources, share them with them today and/or via Social Media.

 

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Three Resources from @DonaldMiller Designed to Help You Be Better at Relationships

As I mentioned in my previous post, Donald Miller has long been one of my favorite writers. Blue Like Jazz introduced me to Don while Searching For God Knows What introduced me to a better way of seeing Jesus. Don’s new book, Scary Close, shows us all how to be better at relationships. I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of the book a couple of months ago (it resonated with my soul as I’ve always longed for greater intimacy but haven’t always been willing to take the risks to get there; I have the courage to now).

In addition to the new book (which you must read ASAP), Don and his team have created  3 online courses that will help you become better at relationships (2 are available now; the marriage one will be soon):

Pre-Marriage

Pre-Marriage

Marriage Coming Soon

Marriage

Parenting Buy Now

Parenting

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your turn… If you know someone who would be blessed by these resources, share them with them today and/or via Social Media.

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Three Powerful Truths from Scary Close by @DonaldMiller via @MichaelHyatt

A few weeks ago we were blessed to have Donald Miller and Bob Goff at our Men’s Conference. They inspired us to live a better story with our lives. Don has been one of my favorite writers for a number of years (I’ll highlight some of his resources in my next post). Today, I simply want to share 3 powerful truths from his latest book, Scary Close, via Michael Hyatt’s blog (if you don’t already follow Michael’s blog make sure you check it out today; he always shares great resources designed to help leaders leverage their influence).

Here are three powerful truths Scary Close can teach us (you can read the whole post here):

1. Shame Has More Power over Us Than We Realize

Somewhere in our lives we experience enough criticism or social pressure to believe that we don’t measure up. So we create a façade. If we can’t be worthy, we think, then at least our act can be worthy. Then when our act starts getting applause and validation, we learn to pass that off like it’s the real us.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly done this. Don did too. It took a counselor to show him that people cannot connect with an act, even if it’s one as good as his.

Don says shame drives this whole process. We feel as if we have nothing to offer, we’re not good enough, or whatever version of that story we tell ourselves. To overcome that shame and the limits that come with it, we adopt a persona we hope will win approval and help us accomplish our goals.

I’ve seen leaders and bloggers do a lot of this. I’ve also seen that it’s unsustainable. In the case of Don it was crippling. He couldn’t maintain relationships, and his writing stalled.

2. Being Open Is Better Than Being Careful

This act is meant to protect ourselves, but Don discovered when he dropped the act people could finally connect with him and he could connect with them.

Isn’t that risky? Doesn’t that open ourselves up to getting hurt or rejected? Absolutely. But if you know anything about my approach to risk, you know that nothing good comes from staying inside our comfort zones. It’s when we venture outside that we find meaning, joy, and fulfillment.

Scary Close offers several examples of this in action, but one sticks with me. Don opened himself up on his Storyline blog to some significant criticism. Instead of retreating, he leaned into the discomfort and found the honesty liberating.

The new freedom unleashed his productivity. He started writing again—a lot. His blog traffic exploded along with his increased output. He even drafted a new book in just four months. That’s when Don decided it was better to be open than careful.

3. There are More Lifeguards Than Sharks

Criticism can make us afraid. If were a leader with a vision to share or blogger with something to say, it’s very easy to take criticism to heart and dial back our determination. But the real scandal is that we sometimes retreat before the darts start flying.

Sometimes all it takes is anticipating a negative reaction and we torque back our initiatives or soften our words.

I’m guilty of that, but as Don says, “For the most part, others aren’t out to get us.” We just need to step out and jump in the water knowing that their are more lifeguards than sharks. When we “dive into the unknown,” he says, “there [a]re very real dangers, but mostly rewards.”

This is similar to perceived scarcity and outrageous abundance. The world is richer and more welcoming than we know. But to protect ourselves from disappointment, we choose to disbelieve that. It’s hard to have our hopes dashed when we don’t hope for much.

But that’s a debilitating way to look at the world.

Criticism and social pressure are not the only things that matter.

If we were brave, we would say the things that were on our hearts. If we were brave, we would take our organizations the direction we want them to go. If we were brave, we would do many things differently than we do right now.

So why not be brave? I’m grateful to Don for pointing the way in Scary Close.

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Three Forces That Shape Character by @MichaelHyatt

This will be my last post for a few weeks (I plan to resume after the Holidays but probably not until early February as I’ll be tied up with planning a big Men’s Conference with Donald Miller and Bob Goff). So, as I close out this year I thought you would be blessed with some thoughts from a recent Leadership Podcast by Michael Hyatt. This episode focuses on the 3 forces that shape character. I’ll mention them here and encourage you to go and check out the complete episode (by the way, if you don’t already follow Michael Hyatt; do yourself a favor and start today — he consistently provides great resources focusing on Intentional Leadership).

There are three forces that shape who we are at the core of our being:

  1. The input we consume.
  2. The relationships we pursue.
  3. The habits we acquire.

Your turn… You can listen to, watch, or read the transcript from this podcast here. What resonates with you from this podcast?

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Three Touchstones of Prayer by Timothy Keller, Part 4: Where It Takes Us

This post focus on the next 3 Touchstones of Prayer from chapter nine of Timothy Keller’s book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.

Part 4, Where It Takes Us:

  • Self-Knowledge: Prayer requires and creates honesty and self-knowledge.
    “Prayer must eventually take us beyond a mere sense of insufficiency into deep honesty with ourselves.”
  • Trust: Prayer requires and creates both restful trust and confident hope.
    “The final thought of every prayer must be for the help we need to accept thankfully from God’s hand whatever he sends in his wisdom.”
  • Surrender: Prayer requires and creates surrender of the whole life in love to God.
    “You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need.”

Your turn… Which one of these  resonates with you the most today?

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Three Touchstones of Prayer by Timothy Keller, Part 3: What It Gives

This post focus on the next 3 Touchstones of Prayer from chapter nine of Timothy Keller’s book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.

Part 3, What It Gives:

  • Perspective: Prayer reorients your view toward God.
    “Prayer brings new perspective because it puts God back into the picture.”
  • Strength: Prayer is spiritual union with God.
    “Prayer is the way that all the things we believe in and that Christ has won for us actually become our strength.”
  • Spiritual Reality: Prayer seeks a heart sense of the presence of God.
    “Through prayer our somewhat abstract knowledge of God becomes existentially real to us.”

Your turn… Which one of these  resonates with you the most today?

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