Three Resources to Help Boost Your Productivity

If you’re looking for some ways to be more productive, you’ll enjoy these books:

  • Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity by Tim Challies
    In this book you will learn: common obstacles to productivity, the great purpose behind productivity, 3 essential tools for getting things done, the power of daily and weekly routines and much more, including bonus material on taming your email.
  • The 5AM Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders
    This book is a resource guide for high-achievers. It is for anyone who has a wild passion for life and is in search of a structured system that will hone those passions, clarify their big goals, and produce real, amazing results.
  • Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy
    This book will change your life. There just isn’t enough time for everything on our “To Do” list—and there never will be. Successful people don’t try to do everything. They learn to focus on the most important tasks and make sure they get done.

Your turn… What resources do you use to increase your productivity?

 

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Three Elements Necessary for Transformation to Happen

Dallas Willard has had an enormous impact on my life via his books and teachings (if you haven’t read The Divine Conspiracy or Renovation of the Heart yet, stop whatever it is you’re doing and start reading them today — then proceed to read everything else he has written).

One of his greatest contributions to the area of transformation is what he calls The Reliable Pattern for Change (he unpacks this in chapter 5 of Renovation of the Heart and in this article, Living a Transformed Life Adequate to Our Calling. Willard reminds us that transformation is possible but it’s not likely unless the path you’re on includes these 3 elements (he refers to them as the VIM pattern):

  1. VISION: is the clear picture of the goal you are striving to reach.
  2. INTENTION: you have to intend to do it (transformation doesn’t happen by accident).
  3. MEANS: this includes the resources available to you to help bring about the change you are pursuing.

If you are missing any of these 3 elements, transformation simply will not happen. However, if all 3 are present and properly put in place then lasting transformation is possible.

Note: What I love about this pattern is that you can apply it to any type of change or transformation you are pursuing (losing weight, learning a new language or skill, growing as a follower of Jesus). In Willard’s writings you’ll see that he primarily uses the reliable pattern of change in the context of spiritual transformation (you’ll see a clear example of this fleshed out in the article I mentioned above — it’s well worth taking a few minutes to read today).

Your turn…How have you seen or experienced this reliable pattern for change in your life?

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Three Talks by @ErwinMcManus that Everyone Should Watch

I’m excited about having Erwin McManus with us next month for MENS CONF 2017. He’s written several great books and is an extraordinary communicator. Here are 3 of his talks everyone should watch:

Your turn… What resonates with you from these messages?

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Three Quotes from The Artisan Soul by @ErwinMcManus Part 3

Here are 3 more quotes from Erwin’s book, The Artisan Soul:

Your turn… What resonates with you from these 3 quotes?

PS: Guys, come meet Erwin at our MENS CONFERENCE (January 27-28, 2017).

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Three Quotes from The Artisan Soul by @ErwinMcManus Part 2

Here are 3 more quotes from Erwin’s book, The Artisan Soul:

Your turn… What resonates with you from these 3 quotes?

PS: Guys, come meet Erwin at our MENS CONFERENCE (January 27-28, 2017).

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Three Quotes from The Artisan Soul by @ErwinMcManus Part 1

I’m looking forward to our upcoming Men’s Conference. Erwin Raphael McManus will be with us along with  Michael Jr. and Bob Goff. With that in mind the next 3 posts are going to highlight some quotes from Erwin’s book, The Artisan Soul:

Your turn… What resonates with you from these 3 quotes?

PS: Guys, come meet Erwin at our MENS CONFERENCE (January 27-28, 2017).

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Three Significant Books Every Christian Leader Should Read (Right Now!)

As I share these resources today, I’m going to put my cards on the table regarding a fundamental issue I believe Western Christianity is facing today. In agreement with Dallas Willard, I believe that our understanding of salvation and the way we present the gospel poses almost insurmountable barriers to discipleship. When we focus more on getting people to “make decisions” instead of “making disciples” we inadvertently shrink the underlying message of the gospel (by making it more about getting people “ready to die” but not really “ready to live here and now”). We have shrunk the gospel to be less than what God intends for it to be…. But don’t simply take my word for it. Dive deep into what 3 of the leading scholars of our time have been saying about it for a number of years (that is why I believe every Christian leader should camp out in these 3 books and wrestle with the implications that pour from them):

Your turn… What are some of your initial thoughts regarding the issue I bring up and how these 3 books address it?

PS: As I mentioned above, you’ll want to camp out in these books (a quick cursory glance will not suffice); you will also want to pick up Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N. T. Wright and read it along the way too. Also, check out The Divine Conspiracy Lectures by Willard.

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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.

Your turn… Share these resources with your friends.

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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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