“Gospel Treason”—-trust me on this one

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Ever since I submitted my life to the lordship of Jesus Christ back in June of 1982, I have been involved in numerous Bible studies and have been a voracious reader.

Some of the readers of my blog know me well, for some others, you are beginning to better understand my heart and mind as you read through these posts.

All that said, I’m asking you to trust me on this one and take my advice: read the book “Gospel Treason” by Brad Bigney.

To say that God has used this book in my own spiritual growth and in the lives of those in a small group I attend would be a big understatement.

It really is that good.

A huge influence on my life once said that if you are looking to grow in your walk with God….if you really want it (Him) to mean something, moving beyond just “feeling or acting religious”, then strive to know God better and honestly, strive to get to know your self better.

Reading this book will help you in both ways. Trust me—read it.

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Are you up for something fun, community-building, and will be good for you?

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As readers of this blog are well aware, Personal Health is one of the 7 areas of responsibility  in each of our lives.  How well are you doing in this area?

Well, I’d like to throw out to my social media network something fun, community-building, and will help bring personal growth for you (in the area of your health). Sound good?

Starting today, I have begun using one of the most popular exercise apps available:  7 minute Workout Challenge (it has a green logo with a number 7 in the middle of a stop watch).   That’s it–just 7 minutes. You can do more, but to start out, just 1 circuit of various exercises lasting 7 minutes is all that is involved.  7 minute workout challenge

The app costs $2.99.  Isn’t that a low price for something that you can do with others and will bring a health benefit to you?

Will you join me?

If so, feel free to let me know how your workouts are going.

 

What you can do with your problems

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It wont’ be a surprise to anyone for me to say that “advantages come to those who work hard and exert effort”. I think that’s generally a true statement and can be observed pretty easily in our world. Look at any top professional in any career, whether it be in education, medicine, sports, the arts, etc, people who are the best, practice their craft.

I want to extend the application of this general principle to a specific issue that we all encounter – problems. These problems can be with frustrations we experience, or irritations that affect us, an unexpected breakdown in something or with someone, or a weakness in some area in our organization. Whatever we want to call them, these problems come to us as something we initially classify as a negative.

It is at this crucial point in time that we have a key choice to make. We can either dwell on the negatives associated with that “problem”, or we can choose to identify this “negative” as an opportunity, believing that something good can come out of it.

This is where our efforts are desperately needed. What I’m describing is not so much a physical effort that we need to put forth, as much as a mental one. Recognize right up front that you are going to need to put in a lot of hard work to focus on the potential good that can come out of this situation AND to keep encouraging yourself to keep that attitude. It will not be easy.

The temptations will come for you to focus on the bad news and its impact on you. No one likes to have to deal with tough times, set backs, uncertainties, and inconveniences. However, if we see these negative circumstances as an opportunity for us to stretch our abilities, depend even more intensely on God’s faithfulness, seek the counsel and help of others, understand a more valuable lesson, etc., we will experience deep feelings of satisfaction when we break through our imagined mental boundaries and realize we have just experienced personalgrowth.

What “negative” or “tough” situations are you going through right now that, if you had a change in attitude, could result in a new, profound and positive direction for you? Take the time to go through a mental inventory to change those weights of dark clouds to rays of sunshine!

the biggest problem with big-company CEO’s is …

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In a recent interview with Tom Peters (author of the classic, “In Search of Excellence”), he mentioned something that I found so interesting and am so in agreement. He said:

” I was at a dinner party recently with a guy who’s probably one of the top ten finance people in the world. At one point he said, “Do you know what the biggest problem is with big-company CEOs? They don’t read enough.” ”

With that statement in mind, let me ask you a few questions:

* how much are you reading these days?
* when is the last time you read a book? (if you need some good book suggestions, check out the “Recommended Book Reads” on this site)
* in what ways are you opening yourself to be stretched in your learning?

For the full version of this interview by Suzanne Heywood, Aaron De Smet, and Allen Webb, check out this link: