Monthly Archives: September 2015

Eat That Frog!

Practical.  Informative. Inspiring.

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Eat That Frog!  by Brian Tracy is a quick read.  It is a compilation of wisdom from many gurus of time management, self-management and motivation.  The subtitle is “21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time.”

If I have one beef with the book, it’s that he doesn’t attribute his ideas to the original authors.  But, the content is gold.

Simple and profound.  So why isn’t everyone doing it?  Because it’s hard.  At least, it’s hard to start.

He does tackle the psychological side of motivating yourself to do difficult things.

It is a book full of action points, laced with a few stories to illustrate the effectiveness of the principles he advocates.

The whole “eat the frog” analogy comes from Mark Twain who said that “if the first thing you do each morning is to eat a live frog, you can go through the day with the satisfaction of knowing that that is probably the worst thing that is going to happen to you all day long.”

Talking ourselves into doing difficult things instead of avoiding them gets us ahead.


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One thing I’ve struggled with personally is how goal setting fits into God’s plans.  I feel uneasy with the idea of setting goals and then asking God to bless them.  And how to you deal with unmet goals?  Was it not God’s will?  How much better to set the goals that God wants.  But, the problem is, how to know for sure.   God has the habit of revealing only step at a time in front of us.  He very often doesn’t give us the long view.  How then do we make long-term plans?  And how in the world can we set ministry goals for what God is going to accomplish in the hearts of willing people?  God and other people.  Impossible to control.  So how do we produce the metrics for the people who are looking for a “bang for their buck”?

Tracy makes some good points in chapter 4, Consider the Consequences.  For example, the rule, “Long term thinking improves short-term decision making.” This applies beautifully to ministry decisions.  Thinking more long-term than even Tracy is anticipating– thinking eternally.  But, to bring it back around to goal-setting again. How can we set long-term goals on what God will do?  Is it right to even put ministry into the machine that was set up to sell more widgets?  Think for a minute.  What if I set a goal for how many Bibles Studies per year that I will conduct? For how many people outside the church that I will visit?  For how many people will be baptized this year?  For what the church budget will be?  For how many new people come to church?  How about for the number of minutes I will spend in prayer every day?  And what about any of these goals if my heart isn’t right?  Won’t it just be like a clanging cymbal?

What can be our goals, then?  What if our goals were to increase in faith, hope and love?  What if our goals were not to bring people in, but to send them out?  How do we reconcile having long-term goals with “Abraham going out, not knowing whither he went”?  How do we reconcile having long-term goals with the Israelites following the pillar of cloud and fire, of the way God often seems to work, showing us only the next step?

Is it possible to apply “the laws of the widgets” in some areas, say exercise or a reading program, but not in other areas, such as number of new believers or new leadership positions filled at the church?

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David Limbaugh book signing


David Limbaugh will be the Keynote Speaker at the NCI Right to Life Annual Legacy of Life Banquet on September 21, 2015 at the MOCC at Grace College, Winona Lake, IN.

Limbaugh, NYT bestselling author of Jesus on Trial, will be signing books after the event.



“David Limbaugh, brother of radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, is an expert in law and politics who writes engaging columns from a fresh, conservative point of view.  David has been featured on Hannity, Crossfire, Mark Levin, Fox News and numerous other media and television outlets.  He has authored several New York Times best-selling books, including Persecution: how Liberals are Waging War Again Christianity and his most recent one, Jesus on Trial, A Lawyer Affirms the Truth of the Gospel.  David is married to Lisa Limbaugh and has five children.”

–NCI RTL promotional material


Tickets to the Banquet are currently sold out, but program only tickets are available for $10.

Bibles & Books will be offering Jesus on Trial at a special price of $21 (which includes tax) at the book signing.

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5 Best Board Books for the Christian Nursery


Babies and toddlers eat books up.  Literally!  Get them the best.

Inside Noah’s Ark


Adventure Bible for Toddlers




Thank you, God for Mommy


God Made You Special


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The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team


Have you ever wondered why some teams can accomplish incredible feats and others can’t accomplish anything?  What if there were a way to diagnose the problems and solve them?  Now there is.

Five Dysfunctions is a leadership fable.  It is a page-turning quick read fiction, for the very reason a good movie is:  it’s full of conflict.

“The characters in this book ring true, are completely recognizable, and fully-realized. The book itself is well-written, and, I believe, ranks with the best of the genre.” –Jack Covert, co-author with Todd Sattersten of 100 Best Business Books of All Time

Five Dysfunctions identifies the major obstacles that keep a group from functioning as a team.  There are repeatable patterns that keep a team from reaching it’s goals.  By identifying these patterns and working to change them, the team can move forward and accomplish it’s goals.

What are the Five Dysfunctions?

Absence of Trust.

Fear of conflict.

Lack of commitment.

Avoidance of accountability.

Inattention to Results.

Lencioni is spot on in his analysis and his resolution.  This book is life-changing.

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Daring Greatly


(Language Warning)

Brené Brown is the poster child for courage.

She gathers data.  She tells stories.  She uncovers the uncomfortable secrets of whole-hearted living.  And she believes in her own research.  Even when it’s not what she wants to find.

Vulnerability, she discovered, was a critical element to whole-hearted living.  So she became vulnerable.

Her first TED talk went viral, when she talked about her breakdown/ spiritual awakening.    She was so transparent that she had a “vulnerability hangover” for 3 days afterwards.

In contrast to those who tote their own personal experience or anecdotal evidence, Brown’s writing carries the weight of her research behind it.  Much like “Good to Great”, the numbers are impossible to ignore.

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Brené emphasizes the critical element of human connection, the torture of psychological isolation, and the shame that prevents us from connecting.

Dealing with negative emotions is part of the puzzle.  Actually feeling them, instead of letting them fester and numbing them with addictions.

It all rings true.  Even the uncomfortable parts.  Especially the uncomfortable parts.

The transformation in Brené’s  life as a result of believing the research is as fascinating as the research itself.

Highly recommended.

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Rushing Through History is a Sweet Ride



I believe America has lost her way.

She has forgotten the her founding principles and ideals.   The sacrifices made and the travail that birthed this country go unappreciated.  History is either ignored or twisted.

Rush Limbaugh’s look at the past changes that.  What better age group to target to revive our great heritage than junior high?  Hitler himself targeted that age to win over a generation.






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Rush successfully includes all the elements that fascinate and attract middle schoolers.  In the process, he emphasizes the critical principles and ideals that birthed our nation.  He highlights the fact that the experiment of communism failed in the very infancy of our country.

He emphasizes the religious beliefs that drove the pilgrims to come in the first place.









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He articulates the freedom of religion that existed from the outset and the agreements made between believers and non-believers.  It was the very beliefs of the religious that permitted the freedom for all to choose their religious beliefs, without having beliefs imposed on them by governing authorities.

These are the missing core beliefs in our culture today.

Limbaugh’s books provide the urgently needed reminder to young people of the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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