Monday, December 31, 2012

Monday Funday: Drink Coffee AND lose weight

I knew drinking coffee had fantastic health benefits, but who knew it would cause you to lose weight? Sweet.

In light of this revelation, my New Year's resolution this year is going to be to drink more coffee. Why?
1. It's a New Year's resolution I can actually keep.
2. According to Woman's Word magazine, I'm gonna lose 42 lbs.

Stay tuned. I'll let you know when the 42 lbs magically and instantaneously fly off my body. I'll probably be drinking Eysals Coffee, the best coffee known to mankind, when it happens.


By the way, if you'd like to learn how to transform your New Year's resolutions into your New Year revolution, then this is for you!


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Friday, December 28, 2012

Beyond New Year's Resolutions

If you're sick and tired of making New Year's Resolutions and not keeping them, then this post is for you.

Here are three short articles to help you transform your New Year's resolutions into your New Year revolution...

1. Are you sick of New Year's resolutions?

2. Getting off the treadmill of good intentions.

3. The 15 minutes a day that will change your life forever.

Praying that 2014 is your best year ever!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Are you sick of New Year's resolutions?

Me too.
We make resolutions on New Year's Day to become better people. Our hearts are often in the right place, but somehow, our resolve doesn’t quite translate into results. Research on New Year’s resolutions indicates that...
  • Within the first two months of the new year, 25 percent of us will break our promises. 
  • By six months, nearly 40 percent will have failed. 
  • By the end of the year, approximately 82 percent will be unsuccessful. 
Think about your own life. Haven’t you ever made a New Year’s resolution to diet only to gain weight? We all start out so well, but most of us don’t finish well. As the great poet/philosopher Homer once said: 
 “I used to rock and roll all night and party every day. Then it was every other day. Now I’m lucky if I can find a half an hour a week in which to get funky.”—Homer Simpson
So this year, I encourage you to resolve to not make any New Year’s resolutions this year. (Get it?)

While there is something in the human psyche that gravitates to new beginnings, if you really want to start this new year right, forget about making New Year’s resolutions. Don’t waste your breath huffing and puffing about how YOU are going to change yourself. Instead, do something REALLY life-changing this year... to continue reading go here.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Getting Off the Treadmill of Good Intentions

About ten years ago, I bought my first treadmill. Boy, did I feel great about myself. Just getting that thing down to the basement was a workout in itself—I think I lost half a pound! Once I got that thing settled in its place, I beamed with pride… and just knew that in a short time I’d be in shape… or at least in better shape.

Yet, I confess to you that though I have over a decade of treadmill ownership under my belt, my belt has not gotten any smaller. I thought about taking the treadmill back and trading it in for a new and improved model. Obviously, this one wasn’t working. But I think I finally figured out what’s wrong. It seems you must actually get on the treadmill three to five times a week for about 20-30 minutes each time if you want any benefits. Go figure. Oh yeah, and they also tell me you should plug the treadmill in and turn it on (sounds kind of dangerous if you ask me).

The Treadmill of Good Intentions
Laugh at me all you want. But I’m willing to bet a rarely used ten-year-old treadmill that you’re frighteningly more like me than you care to admit. Yep, my treadmill story is for YOU—especially if you’ve ever had the good intentions to…
  • read the Bible through in a year… but didn’t make it through the second week of January
  • create and stick to a budget… but ran up more credit card debt
  • lose weight… and then set a personal record in chocolate eating
  • have a better marriage… and then actually argued with your spouse about how (Okay, that could be just me on that one.)
  • be a more patient parent… and then yelled at your kids more than ever
  • exercise regularly… and then used your treadmill as a clothes hanger
  • bought a self-help book… but didn’t help yourself enough to crack it open
Just like me and my treadmill—you bought the books, took notes on the sermon, went to the Bible study, and even signed up for the seminar, but nothing really changed in the key areas of your life.

My question to you—before we go any further—is this: Are you sick enough of the treadmill of good intentions that you’re really ready to move to the track of personal growth?

To Get Off the Treadmill, You Need to Get On Track
If you really want to move off the treadmill of good intentions and onto the track of personal growth, I contend that, like a train, you must be careful to run on two rails. Of course, I’m not saying these are the only two keys to personal growth. All I’m saying is that the two rails I am about to explore with you are foundational if you really want to quit dinking around and start growing.

What are the two rails?




To find out, you'll have to CLICK HERE.

Monday, December 24, 2012

The life-changing power of disciplemaking friendships

Recent research affirms that loneliness is bad for your health.

Barney's right.

Everything's better with a friend.

(If the video doesn't appear, go here.)

This is the disciplemaking genius of Barney.

I think we all could learn a lot from this little ditty.

Seriously.

Related Posts:
* Why friendship is required for disciplemaking
Disciplemaking Is Relationships Training Experience


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Friday, December 21, 2012

Mayans, Christmas gifts, and the end of the world

I'm holding off on buying Christmas presents until I see if the Mayans are right about the end of the world today.

Wisdom and frugality baby.





It's about 5 pm on 12/21/12... and I think this pic sums up the way the whole world is feeling:


We should have all know that this was going to be a dud of an apocalypse. All we had to do is listen to the Oreo:


Somehow this song seemed appropriate today.

(If video doesn't appear, go here.)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The goal isn't church growth

The goal isn't church growth.

The goal is multiplying disciplemakers... like Jesus did.

The irony is this: If we take the time to multiply disciplemakers like Jesus did (see Mathew, Mark, Luke and John), we won't have to worry about growing the church (see the book of Acts).

But multiplying disciplemakers like Jesus is so time consuming. There must be a better, faster, more efficient way to grow the church, right?

Stop and think about that for a moment.

Now I dare you to be brutally honest and answer this question:
When it comes to multiplying disciplemakers like Jesus, how's our better, faster, more efficient approach working?


Just for fun: 
If you don't like satire, don't click these 2 links...
* Jesus' Church Growth Chart
* The Secret to Growing Your Ministry

If you have the guts: 
I dare you to discuss this with your team...
* Is Our Definition of Success Off?


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Bonus for reading this far: Beware of the discipleship program...


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Monday Funday: The Four Stages of Life


1. You believe in Santa.

2. You don't believe in Santa.

3. You are Santa.

4. You look like Santa.



Not sure about you, but even though I'm at stage 4, I'm gonna stay child-like at heart.


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Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Christmas Message for Men Only

I dedicate this video to all the men everywhere. Beware the dog house...

(If video doesn't appear, go here.)

Not that I have ever had the experience of living in the doghouse before.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

And now the rest of God's true story...

If you're like most, you've only heard a small part of God's true story as found in the Bible.

Now you can overview God's larger true story in a matter of minutes... online... right now.

While God's story is about God, it also includes you because God created you and loves you.

You've read lots of stories in your life. Isn't it time for you to take a few minutes and consider the true story of God—and what it means for you?

Read the true story of God now online here.

Related Links:
Watch a FREE movie online that tells God's story.
* Watch a FREE video of Bill telling God's story.

Related Free Downloadable Book:
The Stranger on the Road to Emmaus
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Go here for PDF version.

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Monday Funday: My first Christmas music video

After scoring wild music success via my first hit song, I've decided to branch out… into singing Christmas songs. (Hey, if Elvis can do it, so can I.)

Then I thought, why just go with music? It's time for my first Christmas music VIDEO.

Then I pondered, "Who could I get to be in the video?" So I got Santa himself to dance in the video… while I do the singing.  What can I say?  I've got connections.

To sum up the experience you're about to have: QUALITY.  Enjoy the video and the song:  )
video
(If video doesn't appear, go here.)


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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Disciplemaking Learning Communities

We are communities of aspiring Jesus-like disciplemakers who seek to multiply more Jesus-like disciplemakers. If you're interested in exploring what this looks and feels like, then you should take the time to explore the following three links...

1. The Disciplemaker's Toolbox


2. How to Start a Disciplemaking Learning Community


3. Resources for Disciplemakers

For more information about various Disciplemaking Learning Communities that gather across the country, go here.

For more information about becoming a part of a Disciplemaking Learning Community, go here.

The Allisons are your missionaries of encouragement at Cadre Ministries.



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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

On the pace of life and quality of relationships

The quality of all your relationships is inversely proportional to the pace of your life.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Merry Christmas to dysfunctional families everywhere!

Unlike many family Christmas letters, if you read this Christmas letter you'll actually feel much better about your life and family. And that's our goal in the 2012 Keeping-It-Real Allison Family Christmas Letter. The best way to view and read this is to click here. Or you can click any image below to enlarge for viewing and reading.
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