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June 16, 2016

No More Chocolate Almond Granola Cereal?

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Trader Joe’s was out and said it had been discontinued. Noooooooo!

http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article/1220

 

April 2, 2016

My Daily & Weekly Workflows

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I set up daily & weekly action items in Todoist to get reminders for the processes I want to implement regularly from Do More Better and What’s Best Next (I highly recommend both books). My primary tools are Gmail, Drive, Todoist and IFTTT.

Do More Better – Tim Challies

http://www.challies.com/do-more-better

What’s Best Next – Matt Perman

http://www.whatsbestnext.com/

http://www.whatsbestnext.com/toolkit/weekly-planning-checklist/

Todoist

https://todoist.com

https://support.todoist.com/hc/en-us/articles/205248842-Filters

https://support.todoist.com/hc/en-us/articles/205195102-Text-formatting

https://support.todoist.com/hc/en-us/articles/205348301-Reminders

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Todoist for Chrome

Add tasks from any email or web page.

Todoist for Android

Add tasks from any web page – Press Share:

IFTTT

MyRecipes https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal

Calendar to Todoist

If any new event added on Danny Wahlquist Calendar, then create a task in 0 Actions Todoist

Feedly to Todoist

When saving a news article for later reading, create a task in your ToDo list.

Todoist to Calendar

New Task add event?

Gmail to Todoist

If starred in Gmail, add Todoist task

Android Photos to Dropbox

Upload screenshots from your Android device to Dropbox

Gmail to Evernote

Simply label a Gmail “Evernote” to send it there

Gmail to Todoist

Emails labeled with “todoist” to Todoist

Gmail to Todoist

Inbox Pinned email to Todoist

Pocket to Todoist

Add your Pocket reading list to Todoist

IFTTT news to Todoist

If new IFTTT news, create a task to check it out

Youtube to Todoist

If new video added watch later on YouTube, create a Todoist task

Pocket to Todoist

If Pocket item tagged #mustread then create a task in Todoist

Gmail to Todoist

Label an email as “Urgent” in Gmail to create a new Todoist task for today

Todoist to Evernote

Todoist-IFTTT Hack– New task append a todo to note

Feedly to Pocket

Articles saved for later in Feedly get saved for later in Pocket too

NYT Technology to Email

Receive an email when a NYT Technology article becomes popular

Gmail to Feedly

Save Online Articles to Feedly save for later – Send trigger@recipe.ifttt.comany email from dannywahlquist@gmail.com

G+ to Twitter

New feed item matches ‘#twitter’ fromhttp://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.run?GoogleID=101142129627496142967&_id=f2e3dcd8713ac3f76de31496996b807e&_render=rss

Android to Todoist

Add a new reminder for your missed phone calls

September 5, 2015

The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges, Bob Bevington

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The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges, Bob Bevington

we need the gospel not only as a door into an initial saving relationship with Christ, but also as the first bookend to keep our daily lives from becoming a performance treadmill.

We must continually battle these two gospel enemies, self-righteousness and persistent guilt.

faith involves both renunciation and reliance. We have to first renounce all confidence in our own power and then rely entirely on the power of the Holy Spirit. We must be enabled, not merely helped.

DEPENDENT RESPONSIBILITY

We’re to watch and pray that we enter not into temptation (Matthew 26:41). We’re to cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit (2 Corinthians 7:1). We’re to discipline our body and keep it under control (1 Corinthians 9:27). We’re to be steadfast, immovable, and always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 15:58). We’re to train ourselves to be godly (1 Timothy 4:7). We’re to strive for holiness (Hebrews 12:14). We’re to make every effort to grow in Christian character (2 Peter 1:5–7). And we’re to be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish (2 Peter 3:14).

Isn’t it ironic that the more God-given natural abilities we have, the more prone we are to rely on them rather than on God?

Daily Declaration of Dependence: I recognize my absolute lack of power and ability. I redirect my dependence to the supremely reliable power of the Holy Spirit. I reject my tendency to self-reliance: “You are God, and I am not.”

we’re 100 percent dependent on a source of righteousness and strength that resides outside ourselves, yet we remain 100 percent responsible for the placement of each of our books on the bookshelf of our lives.

Instead of page after page and chapter after chapter of a storyline filled with self-righteousness, persistent guilt, and self-reliance, the pages and chapters of books that are stabilized by the bookends should tell an action-packed story of selfless serving, radical giving, and sacrificial living.

July 25, 2015

Some final quotes from Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman

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These are some final quotes from reverberations by Jonathan Leeman

“Compared to relationships, events and programs make me think of ice skates gliding across ice. Relationships make me think of gum on the bottom of a shoe on a hot day. That’s probably why it’s so easy to default toward thinking of the local church’s work in terms of programs and events.”

“This is the heart of discipleship—helping other people follow the Word.”

“discipleship works through affection, instruction, and imitation.”

“discipleship affirms differences.”

“discipleship is church-wide.”

“the second advantage of church-based counseling: It requires the leaders “to equip the saints for the work of ministry” by training their members for “speaking the truth in love” to one another (Eph. 4:12, 15).”

“We grow as Christ’s disciples as we hear Christ’s Word, and as we see it lived out by mature believers.”

“God’s Word must reverberate out the church building doors and into the world.”

July 18, 2015

More favorite quotes from Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman

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More favorite quotes from Reverberation: How God’s Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People (IX Marks) by Jonathan Leeman

Kevin DeYoung has put it well: “The secret of the gospel is that we actually do more when we hear less about all we need to do for God and hear more about all that God has already done for us.”

Ignorance is indeed one of our problems, but even worse is the stiff neck and puffed-out chest of our self-rule.

That’s why our churches must be utterly centered upon God’s words. If our basic problem is self-rule, then we must be confronted again and again at the point of our wrong allegiance, and called to a better allegiance.

the preacher must understand what his hearers believe—the warp and woof of their false worlds. His goal is to confront those beliefs precisely.

Most often, I suspect, the Word does its true work right there in the moment of preaching.

expose the Word. Announce it. Confront people with it. And then let the Spirit soften or harden their hearts as He pleases.

My universe was a little less me-centered and a little more God-centered by the time the sermon was over.

John Calvin called the Psalms “An Anatomy of All the Parts of the Soul” since it offers readers words which they can place into their own mouths for properly expressing the whole range of human emotions.

The most beautiful instrument in any Christian service is the sound of the congregation singing.

Praying Scripture means that church leaders might want to consider preparing their prayers in advance rather than place such a high premium on that quintessential virtue of Romanticism (and not the Bible)—spontaneity

We should align our prayers to the priorities and patterns of the Bible.

In a ninety-minute service, for example, why not include four sessions of praying from five to ten minutes each?

Much of a church’s prayer list should look strange and even useless to non-Christians.

June 13, 2015

Moralism

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“In Christian teaching, any and all challenges must be placed within the context of announcing what God has done or promises to do. It’s the very opposite of self-help teaching. I admit it’s easy to jump straight to the “should dos,”“to dos,” and “how tos” when preaching or teaching. It seems to meet the listeners where they are. It has the “appearance of wisdom” (Col. 2:23). It feels practical, applicable, and responsible. Yet, in the process, evangelical churches and books become filled with moralism. In my experience, many evangelical churches proclaim the gospel as the path of salvation, but then quickly switch to moralism and self-help as the way of sanctification.”

From Reverberations by Jonathan Leeman

June 6, 2015

Some Favorite Quotes From Reverberation by Jonathan Leeman

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Reverberation: How God’s Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People (IX Marks) by Jonathan Leeman

Some favorite quotes from the first half:

the “ministry of the Word” indeed begins in the pulpit, but then it must continue through the life of the church as members echo God’s Word back and forth to one another.

Our goal now is to trace the Word and Spirit’s power from one area of the church’s life to another, almost like we were following the flow of electricity through power lines from one building to the next.

A temptation looms before you, and you know better than to say yes, but you grab it anyway. You can’t help it. The promise of pleasure persuades you that any trouble will be worth it.

Sin doesn’t place its chain around your neck, but around your heart—its desires.

the sinful nature is utterly unable to love God more than oneself, to desire God’s glory, and to joyfully embrace His rule.

What humans need is not a change of mind about God, but a change of nature. They need to be born again, given spiritual sight, set free.

When you, therefore, say to the world, “Hey, don’t count us among the uncool, but count us among the cool,” you merely play into the hands of the world’s systems of law, justification, and separation of the “righteous” and the “unrighteous.” People will come to your church, but you’ll have a church full of Pharisees—style Pharisees, ethnic Pharisees, music Pharisees, and more.

“Wear your Sunday best because God is pleeeeased when we dress up.” No, He’s not (Ps. 51:16–17; Joel 2:13). Saying so is anti-gospel.

What will I as a church leader wear? Hopefully, something that people won’t pay any attention to at all—something that will neither attract nor distract.

There’s a difference between removing distractions … and creating attractions.

The gospel alone creates unity. Start there. Then, watch how the gospel creates a love which should in turn prompt us to sacrifice our own cultural preferences.

May 10, 2015

Some favorite quotes from Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung

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We are all righteously indignant when someone else holds in little esteem what we know to be precious.

Psalm 119 is a love poem, not a checklist.

the tendency in the American church to plan and dream and scheme and vision-cast and engage in mutual discernment, all while God’s clear voice lies neglected on our laps.

Whatever else we may disagree on as Catholics, liberals, and evangelicals, we should at least agree that it is our view of Scripture and authority that divides us.

Counselors can counsel meaningfully because Scripture is sufficient. Bible study leaders can lead confidently because Scripture is clear. Preachers can preach with boldness because their biblical text is authoritative. And evangelists can evangelize with urgency because the Scripture is necessary.

someone asking John Piper, “Why did you conclude inerrancy is true?” The first thing out of his mouth surprised everyone: “Because my momma told me it’s true.”

from Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me by Kevin DeYoung

February 13, 2015

Chapters 9 to 11 of The Art of Neighboring

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Some Favorite Quotes from The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside your Door by Jay Pathak, Dave Runyon

Chapter 9 The Art of Setting Boundaries

Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote an excellent book a few years back called Boundaries.

Good neighboring involves living out the distinction between enabling and empowerment.

Chapter 10 The Art of Focusing

By directing his disciples to look for the person of peace, Jesus directed them toward those in each city who were the best neighbors.

Who are the two or three households in my neighborhood with whom we really connect and who really connect with us?

Be friendly with everyone and be close to a few.

Chapter 11 The Art of Forgiving

God doesn’t ask us to ignore the offense. What he asks us to do is forgive.

We aren’t called just to do the right thing but to allow Jesus to change our heart in the midst of difficult circumstances.

December 14, 2014

Some Favorite Quotes from The Art of Neighboring

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Some Favorite Quotes from The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Outside your Door by Jay Pathak, Dave Runyon

Chapter 1 Who Is My Neighbor?

“there isn’t a noticeable difference in how Christians and non-Christians neighbor in our community.”

“I have come to believe that, as followers of Jesus, one of the worthiest endeavors we can undertake is to take the Great Commandment seriously and learn to be in relationship with our literal neighbors”

Chapter 2 Taking the Great Commandment Seriously

Chapter 3 The Time Barrier

Lie #1: Things will settle down someday. The truth is that things will only settle down when you die or when you get intentional about adjusting your schedule.

Lie #2: More will be enough. With this lie we convince ourselves that we’re just one more purchase or achievement away from contentment.

Lie #3: Everybody lives like this. This lie makes us believe that being overly busy is simply a way of life in our culture.

Martha gets reprimanded for serving Jesus. But that’s exactly what makes this story so powerful. Jesus is saying that sometimes we have to learn how to say no to good things to focus on what’s most important.

John Ortberg has coined the phrase “hurry sickness.” As he says, “Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible.

(1) make the main thing the main thing, (2) eliminate time stealers, and (3) be interruptible.

Chapter 4 The Fear Factor

First Peter 3:13–16 offers a further perspective. Peter asks: Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience.

When you encounter other people, do not fear. Do not be frightened. Even when everyone around you chooses fear, you have a hope that is greater.

know, at the end of the day, following Jesus is not necessarily designed to be safe. Safety is a natural desire but it can keep us from being like Jesus in the midst of an unsafe world.

Being a good neighbor simply means slowing down and being aware of what he is designing. By developing real relationships, you’ll find out how God is already moving in a person’s life. You’ll begin to overcome the fear that you once had and develop trust for one another.

most of the people in his shelter ended up there because of isolation. They became distanced from friends, family, and neighbors. And then it took only one bad break for them to end up on the streets.

Chapter 5 Moving Down the Line

We wrote down the names we were learning on a simple block map that we taped to the side of the fridge.

a simple map of the neighborhood, including everybody’s name, home and cell numbers, and email

Parties create space for us to talk to others we already know and to meet people we don’t. Maybe this is the reason Jesus spent so much time at parties—he knew the power of a party.

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