We believe that Christians are called to make a difference in the world. To do this, the words Paul wrote to Timothy about the importance of study (2 Timothy 2:15) should be taken seriously. Now, serious study should be fun, and it is when you discover the benefits of doing things the right way. A goal for our training is that methods show the benefits of a new skill or principle quickly so that you can experience the fun of success as soon as possible. For that reason, all of our training, in any format, is developed to bring you real life improvements quickly and joyfully.
WORK: BURDEN OR BLESSING?
This course, Work: Burden or Blessing?, is for men who are ready to be part of God's Transformation Team. It examines why work is a necessity, a burden, a temptation, and a blessing. Then it guides a man into personal application so that he is sure that God is pleased with how he is using his resource of time.
The venture into God's Word and open discussion with like-minded men takes discipline, but becomes an adventure that transforms a man, enlivens his relationships, and builds God's kingdom.
It is not for those who prefer safety over daring, security over worthy risk, or comfort over following Christ wherever He may lead. It is for those who are ready to live up to the name they claim--Christian, Follower of Christ.
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WHAT WOULD JESUS SAY ...
and how would he say it?
This course is highly participatory. It is for those who are willing to follow Christ into encounters with those who need to know him. It reviews skills for connect-ing with people and earning the right to tell your three-minute life story that affirms your response to the claims of Christ. All skills are based on God's truth for a broken world.
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A course for Christians who are ready to get with it!
This is a series of 16-page booklets, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, on topics that many people find bothersome or that can help them change from unhelpful behavior to more Christ-like human relations. Now, July 2021, they are available in limited quantities. Email to (email@example.com), and I'll send your choice. When you've seen it, tell us how you'd use it.
The Series of "Life Builder Minis"
STRAIGHT HELP FOR COMMON PROBLEMS
1. From Under It to Getting Over It:
Repentance, Forgiveness, Life
This is different than all others in the series. It's half size, (5.5 x 4.25) 12 pages, printed on card stock. It is written with the prison and rehab audience in mind. Resentment is a terrible burden and for many a person it has led to alcohol or other drug abuse, family disruption, conflict at work, even homelessness. While going down that road to despair, conditions worsen; more resentment is added to the load the person is already carrying. This short "think about it" booklet is meant to challenge the reader to consider the transformation offered by Christ through repentance and forgiveness. Four add-ins stimulate attention and memory. If you work with jail or rehab ministry, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send a copy for review. CLICK PDF BUTTON TO SEE ALL PAGES
2. From Gloom to Zoom:
Getting Going After Being Knocked Down
This has the same goals as the booklet above but with quite different assumptions about the reader and his or her context. It is for those who still "stew" over a real or imagined injustice that could have been put to rest long ago but that remains psychologically toxic. There are millions of people like this among us.
The booklet is written with understanding of the condition, and better yet, it shows how to get life moving ahead at the pa. It is realistic and practical.
3. Scary Topics:
Biblical Relief for Five Troublesome Problems
Millions of questions related to the Bible might be asked. Some need no answer. (Did Adam have a navel?) Some have stumped theologians for a lifetime. (These are usually dealt with by trusting God and moving along. But some questions will mess up your life if you don't have a solid answer.
A solid answer is one that (1) comes from the Bible, which is God speaking in words and (2) also by authentic reports from people over many years, which is God speaking in history.
This little booklet as five topic that have roubled many believers. Biblical truth is clearly given here, with first steps to replace wrong belief or incomplete ideas with truth about these topics.
4. Bogus Beliefs: Stinkin' Thinkin' That Can Wreck Your Life
Bogus Beliefs are like boogers--anyone can make the but they are unpleasant at best ad they can do more damage than just ruin a first date. Bad metaphor; sorry.
But Bogus Beliefs are a serious threat because they can wreck your life! That's the bad news. The good news is that it is easy to learn how to counter-act them; to squash them like a bug. That can begin as soon as you want it to.
They are mental habits that can be relearned. As you change from the old habit to the new habit you enjoys better thoughts and better moods. Best of all, Christins always get God's support when doing what he recommends, which in this case is the renewing of your mind. Be encouraged!
5. The Dangerous Emotion of Anger:
Understand It; Manage It; Use It to Improve the World
We have all had the experience of blowing up at another person while we were angry. After the firestorm ended we soothe our charred feathers by telling ourselves that the other person started it.
It was all their fault! You avoided the person as much as you could and tried to not think about it.
Then it began to bug you. When the scene cam to mind uninvited you got angry again. Resentment toward them grew ugly and you imagined bad things happening to them. You wanted bad for them.
Anger has four choices: rage, resentment, resolution, and indignation. Two are healthy; two will rob your happiness and keep you in trouble. All are explained here, with strategies for control and for putting anger's energy to useful causes.
6. The Verbal Villains:
Blunders You Don't Want to Hear Coming From Your Own Mouth
Unless you are different from the rest of us, you sometimes say things that are, for the listener, meaningless or "off the wall." You don't want them to be, but that how it turns out.
It's easy to say the wrong words, to say something the wrong way, or even to say the right words at the wong time. Everyone has had occasions of trying to be glib and smooth but finding that the words came out as prickly as cactus. That's a big owee for you and a disappointment for them.
You can fix that. But before you learn a new skill, you must unlearn any bad habits you have, and trusts me, we've all got 'em. You'll read about these stickery blundes and examples of better ways to communicate. Then you can recognize and change any Verbal Villains that you used to use
7. Worldview Mistakes: That Will Scramble Your Life
A worldview is what a person believes about how the world operates. Everyone has a worldview, whether they call it that or not and whether they realize it or not.
A worldview has a lot of pieces. A few of the pieces have massive influence on how well life runs. This booklet describes the Terrible Ten, the ugliest worldview mistakes. Trust ’em, life gets messy fast. Avoid ‘em, life is better.
This little booklet can’t explain it all, but it shows how faith can help you avoid big mistakes and live better. To learn more, read the funny story of nine folks who messed up before they wised up.
8. Trust vs Worry: When It's All Struggle, You Can Be at Peace
What me worry? Yes, you do. So do I and everyone I know. Worry is a big deal in our culture-always has been, always will be, but it doesn’t have to be a problem.
The booklet is about worry and fear that are not necessary. (Useful worry and fear help us plan ahead or avoid danger.) Combined, the two ugly words make the word “weary,” the moods they give us.
Learning to keep troublesome thoughts and emotions under control makes life more pleasant every day. This booklet is not a magic pill, but it teaches how to follow, step-by-step, God’s plan to replace “wearies” with joyful, confident trust.
9. Defense Mechanisms: The Use and Abuse of these Self-Protectors
Defense mechanism, a standard part of life, are methods of self-protection. They arise naturally. The subject isn't taught in kindergarten but by then kids have figured out how to deflect that assaults that come their way.
But, like many good things, defense mechanisms can be misused. Overused, or used at the wrong time, they will limit your ability to move ahead in life.
This booklet describes ten common defense mechanisms with brief examples and a summary of how they may be relieved. It is not a substitute to counseling when that is needed.
COMING SOON (It's a hope, not a promise. The ol' boy says he's paddling as fast as he can.)
11. The Diagnostic Diamond:
How the Precious Stone Can Guide You to Precious Insight
12. What to Do When Life Crashes:
How to Get Up When You Think There's No Way Up
13. You Are Never Too Down:
To Get Better, To Be Useful, To Be a Friend
These original courses are online and each addresses a topic that can improve the quality of life. They are about an hour long, with activities to help you use new method to make life better. As of 8-1-21 we have received 35,670 enrollments from around the world. Two are free; two are nominally priced. Click the blue URL below course title for more information.
THE SAVVYQUICK COURSES
Perfectionism is a cage that takes away freedom; it is a load of stones on the back that shrinks results. A perfectionist is critical of everyone. Nothing is ever good enough, especially one’s own performance. When perfectionists win, it is like a loss anyway. “I could have done better,” they tell themselves.
It's a painful way to live, or to live close to. It doesn't have to be that way. Dr. Walters, experienced therapist and author of The Perfectionism Trap and How to Escape, explains how to trade the pain of perfectionism for the joys of excellence.
This course helps you change what you need to change--to swap the agony of over-reach for the joy of success. The course has video mini-lectures (knowledge) and activities to improve your life(to help you use the knowledge). Along with the video coaching, you will invest some time to think, plan, and get great payback . Struggle no more; enroll now.
Angry people can be scary. Sometimes we have to deal with them and their anger anyway. This course shows you how to turn an angry person into a calm person. In just one hour it shows you what not to do and how to relate effectively, even when people are on "red alert" behavior. The video and audio examples have written summaries. Mini-posters can be downloaded to remind you about key points that help you change habits quickly. Take the course and never fear ranting again!
This course prepares you to do something good for yourself—to step up and confidently seek a bigger paycheck. The course combines video mini-lectures (you gain knowledge) with activities (to help you use that new knowledge) to improve your own circumstances. Along with the video coaching, you will want to invest half an hour several times thinking, planning, and rehearsing your “ask.” The potential payback is great; it is worth doing well.
Saying "no" can be difficult. Many people say "yes" when they don't want to; they give in when they do not want to. This always causes remorse and frustration later and is more emotionally painful than saying "no" would have been.
The style of saying "no" is very important. It is possible to say "no" and walk away with satisfaction and good feelings about yourself and with greater confidence because you did the right thing for yourself. And, you can say "no" in a way that causes the person whose request was declined to understand why you said know. This will make it easier for you the next time.
The course teaches the best six ways to say "no" without disrupting the relationship with the person who asks. It includes an inventory for self-assessment.