5 Reasons I use NOZBE to Crush Tasks & Beat Deadlines

Personal Task Management

We have a lot to do.  In this “age of productivity,” we are expected to get things done at an incredible rate.  We must find a reliable method to capture tasks and get them done on time.  After years of searching for the right productivity tool, I found Nozbe.

Nozbe Task Manager Management

I have tried many systems over the years.  Things, Asana, Trello, Paymo, Producteev, Remember the Milk, Wunderlist, and much more.  If you’ve heard of it, I’ve probably tried it.  I use Evernote as a digital file cabinet but found that it doesn’t work well for tasks.  I use Asana for Church projects but find it lacking for my personal needs.  However, nothing compares to Nozbe for keeping my life in order and helping me get things done.

Nozbe has free and paid options.  You can try the Pro option free for 30 days.  I am enjoying new levels of productivity after years of trying to put up with the deficiencies of free or cheaper products.

1. Simplicity

Nozbe strikes an excellent balance between simplicity and function.  Some tasks managers are too simple providing almost no options for sorting, tagging, next actions, projects, etc.  Other task managers have many options but are confusing and awkward to use.  Nozbe has a simple yet elegant interface with many useful options that are easily accessible.  Projects, contexts, and tags make sorting easy. (more…)

3 Areas Of Gratitude This Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

I love Thanksgiving.  The good food, time with family, and football are enjoyable.  I even love the name – Thanksgiving.  It boldly declares the purpose of the day.  Let’s give God thanks today!

Thanksgiving Gratitude Give Thanks

We are to be thankful all the time, but it is human nature to look at what we lack instead of what we have.  This creates a feeling of loss and dissatisfaction.  Furthermore, we have a short memory when it comes to God’s blessings and people’s sacrifices for us.  Add that to a sense of entitlement and we have a recipe for ingratitude!

There is a simple recipe for gratitude.  Realize that you deserve nothing and that every good thing in your life is a gift from God.  Consider that things could always be worse if God was not caring for  you.  Compare your life now to how terrible it could be.  Things could always be worse.  This awareness creates a profound sense of thanksgiving.

Let’s look at 3 areas of gratitude we can be thankful for today.

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There is Spiritual Power Available to You Today!

Acts 1:8

God has Spiritual Power Available for You.

God has not left you helpless as you travel this life. There is a power available for you that transcends all that you see and know. It is greater than any earthly circumstance or human frailty. It works in the believer transforming him into a little Christ. How can one so like his sinful father be conformed into the likeness of his Heavenly Father? This Power! How could rugged and unlearned fishermen such as Peter, James and John become great Apostles that would change the World? This Power! The same power is available to you today.

Acts 1:8

This Power Comes from the Fullness of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus did not leave us comfortless when He ascended to Heaven. Truthfully, He said that it was better for Him to go so that we could have the Comforter. John 16:7 Listen to God’s Word! It is better for the Holy Spirit of God to dwell in you than if Jesus was on Earth today and you were walking by His side! And yet, the Holy Ghost is ignored, quenched and grieved by most of God’s people. They live as if there was no Holy Spirit. How sad!

Did you think of Him today? Did you yield to Him? Are you in tune to His promptings and filled with His power?  Confess your sin. Humble yourself. Declare your need of Him. Ask to be filled with the sweet Holy Spirit as you pour out yourself to God in Prayer.

This Power makes us Bold Witnesses of God’s Work.

The Holy Spirit has a great and manifold ministry in us. He teaches, leads, reminds, convicts, empowers, and much more. Yet, His most obvious ministry is that He makes us bold witnesses for God. He loosens our tongue to speak of Jesus. He emboldens our mouths to publicly praise the Father. He overrides our personality to make us proclaimers of the Glorious Gospel of Christ. How can we, who have seen great and mighty things, be silent?  If you are not a bold witness for Christ, it is not because of your personality. It is because your lack of this divine power.

This Power gives us influence near and far at the same time.

God is at work in your life right now and at work across the globe at the same time. His power is not weakened by time or distance. When a believer is filled with this Holy Spirit power, God can use his influence for good near and far. Don’t just focus on your small world today. Realize that God wants to use you both in Jerusalem and Judea at the same time. Your prayers can affect those near and far. Your testimony can bring God glory in your own home and in homes across New England. Your generosity can spread God’s love in your home town and around the world. Furthermore, your testimony could bring God glory in this life and long after you are in Heaven! God’s power is not diminished by time or distance. Yet, most don’t believe it. They proclaim and big God and yet believe Him to be small. Their vision and spiritual goals reveal the true thoughts of their heart.

Let’s live for God today! He can multiply our humble influence far beyond what we dare to believe.

This Power allows our influence to spread to the uttermost part of the earth.

Ah, yes. What if your godly influence could spread across the globe to the furtherest reaches? The shadowy corners of humanity can be brought to God by a surrendered Christian. Never underestimate the power of a humble servant of God. Your effectiveness has never depended on your own ability, but that of the God you serve. He is a great God!  Believe Him for great and mighty things.

I hear someone say, “Preacher, I am barely making it myself. I struggle through each day. I have my hands full with my own life and responsibilities. This is my lot. How can I make a difference?”

Dear friend, I am not encouraging you to “try harder” in your own strength. I am agreeing that your strength is insufficient! Would to God that all of us would seek the Divine strength found in the fullness of the Holy Spirit!

Do you tire of living in your own strength? Have you had enough of not living up to the dreams God has placed in your heart? Then Rejoice! There is divine power available to you today!

Psalm 102 – A Prayer of the Afflicted

3 steps to overcoming the worst trials of life

Affliction is defined as “The cause of continued pain of body or mind, as sickness, losses, calamity, adversity, persecution” in Webster’s 1828 dictionary. There is a big difference between the effects of short-term trials and long-term afflictions. Psalm 102 will help your faith to flourish during the most difficult times of life.

The Cry of the Afflicted

Psalm 102:1–2, 24

“Hear my prayer, O LORD, And let my cry come unto thee. Hide not thy face from me In the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: In the day when I call answer me speedily. I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations.”

Affliction causes us to cry out to the Lord. Where else can you go when your heart is breaking? (more…)

5 Lessons Learned from Acts 9:11

Prayer Moves People

In Acts 9:11 we learn some powerful truths that will help us to pray powerfully and faithfully.

Acts 9:11
“And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,”

Prayer moves the heart of God. He is ever attentive to His children. A father’s ear is tuned to the voice of his children. He can recognize his child’s voice over the noise of a busy store or the clamor of many children playing together at a park. Our Heavenly Father has no trouble recognizing your voice in the midst of this world’s commotion. He loves it when you pray. He longs to hear your voice. He yearns to bear your burdens and fill you with peace. Have confidence that God can hear your prayer! Have confidence that God wields the power to answer your prayer according to His perfect will.

When we pray, our Almighty Father has many options to answer our prayers. In this verse, we see God’s ability to move other people as a direct result of our prayer. Saul of Tarsus (more…)