April 23rd 2014: Weekly Content Roundup

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Content Roundup

Check out my guest blog post on Advice for Good: Meeting The Need

I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Here is the best content I consumed this past week...

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Me and My son David.

Best In Economy

Why Everybody Who Doesn't Hate Bitcoin Loves It: Full Transcript

Best In Culture

Video: Fool's Paradise: What Really Controls Us

Best In Faith

Video:Cosmic Reasons To Believe - Hugh Ross

Q&A: Who Created God

"Let me start by saying I’m not actually a believer at this moment. When listening to the lectures, I hear a lot of talk about the complexity of things being a big proponent for creation or design because somebody created it. But at some point in the paradigm you’re at least admitting that, somewhere, something just existed that was at least as complex as, or more complex than, us….If we couldn't have just existed, how could you say God just existed without something creating him. I’d like to hear your answer on that."

VIDEO: Night Two: Uppsala University Open Forum with Ravi Zacharias and Michael Ramsden

"In the second oft of two nights of live streams, Ravi Zacharias and Michael Ramsden will be speaking on "Why I Am A Christian" at the University of Uppsala ( Universitetshuset), in Sweden."

Taking the Initiative Against Depression

"The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable. He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be alive—only material things don’t suffer depression."

Best In Short Films

Video: Short Film - Struck

"Check out this somewhat sad but mostly hilarious short called "Struck." It follows a man who is randomly struck through the chest with an arrow and must adjust his life because of it. The ending isn't that hard to guess, and you can probably imagine before even watching why he gets hit with the arrow, but this short wasn't about that."

Best In Entertainment

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Video: Star Wars Documentary EMPIRE OF DREAMS

Video: Godzilla - Extended Look [HD]

Road Hazards Of Life: Roadblocks & Potholes

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Productivity

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For those of us who drive, we have come across potholes in the road. When we hit these potholes, they disrupt us. Sometimes we may spill our drink or drop something. Other times it's just hard on our vehicle and tires. In most cases, potholes jostle us as we move forward, but they do not stop us from moving forward.

Potholes are obstacles in our path we can drive through without having to resolve them. 

When we are driving there is another obstacle we come across in our journey, the roadblock. When we meet a roadblock we are unable to go forward. In theses cases, we must wait until the roadblock is removed or find another way to travel to our destination.

Roadblocks are obstacles in our path we cannot drive through unless we resolve them.

So, how does this apply in our lives?
 
Imagine we have written a blog post to be published in a few hours. It's not perfect yet, but we are willing to publish it. This would be a pothole. It's not ideal, but it won't keep us from going forward.

Imagine we are building a website for a client and we need the content for the website before we can move forward. In this scenario, not having the content has become a roadblock

Let's apply this to a more serious scenario. 
 
Imagine we are working on a marketing project. Our boss asks us, while planning out this project, to use a false testimonial for the project. For some of us it may be something we are not willing to do, a roadblock. For others, we may not want to do it but we will. This would make it a pothole.
 
The next time we run into an obstacle, we can now ask ourselves, is this a pothole (I don't like it but I will go forward) or a roadblock (I will not go forward unless we resolve it)?

What pothole or roadblock are you facing now?

Guest Post on Advice For Good

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Community

As a 29-year-old, it’s great to know there is still a place where being miscalculated as a high school student is possible. Last week, I volunteered at the Atlanta Food Bank and I unexpectedly learned what it’s like to live in the Middle East. It turned out my day volunteering would parallel a fellow volunteer’s journey to this region... 

Read my entire story on Advice For Good...

April 16th - Weekly Content Roundup

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Content Roundup

Latest blog post: The 'Splinter Effect': Wounds, Pain & Healing | Question of the week

I am currently reading The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

Here is the best content I consumed this past week...

Best In Business

Have you been to this meeting?

"Just because you have a budget doesn't mean you ought to be hiring people for the project."

Best In Personal Development

Suicidal crickets, zombie roaches and other parasite tales

"We humans set a premium on our own free will and independence ... and yet there's a shadowy influence we might not be considering. As science writer Ed Yong explains in this fascinating, hilarious and disturbing talk, parasites have perfected the art of manipulation to an incredible degree. So are they influencing us? It's more than likely."

Best In Marriage

Video: Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages - Shaunti Feldhahn's Latest Research

"Shaunti spent three years interviewing and surveying 1,000 couples to uncover the most important habits of the most happily married couples – what are they doing differently, that they may not even realize is making them so happy, that others can replicate? This clip reveals 3 of the 12 habits that most highly happy couples share, regardless of age or racial background or any other factor – little things that they are doing that many other couples (even those in pretty good marriages) may not do. The actions and attitudes that create great marriages hold many lessons for many other relationships as well."

Best In Faith

Video: God's Not Dead - Vince Vitale

"Is God dead? Not in academia. As someone who teaches philosophy at Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford, Vince Vitale is well placed to know what the top scholarship says about God. Vince shows how in the fields of philosophy and sociology, God is very much alive. If you think intellectual objections undermine belief in God, Vince suggests that you may be unaware of the arguments at the highest level."

The Way to Permanent Faith

"We will be scattered, not into service but into the emptiness of our lives where we will see ruin and barrenness, to know what internal death to God’s blessings means. Are we prepared for this?"

Audio: IS FAITH DELUSIONAL?

If you’re looking for a way to prove God’s existence to a skeptic, there’s no better evidence than God himself. Ravi gives us some examples today in the continuation of his message “Is Faith Delusional?”

Holiness or Hardness Toward God?

The reason many of us stop praying and become hard toward God is that we only have an emotional interest in prayer. It sounds good to say that we pray, and we read books on prayer which tell us that prayer is beneficial— that our minds are quieted and our souls are uplifted when we pray.

Best In Videos

Video: Trickster - The Matrix Fan film

"Trickster is a small Live-action short film based on the Matrix movie, it's a fan-made film to see how far we can go with our skills in Film making and Visual effects."

The 3 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2014, First Quarter.

Written by Jason Montoya. Posted in Content Roundup

These three blog posts are the most popular blog posts from January 1st to March 31st 2014.

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FAITH

Hills & Valleys

"Last year I went through a season of, I would describe as, being on the mountain top with God. Once I got to the top, I took another step, and I fell off and into the valley of darkness. This is the valley I am walking in now. I am grateful, I have not had to walk it alone. I keep moving, and I keep walking."

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*Image Courtesy of Keith Taylor Photography

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Worm Story

"These worms may represent experiences, pain, bad habits, problems, secrets, or sin. When we allow worms to live in our lives, they grow and reproduce. This leads to more pain and hurt for ourselves and others."

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LEADERSHIP

Push or Pull? An Insight To Leading People

"When we push people to move forward, we establish resistance. If instead of pushing, we choose to open up, invite others and move forward, they are more likely to willingly follow."

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