Archive for December, 2012

Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light.
From now on, our troubles will be out of sight.

Christmas can seem like a rat race at times. There is all of the hectic last-minute shopping at crowded malls, struggling to find the perfect gift for someone, the decorating of the house (including checking every single bulb on the strand of lights to find the one at the very end that shorted out the rest), wrapping present after present after present, or preparing for your extended family take over your house for the day. It is easy to get lost in the busyness of Christmas, and to miss the things that are really important.

We see this happen in the book of Luke, when Jesus went to eat in the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha spent her time running around cooking, serving dinner, and cleaning. These were all very good things, but “busy” things. Meanwhile, Mary sat in the company of Jesus. When Martha asked Jesus to tell her to work too, He told her, “Mary has chosen what is better.”

Jesus is trying to tell us to live in the moment. It is great that you are willing to be like Martha, and make sure that all of the popcorn is strung up, but it is not worth missing the opportunity to have a real conversation with a family member you don’t see often, or when your child’s face lights up because Santa indeed got that letter and delivered exactly what they asked for. It is not about all that we have to do, the list of things we have check off, but it is all about the moment.

This year, don’t miss out on what is better. Take the opportunity to enjoy the time you have with friends and family. Take time not to worry about the things you have to do, but to enjoy the people you get to be with. Be present where you are, because that is what is better, and have yourself a merry little Christmas.

Questions:

What are some things you need to take off the list to make yourself become more like Mary?

What are the better things that you will choose to be a part of this Christmas?

Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at the Lord’s feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving; and she came up to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister did leave me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. But the Lord answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art anxious and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: for Mary hath chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:38-42 ASV)

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12.17.12 Meeting

Posted: December 17, 2012 by CJNeading in Meetings
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Meeting/Christmas party will be tonight Monday the 17 at 7pm. We will be at the upper Albany west clubhouse! Directions

22 Day Challenge 22 of 22

Posted: December 16, 2012 by donaldsonta in 22 Day Challenge
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Today’s challenge had another bad link. But I could tell that the video was supposed to be Tony Dungy. Here’s the link to his YouTube video for iamsecond

The challenge was to think about a failure of yours, and how you responded to it.

Tony’s video pointed out something that should probably be made more obvious to Christians: Your definition of success isn’t necessarily the same as God’s. Gods plan for us is bigger than championships or Super Bowls. He has plans whose meaning echoes in eternity, so we shouldn’t get too disappointed when our plans don’t go exactly as we wanted.

Hard to say if Gods plan was for the Super Bowl win for Tony in 2006, or if God was just answering a prayer. 🙂

22 Day Challenge 21 of 22

Posted: December 15, 2012 by donaldsonta in 22 Day Challenge
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Today’s Challenge video is linked here.

On YouTube again, technical difficulties with the actual email.

Jason seemed like a good guy, and I like the ease he has talking about Jesus. He had a great platform he was able to take advantage of to show people how God worked in his life. And I liked how he mentioned Christ coming as a servant for all. That’s a critical bit that a lot of Christians seem to miss. Jesus didn’t give us a light to hide away in a Church on Sunday mornings. We don’t have a light to share with a few Christian friends Wednesday nights at seven. We need to be out in the world as servants for all. Because that’s what Jesus did.

The challenge this week was to think what you would say if you were in “the white chair”. What would each of our testimonies be? I know I need to iron one out.

22 Day Challenge 20 of 22

Posted: December 14, 2012 by donaldsonta in 22 Day Challenge
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Today’s challenge features my dude Colt McCoy.

One of the first videos I saw on iamsecond was Colt’s. A good friend knew I was a fan of his and recommended it to me. Shortly after that he suggested we start our own iamsecond group. That’s just some background on the Colt video.

As far as the content, Colts video is about priorities, sharing Jesus, and (indirectly) living in a way that Christ has called us to. When we live in communion with Jesus, our life can reflect Him in a way that is attractive to others. Everyone doesn’t have to be a NFL quarterback to seem intriguing. God has a plan to save His children, we just need to play our role; small or large, with all the heart He’s given us.

22 Day Challenge 19 of 22

Posted: December 13, 2012 by donaldsonta in 22 Day Challenge
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Tamara’s video and challenge can be found here.

When I started the video, I was a little nervous. I pray a lot, and I trust God, but I’m still very afraid of losing my wife. Working with so many sick people at my job, I thank God every day that my wife and I are healthy and prosperous by the world’s standards. I’d like to think that I would have the courage that Tamara demonstrates, but it’s hard to know until you’re in that position.

For her to be there, and to find peace that quickly; is a testament to her faith, and Gods love. We all know that one day we’ll be going home. It’s hard to think about, even though as Christians we know that this world isn’t meant for us. Just a great video to show people Gods peace in Tamara’s life.

The challenge was also one that I really liked. It was to make a list of things that you love about God, and thank Him, to thank the people in your life, and to make today a day of general thankfulness.

Challenge setback

Posted: December 12, 2012 by donaldsonta in Uncategorized

There was no challenge in my mail today. #Disappointment

However; we did have a great meeting last night at J Gumbos in Olde Gahanna. We talked about a bunch of different subjects. One of which is one that my wife and I talk about regularly. Our discussion basically: How much effort should be taken to make Christianity seem appealing to ‘the world’.

HD video, audio, laser light show, etc.
What’s too much? A lot of Church keep it basic, having put a halt to any progress made after 1920.

(I suspect women’s rights might have been seen as a source of sin tainting all inventions and popular culture throughout the rest of time)

At first glance Jesus doesn’t use a lot of “technology” in his teaching. He does do things that grab a listeners attention at the start of a conversation though. When talking with the woman at the well, Jesus gains her attention, then invites her to relationship. When telling parables Jesus uses circumstances that the audience could relate to. When the Gospels were written, each was written in a certain style to APPEAL to a different demographic that they were originally written to.

I’m not saying my argument is bulletproof. Just some observations. Have any of you seen a scripture reference to the contrary? I didn’t google it, just working off memory.

22 Day Challenge 18 of 22

Posted: December 11, 2012 by donaldsonta in 22 Day Challenge

Sam Bradford is featured in today’s Challenge. (here)

Opening point: Sam Bradford does not have any pending legal action or recently vocalized controversial opinions. (Jesus as Lord being a possible exception)

I liked Sams video; It was straightforward and direct. He hasn’t been through any huge test, but he does maintain his Faith and perspective despite being in a position where he’s subject to a high level of temptation.

I think my favorite part was when he talked about getting away from his problems when he spent time with God. I think that’s really indicative of a quality relationship with Jesus. There’s times when I’m taking with God, and in the midst of it I forget about my problems. The same way I would spending time with a friend. Its nice, and God has a lot to say.

12.11.12 Meeting

Posted: December 10, 2012 by CJNeading in Meetings
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This week we will meet at J Gumbos in gahanna on Tuesday dec 11 at 7pm. Come enjoy some good company and great Cajun food! Click here for directions… J Gumbos Creekside

22 Day Challenge 17 of 22

Posted: December 10, 2012 by donaldsonta in 22 Day Challenge
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Today’s challenge is here.

Ken was raised into racism. As he developed an understanding of Gods love he realized that God loves everyone regardless of race. It seems pretty simple to me, but that probably isn’t the case for everyone.
A person raised with a belief like that would have to be “retaught” a core value of their existence. Only Gods love could accomplish the changes in a persons life that Ken talks about.