Archive for February, 2013

Book #1 “Not A Fan”

Posted: February 28, 2013 by CJNeading in Book
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So we are going go with “Not A Fan” by Kyle Idleman. Here is a description…

“Are you a follower of Jesus?
Don’t answer too quickly.

In fact, you may want to read this book before you answer at all. Consider it a ‘Define the Relationship’ conversation to determine exactly where you stand. You may indeed be a passionate, fully devoted follower of Jesus. Or, you may be just a fan who admires Jesus but isn’t ready to let him cramp your style. Then again, maybe you’re not into Jesus, period.

In any case, don’t take the question—Are you a follower of Jesus?—lightly.

Some people don’t know what they’ve said yes to and other people don’t realize what they’ve said no to, says Pastor Kyle Idleman. But Jesus is ready to clearly define the relationship he wants with his followers.

Not a Fan calls you to consider the demands and rewards of being a true disciple. With frankness sprinkled with humor, Idleman invites you to live the way Jesus lived, love the way he loved, pray the way he prayed, and never give up living for the One who gave his all for you.”

I know Noah, Ryan and I we be doing it any others feel free to join. Thought we could start this upcoming week(or we can wait a bit pending in when everyone gets the book) and just start with 2 chapters a week? Either talk about it at the meeting, separate meeting at Starbucks etc, or just on this site. If we want to go faster or slower thou the books we can always adjust. I’ll try and keep up with ya guys. Thanks for doing this with me and keeping me accountable.

Here are a few links for the ebook versions…

Amazon Kindle

Nook Book


“Getting The Big Picture”

Posted: February 27, 2013 by CJNeading in Thoughts
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It stars a handsome man who’s extremely dangerous. He holds the power of life and death in his bare hands. He’s amazingly skilled at everything. He speaks many languages. He never panics. He’s always in control.
Our hero is given an impossible assignment. He must go undercover to defeat a well-armed, murderous enemy single-handedly. If he fails, the world as we know it will come to an end. Calamity will strike. Millions will die.
Almost immediately things go wrong. His allies betray him. Suddenly he’s an outlaw. Both the good guys and the bad guys are hunting him down. Still, he must complete his mission lives are at stake.
He falls into his enemy’s hands. He endures a brutal beating that would land any other man in the ICU. However, through a mixture of strength and cunning, our hero escapes his captor. He pulls off a series of miraculous exploits and completes his mission in the most unexpected fashion. As a bonus, he wins the affections of a beautiful woman.
Men the world over love this movie. They pay big bucks to see it again and again. Sometimes the hero goes by the name of Bond—James Bond. Other times he’s named Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, Frodo, Neo, Eli, Superman, or Spider-Man. Though the plot twists vary from film to film, the big story remains the same.

Why do men love this movie? It’s a reflection of the big story that’s written on the heart of every man. Want to know a secret? Every man longs for a hero—and to be one himself.
Want to know another secret? This big story is simply a retelling of the Gospels.
Consider the parallels. Christ came to earth as a dangerous man—skilled, knowledgeable, and in control. He held the power of life and death in his hands. He was given an impossible assignment—to overcome a ruthless enemy single-handedly. He preferred to work undercover and told people not to reveal his secrets. His life involved a series of miraculous exploits. He was betrayed by an ally and handed over to his enemy, whose henchmen beat him almost beyond recognition. Yet he miraculously escaped his captors and completed his mission in the most unexpected fashion. He slipped the bonds of death and defeated his murderous enemy. The world was saved. In the end, he will receive a radiant bride.
The story written on the hearts of men is the story of Jesus. But few men realize it. They go to the multiplex to catch a glimpse of the divine, when they could find the real thing in a local church.

If you haven’t seen where I’m going yet, let me connect the dots.
Men’s movies: a hero saves the world against impossible odds.
Women’s movies: a woman finds a happy relationship with a wonderful man.
In today’s church, the gospel is no longer about saving the world against impossible odds. It’s about finding a happy relationship with a wonderful man.
If the point of going to church is to pursue a relationship, you will draw more women than men. The End. Roll credits.

This point is so important I must say it again: if we’re going to transform men from passive pew-sitters into battle-ready warriors, we must get the big story right. The gospel is the story of a courageous man who is out to save the world against impossible odds. And he is recruiting agents to join him. He is calling you to risk everything to come under his command. And when the mission is over, a precious reward awaits. That’s the message men crave. It’s a message that’s lost in today’s therapeutic church.”

Excerpt From: Murrow, David. “Why Men Hate Going to Church: Completely Revised and Updated.” Thomas Nelson, 2011-09-18. iBooks.
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This day?

Posted: February 26, 2013 by donaldsonta in Uncategorized
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A friend reposted this. I’m not a big Rob Bell guy, but this post from him is real solid. I liked it a lot:

how about a short sermon?

“this is the day that God has made.” [psalm 118]

really-this day? the one with wars and poverty and divorce and addiction and betrayal? this one?

yes, this one.

this one because there’s a difference between analysis and awareness.

analysis pulls things apart, looks for cracks in logic, points out the inconsistencies.

analysis needs things to make sense.

there’s nothing wrong with analysis, of course, it’s often vital to our survival and thriving. but if we stay there, in that mode and that mode only, we can easily find ourselves stepping back with arms folded, pointing out all that’s wrong with this day and all the ways it falls short and all of the evidence for why this particular day doesn’t appear to be the kind of day that God would make-all while this day passes us by.

(this is very easy to do, by the way. it’s why cynicism is so popular. it’s easy.)

but in this psalm-the one that says that this is the day that God has made- this psalm isn’t first and foremost about analysis, it’s about awareness.

and the difference is massive.

awareness doesn’t ignore or gloss over the very real questions and pains of this day, it transcends all of that analysis with the very straight forward acknowledgement that whatever this day is, it’s a gift to be embraced and engaged and maybe even enjoyed.

this day maybe be rough and bloody and heartbreaking but it is here and it is now and it is bursting with untold potential and possibility and our response to it is of utmost, urgent importance.

we may, it’s important to note, not get another one. my friend’s brother was recently killed in a car accident, another friend’s father just died, and the mother of another goes in for another round of chemo this week. you know exactly what i’m talking about-whatever this is, we’re all acutely aware that is very, very fragile.

so yes, this is the day.

I forgot to mention this tonight, this TV series starting on 03.03.13. Thought it maybe interesting and you may want to set the DVRs. It’s going to be on the history channel. “The Bible” I think they have an app too if you want to watch “on the go”

From their website…

“The Bible comes to life in HISTORY’s epic new series. From Genesis to Revelation, these unforgettable stories unfold through live action and cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, offering new insight into famous scenes and iconic characters. Created by producer Mark Burnett and featuring an international cast that includes Roma Downey, this 10-hour docudrama explores the sacred text’s most significant episodes, including Noah’s journey in the ark, the Exodus and the life of Jesus.”

Live Second Week 9

Posted: February 25, 2013 by CJNeading in Live Second
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Week 9’s video is Tamara Jolee

Let this week’s discussion begin…

02.25.13 Meeting

Posted: February 23, 2013 by CJNeading in Meetings
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This week we will take our meeting to our roots…Average Joe’s on the corner of old 161 and N Hamilton Rd. Come join us at 7:00 PM Monday night. Terry has some potential exciting news. We will probably be towards the back room to the right of the bar.


“Book Club?”

Posted: February 21, 2013 by CJNeading in Book
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Awhile back we talked about maybe starting a “book club.” Anyone that wanted to participate could take part as they wished. Maybe an occasional meeting to discuss topics in the book or maybe a post discussing each chapter.

Either way we can workout the details later. I was looking to start another book soon and was looking for some accountability. Anyone interested? Any books in mind?

Fair warning I’m not the worlds fastest reader. One could say its because I try and take the time to digest the information but that would be a lie. I just can’t help but nod off no matter how intriguing the book. See what your working with? And why I need some accountability.

Here are a few books in mind…

“Love Does” by Bob Goff

“Plan B” by Pete Wilson

“Why Men Hate Going To Church” by David Murrow

“Radical” by David Platt

“Pastor Dad” by Marc Driscoll (more like an article only 48pgs)

“Money” by Jamie Munson

Pretty much any Driscoll book. I’m a fan

Here is a site with a bunch options Books

Service and Gifts

Posted: February 19, 2013 by donaldsonta in Uncategorized
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I was transporting a patient today that I’ve interacted with a few times. She has a neurological disease that is gradually disconnecting all her motor nerves. Life expectancy of a person with this disease is average 3-5 years from diagnosis.
I felt strongly that God wanted me to speak with her, so I explained a little about our iamsecond group and asked if we could help her with anything.
She told me she didn’t really need anything. Apparently her husband and brother in law are both contractors. I regrouped a little and suggested any other thing at all we could help her with. She persisted that she was fine, and smiled.
Then she actually offered me a wheelchair lift. Her disease has progressed to the point where she can no longer leave the house in a wheelchair. She also said they’re selling the van they got for $1500. It’s kinda beat up, but anyone who’s looked into a handicap van could attest that they’re not cheap.
It was really touching that this woman dealing with a terrible illness was still thinking of the benefit someone else might get from things that she is now too sick to use.
I couldn’t think of a person for the lift right away, but if any anyone knows of a person let me know. It could be a nice blessing for someone.

Live Second Week 8

Posted: February 18, 2013 by CJNeading in Live Second
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Week 8’s video… Brian Sumner

Let Week 8 thoughts and discussion continue…

2.18.13 Meeting

Posted: February 17, 2013 by CJNeading in Meetings
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This week we will venture to crossroads and go to The Winking Lizard at 7pm! Look forward to seeing everyone been a couple weeks for me. And of course a little excited to go to one of my favorite Cleveland bar/grill.

Don’t forget to RSVP via FB so we know who to keep an eye out for.