Thursday, December 17, 2009

Are You A Christian?

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All
this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of
reconciliation." (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)

It’s not just a one time prayer - it’s a whole new lifestyle. You must trust in Jesus alone to save you. Start reading the Bible and obey His commands. Finding a Jesus-centered, Bible-teaching church. Go tell others what God has done for you!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Eco-friendly Star of David

I asked my sister to make me a simple recycled Star of David to hang outside. She made me this fabulous Star of David out of a recycled baby bed. It is 2′ and I can use it inside or outside. She also made a menorah out of the same bed. I’m lucky to have such a talented sister. Keep using those tools Sis!


Monday, December 7, 2009

Green Your Hanukkah

The eco-miracle at the heart of Hanukkah is that one day of oil lasted for eight days; Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the second century and is a good time for us to rededicate ourselves to the larger environmental issues at hand.

How can we make our resources last and green Hanukkah this year? If you are purchasing a new menorah, look for one that is made from recycled material. Ten Thousand Villages has a menorah that is made in India from recycled bicycle chains and the recycled glass menorahs are stunning. Check with your local artisans, many will craft one for you.

Use menorah candles made from renewable ingredients like soy, palm oil, and beeswax.
Opt for an electric menorah. Did you know that every menorah candle that burns produces approximately 15 grams of CO2? It’s not a huge amount, but collectively it adds up.
Make Star of David frames and decorations from Popsicle sticks.
Make your own dreidel from recycled cardboard.
Make your own gifts. Homemade gifts are more special than anything you can buy. Adopt an animal or plant a tree in honor of someone.
Buy recycled Hanukkah cards or better yet make your own. Send an e-card.
Buy only gold coins that are fair trade chocolate.
Keep it green this Hanukkah and rededicate your home with eco-friendly choices.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Do you need an ATTITUDE Adjustment?

You may not be able to immediately change a situation but you can always change your attitude. I have a dear friend that received a very short haircut. And I mean very short! Think the Marine Corps and you get the picture. She was devastated when she looked in the mirror and saw a few tiny sprigs of hair standing up. “I won’t be able to go anywhere for a month," she cried. She was frantically searching for solutions. Do they still sell turbans? Where is the closest wig shop? Can I borrow one of your hats?

It’s not the end of the world I assured her. “People are going to think I am going through chemotherapy,” she replied. That could mean opportunity. . It may open up dialogue with someone you can witness or minister to. Your haircut can actually be a blessing. Just look at the positive. It will take you less time to do your hair and you can have more time for your morning devotion. Just remember Ecclesiastes 3:1

God has a reason for that haircut. You may not know what it is but you can rest assured he has a reason.

We need to promote a positive attitude regardless of the situation.
Look at the most famous haircut in the bible…Samson.

1 Thessalonians 5:18