Creative ways to give back during the holidays

The Holidays is a time for family, fun, food, fellowship and for giving and receiving gifts. Although, not everyone is so blessed and fortunate enough to be able to participate in all of these festivities. The reasons for the season vary from person to person, as a Biblical Living writer, many in my audience believe the reason for the season is to remember Christ’s birth. Many who follow this belief should have no trouble agreeing that charity and giving back during the holiday season is important. In fact, Biblical principles suggest that giving charity is a lifestyle, not just a temporary seasonal idea. Here are some interesting and creative ideas for giving back to the Columbus, Ohio community and area:

Nationwide Children's Hospital here in Columbus, OH, is currently in the middle of a campaign.The message is for the central Ohio community to consider giving. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving1Nationwide Children’s Hospital here in Columbus, OH, is currently in the middle of a campaign.The message is for the central Ohio community to consider giving. http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/giving Mary Ellen Peacock









Women around the world are making  beautiful handcrafted products.When you buy one, you’ll help the woman who made it there. And we’ll donate to a local nonprofit that helps a woman in need here.  http://www.sohza.com/ 2. Women around the world are making beautiful handcrafted products.When you buy one, you’ll help the woman who made it there. And we’ll donate to a local nonprofit that helps a woman in need here. http://www.sohza.com/











This season, holiday shoppers in Greater Columbus can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.The program  helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. BeaSantatoaSenior.com












3. This season, holiday shoppers in Greater Columbus can give cheer to area seniors by participating in the Be a Santa to a Senior program.The program helps ensure isolated seniors receive gifts and companionship during the holidays. BeaSantatoaSenior.com  Kristin Danley-Greiner

Today, HandsOn Central Ohio is a multi-faceted organization, with a diversity of programs connecting those in need to resources, and pairing available volunteers to the nonprofit sector. http://www.volunteercentralohio.org/about4. Today, HandsOn Central Ohio is a multi-faceted organization, with a diversity of programs connecting those in need to resources, and pairing available volunteers to the nonprofit sector. http://www.volunteercentralohio.org/about











Columbus Gives Back is for people who want to give back to the community and meet new people through fun and social volunteer opportunities!   http://columbusgivesback.org/
5. Columbus Gives Back is for people who want to give back to the community and meet new people through fun and social volunteer opportunities! http://columbusgivesback.org/


 Sending holiday cards that benefit local charities is a great andeasy way to support a good cause and  spread the word about it. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank offers an appealing holiday tribute ornament. https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/ornament

6. Sending holiday cards that benefit local charities is a great and easy way to support a good cause and spread the word about it. The Mid-Ohio Food Bank offers an appealing holiday tribute ornament. https://www.midohiofoodbank.org/ornament Jon Siegel







For $25, Artist Santa sends you a piece of art and also donates supplies to a classroom in need. http://www.artsicle.com/communities/art-santa-2013

7For $25, Artist Santa sends you a piece of art and also donates supplies to a classroom in need. http://www.artsicle.com/communities/art-santa-2013 Alex Tryon













Toys for Tots recognized a need in this country to help the Under-Privileged children of America. http://columbus-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/about-local-toys-for-tots.aspx
8Toys for Tots recognized a need in this country to help the Under-Privileged children of America. http://columbus-oh.toysfortots.org/local-coordinator-sites/lco-sites/about-local-toys-for-tots.aspx Deidre Krause

One great, easy idea for ordinary people to create a better world is to organize an event through Brown Paper Tickets. The free ticketing company donates 5% of profits from every ticket sold to charities. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.html

9. One great, easy idea for ordinary people to create a better world is to organize an event through Brown Paper Tickets. The free ticketing company donates 5% of profits from every ticket sold to charities. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/browse.htmlBarb Morgen









10. Anyone can “do good” just by buying our items that support the worthiest causes. 50%+ proceeds go to fighting poverty, hunger, disease, environmental degradation and other life-threatening ills around the globe. http://www.dogoodbuy.us Zack Rosenberg



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Random Question

I have been trying to do some extra research in my free time to learn about the differences between:
Covenant theology vs. dispensational theology
And then:
The different types of dispensational theology:
premillennial, progressive, traditional, etc

I was wondering if anyone had a simple, easy, or straight-forward resource about any of these topics or if they simply have an explanation that they just want to share with me! That would be great!
I have not had enough time to delve too much into this research, so for now I just would like a starting point.

Thanks
Alex

Good HomeWord Devotional (today)

Help Me! I’m Stuck!
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.—Philippians 2:4

One day, a centipede walked by a tree where a wise old owl was perched. The owl asked the centipede, “You have so many legs! How do you know which one to move next?” The centipede froze in his tracks. He started thinking. He didn’t know which leg to move so he couldn’t move any. He cried to the owl, “Help me! I’m stuck!” The owl said, “My little friend, you are stuck because you are too focused on yourself. When you are focused on what is going on in the world around you, you have no thoughts about how to move. You simply move.” The centipede looked out to the horizon and saw the sun setting. “How beautiful,” the centipede said. Just then, his legs were freed and he began to walk again.

It’s been reported that Dr. Karl Menninger, a famous psychologist, once gave a lecture on mental health. During a question and answer session that followed his lecture, he was asked, “What advice would you give someone who felt a nervous breakdown coming on?” He replied, “Lock up your house, go across the railway tracks, find someone in need and do something to help that person.”

Both the story and anecdote above remind me that when we focus on ourselves – on our problems and circumstances – we can become inwardly paralyzed, preventing us from being everything that God intends for us to be, including serving others effectively. We can freeze in our own tracks.

Following Christ is not primarily an exercise in introspection, but rather of reaching out to others and lovingly serving them in His name. In times when I’ve been in tough situations, or have felt sorry for myself for some reason, I’ve experienced release from my anxiety by changing my focus to others and getting myself involved in serving. Routine self-evaluation is healthy. An obsession with self is not.

Today, if you are feeling paralyzed by the weight of a difficult personal situation, I encourage you to shift your focus from yourself to the Son and find someone you can serve in His name. The weight will seem lighter and you will start moving again.

New And Dangerous Drug Alert

Salvia Divinorum – (AKA Mint Magic, Sally-D, Divining Sage, herb-of-the-virgin)

Salvia divinorum is an extraordinary visionary herb.It is a species of sage and part of the mint family. It is a powerful hallucinogen. The drug is entirely legal right now, unregulated, and relatively cheap.

I want to warn people about this drug. I am no expert, so I am providing some resources for others to look at and consider carefully.
Center for Parent and Youth Understanding Guide
Sage Wisdom User Guide
Stop teen drug addiction website

The question:
Is Salvia the “new marijuana?”