Happy Christmas!

December 17, 2008

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS! 
Party at engage this Friday, 19 December starting at 7pm.
This is the LAST engage of the year, so bring a friend and a candy cane and play the wii, eat some food, and spread the Christmas cheer! 

Leave a comment or  text Tim or Emily if you will be there! 

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a season of giving

December 17, 2008

Over there on the far right of this page, there’s a list of blogs and links to click on. Do you see the one that’s about halfway down the list? It’s says I Want Water For Christmas. Click on it. Then come back here. 
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Did you see the site? Did you hear about all of the people who are sick and dying purely because of bad or no water? Did you think about how we waste so much water whether it’s through leaving the sink tap on, or throwing away water bottles only half-way empty, or the long, hot showers we take on cold, cold mornings, or……….. Did you see how you can make a difference? Think a bit and try to give to someone this Christmas. Give without expecting any present in return. Give without thinking highly of yourself. Give because God has given to you. 

Because God has given to us, we are able to give to others. Push yourself this Christmas season to give to others just for the sake of love. That’s why Jesus came to us. So go now to others with that same love. 

Be inspired to love generously. And have a happy Christmas.

ejm.

TONIGHT AT ENGAGE

December 12, 2008

Don’t forget tonight we are having a dvd night 7pm @ the calgach centre.  admission £5  – bring a friend
hope to see you all there
TIM:)~

Unfortunately due to a clash of events we have decided to reschedule  ORGANISED CHAOS until the new year.  Please come and join us this Friday @ The Calgach Centre from 7pm for a dvd night. Look forward to seeing you. Tim

let go

December 10, 2008

balloon During the last session at Pulse Camp, Derek Switzer invited us all to let go of whatever we have that is holding us back from intimacy with God. As part of this exercise, Derek had purchased helium balloons for everyone and suggested we write that one thing on the balloon, then leave the building and let the balloon go.
For me the one thing that has been holding me back from real intimacy with God is me, so that what I wrote on my balloon “ME”. As I let go of my balloon I was surrendering myself to God, saying “God take me, break me, change me, use me” The biggest thing that stands in the way of God and me, is me, because I let my ego get in the way. Sometimes I try to impress God, sometimes I try to do things that I think will make God love me more, sometimes I think that my behaviour will make God love me less than he does, or could or should. All of these things stand in the way of my intimacy with God, they act as a barrier between us. All of these things are created by me in my mind and my subconscious . God never changes, he is the beginning and the end the alpha and the omega. Nothing I could ever do will make him love me any less or any more, I could never impress him in any way, shape, form or fashion for he is GOD. When I stop trying and let him take control magic happens!!!!! Tim 🙂

pulse camp re-union

December 4, 2008

check out our pics below from the pulse weekend. It was an amazing weekend 🙂 tim

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change is good

December 3, 2008

Since I’ve been here in Ireland, there has been this ongoing process of change. I’ve been trying very hard to translate my understanding of life and how things work here from an American perspective to a more European, Northern Irish perspective. It’s hard. Everything I’ve ever really known or come to learn is somehow different. It’s kinda like learning a new language. We’re all speaking a language, it’s just that I’m trying to understand you…with my life. That sounds a little confusing.
Anyway, it’s been a weird process when foreign things are really similar to what I’m familiar with, yet still a bit different. Sometimes I feel that way about God. Following God is one of the most natural things for us to do. And I don’t know about you, but when I am with God, everything feels right and natural…it feels like home. But when I’m not following God close and my relationship is distant, things are weird…somewhat familiar, but strangely uncomfortable. Nothing seems to fit right. It’s like I’m constantly trying to translate God’s conversation into my own language to make his words sound like what I want to hear. And it’s not like I’m inherently bad. I don’t want God to say that robbing a bank is good, or that I’m allowed to kill anyone or anything. It’s just that I’m not inherently good. [If you’re wondering what that word means, click on the link for a definition.]
There will always be a struggle to bend God’s word and the plans he has for me to be what I think they should be.  This week, try to stop planning your life the way you think it should go and try letting God lead your life the way he created you to live.

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Time

December 2, 2008

Last week was my week to blog…and I just let time and busyness get away from me and it didn’t get done. So for that, I’m sorry. Busyness should never be an excuse…and that got me thinking. What do we spend all of our time on? I decided to look into my own schedule, but also find some interesting statistics. Here they are:

  • Watching TV was the leisure activity that occupied the most time, accounting for about half of leisure time, on average, for both men and women.  Socializing, such as visiting with friends or attending or hosting social events, was the next most common leisure activity, accounting for about three-quarters of an hour per day for both sexes.
  • On an average day, 83 percent of women and 66 percent of men spent some time doing household activities, such as housework, cooking, lawn care, or financial and other household management.
  • On an average day, nearly everyone age 15 and over (96 percent) engaged in some sort of leisure activity, such as watching TV, socializing, or exercising.  Of those who engaged in leisure activities, men spent more time in these activities (5.7 hours) than did women (5.0 hours).
  • On an average day, adults age 75 and over spent 7.8 hours engaged in leisure activities–more than any other age group; 25- to 34-year-olds and 35- to 44-year-olds spent 4.2 hours engaged in leisure and sports activities–less than other age groups.  

1115832_70520255This is mad to see all off the things that eat up our time! Legitimate things, productive things, not just activities that waste our time. Today, it is rare that many people are lazily sitting around wasting time. Our schedules and lives don’t allow for that. We’ve filled our diaries with good things…but these things leave us very little time for the things that really matter.

It is so easy to shut our families, friends, and God out without even meaning to. How often does a day, week, or month pass before you realise that you’ve really spent quality time with God? And then wonder why he feels so far away. Read this verse.
Be intentional with your time. Take control of your diary and schedule time in with God. Don’t be content with doing good things when you can be fulfilled doing the best thing.