Bible Reading Resources
Below are some resources to guide you to reading through the Bible.
FOR 40+ READING PLANS in dozens of languages and Bible Versions...
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SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS GIVING
Philanthropy is becoming more and more the norm for Americans, with recent studies showing that "no other country comes close" to private charitable giving (in 2004, privately, Americans gave $24.2 billion). And combining American holiday consumerism with a passion for international giving is the latest in philanthropic fashion. The trend, which first started turning heads a few years back with bright yellow LIVEstrong bracelets, has gained even more steam as of late. Headlines and trend-watchers have been abuzz over (product) RED, a line of products (including jeans, iPods, cell phones and credit cards) that donates a portion of proceeds to fight AIDS in Africa. Backed by heavy hitters like Bono and Oprah, (product) RED is everywhere this holiday season. Gap Stores across the nation sold out of RED jeans within days of their release (at $150 a pair, by the way). Charity is in, in a big way. Beyond RED, there are lots of options this holiday season to truly get into the spirit of giving, enjoy your Christmas and give to those in need.
TOMS Shoes' mission is simple. Buy a pair of shoes from their store, and they will donate a pair of matching shoes to a child in need. Founder Blake Mycoskie spent time in South America and saw the field workers wearing alpargatos, a durable traditional slip-on shoe. He was inspired to come back to the States and found TOMS, bringing the shoes to Americans with fashion sense and bringing more shoes to those in need worldwide. TOMS come in a wide array of colors and designs. They look good, you feel good, children get shoes, and everybody wins.
One T-shirt by Edun
For the fashion-forward activists with a little extra dough for Christmas, consider the One shirt by Edun. The shirt, $40 online or at Nordstrom, is pretty rad and is worn by gobs of hip celebrities. One of the coolest aspects of the shirts is that they are made in Lesotho, South Africa, from all African cotton. When you buy one of these shirts, you support African commerce with the West. In addition to that, $10 from every shirt sold goes toward AIDS prevention and medicine in Africa.
iGive works on a simple premise. Shop online through its website at any of its 650 affiliated stores (Barnes & Noble, eBay, Apple, etc.), and those stores will donate a portion of the sale to the charity of your choice. Through this massive site you can do ALL of your shopping at the stores you normally visit anyway, with one key difference: part of the money goes to charity.
Grounds for Change
Grounds for Change is a fair-trade coffee company based out of the Pacific Northwest that sells coffee from all over the globe. Give the gift of joe knowing that you are supporting farmers from South America, Africa and Asia. In addition to supporting fair-trade farmers the world over, Grounds for Change donates a portion of profits to children's environmental education programs and uses only renewable "green" energy. Grounds for Change is a member of Co-Op America, an organization of socially responsible businesses. Plus the coffee tastes good.
If you (and your gift receiver) are OK without actual gifts changing hands at Christmas, then check out the gift catalog at these organizations. You can honor that special someone with the gift of a goat. Although a goat might not seem useful to your friend, it can provide milk and dairy products for a whole family in Kenya. You can donate items such as fishing kits, freshwater wells and wheelchairs to families in impoverished nations across the planet.
SAMARITAN'S PURSE Catalog
WORLD VISION Catalog
Photography by Jeremy Cowart with reflections by Jena Lee
This book seeks to raise awareness for the AIDS epidemic in Africa through compelling photography paired with powerful reflections. A percentage of proceeds go toward Blood:Water Mission, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and promoting clean blood and clean water in Africa.
EDITTED FROM: Danny Miller is an editorial intern at RELEVANT Magazine and a student at the University of Central Florida. He has a very socially minded Christmas list.
A place to confess
Our goal is to create relationships that dont foster secrecy, but sometimes until you get to that point, you need another outlet. Here is a site where you can confess.
Evangelical Environmental Network
The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) is a non-profit organization that seeks to educate, inspire, and mobilize Christians in their effort to care for God’s creation, to be faithful stewards of God’s provision, and to advocate for actions and policies that honor God and protect the environment.
EEN’s work is grounded in the Bible’s teaching on the responsibility of God’s people to “tend the garden” and in a desire to be faithful to Jesus Christ and to follow Him. EEN publishes materials to equip and inspire individuals, families, and churches; and seeks to educate and mobilize people to make a difference in their churches and communities, and to speak out on national and international policies that effect our ability to preach the Gospel, protect life, and care for God’s Creation.
This is a great men's growth and accountability resource.
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This is a great resource in the face of addiction.
MARRIAGE RESOURCES: A Weekend to Remember
The intricascies of life can complicate any marriage and create tension. It's easy to feel confused or angry, frustrated or alone. A Weekend to Remember will restore your vision of what it looks like to pursue a marriage that works.
Alternative Christmas giving ideas: www.rethinkingChristmas.com
Persecuted Christians: Open Doors International Catalog
Relief: Samaritans Purse Catalog
Wheelchairs FreeWheelChair Mission
Slavery/Human Trafficking Shop Sanctuary
Click here to download a booklet put together to help parents wade through the Santa Claus Dilemma.
Click here for a shorter flyer from the St. Nickolas Center.
Click here for your Advent Calendar.
See Also SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS GIVING Below for more gift ideas.
Here are some great resources from the Orange County Fire Authority: