The ultimate Christmas scam and cool viral Christmas videos

Yahoo has a great article out right now on the 12 scams of Christmas.  Can’t you just here the song in your head?

“…On the first scam of Christmas my true love gave to me a stolen Nintendo Wii”

(feel free to add a line from day 2-12 in the comment section below.)

Here is the list of the scams that Yahoo talks about in the article: Fake holiday help. Fake charities.  Fake check scams.  Counterfeit merchandise. Fake vacation rentals.  Nondelivery of stuff bought online.  Email scams.  Phishing scams.  Watch for the “items-off-of-a-truck” scam. Limited quantities.  Bait and switch. Layaway plans.

Although it was a great article they forgot THE ULTIMATE Christmas scam that millions and millions of people fall for every year, and it’s called the “stuff scam.” What is the stuff scam? Glad you asked. The stuff scam is when the media, and the culture we live in, convince us that the Christmas season is about stuff, and I fall for it every year! Remember, that Christmas is all about this FREE GIFT that we are offered, and that it all starts with the birth of the savior of the world!  Hallelujah!

Here are a couple of really good videos to get you in the right spirit! Remember to sign up to get the Ordained Barisita Delivered directly to you RSS reader or email! You will never know how much it helps!

On Nov.13 2010 unsuspecting shoppers got a big surprise while enjoying their lunch. Over 100 participants in this awesome Christmas Flash Mob. The face on the kid at 1:19 is great!

Check out this really cool video from Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade class in Quinhagak, Alaska. They put together this Hallelujah Chorus video in about 10 hours, it went viral, and it now has over a million hits!

Christmas Lights Theology

Is it just me, or do you have Christmas lights that didn’t make it from last year? They were working when I took them down, at the end of last year, and now —nothing! My neighbor, and good friend, loves conspiracy theories and he sincerely believes that the lights are intentionally made, by the manufacturers, to last 1 or 2 seasons, at the most, so we will keep buying new ones.

Anyway, I had several strands of lights that only about half the lights were working. It was my job was to see if I could find the bulb that was either broken or blown-out, right? If I could find that light bulb, and replace it, then the rest of the strand would light back up, as a result.

It made me start thinking about some of my “lights” that are blown out and, as a result, causing me to live, certain areas of my life, in darkness. So, if my light bulb of patience is busted, then perhaps the light (further down the strand) of “loving my kids” can’t light up as well? You get what I’m saying, right?

What light might be busted on your strand? Right now I’m working on patience and health “bulbs”, so that I can get my entire strand to light up! Feel free to add a dimension to Christmas Light Theology! What happens if none of your lights light up? What is the fuse? Are the colorful blinking lights the charismatic lights and the white lights the Presbyterians lights? Have some fun with it! Make sure to join our mailing list or get The Ordained Barista delivers directly to your reader.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

The band I CAN’T stop listneing to! (Win a CD!)

Ghosts Upon the Earth - Gungor


If you haven’t heard of the Grammy nominated band Gungor then it’s about time that you do, and you’re going to thank me later! Their new album, Ghosts Upon the Earth, is Amazing. I am also a huge fan of their second album, Beautiful Things. Gungor’s music is hard to explain, but if you like bands like David Crowder and Over the Rhine—you will love Gungor! Click on the iTunes button at the top of the screen to check them out in iTunes.

The title, Ghosts Upon the Earth was somewhat inspired by the allegory by C.S. Lewis titled The Great Divorce, in which the “ghosts” of a grey town encounter a heaven that is astonishingly, even painfully, real. “Sometimes it seems like the most real thing is what we can see and experience with our senses around us- this life, the tangible,” explains Michael Gungor. “Ideas like love, like God, these things sometimes feel more disconnected and ethereal, like that’s the ghostly realm. But what if that’s wrong, and God and love is actually what is most real, and we are more like ghosts walking upon the earth, hoping to become more real?”

I hope you will give them a listen this holiday season—you won’t be disappointed!

I will be giving one random person a copy of both of these albums, in CD or iTunes form, if you post a link to this blog post on your facebook wall and tell me that you did so in the comment section below! Good luck!

My top 10 most visited posts of all time!

Hey everyone! At the first of every month, starting in January, I am going to start posting a list of the top posts of from the previous month. But, to start things off, I thought I would just list the top 10 posts that I have all time! So, you can see below what my tops posts are and PLEASE still leave a comment on ANY of them. Just as a side note, my favorite posts of all time are “Colby Did It!” and  “the note left on my car.” (which was #11 on the list)

INFP-Personality Type 569 More stats
Mini-Van Madness 433 More stats
Top 10 Weirdest things ever sold on ebay 422 More stats
Why the Philadelphia Eagles will win the SuperBowl! 231 More stats
SADD (Spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder) 201 More stats
“Why I am quitting Christianity” 197 More stats
Look and see how a Starbucks Barista spelled my wife’s name! 178 More stats
Girl-Scout Cookies, Pajamas, and Aircraft Carriers! 173 More stats
Favorite places to eat out? Friday Fun! 163 More stats
“Colby did it!” 160 More stats
The note on my car.

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Authentic vs. Counterfeit

Have been following all the recent stories about the fake retail stores in China? As It turns out, China has several fake Apple stores and more than a couple fake Starbucks stores. A counterfeit Starbucks? Is nothing sacred?

Do you ever feel like a fake? To be honest with you there are times when my actions and what I say I believe  don’t match up very well, and I feel like a fake. Most of the time this condition is the result of putting my will before the will of God.  That got me thinking about what the Bible says about authentic faith, and how do we know when we are living out of a place of authenticity?

Disclaimer*** Here is what this post is not meant to do. It is not meant to be an “authenticity checklist” or an easy way to get (for you or another person) an “authenticity rating.” I am not going to give you 6 simple steps to the authentic life. (see John 10) This is a post about how my/our behavior is changed  by the transformation of our heart and not merely by the modification of our behavior. The behavior should follow as a result of the heart being transformed.

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:1-2

I love this verse! Authenticity starts when we  understand the mercy of God! “In view of God’s mercy” (step one) we have the strength and desire to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice (step two).This is great! The bigger and more amazing the message of Jesus sacrificial death on the cross (the cross being the biggest example, of many, of God’s mercy to us.) becomes, in your life, the more you can’t help yourself to be transformed by grace-this free gift from God!

As we move into advent let me ask you how big is the cross? How big is the mercy of God in your life? How amazed are you that God loves you so much that he would send his son for you? I hope as we move into advent that God will reveal to all of us just how big the mercies of God are!

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