Jonathan Chacko

Faith and the Trappings of Life

Date Night

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Tonight I went on a little date with my wife, @subi_chacko.

Sadly, this event is a more rare than it should be, but The Lord gave us a good, fruitful time together. What happened of note? Nothing too much.

We enjoyed a long drive to Buorn Giorno in Grapevine, TX. There we had simple conversation, drank coffee, apple cider and enjoyed one another’s presence. It was a date. A good time. A great time with the love of my life.

Thankful.

Posted by admin on January 22, 2013 | Posted in Family, Life, Love | Tagged , , , , | Comment

I Love My Pride

I hate pride. I hate my pride, but apparently I love it too.

It’s my opinion (and I think it’s Biblical too) that pride is the worst sin a man or woman can commit. Before those of you who know your theology beat me over the head with the idea that no sin is greater than another, please don’t misunderstand me. I am NOT saying that pride has more weight or demands a greater punishment as a sin. I am saying that the ramifications that pride has upon your body, mind and soul to be able to operate is far greater than other sins and is indeed a precursor to a multitude of other sins.

This is not a new idea and I am well aware of that, but I wanted to testify to this from my personal experience.

Posted by admin on September 8, 2012 | Posted in Faith, Family, Life, Love | Tagged , , , | Comment

Scariest Place to be

Where is the scariest place you could ever be?
The scariest place that I could ever be, is a place of pride. Sadly, I find myself in this place too often.
James 4:6

But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6 ESV)

Is God opposing you? How terrible is that? I think of the times in my life, in my week or even in my day and I know that I’ve been prideful.

I need to be humble. Not out of a desire for God’s grace, but because I have received it.

Are you humble? Is God opposing you? Have you received God’s grace?

Theologians: I understand the context of this verse and it’s place in slavation study.

Posted by admin on January 25, 2012 | Posted in Church, Faith, Life | Tagged , , , , | Comment

I Like Giving & other interesting links from the week

  1. I came across this website awhile back, but hadn’t given it much attention until a recent tweet of the site came from @samsonvarughese .ilikegiving.comILikeGiving.com – stories of giving and ideas of how to better give.
  2. This is a VERY well written and storyboarded ad from Australia brought to us by Advocate.com. The goal of the ad is misguided and another is example of the “because it can be done, it should be done” logic taking over our global society. Enjoy the ad :) I encourage you to watch the ad before you read the paragraph.
  3. Musical artist, Derek Webb, has written an insightful and thought-provoking article on why giving music away is better than the digital download hysteria we currently operate in. Giving it Away: How Free Music Makes More Than Sense

Posted by admin on December 3, 2011 | Posted in Faith, Life, Love | Comment

Day One: Roll with it

Day One: “Roll with it
The morning started off early with the whole team meeting at the office by 8:30am. Arriving with large, sturdy, overpacked suitcases in hand, we lined them up to be weighed. International travel allows for bags to be 50 lbs or under and we each have meticulously packed each bag to be sure they come in under weight.

After a time of chatting and laughing with fellow workers at the office, our friends who have graciously risen from their typically restful Saturday morning sleep, gather round the twelve of us to pray over us and ask for the Lord’s protection and provision.

Herded like cattle, we load into a 12 passenger van with a truck trailing behind containing most of our bags. Some of us are tired from the lack of sleep that comes with packing all night, preparing for a 16 hour flight and two weeks away from home, but you can also see the look of excitement in everyone’s eyes too.

The phrase “roll with it” seems to be our slogan for the day and may prove to be our slogan for the trip. The duality of the meaning makes me laugh and smile (my dad love puns) and this pun will proves punishing. First stated in reference to taking our rolling suitcases and actually rolling them; “roll with it” also clearly connotes the flexibility that must be expected when traveling internationally with a group.

More Personal

This morning I woke up after my hour of sleep excited and slightly anxious for what was ahead. Having not totally finished packing, I had to hustle to be sure every was placed in it’s proper bag and that nothing was forgotten.

Thankfully I was able to grab a quick breakfast of a ripe pear and some instant, Maple & Brown Sugar Quaker oatmeal (only the best). My newly announced a fiancé was able to get up early and join me for breakfast and to see me off :)

Expectations

I have attempted to approach this opportunity with few expectations, but I have found that nearly impossible. Here are a few expectations I have about my time in India and with a team.

  • I will get lots and lots of chai tea
  • I will constantly be sleep deprived
  • I will grow closer and in unity with my fellow teammates
  • I will be annoyed at one or more of my teammates by the 8th hour of travel
  • I will be humbled beyond what I can expect by the power of God and His mighty works
  • I will feel guilt over the disparity between life in the US and life in India
  • I will need to ask for help when I won’t want to ask
  • I will really enjoy this trip

Prayer Requests

Here are a few ways you can pray for me.

  • Pray continued safety and the Lord’s protection on our flights and travel. 20 more hours of travel left before we arrive in India.
  • Pray the Lord would unite the whole team going
  • Pray God would use us to bless all those we encounter and to be an encouragement to them
  • Pray that we would get rest on our flights so that we have energy for the days of intense travel and ministry ahead
  • Pray that my heart ( and the team’s hearts) would be opened to whatever God has to show us today, tomorrow and for the following days

Thank you for reading, supporting and praying. Please leave comments or email me to let me know how each of you is doing.

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Posted by admin on November 5, 2011 | Posted in Gospel for Asia, Life, Missions | Tagged , , | Comment

God Is Merciful and I Need His Mercy

Upon hearing the sermon this morning shared by Mike Wilkerson, my first thought was,

“This is not what I need to hear today. Couldn’t there have been a better sermon for today?”

As much as the teaching was not what I was hoping to hear, the scripture used was such a great reminder.

14Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4:14 – 16

The speaker shared about our need for Christ’s mercy in Our Suffering and in Our Sin. Christ empathizes with our pains, struggles, defeats and faults. Because of this, we can approach His throne boldly  – not with pride – but with confidence knowing that He extends mercy toward us over and over again.

Christ is merciful and I am a sinner saved by His grace. Each and everyday I am in need of His mercy because I falter, stumble and fail so often. Praise God that His mercies are new every morning and that I have access to Him.

God is merciful and I need His mercy.

Posted by Jonathan on July 17, 2011 | Posted in Faith, Life | 1 Comment

Online Writing Challenge – Day 4

Post-It Question by Jenny Blake

That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? . . . Shakespeare will never be made by the study of Shakespeare. Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.
(Author: Jenny Blake)

My Response

One of my biggest problems is that I do not understand how to apply the design knowledge I have to create a wonderful, good looking, usable web site. I know all the principles of design and the principles of usability, but when it comes time to create a website, all those principles go out the window and I just create.

How can I better apply my design knowledge to practical web design and development?

Posted by Jonathan on June 9, 2011 | Posted in Design, Life | Tagged , , , | Comment

Online Writing Challenge – Day 3

One Strong Belief by Buster Benson

It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

The world is powered by passionate people, powerful ideas, and fearless action. What’s one strong belief you possess that isn’t shared by your closest friends or family? What inspires this belief, and what have you done to actively live it?

(Author: Buster Benson)

My Response

One belief I have that my closest friends and family do not share is the belief that each and every individual needs to hear the fact that Jesus Christ loves them, died for them and wants to give them an abundant life if they would accept.

How am I actively living this out? One way that I attempt to live this is out is by helping a non-profit raise funds to get the word out about the Gospel to villages, families and individuals in South Asia that have never once heard about the love of God.

Also, I share with those around me about the love of Christ when I think they might have never heard. Growing up in America, a so-called “christian” nation, so many poeple heard of God, but have never truly encountered Him. Once you encounter Him there is no turning back. You either accept or reject His gift.

You can have the abundant life with Christ or a life void of Christ, His love and direction.

Posted by Jonathan on June 6, 2011 | Posted in Faith, Life, Writing | Tagged , , | Comment

Online Writing Challenge – Day 2

Today by Liz Danzico

Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. The force of character is cumulative. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

If ‘the voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks,’ then it is more genuine to be present today than to recount yesterdays. How would you describe today using only one sentence? Tell today’s sentence to one other person. Repeat each day.

(Author: Liz Danzico)

My Response

I felt isolated even though I was surrounded by friends and when the walls of isolation came down the feelings that arose only made me want to put the walls back up again.

This was written in response to http://ralphwaldoemerson.me/liz-danzico.

Posted by Jonathan on June 1, 2011 | Posted in Life, Writing | Comment