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GENERAL  INTEREST

BE ON GUARD about opening e-mail attachments which are forwarded from some source by well-meaning friends, and never open attachments from unknown people, else you may get a virus.  

To avoid SPAM on computers I noticed on one web site they tell their visitors to only post their e-mail address with AT instead of @, and advise those who wish to contact them to change it to  @ before mailing.  That might work for a private and personal e-mail address to friends. This way may block a spyware search machine from gathering addresses for mass mailings.  It requires a human to read and make the change, which is not the way advertisements and bulk mailings are done. Interesting thought.

Often, some hackers/scammers copy the Logo of a sound company or bank, and pretend to be them in asking for personal information, so beware!   - RLD 

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E-MAIL  HOAXES are often sent by well- meaning friends, telling some fantastic story
or quite believable event, and it turns out to
be a hoax.  One would do well to go to the web site: www.snopes.com and check with them about the story to see if it is true. 

 Christians should not be in a hurry to "broadcast" a story to others if they are not sure of it.  It may also be a means to allow spyware into the computer to target one for advertisements.

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A MATHEMATICAL VIEWPOINT

What Equals 100%? What does it mean to give MORE than 100%?   Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?   We have all been in situations where someone wants you to give over 100%. How about achieving 101%?   What equals 100% in life?

Here's a little mathematical formula that might help you answer these questions to ponder upon:

If:  A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z   is represented as: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26;   

then: H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K
8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%;

And: K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%;

But, A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E
1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%.

Now look how far the love of God will take you:
L- O- V- E-O-F-G-O-D
12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty??:  While Hard work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there, it's the Love of God that will put you over the top!

[Forwarded from C.L. Lefas 2/2007]

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"When it hurts to look back, and you are afraid to look forward, look beside you 
---God is there!"
- Author unknown
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BIBLE TEACHING

If you are born once
You will die twice,
But if you are born twice
You can only die once,
And perhaps not at all.
(Consider John 3 in KJV)
-RLD-

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Winston Churchill is quoted as having once said: "Most people, sometime in their lives, stumble across truth. Most jump up, brush themselves off, and hurry on about their business as if nothing had happened."

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A COMMON EXPRESSION IN DISGUST

"WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING
FOR GOD'S SAKE?"​
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"There are some things that can be learned by the head, but Christ crucified can only be learned by the heart".  
- C.H. Spurgeon
SETTING STANDARDS
It might seem wise to set standards for many things in life to secure quality, unity, assurance, lasting satisfaction, etc.; but such standards as man often sets are carnal (worldly and self-serving), and truly not lasting more than a brief time ---which may very well be shorter than one supposes.   Concerning eternal issues and a Godly life,  man should not presume to set his own life standards and ways apart from our Creator-God. The pride of man often as-sumes he knows what is best for the road ahead in life, but the wise person will seek to conform to the Creator-God for sucsess in his endeavors.  

God says: "He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him"  (Hebrews 11:6); and this must be as John 3 and John 14 shows. Many testimonies have shown such truth to be the valid and wise way. See also Proverbs 3:5-6; Isa. 55:8-9; Heb. 3:7-13; etc.

While setting a personal path for success and happiness in this life, a wise person will seek our loving God's mind in prayer and by His immutable Word. Otherwise it is very likely that the choices, though seeming profitable, may go contrary to honoring God ---Satan will see to that (note 2 Cor.4:4; and see Isa. 26:3-4 and the Epistle 1 Jn. 5:10-12 for a remedy); and receive the new life in God now for His standards as given: -- i.e "whosoever believeth" (John 3:16; Romans 8; etc.). - RLD: Gd; 04/2020.
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A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
The Tragedy of Ecumenical Unfaithfulness

With heart so kind and gentle
And sympathetic eye,
With touching deep affection
And loyal, tender tie;  
Was LOVE betrothed to DOCTRINE
To hold him all her days, 
And walk the path of gladness
United in their ways.

Her younger sister also
Had qualities as fair,
Of caring, selfless, kindness
And warmth without compare;
Thus UNITY was drawn to
The husband of her youth,
And pledged herself forever
To be the bride of TRUTH.

But Time, with bitter envy,
Across the testing years,
Pursued the slow erosion
Of happiness to tears;
Till LOVE began to weary
of DOCTRINE's pleasant voice,
And UNITY grew cold to
The partner of her choice.

Then LOVE began to notice
The charms of HERESY,
And awed by his opinions
She wanted to be free;
And UNITY perceived that
Her virtues were desired
By many, many others
Whose ways she so admired.

At length two precious unions
So promising, so blest,
Were darkened by delusion,
Disloyalty, unrest;
Till came the day of sorrows
And rending vows of youth,
When LOVE divorced her DOCTRINE
And UNITY her TRUTH.

[author unknown - forwarded by
W. Knapp 8/2004]


 True Love is a heart of kindness, loyal affection too, 
And Unity speaks of caring, and communion --'tis true;  
And what's seen in this sad story of these most precious things, 
Is loss for God's own glory, and what vanity brings;  
For true love and truth and doctrine in unity must bind, 
And always show devotion together for God's mind. -RLD, 5/2010

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EVIL AND WICKEDNESS
One was heard to say: "Evil is Live spelled backwards". That is an interesting observation, and we might say that the life God expects for man to live in His creation, is rapidly turning backward to evil in our present day. EVIL is things contrary to God as He shows us in His "Word of Truth"; and it is early steps toward WICKEDNESS, which is abominable, vile, heinous, harmful (note Eccl. 8:12-13); being also a description of the world under the rule of the political and religious Beasts, shown in the Book of Revelation to come as God says (Rev. 13). 
Hopefully our conscience would not be seared to accept evil around us and give up godliness; AND hopefully that we will not be here yet in this scene when wickedness reigns overall, but then be with the Lord above. That depends on "what think ye of Christ --whose son is He?" (note Mathew 22:41-46); and the Pharisees there did not want to answer what Jesus spoke --that the Christ had come from God.     - RLD: GMd; 03/2020.
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