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
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.
-- BIBLE COUNSEL -- Feature Page 9
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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%;
11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%;
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 2/07]
"When it hurts to look back, and you are afraid to look forward, look beside you
---God is there!"
- Author unknown
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)
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."
SOME UNDERSTANDING OF MT. SINAI
The documentary movie: SEARCH FOR MT. SINAI ---MOUNTAIN OF FIRE is on DVD and is really great and informative. One might rent it at the local library and maybe find it a real blessing. It is recom- mended for Christians to get it and invite friends to view it with you. It is an expedition by Bob Cornuke and Larry Williams to Sinai and Saudi Arabia to see the famous mountain where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. The pictures are very revealing. It is reported that they had to sneak into Saudi Arabia to get to it, since the government there will not give permission for one to go there.
Secular history shows Mt. Sinai as a mountain in the place chosen by Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, to be the location of where Moses received the tablets, but many researchers over the years have said it does not meet the Bible description. The RC religion has promoted it as being there and the secular world has just accepted that.
Christians will find a blessing and knowledge in seeing this movie. It might be available at Amazon.com if one would like to buy it ---well worth having for reference. - R. L. DeWitt: GM67
Religion Is Not God's Way For Mankind
An Overview By R. L. DeWitt 12/16
A seeker after God must come to appreciate His eternal majesty and should meditate on Genesis 1:1, John 1:1-2; Heb. 1:10, and know that He is not limited; and is manifest as a Trinity ---Father, Son, and Holy Spirit who loves His creation and man, and is manifest to man as God of all the universe (note Psa. 46:10; Isa. 45:22; etc.). Jesus--the Christ, is God in the flesh (see Matt. 17:4 &5; John 10:27-30; John 17:21). The Lord Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father, but by me" (John 14: 6) ---for He is Deity manifest. Seekers need to call upon Him in faith to have any part in our Creator-God!
There are many religions (literally meaning: RIGHTEOUS TYPE WORKS) to accomodate man's philosophies and interests in the world (note James 1:26-27), but God did not call man to look to religions for hope, rather only to KNOW HIM by faith and trust HIS WORD OF TRUTH (the Holy Bible). This is the mind of God as the way of salvation, the hope for mankind, and the pathway for obedience and blessings. He spoke audibly to the Patriarchs of olden times and through Prophets, and gave them many ordinances and offerings to learn, as a type of His "...great salvation" to come from Himself in a later time. The faithful Old Testament saints of Israel had the care and blessings of God and sought to honor Him in their life by trust, ordinances, and services; and this to be until the Messiah came: Jesus, the Christ of God. Sadly most Israelites rejected Him when He came and yet continue so, and ordered Him killed when He came to earth (see the four Gospel books in the Bible New Testament). His resurrection proved the love of God in taking away the condemnation of sin, for ALL MANKIND who will receive the Savior in faith and devotion ---for that judgment due us fell on "God's beloved Son" ---OUR INTERCESSOR, if we will have Him.
We now live in the age of GRACE in the Bible New Testament, rather than the religious works of man as in olden times to receive and obey God as given. Note John 1; John 3; John 14; Rom. 8, for a foundation of grace now to have salvation and eternal blessings as the "children of God". The Holy Bible is a record and message about the mind and truth of God, to which we ought to take heed ---even daily: "rightly dividing the Word of Truth". God always wants man to know Him and learn to trust and obey Him, so He has spoken to us today by His immutable Word. If we hear God and call upon Him in faith, we can have His presence if we honor and receive His "...beloved Son". For Israel this all meant God's presence in a believer by faith, devotions, and obedience to all ordinances; and some of them did honor God.. Today our calling is unto the Christ of God in faith and devotion.
- SOME SUMMARY THOUGHTS -
1. The Bible history as God shows, speaks of His overall great purposes in creation, and shows how He made man to have children to love, who would learn to love and obey Him as their Father. He did not need more Angels who always obey and serve Him, but He wanted children somewhat "in the image of God" with creative minds and liberty to choose, and to love ---though needing time to mature and learn to appreciate their God and not be self-indulgent. Rebellion would not be tolerated.
2. God made Satan (the fallen Angel) with independence to represent all darkness and disorder and ruin outside of the Creator ---a judgment against rebellious mankind (Genesis 3); and He knew full well what Satan would do, and had a plan to deal with him in the end of the trials and testing times.
3. God wants man to be faithful and not challenge God's Word, or reject every thing he does not fully comprehend in his childish mind; even as a father in the world would for his children to bring blessings.
4. It has rightly been said: "The only religion God gave to the world was to Israel in the Old Testament, and He took that away from them at the Cross" ---actually fulfilling it.
5.. We have today a New Testament established for the Church and mankind, which is the Word of hope by grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. God's Word in the Holy Bible is all about what God wants us to know (John 3:13), and when man makes a religion out of it (rituals, ceremonies, man's ordinances, hierarchy, creeds, etc.) he perverts the message of God in His "Word of Truth". If one wants to have a set of rules and rulers, doctrines, ceremonies and innovations for his path, he will form a religion (formulated man-made rituals), but that was not and is not the mind of God. One needs to decide if salvation of his soul, peace and blessings in this life and for eternity, is important; then he can come to God in the secret of his heart, and read His Word to see the Gift of life eternal and blessings, standards, and expectations of the Creator-God for the Church --the Bride of Christ.
We learn from the historical record of the Old Testament about creation and God's dealings with man and His covenant people of Israel; and we learn in the New Testament about the Salvation of souls, the Church as the Bride of Christ, and God's beloved Son --our only hope (that which Israel rejects today). It is a record of truth and one can reject that mercy and hope, but that is rejecting the way of salvation and blessings forever. - RLD: Gd-M: 12/16