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 in your computer.
To avoid SPAM on computers we see 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.
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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! ---nice thoughts, even if not quite valid calculations. [Forwarded from C.L. Lefas 2/2007]
"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."
A COMMON WORLDLY EXPRESSION
IN MANNER OF DISGUST
"WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE?"
Notice Seen Also On A Church Building
"There are some things that can be learned by the head, but Christ crucified can only be learned by the heart".
- C.H. Spurgeon -
COLLECTIVE VIEWS ON POLITICS
One might well consider the mind of God and the path of Christians regarding POLITICS, which subject in general in these present days is much affecting and troubling the free nations of the world. It is most likely a 'pawn' of Satan for causing upheavals generally and which also affects Christians. The world is growing into much turmoil as the national news reports, and political loyalties is being used to arouse animosities and civil disobedience. Conservative and Liberal Christians are often thus opposing each other and Satan is the winner in all this!
Those Christians who enjoy politics do not seem to be supported by Holy Scripture, this writer believes, and they are departing from the concept of "ambassadors for Christ" ( 2 Corinthians 5:20) to represent THE ONE WHO SENT THEM, as any worldly ambassador would do. The Christians put themselves on carnal ground it appears, and often thus are opposing the mind of God. The Bible tells the Christians to "...render unto Caesar the things that are Caesars's and unto God the things that are God's" --NOT to be joining a Caesar (note Matt. 22: 20-21; Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1). Much trouble for worldly Christians is in wanting to please their flesh, so they misapply Scripture to try and show God approves disobeying the government OR even getting involved with it. The ONLY scripture showing approval to disobey government has to do with any orders by government and auth-orities to go contrary to God ( i.e. Acts 5:29) ---NOT speaking of being 'contrary' for man's personal carnal ideas about everything.
All mankind are either liberal or conservative by nature, whether or not one chooses to consider self to be neither; though some seem to be extremes either way. Extremes are seldom a good thing! The sad and bad result of this failure by carnal Christians is to oppose the Scriptural assemblies that hold to Bible-only (apart from political ideals) --a serious misbehavior by these. Let us beware of political involvement and remember a true believer is an 'ambassador for Christ' (note also 1 Cor. 7:20; Phil. 3:14; 2 Thess. 1:11); and we MUST take "all the counsel of God" and be "rightly dividing the Word of Truth" as God tells His saints. --RLD: Gd; 1/2021.
At the beginning of a new week, the world calls that day: SUNDAY, seemingly speaking of 'sunshine' or 'sun worship' as some do, it seems; but it is in reality as our God shows in His immutable Word as a SONDAY; as the day our Lord Jesus: God's "...beloved Son" arose from death and made a new beginning for mankind in Himself ---IF one will have Him (note in the Epistle 1 Jn. 5:10-13). This day begins also a new week as well as honor to God as He requests.
The religious world would not have Him when He came and in time the Israelites killed Him. Even today many souls are indifferent that He arose victorious after His death, and care not that He was rejected, but they will have to feel the wrath of His Father (note all of the Gospel of John 14, and meditate on John 3 to see the heart of God for man. The Lord Jesus gave of Himself to pay the price of redemption of our eternal souls, and if one will not receive Him as John 14:6 invites us to have in this "...so great salvation" gift, as God provides, then God has no more to give man. Where will the reader here choose to sojourn on the path forward in the little time left to us here?
Does one want to be saved for Heaven with our Creator-God for much love and blessings, when they leave this world, or do they suppose they will just float around out in outer-space of the stratosphere for fun and exploration as some Christ-rejecters have guessed? Satan surely would have man to think that way. God says: "be not deceived..."! The joy, peace, and eternal blessings with our Creator-God when we leave this world, ought to arouse one to consider this precious gift, which God has provided us now if we will receive it in His "...beloved Son": Jesus, the Christ of God. --RLD: Rd; 02/2021.