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.
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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."
GOD'S PROVISIONS IN HIS SON
Savior! lead us by Thy power
Safe into the promised rest;
Choose the path, the way whatever
Seems to Thee, O Lord, the best;
Be our Guide in every peril,
Watch and keep us night and day,
Else our foolish hearts will wander
From the strait and narrow way.
Since in Thee is our redemption,
And salvation full and free,
Nothing need our souls dishearten
But forgetfulness of Thee;
Naught can stay our steady progress,
More than conquerors we shall be,
If our eye, whate'er the danger,
Looks to Thee, and none but Thee.
In Thy presence we are happy;
In Thy presence we're secure;
In Thy presence all afflictions
We can easily endure;
In Thy presence we can conquer,
We can suffer, we can die;
Wandering from Thee we are feeble;
Let Thy love, Lord, keep us nigh.
W. Williams - 1717-1791 A.D.-
- Little Flock Hymn -
Correspondence About Career Choices
MILITARY AND GOVERNMENT SERVICE
Regarding your thoughts, I do not know what brother: J. N. Darby and other esteemed Bible teachers of old said about military service, as you queried, but I suppose they would have discouraged it, as I would. It does not appear suitable for a child of God, which is a calling to "holiness" ---purity. This is different than the necessary warfare of Israel under God, which I could speak about. Saints in this age are as "ambassadors for Christ" (2 Cor. 5:20, and should be as those living in a foreign country and representing the one who sent us.
Let me just speak generally about military service. There is both enlistment and the draft to consider. We don't presently use a draft in this country, so it remains only a choice. I do not think the military is a good choice for a professing Christian, and neither is other enforcement work, for they both put a professing Christian into a compromising situation where they must use physical force in the course of their work, and may need to take away a life ---consider the "dove" in Matthew 10:16 and note references to "sheep" in the New Testament. I do not mean to discredit such worldly work, which is ordained by God for order (Rom. 13). We should be thankful to God for this care, realizing too that BAD government comes from citizens ignoring God and His holy "Word of Truth" (not about Christian need to be political). God has said: "...them that honor Me, I will honor".
The military service is a necessary part of any government, and as long as there are young men willing to participate in it a draft is not needed. If there is a draft, a Christian may be called to go, but they can usually select a non-violent place to meet their requirement to serve, such as medical or food services, or some technical or supply work (especially possible for them if they already have some little experience with it).
There are also a number of other careers where a Christian might also find themselves in defiling situations and using extreme means to deal with them. One ought to discern this, seek after holiness, and choose to honor God in their career choices. If a young person is not a Christian and is looking to the military to learn a trade or get college benefits, that might seem a good choice to him, but his Christian parents ought to try to dissuade him and to reach his goals otherwise. There are other good options.
Now, having said this, I must also add that we can be thankful that God has ordained government for mankind that there be order in this sinful world. God will also preserve and bless a government that seeks to acknowledge and honor Him, as we can see worldwide and in the Word of God. A true child of God is called out of the world's way, but needs to be subject to governments and not oppose them (see Romans 13), and should trust God to care for His saints. Believers in Christ are not of this world (John 15:19; John 17:14; etc.), though they are yet here a little while as servants of the Lord. This all speaks of a people who have a spiritual new birth and are called unto holiness (as John 3; John 14; 2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 4:24; etc). The world has different values, and we can pray for God's care and blessings on all souls who seek good ways.
The Holy Scripture makes a distinction between the world and God's way for a child of God. "Turning the other cheek", as God enjoins His children, is hardly the way the world would respond to offenses. God sets forth a different path and values for His own (see Luke 20:24-25; etc.). We are to be subject to governments, and though God does not give us a mandate for our course, He sets forth His standards for a faithful one to receive. We are not under divine ordinance, but grace, and it is a matter of individual conscience to embrace "holiness" (purity of God).
I do not see a problem with government employment, for there are positions there which are honorable (see Phil.4:22) ---this does not include political careers. We just need to avoid legalism in all this, and counsel saints of God to walk circumspectly in a godly way; and "Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men" (Col.3:23).
I hope these few thoughts will be of some help. Look up always!
- Sincerely in Christ, Robert DeWitt