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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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-- BIBLE  COUNSEL  -- Feature Page 9
-----------------------------------Information of a practical nature to help Christians in their sojourn and understandings in this world--------------------------------
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 2/07]

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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)

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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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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 - 

RELIGION  AROUND  US
It is quite likely that even to this present date the down-grade trend is much as shown in this survey of 2005, which shows the world turning from God; and more recent reports have also shown less interest over time in Christian Church attendance in America ---a sad commentary.  This study here is "religion" and also including pseudo-Christianity, which does not esteem the Holy Word of God. 
- R. L. D. 03/18.

Associated Press Survey, May, 2005
[Margin of error +3 percentage points; for countries not equal to 100 percent, remainder answered "not sure".]

How important would you say religion is in your own life?

Australia:                     Important - 55%     Not Important - 45%
Canada:                                  "         64                        "         35
France:                                  "         37                        "          63
Germany:                               "         54                        "          46
Italy:                                     "         80                        "          19
Mexico:                                  "         86                        "          14
South Korea:                          "         63                       "          34
Spain:                                     "         46                       "          52
United States                        "         86                       "          14
United Kingdom                      "         43                       "          57

Do you think religious leaders should or should not try to influence governmental decisions?

Australia:                          Should - 22%           Should Not - 75%
Canada:                                   "       25                     "            72
France:                                   "       12                      "            85
Germany:                                "        20                     "            75
Italy:                                      "       30                     "            63
Mexico:                                  "        20                     "            77
South Korea:                          "        21                     "            68
Spain:                                     "        17                     "            76
United States                        "        37                    "             61
United Kingdom:                     "       20                     "            77

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A 2018 survey by PEW Research Center, shows for USA, percentages for a Christian profession as 70.1 % from a survey of 35,000 adults across the land. One can contact the Center for further criteria:

Evangelical Christians 25.4 %
Other General Protestants 21 %
Roman Catholics 20.8 %
Mormons 1.6 %
Ortho Christians 0.5 %
Jehovah Witness 0.8 %
Others vague & uncertain 29.9 %

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