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. 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)
A TALK ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE
[Critical issues for parents to consider, and adapted here for ministry]
I understand your concerns. It appears to me to be very important that every Christian parent set an appropriate time and appropriate place, to talk with their pre-adolescent and teenage children about issues of life. With such things as street drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pre-marital sex on the increase, our children are under attack and at greater risk today than ever before. Certainly we need to emphasize the importance of honoring the Lord in their walk and testimony, beside attending church meetings. For children who have been reared close to the Lord and close to their parents, many of these Godly truths are already understood and appreciated, but we should not take such matters for granted. Social and peer influences on them are strong.
Increasing immoral and permissive value systems in our society, and greater freedoms being encouraged by humanistic philosophies among friends, and even in schools, is teaching children it is normal and acceptable to begin experimenting with their own lives and destinies, before they are mature and properly emancipated from the home. This undermines efforts by the parents to teach sound values, and leaves our youth often challenging their parents, saying: "Everybody is doing it" (which is always the concern of young people). As an old grandfather I have heard that remark for years, but I perceive the influence and dangers are greater today.
As a guide to this vital child conference, my friend, I will share some thoughts I believe are important, as I have learned as a family counselor over the years:
A. At an appropriate time, and apart from distractions, a parent ought to have a little conference about the future with only the teenager present---early teens as 13-14 is best. To avoid anxiety and concerns it ought to be done with little advance notice and discussion, I believe. It may be better for one parent to take the youth aside for a chat, while the other entertains younger children. One should not be apprehensive ---just do it prayerfully. Young people expect some guidance, though pride often does not allow much show of appreciation; and we as parents may feel somewhat uncomfortable in this, but if handled as a friendly chat both may do well and feel glad.
B. The talk, or discussion, should be pleasant, relaxed, a discussion and talking, not a lecture. It must be a casual and supportive thing. One might make a short list of important subjects, if it will help.
C. However the meeting is handled, the issues ought to be their future plans, seeking to honor the Lord, the good and bad influences around them, social and sexual maturity, and dangers of bad choices. These are critical issues in our society.
1. One might ask the youth if they have thought any about what they want to be doing with their life. If they are not used to open discussions with the parents, they may just "grunt or mumble" an answer. Be patient and supportive.
2. It could begin by saying you just want to talk about some issues of life: schooling, college or technical school, or other career plans, good and bad influences, some dangers and pitfalls, etc.
3. It is important that they at least understand you are interested in things going well for them, and you want to be a help and always ready and open to discuss things as they face issues.
4. It is important that you talk about good and bad influences of their peers, and the need to "stand on one's own two feet" and make sound decisions, rather than follow the crowd. Ask what they think about that, and if they find it possible.
5. It is important to remind them that as they mature they are going to be looking at other boys and girls and learning to relate properly to them; and they need to understand that social relations doesn't mean following the group, reckless and wild behavior, being popular, abusing their bodies, etc. That is not good social relations, but animal behavior, and dangerous, and certainly not pleasing to God. They need to practice being pleasant to all and showing common courtesies, but not just a follower.
6. It is important that they be reminded of the need to stay close to the Lord, and seek to honor Him in all things that they say or do or think. He will then guide one ---"...them that honor Me, I will honor" (1 Sam. 2:30; Isa. 29:13).
7. The importance of setting good goals and values and habits early will direct their lives and help keep them from trouble. Much prayer for them is very important.
I hope these few thoughts will be of some help.
- Sincerely in Christ, R. DeWitt, 3/06.