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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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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]
"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 - 
The Donut Master
(Presumably A True Story)

There was a boy by the name of Steve who was attending college where Professor Christianson taught seminary. He had an open-door policy and would take in any student who had been thrown out of another class as long as they would abide by his rules. Steve had been kicked out of his sixth period and no other teacher wanted him, so he went into Professor Christianson's seminary class. Steve was told that he could not be late, so he arrived just seconds before the bell rang, and he would sit in the very back of the room. He would also be the first to leave after the class was over.

One day, Professor Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. After class, Professor Christianson pulled Steve aside and said: "You think you're pretty tough, don't you?" Steve's answer was, "Yeah, I do." Professor Christianson asked: "How many pushups can you do?" Steve said: "I do about 200 every night." "200? That's pretty good, Steve," Professor Christianson said. "Do you think you could do 300?" Steve replied: "I don't know... I've never done 300 at a time." "Do you think you could?" again asked Professor Christianson. "Well, I can try," said Steve.

"Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I need you to do 300 in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it," Professor Christianson said. Steve said: "Well... I think I can... yeah, I can do it." Professor Christianson said: "Good! I need you to do this on Friday."

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, Professor Christianson pulled out a big box of donuts. Now these weren't the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited. It was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend.

Professor Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked: "Cynthia, do you want a donut?" Cynthia said, "Yes." Professor Christianson then turned to Steve and asked: "Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Cynthia can have a donut?" Steve said: "Sure," and jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk. Prof. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia's desk.

Prof. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked: "Joe do you want a donut?" Joe said, "Yes." Prof. Christianson asked," Steve would you do ten pushups so Joe can have a donut?" Steve did ten pushups, Joe got a donut. 

And so it went; down the first aisle, Steve did ten pushups for every person before they got their donuts and down the second aisle, until Prof. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was captain of the football team and center of the basketball team. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship. 

When Prof. Christianson asked: "Scott do you want a donut?" Scott's reply was, "Well, can I do my own pushups?" Prof. Christianson said: "No, Steve has to do them." Then Scott said, "Well, I don't want one then."

Prof. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked: "Steve, would you do ten pushups so Scott can have a donut he doesn't want?" Steve started to do ten pushups. Scott said: "HEY! I said I didn't want one!" Prof. Christianson said: "Look, this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don't want it." And he put a donut on Scott's desk.

Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down. You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow. Prof. Christianson started down the third row. Now the students were beginning to get a little angry. Prof. Christianson asked Jenny: "Jenny, do you want a donut?" Jenny said, "No." Prof. Christianson asked Steve: "Steve, would you do ten pushups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn't want?" Steve did ten, Jenny got a donut.

By now, the students were beginning to say "No" and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks. Steve was also having to really put forth a lot of effort to get these pushups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face; his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved.

Prof. Christianson asked Robert to watch Steve to make sure he did ten pushups in a set because he couldn't bear to watch all of Steve's work for all of those uneaten donuts. So Robert began to watch Steve closely.

Prof. Christianson started down the fourth row. During his class, however, some students had wandered in and sat along the heaters along the sides of the room. When Prof. Christianson realized this; he did a quick count and saw 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it. Prof. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set.

Steve asked Prof. Christianson: "Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?" Prof. Christianson thought for a moment: "Well, they're your pushups. You can do them any way that you want."

Prof. Christianson went on. A few moments later, Jason came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled: "NO! Don't come in! Stay out!" Jason didn't know what was going on. Steve picked up his head and said: "No, let him come."

Prof. Christianson said: "You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten pushups for him." Steve said: "Yes, let him come in." Prof. Christianson said: "Okay, I'll let you get Jason's out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?" Jason said: "Yes." "Steve, will you do ten pushups so that Jason can have a donut?" Steve did ten pushups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down.

Prof. Christianson finished the fourth row, then started on those seated on the heaters. Steve's arms were now shaking with each pushup in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. Sweat was dropping off of his face, and by this time, there was not a dry eye in the room. The very last two girls in the room were cheerleaders and very popular. Prof. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked: "Linda, do you want a doughnut? Linda said, very sadly: "No, thank you." Prof. Christianson asked Steve: "Steve, would you do ten pushups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn't want?" Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow pushups for Linda.

Then Prof. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan: "Susan, do you want a donut?" Susan, with tears flowing down her face, asked, Bro. Christianson: "Can I help him?" Prof. Christianson, with tears of his own, said: "No, he has to do it alone. Steve, would you do ten pushups so Susan can have a donut?"

As Steve very slowly finished his last pushup, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 pushups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Prof. Christianson turned to the room and said: "And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, pled to the Father: 'Into your hands I commend my spirit.' With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He bowed His head on the cross and died. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten."

~by Art Nelson: shared by D. Hopkins 12/03: sources not further known