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.
-- 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)
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 -
THOUGHTS ON DEPRESSION
Many sad and lonely people are known to speak about their trouble anonymously in a public way, and some are found suggesting serious depressive feelings in con-versations or letters to friends; some are much discouraged, and some are severely depressed. That which defeats one is most often looking within too much and in personal condemnation. That will prevent one from seeking a solution. Certainly death is not a solution as some reason in their desperation, and God truly wants us to come to Him in devoted trust to meet the crises. One should also keep in mind that recovery should not be expected to bring one up to a jovial person all the time, but to a normal and comfortable and functional life. Troubling thoughts often can be from comparing self to others, and such is less important than being at peace with God and trusting one's own good intentions, and it requires some deter-mination --not giving up.
As a retired professional in this I just want to share some thoughts for all such people to keep in mind:
1. Some depression is biochemical and needs medication, so if the condition lasts for more than several weeks, seems severe, and does not seem to be only due to finances, troubling circumstances, or how others are treating one, the sufferer should then get a thorough physical exam by a physician-specialist who understands depression. This person should be open and honest with the physician, and not just seek pills on a hunch that you will get over it ---and certainly self-drugging is also destructive!
2. Some depressive conditions are due to rejection (or over-control) by close other people or relatives and these are circumstances which can often be dealt with by some good counsel ---either by a professional counselor or mature, godly, and experienced pastors. Rather than just cry alone or blame self, one should see the need to accept self, stop the "blame game", be humble, show love always, and walk with God. If we all determine to be kind and friendly, we can then allow others to be as they choose rather than speak to correct them about their ways ---which will often come back against one, and is not our responsibility. Learning balance in when and what to say will help much.
3. Some such sad feelings are due to loneliness, so one needs good friends who care, and that often means attending a church gathering regularly to know some who will be helpful and friendly and a good influence ---be sure it is a sound Bible fellowship and those who are truly devoted to the Lord. Remember, that if you lean too heavily on friends you might drive them away, but you can enjoy just being with them for sharing, if you don't expect them to be a counselor. We all need a few friends we can call or visit.
4. All such sad and depressive conditions should be taken to God, and that means to go into your "closet" --quiet and secret place (Matt. 6:6), and speak to our Creator-God, the Father, and lay all your burdens before Him who loves His people, confessing your sins and failures (as we are all born as sinners, so we must own it); and tell Him you are now receiving His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus as your Savior (see John 3) and meditate on John 14 in the Bible. If one is really sincere and re-ceives the Lord Jesus into their heart, they will find peace and blessings in walking with Him, and coming to know Him as their best Friend as one goes forth. What is more, is that if one receives the Savior, one will be saved and assured of Heaven for-ever, as God says (see 1 Jn. 5:10-12).
Look up always, dear friends, know God loves you and is truly the great physician; and read your Bible daily ---mostly the New Testament! Write me if you wish!
- RLD: 01/11; add: 01/18