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."
SOME UNDERSTANDING OF MT. SINAI
The documentary movie: SEARCH FOR MT. SINAI ---MOUNTAIN OF FIRE is on DVD and is really great and informative. One might rent it at the local library and maybe find it a real blessing. It is recommended for Christians to get it and invite friends to view it with you. It is an expedition by Bob Cornuke and Larry Williams to Sinai and Saudi Arabia to see the famous mountain where God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses. The pictures are very revealing. It is reported that they had to sneak into Saudi Arabia to get to it, since the government there will not give permission for one to go there.
Secular history shows Mt. Sinai as a mountain in the place chosen by Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, to be the location of where Moses received the tablets, but many researchers over the years have said it does not meet the Bible description. The RC religion has promoted it as being there and the secular world has just accepted that.
Christians will find a blessing and knowledge in seeing this movie. It might be available at Amazon.com if one would like to buy it ---well worth having for reference. - R. L. DeWitt: GM67
BIBLE ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY
[Thoughts raised by some readers about Bible accuracy, dependability, and Versions]
It is very important to not doubt the Holy Bible ---immutable Word of God, so the various versions by men every few years to make it simple and in accord with popular thinking, is a very dangerous activity, and really not at all needed. If man's many versions of the Bible are not ALTOGETHER TRUE, it is not of God and will bring down judgment on those who tamper with the Holy "Word of Truth" (Eph. 1:13; 2 Tim. 2:15; James 1:18). God has given us His Word in full and preserved it so we would be very clear about His mind and purposes, and our eternal hope. He will only hold us responsible for keeping what He provided, so we should bow to that and not listen to APOSTATES (those religious rebels who deliberately imitate Christianity and exalt self ---note Acts 8: 9-23); and other carnal Christians also who either minimize or discredit parts of what God has given to satisfy their interests. God will allow some failure, no doubt, in translations to various languages in countries without Bible scholars, but the local overseers in those countries have a responsibility to see their renderings are pure.
Certainly with all the various Bible revisions coming forth every few years by so-called Bible Teachers to make the thoughts simple, for simple reading by simple people, we get fundamental errors by altering or minimizing God's thoughts ---i.e. deleting or changing words (Satan loves that). Many modern Bible versions offend in this. A good study Bible is the best source and needed for God's mind to us.
No man is perfect, and even the venerable Authorized King James Version has some minor errors in some wording, but scholars have found over 300-400 years that the essential wording there is valid. Good quality editions of the KJV ---e.g. the SCOFIELD STUDY EDITION OF KJV and the KJV PARALLEL EDITION (available at Bible Truth Publishers), make some corrections in the margins of minor errors found, and add helpful commentaries and footnotes, but do not change the fundamental wording. Reasoning can get us into great trouble and lead one astray, so it is critical that sincere saints of God go to a sound source for Bibles and Bible Commentaries and study material. One can contact BIBLE TRUTH PUBLISHERS, ADDISON, IL (see BIBLETRUTHPUBLISHERS.COM), to obtain reliable Bibles; and obtain their catalog of proven ministry books.
Some Christians recognize the monthly editions of ministry at the Internet site: Biblecounsel.net to see some of what God has given for His testimony in the world. Readers may find it helpful and can ask questions there. Look up always, friends and trust God, and "search the Scriptures" to see the truth of God's "WORD OF TRUTH".
- R. L. DeWitt: GB25; 10/15