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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 - 
EXTREMES IN THE WORLD

[In our present day it appears we are seeing extremes in many things con-cerning nature, and in human ways. Some faithful saints of God feel it very well may be signaling the "end of the end times". That is to say: God may be seeking an awakening of mankind to understand that life, death, and eternity are real, and the Creator-God is being true to His holy Word. He has told of the URGENCY of His gift of eternal salvation in His beloved Son (see John 1; John 3; John 14; etc.), but man "perceiveth it not" (Job 33:14), and in rebellion and unbelief they continue down the broad road that "leadeth to destruction" (Matt. 7:13-14 ). All prophecy concerning man's free time on earth has been shown and mostly fulfilled; and the Lord Jesus, the Christ, may be about to call up His "bride"---the Church, to Himself as promised, before the wrath of God-the Father, begins to fall on earth in the great "tribulation" time foretold on this world.]     --R. L. DeWitt

One needs to consider the possible collapse of civilization as we know it, and the Bible speaks of many signs that we are already seeing among man ---aside from extreme weather and climate changes: 

> Israel is now allowed by God to be legally in possession of the promised land, (which appears to be the central part of earthly land mass), as their Holy Land from 1948, though all Israel is not there yet and remains a scattered and rebellious people, and there is much trouble on every side; yet this is not the re-gathering of Israel that God promises ---which will be during the Millennium time to come, when some ---twelve thousand from each Israelite tribe, are preserved to be God's earthly people forever.

> Worldly conditions are growing severe with such as greed, asserting self over others, etc.; and population is reaching such extremes that agricultural scientists have questioned if feeding the masses will be possible; and communities are struggling with accomodating the rapid growth.  

> Killing people is much seen in extreme beyond national warfare, with people energized by Satan, no doubt, and killing other people for little or no sound reason; and suicides are more frequent;   and in the Book of Revelation we see drugs (called "sorceries" in the end times --from Pharmakon: meaning drug uses) being much on the increase to bring death and suffering worldwide.

> Morality is giving way and reaching very extreme lows everywhere, and approved by governments, educators, and societies in general, as man seeks to assert and exalt self and boast of their "rights".

> Real and Godly values are disintegrating and becoming corrupted by the world, which is asserting their great abilities, and over-confidence in science with little regard to biblical truth and teachings for the hope and good of the world.

The Gospel message from God continues to go forth, but most of mankind is not interested in knowing what our Creator-God has said, is saying, and warning us of the judgment to come. Statistical studies are showing that church attendance and the Christian testimony is failing, and often is corrupted to a so-called "social gospel", as just doing what we think is pleasing to many, rather than the mind of our God.

May we all be mindful of the brevity of life and the Word of God, which proclaims hope for eternity to those who will hear the Gospel of salvation (note such as John 1; John 3; John 14 as an overview). Sadly to say: "God speaks once; yea, twice, and man perceives it not" (Job 33:14), which is the workings and deceit of Satan ---called "...the god of this world" today (2 Cor. 4:4).   - R. L. D.:  GP05: - 2018 

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BREVITY  OF  LIFE

Life at best is very brief,
Like the falling of a leaf,
Like the binding of a sheaf,
Be in time!
Fleeting days are telling fast
That the die will soon be cast,
And the fatal line be past,
Be in time!


Fairest flowers soon decay;
Youth and beauty pass away.
Oh, you have not long to stay.
Be in time!
While God's Spirit bids you come,
Sinner, do not longer roam,
Lest you seal your hopeless doom,
Be in time!


Time is gliding swiftly by;
Death and judgment both draw nigh,
To the arms of Jesus fly.
Be in time!
Oh, I pray you count the cost,
Ere the fatal line be crossed,
And your Christless soul be lost.
Be in time!


Sinner, heed the warning voice;
Make the Lord your happy choice,
Then all Heaven will rejoice.
Be in time!
Come from darkness into light,
From the way that seemeth right;
Come and start for Heaven tonight.
Be in time!


BE IN TIME....BE IN TIME;
WHILE THE VOICE OF JESUS CALLS YOU,
BE IN TIME!
IN IN SIN YOU LONGER WAIT,
YOU MAY FIND NO OPEN GATE,
AND YOUR CRY BE JUST TOO LATE!
BE IN TIME!

- Echoes Of Grace Hymns -