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.
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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)
God's View Of Things
Killing Allowed By God
[It is noteworthy that God's ways and mind are different from our ways and our reasoning (Isa. 55); and we need to ultimately bow to Him. One young Christian asked about why so much killing was allowed by God in the Bible, which was notable in the Old Testament, and the letter here of response is adapted for ministry and to avoid names and references.
Your question as to the Book of Joshua is often pondered by new Bible stu-dents. The book has been called the Ephesians of the Old Testament, because it speaks of possessing the inheritance ---like unto the saints and the Church today to value and possess our inheritance which is spiritual. It shows there is conflict in overcoming Satan and the world to embrace that which God has for us ---though we are called to love and not as Israel in combat against enemies; however, we must always obey the Word of God for us and not depend on our reasoning about God's purposes. God will fight for His children.
Israel was given certain lands to possess ---and as Rahab stated in Joshua 2, the residents knew of the Lord, but did not want Him and held to their gods. One needs to also see that in the "foreknowledge" of God He knows the end from the beginning, and he knows who will esteem and come to Him ---that brings forth what is called "election" in the New Testament of the Bible.
Ungodly peoples who fought against Israel were destroyed (note also Deut. 3:3-6), and there was always acceptance in the OT of the "strangers" who wanted to co-exist with Israel in peace, and allow the rule of God. Our God is always a merciful God, but He will not accept rebellion from a people who hate Him ---though it doesn't allow you and I as saints of God to judge and condemn anyone, for we are not as God and are enjoined to show the love of God and seek to witness rather than judge.
We need to appreciate that God is love, and "...not willing that any should perish", as He said, but many will in rebellion against God ---as it was under the age of law, and even today. All sinners can come to God for blessings, with a right spirit. In the Church in this age of grace, we are as lambs or sheep in the world and not to judge or be physical conquerors. We are not to follow and be like the world, but after the Kingdom of God in Christ. The Church is not like the Israelite religion and is all about grace and not ordinances or engaging the heathen world in conflicts. One can see in Romans 13 that God makes a dis-tinction between the world order and the Church of God in killings, and where man must "render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God the things that are God's" (Mark 12:17). We don't look back for our direction, though we know judgment is yet sure for rebellious souls.
Friend, I recommend you use a good version of the KJV Bible like the Old Scofield Edition, which I use for study to understand differences and meanings. Other Bibles often omit many things and change wordings which can detract from God's intent, I believe; and one should recognize that no Bible version is perfect, because of failure by men who write. The value of the Bible I have is all the helpful information and corrections in the margins and with commentaries to explain meanings and purposes. The KJV has stood purifying over time with marginal changes only --not textual changes. It will be very helpful in your studies to learn by comparing "all the counsel of God", as we are told to do. Write me anytime, and look up always! - Christian love, RLD
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."
GIFT OF LOVE
Behold, what wondrous love and grace!
When we were wretched and undone,
To save a ruined, helpless race,
The Father gave His only Son!
Of twice ten thousand gifts divine,
No gift like this could ever shine.
O gift of love unspeakable!
O gift of mercy all divine!
We once were slaves of death and hell,
But in Christ's image we shall shine;
For every gift a song we raise,
But this demands eternal praise.
Praise shall employ these tongues of ours,
Till we with all the saints above,
Extol His Name with nobler powers,
And see the ocean of His love;
Then, while we look, and wondering gaze,
We'll fill the heavens with endless praise.
Little Flock Hymns