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 in your computer.
To avoid SPAM on computers we see 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! ---nice thoughts, even if not quite valid calculations. [Forwarded from C.L. Lefas 2/2007]
"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."
A COMMON WORLDLY EXPRESSION
IN MANNER OF DISGUST
"WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE YOU DOING
FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE?"
Notice Seen Also On A Church Building
"There are some things that can be learned by the head, but Christ crucified can only be learned by the heart".
- C.H. Spurgeon -
Simple Sayings By The Notable Will Rogers!
(An Internet Post About The Exclaimed Public Philosopher In The USA)
Some Worldly Thoughts And Some Christian Values
Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash with his best friend, Wylie Post, was said to be probably the most notable political sage the USA ever has known. He had sayings for many things --- and doubtful he ever knew the Creator-God.
1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.
2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.
3.. There are two theories to arguing with a woman . . . Neither works.
4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.
5. Always drink upstream from the herd.
6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.
7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.
8. There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading; the few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.
9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
10. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it's still there.
11. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.
12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull, keep your mouth shut.
ABOUT GROWING OLDER
A~ Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
B~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
C~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know 'why' I look this way. I've traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren't paved.
D~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.
E~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.
F~ I don't know how I got 'over the hill' without getting to the top.
G~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.
H~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
I~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
J~ Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today its called golf.
K~ If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old.
It sadly appears Will Rogers was a worldly man and had little if anything to say about our Creator-God, faith, and eternity!
ATHEIST HOLY DAY
[Forwarded from the Internet by a friend 1/2011]
"This may or may not have happened, but it is an interesting thought. You must read this.....a proper decision by the courts...for a change. You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture! " ---the writer said.
FLORIDA COURT SETS ATHEIST HOLY DAY
In Florida , an atheist created a case against Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.
The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring,"Case dismissed!"
The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, "Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays...."
The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, "But you do! Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant."
The lawyer said, "Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists."
The judge said, "The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, 'The fool says in his heart, there is no God.' Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that, if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day.
Court is adjourned...".
Practical Thoughts On Mental Illness
A Letter On Conditions Affecting Internal Peace
Contrary to what you thought, friend, I don't think one should say that a person who is depressed, complaining, acting weird, is acting by Satan. That is not indicative of Satan, who is described by God as "a beguiler " (deceiver) ---as in Genesis 13:3 and Revelation 12:9. He cannot touch man physically, but is a master at deception --working on the mind by whispering ideas and reasonings to one for trouble and evil --even as he did to Jesus ( Luke 4:9). He always seeks to draw man away from knowing and trusting our Creator-God ---all allowed by our God for teaching His children of danger and to trust and draw near to Himself (as any good parent would do). We are all subject to that, whether a true Christian or worldly man. Let us be clinical though about mental problems and seek peace in our soul!
Depression in one can be mental illness as a physical or emotional disorder, which is in the organic biological--neurological system; or is functional disorders in the mind by excess stresses on the mind, such as PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress disorder), or other conditions such as bad home-made perverse pressures, and value systems pressed on one and warping young minds. CARNALITY (worldliness); and EVIL (self-indulgence and causing suffering at the expense of others and dishonor to God); and WICKEDNESS, which is destructive, harmful openly before God, and naturally intolerable by the general public, must be discerned and dealt with.
My thought here is twofold: 1) that one who goes on in depression, which is not found to be organic, can begin to interpret their bad feelings in erroneous ways which Satan can use for his diabolic purposes; 2) that even physiological depression can be used of Satan to drive one to extremes, and even destructive and fatal actions. Life in general is all about weakness of man, and the attacks of Satan against mankind in general, and Christians specifically.
It is important that when one is greatly depressed over an extended period, that the sufferer should see a competent physician (one sensitive to psychiatric conditions). It needs to be seen if a anti-depressant med (initially mild dose) can help them relax and feel settled. If it is clearly functional for various social or other worries and not organic, they need help to examine their feelings and learn how to overcome, and learn how to better look and cope in a realistic way. Doing nothing and keeping secret is not wise.
Well, we can talk further if you wish, but I hope this helps you understand my com-ments. Thank you for sharing your view. I always seek to help those who are struggling. Look up always, for God cares always! -RLD: PRAC; 12/2013; add 5/2021.
[Note: Writer is a retired Social-Psychologist ---a true Christian, and having worked with families; Mental Health; Probation & Parole legal cases; institutional youth training; and general community Social Services; who has some understanding of personal public life problems. ]