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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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-----------------------------------Information of a practical nature to help Christians in their sojourn and understandings in this world--------------------------------
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]

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"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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HUMANISM AND SOCIAL INFLUENCES
Some thoughts extracted from a letter by a concerned brother in Christ.
Summarized by Robert DeWitt, 10/07; add: 07/2017

   The counsel of God says: "Lay up these My Words in your heart and in your soul....teach them unto your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up" (Deuteronomy 11:18-19). 

   My concern is that many parents do not know what goes on in the public schools nor do they understand the philosophy behind the governmental agenda that is taught in public schools. If you send your children into the public arena for schooling you should be aware of the spiritual and moral wickedness that is so prevalently being promulgated there, and you need to prepare your children for what they will face at school. God says: "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it" (Proverbs 22:6). 

  Scripture is very plain when it says: "Come out from among them and be ye separate, saith the Lord and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty" (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). God also tells the believers: "Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" (Romans 12:2).

  There is much systematized spiritual and moral wickedness rampant in the public school system. Modern public school by design is a calculated attempt to demoralize the populace without the influence of God. John Dewey, the father of modern education, was an atheist and a humanist. It took some years to gradually develop Dewey’s ideals but it is evident he has succeeded. Speaking in generalities: does the degradation of society, the Christian home, and the assembly (church) in the past 10 to 15 years in America, have a direct correlation to the influence of the declining government schools? 

  The public school does not have Christian parents’ interests in view. Humanism and relativism is the goal. The following is a quote from a website about John Dewey and his ideologies and what is wrong with them: "Humanism would have men be their own gods. Humanism would make everything relative to what the individual perceives as improvement or detriment. Humanism denies the Salvation of God and replaces it with salvation by men. Relativism denies absolutes. God is absolute! The Word of God teaches absolutes. Evolution flies in the face of God's Word. Relativism and positivism are destructive ideologies that sheer men away from the truth a little at a time." 

  Children are very malleable and will believe what they are taught. They know not the false nor the true. They have nothing to compare for right and wrong. The public school system is based on this knowledge. If the school system can instil humanism and relativism in the children when they are young and malleable, they know that they can influence all of society. 

  Whether we choose home school, private, or public school for our children, it is still the responsibility of the parents ---the man is appointed the head (if he is in the home) to train & bring up our children in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord". Christian upbringing and guidance is not the responsibility of the public or private school system. God has given the parents the responsibility to instil Christian principles in our children, by both teaching and by example. So we would encourage all of us parents to control the influences that affect both us and our children ---the home, the school, the friends, the environment, etc., and to actively teach and model Christian principles and behaviour to our children. 

  God says: "I know (Abraham), that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment" (Genesis 18:19). 

  Christians are in the world but we are not of the world. Because we are in the world, each child also will need to exist in the world, so as parents we are to prepare them to go into the world as light and salt. Each child may be ready for this at a different age or time in his life. 

  This responsibility can be overwhelming for a parent, but our strength and wisdom for fulfilling this duty comes from God. In our own strength, none of us would be able to bring our children up for the Lord; but by depending on Christ, we can trust His promises for us and our children. We are "Kept by the power of God" (I Peter 1:5). - T. Roach, 2007  

[Since it is not always possible to fully educate children at home, there is a great respon-sibility on parents to teach their children the difference between Humanism as a doctrine taught in public schools, and what Christian parents and the Church is teaching at home. The ideas of Humanism deny God, and educators seek to maximize creative thinking by the students to demand tangible proof and not listen to what they disdain as "religious books" ---meaning to not trust the Creator God and His Word for all mankind. Young students need to put God first in their heart and value "all the counsel of God" as He has stated; and know that apart from the tainted public school systems one can find the eternal truth God shows us in His immutable Word. - R. DeWitt]