Friday, August 24, 2012

You Still Have A Purpose (Compelling Story by Ed Dobson)


Check out this compelling story....Click here to hear Ed Dobson's story...


Facing death, a top pastor rethinks what it means to be Christian

Editor's Note: The short film accompanying this story, called "My Garden," comes from EdsStory.com. CNN.com is premiering the latest installment in the "Ed's Story" series.
 
By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) – Ed Dobson is not afraid of dying. It’s the getting there that really scares him.
A former pastor, onetime Christian Right operative and an icon among religious leaders, Dobson has Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. When he was diagnosed, doctors gave him 3 to 5 years to live.

That was 11 years ago.

To read complete story click here...


 

Monday, August 20, 2012

QUICK SCAN



 I was working on my computer today and I got a notice that I needed to do a quick scan of my hard drive.  It reminded me that my computer had not been scanned in a couple of days and it could be in jeopardy of having a virus.  What made matters worse, it was a red warning.  I ignored the other warnings.  Since, this wasn’t the average warning, I immediately scanned my computer.  And sure enough it found the potential threat; a Trojan virus.  I immediately followed its instructions to remove the virus.   I am so glad that I heeded that warning.


          We often get these types warnings in our lives.  And we often leave them unchecked.  We make the mistake to wait. And, when we do that, the “problems” have the potential of getting worse.  We shouldn’t wait.  We should be purposefully and constantly looking over our lives to check for potential threats.   Like our computers, we don’t have to wait for the warning.  We can start that scan anytime we would like to see what shape we are in.  Look in every sector of your life: Spiritual, physical, social, academic, psychological, relational, financial, these are just a few areas to frequently check.

          In conclusion, if you find a problem and you’re not sure how to correct it, seek help.  If you are a believer (in God), ask God to lead you in correcting the problems you have found.  And if you are not a believer, still ask God to lead you.  [If you’re not sure how, feel free to contact me.] And, if you don’t want to ask God, find someone strong in that area that can help you.  There are plenty of resources you can search online.  Always be careful when you choose a resource online.  Check them out thoroughly, and do your best to find out if they have a reliable and trusted history.  Remember, scan regularly and frequently.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Children Dangerously Flirting Online.



Hello My Friends; 

Let's not get too comfortable with what our youth are doing online. This includes our personal children or youth in our programs.  And yes, this includes youth ministries.  There are some dangerous things that seem innocent, that are happening to our youth across this country.  Let's do all we can to stay informed and safe.  This article is a good read on this topic:  Children Dangerously Flirting Online by William D. Jackson

Enjoy and let me know what you think...





Tuesday, August 7, 2012

How Dads can volunteer...

Here are some suggestions of things dads can do at their child's school.  Remember, you can always make other suggestions that are not listed here.  This list (partly) was taken from suggestions from Duval County Public Schools (www.duvalschools.org)

1. Assist with field trips
2. Play games at recess
3. Set up science experiments
4. Work in the clinic
5. Work in the media center
6. Volunteer in their after school program
7. Make props for plays
8. Supervise test taking session
9. Work with a handicapped child
10. Discuss careers and hobbies
11. Help young children with physical activities
12. Assist in vocational classes
13. Assist in sporting events
14. Serve on the PTA
15. Serve on the School Advisory Council
16. Lead or assist with landscaping projects
17. Create a classroom newsletter
18. Make booths for the School Carnival, Health Fair, etc.


Remember these are some suggestions, there are alot of other things you can do.
Have a Great School Year!!!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Cosigning in life (Consider Carefully)




I am a believer in supporting your fellow man; however I am not a fan of this new trend of cosigning on everything a person does. Now for those who are not familiar with cosigning, let me give you the urban definition taken from www.Urbandictionary.com. The Urban dictionary defines it as: 1. To go along with someone else's lie. 2. To agree or to concur; To corroborate a lie. To cover for. (i.e., Without even giving me a heads-up, he told his mom that he had been at my house all night. I cosigned for him because we close)….and 3. to agree to assume the payments on a loan to a hard lender such as a bank, not if but when, the borrower defaults on the loan.

As I said earlier, support is good, but to go along with someone’s lie or cover someone's misdeed just because their your son, daughter, niece, nephew or friend should not be acceptable for any responsible adults. We can’t expect them to be responsible if we are constantly supporting stuff that is not right. You may think you are really helping them, but you’re actually contributing to their failure. And I’m sure that’s not your intention. 

Yes, I know refusing to cosign for someone may cause that person to be mad at you, but trust me, they will get over it…at least I hope. And yes, I have cosigned, went along with, and even covered some lies and misdeeds for people. Lord knows, I learned a great deal from errors of my ways.

In closing, if you wouldn’t cosign for a bad loan; don’t cosign on someone’s mess. If you love them you wouldn’t do it. You're better that that.

Respectfully yours.








 

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