Saturday, September 25, 2010
It started with a Men's Breakfast at the
"Wriston Ranch." The ladies had a meeting
at Boonville City Lake. We closed the day
with an outdoor showing of "Facing the Giants."
Friday, September 24, 2010
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They’re probably not checking their email on those smartphones. This is a generation that considers email passé. They’re into social networking sites—sites like Facebook and Twitter. It’s networking that consumes their attention and hours of their time every day--and they don’t always use it wisely.
For example, twenty-eight percent of young social network users admit to sharing information online that they would never have shared in public if they were face-to-face. And 22 percent—that’s right 22 percent--say that they’ve posted pictures of themselves or friends.
As Dr. David Murray, Professor of Practical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary notes, technology has changed the way we “study, play, socialize, shop, and even apply for jobs.” Believe it or not, one out of eight couples married in the US met on a social networking site.
Murray, the father of four, is a firm believer in the good of technology. He is also well aware of the dangers—especially the dangers to children. After thinking through how to best teach his own children how to thrive in the digital age, he produced a short video: “God’s Technology: Training Our Children to Use Technology to God’s Glory.” In it Murray shares biblical wisdom and applies a Christian worldview to kids and technology.
He begins with four biblical principles. First, God created technology. He made the physical elements like silicon that we use to make digital devices. He made the forces of electricity and magnetism that allow technology to work. And he made human minds and gave them the creativity to build computers, cell phones and iPads.
Second, because God created technology, it is not inherently sinful; instead (principle three) it has many good uses—including bringing BreakPoint to you every day. Finally and tragically, Murray notes, technology has been abused because we are sinners.
How does that apply to our children?
Well, because technology is created by God and has good uses, we should want our children to enjoy technology’s benefits. But we can’t ignore the dangers and embrace the digital world without what Murray calls “disciplined discernment.” And Murray gives sound, practical parenting advice concerning Facebook, where children desperately need that disciplined discernment.
As Calvin College professor Quentin Schultz wrote in his book Habits of the High-Tech Heart, “Cyberculture offers us no means to rise above the entropic noise, no dwelling place to catch our breath, gather our wits, discern our course, and become more intrinsically moral people.”
If we and our children are going to use digital technologies wisely and morally, it will be because we make an intentional effort to apply our Christian worldview to technology.
And the video “God’s Technology” is a great place to start. Visit BreakPoint dot org, click on this commentary, and we’ll tell you how you can get the video and other resources to protect your kids online.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Jacqueline Overpeck is a multi-published inspirational author who loves to offer encouragement to readers. Jacqueline and her husband, Arnold, are both CLASS (Christian Leaders, Authors, and Speakers Services) graduates. They enjoy the outdoors, and traveling in their spare time with their Maltese dog, Coconut.
But did you know that flip-flops are also called slip-slaps? Slip as in: trip, fall, and to lose your balance.
Putting on my flip-flops reminds me of our tendency as Christians to fall. Sometimes in the heat of things we become weary. That’s when it’s easy to slip, become inconsistent, fluctuate in our convictions. But God’s word encourages us to be steadfast no matter what’s boiling in our lives.
The Psalms say, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (51:10, NIV)
God designed for our steps to be direct and consistent. As we continually yield our lives to the Lord, we become unwavering and resolute in our walk before Him. Psalm 17:5 says, “My steps have held to your paths; my feet have not slipped.” (NIV)
It is God who causes us to remain constant regardless of the heat index in our hearts.
When the pressure in life makes your internal temperature rise, determine not to lose your cool. Don’t flip-flop in your faith. God will carry you through every dry and desolate day with perfect peace when your mind is steadfast on Him (Isaiah 26:3).
Keep trusting in His love! Hosea 13:5 declares, “But I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me. I cared for you in the desert, in the land of burning heat.”
The Lord cares so much for you.
The fiery trial you are facing right now will pass… and there’s only seven more weeks of summer.
Monday, September 20, 2010
I am so elated I can hardly type this note. I just got a call and my good assistant DS, Rev. Bob England, told me he got a call from his medical doctor tonight (September 20, 2010) about 9:00 P.M. and Dr. Smith told him quote, “Bob, we have a miracle here, the pathology report came back and you DO NOT have cancer!”
Wow! This is a divine miracle. I was there about six weeks ago in the doctor’s office with Br. Bob and his wife Vivian, when the same doctor told him in no uncertain terms, “I just studied your case and you have very aggressive cancer and it is in the last stages. We need to operate as soon as possible.”
Pastor Bob got a second opinion about his medical condition and the second specialist agreed that Pastor Bob had cancer but wanted another biopsy done to see for sure how to do the best treatment. So, when the second biopsy came back clear it is indeed a miracle!
We will be rejoicing about this for months and years to come. Praise God! All across the district and only the Lord knows where else people have been praying for my brother in the Lord.
Blessings to you;
Dr. Mark Eckart
Sunday, September 12, 2010
- September 25th Activities:
- Ladies meeting at Boonville City Lake at 10:00AM
- Men's Meeting at Wriston Ranch-8:00AM-
- Breakfast at 7:00AM-Don't Burn the Biscuits!
- Movie Night at BWC- Outside at 7:00PM-"Facing the Giants"
- Happy Birthday -LuAnn Ayscue
- (ALL TIMES CST)
Saturday, September 11, 2010
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Friday, September 3, 2010
3As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. "Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"
4Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,a]">[a]' and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.
9"Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come."- from the Mount Olivet Discourse-(Matthew 24:3-14( NIV)