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Called to overcome

We're called to overcome. We're like salmon, swimming up the current, fighting hazards, striving to a goal just out of reach.

Some of us make it to the goal. Survivors.

Some of us just can't. There are many reasons.

We are called to overcome the things that would hold us back and suck us under. The difficult circumstances, the impossible expectations, the quicksand feelings, the hazards of life, the injustices and unkindnesses and tragedies all around -- we are called to choose life, to choose hope, to choose faith in a just and caring God who helps us.

We are called to walk in grace. And if we fall, when we fall, we are called to get up and keep going. He calls us to himself. He overcame. He calls us to overcome all that would keep us from his freedom and joy.

We are called to be like him.

What do you struggle with today? Do you hear God's call to overcome? He can help you do it.

Facebook restores terms of service during review

The New York Times website reported today that Facebook has restored its terms of service (TOC) agreement. A recent revision to the TOC extended Facebook's rights to unseemly limits, provoking outrage. This turn around is in response to numerous complaints and concerns from people around the world.

Facebook announced it will consider public concerns and revise their terms of service agreement. This process may take several weeks.

Good move.

Read the article.

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Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, UTube, LinkedIn and Twitter

Amanda French compares terms of service contracts in popular social networking website.

Read her blog post, Facebook terms of service compared with MySpace, Flickr, Picasa, UTube, LinkedIn and Twitter.

In a morally lax world, what do you do with fly by sights?

An instructor at Biola once said, "You can't keep birds from flying over you, but you don't have to let them build a nest on your head."

The context of his comment was to encourage students in the morally lax 70s not to take that second and lingering look. That was David's mistake with the beautiful Bathsheba and led him down a dangerous path.

I wonder if today's students are hearing and responding to messages encouraging purity in a muddy world. Some of that mud is quicksand.

Something to think about.

'Sexting': What would Jesus do?

It bothers me that 'sexting' teens may face child porn charges. I'm conflicted. What would Jesus do?

Child pornography convictions can mar a young person's future. In states where these charges are a felony, like Virginia, convicted felons lose voting rights and the right to serve on a jury. Child pornography sentences include mandatory registry in sex offender databases and public publication of faces, names, and addresses. Felony convictions restrict job opportunities in many ways.

I used to think that felons were murderers or drug dealers. Now, it seems, a person can become a candidate for becoming a felon in the blick of a message on a cell phone. Laws make it easy to prosecute someone with a photo, even a deleted photo.

It is too easy for young people to get hurt these days by possessing photo debris from friends or from cyberspace. The photo could be of a teen who is now in her 50s, yet the law may prosecute the possessor of that photo anyway.

Child porn photos are …

'Sexting' Teens May Face Child Porn Charges

A recent article, 'Sexting' Teens May Face Child Porn Charges, posted on ABC New's website, has attracted a great deal of attention and comments.

Authorities are considering charging six eigth grade students who possessed a partially nude picture of a fellow student on their cell phone.

The article continues to state that authorities want to send a strong message to students who are texting nude pictures to one another on cell phones. The practice of Sexting is become more prevalent and it can have serious legal consequences.

Current laws make possession of child pornography a crime. In Massachusetts possession of child pornography is a felony even though in this case the girl took the picture of herself and sent it to friends. If convicted, these students may spend time in prison and they will be required to register as sex offenders for years.

Most of the comments posted on ABC New's website expressed surprise, anger and dismay that authorities were considering prosecuti…

Love stands alongside

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”- 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7

Love stands alongside a loved one. Love is there for him. Love is there for her.

Love doesn't like unkind or ugly things said or done; but, love is glad when he admits the truth, takes responsibility and embraces honorable ways.

Love stands by to protect.

Love trusts God at work in imperfect people.

Love hopes.

Love perseveres whatever it must, for however long it has to. Love can go the distance.

God's love is like that.

When God helps us love ourselves ... our children ... a spouse ... and others with this kind of love... our hearts are rich and the world is a better place.

When we are in Christ, we can be a vessel of God's healing love.

Photo Credits: www.pfphoto (dot) org. Note: caption to photo read: " I waited to try and see this fat creature get back on it~~s feet, but it never did. I wonder if they come out every once in…


Do you really believe you are forgiven?

Do you really believe Christ died to cleanse us from all the shameful, dirty, unkind things we have ever said or did?

If we could only see God's desire to draw us close and comfort us. He doesn't find us too dirty, too marred. He isn't ashamed to be called our Father. He loves us and reaches out to restore us to a close relationship with him and with others.

God doesn't condemn those who turn to him. He doesn't want us to wear a mantle of shame.

If you feel condemned, ask God to forgive you. He promises to cleanse (1 John 1:9) .

If you still feel condemned, hold tight to the knowledge that God does not condemn those who seek his refuge (Romans 8:1-4). Lean on his promise: He draws near to those who draw near to him (James 4:8).

Those who seek God will find him (Proverbs 8:17). And he rewards those who seek him (Hebrews 11:6).

Do you feel clean and forgiven? If you feel condemned, it may not be God talking.

Sharing in ways that encourage others

Debbie Morris, author of Forgiving the Dead Man Walking, spoke at our church this weekend. She shared her story of being kidnapped when she was 14. She and her boyfriend were sipping milkshakes on a date when two men attacked them. They shot her boyfriend and they repeatedly raped Debbie over a two-day-terror spree across several states.

Debbie shared her story with our church and community with candidness and honesty. She described her struggle to forgive as a multi-layered process. It took her years to reach the point where she was willing to forgive. And since that time, when an event or an anniversary triggers more anger to surface, Debbie said she is quicker now to seek God's help to forgive yet another aspect of what she suffered.

Debbie shared many true observations about forgiveness that are relevant to others, even those who have not suffered from an extreme situation such as hers.

She said forgiveness was a decision, not a feeling thing. She used the phrase, "Fake it …