Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Various and Sundry

You know those monthly status update posts I do where I list where I'm sitting, what I'm happy about, etc? Well, I was bound and determined to do a May Status Update post from my laptop sitting anywhere but my desk.... but, it didn't work out that way. I was hoping to post that from the patio in the lovely, warm, spring sunshine but we haven't HAD any lovely, warm, spring sunshine for the last week. So, that plan is out the window. In the rain. So instead of that I'm going to post this various and sundry collection of thoughts I've had over the last little while. How useful they are to you, is a toss up.

RSS FEED DISASTER

I consider myself fairly knowledgable when it comes to web stuff. While I'm not an official nerd or anything, I can figure most things out pretty easily. EXCEPT, rss feeds and automated feeds. There are rss feed clients out there that you can set up to automatically feed content from your chosen source into your twitter account, FB wall, etc. I've tried them all and NONE of them work for me. Not one of them. Maddening? YES. They seem to work just fine for other people but not for me. I've spent days trying to config, reconfig, deleting, re-adding, fine tuning the settings and NADA. It would be fantastic if they'd actually work because it would save me a ton of time, but I have resigned myself to the fact that they will not work for me.

NEW TWITTER

Speaking of twitter, I've created a new account just for store stuff. The new twitter addy is @reflexionsgifts and that's where I'll be posting new products, promoting seasonal fun stuff, announcing sales and coupon codes, and giving away free puppies. Okay, the puppy thing wasn't true but if you'd like to follow what I'm up to on store-related content, that's the place to do it.  I hope you'll follow me!

EVANGELISTIC OPPORTUNITY

Speaking of new products... last night I was watching one of the Family Radio's "countdown" videos on youtube (this one, specifically) and it occured to me there is a very, very practical way to turn this May 21, Rapture, Judgement, Madness mess into a reasonable opportunity to share the truth with people about what the Bible REALLY teaches. Here's how:

The beautiful thing about this shirt is that it opens the door to questions and gives the wearer a chance to explain the truth to anyone who asks. Please be advised though, people WILL question you if you're wearing this so unless you're ready to engage in on-the-spot evangelism/apologetics, don't wear it. Click the image or click here to get yours.

MOCKING THE DECEIVED

Speaking of May 21 Madness, I have a few questions.  I wonder, would you laugh and make fun of the bruised and battered woman who kept going back to her violently abusive husband because in her heart she truly believed he would change, and that he genuinely loved her?  Would you make jokes and poke fun at the young person who was sexually abused by a parent and still stood by that parent because they truly believed somewhere deep down, that the parent loved them?  I can't imagine the kind of person that would laugh, make fun of or crack jokes about these two scenarios.  In both cases, we have people who are horribly deceived and horribly victimized.

So tell me Christian reader, why do I keep seeing Christian people mocking and making fun of the horribly deceived followers of Harold Camping? I completely expect it from non-Christian people since they think all of Christianity is a joke anyway, and this is just another example of how flaked out we all are.  Is it funny that they will be spiritually, emotionally, psychologically and literally devastated when they come to realize Camping was wrong?  Of course it's not funny.  It should break your heart to even imagine for a moment what it would feel like to be in their shoes.  They are (just as in the two examples I gave above) victims of a twisted mind and they fell under his deception.  They don't need to be made the butt of jokes they need truth, grace, and compassion just like any other victim of deception would need.


Well, I did have more to write today but I'll leave it at that.




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