Saturday, May 21, 2011

Great New Product at Team Apologian!

As most people who know me already know, I set up and manage a zazzle merchandise shop for great Christian apparel and gifts for my friend James White's ministry Alpha and Omega Ministries. It's a fantastic ministry that has changed countless lives and continues to bless people each and every day. The shop (and the graphics contained in it) is genuinely a labor of love and appreciation for James and the work him and Rich Pierce do for the Lord and for His people.

I wanted to let you know about a super awesomely COOL new product available in store, that I think will really be a new favorite among dedicated Dividing Line listeners. This new product is called the Doodle Speaker by OrigAudio, and it's essentially the coolest little tech toy to come along in a while. It's a universally compatible, lightweight, custom speaker that works with anything with a standard headphone jack. Now if you're on the road with your ipod, ipad, phone, laptop or whatever you're using, you can have this great little external audio source with you for GREAT quality audio! Not only that, it's got a great little kickstand in back to prop it up and show off the great design on the front!

Click HERE and HERE for the other new custom speakers now available as well.

Graphic design by Carla Rolfe

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.




Graphic design by Carla Rolfe

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

May 21: Broken Spirits, Hearts and Lives

"Harold Camping prepares for judgement day" "May 21st Judgement Day - the Bible Guarantees It!"

Those are just a couple of the headlines you'll see if you search for Harold Camping and news about his prophecy of May 21, 2011 as being judgement day. Right now, there is no shortage of headlines on Harold Camping, unfortunately. You'd really have to be living in a cave to have NOT heard of him.

Nearly a year and a half ago I felt compelled to write about his nonsense here at this blog and I've noticed a rather significant amount of traffic to the site from folks searching for "why May 21st is false".  While I certainly appreciate any visitors to this blog, on this topic I'd very much encourage you to read something else instead.

My friend Dr. James White has written (and podcasted) a good deal on this subject from a sound, rational Christian perspective.  He goes into far more detail on this subject than I ever did, and if you're someone genuinely searching for what REAL Christians believe about this, I would strongly recommend you read the material on it, and listen to the podcasts about it HERE at Dr. White's blog.

In closing, I can tell you my heart goes out to those who are following Harold Camping and genuinely believe his mathematical gibberish. I cannot even begin to imagine how despondent and disillusioned they will be when the rapture they're waiting for does not happen and they're left facing reality. From all I have read, nearly all of them have made NO plans to be here after May 21. They will be left jobless, homeless, penniless and spiritually devastated. Some are even planning to euthanize their pets the day prior. How they will pick up their lives and move on I cannot even fathom, after such a blow to the very core of their (misplaced) faith.

Christians, I ask you to pray hard for these people and their children. For God's incredible mercy on them, more than anything else. They're going to need Him more than they ever have in their lives, come May 22.

Graphic design by Carla Rolfe