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WITandWISDOM(tm) - April 27, 2007
ISSN 1538-8794

~~~~~~~ THOUGHTS:

Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. Author Unknown

Source: Carol's Thought for Today, http://home.comcast.net/~mrs.carol/


"Go talk to them," I heard a voice say as I was about to enter my house in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

I hesitated, and again the voice said, "Go talk to them."

"What do I say?" I asked.

"Go talk to them," said the voice.

I crossed the street and walked until I reached a group of seven young people standing around smoking and talking.

With heart pounding, I said, "If I do a cool prayer meeting every Thursday at my house, would you come?" They laughed, and I said, "Wait, wait, OK. If I cook a homemade dinner for you every Thursday, would you come and listen to what I have to say for 15 minutes?"

The mention of food caught their attention. "Why would you do that for us?" asked one of the girls.

"Because I care about you."

The next Thursday night came quickly. Seven-thirty came and went, 7:45 came and went, and still no one came. I was upset with God. "You told me to do this. Why are they not here?" As I finished praying about 8:00, I heard a knock on the door, and nine nervous young people joined their equally nervous host.

We recently had our twentieth weekly meeting. I continue cooking, and they continue coming. I show DVDs, invite guest speakers, have discussions, hold Bible studies, and do whatever the Lord impresses me to do.

The kids, mostly from middle class families, are between the ages of 16 and 20. Most of them have endured their parents' divorce. Most of them smoke and drink, and some use drugs. Yet I have learned to love these kids. Some of them call me Morn.

A few of the kids are back in school and/or working. Some have stopped using drugs, Jesus is doing a special work in their lives and hearts. I'm just a messenger who responded to His call.

By Tania Anderson, West Palm Beach, Florida

~~~~~~~ THIS & THAT:

When my son was three-years-old, he would often sing a song entitled "God's Skin." He would sing, "What color is God's skin? What color is God's skin? It is black, brown, yellow, it is red and it's white. Everyone's the same in the good Lord's sight." It mattered not where we were nor did it matter who was around. He would proudly sing it at the top of his lungs.

When I was five-years-old, I found a bottle of my mother's finger nail polish and wrote my name in big bold blazon red letters on our brick hearth. I had tried to discreetly hide my artwork behind a chair so that my father wouldn't find it but, much to my dismay, he did.

"What did you think you were doing?" my father asked.

"Mum taught me how to write my name," I explained.

I was shocked when I failed to get a spanking for my misdeed.

I was reminded of this incident when I arrived home one day to find crayon scribblings on the wall. I immediately asked my son if he had done this.

"Yes," he calmly replied.

Sounding like my own father I said, "What did you think you were doing?"

"It's God's skin."

"I looked closer to see that he had used black, brown, yellow and red crayons on the white wall.

He didn't get a spanking and just like my name written in fingernail polish, "God's skin" remained on the wall, untouched.

Copyright 2007 Robert Byron
All Rights Reserved

Source: The Lame Humor List, http://absoluterobeo.com


From the pulpit: "I asked my wife to look over my notes for today's sermon and mark out everything dull--so in conclusion ..."

Source: Pulpit Supply, http://lively.ca/mailman/listinfo/pulpitsupply_lively.ca

~~~~~~~ TRIVIA:

From: US-CERT Security Tips

National Cyber Alert System
Cyber Security Tip ST04-008

Benefits of BCC

Although in many situations it may be appropriate to list email recipients in the To: or CC: fields, sometimes using the BCC: field may be the most desirable option.

What is BCC?

BCC, which stands for blind carbon copy, allows you to hide recipients in email messages. Unlike addresses in the To: field or the CC: (carbon copy) field, addresses in the BCC: field cannot be seen by other users.

Why would you want to use BCC?

There are a few main reasons for using BCC:

Privacy - Sometimes it's beneficial, even necessary, for you to let recipients know who else is receiving your email message. However, there may be instances when you want to send the same message to multiple recipients without letting them know who else is receiving the message. If you are sending email on behalf of a business or organization, it may be especially important to keep lists of clients, members, or associates confidential. You may also want to avoid listing an internal email address on a message being sent to external recipients.

Tracking - Maybe you want to access or archive the email message you are sending at another email account. Or maybe you want to make someone, such as a supervisor or team member, aware of the email without actually involving them in the exchange. BCC allows you to accomplish these goals without advertising that you are doing it.

Respect for your recipients - Forwarded email messages frequently contain long lists of email addresses that were CC'd by previous senders. These addresses are highly likely to be active and valid, so they are very valuable to spammers. Furthermore, many email-borne viruses harvest email addresses contained in messages you've already received (not just the To: and From: fields, but from the body, too), so those long lists in forwarded messages pose a risk to all the accounts they point to if you get infected. Many people frequently forward messages to their entire address books using CC. Encourage people who forward messages to you to use BCC so that your email address is less likely to appear in other people's inboxes and be susceptible to being harvested. To avoid becoming part of the problem, in addition to using BCC if you forward messages, take time to remove all existing email addresses within the message. The additional benefit is that the people you're sending the message to will appreciate not having to scroll through large sections of irrelevant information to get to the actual message.

How do you BCC an email message?

Most email clients have the option to BCC listed a few lines below the To: field. However, sometimes it is a separate option that is not listed by default. If you cannot locate it, check the help menu or the software's documentation.

If you want to BCC all recipients and your email client will not send a message without something in the To: field, consider using your own email address in that field. In addition to hiding the identity of other recipients, this option will enable you to confirm that the message was sent successfully.

Authors: Mindi McDowell, Allen Householder

Produced 2007 by US-CERT, a government organization.

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