Sep 13 2013

Encouraging Story of the Day: Ben's wife gets saved!

Listen as Ben shares about his wife getting saved.

Sep 13 2013

You'll Get Through This

You'll get through this. We've either said that to someone, even ourselves, or have heard it said to us.  It's a reassuring statement when facing a tough situation. It's also the title of Max Lucado's latest book You'll Get Through This: Hope and Help for Your Turbulent Times. Remember Joseph?  He was the dude who got tossed into a well by his jealous brothers, sold into slavery, put in prison and more.  And through it all God had a plan…a test.  

Psalm 105:17-19

He sent a man before them,

Joseph, who was sold as a slave.

They afflicted his feet with fetters,

He himself was laid in irons;

Until the time that his word came to pass,

The word of the LORD tested him.

So, we talked with Max Lucado today about survival lessons from the life of Joseph.  As Max wrote, "What’s your Joseph moment? Perhaps you’ve had many. From diseases to emotional hardships things happen in our lives that can leave us confused or hurt, and asking God, “why?”

As we explore alongside Max the hardships that Joseph endured, and his reactions to the situations, we pray that you will take away valuable lessons that show God is always working in your life and that You’ll Get Through This."

Here are some bits of wisdom Max Lucado shared this morning:

"To wait on God is to hope, to aspire, to trust. It's to envision an answered prayer and to live in an awareness of God."

"What is important for us during times of suffering is to not give up on God. He has not, nor ever will, give up on you."

"God does not promise a pain free life. But He does promise the redemption of your pain into something that is good."

And we were wondering, what's one tip you have that could help someone else "get through this"?

Listen to the entire interview  

Sep 12 2013

The Encouraging Story of the Day

After a month in the ICU, this mom is celebrating her sweet little one coming home after a liver transplant - God is good!

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Sep 12 2013

Worst Tech Predictions Ever

Can you imagine a world without a home computer or a cell phone? If expert -- and very bold -- prognosticators had been right, that's exactly where we would be living now. "As we all know, foretelling what's going to happen in 5, 10 or 30 years is pretty much impossible, but some predictions are so spectacularly wrong that they should be immortalized," says Mark Spoonauer, editor-in-chief of Laptopmag.com, which assembled a list of the worst tech predictions of all time. 

The top 5 worst tech predictions ever: 

1. The iPhone has no chance. 

The prediction: "There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." --Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO in USA Today in April 2007. What really happened: The iPhone has captured 42 percent of the U.S. smartphone market share and 13.1 percent of the worldwide market. 

2. Who needs a home PC? 

The prediction: "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." --Ken Olson, president Digital Equipment Corp. at the World Future Society meeting in Boston in 1977. What really happened: Olson claims he was taken out of context, but DEC lost the mainframe war to IBM and never became a real player in the PC market. In 1992, he was replaced as CEO, and in 1998, DEC was sold to Compaq. Oh, and just about everyone has a home computer -- or two or three. 

3. Remote shopping will flop. 

The prediction: "Remote shopping, while entirely feasible, will flop because women like to get out of the house, like to handle merchandise, like to be able to change their minds." --TIME magazine in 1966. What really happened: To be fair, what TIME meant by "remote shopping," was catalog shopping. Sexist reasoning aside, e-commerce changed everything. In 2012, e-commerce sales from all sites topped $1 trillion. Apparently women have more important and interesting things to do now than handle merchandise.  

4. The Internet will collapse. 

The prediction: "I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse." --Robert Metcalfe, co-inventor of Ethernet, in InfoWorld in 1995. What really happened: Metcalfe figured that the Internet's capacity and infrastructure could not withstand the incredible demand and so it would collapse. So far, so good. It's holding up OK. 

5. Landlines rule. 

The prediction: "Cellular phones will absolutely not replace local wire systems. Even if you project it beyond our lifetimes, it won't be cheap enough." --Marty Cooper, director of research at Motorola, in the Christian Science Monitor in 1981. What really happened: In case you didn't know, Marty Cooper is credited as being the father of the cell phone--and even he didn't foresee it's potential. On the other hand, cell phones, which were the size of bricks, were outrageously expensive then. But he had no idea how cell phones would free people to be so mobile and still connected. Today, only 8 percent of adults have a landline phone and no mobile phone. 

-Mike

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