Nov 11 2010

Thank a veteran!

Happy Veteran's Day! Today, we honor those who have served our country and those who are currently serving. We are more grateful than we can ever express. If you wish to honor our veteran's today, feel free to express your thanks and share their names here!
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Nov 09 2010

What Is Good Netiquette???

Social Networking is a huge part of your life today, and knowing proper netiquette is important. Dr. Meier of the Meier Clinics shares how to enjoy social networking and represent Christ well too. Is there anything that you would add???

INTERNET ETIQUETTE (NETIQUETTE) FOR BELIEVERS INTRODUCTION: The internet can be a wonderful tool for us, as believers, to practice the Great Commandment: to Love God with all our hearts, and to love our neighbors as we practice biblical love and respect for ourselves. The Golden Rule also comes into play in internet communications: Do unto others as you would have them to unto yourself. Having made an internet search on emerging rules of etiquette on the net, now called “netiquette,” I was surprised at how many of the “rules” I have accidentally broken myself. So I decided to write this brief summary of ways we can practice Christ-likeness on the internet while remaining our true and honest selves, loving and being loved via the net. So following are MEIER’S TWELVE RULES OF NETIQUETTE FOR BELIEVERS:

1. SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE. When sending emails or using facebook or other social networks, be sure what you are saying is accurate and that you are sharing it in a loving manner. Being a Christian psychiatrist, I know there are many Christians who have genetic depression, mood swings, ADHD, OCD, or even schizophrenia who can now live happy, productive lives for Christ because of the invention of medications that correct the chemical imbalances that cause these disorders, much like insulin now allows diabetics to live when throughout history they died, or allows people with hypothyroidism to live instead of dying or being severely debilitated. I get so angry when I see ignorant, self-righteous, uneducated Christians say on facebook or other sites that it is a sin for Christians to take psychiatric medications. They are killing people who believe them. If you choose to believe something so absurd, you have a right to remain ignorant, but don’t insist that others agree with your ignorance and imply that if they don’t, they are not as spiritual as you think you are.

2. DON’T BE “SUPERSPIRITUAL.” The great Christian philosopher, Francis Schaeffer, who went to be with the Lord in 1984, wrote about how Satan uses “superspirituality” in Christians to further his evil causes. God wants us to be truly spiritual, practicing love, joy, peace, patience, meekness, gentleness, and other examples of the Holy Spirit’s influence in our lives. Superspirituality is when a believer, or a pretend-believer, acts more spiritual than others, preaches at them, brags about his or her spirituality, and quotes Bible verses with everything he or she says like biblical band aides, instead of using them when appropriate like Jesus did. To use the internet not only to keep up with our own communications, but also to be a good influence for Christ, we must PRACTICE Christ-likeness, not preach it online or shout it in a condescending manner.

3. DON’T GOSSIP. I hate it when a Christian sends out a general email to a large group of people or puts on facebook a prayer request to pray for her unsaved neighbor who is living in sin, or for someone’s impotence problem or temper outbursts or other negative things. If a Sunday School class has a prayer list that all agrees to share their own personal requests for the other group-members to pray for, that is wonderful and perfectly fine. But don’t put personal information about anyone, without that person’s permission, in any public correspondences or else you are committing one of the seven sins God hates the most—gossiping. Proverbs chapter 6 lists the seven sins God hates the most, and number one is an arrogant look—thinking yourself better or more spiritual than others, and among the other six are sewing discord among the brothers, gossiping, stretching the truth, impulsively rushing to do evil, and murder. Christians sometimes think that because they do not commit adultery, which does make the ten commandments but is not in the top seven list, they are somehow spiritual even though they commit four or five of the top seven sins, including on the internet.

4. DON’T BE OVERLY WORDY. Narcissists write on and on about themselves until the reader wants to puke. Christ-like believers use the internet to listen as much as to share, asking the people you email how they are feeling and doing as well as sharing briefly your own thoughts and feelings that you would like to share with the other person.

5. NO MASS MAILINGS. Christians like to find information—often wonderful information—or cute jokes or inspiring poems or other generally good and informative things, and then send them out to their entire mailing list. I have done this myself prior to getting some legitimate complaints from personal friends who do not want their email addresses getting out to everyone on my entire email list. Share these wonderful things with people one at a time, or people who have given you permission to share their email address with the others on your mailing list, but not to people who value their privacy. And whatever you do, do NOT end it with a guilt trip like if they do not pass the information along to their own mailing list they are somehow “breaking the chain” of God’s work or something. How arrogant. Are you God?

6. BE COMPASSIONATE AND EMPATHETIC. It is hard to share feelings on the internet. In person, people can see the genuine concern and love on our faces when we share personal things with each other. On the internet, things can get misinterpreted more easily, or we can give pat answers rather than practicing Christ-likeness. Jesus said to weep with those who weep. If someone is grieving a great loss, and you quote Romans 8:28 out of context, for example, telling them, “Oh well, all things work together for good,” or “Well, it must have been God’s will,” rather than doing what Jesus said to do, which is to show empathy and weep and grieve with them, then you are applying biblical band aides and offending brothers rather than being of benefit to them. Solomon said that a brother offended is harder to win than defeating a strong city. Romans 8:28 is a great verse, one I have used many times in my psychiatric office, but in context, not to discourage grieving. In fact, Jesus said in the beatitudes that people who weep and grieve are blessed by Him, because their grieving and weeping will bring comfort.

7. DON’T FLAME. Flaming is an internet term meaning an exchange of inflammatory remarks to each other in anger. If someone hurts you, Ephesians 4;26-27 says it is perfectly fine and not a sin for you to feel angry, and the Bible even encourages you in various places, even in the Old Testament commandments, like in Leviticus 19, to share your anger appropriately with the person who offended you, but not to get vengeance or to hold grudges, or you give Satan a foothold in your life. So when you are angry at someone, think and pray about it before you decide prayerfully what would be the most godly way to share that anger, or whether it might even be better not to in certain circumstances, rather than reacting in anger and saying things in an inflammatory manner that you may very well regret later—FLAMING.

8. DON’T BE GULLIBLE. The middle verse in the entire Bible is a verse in Psalms that says “Put not your trust in man.” Don’t automatically believe information on the internet or people who communicate with you via the internet. Most human beings lie. Most information on the internet is untrue or at least partially untrue. Patients come to see me and tell me information that I know is scientifically false, so I ask them if they found it on the internet. If they say yes, then I tell them that if it was on the internet it must not be true. I am being facetious, of course, because some information on the internet actually is true and helpful, but I am making the point that they should not be naïve and believe any information on the internet or any person on the internet. Many evil people use the internet to take advantage of others sexually, financially, or in other ways. They are wolves in sheep’s clothing.

9. DON’T BULLY OR PUT UP WITH BULLYING. Sadly, in this era of declining morals, some teens or even adults use the internet to bully other people, getting a kick out of it somehow. They insult someone directly or on social networks where the insulted people can read insults about themselves. This is a horrible thing to do—stealing a person’s dignity and reputation. If you have done it, repent and never do it again. If it is happening to you, contact authority figures who can stop and punish the bullies.

10. CHECK YOUR EMAILS OFTEN. If you choose to use emailing to communicate with your friends, like I myself have, then it hurts someone’s feelings if they communicate something important to you and you have not responded even days later. If you use the internet, check your emails at least daily. I check mine several times a day, sending or receiving a dozen or more emails a day with my prayer partner, friends, family and associates. It is a wonderful privilege to be able to so easily stay in touch with a larger group of people than would be possible if I had to call people on the phone, which can be time consuming and frustrating if they are not available to answer the phone. I still use the phone, of course, and texting by phone, but can stay in touch with more people in less time by the wonders of the internet. It is a blessing. I have friends even in France, Israel, Australia, Sweden and other countries that I can keep up with via email. In fact, my prayer partner is a French psychologist who lives in Paris, and we email each other almost daily.

11. DON’T SEND MESSAGES USING ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. I have made this mistake before myself. But when emailing someone, if you use all capital letters they feel as though you are shouting at them.

12. BE HELPFUL TO OTHERS. If someone is new on the internet, help him or her. Be patient and teach him these rules to keep him from embarrassing himself. Pray and look for other ways to show Christian love on the internet. Look for people to help or encourage. Sometimes I just sit down with my computer and pray a few minutes—I even read my Bible daily on the computer—and then think of two or three people you can send a brief word of encouragement. Sometimes it is just, “Hi, I was just thinking about you and prayed for God to bless you today in a special way.” There have been many times when I felt temporarily down in the dumps because of some loss or tragic event in my life, only to be encouraged by a positive email sent by a friend thousands of miles away who had no idea I needed his support at that very moment.

GOD USES THE INTERNET through us sometimes. Pretty cool, right?

Listen to the full conversation and Dr. Meier's suggestions: Segment 1 and Segment 2

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Nov 08 2010

Share your Make a Difference Monday story!

It's Make a Difference Monday! What nice thing has someone done for you lately? Have you done something for someone else? Share your story here!

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Kurt Warner is on the show today!
Sep 27 2010

Kurt Warner is on the show today!

Kurt Warner is our guest on the show today! Kurt played for the St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals and was Superbowl MVP twice. Now, he takes on the jive on Dancing with the Stars! Any comments for Kurt? Share 'em here!

Listen to Kurt talk about his faith in Jesus, football, and Dancing with the Stars:

Segment 1, Segment 2, Segment 3, Segment 4, Segment 5

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9/27/2010 3:12:52 PM
Laura Steljes United States
Laura Steljes
I know that this is really not related to the topic of your show, but I would really like to ask Kurt if he would be a guest speaker for Pop Warner Little Scholar banquet for the SW Valley Association.  The event is planned for Sat, Oct 23 at 530-800 pm in Buckeye, AZ.  

Please Please Please forward this request to him or his contacts.  I know that he was heavily involved with Pop Warner as a player and with his son in the Far West Association.  I can be reach via email 24/7.  Thank you!!
9/27/2010 3:17:27 PM
Analyn United States
Hi. Kurt Warner made me actually like football. I had read that he was a Christian and I started cheering for him and the Cardinals. I was dissapointed when he retired but I still cheer for the Cardinals. I hope you do good on Dancing With the Stars Mr. Warner!

9/27/2010 3:22:42 PM
Monica Cantu United States
Monica Cantu
I just want to tell Kurt, thank you for bring life back in Arizona, we miss you with the Cardinals! my daughter's love you... Thank you for Blessing us with your talents.. good luck with Dancing with the Stars... we never watched but we do now because of you!
9/27/2010 3:23:44 PM
maria lopez United States
maria lopez
hello i just wanted to let you guys know that mr warner is really a down to earth family man and great geson plays on pop warner football and his team played mr warner team and after the game i ask to take a picture for my grson and said yes and took pic and then the rest of the team got o meet him and he talked to all ofthem..really nice man and didnt even know that he made there day so great that all everybody talked about.just wanted to say thank you mr warner.....
9/27/2010 3:24:40 PM
maria lopez United States
maria lopez
i meant not mr warner team but his son team sorry im still all exctied.....
9/27/2010 3:24:46 PM
Chris United States
Kurt is a true inspiration to me! He is the perfect role model for every person that is a true believer or who wants to be a believer of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you Kurt for all that you have done!
9/27/2010 3:25:40 PM
Lydia United States
Kurt, u are a perfect inspiration for all male young dancers! I watch u every Monday and Tuesday and Believe in God that he will allow you to win if you dance for his glory. U could change anyones life, just by dancing and preaching your faith on KLOVE!!!!
9/27/2010 3:33:08 PM
Adrian Arroyo United States
Adrian Arroyo
Hi, man are you still helping people with developmental disabilities if yes then kept it up brother and my god pleases you And Brenda ????????

Have a good day!!!!!!

Surecly Adrian aaron arroyo
9/27/2010 3:35:52 PM
Rachel United States
For the first time since becoming a klove listener over a year ago, I had to do a double take, wondering if I had turned my radio station on accident on the way home from work today.  Hearing Kurt Warner talk about "the Situation" made "the Situation" sound like a pretty alright guy, one that we might even look up to or admire for his perseverance in making a living.  On klove I would hope that we would not condone making a living with public promiscuity or consider him a "good guy" for earning a living in such an immoral way. I am sure that Kurt was attempting to be politically correct and kind in describing a man who has most likely been very kind to him, but klove stands for more than that.  People who openly and publically promote a life of sin and immorality should not be considered "good" people since we know that being good certainly doesn't get a person to heaven and as Christians, we cannot lead others to the gospel of Christ by sugarcoating poor choices and condoning sinful lifestyles.  While Dancing with the Stars may be an interesting show, maybe it should be discussed in other venues, not on a Christian radio station.
9/27/2010 3:42:22 PM
chandler jenkins United States
chandler jenkins
Kurt Warner you are the BEST. Me and my dad have been following you since you were at the Rams (though I haven't been around that long being 12). You are the best cristian quarterback ever!

Chandler Jenkins
9/27/2010 3:44:00 PM
Teddi Young United States
Teddi Young
Thank you so much for having Kurt Warner on the show today.  He has always been an inspiration to football fans and I am so excited that a whole new group of people will be able to witness his example on DWTS!  Thanks again!
9/27/2010 3:44:44 PM
Janice Jackson United States
Janice Jackson
My Grandson's love the Good Sports Gang DVD you did a few years back.  Do you have any plans of doing another one?
9/27/2010 3:45:32 PM
avri United States
I think that it is great that is a christian and is not afraid to show his faith! i am learning that being a "celebrity" isnt how many times that they are in the tabloids or in the news but the example and influences that they leave! I love that about him,  he takes every oppertunity to share his faith!! i hope everyone takes time to realize that "celebrities" arent what they seem to be by themselves, but with God they are bright shining stars! AND beautiful influences! ;)
                    God bless!
9/27/2010 3:46:18 PM
Dar United States
I watched Kurt Warner's career and have always admired him as a man of God. Far too many athletes are not the role model that we want our children and grandchildren to look up to. I'm glad that Kurt has not compromised and holds Jesus  up as his standard.  I live in Steeler country and love the Steelers however when they played the Caridnals in the Superbowl I must admit I was cheering for the Cardinals. K-Love is great ...I listen every day.  thanks for the great radio.
9/27/2010 3:53:54 PM
avri United States
I think that is Great that Kurt is a christian and takes every oppertunity to share the good news! im 15 and am learning that being a "celebrity" isnt how many times they are in the tabloids or how many people like them for false reasons, but the example and influence in christ and the good things that they do for other people! God shines through Kurt in everything that he does and i encourage everyone to look closer at the "celebrities" because only Christ can make you shine like a star!
9/27/2010 4:22:55 PM
Jenn United States
Kurt, I'm not a football fan, but I do watch DWTS. I was so glad to hear your interview tonight on KLOVE saying that you're a Christian! I'll encourage people I know to vote for you for that very reason. The longer you stay, the more influence for God you'll have. Don't get discouraged as you get tired, keep being an Evangelist to the Stars!!!!
9/27/2010 4:29:21 PM
Brenda United States
I really enjoyed your book with you and Brenda's story.  Thank you for all you've done for AZ Cardinals we miss you!  I have watched Dancing with the Stars for a few seasons voting for my favorite sports people.  I said I wouldn't watch this year but you have made the difference.  I don't like some of the dances being too racey but that is what the fast forward on my DVR is for.  You have always been a good witness for Jesus and I believe this assignment will not be any different.
9/27/2010 4:48:52 PM
Dawn United States
God Bless you, Kurt Warner, and all your family! I always was so inspired and proud of such a true Godly man you are, and even through you being with the Cardinals! What a great example you were of Christ all the the good and bad times. You live it out all the time, and that's the way it should be! You're always not be ashamed or afraid but proud and excited to talk about your Lord Jesus Christ, your testimony, your wife and family, etc. You keep that up! Honestly, I was surprised and disappointed when I heard you were on that show. I don't watch that show, I heard about it on the KLOVE or the news. If God called you to do that, then I am happy for you! We will pray for you! I want to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing, but stay strong, BE that SALT and LIGHT in the world! Be that strong Godly man and Godly influence in the world so all those people see Christ through you! You and your family stick together, stay in the Word, and let God lead you guys! You guys are amazing!
9/27/2010 5:00:40 PM
Dawn United States
Also, we miss you being with the Cardinals!
9/27/2010 6:52:11 PM
David United States
Mr. Warner, Thank you for the memories and for having the guts to publically praise Jesus and not fear sharing the Gospel. May the one true God continue to Bless you and your family. You are in my prayers. David, Phoenix, AZ
9/27/2010 7:44:42 PM
Roselene United States
Hi I really wanted to hear your show with Kurt Warner today.  My son had a doctor appointment so i missed it. Is there aw ay i can go on your Wpage on Klove to hear it?  My family are 5 generation rams fans and even better we are very long time christians.  My mom loved hearing the rams back when Kurt was our quarterback.  She was blind so listening was her eyes.  She died a year after we won the superbowl.  She had so much enjoyment that year.  I would love to hear your show if possible.  thank you  Roselene

9/28/2010 11:58:11 AM
Ben Anderson United States
Ben Anderson

I enjoyed watching you throughout your career as a St. Louis Ram and Arizona Cardinal.  As a long-time Seattle Seahawk fan I saw you beat up on my Hawks more than once.  It is amazing what God has done in your life, and how he led you back to play in the NFL.  You are a very humble and inspiring man who's love for God has touched many people's lives.  I hope that whatever you are doing in your life, that you and your family are blessed!


Ben Anderson
West Richland, WA
10/3/2010 4:52:59 AM
Yaz United States
It is awesome to see how God uses you each day because of your willingness to submit to him.  What a lesson you teach me and one that I struggle with each day.  Your a Godly man who is the kind of role model we should all aspire to get to be more like.  Of course - your that role model because of Jesus Christ leading you each and every day.  Thanks for all the football memories and more importantly, thanks for never being ashamed of your savior "Jesus Christ" and giving him the glory.  May you and your family continue to be blessed and used in promoting Gods word and kingdom.
10/4/2010 7:12:01 AM
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10/6/2010 9:11:17 PM
donna United States
you said it rachel!
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