十一月 11 2010

Ellie Kay offers great advice for Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping

Ellie Kay, America's Family Financial Expert is our guest every Thursday. Today, she gave some great tips and advice for saving money on Christmas gift shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Get her tips and save some bucks here: http://elliekay.com/index.php

Listen to Ellie's tips right here: part 1 and part 2

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十一月 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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十一月 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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Who is your Unsung Hero?
Apr 23 2012

Who is your Unsung Hero?

We want to acknowledge an unsung hero in your life! This week, you can nominate someone on the form at the right who has an impact behind the scenes. We'll be choosing a winner during the show on Friday April 27th who will win a plaque and a "Worth More Than Gold" prize pack from Britt Nicole! The prize pack includes:

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4/23/2012 2:42:22 PM
bruna United States
bruna
My unsung hero is my husband, it sounds cheesy but he's been more than a husband he's been a bestfriend. At just 15 i was abonded by my mother and started living with a adopted family, my adopted father started working for this man called ray who is 10 years older than me, at the time i was 16 but my new family was breaking apart because of money issues, my adopted father left me and my adopted mom with 3 other children to try to get a better job in a other state, thru all that time we where left with little money and everytime food ended in our house this man ray, called my mom and took us all out for dinner.(he did not know we didnt had food. He told us GOD would just told him call that family and take them out for food). I've always thought it was so nice from a young man to do such a thing, not even knowing us that well. Anyways 2 years later i was 18 and moved out on my own never spooke with him again but i felt deeply into drugs and alcohool. That same year i hit the bottom, lost my job no way to pay the bills and totally lost on the drugs, thats when i was invited to a community church near by where i lived, I went to visit and i saw him there could not believe my eyes, so a couple weeks later we started dating he helped me out all of my drugs and brought me back to Christ. Today we are happily married, thanks to Christ first of all but thanks to him for listenning to God! How could he ever know the girl he was helping was one day meant to be his wife, he didnt know but he listen to God!!! he is my forever hero! Not only saved my life but my soul too!!  
4/23/2012 3:29:54 PM
Pat :) United States
Pat :)
My hero/best friend in the whole world is Trudy Gebhart.  Trudy came into my life 28 years old.  Trudy is not only my best friend but a second mom to alot of children. Trudy has run daycare out of her of home for overy 25 years. Trudy has a daycare provider and has been a second mom to alot of children.  Trudy thought she was give this a try or do this until her children were in school.  Well, her sons have both graduated from high school. Trudy is the best.  Trudy ensures that all of her daycare children are loved and well provided for.  Trudy thank you for being my best friend in the whole life world.  You have been with me through the good and bad.  I would have not survived sometimes without your friendship and love.

God Bless the Trudys of the world.
4/23/2012 4:03:04 PM
Sarah United States
Sarah
My unsung hero(s) are my parents. My mom and dad are always there for me whenever I need them. They've seen me struggle in the bad times and smile in the good times, and always try do what's best for me even if I don't think it's best. A year or two ago our family left the church I had grown up in for eight years to start our own church. It was one of the hardest times of my life and many tears were shed over the loss of all my friends and family in that church. Through it all though, my parents were understanding and helped me make it through this sad time of life. Now, a year later, we have our own church in a small town that is finally begining to grow with new people from the communtiy. We have had four new people in our youth group come to know the Lord in the last month.(Praise Jesus!) Which is a lot for the small community we are in. Thanks to the effort and convictions of my parents, despite how much I disagreed with them during the descision to leave, we have made an impact in our small community and will continue to do so. I am so thankful for my parents and their love! Love you Mom and Dad!
4/23/2012 4:37:29 PM
Shelby United States
Shelby
I'm seventeen, will be 18 in July, and I really want to enter my unsung hero in this contest, but I saw on the "rules for contests" page that you have to be 18 or older to enter unless otherwise specified.  Does that age restriction apply to the unsung hero contest?  If so, is there any way that I can enter??  Because I really want to acknowledge my unsung hero.
4/23/2012 5:25:19 PM
Megan United States
Megan
My unsung hero is my Grandma, Nanny. Nanny has been the strength that my family has needed to hold everything together. About 25 years into their marriage, my grandpa (Papa) developed Guillain-Barre syndrome, which left his extremities paralyzed. For over 25 years, Nanny took care of not just my grandpa, but everyone in the family. Papa and Nanny leaned on Christ to get them through this. Their faith became their haven, a place where they could always go for comfort. While Papa was able to get some movement back, he lost most of his independence. Nanny never complained about the fact that she could not leave Papa alone at home and that they couldn't travel very much.

On April 13, 2012, Papa passed away. This was four days after their 58th wedding anniversary. It has been a very hard couple of weeks for everyone. Nanny is my unsung hero, because she has been there for everyone. She is the one who carries the strength of Christ in her every day. Despite everything that has happened, she has stayed a major participant in the her church and still thanks God for every day. I thank God for Nanny being in my life.
4/23/2012 7:45:49 PM
Laurie United States
Laurie
My nephew,Dale Settle, Jr. is without a doubt, a true hero.He and two friends were on their way to a Bible Study on September 22, 2011 in Canton, Ohio. They were at the steps to the house they were going to, and 2 gunmen approached them. One from behind and one from front. Dale tried to step in front of his friends to shield them, and the gun went off and hit him in the abdomen. Witnesses say that as he lay on the ground dying, he asked for forgiveness for his killers. In the ER, he also asked doctors and nurses to pray for his killers. He died after 5 hours of surgery. Dale was a youth leader for his church. He was baptized there about 10 days before his death. He loved people, especially kids. He loved God going out and preaching God's word. His death has inspired countless numbers of people to believe...to strengthen their own faith and to come to know God. We have heard from people across the US, and even other countries who say his story has inspired them to do a little more and to come to know God better. God had to take Dale in order to spread his message to even more people. His killers still have not yet been caught. My sister (his mother) and Dale's brother and sister are filled with grief. We ask for prayers in finding the 2 gunmen so that we can start to do what Dale asked us to do....that is to forgive. Please visit the website created for the Dale Settle Jr. foundation. www.dalesettlejr.com in order to read more about Dale and to take part in Pay it Forward. Our family is trying to give back and show Dale's kindness by asking people to Pay it Forward in his name.  There is information on the website regarding that. Dale Settle, Jr. is my true hero...he is my unsung hero. It is safe to assume that if we were to hear from the 2 people who were with him who he saved, they would also agree that he is a hero.  
4/24/2012 4:13:16 AM
Sonya James United States
Sonya James
My big sister, Roseanna is my unsung hero. She has managed to get up every morning and go to work. Twelve years ago she was diagnosed with cervical cancer and for a moment we were afraid that we’d lose her. But there’s something unique about my sister Ro, she’s one of the strongest people I know. She’s a fighter and a wonderful and loving mother of three. About a year or so after her diagnosis she was in remission. In the summer of 2008, my sister Ro was in a car accident. She was hurt, but by the grace of God she got well. After a series of MRIs, CT Scans, and Ultrasounds, the doctors were questioning her constant pain. This was the year that they diagnosed my sister with Multiple sclerosis (MS) a chronic autoimmune disorder affecting movement, sensation, and bodily functions. I was crushed at the thought of losing her to another illness. But trusting in the lord was the only thing that helped me in years prior to this diagnosis. I wanted to do something so that she wouldn’t be fighting the fight alone. Even though I live in Pennsylvania, I wanted to support Multiple sclerosis in every way. I started to help raise funds for the MS walk every year since. I have involved close friends and family and we even developed a team called “Ro’s Snazzylicious Hot Steppers”. I will fight for a cure, because every day Ro gets up is a struggle. In order to function on a daily basis, she must take these pain patches. I continue to pray for my sister daily, in hopes that she will be cured someday. Just over a year and half my sister called with news of her having breast cancer. I couldn’t believe what I heard; it was like the story of Job. I began to pray harder and found that there was a Mother’s Day walk for the cure and thought I would walk and raise funds this way for her. Luckily for her it was caught early, me and my other sister had to get mammograms (which came back negative), but this by far has been the toughest part of her life. Every day she gets up goes to work (as an LPN), comes home and takes care of her children. I will do anything for my big sister and the fact that she still has MS and is in remission for cancer, is proof that God is great. Also that he made my big sister a strong fighter and a true believe that with God all things are possible. When I was in first grade this 5th grader tried to bully me and I went home and told my sister. The next day I asked my sister to come to school with me. My sister Ro came to school and defended me against this bully. Ever since then I knew that with my big sister by my side I would always feel safe. Well the day has come just like every year since we found out that she had MS. I will be fighting the fight and walking the walk for my big sister Ro. Now it's my turn to help against her bully (MS). I love you Ro and you are my hero.
4/28/2012 7:22:18 AM
Margie Warren United States
Margie Warren
My Unsung Hero is my mom, Denise.  Growing up in a broken family, my mother took my brother, Ed and I under her wing and taught us how to be loving and compassionate to EVERYONE-even while she had been in an abusive marriage.  Growing up, she had to take on a couple of jobs and we made it to church when we could.  My mom was involved in every organization that we were in and took us to every practice and game to cheer us on. Even in her "free" time, we would go to events put on for organizations like MS, MD, and helping out older people that didn't have a caregiver.  We also moved in with my grandparents when my parents got divorced to have a better opportunity in school. Once my brother and I both joined the Air Force and left home, she worked hard as a correctional officer and dealt with tough situations there.  She showed the prisoners the same compassion and respect that she showed everyone else and when they'd see her after they got out-they'd stop her to tell her how much that meant to them.  Now, my grandmother is 90 and my mom had to quit her job to take care of her.  After a couple of strokes and memory loss, my mom stays with her every day and has devoted her whole life to others.  She is my Unsung Hero and it is really hard to be away from her all these years with where the Air Force has taken us. I'm honored to be her daughter and love her for who she is!  
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