Is Facebook Listening?

Over the last few weeks, I have been seeing an increasing amount of people posting things about Facebook and that it listens to their conversations. Facebook will show you ads of products that you haven’t googled or looked up on your phone, the only way it knows is because it listens supposedly. Now, I believe that Facebook does generate ads based on what you search, it also generates ads based on your gender and age.

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I am not a paranoid conspiracy theorist, nor do I really care…which may not be the best attitude towards this situation. But if you think about, we put smartphones, smart tvs, smart home devices, iPads, tablets, and other devices that are connected to the internet…of course someone is watching and listening to every move and everything we say. So Facebook is probably listening to some extent…

But why are we more concerned if whether Facebook is listening or not, when God is always listening? God hears everything we say and sees everything we do and knows everything we think, yet we are more concerned about what Facebook hears us say.

“For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.”

Jeremiah 16:17

The Lord sees, hears and knows everything we do. You can’t hide from God, you can’t hide your wickedness from God! I don’t know if Facebook is listening, but I am 100% positive that God is listening and God is watching and God knows everything that you do! Live a life that is pleasing to God whether it is in private or in public!

I am reminded of the children’s church song, O Be Careful Little Eyes.

O be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little eyes what you see

For the Father up above

is looking down in love

So, be careful little eyes what you see

O be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little ears what you hear

For the Father up above

is looking down in love

So, be careful little ears what you hear

O be careful little tongue what you say

O be careful little tongue what you say

For the Father up above

is looking down in love

So, be careful little tongue what you say

O be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little hands what you do

For the Father up above

is looking down in love

So, be careful little hands what you do

O be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little feet where you go

For the Father up above

is looking down in love

So, be careful little feet where you go

O be careful little heart whom you trust

O be careful little heart whom you trust

For the Father up above

is looking down in love

So, be careful little heart whom you trust

O be careful little mind what you think

O be careful little mind what you think

For the Father up above

is looking down in love

So, be careful little mind what you think

So, be careful little mind what you think

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Walk Through The Darkness

“When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness;”

Job 29:3

As I was reading my Bible today, this is the verse that stood out the most to me. The last phrase, “…when by his light I walked through darkness;” spoke volumes to me today.

First I thought about the darkness. I thought about how dark this world is. How steeped in sin this world is. There isn’t much light to be found throughout this sin-stricken world. Yet, we as Christians have to walk through it.

Sometimes in life, we will go through darkness. I believe Job went through a time like this when he lost everything that he had. It was a dark time in his life, just think, not many people could hold up and act the way Job did through all this. We will have problems, we will have issues, we will go through storms and trials, life may seem dark, but we just have to walk through it.

We all go through dark times. That is just how life goes. It is what we do when we have to walk through darkness that defines us.

Job had the answer for walking through darkness and it is still the answer today. He walked through the darkness “…by his light…” The only way we are going to find our way through this dark world or through our own dark times is by His light. What is His light? What is the light that God has for us?

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Psalms 119:105

The Word of God, the King James Bible, is the Light that we need to make it through the darkness. His Word will guide us and direct us. It will show us the way we need to go, what we should do, and how to live our life.

As a Christian, you aren’t going to make it too far in this dark world without the Light of the Word of God. It will show us what is right and what is wrong. If used correctly, the Word of God will never take you down a wrong path or lead you into destruction. It will light the way and guide you on the path you should take.

During the dark times of life, when troubles and trials come, the Word of God is still the Light that you need in your life. Job knew that he needed it and he went through some serious problems, yet he knew the only way through the darkness was by the light of God.

So if you are struggling to see where you are going in life, if you feel lost in the darkness of this world, if your life is dark with no hope, turn to God and His Word as it will give you the light that you need!

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3 Ways To Be A Great Church Member

Last week I put out a blog called 3 Ways To Be A Horrible Church Member, I couldn’t go without writing a follow-up blog about how to be a great Church Member. The most thing to remember about being a great church member is that you constantly have to work at it. There is no finish line in being a great church member. You will never reach the point where you arrive in the Christian life, where there is nothing else to accomplish. Saying all this leads me into the first way of being a great church member…

You have to continually GROW. A great church member is always growing. They are growing in their walk with God and their service for Christ. What we fail to realize is that being a great church member or Christian for that matter, is all based on what we do away from church. We can only grow so much at church, but if you are growing everyday in your walk with God, you will be growing at church. Your preacher will notice the change, your friends and peers at church will notice the growth. A thought I had the other day, which may develop into a blog someday, is that many Christians and church members are like the Dead Sea. They are stagnant, there is no life to be found, they are dead, why? Because they stopped growing! When you stop growing in the Christian life, you become dead in the Christian life! You want to be a great church member, well it starts at home in your walk with God and how you live your life outside of church, you have to GROW!!

You have to constantly GIVE. This is the tough one, even for me. Christianity is all about giving. Yes, giving your tithes and offerings, but even things like time and talent have to be given. Back to the Dead Sea analogy, if we constantly receive without ever giving, we will end up dying out. Being a great church member, to me at least, is being involved in different ministries. We all have some talent that we can use for Christ in the church. We should give that talent back to Him by using it for His glory! The time that is needed to be a great church member isn’t no drop in the bucket, you have to give your time to be involved in the ministries and activities of the church. Your greatness as a church member comes from your willingness to give, from your wallet to your work, you have to be giving to be great.

You have conviction to live GODLY. Being a great church member starts and ends with what you do away from church. You will not be great at church if you can’t live godly away from church. We need Christians, we need church members who have some conviction, some desire, some want to, to live godly. Living godly is living a life that is based off what the Bible tells and commands us to do, not based on what we feel, what man says, or what the world tells us to do. Our godliness shouldn’t be compared to the next person at church or against how far from the world we are, it should be compared to how close we are to God and His Word and obeying His Word. You show me someone who lives a godly life away from church, I will show you someone who is continually growing in their walk with God and constantly giving of their treasure, time and talent to their church.

Let’s all strive to better church members by growing closer to God, living godly lives, and then give when we are at church.

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