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Being present…


By Pastor Bobby Schuller

“And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'”
Exodus 33: 14

Many things can fill our lives and distract us. Too many people go out to lunch with friends, yet, throughout their time together, they’re on cell phones, texting, sending e-mails to other people.

Too often we’re not present; we’re always thinking about tomorrow, the next thing, the thing that is to come, and not thinking about today. It’s always tomorrow. It’s always something else. It’s always somewhere later. And so we’re not present, which means not whole, but fractured and broken.

It can be scary because God can see through us and work through all of the wounds and all the brokenness and fear that we have. God causes us to ask questions and wrestle with doubt and all of existence. Yet still, he still wants to be with us. “I want to be with you,” God says. “I’ve come to see you and to be with you.”

Today is the gift. Today is the blessing. Today is from God. Enjoy every moment. Practice his presence. Live in his kingdom. Trust in him and see him in everything that you do and enjoy.

Prayer: Father, I thank you that you are with me right now. Flourish inside of me a sense of joy, peace, fullness, and fulfillment that comes from practicing, on a daily basis, your presence. Amen.

Devotion: When you’re with friends and family, are you present or distracted? How are you in your alone time with God? Present? Distracted?

NSA Defends Global Cellphone Tracking as Legal.


The National Security Agency is defending its tracking of foreign cellphones overseas. It says the practice is legal under a U.S. presidential order governing all U.S. government spying.

The agency said Friday it isn’t tracking every foreign phone and call, and that it takes measures to limit how much U.S. data is collected.

The Washington Post reported this week that the agency is gathering location data for up to 5 billion cellphones globally every day, including some American data, according to documents from former NSA contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden.

Spokeswoman Vanee Vines says the practice is legal under a White House order that governs U.S. espionage, known as Executive Order 12333. She says NSA analysts must treat any U.S. citizens’ data they accidentally gather differently.

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Source: Newsmax.com

FCC Chairman Says He Opposes Cellphone Use on Planes.


After proposing that in-flight phone calls be allowed on airliners, the head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission now says he personally opposed cellphone use on planes but the decision would be up to airlines.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler triggered a storm of criticism on Thursday when he said the agency was considering letting airplane passengers use cellphones for calls and text messaging during flights.

Experts warned that passengers would not welcome the prospect of listening to their neighbors chatter during flights. Airlines expressed concern about the proposal, and the union representing flight attendants said passengers rejected cellphone use and urged the FCC not to proceed.

“We understand that many passengers would prefer that voice calls not be made on airplanes. I feel that way myself,” Wheeler said in a statement.

There is “no technical reason” to bar the use of mobile devices on planes and the FCC’s role is to advise if there is a safety issue with using phones on planes, he said.

“Ultimately, if the FCC adopts the proposal in the coming months, it will be airlines’ decisions, in consultation with their customers, as to whether to permit voice calls while in flight,” Wheeler said.

The proposal will be voted on at the FCC’s Dec. 12 meeting. It would let the airlines decide whether to allow passengers to make phone calls, send texts or otherwise use their own wireless data and call services, although still not during takeoff or landing.

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration said it would allow expanded use of electronic devices aboard planes, ending a long-standing ban. But the devices are still not allowed to connect to any ground networks and FCC rules have long banned the use of cellphones aboard.

© 2013 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Source: Newsmax.com

A Hospital for Loneliness.


I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert. I lie awake, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop.
Psalm 102:6-7

Recommended Reading
Zephaniah 3:1-5 ( http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Zephaniah%203:1-5&version=NKJV )

In 1950, less than ten percent of American households were made up of just one person; now the number is twenty-seven percent. We depend on cell phones and computers to stay connected, and that’s why we panic when our Internet goes out or we lose our phone. Our society tends toward isolation, and one of the wonders of sociology is why neighbors who live miles apart in rural areas feel closer than apartment dwellers in major cities.

Listen to Today’s Radio Message ( http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/radio.aspx?tid=email_listenedevo )

Everyone feels lonely from time to time, but loneliness can be an impetus to making changes in our lives. If we feel disconnected from others, we can find ways to help others who feel that way too. Often the best way is to become more involved at church. When you attend a Bible study or small group, volunteer in your congregation, pray for those in the nearby pews, and work shoulder-to-shoulder with other saints, it involves you in the family of God. It’s hard to feel disconnected while making those efforts.

Don’t sit around feeling lonely. Find someone to bless today.

A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
Abigail Van Buren

Read-Thru-the-Bible
Matthew 5-6

By David Jeremiah.

ASUU Strike: Undergraduate Shot Dead By Bandits.


By SaharaReporters, New York

Folajomi Agunbiade, a 24-year old undergraduate student at Ondo State University, Akungba-Akoko, was shot dead on Thursday, August 22 by armed robbers who were infuriated that she began to pray in tongues as they robbed her family.

Around 9 p.m., two armed robbers stormed the Agunbiade residence located in the Alasia-Amosun area of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

A family source said the armed bandits, who reeked of alcohol, took away six cell phones that were being charged at the time. The source added that neighbors were unaware of the robbers’ attack because the family’s noisy power generator was running at the time.
The source told SaharaReporters that one of the robbers demanded cash from the student’s grandmother, but the other robber asked him to leave the woman alone as they had earlier collected about N20,000 from her.

A police source stated that the robbers ransacked the house and stole cash as well as such valuables as mobile phones. At one point, said the source, one of the robbers threatened to shoot Folajomi’s elder sister.

All through the assault, Ms. Folajomi Agunbiade was praying and speaking in tongues. This reportedly angered one of the robbers who aimed the gun at her and shot. A source said she cried “Jesus!” before she fell and died.

A family source disclosed that the robbery ironically took place on the day the deceased’s elder sister ended a three-day fast to ward off any untimely death based on a revelation she had been given.

SaharaReporters learnt that the two sisters were living with their grandmother and a care giver. Ms. Folajomi was at home due to the on-going strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The strike has kept students at home for close to two months.

The family reportedly called the police at 9.45 p.m., after the armed robbers left. A police source said officers were immediately sent to the assaulted home after the distress call was received.

After the robbery, the two-man gang locked their victims inside the house and went away with the key. Neighbors were alerted by the cries of the occupants.

One source said the armed robbers even walked past some of the residents of the area who even greeted them without knowing they were armed robbers.

According to the source, “The sister of the deceased said that the two armed robbers came with locally made guns. She said they started banging their fists on the door and, when the door was opened, they saw that the intruders were armed robbers.”

The source disclosed that the mother of the two sisters lives abroad while their father is based in Ondo State.

Obama Asks Supreme Court To Allow Warrantless Cell Phone Searches.


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If the police arrest you, do they need a warrant to rifle through your cellphone? Courts have been split on the question. Last week the Obama administration asked the Supreme Court to resolve the issue and rule that the Fourth Amendment allows warrantless cellphone searches.

In 2007, the police arrested a Massachusetts man who appeared to be selling crack cocaine from his car. The cops seized his cellphone and noticed that it was receiving calls from “My House.” They opened the phone to determine the number for “My House.” That led them to the man’s home, where the police found drugs, cash and guns.

The defendant was convicted, but on appeal he argued that accessing the information on his cellphone without a warrant violated his Fourth Amendment rights. Earlier this year, the First Circuit Court of Appeals accepted the man’s argument, ruling that the police should have gotten a warrant before accessing any information on the man’s phone.

The Obama Administration disagrees. In a petition filed earlier this month asking the Supreme Court to hear the case, the government argues that the First Circuit’s ruling conflicts with the rulings of several other appeals courts, as well as with earlier Supreme Court cases. Those earlier cases have given the police broad discretion to search possessions on the person of an arrested suspect, including notebooks, calendars and pagers. The government contends that a cellphone is no different than any other object a suspect might be carrying.

But as the storage capacity of cellphones rises, that position could become harder to defend. Our smart phones increasingly contain everything about our digital lives: our e-mails, text messages, photographs, browser histories and more. It would be troubling if the police had the power to get all that information with no warrant merely by arresting a suspect. source – Washington Post.

by NTEB News Desk

PayPal Tests Mobile Payments Using Your Face For Verification.


 

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A new trial in the U.K. lets people pay for items using the PayPal app, a mobile phone, and a photo to prove their identity.

PayPal is rolling out a new trial for British consumers to see if they really can leave their wallets at home.

Recently kicking off in London borough Richmond upon Thames, the test includes 12 different merchants set up to accept PayPal payments, according to Sky News. Using the PayPal app for iOS, Android, or Windows Phone, potential customers can see nearby participating merchants highlighted on their mobile phones. They can then check in by clicking on the merchant’s name and sliding a pin down the screen.

When purchasing an item, the customer’s name and photo pop up on the store’s payment system. An employee clicks on the photo to initiate the payment. The customer then gets a notice and receipt for the transaction on their phone.

Though only a dozen retailers are part of the test, PayPal expects that more than 2,000 merchants will be able to accept the PayPal payments by the end of 2013, Sky News added. And PayPal has grander ambitions beyond this year.

“This is another step on the journey towards a wallet-less high street, where customers will be able to leave their wallet or purse at home and pay using their phone or tablet,” Rob Harper, PayPal head of retail services said in a statement reported by The Independent. We predict that by 2016 this will become a reality.” source – CNET.

by NTEB News Desk

The Mark Of The Beast Surveillance System Is Already Tracking Your Every Move.


The 666 Surveillance System Is Already Up And Functioning

The Antichrist may not yet have made his appearance on the world stage, but the system that he will useto keep tabs on each and every human being is already in place and growing more sophisticated with each passing day. The bible says this:

“And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:17

After the Rapture of the Church, the bible tells us that a wicked ruler will be on the scene, he is called the Antichrist. This man will be powered by the spirit of Satan Himself, but will not be completely supernatural until after his deadly head wound and subsequent rising from the dead. So he will need an earthly tracking system during that time, and we present to you this story as further proof in our ongoing reporting on the 666 Surveillance System.

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Other cameras capture his face and appearance, associating him with locations and routes. Such tools are invaluable to police tracking down a fugitive, but in the meantime Robin’s face and license may be stored for days, years, or even indefinitely, depending on local laws or business practices.

From TODAY: Our daily habits — when we wake up, how we get to work, what we like to watch when we get home — are being tracked by dozens of interconnected systems, from cell carriers to traffic cameras. Together, they could form a picture of your day in disturbingly high fidelity.

It’s not just high-priority targets and would-be terrorists that leave a digital trail as they go about their business — millions of Americans each produce gigabytes of data associated with themselves just by walking down the street, browsing the Internet, and using their mobile phone. PRISM and XKeyscore may be in the news, but we’ve been tracked by other means for a long time.

As a demonstration, TODAY followed NBC News producer Robin Oelkers during a normal weekday, noting the many times when his ordinary actions placed him on the grid.

It began as soon as he woke up, checking emails and Facebook on his phone or laptop while getting ready for work — any number of servers took note that his account began a session between 7:30 and 8 a.m.

By logging in with his home Internet connection, Robin’s IP address and its location are also automatically recorded at any site he uses.

Meanwhile, in order to have a signal, his phone must be in contact with at least one cell tower, but may be monitored by several in case as he begins to move. These towers can be used to calculate his position to within a city block or two.

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“Your mobile phone is basically a tracking device,” said Nick Thompson, editor of NewYorker.com, in an interview that aired Thursday. “(It’s) taking information about where you are, and sending it to lots and lots of companies.”

When it comes to tracking, you don’t have to log in via a Web browser or set up your phone a certain way to tell the world to start following your trail. Recently, Apple was caught keeping records of every wireless network iPhones encountered. And several phone makers were found in 2012 to be including a secret back door on their phones capable of reporting every touch, every byte, and every conversation to anyone with the right software.

Leaving the house, Robin enters the view of the public, and therefore the view of any number of traffic and security cameras. Many of these cameras will passively record his license plate, using special software to convert the image into numbers and letters. The make, model, and color of his car is also recorded in some situations.

Other cameras capture his face and appearance, associating him with locations and routes. Such tools are invaluable to police tracking down a fugitive, but in the meantime Robin’s face and license may be stored for days, years, or even indefinitely, depending on local laws or business practices.

Of course, all this indirect surveillance is redundant when Robin’s car has been tracking his position constantly with its GPS system. Depending on how new the car is, that route information might be backed up to the cloud for easy retrieval, or even collated (anonymously) with other cars’ paths to help analyze traffic patterns.

After parking (in view of several cameras), Robin may stop by Starbucks to grab a coffee. Swiping his rewards card, he adds this purchase to a long list of data points describing his preferences and shopping habits. Such data may be kept internal at Starbucks for inventory and promotional purposes.

At work, he mixes his daily duties on the computer with a bit of personal browsing. Even though they may be inconsequential to his work, the traffic logs are saved, and a lawsuit or internal complaint could make them relevant in a heartbeat.

“The company can not only see it, but they probably store that,” said Thompson. “They probably store it for legal reasons for a long period of time.” 

Back at home, Robin relaxes on the couch to watch a movie with the kids. Somewhere, whether he’s using a cable box or a TiVo or an Apple TV, some server takes note that he has selected another episode of a certain show, while others sit in his queue unwatched. His personal profile is updated and recommended shows changed. And his viewing habits, while tracked separately, are added to those of others for the streaming service’s reports and feedback.

What can you do about all this tracking?
For cellphone stuff, information must be sent if you want your phone and apps to work. But you can learn about your local laws regarding how long such data is kept and under what circumstances it can be requested.

When using the Web, you can use your browser’s Do Not Track option (also called “privacy” or “incognito” mode) and opt to use secure HTTPS versions of sites such as Facebook and Gmail. You can even install some basic privacy software like HTTPS Everywhere and Ghostery, to further minimize your trail’s inevitable breadcrumbs.

When you’re on the move, make sure GPS and Wi-Fi are only on when you need them to be. (As an added bonus, this saves cellphone battery life.) And check the options screens of your most-used apps to see if there’s anything fishy you should be opting out of.

Out on the road, avoiding traffic cams is pretty much impossible (though it doesn’t hurt to know what they look like and where they are.) When shopping, using cash and avoiding rewards cards and other incentive programs will keep you off of the marketer’s grids (but often at a cost of a few bucks per shopping trip).

As for enjoying the online on-demand movies and music that have become so convenient, you will have to submit to some form of tracking, though be reasonable and avoid, say, the Facebook sharing options on your Spotify or Netflix streams. Also, using a service like MaskMe would let you hide your real name, email and credit card from prying eyes, but not without some mild inconvenience.

The best thing to do is to be vigilant, and recognize all the ways increasingly shadowy marketers and government agencies are keeping their eye on you — you know, just in case. More information, such as congress members to contact or resources to tap can be found at, among other places, the Electronic Frontier Foundation or ACLU’s DotRightssource – Today.

by NTEB News Desk.

Journalist to Newsmax: ‘Obamaphone’ Program Filled With Abuse.


A journalist who was given three so-called “Obamaphones,” meant for impoverished Americans as part of the federal Lifeline program, says cellphone companies are making a fortune off a giveaway rife with fraud.

“What I find scandalous is I’m not eligible [under the guidelines]. … You’re supposed to either be on welfare or earn what’s less than 136 percent of the poverty level,” Jillian Melchior, a National Review columnist, told David Nelson, guest host of “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“I can support a family of eight on my income … [but] it was easy for me to get not one phone, but three.”

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Melchior decided to probe Lifeline after she heard stories of fraud and abuse associated with the program, which allows the underprivileged to have a way of communicating.

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She said she was approached by various Lifeline vendors who barely checked out her eligibility. Even when she told them she was not on welfare, they still qualified her.

“They’d say, are you on welfare? I’m not on welfare, and based on my income level, I don’t qualify for this program. So I tell them that, I say ‘I’m not on welfare but I’d sure like to be, who wouldn’t?'” she said.

“And that was enough to get them to sign me up and I was able to get three Obama phones in the mail. … You’re only supposed to have one cellphone per household.”

Melchior believes the huge profits that phone-service providers get from the program make the companies less stringent in checking on the recipients of the phones.

“For each person that gets signed up, phone providers get about $10 a month, per customer. That’s a lot of money, that adds up fast,” she said.

“The problems began when the federal government got in the cellphone business, and when the cellphone business supposedly got into the business of verifying who’s on welfare and who’s not. That’s not the job of either of them. It’s not really surprising that we have problems,” she said.

Melchior takes issue with the program for claiming the phone giveaways are welfare for the poor.

“It really is corporate welfare. Big corporations are benefiting from this. Meanwhile, taxpayers are funding it and they’re suffering,” she said.

“It’s a program that was created to benefit the poor but has gotten totally out of control.”

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© 2013 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

By Bill Hoffmann

Being present…


By Bobby Schuller, Hour of Power Pastor

“And He said, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.'”
Exodus 33: 14

Many things can fill our lives and distract us. Too many people go out to lunch with friends, yet, throughout their time together, they’re on cell phones, texting, sending e-mails to other people.

Too often we’re not present; we’re always thinking about tomorrow, the next thing, the thing that is to come, and not thinking about today. It’s always tomorrow. It’s always something else. It’s always somewhere later. And so we’re not present, which means not whole, but fractured and broken.

It can be scary because God can see through us and work through all of the wounds and all the brokenness and fear that we have. God causes us to ask questions and wrestle with doubt and all of existence. Yet still, He still wants to be with us. “I want to be with you,” God says. “I’ve come to see you and to be with you.”

Today is the gift. Today is the blessing. Today is from God. Enjoy every moment. Practice his presence. Live in his kingdom. Trust in him and see him in everything that you do and enjoy.

Prayer: Father, I thank you that you are with me right now. Flourish inside of me a sense of joy, peace, fullness, and fulfillment that comes from practicing, on a daily basis, your presence. Amen.

Reflection: When you’re with friends and family, are you present or distracted? How are you in your alone time with God? Present? Distracted?

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