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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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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.


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

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Zephaniah 3:1-5 ( )

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.

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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

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.


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.



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

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