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What’s This Button Do? Oops. #ThreatNoThreat

In the immediate wake of Hawaii’s false Ballistic Missile threat, news agencies began reporting that the “wrong button” had been pressed. Not true. Actually, the wrong link was clicked on a drop-down menu. Nevertheless, it was a big mistake!

In addition, it took 38 minutes to notify the public that there was no threat. By then, thousands had sought shelter, entered manholes, or called loved ones and waited. After all, there is no running from an inbound nuclear missile on an island.

Now, if you’ve seen the drop-down menu, you know it was very confusing! (See Picture)

Needless to say, the system is being updated and new, clearer options have already been added. We simply can’t allow false reports of impending doom being spread to millions of people or we will have “boy who cried wolf” syndrome.

It would be nice if a warning system was 100% accurate and never had fake notifications, right? Well, did you know that the Bible has that? It has a 100% track record of prophecy and fulfillment!

Jesus warned His followers not to be deceived by false alerts. More than three decades before the Temple was destroyed, Jesus gave specific warnings about what would happen, where to go, and when to go. Because Jesus’ followers listened to His words in Luke 21:20-24, historians confirm that not a single Christian lost their lives when the Romans sacked Jerusalem.

And Jesus’ followers know that there will be no false alerts when He returns.

“The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

There won’t be any accidental “clicks” in that day. It is a day that the Father set aside from the foundation of time. Accept the forgiveness He freely offers and live faithfully for Him today!

Windows XP and Doomsday: Heed the Warnings

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Microsoft was responsible for causing one of the greatest scares of our modern technological era, Y2K. Eventually, what had been billed as a technological disaster went by with more of a whimper than a bang. But Microsoft is in the news again for another doomsday prediction; and this time it is for real.

For some time, Microsoft has warned of the end – doomsday. They have advertised it, they have publicized it, and yet, the public has ignored it. Now the day has come. As of yesterday, Microsoft is done updating Windows XP!

“Um…ok,” you say. “So what does that have to do with doomsday?”

Ending support of Windows XP means no more security patches, which means there are gaping holes for hackers, malware, adware, and virus attacks. IT professionals, business managers, and the public have either ignored the warnings or have responded casually. Unfortunately, so many people have failed to heed the warnings that a substantial percentage of computers still run XP – almost 30%.

Why would people ignore such obvious danger? Millions of people are now vulnerable to cybercriminals and a barrage of attacks that may damage the financial sector, logistics operators, and the public at large. All of us are in danger because so many refused to prepare for the inevitable day, despite the warnings.

People ignore warning signs every day. The lackadaisical attitude of those who refused to upgrade their Windows operating system is no different from those who refuse to heed God’s warnings today.

For thousands of years, God has warned that we must change our ways.  Jesus reminded people living in His day that people have always refused to heed the warnings. “For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark” (Matthew 24:38).

Our software is infected with the “sin” virus. Thankfully God provided an “upgrade” to fix the problem. Download the blood of Jesus by being immersed in baptism. Become protected from malicious attacks by living in His Word.

Yesterday was the end for XP; did you upgrade? What if tomorrow is the judgment? Have you upgraded to Christ?

A Recall We Really Need to Heed!

Recently, we have seen a string of recalls in the news. Most notably, General Motors has been plagued by dangerous ignition switches and airbag issues causing over $300 million in the first quarter of this year alone. That number doesn’t even account for pending lawsuits and the damage to GM’s reputation.

Thankfully, no known loss of life has occurred yet due to these faulty parts. But GM is moving swiftly because they know the potential danger. Unfortunately, the longer drivers stay on the road with these problems, the greater the risk of injury and loss of life.

Did you know that there is a recall in the Bible too? And the consequences are worse than injury and loss of life…eternity is on the line.

God’s recall isn’t due to defective parts in the manufacturing process. In fact, what God made in mankind, He called “very good” (Genesis 1:31). But God also installed an option in every model of human being; we call it “choice.” And due to faulty use (Romans 1:20-23) by every person who has the ability to choose right from wrong (Romans 3:23), God had to offer a universal recall to fix a problem every model shares – sin.

People generally respond to recalls in one of three ways: 1) ignoring the recall altogether; 2) procrastinate until it is too late, or 3) rush to get the new part. In the Bible, those who do not listen to the recall or ignore its consequences will be lost (2 Thessalonians 1:8); those who procrastinate often delay too long (Acts 24:25); but those who respond and follow the plan can begin their new journey in a vehicle to a place where recalls will be a thing of the past (Revelation 21:4).

The word “recall” (re·call) has two primary meanings: 1) officially order a return to a place; 2) bring something back into one’s mind. God is calling and recalling each of us today to remember our Creator and to go back to the manufacturer to fix our sin problem. Will you be healed by the gospel of Jesus? Or will you procrastinate? Ignore the recall? Or heed the call today?