In the era of tl;dr, write accordingly


The common abbreviation in Internet language, tl;dr, means “too long; didn’t read.” It refers to an extensive text that the person did not feel like taking the time to read. The abbreviation sometimes prefaces a short summary of a longer text. Continue reading

#communication, #internet, #writing

Transfer begun of The Fellowship Room

Earlier this year, we mentioned that we would move TFR from WordPress hosting onto our own paid hosting service. That process has begun. Along with that, the domain name became available, and since it’s best to have a dot-com domain we bought it and will be using it.

As soon as the new domain is pointing to the new installation, we’ll export from here the posts and import them there. The old dot-org domain will be pointed to the new one.

This means for the Fellows that we’ll have to fix you up with new accounts, or at least new passwords. Await for word on that.

This is a great step forward, we hope, to serving the brotherhood in a great way.

#changes #housekeeping #internet

Site transfers in progress, expect a bit of mess

Many of the Forthright/GoSpeak sites are being transferred to a new host server:,,, and others, including my personal site. Such transfers are always a bit messy, so bear with us.

We hope two problems will be solved with this change: (1) Entire IPs should not be blocked any longer, so more people will have access to the site; (2) Search engines will have it easier indexing our sites.

This should encourage many of our Australian and Asian friends.

Our thanks to Matt Clifton for his help in this.

#changes, #internet, #site-hosting, #websites

Be safe, change all passwords, says expert

It’s a mess, this Heartbleed bug. One Internet expert recommends changing all passswords. Apparently, WP, Twitter and PayPal, among others, were not affected, but it’s always good to swap out passwords now and again. Here’s a link from K. Komando.

#bugs, #heartbleed, #internet, #passwords


(#78) The Proverbs of Solomon 14:5-No “False Witness Protection Program”

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 14:5: “A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies.”

A “witness” precisely tells what has been seen, heard, or experienced, so “a faithful witness” will be true to what is absolutely known and “does not lie.” Jesus Christ was a “faithful witness” (Revelation 1:5). Whether facing persecution or death, Christians must be as the Apostles: “And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard’” (Acts 4:18-20); “Then the captain went with the officers and brought them without violence, for they feared the people, lest they should be stoned. And when they had brought them, they set them before the council. And the high priest asked them, saying, ‘Did we not strictly command you not to teach in this name? And look, you have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this Man’s blood on us!’ But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men’” (Acts 5:26-29); “And he who has seen has testified, and his testimony is true; and he knows that he is telling the truth, so that you may believe” (John 19:35). No cross, terrorist bomb, or Islamic sword should make a Christian become one of “those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Hebrews 10:39).

But a “false witness” who wrongly interprets, changes, or alters the actual facts, due not simply to a faulty memory, but through a deliberate effort to mislead, gives a “lie.” “False witness” may be given because of prejudice, bribery, or fear, none of which justifies it. This is one of the 7 things God hates (Proverbs 6:16-19), and other proverbs seal their doom: “A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness speaks lies” (Proverbs 14:25); “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape” (Proverbs 19:5); “A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish” (Proverbs 19:9); “A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity” (Proverbs 19:28); “A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly” (Proverbs 21:28); “Do not be a witness against your neighbor without cause, For would you deceive with your lips?” (Proverbs 24:28); “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor Is like a club, a sword, and a sharp arrow” (Proverbs 25:18). The “false witness:” is “deceitful,” “will not go unpunished,” “shall perish,” “scorns justice,” hurts “his neighbor” as though he attacked with weapons! Also notice that “the man who hears him will speak endlessly,” meaning the false testimony will continue to be spread to no end! Political correctness, business advertising, Internet (e-mails, tweets, Facebook, et al.), legal advice, political campaign, religious persecution, peer pressure, propaganda press, headline writers and magazine covers, educational textbooks, are some of the many “hotbeds” for false witness.

Christians must repent from doing such: “Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds” (Colossians 3:9). Not bearing “false witness” is one of the commands included in “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Romans 13:9). Jesus was silent in the faces of “false witnesses” (Matthew 26:59-63), and Stephen died because of them (Acts 6:9-14). Don’t believe what enemies of the churches of Christ have to say, but make sure you have “searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #christian-living, #death, #faithful-witness, #false-witness, #internet, #jesus-christ, #persecution, #practical-lessons, #proverbs, #threat, #truth, #wisdom

All things virtual

tfr-things-virtualHere’s a little item that has been well received, my original (aren’t they all?) quatrain, “When It Rains.”

My sis now does the bulletin for the congregation where she is a part. She asked me for links to my online material, to publish. Imagine that! I gave her this link (pretty complete) and this one, and this one. You might find something in those to fit your church bulletin.

TFR doesn’t have a Facebook page or group, but our sponsor does, Forthright Press. Do give it a Like.

Our area congregations, so closely related in the faith, have a single site and Facebook page. In our meeting this afternoon in Taubaté, a couple of guys thought it a good idea to have a Facebook page just for that congregation. I told them to have at and have fun.

With the two brothers here from tomorrow through Saturday, and Brazilian brothers coming all throughout the week to talk, the week will be busy and I’ll not be around the Internet as much. Carry on without me! You’ll probably do even better without me distracting you.

Have a blessed week!

#internet, #links

Going Viral in the Fibro World

I’ve now experienced just a taste of the Internet Viral train and I like it. How could you not? Having something you created spread around the Internet like wildfire is a heady feeling.

“Going Viral” is the most desirable thing on the Internet and people pursue it every day.

I made a card for Pinterest and I shared it on a Fibromyalgia site on Facebook. You can see the card below.

When my neurological problems began and I went to the Mayo Clinic and Brooks Pain Rehabilitation Center, I committed myself to helping others who suffer from chronic pain and after a later diagnosis, Fibromyalgia. This is part of that mission. I want to express things that I feel and hopefully do the same for others.

As of this post, this card has been liked 2,729 times and shared 2,702 times! Of course, this is far from viral numbers but within a certain community, it is noteworthy [to me]. 🙂

I had no idea it would resonate so much with people when I created this card. I was just experiencing several layers of exhaustion and wanted to express how I felt.

My point in this post is this: Imagine if we could catch the Internet Viral Train with the gospel! How many souls could be touched?  Give it some thought.

Within the brotherhood, and a group within that larger one, we all read and know the same people and read and study the same things. Having something go viral within that group would be good but somewhat redundant. What if we created something that went viral with a pointed Biblical truth that would cause people outside of our circle to come to Christ?

What would it be? How would we do that? Figure that out and doors blow open.

#fibromyalgia, #internet, #viral