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You are a warrior. Do not back down...

As I sit this morning finishing my last cup of coffee and listening to the birds sing our I cannot feel anything but a strange sense of anticipation. I say it's strange because what I see coming is discomfort on a physical and emotional level, yet comfort on a spiritual level. Our eyes are not lying to us. Our ears are not delivering a false reality. Our common sense is not faltering. Yes, my friends, things are as bad and crazy as they seem. Most days I feel like I'm stuck in a lost episode of "The Twilight Zone" written by Serling with the help of the fellows from Monty Python. Yes, our "reality" has become that absurd.

Certainly I am not sharing with you anything that you don't already know and while tempted I will resist the urge to comment on the latest madness being brought forth in today's news cycle.

For the moment, for this moment, I wish to share the good news. As believers this all should come as no surprise. We saw this coming. It's been foretold and the signs are becoming increasingly clear just as the divisions between people is growing and the flames of discontent and deceit are leaping out of control, so to are we, as Christians, growing and our inner flame growing, glowing and leaping out to light the world around us. I will not sit here today and be Pollyanna about all of this insanity that is being foisted upon us. Our world has indeed descended into chaos and a cloud of deception has been cast upon the world and while things may seem out of control, and at times the darkness seems so overwhelming, the signs of the times are becoming increasingly clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear. We've been cautioned against false prophets claiming to know the time and place of Christ's return, so beware and be vigilant and stay true, but also do not be afraid to practice the discernment God gave you through His Holy Spirit and to admit and see the signs before you. I personally hold a belief that we are witnessing Bible prophecy unfolding right before our eyes day by day, but I will not spend time trying to convince you, dear reader. This is something that must be discerned on your own as you spend time with the Lord in prayer and conduct research and seek His understanding and peace on your own. There are so many reasons to be afraid. The evil one has given us so many opportunities to be full of fear and hate and agitation. And every day he conjures up more. Please, today, my lovely ones, know this in your heart... "Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. James 4:7-8 NKJV

To navigate what is happening while maintaining our sanity and health cannot be accomplished fully without a direct connection to our Lord, Jesus. We must, daily, minute by minute, stay focused on His way, His truth, His light and above all else not succumb to the spirit of fear and deceit that we are being fed. It's so difficult, I know, as so much doesn't make sense and every day we wake to some sort of bad news being fed to us by media, corrupt leaders, and people around us who's spirits are broken due to a lack of connection with Christ. Please take the time this day and every day to immerse yourself in His word. Get to know Him and see and accept how is is working in your life and then share these truths boldly. Do not be afraid. Stop. Breathe. Reconnect. Recalibrate. Refocus. Do not give in, do not back down, do not retreat.

Resolve to look for the good and to find examples of Christians making a massive movements forward, fighting for you, for all of us. And there are many. I challenge you to find a video or a post or a news item that illustrates the living faith that you see and the rising wave of Christian fire sweeping our land. These examples are out there and while these stories are being suppressed by the powers that rule this world, they cannot be silenced. Post, share, comment and above all speak and share these truths in person with people around you.

See and feel the power of this movement and know its truth and scope. We know this to be true as we were told... "I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ." Ephesians 3:16-19 Add your voice to this fight. And do it now.

You are Christian.

You are a warrior.

You are invincible.

You know these things because Christ is in you and you are in Him. Do not be afraid. God bless.

Sam Ettaro

Keeping Technology In A Healthy Perspective

ABOUT OUR GUEST: Dr. Luis Camillo Almeida is the Department Chair of the Mass Media Studies program at Talladega College. Almeida has published research articles in three continents relating to technology, published books on technology and research, and has delivered concurrent academic presentations in national and international conferences. Almeida has served as a critic of technology and leadership contributor in a number of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, WAPT-Jackson, MS, CBS Channel 12 —Chattanooga, The Indiana Gazette, Cleveland Daily Banner, among many others. Internationally, Almeida has been featured on Radio CBN (Brazil), VOA (Portugal and Nigeria), Trifatto Magazine and O Globo Newspaper, also in Brazil. Almeida has also been a contributor to the Prattler Handbook of Latino Education in the U.S, is a lifetime member of the Holmes Partnership minority program, was acclaimed by the Pittsburgh Tribune Review as “Newsmaker” for his work with technology, and has served as a quantitative researcher for the multi-million dollar Classrooms For the Future (CFF) and Enhancing Education Through Technology grants. Almeida delivered a TEDx talk “Breaking Free From Technology and was interviewed by the Digital Citizenship Summit at Twitter Headquarters for his work on technology which received millions of media impressions. He received his PhD from Penn State University and lives with his wife and daughter in Oxford, AL. Dr. Almeida is a Christian and blogs regularly on the topic of faith. Find his writings on faith in the "Blessings" category of his blog: WATCH THE FULL EPISODE BELOW ON OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

In his book, "Technomoderation", Dr. Almeida argues that humanity seems to be increasingly more and more numb to the fact that we are becoming more like computers and that too many of us rely on technology for temporary highs or distractions from the real world. He then offers hope that technology can be leveraged against itself to simplify our lives and enhance our human experience. In this episode of The Kinetic we will discuss this new model of human behavior that he's identified, what it is that truly makes us human and how we should hold onto and nurture positive social qualities before ending up mindless tech drones. How does all of this tie into our spiritual walk with Christ? Tune in and find out! To Learn More About Our Guest: Listen to his TED x Talk "Breaking Free from Technology" Below

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