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Posted 11/30/15 at 11:34 AM | Mike Stickler

A Virtual Field White Unto Harvest By Mike Stickler

A while back I spoke with Bryan Brooks – a man of God – who sees the opportunity the Church has for connecting with culture. Social Media! Now he doesn't mean virtual church, which is good.Instead, his church, Father's House in Vacaville California, is about to launch their web ministry. For this ministry, he sees an untapped opportunity for his fellowship to connect with a hurt and dying world online, virtually. The goal is to share the HOPE found in Jesus Christ. His plan? To raise up a group of lay ministers who will engage folks through social media, love on them, connect them to a faith fellowship in their community, and bless all those they can. All too often we as Christian use this platform to argue and defend our faith instead of realizing people are hurting and need to connect with the New Life in Christ.

Here are his ideas - He encourages your input.

To reach no one else is reaching, we have to do what no one else is doing – P. Craig Groeschel

Background: FULL POST

Posted 11/30/15 at 11:32 AM | Mike Stickler

Are You a Digital Native or a Digital Immigrant? By Mike Stickler

In 2001 Marc Prensky coined the term “digital native” to describe those who have grown up with digital technology. “Digital immigrants” are those who were born before the digital age, and so they have come to it later in life.

That difference has big implications for how these generations relate to each other. Specifically, it impacts how older leaders connect with younger ones.

There are certainly exceptions in each group. Not everyone who was “born digital” is familiar with the technology. And there are many “digital immigrants” who are quick to adopt and adapt to new technologies.

Some observations about technology:

  • Specific technologies change, but technology is here to stay
  • Technology can help us to communicate
  • Technology can also hinder communication
  • Technology should not replace human interaction, but it tends to
  • Like any tool, technology can be used for good or for evil
  • The church has always adopted new technologies to spread the gospel (just ask Johannes Gutenberg)

What are the implications of this “digital divide” for the training of younger Christian leaders? FULL POST

Posted 11/24/15 at 6:01 AM | Sylvie Simms

The Email Evolution | Right now, you are able to send text and photo messages, videos, and more, all with the simple press of a button. But, do you know how far that has come and how email has advanced over the years as a communication method? There is no question – email has evolved greatly since its inception. Starting in 1965, the first emails were sent from one person to another using to computers that were less powerful than a digital watch you’d find today. In the 1970s, the practice evolved thanks to Ray Tomlinson and ARPANET, a connected system of computers, running the same software, that were able to communicate directly with one another.

Posted 11/24/15 at 5:18 AM | Sylvie Simms

Pontoon Boat Safety Tips | The Manitou Pontoon Boats blog features information on pontoon boat maintenance, care, and anything else relating to boating safety or the boating experience.

Posted 11/19/15 at 3:37 AM | Sylvie Simms

Knowledge Based Authentication (KBA) - Out-of-Wallet Questions | Quickly being able to confirm someone is who they claim to be ultimately leads to faster purchase approvals, a better customer experience and quicker revenue for you. The key is to do this without increasing your costs or putting your customer’s identity at risk.

Posted 11/12/15 at 4:47 AM | Sylvie Simms

Tax Liens and Levies: What You Should Know

When individuals fall behind on taxes owed to the Internal Revenue Service, the agency has two tools it can use to compel compliance – tax liens and levies.

People who find themselves owing money to the IRS need to take action to remedy the situation. Answering the IRS’s communications can help taxpayers avoid liens or levies, and working with a professional representation and negotiation firm to work out a resolution can help save unnecessary penalties and interest.

Posted 11/12/15 at 1:56 AM | Sylvie Simms

How Flow Railing Promotes Productivity, Efficiency, Flexibility and Safety | How to: Increase flow railing production. Efficient flow railing is rudimentary for safety, flexibility and damage control. Click here for more information!

Posted 11/10/15 at 1:36 AM | Sylvie Simms

Understanding Life Insurance | Life insurance may possibly be the best investment you’ll ever make. It pays for outstanding finacial costs, funeral, mortgage payments, and more.

Posted 11/10/15 at 12:01 AM | Sylvie Simms

Design Stability Testing and Requirements for Forklifts | Stability when driving a forklift is essential so that your operators do not tip when moving a load from one place to another. There are certain design stability requirements set by the industry and manufacturers that are in place for each specific type of powered industrial truck. The term “design stability” refers to the measurement of a truck’s resistance to overturning under controlled circumstances. Read more in this infographic.

Posted 11/9/15 at 1:07 AM | Sylvie Simms

DDoS And Web Applications Attacks

This helpful infographic details the statistics and trends related to DDoS and web application attack traffic as oberserved during Q2 2015. Q2 2015 saw 12 mega DDoS attacks over 100 Gigabytes-per-send (Gbps) – 100 percent year-over-year increase. Frequently targeted industries for DDoS attacks included gaming, media and entertainment. Web application attacks utilizing the Shellshock vector resurged over Q2 2015 by 49 percent. For more information, download the State of the Internet – Security Report at

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