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I do not have children. So it is easy for me to think about all the wonderful things I will not fail to teach them someday. When I think of all the areas of life that I wish I knew more about, or wish I had been taught as a child, I make a mental note to add it to my future children’s study guide. When the time comes and if the Lord sees fit to bless me with children I am sure most of this mental study guide will be the last thing on my mind. Survival mode will most likely become my best friend. I may have a fairy-tale perspective at this point but I do know it is important to equip children/disciples to survive as a believer in this fallen world.

 

When I read this article I remembered that you cannot pass down a trait if you do not possess the trait. As the saying goes, more is caught than taught. And seeing that an article titled “Ever Wonder What To Say To A Homeless Person? Here Are 5 Things to Say And 5 Things Not to Say” exists shows I am probably not the only one who could stand to be better equipped in the topic.

 

I believe that the Lord has a deep love for the poor and needy. (Deuteronomy 15:7-8) I would love to teach my future children to love those that the world deems unworthy. I gained some great insight from this article. And I will have to put this knowledge into motion myself if I ever hope to pass it on to others. Here is an outline.

Do Say

  1. “I don’t have money, but is there another way I can help you?”
  2. “Did you catch the game?”
  3. “Good Morning”
  4. “How are you doing? Would you like to talk?”
  5. “I will keep you in my thoughts”

 

Don’t Say

  1. “Why don’t you get help?”
  2. “Here’s a dollar. Please don’t use it to buy alcohol.”
  3. “Why don’t you go to a shelter?”
  4. “You don’t seem like you should be homeless.”
  5. “Get a job.”

This “Do” list needs to be taught to everyone because it seems we have forgotten or were never taught how to value each other by simply speaking to one another. We should all acknowledge each other and respect the fact that we are all made in the image of the One True Living God. People that are begging for help and possibly homeless are made in the image of the same God and should be treated with the decency. And as for the “Don’t” list, I feel these are unfortunately the responses we have been taught in our culture. So, we may be behind but do not be dismayed! There is still hope and we can change the norm by refusing to conform and by being devoted to each other in love.

 

I hope you found this helpful. Read the full article for full descriptions as to why these comments are either a “do” or “don’t”. Go out and share the love that has been freely given to you.

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Bryan Lawton – Version 5 Support Team Leader

Bryan is an all-around people person. He enjoys talking with customers and works hard to understand their specific situation. He feels a great sense of accomplishment in helping customers find a solution to their support issues. He especially enjoys navigating customers through Shelby Mailroom. If you see Bryan around Shelby it’s likely he is in the process of refilling his diet soda. When Bryan is not working he is spending time with his two teenagers, volunteering through his church, or cheering loud for the Memphis Tigers. Go Tigers Go!! Bryan is an asset to the Shelby Support Team and we are blessed to call him a part of our Shelby family!! 

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The New and Improved Shelby Community is online and available now! Today we will meet with some of the people who helped to update and consolidate this incredible resource. We’ll find out what it is and why you should sign up. Listen as Steve Pruitt lists all of the advantages of joining the community. Todd Brotzman explains who has permission to use this valuable yet free tool. Randy Turner gives additional benefits and tells us where to find helpful written documentation. Make sure you watch the end of the video to meet Shelby Team Member Bryan Lawton (featured on the community home page).

Shelby Podcast: The New Shelby Community from Shelby Systems Media on Vimeo.


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There  is power in the name of Jesus! John 20:31 tell us that these are written that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you have life by the power of his name. Acts 4:30 says stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.

 

I was taught to conclude my prayers by saying “in Jesus’ name, Amen”. I don’t remember being told the significance of praying my requests in the name of Jesus and the power that this unleashes. That is not to say I was not told, some things you can be told a thousand times as a child and they never sink in. Yet this stands to be repeated. There is power in the name of Jesus!! So when we go before the King and present our requests in faith let us remember the magnitude of the power in the name of JESUS!

 

Watch this music video by The Digital Age and take a break to ask the Lord for a greater understanding of himself and the power that is in His name. 


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That’s right, it’s here. The New Shelby Community is up and running. The Community is your main source for self-help information and an avenue to communicate with other Shelby users to help you and your staff to be more efficient in your ministry.

Benefits of Being a Member:

  • Be the first to hear about important announcements.
  • Connect with other Shelby users in the Community. Post questions, get answers, and share ideas.
  • Find answers to your questions in the Knowledge Base and Forums. Search for solutions, instructional information and more.
  • Free access to the SSTips for How-To procedures and helpful tips and tricks.
  • Free access to the v.5 Shelby Professor interactive online training courses.
  • Quickly find what you are looking for in the Documentation and Videos Pages.
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  • Stay connected. Stay informed.

How do I Join:

  • Simply click on the Log In/Sign Up Avatar located in the top right portion of the Community screen. For detailed instructions and other information, review the Community User Guide document.

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Steve Hewitt, Editor-in-Chief of Christian Computing, Christian Video and American Church Magazines, joins us for our annual What’s Hot podcast. Find out why Steve looks so different this year. Learn what VIC stands for and why it will change everything you know about technology. Discover what Calico is doing to make the lives of older Americans easier and why today’s seniors will be the last generation that becomes too old to drive. Listen as Steve forecasts a massive communications breakdown in the next couple of years. One of this year’s predictions has already come true. See which one it is. Find out what a small town church is doing to grow and attract new members, and make sure you watch the end of the video to hear Steve’s yearly rant.


Shelby Podcast: Steve Hewitt – What’s Hot in Technology? from Shelby Systems Media on Vimeo.


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One clever bank had the idea to show gratitude to their regular customers by turning their ATM (Automated Teller Machine) into an “Automated Thanking Machine”. These customers were expecting the ATM machine to simply give them cash from their account but instead it gave them personalized gifts to show them that were appreciated. It is quite comical to see how people react when an ATM machine calls their name out loud. Watch this video and be encouraged. Hope this inspires you to come up with your own creative ways to show gratitude!!


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A few weekends ago I received a call from my roommate; she had locked herself out of the house while leaving in a hurry. When you leave without your keys in Memphis, TN you don’t get very far without your car. I wasn’t too far across town so I made a detour and rescued her. It happens. We are all forgetful at times, some of us more often than others, but we all have our days.

 

We lock and bolt most aspects of our lives. Our houses, cars, bikes, computers, bank accounts, most everything has some type of lock and key whether it be a physical lock or electronic code. We lock everything because we cannot trust the actions of the other members of this human race. The invention of lock and key has been a great help in setting boundaries and averting theft. However the craftiest of thieves do not rest until they have found a way into forbidden barriers.

 

An article on Wired.com recently reported that a new smartphone application makes locked areas easier to access. Writer Andy Greenberg tested the app and proved that he could break into his neighbor’s apartment without much effort. The good news is his motives were not malicious but merely for testing purposes. He told his neighbor he was going to conduct this test but did not explain how or when he would complete the act. The only element Greenberg needed to ensure his plan would succeed was to gain access to his neighbor’s apartment key for a few moments. One day Greenberg called his neighbor to let him into their building because he had “conveniently” forgotten his key. The neighbor simply tossed down his keys instead of walking down to open the door. It was during this time that Greenberg quickly snapped pictures of the neighbor’s keys with his smartphone in the stairwell; these pictures would later be the “key” he needed to complete his plan.

 

The application used was called Key Me. This app, along with other apps like it, were created with the intent of making life easier by allowing key duplicates to be made from the pictures taken within the app. Greenberg noticed that this application was intended for good but it could very easily be used for sabotage. The pictures were uploaded onto the company’s server and sent to a nearby key cutting kiosk. Once the key was in hand it was no challenge to turn the lock and enter his neighbor’s apartment, as promised.

 

Now that I know such an application exists I will probably be more careful with where I leave my keys, especially at public events. One good aspect about these apps a record is created when a key is cut and it can be traced back if fraud is suspected.

 

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I have been blessed to sit under many great teachers in my 10 years of walking with the Lord. In this digital age I have been impacted by many teachers that I would not have access to otherwise. I have noticed there are many resounding truths or a common foundation in these teachings over the years. Mainly, and most importantly, the truth that Jesus Christ was God in the form of man, perfect, holy, sinless, blameless. Christ died on the cross to take the punishment we deserve because we have personally sinned against God. Christ defeated death and He offers true life freely to all who repent and believe.

 

Another topic I have heard repeated over the years is the importance of spending time with the Lord. I feel the Lord has been telling me to reevaluate this spiritual discipline lately. The act of spending time with the Lord is referred to in many different terms in the American Christian culture. T.A.W.G., is the acronym the college ministry that I participated in used. This stands for “time alone with God”. I heard it referred to as “quite time” growing up and I have heard many other coined phrases along the way. These terms refer to the act of a believer setting aside a time to be still and be with the Lord. No matter the nickname, one thing I’ve noticed constantly encouraged by teachers and scripture is to carve out a specific time slot in your schedule. Get up early in the morning and seek the Lord.

 

Psalm 5:3 says, Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Another verse is Psalms 143:9, Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.

 

I know we can spend time with Lord throughout the day no matter the hour. If we do not get up early it is not like we missed out on our all-access pass. I actually know a good amount of people that spend time with the Lord at night. The great thing is there is so much freedom. Our time with the Lord does not have to look any specific way and doesn’t require a specific time frame. Yet, since scripture repeats it and wise followers of Christ recommend it then I feel like it is worth considering.

 

Why rise early in the morning to meet the Lord? You are rested and refreshed in the a.m. There are less distractions and demands in comparison to the rest of the day. Spending this time with the Lord starts your day of like adding fuel to a fire that needs to last for many hours. Reminding our forgetful brains of our purpose in the morning will set us up for success. And my favorite, His mercies are renewed every morning!! I literally said to myself this morning before I got up, thank the Lord it’s a new day. It is so great to be reminded that our previous failures from the day before are gone!!

 

Now it is a struggle for many people to get up and spend time with the Lord. I know it is for me. Yet, I do believe the effort will far outweigh the struggle so it is at least worth a try!!

 

May we be faithful in the small things so that we can be entrusted with far greater things! 


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The church dynamic is constantly changing.  There was a time when you would never see a cell phone out during worship service.  Can you remember the embarrassment seen on the face of the member whose cell phone went off during service at the start of altar call?  Today, members bring their cell phones in place of a bible.  It is a lot easier to find the book, chapter and exact verse you are looking for with that handy little app.  What if the cell phone could replace your checkbook?  mobileAxept makes this a possibility by allowing members to process donations of any amount via text messages.  Below are some examples of how mobileAxept can benefit your church.

 

 

Ways mobileAxept Benefits Your Church:

-          When mobileAxept is used to its full potential, churches experience an increase in revenue.

-          mobileAxept’s record keeping ability allows you to easily capture donor information – name, address, cell phone, amount and purpose.

-          mobileAxept is integrated with Shelby v5 and Arena making importing gifts virtually painless.

-          mobileAxept uses keywords that are associated with specific purposes in Contributions. You can text “mission 100” to donate $100 directly to the mission trip fundraising account.

-          mobileAxept was inspired by a pastor who noticed that church-goers carry cash less frequently than in the past. Think about it; when running out the door to make it to church on time it’s more likely that you might forget your wallet before you forget to grab your cell phone. Consider this, based on the Pew Internet Project research, 90% of all American adults have a cell phone and 81% of cell phone owners use their cell phone to send or receive text messages.

-          mobileAxept makes giving easy and convenient.  Members can give whenever, wherever and how much they choose.

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Never again will you miss the opportunity to help your church as long as you have your cell with you. Studies and surveys show that the easier it is to give, the more frequently we do it!

 

SHELBY SPECIAL PRICING THROUGH JULY 31, 2014:

New Pricing for the life of the client

One Time Set-Up Fee: $100 for all new clients

Monthly Maintenance Fee:  $50 / month for all new clients

Transaction Fees: 2.75% + $0.25 / per transaction