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Just as other religious holidays have done, Easter is quickly becoming secularized with non-religious symbols such as bunnies, candy, eggs, and candy eggs. The true story of Easter and why we celebrate it, however, is something much bigger to rejoice in. Romans 1:4-5 And Jesus Christ our Lord was shown to be the Son of God when God powerfully raised Him from the dead by means of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell Gentiles everywhere what God has done for them, so that they will believe and obey Him, bringing glory to His name. Happy Easter!

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One difficult thing about being a Christian is finding the line between being too honest and holding back too much. We want to be sincere, but we don’t want others to see us at our worst, either. When people from church hold back too much, does it make you feel like you are all alone with your sins? Here’s where I’m going with this… I am in a small group that meets once a month on Sunday nights. The great thing about the group is that we have all become good friends and we spend our get-togethers delving into all kinds of Biblical and personal issues, but somehow it still feels like people don’t always want to open up and admit their struggles. There is, of course, the alternate to this. Some Christians are so outspoken about their beliefs that they give Christianity a bad reputation. As Christians, we need to make sure that our daily influence on the world is positive, but we also need to let others know that we are normal people full of sin, flaws and problems. Some people are really good at hiding who they really are, and maybe it’s that fear of looking like a “struggling Christian”. Do you think always portraying ourselves as happy and well put together is helpful or hurtful to others?


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Back in December, the video getting all the rave on Christian blogs was “A Social Network Christmas” from Igniter Media. It portrayed what the announcement of Christ’s birth would have been like if it took place on Facebook or Twitter. It looks like they have done it again with an Easter video. This might give you a better idea of Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and just how painful it must have been when His people were so quick to flee from Him.

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  • A school in Washington decided to use the term “Spring Spheres” instead of Easter eggs for their upcoming Easter egg hunt
  • The Cisco Flip is going kaput
  • The “Commercial Privacy Bill of Rights Act of 2011” was passed, making it harder to share and sell your personal information between online companies
  • Google is funding a project that will teach computers regret
We hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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“When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities. When God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities.” -Author Unknown

I saw this quote on (where else) Facebook and jotted it down immediately. What an inspiring quote with such a comforting message. We don’t always feel like we are being listened to when we talk to God, but when He picks us up and puts us back on our feet in a very undeserving way, it is easy to see His love for us. The hard and trying times in our lives are the ones that make us realize God’s plans to teach us and help us grow. “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13 “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” -2 Corinthians 12:9


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For any of you wondering how to stay connected with us in more ways, we wanted to take a minute to tell you about our social media sites and how they are beneficial to you. Facebook: Our Facebook page keeps you connected with instant updates of what’s going on at Shelby and offers plenty of chances to win in some of our great giveaways. www.facebook.com/shelbysystems Twitter: If you’re new to Twitter, fear not. It’s easy to get signed up and follow the people that you are interested in. Once you’ve found us (@shelbysystems , @OurArena, and @ShelbyISC), you will be able to see all of our updates and current happenings as they are… well… happening. www.twitter.com/shelbysystems LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a great way to connect with various professionals and people in your line of work. By connecting with us, you’ll be able to see our most recent tweets, updates and blog posts. www.linkedin.com/company/shelby-systems YouTube: We all know and love YouTube, but what is so cool about us having this site is that you can find all of the podcasts and videos that we’ve done, including one-on-one interviews and funny “Sales Guys” skits. Recently we spoke with Dan Busby, who is the President of the ECFA and who will be speaking at ISC this year. We also sat down a couple of months ago with the Producer/Director of the movie “The Grace Card”.  We’ve got to admit, we can be pretty entertaining, so be sure to check it out! www.youtube.com/shelbypodcast

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We had the chance to sit down with ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) president, Dan Busby, to talk to him about speaking at ISC 2011. In a podcast on shelbyinc.com, Busby discusses some of the issues that Capitol Hill has presented to his organization and how he will be addressing them at ISC. He will also be teaching two other classes that focus on short-term mission trips and limiting fraud risks. We’ve got the podcast at www.shelbyinc.com/podcast so be sure to tune in!

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We’ve talked a lot about Bibles on your phone and using technology at church… but what about phones at church? I was intrigued by an article on Baptist Press that highlights a pastor in Oklahoma who asks his congregation every Sunday to open their Bibles… or Bible apps… to the day’s sermon. This might sound crazy to a lot of you because this idea is still very new to many churches. Perhaps with the many advancements in technology, bringing smartphones into a Sunday morning worship service might be beneficial in the long run. It can be difficult for some people to put down their phones for a couple of hours during the day and there are always those who can’t help but check their text messages during a service. Allowing people to read along with a Bible passage (by using their phones) is a new and easy way for people to connect more with the message. I’ve even wondered if kids would be more excited about participating if they could use their parents’ phones during a church service. How is your church staying up to date with technology?