Changes that are coming

These changes are a set-up to the coming final tribulation. “(The beast) forced all the people, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to be given a stamped image on their right hands or their foreheads, so that no one could buy or sell except one who had the stamped image of the beast’s name or the number that stood for its name.” (Rev 13:16-17).

These are exciting times! The world is racing to the end of time. Our commitment to our life and mission as CFC-FFL is even more critical.

These changes are the challenges for our newly-established Family and Life Media, where are seek to consolidate our evangelization efforts through Quad-Media (print, radio, TV, Internet). And if print and TV fade away, we need to be prepared to utilize “the Internet cloud.” Though the enemy is the prince of the air, “the ruler of the power of the air” (Eph 2:2), we need to retake the airwaves for God’s purposes, for there is “a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud one who looked like a son of man, with a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.” (Rev 14:14). At the end of time, we “will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (Lk 21:27).

Changes are coming indeed. For such changes to be cause for great joy rather than sorrow, let us continue to live out God’s call to us, with even greater commitment and intensity.

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Changes that are coming (not political)

Changes that are coming

This age of computers – the Internet – wide broadband capability – the Cell Phone, which is not just a phone anymore – sophisticated “gadgets” like the iPod will create changes to this world as we know it.

Whether these changes are good or bad depends on how we adapt. There will be no going back; be ready to go with the flow. But, ready or not, here they come!

Consider the following:

1. The Post Office. Get ready to imagine a world without the post office, which is so deeply in trouble that there is no way to sustain it.  Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most mail is junk and bills..

2. The Check. Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with checks by. It costs the financial system billions a year to process checks. Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the demise of the check. This plays right into the death of the post office. If you never paid your bills by mail or received them by mail, the post office would go out of business.

3. The Newspaper. The younger generation doesn’t read the newspaper. They don’t subscribe to a daily print edition. That may go the way of the milkman and the laundry man. As for reading the paper online, get ready to pay for it. The rise in mobile Internet devices and e-readers has caused publishers to form an alliance. They have met with Apple, Amazon, and cell phone companies to develop a model for paid subscription services.

4. The Book. You say you will never give up the book that you hold in your hand and turn the literal pages. I said the same thing about downloading music from iTunes. I wanted my hard copy CD. But I quickly changed my mind when I discovered that I could get albums for half the price without ever leaving home to get the latest music. The same thing will happen with books. You can browse a bookstore online and even read a preview chapter before you buy. And the price is less than half that of a real book. And think of the convenience! Once you start flicking your fingers on the screen instead of the book, you find that you are lost in the story, can’t wait to see what happens next, and you forget that you’re holding a gadget instead of a book.

5.  Land Line Telephone. Unless you have a large family and make a lot of local calls, you don’t need it anymore. Most people keep it because they’ve always had it.  But you are paying double charges for that extra service. All the cell phone companies will let you call customers using the same cell provider for no charge against your minutes.

6. Music.  The music industry is dying a slow death. Not just because of illegal downloading. It’s the lack of innovative new music given a chance to get to the people. Greed and corruption is the problem. The record labels and radio conglomerates are self-destructing. 40% of the music purchased today is “catalog items,” meaning traditional music that the public is familiar with – Older established artists. This is true on the live concert circuit.

7. Television. Revenues to networks are down dramatically. Not just because of the economy. People are watching TV and movies streamed from their computers. And they’re playing games and other things that take up the time that used to be spent watching TV. Prime time shows have degenerated to the lowest common denominator. Cable rates are skyrocketing and commercials run every 4 minutes and 30 seconds. I say good riddance to most of it. It’s time for the cable (TV) companies to be put out of our misery. Let the people choose what they want to watch online and through Netflix.

8. The “Things” You Own. Many possessions we used to own are still in our lives, but we may not actually own them in the future. They may simply reside in “the cloud.” Today your computer has a hard drive and you store your pictures, music, movies, and documents. Your software is on a CD or DVD, and you can always re-install it if need be.

But all of that is changing. Apple, Microsoft, and Google are finishing up their latest “cloud services.” That means that when you turn on a computer, the Internet will be built into the operating system. So, Windows, Google, and the Mac OS will be tied straight into the Internet. If you click an icon, it will open something in the Internet cloud. If you save something, it will be saved to the cloud. And you may pay a monthly subscription fee to the cloud provider.

In this virtual world, you can access your music or your books, or whatever from any laptop or handheld device. That’s the good news. But, will you actually own any of this “stuff”?   Will it all be able to disappear at any moment in a big “Poof?”  Will most of the things in our lives be disposable and whimsical?

It makes you want to run to the closet and pull out that photo album, grab a book from the shelf, or open up a CD case and pull out the insert.

9. Privacy. If there ever was a concept that we can look back on nostalgically, it would be privacy. That’s gone for a long time anyway. Try a Google search on your name and see how much information is available. You will be very surprised (usually).

There are cameras on the street, in most buildings, and even built into your computer and cell phone. But you can be sure that 24/7, “They” know who you are and where you are, right down to the GPS coordinates, and the Google Street View. If you buy something, your habit is put into a zillion profiles, and your ads will change to reflect those habits. And “They” will try to get you to buy something else.

All we will have that can’t be changed are Memories.

“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)

 

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