We may have been hacked

I have just received an email, purportedly from me, trying to sell me erectile meds. YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING. Obviously not very smart hackers.
As far as I can tell it is only my email they are using. The Great Shalom does not and has never sold any pharmaceuticals. Certainly nothing of this variety.

GSB keeps no personal information of yours whatsoever, except if you have signed up for a subscription to the blog (not the audio), then your email is kept in a list by the program automatically.
We do not keep any identifying information and we do not have any financial information. Any purchases or donations are handled by PayPal, which has had a good reputation for privacy.

I have in the past few months experienced some jokers trying to blackmail me/GSB, using silly methods, making extremely silly claims. I have consulted two security professionals. The emails are turned over to the FBI’s investigation, yes really, and then forgotten. We are not blackmailable.

So, best advice for you is 1) ignore emails that are clearly spam, spoof, or phishing. Be sure that GSB is not doing any such thing, although many people can figure out how to use our address, largely because it is public. 2) Turn over to proper authorities anything that appears truly criminal and scary. 3) Know that we keep information as safe as possible and keep information about you almost not at all. 4) It is a good idea never to do anything illegal or unseemly because someone might want to blackmail you. Since we don’t, we are quite confident in ignoring any such attempts. 5) Keep all your information as safe as possible. This includes covering any cameras or mics on your phone or computer unless you intend to use them; and realizing that anything you send electronically can be spied on; and any computer can probably be hacked. Just make it as difficult as possible by using firewalls and highly rated security plans. Few people take this as seriously as I do.

So, like so many other things: 1) do the right things and then 2) don’t worry after that.

Love and blessings, Sister Sharon and the Great Shalom

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There can be no Resurrection Day without Good Friday, no resurrection for Jesus without his death. While is this a point about how services should be run, it is a more important point for encouraging the hurting. Jesus knows your pain. Jesus suffered. Jesus died. Jesus cares. But Jesus also triumphs and invites you into the triumph — through faith.

Many faith teachers, precisely because they seem to live in triumph all the time, may not get the message over to some. One teacher, rather new on the scene said “I’ve been healed of 4 incurable things and there are a few other things I am working on.” Bravo! That is exactly right. We have victory in some areas and we walk toward victory in other areas. I hope we find others who are strong to walk with. Each has a strength and each a weakness and when we walk together, each can be held up by others when necessary.

Today I speak right at the bullseye of this ministry, to moms of hurting children. I tell you about some victory I received. I tell you about the Christian story, the Easter story. It is a story about suffering, death and resurrection and newness of life. It is more than a good myth to live by; it is the TRUTH of all the ages, the outbursting of the life of creation in a fallen world, and our great end.

I hope you go to Good Friday services. I hope in that you see not an incomprehensible pageant, but a holy God reaching out to you and to us in this broken world. Then I hope you find hope, faith, strength and victory in the Resurrection that we will celebrate Sunday.

God bless you and yours.

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Keys to Love

As we prepare for our yearly celebration of Passover and Resurrection Day, let us consider how to love.

Recently, in a conversation with some other women, there was a difference of opinion. I said we needed to learn how to love. Indeed, that had been an agreement in the group. We were studying the Bible, presumably to learn how to be …. better, right? Another said, oh, no, she knew how to love. She had been talking over me. She was very much squirming in her chair. She had come ready to fight me. Because I was ready to pray for her to be healed… which she had asked for. Others opinions range in between, confused — or silent.

Let me ask you, do we really know how to love? Do we always love our family, even? Are all our children taken care of? What about our cousins? What about the kids down the block? Are our duties always fulfilled? At work? At church? In civic affairs? Do we love wisely… or are we sometimes enablers? Do we agree with sin that hurts our friends and call it love? Or can we speak the truth in love? If we don’t speak the truth, is that love? If we love only our family, or are generous with our family or only those who can pay us back — is that love? Or is that self-love? If we “give back” is that sacrificial love like Jesus? Or only self-promotion? In our supposed philanthrophy, so we really help?

Jesus is our example of self giving love. Did he always make people happy? Obviously not! Lots of religious people and rulers had “Jesus Derangement Syndrome.” Okay, so some of you now are jumping up and down. Yes, he ate with sinners. Did he tell them it was just fine to keep on sinning? No, surely not. Did people know and see how much he loved them? Did everyone get healed? All who asked, but lots of folks in Nazareth didn’t get healed because… of unbelief. I guess they didn’t ask. But some did, and they got healed. Do people today know and see how much he is trying to give them? No.

We have a lot to learn about love. We have some to learn about how to receive the large load of love that God would give. We surely have a lot to learn about how to love more perfectly. To be perfect is to be loving… See Matthew 5:48.

During this time of preparation, let’s do some soul searching. Let’s even talk with our children about how to be more loving. How does that look in the family? in the workplace? At church? In civic life? Then see if there are some activities you might do with your children. Then reflect with them. For instance, is that political rally you are going to … motivated by love? Try it out. Then reflect efterwards. IS that church group singing at the old folks home motivated by love? How could we make it more so? How about their relationships with their friends. Have they offered love? Are they loving wisely? Because it wouldn’t be good for your child, on pretense of love, to go and do something bad with their friend, right? That wouldn’t be love. Truth and love go together.

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