Friday, May 21, 2010

How Clean is Your Hotel?

Summer is coming and many will take vacations. While travelers want a clean room to stay in (and at a bargain price), we may not think to ask if our rooms are clean in the viewing aspect, the Television. Pornography is on the increase through the Internet, social websites, even cell phones. Though we would never invite pornography through the front door of our motel room, we run the risk of opening the door through the motel television and pay for view "adult movies". When booking rooms for the family vacation, ask the reservation desk if the rooms offer "adult movies." If so, beware. Websites such as may help in selecting a family friendly environment for your vacation stays. These sites often can tell you before you call for reservations if the hotel has already been reported as "clean" for families. You can even report your experiences in hotels not listed on the website.

About 20 years ago, hotels began offering "adult movies", according to Phil Burress of the Cincinnati based Citizens for Community Values. According to, about 40% of hotels in America offer hard-core pornography in their rooms through pay-per-view services.

Proverbs 22:3 A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it.

Don't let the bed bugs bite
and be aware of other dangers to your vacation. Enjoy the summer!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Is this the church for me?

Sometimes we find ourselves having to look for a new church family. Hopefully, this happens when we move out of town from our present church. How do I find a new place of worship and service? This is often the hardest challenge for a family. Here are some things to consider when looking for a potential church.
  1. Is the church true to God's Word?
  2. Are people being saved there?
  3. Is there evidence of changed lives?
  4. Are members excited about asking their friends to join them at church?
  5. Do I feel welcome?
  6. How do they assimilate new members into the life of the church?
  7. Are people building quality friendships within the church?
  8. How does the church develop new leaders?
Some of these will be easier to observe that others and there may be other things you personally want to see. Some items may not seem important at first, but may be very important later on. Take enough time to make sure you can see lives being changed.
Some aspects of finding a new church family may be on your "non-negotiable" list. These are things your can't compromise or ignore. These 8 questions are important if you're looking to make a difference in your family, community and the world. Notice that I haven't included anything about convenience. Do you homework. Spend time praying and asking God to show you the DNA of the church. Once you call it "Home" serve and worship with all your strength.

Note: We didn't stop at Goose Creek Baptist Church except for this picture.