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  1. Dave says:

    It might be a good time to switch that account name from admin.. just saying

  2. Ricky Bobby says:

    Personally, I’d skip all the spiritual stuff preceding your “never give up”…but I do agree with that sentiment and Bono said it best, “don’t let the bastards grind you down”. Always better to be the grind-er than the grind-ee.

    Don’t let it bother you, just keep moving and it’ll work out. Sorry to hear your blog is under siege. Could be anything, but most likely someone who doesn’t like some of the church reporting you are doing, doubtful they’re hacking you for your cat stories 🙂

  3. Michael says:

    Dave,

    It’s never been “admin”.
    The hackers use a variety of user names and password combos to try to gain entrance.

  4. Michael,
    Yeah, be careful to not overspiritualize this.

    It’s pretty simple, the person(s) doing this are jerks*.

    Jerks populate the blogosphere because they are sissy cowards who only have power because they are anonymous and live in their mother’s basement and know some coding and IT tricks.

    Remain cool, calm and collected and don’t give “satan” more credit than it deserves, which is basically none. 😉

    *Disclaimer: (The word “jerks” was substituted for a more colorful epithet which would, no doubt, upset those kind souls who prefer a kinder and gentler PhxP experience)

  5. “Humor & perseverance will wear down any adversary.”
    ~anonymous

    (ok, I just made it up)

  6. Ricky Bobby says:

    G, LOL! Love your disclaimer.

  7. Michael says:

    Everything is “spiritual” to me.
    Heaven, hell, and earth all intersect in each of our lives as the kingdom has come and the war goes on…

  8. How do I know this thread is not that of a hacker and it really wasn’t Michael who wrote this? 😉

  9. Bob Sweat says:

    They’re Lutheran hackers. 🙂

  10. Michael says:

    Can’t be Lutherans…it’s too short and doesn’t mention baptism… 🙂

  11. Papias says:

    Praying for you Michael on the job front. As you said, “Never give up!”

    Hoping for good news soon.

  12. Michael says:

    Thank you, Papias!

  13. Jim says:

    Michael warned me of spiritual warfare before I started my blog, and as one who has spent some time in some creepy trenches, I didn’t give it much thought. We trucked along for a couple of years with a few easy to shake bumps in the road, but after I published Brent’s docs, CJ stepped down, and I was interacting with their interim prez, I experienced some middle of the night, spooky-tangible stuff. Jesus is always the victor in these little skirmishes, so no scars or limps, just a few weird nights. I don’t know or care about the significance of the timing.

    Said all of that to say that Michael isn’t over-spiritualizing anything.

  14. Michael says:

    Jim,

    I’m working on a story right now that will stir up hell.
    I have to remind myself that I’m going to get through it…

  15. JTK says:

    My local work environment has 2 open air street preachers. And I’ve heard the most vile responses, including threats of physical violence (including sexual).

    It’s a very public display of the spiritual realities at work.

    If the early church can thrive in this environment, we got this!

  16. Nonnie says:

    ” Michael isn’t over-spiritualizing anything.”

    Yes, I agree!!

  17. Jim says:

    The genius of the demonic is when they deceive and whisper. When they go full court press, the end result only strengthens our faith. I wish psychopaths were as easy to deal with.

  18. jtk,
    On whose part. Last year my wife and I were having breakfast at a small beach cafe, when this “street preacher” jumps up on the 2 ft patio wall and with his feet right next to our table started shouting something out of Jeremiah at everyone.

    I pushed him off the wall and told all the folks there – not to mind, he was satan’s mouth piece.

  19. Paigemom says:

    #7 “everything is spiritual to me”. Amen

  20. Captain Kevin says:

    Hang in there Michael! Praying for you .

  21. Michael says:

    Thanks, CK…and we’re doing likewise for you, my friend.

  22. erunner says:

    Hal Lindsay said it well…. “satan is alive and well.” Hopefully not for too much longer! God bless you Michael.

  23. Dude says:

    Sad…….the internet is like a wild west town,anything goes.

  24. Jtk says:

    MLD
    That’s crazy.

    You realize you could’ve gotten arrested, don’t you?

  25. Thousands of hacker messages?

  26. Brian says:

    The very few times I have stood up in the faith community, it was the only response, attack, with a holy vengeance. I get that, it keeps the troops in line, and above all maintains the revenue stream, the second of those are by far way more important. I am not saying it is “Christian” opponents doing this, but in my real life experience it always was. In every single event bar none. I have never been able to reach such spiritual maturing and Trust in God as to attack those I disagree with. I am cursed for such emotionalistic nonsense. I tend to look for areas of agreement and try to find an equitable solution, that is not of God and should be condemned out of hand. I get that to.

    Really MLD ” he was satan’s mouth piece” I beg to differ Satan runs financial institutions and wears ath three piece suit. He is hungry and he will collect. I did find how you dealt with the street “preacher” rather unique and I wished I had the guts to do the same to the many street preachers I have encountered that group handing out their jack chick / ray comfort clap trap and screaming at the top of their lungs. The last time I encountered such sorry people was the Camping crowd who pulled up in their RV and were handing out their tripe at a meeting when I went to see a Joel Olsteen meeting. Funny in his entire meeting he did not ask for a dime for him, he made that clear and he made at least three gospel presentations, he literally begged people to come to Christ. I was moved, not to much because I do not allow myself to be moved to much by anything that even hints at emotionalism. Emotionalism is always of Satan, always, unless it serves some apologetic purpose.

    I liked what Pastor Olsteen said, he spoke about holiness and grace and forgiveness. He was rather animated when he spoke about becoming a Christian. It was a moving moment. It should not have moved me, I get that, Olsteen is outside the pail of orthodoxy so he should burn, like most of us, me included if not at the top of the list. Just an aside, honestly Michael, I respect you and I am thankful for this blog, but I dont see any good news here, I never really have. I hope you a nice weekend.

  27. MLD that was crazy.

    Sorry to hear about these attacks both material and spiritual. Praying for you.

  28. The Midnight Rider says:

    Id listen to a street preacher quicker than a pulpit preacher. At least they have the guts to get outside the 4 walls to the downtrodden.

  29. Midnight – why are people on the outside assumed to be the downtrodden?

    Shouldn’t a street preacher first ask
    1) Do you know the Lord?
    2.) Would you like to hear about the Lord?

    Do you just call random numbers on the telephone and start preaching to them?
    Would it bother you if I sat next to you at the movies and pull a Jeremiah on you for the duration of the movie?

  30. The Midnight Rider says:

    MLD,

    I know one thing, I wouldn’t push you out of your chair!

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