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What Do All Those Buttons Mean?

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  1. What Do All Those Buttons Mean?
    Have you noticed all those buttons by now, there are a lot of buttons, yet there's still some inconsistencies in how we collectively use them, or sometimes misuse them, and even neglect to use them at all—I'm guilty of all of the above—but I'm trying. The following "unofficial list" and "unofficial definitions" are simple guidelines for how we might try to use the buttons. Each person has his or her own views—and that's okay—on when to award someone a Winner or when to offer Prayers; and people have their own views about what is Funny and Informative or Useful. As Christians, we like to Agree when we can, but not be disagreeable. We like to be Friendly a lot because we love God and love our neighbors. We are also more Optimistic because in God we have hope, a promise of eternal life in salvation through our LORD Jesus Christ. Be ye blessed and exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit, because God is Fruitful through us. Glory to God.

    Unofficial Definitions
    • [​IMG] Like: the things one likes or prefers; if it suits or pleases us; to find agreeable, enjoyable, or satisfactory; be fond of; used as an exclamation expressing affront; want to have (careful that we not covet); prefer or wish to do something. God likes us to be filled with the Spirit, speaking to each other in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and for us to give thanks unto Himself, and submit to one another. What's not to like?
    • [​IMG] Prayers: what we say to a God: communion (without ceasing), supplication (lifting up our needs), intercession (on behalf of others), agreement (corporate), thanksgiving (count our blessings one by one); watch and pray (the watchman on the wall, continual awareness); spiritual warfare (the battlefield of our mind: repentance and forgiveness; putting on the full armor) Forum: Prayer Wall
    • [​IMG] Agree: be agreeable or suitable; consent or assent to a condition, or agree to do something; be in accord; be in agreement; achieve harmony of opinion, feeling, or purpose; be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics. When we agree with someone, we share the same opinion, feeling, or purpose.
    • [​IMG] Funny: experiencing odd bodily sensations; not as expected; beyond or deviating from the usual or expected; arousing or provoking laughter; in a comical manner; in a strange manner. Something that is funny is amusing or comical. Comedians earn their living being funny. So if someone calls us funny, make sure they are smiling before we thank them for the compliment.
    • [​IMG] Winner: something that is very popular or extremely successful; a standing ovation, notably successful, and with distinction; a success story; a praise report. If we say that something or someone is a winner, we mean that they are popular and successful, or that they are likely to be popular and successful. God says we are to be humble servants, enduring to the end, and by reaching the finish we are winners.
    • [​IMG] Informative: providing or conveying information; serving to instruct of enlighten or inform; tending to increase knowledge or dissipate ignorance. When something is informative, it's usually educational and full of facts. The beginning of wisdom is knowledge...we are responsible to know God's Word.
    • [​IMG] Friendly: favorably disposed; showing or expressing liking, goodwill, or trust; characteristic of or befitting a friend; easy to understand or use (user-friendly). If someone is friendly, they behave in a pleasant, kind way, and like to be with other people. Friends like each other and enjoy spending time together. God displays his love for us in many ways including His Fruitfulness.
    • [​IMG] Useful: of great importance or use or service; being of use or service; having a useful function. If something is just what we need or we find it helpful, then it's useful.
    • [​IMG] Optimistic: expecting the best in this best of all possible situations: hopeful, bullish, cheerful, upbeat, rose-colored, rosy, sanguine, positive. Optimism affects how we approach all things in life, while hope is a confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness.

    Adminstrivia
    • [​IMG] Report: This button we can use to alert a Moderator when we want to close our own thread, or request a thread be moved to a more appropriate forum. Also, if we observe a conflict or inappropriate behavior in a thread, rather than engaging in potential mischief or contributing to any perceived strife, we can Report the activity to the Moderator. When reporting multiple items, it's best to compile a list and submit them in a single Report so as not to over burden the staff. God bless them for all that they do in this ministry.
    Vulgar Language and Profanity
    Love One Another
    Gifts And Blessings
    • [​IMG] Gift: The Gift button is used to transfer blessings to another member. Sometimes we want to reward or encourage another forum member, this is one way in which we can show our kindness to one another. Blessing others shows our love and appreciation for them, as we love and appreciate God, and God loves us.
    Replying and Quoting
    • [​IMG] Reply: The Reply button is used to reply to a Post and include a Quote in that message. There is a certain etiquette about reformatting or rewording someone's message. See the Forum Guidelines for more details.
    • [​IMG] Quote: The Quote button is used to take a snapshot ("Quote") from one or more Posts and then Include them in a single reply. It might take some practice for a New Bee to master the workflow on this task.

    About Author

    Pilgrim
    Running to the God of Unity: The holy community God is creating and how it is to live out its calling. "I therefore, a prisoner for the LORD, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:1-3

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