Contributed by Davon Huss on Mar 6, 2017
Here’s a story from a telemarketer: “The other day I called a house and a real nice lady answered the phone, she was really helpful and friendly, she was the type of lady that helps a telemarketer get through a long day. After some pleasantries I asked if Mr. Smith was in, “I’m sorry”, she
Contributed by Edward Hardee on Aug 28, 2017
IRS Spam Call -
I wanted to share an experience that I just had on the phone. I got that dreaded spam call from the IRS. I knew it was false but I felt like I wanted to talk to a person about it. So I called the number.
A young lady answered. She gave me a name and told me I owed $4800 on my
Contributed by James Snyder on Feb 8, 2020
I am old enough to remember those days when there was nothing like cell phones. Oh, those quiet, golden silent days. At the time, I did not realize just how wonderful that time was.
Every time you needed to make a phone call, you had to go to where a phone was. Those were the days of the telephone
Contributed by James Snyder on Feb 27, 2021
For some reason, the last several weeks we have been getting many visitors at our door. I'm not sure if this is a general trend or if it is just our door.
Some of them have been salesmen, religious people, scam artists, and a host of other people. They only had one goal in mind, and that was
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 27, 2006
Sugging & Frugging: Have you been receiving phone calls asking you to participate in a survey? It’s quite likely you were the victim of Sugging (Selling under the guise of research) or Frugging (Fundraising under the guise of research), where telemarketers ask a few obligatory questions prior to
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 18, 2006
Fundraisers in New York state kept 69% of funds raised via telemarketing in ’02 Overall, charities kept less than half the money raised in 78% of campaigns reports the Better Business
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 3, 2006
A November Gallup Poll asked Americans to rate the honesty and ethical standards of professions. The top six rated professions are: nurses (82%), pharmacists (67%), medical doctors (65%), high school teachers (64%), policemen (61%), and clergy (54%).
Contributed by Sermon Central on Jan 18, 2006
Direct Mail Rules: A recent Pitney Bowes survey shows that consumers prefer snail mail to e-mail when it comes to maintaining relationships. 34% say paper direct mail is the best medium for achieving this. Next is prints ads, 30%; television, 25%; and radio, 5%. E-mail came
Contributed by Gaither Bailey on Dec 15, 2009
It never fails to happen. You are just sitting down to dinner, have just said the blessing and are ready to dive into your favorite meal and the phone rings. You answer to discover it is a telemarketer wanting to tell you that you have been chosen to receive a special opportunity. What really
Contributed by Sermon Central on Apr 10, 2008
At a recent small groups conference at Saddleback Church Randy Frazee spoke on the "call to community." He reported the average American family manages 35 separate relationships on a day-to-day basis--children, extended family, neighbors, government, school, friends, work,
Contributed by Stephen Evoy on May 11, 2008
In the hands of ordinary Christians, small social groups are a big spiritual deal. This is because "ordinary Christians" have more credibility than the ordained clergy. A guy named Herb Miller did some great research:
* When first-time visitors to a local church receive a "glad you came"
Contributed by James Snyder on Dec 5, 2020
During holiday seasons, I enjoy indulging in special food. My favorite during this time of year is the Shoofly Pie. Nothing hits the spot quite like this.
Although the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage restricts this kind of culinary activity during the rest of the year, I tried to get a pass
Contributed by James Snyder on Apr 4, 2020
For the last several weeks, the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and myself have been enjoying some quiet time in our parsonage. I cannot remember the last time we had such quiet time all to ourselves.
One of the blessings of this time is the fact that telemarketers are not calling. In a way, I
Contributed by James Snyder on Oct 19, 2019
At my stage in life, I have experienced a gazillion weeks. I thought about actually counting how many weeks I have lived, but I don’t have that many fingers or toes. It doesn’t matter how many weeks it is.
I have lived enough weeks to know, when you think you have experienced everything there is