Is Watching Church Online the Same as Going (Part I)?

Watching church online is not the same as actually going.

I could stay home and watch church on TV or online. I’d done that for more Sundays than I’d care to remember last year when health issues kept me home. With another upcoming surgical procedure, I wanted to go to church badly.

Why was it so vital to go to church? While homebound, I’d watched several amazing church services online and on TV. However, it’s not the same as worshipping together with my church family.

Many folks can’t go to church since they’re working, out of town, need to stay home with a sick family member, or due to physical or transportation problems. Praise God they can experience church via technology.

But for those with no restrictive problems, here are some reasons I feel God wants us to worship together in His house and follow the example of the first church. In Acts 2, it says that “on the day of Pentecost all the believers were meeting together in one place.”

Reasons to Be in Church Together

Numerous pastors believe that watching church online isn’t the same as being physically present at church. The Book of Acts seconds this notion. The church is not just a place to get religious services and goods. Instead, it’s a place to come and do life together which is what leads to a believer’s spiritual growth.

It’s what we do when we come together that has some sort of form. That form is for the purpose of shaping us as disciples to live on a mission in the world.

You absolutely can’t grow spiritually in any meaningful balanced way apart from the means God has given for spiritual growth, which is the community.

For those who watch church online every Sunday, you should know that this shouldn’t be your normative experience of church or Sunday worship. You have to be there.

Facts About Microchip Technology and GPS Tracking for Pets (Part III)

GPS Tracking Technology

These devices provide the exact location of your pet.

GPS trackers, on the other hand, are bigger devices, close to the same size as a matchbox. It uses GPS to transmit location information, similar to how your car’s or your phone’s GPS works. The tracker provides the dog’s exact location via SMS or email alerts.

Pros

Exact location in real-time. If you’re in a spot with GPS signals and/or cellular coverage, the tracker is able to give your pet’s precise location. Whether or not this happens in real-time depends on how good or bad internet coverage is. Unlike Bluetooth-only trackers that have a range of 50 feet, a GPS tracker lets you track your pet’s movements anywhere on earth with continuous location updates on a map.

More than just your pet’s location. Several GPS pet trackers can watch your pet’s fitness and even some health factors. Some trackers check your dog’s vitals and activity signs, for example, from resting to running, plus pulse and respiration data. Other trackers can even observe the quality of sleep, distance traveled, calories burned, and more.

You can stop losing your dog using the GPS tracker through geofences. This function lets pet owners set virtual fences on the map, and they will be notified once their dog enters or exits the specified space.

Cons

Could fall off. The GPS tracker is either attached to your dog’s existing collar or is the collar. If not fastened snugly around the dog’s neck, the device could fall off. If the dog is stolen, it can also be taken off by the thief.

GPS trackers are battery operated. If the device runs out of battery, you will not be able to track your dog. GPS trackers must be charged frequently, and battery life differs from brand to brand.

Expensive. Most pet GPS trackers require a service plan that has monthly or yearly fees.