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2015-06-24 12:26:09 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Absolutely majestic!

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2015-06-24 12:49:10 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-24 12:26:09 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Absolutely majestic!

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2015-07-04 00:12:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#RedditRevolt  is growing...

#RedditRevolt  is growing...___

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2015-07-03 22:59:05 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The real story is different than the media-driven story.

Christian values will not bow down to appease anyone's sexual preference.

"We were here first"___The real story is different than the media-driven story.

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2015-07-03 21:56:57 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

The time for sitting on the sidelines is over.

It's time to stand and proclaim truth - regardless of whoever finds that truth objectionable.  We are the majority.  And we should never allow our voices to be stilled - by the media, by our education systems, by any arm of the government or even by ourselves.  But whether we are the majority or not, we are CHOSEN to proclaim truth.  Even if we are the last voice 'crying in the wilderness', it is our privilege to represent the God who granted us mercy.  We have a holy obligation to share His truth or be identified as selfish servants who receive grace but do not share that grace with others who need it.  

The time for sitting on the sidelines is over.

It's time to stand and proclaim truth - regardless of whoever finds that truth objectionable.  We are the majority.  And we should never allow our voices to be stilled - by the media, by our education systems, by any arm of the government or even by ourselves.  But whether we are the majority or not, we are CHOSEN to proclaim truth.  Even if we are the last voice 'crying in the wilderness', it is our privilege to represent the God who granted us mercy.  We have a holy obligation to share His truth or be identified as selfish servants who receive grace but do not share that grace with others who need it.  ___

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2015-07-03 15:37:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

My Fourth of July call to every Christian who believes in the Great Commission...

My Fourth of July call to every Christian who believes in the Great Commission...___

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2015-07-03 14:19:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

How should a Christian respond to sin?

This question has troubled me for my entire life.  And it has troubled me even more since SCOTUS ruled that gay marriage must be legally sanctioned by all 50 states (and all U.S. territories).  But after some considerable reflection, I have come to a few inescapable conclusions:

1. All have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.  This may be obvious to most.  But it must be repeatedly stated.  This is true for the unrepentant (and yet-to-be-forgiven).  And it is true for the penitent.  If you don't believe me, just name a few ministers who have been caught in their sins.  And once you've remembered those, then ponder some of your own sins - flagrant or unintentional.  There is none righteous.  No, not even one.

2. God's plan is about redeeming everyone who has sinned against Him.  Yes, when we sin, wecan and do... more »

How should a Christian respond to sin?

This question has troubled me for my entire life.  And it has troubled me even more since SCOTUS ruled that gay marriage must be legally sanctioned by all 50 states (and all U.S. territories).  But after some considerable reflection, I have come to a few inescapable conclusions:

1. All have sinned and fallen short of God's glory.  This may be obvious to most.  But it must be repeatedly stated.  This is true for the unrepentant (and yet-to-be-forgiven).  And it is true for the penitent.  If you don't believe me, just name a few ministers who have been caught in their sins.  And once you've remembered those, then ponder some of your own sins - flagrant or unintentional.  There is none righteous.  No, not even one.

2. God's plan is about redeeming everyone who has sinned against Him.  Yes, when we sin, we can and do affect others.  But at the most important level, any sin is a sin against our Creator.  He made us.  While we may not like the rules that He has established, that does not allow us to disobey them without consequences.  But whether we honor these laws or not does not mean that we can redefine them for our own convenience.  If you broke a civil law, you wouldn't expect the judge to allow you to redefine the terms of behavior (and the punishments associated with misbehavior) that the law demands.

The salient point is that there are laws that were and are established by our Creator.  And it is His job to adequately define them.  Our job is to obey them.

3. All sins merit the exact same punishment: separation from our Creator.  Note the words that I have chosen.  all and every sin merits separation.  This does not mean that one behavior is worse than another.  Rather, it implies that if we willingly separate ourselves from God's presence, then there is nothing that we can do to earn a restoration to His presence.  This is not the punitive actions of a petulant God.  Rather, it is our immature actions - i.e., the actions of a willful child - and their necessary consequences.

4. Our response to any sin (including homosexual thoughts and activities) should be to forgive those who sin against us.  

God has given each of us the capacity to forgive any action that is taken against us or our family.  We rarely use that gift.  But it is one of the most powerful gifts we have.  When we are wronged, any act of grace/forgiveness has the power to transform a hurtful situation into a healing situation.

But for most of us, we have never been aggrieved by anyone who forces their sexual activity upon us.  Indeed, for most people, we don't even know who our homosexual friends, neighbors or family members might be.  Homosexuality is not like public drunkenness.  It is like any other sin that can be hidden from the prying eyes of the world.  Yes, there are those who flaunt their sinfulness in public.  But they are the exception; most people don't brazenly proclaim their sexuality - whether it be homosexual, heterosexual or even auto-manipulative (i.e., self gratification).  

Let's expand on that point just a bit.  Most people don't show their own sinfulness.  This is due to the shame reflex.  When we know that something is wrong, then we work to hide it from those around us.  Let's take a look at a few examples: 

- Whether someone is divorced or not is something that is rarely visible.  
- Whether someone has a problem with pornography is rarely visible.  
- Whether someone has lustful thoughts is rarely visible.  

So why do we react so viscerally concerning homosexuality?  I think that there are two reasons:

a. We have been trained through decades of protest marches and simulated fornication events to lump all homosexual individuals into the category of 'brazen' evil-doers.  As a society, we hate brazenness - of any category.  So displays of brazen homosexuality are seen as something wrong and altogether unseemly.  

b. We easily judge others so that our own sinfulness is necessarily diminished.  

Folks, we need to talk straight about this.  God did not create us for the purpose of homosexual activity.  Neither did He create us for masturbatory activity.  Nor did He create us to determine who could have more sexual liaisons - of any type.  We were created to love and honor Him.

So for Christians, we need to remember so many things before we judge others.  First, we honor our God by confessing and addressing our own sins first.  Second, we honor our God by executing His plans.  Yes, God had laws.  And yes, we broke them.  All of us.  But God showed us that despite our sins, His forgiveness is the greatest power in all of Creation.  

His plan is the redemption and restoration of anyone who will repent and return.  Our job is to make that happen.  Period.  To do less is disobedient.  To do more is judging God for not being hard enough on His errant children.  As Christians, we are not to be the brother of the prodigal son.  It is not our job to moan about the equity of our Fathers grace.  It is our job to joyfully proclaim the mere existence of our Father's grace.

Finally, I must note that I have been horrified by the biggest lie perpetrated by this whole maelstrom: "love is all you need."  These words are true.  But the kind of love that we really need is not erotic love.  Nor is it phileal love.  What we really need is the agape love of a Creator who loves every one of us enough to die for each and every one of us.  ___

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2015-07-02 21:43:36 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Welcome back, Mr. Carter.

We haven't seen unemployment this bad since the halcyon days of Jimmy Carter.  Next comes interest rate hikes and we'll have stagflation all over again.  

Don't let the President or his minions fool you.  Our economy is drowning: drowning in unemployment and drowning in debt.  

Welcome back, Mr. Carter.

We haven't seen unemployment this bad since the halcyon days of Jimmy Carter.  Next comes interest rate hikes and we'll have stagflation all over again.  

Don't let the President or his minions fool you.  Our economy is drowning: drowning in unemployment and drowning in debt.  ___

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2015-07-01 18:37:56 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I don't hate you.

And God doesn't hate either you or me.  Indeed, He loves us - far more than either of us realize.  Over the past few days, some of you have been surprised by my commentary regarding same-sex marriages.  If you were, then please read this small article.  It highlights the very message that I have not been able to adequately communicate to you.  

I don't hate you.

And God doesn't hate either you or me.  Indeed, He loves us - far more than either of us realize.  Over the past few days, some of you have been surprised by my commentary regarding same-sex marriages.  If you were, then please read this small article.  It highlights the very message that I have not been able to adequately communicate to you.  ___

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2015-07-01 18:25:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The king is dead. Long live the king!

I love Powerline networks. But they have been a problem in my house. So this weekend, I decided to get a new wireless router rather than tweak the Powerline gear


I got a Netgear R8000 and prayed that I hadn't just flushed the money down the toilet.

As of this morning, I can cheerfully say that it was money well spent. My wife's VPN connection has been flawless. And the main server is doing well enough at 300Mbps. 

The king is dead. Long live the king!

I love Powerline networks. But they have been a problem in my house. So this weekend, I decided to get a new wireless router rather than tweak the Powerline gear


I got a Netgear R8000 and prayed that I hadn't just flushed the money down the toilet.

As of this morning, I can cheerfully say that it was money well spent. My wife's VPN connection has been flawless. And the main server is doing well enough at 300Mbps. ___

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2015-07-01 15:36:00 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Let God be true though every one were a liar... Romans 3:4

Amen___Let God be true though every one were a liar... Romans 3:4

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2015-06-30 13:04:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is the news of the world too much to bear?  There is no disease or struggle that can pull you from God.  

In these days of confused situations.
In these nights of a restless remorse,
When the heart and the soul of the nation,
lay wounded and cold as a corpse.
From the grave of the innocent Adam,
comes a song bringing joy to the sad.
Oh your cry has been heard and the ransom,
has been paid up in full, Be Ye Glad.

Is the news of the world too much to bear?  There is no disease or struggle that can pull you from God.  

In these days of confused situations.
In these nights of a restless remorse,
When the heart and the soul of the nation,
lay wounded and cold as a corpse.
From the grave of the innocent Adam,
comes a song bringing joy to the sad.
Oh your cry has been heard and the ransom,
has been paid up in full, Be Ye Glad.___

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2015-06-30 03:15:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Check out my Ookla Speedtest result. What's your speed? http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/1344954225

Check out my Ookla Speedtest result. What's your speed? http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/1344954225___

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2015-06-30 02:30:07 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 


I love and hate residential infrastructure changes

Four months ago, my wife was having constant problems with her VPN tunnels to the home office.  Figuring that I needed to upgrade the Powerline adapters, I bought a couple of Zyxel devices.  And the situation stabilized tremendously.

But in the past few weeks, the situation has worsened - measurably.  Last week, she was having two or three VPN drops every day.  And some days, the number was as high as ten drops.  Losing your network that frequently destroys productivity.  So I had to jump in and re-design the network that supports here VPN devices.  

I started by cleaning up the wiring.  She had a few connections that had monstrous kinks in the Ethernet cable runs.  I replaced those.  She also had a failed switch with at least one dead port. But even after fixing these issues, I was still seeingtrouble. ... more »


I love and hate residential infrastructure changes

Four months ago, my wife was having constant problems with her VPN tunnels to the home office.  Figuring that I needed to upgrade the Powerline adapters, I bought a couple of Zyxel devices.  And the situation stabilized tremendously.

But in the past few weeks, the situation has worsened - measurably.  Last week, she was having two or three VPN drops every day.  And some days, the number was as high as ten drops.  Losing your network that frequently destroys productivity.  So I had to jump in and re-design the network that supports here VPN devices.  

I started by cleaning up the wiring.  She had a few connections that had monstrous kinks in the Ethernet cable runs.  I replaced those.  She also had a failed switch with at least one dead port. But even after fixing these issues, I was still seeing trouble.  

In the past, I was using some wireless infrastructure that worked great downstairs.  But it couldn't reach her office which is upstairs and at the other end of the house.  Since I couldn't run cable through the hundred year-old walls, I had to upgrade to a more powerful wireless router.

I chose a Netgear R8000 router with "beam-forming" technology.  What is "beam-forming"?  Basically, it is antenna technology and software that helps to lock powerful signals between the endpoints of a wireless connection.  Based upon the transmission strength and this additional technology, I figured that it just might be worth the investment.

And it is an investment.  This is the most expensive router that I've ever purchased.  But after a day of weekend operations and a full day of work connectivity, I think that we may have solved the VPN issues. If this holds throughout the weekend, we'll anoint it as a permanent solution.  

In the meantime, this device truly rocks.  It has amazing signal strength.  And I can't wait to buy a couple of 802.11ac adapters. Right now, I'm having zero trouble maintaining a solid VPN while still transmiting a 1080p video stream throughout the house.___

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2015-06-30 01:37:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

*Rivendell (my main system in Elgin) has been replaced.  So I thought I'd catch up on Star Wars Rebels while I rebuilt the system.

*Rivendell (my main system in Elgin) has been replaced.  So I thought I'd catch up on Star Wars Rebels while I rebuilt the system.___

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2015-06-29 15:14:03 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

This is the way the White House should be lit.

This is the way the White House should be lit.___

2015-06-28 04:26:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

America, it is time to fall to our knees and turn from our wicked ways.

America, it is time to fall to our knees and turn from our wicked ways.___

2015-06-28 00:54:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

It won't break my heart to say goodbye


It won't break my heart to say goodbye
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2015-06-28 00:46:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

If I weep, let it be as a man who is longing for his home. - Rich Mullins

https://play.google.com/music/m/Tpsqlx3wsa7aslvwvapdlefh7wm?t=If_I_Stand_-_Rich_Mullins

If I weep, let it be as a man who is longing for his home. - Rich Mullins

https://play.google.com/music/m/Tpsqlx3wsa7aslvwvapdlefh7wm?t=If_I_Stand_-_Rich_Mullins___

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2015-06-28 00:17:50 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The rainbow was God's gift to His creation. It was and is a reminder of His gracious and forgiving nature. Rather than wipe away His creation for its utter wickedness, He took a remnant and He demonstrated His grace.

May God forgive us for defiling His gift of forgiveness and using it as a political symbol of our wicked disobedience.

Whitehouse gets a rainbow makeover

Yellow, blue, green and violet light up the White House.
IMAGE: WHITEHOUSE

The north front of the White House got a rainbow makeover after the Supreme Court's historic ruling to allow same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

On Friday evening, red, yellow, violet, blue and green lights covered the White House entryway, attracting a crowd of onlookers. The lighting Looked similar to a cartoon drawing of a rainbow-clad Whitehouse That was posted on the White House's social media accounts Earlier in the day. http://on.mash.to/1BWWhtq___The rainbow was God's gift to His creation. It was and is a reminder of His gracious and forgiving nature. Rather than wipe away His creation for its utter wickedness, He took a remnant and He demonstrated His grace.

May God forgive us for defiling His gift of forgiveness and using it as a political symbol of our wicked disobedience.

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2015-06-27 16:06:51 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

For some folks, the symbol is about independence and pride in the face of supposed tyranny. For others, it is reminder of oppression and incivility.

For Christians, our actions should be about our mission. Whatever we do, we should ask ourselves whether the action honors and brings glory to God. In this way, our actions are intentional, not reflexive or emotional.

As for me, I am willing to stand against those who would cow me into submission. But I am not willing to do things that offer any offense. This would never appear on my flag pole.

2 Corinthians 6:3-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

3 We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments,riots, labors,sleepless... more »

For some folks, the symbol is about independence and pride in the face of supposed tyranny. For others, it is reminder of oppression and incivility.

For Christians, our actions should be about our mission. Whatever we do, we should ask ourselves whether the action honors and brings glory to God. In this way, our actions are intentional, not reflexive or emotional.

As for me, I am willing to stand against those who would cow me into submission. But I am not willing to do things that offer any offense. This would never appear on my flag pole.

2 Corinthians 6:3-10 English Standard Version (ESV)

3 We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4 but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5 beatings, imprisonments,riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6 by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7 by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8 through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true;9 as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10 as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

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2015-06-27 15:38:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Simple Economics

If 100 people each pay $100 dollars in tax, then tax revenue would be $10,000. Let's assume that the government uses all that it collects. That would be $10,000 of fiscal obligations.

If the government now determines that 10% of the population deserves a 10% reduction in tax liability, then the government has taken $100 from its sustaining revenue. That also means that the government is now running a $100 operating deficit.

If the government carried that budget forward for ten years, it would be a net debt of $1000.

Of course, the real figure would be larger because of the interest costs of servicing that debt. And if that debt reduced the amount of money that could be invested in profit-bearing activities, then we actually might see interest rates rise as the government and the private sector competed for a fixed sum of... more »

Simple Economics

If 100 people each pay $100 dollars in tax, then tax revenue would be $10,000. Let's assume that the government uses all that it collects. That would be $10,000 of fiscal obligations.

If the government now determines that 10% of the population deserves a 10% reduction in tax liability, then the government has taken $100 from its sustaining revenue. That also means that the government is now running a $100 operating deficit.

If the government carried that budget forward for ten years, it would be a net debt of $1000.

Of course, the real figure would be larger because of the interest costs of servicing that debt. And if that debt reduced the amount of money that could be invested in profit-bearing activities, then we actually might see interest rates rise as the government and the private sector competed for a fixed sum of investable money.

So a simple $10 reduction in taxes could create over $1000 dollars of debt that taxpayers would need to service.

And in the tax accounting world, that 'simple' equation of cost is vastly more complex. With graduated brackets, alternative minimum taxes, and a deduction, exemption, and exclusion system that is Byzantine (at best), the 'cost' of granting a simple deduction to a subset of the population will result in taxpayers paying more - either now or in the future.

Simply put, you must rob Peter to pay Paul. And since the bankers won't pay for it (as they WILL receive interest income on these transactions), then the only people who will pay will be current and future taxpayers. [Note: I did not say citizens as current estimates are that only 49% of residents/citizens actually pay taxes.]

Of course there might be a way of addressing this. If we grant $100 in breaks, then we could always reduce the budget by $100. But who thinks that such a thing might happen?

Grant new tax breaks to a new group? Sure. But who is the Peter in this story?
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2015-06-27 14:04:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I am waiting for a train. Look what showed up.

KC Maker Faire is underway. I've talked to makers of all flavors. There are dabblers, enthusiasts, competitors, serious artists - and even a few unhinged folk.

Regardless the group or the specialty, everyone is having a great deal of fun. It is even a bit inspirational. I just finished talking to a home school mom who was helping a team of parent-educated high schoolers. They took second place in the regional robotics competition held in Illinois.

If you get a chance, come by and see why I am pumped about the youth of today. They will be a generation that impacts those who follow them. 

I am waiting for a train. Look what showed up.

KC Maker Faire is underway. I've talked to makers of all flavors. There are dabblers, enthusiasts, competitors, serious artists - and even a few unhinged folk.

Regardless the group or the specialty, everyone is having a great deal of fun. It is even a bit inspirational. I just finished talking to a home school mom who was helping a team of parent-educated high schoolers. They took second place in the regional robotics competition held in Illinois.

If you get a chance, come by and see why I am pumped about the youth of today. They will be a generation that impacts those who follow them. ___

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2015-06-27 11:56:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Oh my gosh. More than four hours delayed.

So much for dinner reservations. I hope I can make it today!

Oh my gosh. More than four hours delayed.

So much for dinner reservations. I hope I can make it today!___

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2015-06-26 21:34:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

And so it begins...

This slippery slope leads to an abyss.

And so it begins...

This slippery slope leads to an abyss.___

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2015-06-26 20:57:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I support the ultimate definition of love.

#GodIsLove   

I support the ultimate definition of love.

#GodIsLove   ___

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2015-06-26 20:35:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

All you need is...

#lovewins   #GodIsLove  

All you need is...

#lovewins   #GodIsLove  ___

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2015-06-26 20:01:26 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Amen, John Piper.

Amen, John Piper.___

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2015-06-26 14:38:09 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Stunned. Heartbroken. May God show mercy on these United States.

Same-sex marriage legalized nationwide in the U.S. Justice Anthony Kennedy was the swing vote. Not a surprise, but very disappointing. May God have mercy on us.___Stunned. Heartbroken. May God show mercy on these United States.

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2015-06-26 12:51:02 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-06-25 18:58:39 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The IRS is not gaining any friends on the Hill.

The IRS is not gaining any friends on the Hill.___

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2015-06-25 17:23:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Justice Scalia is right: words no longer have meaning in our society.

Justice Scalia is right: words no longer have meaning in our society.___

2015-06-25 15:06:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

How important is Obergefell v. Hodges?

Like many other people, I can't wait for this decision to be announced.  The core question is not whether Americans believe that same-sex marriages are legal.  On that issue, I expect that we will have energetic disagreement for as long as there is discussion on the subject.  For my viewpoint, I am concerned about two distinct things: one legal and one moral.  

From a legal standpoint, I want to know if SCOTUS will seize authority to regulate marriages.  Let's hope that they do not.  There is nothing in the Constitution (either in its words or in the "penumbra" of its words and correlated court decisions) that gives the federal government such authority.  BTW, this truly is one of those "slippery slope" issues that many have feared for countless generations.  If SCOTUS enforces federalmandate... more »

How important is Obergefell v. Hodges?

Like many other people, I can't wait for this decision to be announced.  The core question is not whether Americans believe that same-sex marriages are legal.  On that issue, I expect that we will have energetic disagreement for as long as there is discussion on the subject.  For my viewpoint, I am concerned about two distinct things: one legal and one moral.  

From a legal standpoint, I want to know if SCOTUS will seize authority to regulate marriages.  Let's hope that they do not.  There is nothing in the Constitution (either in its words or in the "penumbra" of its words and correlated court decisions) that gives the federal government such authority.  BTW, this truly is one of those "slippery slope" issues that many have feared for countless generations.  If SCOTUS enforces federal mandates, then we have truly become the nanny state feared by so many.

From a moral standpoint, I am fearful.  When we substitute mankind's variable standards for God's immutable standards, then we risk creating a wholly relative world.  I didn't teach such ambiguity to my children.  And I hate the government overriding the things that I should be responsible to do and to teach.  

Moral relativism is certainly not the intention that any of the justices would have.  But that result is a necessary outgrowth from their premise.  And if they do this, what will be next?  As an ordained deacon, I am able to perform baptisms, weddings and funerals.  Could I be forced (by the state) to perform ceremonies that I do not agree with?  Let's hope not - though I fear that it will happen.  After all, the feds can apparently coerce bakers into baking cakes for such ceremonies.  

Bottom line: We stand at a precipitous point in our history.  We must balance legality and morality.  [Note: This is not something new.  But it is important that we recognize this point-in-time for what it may be: a turning point.]  

Whatever is decided by these justices, our response (as Christians) should be the same: demonstrate the same grace and mercy that our Lord and Savior demonstrated while He was upon the earth.  

1.  We must proclaim immutable standards.  

2. We must conform our own actions to these standards.  To Christians, that means that we must practice purity while we encourage others to do the same.  No Christian has the right to judge another for sexual impurity when they do not practice purity in their own lives.  That includes any infidelity - whether it be in thought or in deed.  And to the men that are reading this, that means that we must turn from our own wickedness of lust.  

3. We must offer God's grace to anyone who breaks these standards.  Everyone has broken these standards.  There is none righteous, no not one.  And the penalty for violating these standards is the same, regardless of the standard being violated: violators (all of us) will be separated from the God who created us and who loves us.  

But God has demonstrated His grace for His fallen creation.  He has already forgiven us.  Before we were born, God knew every good and bad thing that we would do.  And He allowed us this freedom to rebel so that we could freely choose His standards and freely worship Him in His graciousness.   

May God bless every reader that sees these words.  And may God bless every justice that will be deciding these matters.  Finally, may God bless America.  I pray that this nation will always remain a citadel of God's graciousness to a fallen world.___

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2015-06-24 21:10:08 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

After hearing the gracious speech by Governor Haley, I'm glad to see the discussion elevated even more broadly.

After hearing the gracious speech by Governor Haley, I'm glad to see the discussion elevated even more broadly.___

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2015-06-24 18:21:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

And we may have reached a watershed moment.

It looks like the climate scientists are slowly beginning to see the sun as a major contributor to climate variability.  You mean, our weather may be more complex than just automobile tailpipe emissions and carbon footprints?  If climate scientists are revising their tunes to include flats and sharps, then maybe there is hope for a rational discussion.

And we may have reached a watershed moment.

It looks like the climate scientists are slowly beginning to see the sun as a major contributor to climate variability.  You mean, our weather may be more complex than just automobile tailpipe emissions and carbon footprints?  If climate scientists are revising their tunes to include flats and sharps, then maybe there is hope for a rational discussion.___

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2015-06-24 12:49:10 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

#FreedomReigns

___#FreedomReigns

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2015-06-24 12:26:09 (5 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Absolutely majestic!

Absolutely majestic!___

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2015-06-24 12:17:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Oh my goodness. Whenever we lose a loved one, we are the child and Jesus is the one cradling us and singing to us.

I just sobbed like a biggg baby___Oh my goodness. Whenever we lose a loved one, we are the child and Jesus is the one cradling us and singing to us.

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2015-06-23 15:41:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

There are stark differences in the current racial debate.  Maybe it's time to have a real conversation.

In the last week, I heard Governor Haley talk about real forgiveness and real justice while our President chose to use the "N-word" in a vain attempt to "elevate" the discussion.  Governor Haley should be lauded for her command of the situation while our President should be prompted to rise above petty and trite mis-directions.  

There are stark differences in the current racial debate.  Maybe it's time to have a real conversation.

In the last week, I heard Governor Haley talk about real forgiveness and real justice while our President chose to use the "N-word" in a vain attempt to "elevate" the discussion.  Governor Haley should be lauded for her command of the situation while our President should be prompted to rise above petty and trite mis-directions.  ___

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2015-06-23 14:18:50 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

This story is positively heart-breaking.

This  young woman had an exceedingly rare cancer that affects only about 200 people a year.  And when she identified a potential recurrence (based upon personal research), her concerns were summarily dismissed.

I can't help but think that she was not taken seriously because of the wonders of statistics-driven socialized medicine.  Either that or the pride/hubris of some doctor doomed this young lady.  Either way, she was taken away from her family because someone did not think the odds high enough or did not think that she was worthy enough to merit attention.  

I pray that these kidns of outcomes will not become the norm in America - now that our health will be governed by the U.S. government (via the ACA).  

___This story is positively heart-breaking.

This  young woman had an exceedingly rare cancer that affects only about 200 people a year.  And when she identified a potential recurrence (based upon personal research), her concerns were summarily dismissed.

I can't help but think that she was not taken seriously because of the wonders of statistics-driven socialized medicine.  Either that or the pride/hubris of some doctor doomed this young lady.  Either way, she was taken away from her family because someone did not think the odds high enough or did not think that she was worthy enough to merit attention.  

I pray that these kidns of outcomes will not become the norm in America - now that our health will be governed by the U.S. government (via the ACA).  

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2015-06-23 12:16:48 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

And I pray that our unity may one day be restored.

And I pray that our unity may one day be restored.___

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2015-06-23 02:34:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Tonight was the time to install and configure a remote control for Kodi.

Tonight was the time to install and configure a remote control for Kodi.___

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2015-06-22 23:52:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Fabulous speech, Governor Haley.  You showed decisiveness - and grace.  Bravo!

Fabulous speech, Governor Haley.  You showed decisiveness - and grace.  Bravo!___

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2015-06-22 15:34:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Never before did I have a reason for supporting The Donald. Now I do.

HELP CHER PACK HER SHIT and SUPPORT TRUMP 2016!! 👍___Never before did I have a reason for supporting The Donald. Now I do.

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2015-06-22 12:20:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

You thought that the OPM breach was bad? It's far worse than you can imagine.

Think of any compromising piece information from your past. Then imagine if it were disclosed.

What is the real problem here? Bluntly put, all have sinned. And if we are to be a people of character, we must admit our faults - and forgive others who have faults. #CharacterMatters

You thought that the OPM breach was bad? It's far worse than you can imagine.

Think of any compromising piece information from your past. Then imagine if it were disclosed.

What is the real problem here? Bluntly put, all have sinned. And if we are to be a people of character, we must admit our faults - and forgive others who have faults. #CharacterMatters___

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2015-06-22 12:09:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Scared about the recent breach of security at the Office of Personnel Management? You should be scared - and furious!

Scared about the recent breach of security at the Office of Personnel Management? You should be scared - and furious!___

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2015-06-22 02:05:54 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

One little switch can make a difference.

A few days ago, I set up subtitles for Game of Thrones playing through the Pled server. And everything worked great through the web browser.

Today, my daughter told me that she didn't see subtitles. Everything looked great on the server. And I saw subtitles in a section playing on a browser. Then she told me that the trouble was on the Roku. With that last piece of info, I found that you need to change one minor setting on the Roku itself. Once changed, there was subtitled joy for my daughter who doesn't speak Dothraki.

One little switch can make a difference.

A few days ago, I set up subtitles for Game of Thrones playing through the Pled server. And everything worked great through the web browser.

Today, my daughter told me that she didn't see subtitles. Everything looked great on the server. And I saw subtitles in a section playing on a browser. Then she told me that the trouble was on the Roku. With that last piece of info, I found that you need to change one minor setting on the Roku itself. Once changed, there was subtitled joy for my daughter who doesn't speak Dothraki.___

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2015-06-22 01:46:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I admire the architecture and multi-device utility of Plex. But for look and feel alone, I'm really impressed by Kodi.

This weekend, I configured my tablet for Kodi. Installing addons for Trakt was slightly challenging. But the addon actually integrated ratings directly into the viewing experience That is a killer touch that I would love to see in Plex.

I admire the architecture and multi-device utility of Plex. But for look and feel alone, I'm really impressed by Kodi.

This weekend, I configured my tablet for Kodi. Installing addons for Trakt was slightly challenging. But the addon actually integrated ratings directly into the viewing experience That is a killer touch that I would love to see in Plex.___

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2015-06-21 18:19:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

Wheeeeeew what a relief - LOL

Wheeeeeew what a relief - LOL___

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2015-06-21 18:15:01 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

If you deny the legitimacy of drawing conclusions without experimental evidence, then are you now a heretic to the Church?

As a Protestant, this recent political gambit by Rome is evidence that nothing has changed. Just as Rome once accepted the unscientific Ptolemaic view instead of the scientific Galilean view, now the Church is accepting the pseudoscience of anthropogenic climate change.

So if you disagree with the IPCC, can Rome seize your credentials to enter heaven? I think not. The real denialists are those who ban discussion and debate.

If you deny the legitimacy of drawing conclusions without experimental evidence, then are you now a heretic to the Church?

As a Protestant, this recent political gambit by Rome is evidence that nothing has changed. Just as Rome once accepted the unscientific Ptolemaic view instead of the scientific Galilean view, now the Church is accepting the pseudoscience of anthropogenic climate change.

So if you disagree with the IPCC, can Rome seize your credentials to enter heaven? I think not. The real denialists are those who ban discussion and debate.___

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2015-06-20 01:59:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

In JESUS' NAME, amen!!!

In JESUS' NAME, amen!!!___

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