God With Us … Brings Peace

My personal reflections on last Sunday’s message at PGCC Roseville CA.

The beginning of the message included the following Scripture passages:

Micah 5:1-5 NIV and Luke 1:67-79 NIV

THE CONTROL FACTOR

Sometimes we feel like this —

I’ve just got to get control of my life!!

A book related to this is:

The Lord of Loose Ends

In John 15:5 NIV — Jesus tells us to remain in Him because “apart from me you can do nothing.”

Also, in Colossians 1:27 ESV, Paul says that “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

So my response is that if I remain in Him I can do anything for Him and I will have the hope of glory now and forever.

Some questions were posed at this point in the message:

Have you ever yielded control of your life to Christ? I accepted Christ when I was 9 years old. Did I yield control then? No. I will say that I have yielded my life sometimes but usually have taken the control back.

Have you surrendered your life to Christ? At times this has been true for me but more often it is not true.

When did you surrender your life to Christ? I do not believe I have ever really surrendered my life to Christ. 

A CONSTRICTED CHRIST.

I am guilty of constricting Christ in my life. Colossians 1:15-17,19 NIV The sentence that hits me from these verses is — in Christ all things hold together. Even when I feel I am on the throne in my life, Christ is still holding me together.

THE PEACE FACTOR

The Rule of Peace — Let the peace of Christ rule…

Colossians 3:15 NIV

The Calling of Peace — Let the message of Christ dwell, … teach and admonish others and sing … with gratitude!!

Colossians 3:16 NIV

The Expression of Peace — Whatever I do, I need to do it ALL in the name of my Lord and Saviour—Jesus Christ!!

Colossians 3:17 NIV

At this point in the message, I am so very blessed and convicted of my need to relinquish CONTROL so I can experience PEACE!! I must stay in Christ daily touching my heart with His Word and allowing Christ to rule in my life!!

Random Acts of Kindness

This is copied from a Facebook post:

CHECK THIS PAGE ON FACEBOOK!!!!!

A young couple moves into a new neighborhood. The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside. “That laundry is not very clean; she doesn’t know how to wash correctly. Perhaps she needs better laundry soap.” Her husband looks on, remaining silent. Every time her neighbor hangs her wash to dry, the young woman makes the same comments. A month later, the woman is surprised to see a nice clean wash on the line and says to her husband: “Look, she’s finally learned how to wash correctly. I wonder who taught her this? ” The husband replies, “I got up early this morning and cleaned our windows.” And so it is with life… What we see when watching others depends on the clarity of the window through which we look.

At random acts of kindness we are encouraging everyone to look through a window of kindness. It will completely change your world. Thank you for sharing this with your friends and inviting them to join our group and not just like the page.

Pass this on wherever you let your kindness shine clearly!!!!!

If We Could See…..

I hope these words bring truth to my friends as we end one year and look ahead to 2020!

George Beverly Shea

IF WE COULD SEE BEYOND TODAY

If we could see beyond today as God can see,
If all the clouds should roll away, the shadows flee,
O’er present griefs we would not fret,
Each sorrow we would soon forget,
For many joys are waiting yet
For you and me.

If we could know beyond today as God doth know
Why dearest treasures pass away and tears must flow
And why the darkness leads to light
Why dreary paths will soon grow bright
Some day life’s wrongs will be made right
Faith tells us so.

If we could see, if we could know, we often say
But God in love a veil doth throw across our way.
We cannot see what lies before
And so we cling to him the more
He leads us ’til this life is o’er
Trust and obey, yes trust and obey.

Yep – like Joseph responded to God’s call on his life – he trusted and he obeyed!

I found this in my feed this morning from my brother, Ken!! I had to share it with you!!!!!

Living in the moment can be hard.

It’s difficult to simply enjoy today, what we have today, and who we get to experience it with today. We have so many demands for our attention, demands on our schedules, and demands on our mental energy. Sometimes it feels like today is impossible to concentrate on because tomorrow is already tugging on us.
Jesus told us to do something radical—He told us not to worry about tomorrow. He tells us in Matthew 6:34 that He will equip us to deal with today’s trouble only—not tomorrow, next week, or next month.
Some days this is harder than others. It’s easy for me not to worry about tomorrow when “tomorrow” is supposed to be a relaxing Saturday off. But it becomes a lot more difficult when “tomorrow” is the day that I have that big meeting (or dentist appointment!).
If we worry about tomorrow and whatever we think it might bring, we’re trying to control something that’s actually under His control, and not ours. If we’re honest with ourselves, we really have no idea what might happen tomorrow. We don’t even know what’s going to happen later today! However, we can know the one who controls today. And tomorrow. And forever.
Find some time today to rest in that fact. Enjoy this moment, this day, knowing that God has today and tomorrow in His hands. Let His peace make “today” meaningful.

Christmas with the Kranks — Not!!

Sometimes, we think that time spent with folks we barely know on holidays, but we are surprised when the time spent is totally enjoyable.

This happened to my wife and I for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Pictures are attached to this article.

A beautiful backdrop for our Christmas dinner!!
A beautiful tribute to fallen police officers in the Sacramento area.
Christmas night w/ Santa

It is so wonderful when your feelings of anxiety are wiped away by relaxing and enjoying the events of the day.

May your 2020 be filled with blessings and joy!!

iPhone home screen and other screens – organized?

On your iPhone or other device, do you logically organize your icons?

I have and I’ll show you how and why.

My home screen on my iPhone 6S+

I have alphabetized my icons so I can find them more quickly. My most important apps are in the gutter as I like to call it.

Here is my second screen’layout:
My second screen with all apps in folders alphabetically organized by category.

So even though I have many apps installed on my iPhone, I can easily find them.

There is another way to find an app — swipe to the right on your home screen and type the name of the app you want to find and you will be shown where it is and you can click on it there to open the app

Try it out and let me know if you like the result.

This is a great response to Christianity Today article about Trump impeachment

Copied from Huckabee.com

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By MIKE HUCKABEEDecember 19, 2019 • 125 Comments

Mike Huckabee

Dear Madame Speaker:

I read the six-page letter sent to you by President Trump on the eve of his impeachment and thought that as long as letters are flying around, I would send you one myself, just as someone trying to help.

The biggest question for you now is what to do next as you contemplate what action might be taken in the Senate. Your follow-up strategy is very important, I know, to your goal of damaging the President as much as possible before the 2020 election. But right now you and your Democrat colleagues are busy celebrating — behind closed doors, of course — and it’s hard for people who are giddy with merriment and even perhaps a bit hung over to chart their next steps. (You’ve tried your best to look somber and be discreet about the celebrations, but some news accounts have slipped out. You know how it is with leaks.)

The impeachment of President Trump is your long-awaited Christmas gift to yourselves, and now that you have finally unwrapped it, you naturally want to play with it a while. Goodness, you’ve worked so hard and have come so far. And you must all be very proud of yourselves, considering you got this done completely on your own, with not one single vote from the Republican side. Who needs those Republicans, right? You made up your own rules and accomplished the deed all by yourselves.

You worked and planned for this, and only this, literally for years. You were single-minded. You did it. You own this.

And Now More Games

But now it’s time for the Senate to take it on. And I just read in The Daily Caller that you are “leaving open” the possibility of withholding the articles of impeachment from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell until you are “assured a fair trial in the Senate.” You said that, so far, you haven’t seen anything that looks fair to you. You’ve apparently suggested to reporters that you plan to hold up the impeachment process.

Wow, what an idea! You get to put the “black mark” of impeachment by President Trump’s name, after railroading him in Adam Schiff’s kangaroo court. And then, for as long as the Senate has to wait to dismiss the charges or have their trial, those charges, vague as they are, continue to officially hang over him. You, of course, use those charges to try to discredit any appointments or other Presidential actions.

The founding fathers never intended something like this, and we know how much you respect the founding fathers because you mention that so often, but, hey, the founders would surely understand if they knew President Trump was really an agent of Russia, right? Of course they would. They would no doubt give their blessing to anything you did under these unique circumstances.

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Anyway, you’ve said you think the President is “goading” you to come after him because he thinks it will “fire up his base.” And, my goodness, I see that you really are playing along. I understand you are still sending out congressional subpoenas to certain prospective witnesses that you didn’t have time to include in Schiff’s proceedings, as you needed to rush through impeachment by Christmas so you could open your present and “ooh” and “ahh.”

You didn’t have time for the court challenge from Trump that would have had to go before a judge (who might have ruled against you), so you just labeled the exercise of his constitutional rights as “obstruction” and forged ahead. As a result, even though you’ve already presented your case for impeachment and voted on it, you’re still working on investigations of Trump, plus his close allies and cabinet members, in three committees: Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs. It just never ends.

How diligent of you to continue building a case against the President even after your part is supposed to be done. This must be why you want to keep calling witnesses even in the Senate. That wish is certainly understandable, Madame Speaker, considering you have no actual evidence at all at this point. It simply isn’t fair for them to require you to make do with the evidence you have — hearsay and gossip and presumption that wouldn’t even be allowed in a court of law. Goodness, how unfair it would be for the Senate to refuse to allow you to continue digging until you finally found something. And we know how deeply concerned you are with basic fairness.

So let me get to the point of this letter. I have a helpful suggestion for you that will give you the fairness you crave, and I think Sen. McConnell might be persuaded to go along with the idea. To make sure the process is scrupulously fair, here’s what you do:  just have him follow exactly the same rules in the Senate that Adam Schiff did in the House. There you go, fairness!

Fair Play

This is how it will work: Sen. McConnell gets to make up the rules he wants, just as Schiff did. And being in the majority (as you were in the House), the Republicans vote straight party-line to approve them. Since you are the minority, you don’t get to call witnesses, but they do, and the witnesses can offer any “evidence” they want. You can ask questions — that’s only fair — but only the ones McConnell approves. The Senate majority has the option to dismiss the charges, of course, or it can subpoena Adam Schiff, his staff, Eric Ciaramella (alias “the whistleblower”), Hunter Biden, Joe Biden (after all, just because he’s running for President, he doesn’t have immunity), and numerous others. Maybe even Ukrainian President Zelensky would like to come testify — no quid pro quo involved.

That would be fair. After the way you treated the House Republicans, the slightest concession you get from the Senate should be considered gravy. And withholding the articles of impeachment is not going to help you, Madame Speaker, as it will just make you folks look more pathetic than you already do, if that is possible. This is one Christmas present you might be sorry you asked for.

Just trying to help. I’ll leave you with a quote from ranking House Judiciary member Doug Collins: “…history will reflect that Donald Trump is the third President to be impeached. History may also shortly reflect that he’ll be the first President to be re-elected after being wrongfully impeached.”

Sincerely,

Gov. Mike Huckabee

PS. Rep. Collins also said this; I thought you might appreciate it: “The funny thing about obstruction, any time the Democrats get caught trying to frame this President for some crime he didn’t commit, they follow up by accusing him of obstructing their efforts to frame him for the things he never did in the first place.”

Mike Huckabee is the former governor of Arkansas and longtime conservative commentator on issues in culture and current events. A New York Times best-selling author, he hosts the weekly talk show Huckabee on TBN.

Originally published at MikeHuckabee.com.

Social media — drawbacks and controls for all users.

Here’s a list of some of the most noteworthy drawbacks associated with social media:

1. Virtual Reality vs. Actual Reality. The danger of living a “parallel life” in a “parallel world.”
2. Anonymity. A seductive potential for secrecy.
3. Voyeurism, Exhibitionism, and Narcissism. This includes “stalking,” spying, unwarranted boasting, deception, misrepresentation of facts, and self-promotion.
4. Vulnerability to Predators and Opportunists. Inattentive Facebook users can open themselves up to the schemes of charlatans and dangerous sexual predators.
5. Potential Loss of Privacy. Once you’ve put something on Facebook, you have no way of controlling forwards and second-postings.
6. Best Foot Forward. The tendency to reveal only the best and most attractive aspects of one’s life to Facebook friends.
7. Too Much Too Soon. An illusion of genuine friendship where in fact there is nothing more than an artificial “virtual” link with another person.
8. Isolation. The temptation to withdraw into a “virtual” world of one’s own making.


In almost every case, the basic issue here is control. Technology is supposed to be a tool — something that makes it easier to accomplish your goals and achieve your purposes. If it becomes your master, you’ve got a serious problem.

You and your family can keep that from happening by drawing up a household “mission statement” to govern your use of social media. Ask yourself: “Why do I want to be involved with social media? What am I hoping to accomplish by way of Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn?” If Facebook has a tendency to take over your life, you can regain control by reclarifying your objectives. Remember that you can always enact Facebook’s limitation features to block unwanted searches and keep yourself “invisible” to the larger Facebook community.

There are also some practical measures you can implement to limit the amount of time you’re spending with social media. Here again the key is to use the devices to serve your purposes and strategies rather than allowing them to dominate you. You should also give yourself permission to leave behind your hand-held devices while you’re doing more important things. Some families have also found it helpful to have a “Sabbath Box” where phones and iPads can be laid aside voluntarily as a way of “disconnecting” for a while.

Remember, too, that Facebook and Twitter can be effective tools for strengthening marriages, building up other people, and creating a healthy sense of community among couples. You can protect yourself against the pitfalls described above by implementing the following list of “best practices:”

1. Shared passwords. Maintain an “open door policy” with your spouse.
2. Wise use of access features. In setting up their Facebook profile, married couples ought to think carefully about the amount of personal information they’d like to include and the details they want to provide.
3. Establish boundaries. Discuss your expectations. It helps to agree on boundaries and guidelines up front.
4. Encourage and build up. Spouses should think of ways to use social media to encourage and compliment one another.
5. Go slow. Don’t jump to unwarranted conclusions about “relationships” with “friends” who are really nothing more than cyber-acquaintances.
6. Post with discernment. Don’t post anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t care to see printed on the front page of the newspaper.
7. Stay grounded. In other words, do whatever it takes to remain in control.
8. Exemplify good practices. When children are part of the picture, mom and dad should be careful to model these “best practices.”

There are a number of Internet tools available that can help you stay on the straight and narrow. Covenant Eyes, for instance, is an accountability software that provides selected individuals with a report of your online activities. And Net Nanny is a filtering program that can be used to protect the entire family.