December, 2009

Give and you will receive
Draw near to the Lord

Merry Christmas!

God bless you

Be thoughtful

Thank the Lord

(December 31, 2009 Thu 9:43 AM CST)

"All these were but a shadow of things to come;
the reality is the body of Christ."
Colossians 2:17

Look around.
You don't see everything.
Something is missing.
It takes faith to believe.
People saw Jesus and believed.
They talked to him.
They saw what he did.
Don't live in the shadows.
Come to the light of the world and truly see.

(December 30, 2009 Wed 8:46 AM CST)

I installed Turbo Tax 2009 this morning.
I bought it yesterday.
I need to figure out my taxes.

Snowblower number 2 is working now.
It needed electrical tape on a wire
leading to the sparkplug.
It was shorting out with the wet snow.

"As for you, be steady and self-possessed;
put up with hardship,
perform your work as an evangelist,
fulfill your ministry."
2 Timothy 4:5

God has called you.
There is work to be done.
It will not be an easy task.
God will give you the grace to endure.
Fulfill your mission.

(December 29, 2009 Tue 8:19 AM CST)

I had the oil changed in my car yesterday.
They said there is a small leak of oil somewhere.
They had the car lifted up in the air
and showed me what they saw with a little flashlight.
They put some dye in the engine
to see where the leak is coming from.
I have to go back in a week for the results.
The car is 13 years old.
God bless the people that work there.

"In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is
love, joy, peace, patient endurance,
kindness, generosity, faith, mildness and chastity."
Galatians 5:22-23

Have contrast.
Be of the Spirit.
Live a life of joy.
Jesus, send the Holy Spirit to us.
Increase our faith.
Give us endurance.

(December 28, 2009 Mon 6:59 AM CST)

Driving around Omaha with all the piles of snow
is a challenge.
You have to watch out for the holes in the street also.
I think the snowplows create the holes.

"Seeing John, Peter was prompted to ask Jesus,
'But, Lord, what about him?'
'Suppose I want him to stay
until I come,' Jesus replied,
'how does that concern you?
Your business is to follow me.'"
John 21:21-22

What is your focus?
What is your concern?
Follow Jesus and you can never go wrong.
He is your business.

(December 27, 2009 Sun 8:00 AM CST)

Yesterday I was mixing 2-cycle oil and gasoline
for snowblower number 1.
The ratio is 32 to 1 (gasoline to oil).
There are 128 ounces in one gallon of gasoline,
so you need 4 ounces of 2-cycle oil with that.
They sell little bottles of 3.2 ounces of oil,
so you need 0.8 gallons with that.
You can buy one quart bottles of 2-cycle oil.
One quart is 32 ounces, so a one quart bottle
holds the volume of 10 little bottles.
A quart costs $2.64 and the little bottle $0.94.
You pay a lot (over $0.67)
for the packaging of the little bottles.
I bought the little bottle and the quart bottle.
I will just use the little bottle
to measure the 3.2 ounces as I need it.

"He was in the world,
and through him the world was made,
yet the world did not know who he was."
John 1:10

Isn't it ironic , don't you think?
The one who created the world comes to the world
and the people of the world don't recognize him.
Very strange.
Do you recognize Jesus?

(December 26, 2009 Sat 9:17 AM CST)

I spent a lot of time yesterday attacking the snow
with the two snowblowers that I have.
They were a great help with the over foot deep snow.
Snowblower number 2 had many problems.
When it was working it was fantastic.
Snowblower number 1 is much smaller but it does work.
It just takes a long time to move the snow.

"For a child is born to us, a son is given us;
upon his shoulder dominion rests.
They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero,
Father-Forever, Prince of Peace."
Isaiah 9:5 or 6

This is a prophecy about Jesus.
It was written a few hundred years before he was born.
Jesus is that child born at Bethlehem.
He is the Prince of Peace.
Believe in him.

(December 25, 2009 Fri 7:22 AM CST)

Merry Christmas to you and your family!
We have a blizzard in Omaha this morning.
Here is one of my favorite Christmas songs:
Silent Night

The angel said to the shepherds:
"This day in David's city a Savior has been born to you,
the Messiah and Lord.
Let this be a sign to you:
in a manger you will find an infant
wrapped in swaddling clothes."
Luke 2:11-12

Come and see the baby.
He is so small.
He is the hope of the world.
Think about Jesus born this day.

(December 24, 2009 Thu 8:16 AM CST)

We definitely will have a white Christmas this year.
We are getting more snow this morning.

"...many of those who heard the speech believed;
the number of men came to about five thousand."
Acts 4:4

They heard the good news and believed.
Listen to the reason for the Christmas season.
Jesus has come to the world.
Hearing is believing.

(December 23, 2009 Wed 8:23 AM CST)

We are getting rain this morning and snow later in Omaha.

"The light shines on in darkness,
a darkness that did not overcome it."
John 1:5

We just had the shortest day of light of the year.
The darkness surrounds us.
We need light.
We need the light of Christ in our dark world.
The light will win.
It will be bright.

(December 22, 2009 Tue 9:34 AM CST)

I ordered a book yesterday.
What Color Is Your Parachute?
(I wonder if the color is purple.)
Someone in our Monday networking group suggested reading it.

"While Jesus was seated on the Mount of Olives facing the temple,
Peter, James, John and Andrew began to question him privately.
'Tell us, when will this occur?
What will be the sign that all this is coming to an end?'"
Mark 13:3-4

The future is a big mystery.
What will happen?
When will it happen?
If you believe in Jesus,
you have nothing to fear.
Jesus is your future.
You are secure with him.
He is your parachute.

(December 21, 2009 Mon 6:45 AM CST)

"At the time it is administered,
all discipline seems a cause
for grief and not for joy,
but later it brings forth
the fruit of peace and justice
to those who are trained in its school."
Hebrews 12:11

You need discipline in your life.
You need organization and structure.
You need goals.
Look to Jesus.
Focus your life on him and his ways.
He will lead you to a life of joy and peace.

(December 20, 2009 Sun 7:59 AM CST)

Yesterday I was studying about the history of Yahoo! .
It all started in 1994.
I had a web site at 1054 Paris Street in GeoCites
around that same time.
It is gone now.
This web site ( started in 1996.

I have a job interview tomorrow morning in west Omaha.
I'm starting to have more job interviews.
Things are looking up.

"Grace and peace be yours from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ!"
Philippians 1:2

I pray for peace this Christmas.
May the fighting and killing stop.
May the wars and bombing cease.
Jesus, give us peace.
We need your help.
We need your love in our world.

(December 19, 2009 Sat 3:36 PM CST)

I really thought it snowed an inch of snow this morning
when I looked outside around 5 AM in the dark
but when the sun came up and I looked again there was nothing.
I guess I wanted to try out my new pre-owned snowblower.
It is bigger than snowblower number 1.
Snowblower number 1 does not throw the snow very far.
I now have two snowblowers.

"You need to recall the words
of the Lord Jesus himself, who said,
'There is more happiness in giving than receiving.'"
Acts 20:35

Think of others.
Help them.
Give them gifts.
Be thoughtful.
Be happy.

(December 18, 2009 Fri 11:07 AM CST)

Jesus said to Nicodemus,
"The wind blows where it will.
You hear the sound it makes,
but you do not know where it comes from
or where it goes.
So it is with everyone begotten of the Spirit."
John 3:8

You need to be born again.
You need a new start.
It is time to regroup.
Give your heart to Jesus this Christmas.
Feel the wind on your face.

(December 17, 2009 Thu 9:26 AM CST)

Christmas is getting very close.
Are you ready?

"Jesus said to Zacchaeus:
'Today salvation has come to this house...'"
Luke 19:9

Welcome Jesus to your house this Christmas.
Get to know all about him.
Talk to him.
It is his birthday.

(December 16, 2009 Wed 8:18 AM CST)

I have a job interview tomorrow in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

"This love is based on the truth
that abides in us and
will be with us forever."
2 John 1:2

The truth of God will last forever.
Base your life on it.
Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.
God is love.

(December 15, 2009 Tue 8:08 AM CST)

Here is a fun "viral video" song from a few years ago.
It has been viewed over 700 million times.
Numa Numa
Some people have translated it to English.
I like the original version in Romanian.
It sounds cool.

"Herewith is my receipt,
which says that I
have been fully paid and more.
I am well supplied
because of what I received
from you through Epaphroditus,
a fragrant offering,
a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
My God in turn will supply your needs fully,
in a way worthy of his magnificent riches in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:18-19

Are you worried about the future?
The Lord will supply all that you need.
He will take care of you.
Thank the Lord.

(December 14, 2009 Mon 7:38 AM CST)

So what's new?
It's snowing again this morning.
We are adding to the 9 inches that we got last week.

I got an email from London this morning.
It says I won
"One Million Pounds ( 1,000.000.00 GBP )."
I guess I can retire now.
I would not trust any emails from London.

I just received an email from a friend.
Her aunt passed away.
Pray for her and her family.
God be with them today and comfort them.

The newspaper yesterday had a story about the
iPhone Ocarina App .
You can turn your iPhone into a musical instrument.
The only problem is that I don't have an iPhone.
I have an iPod Touch, but that is not the same thing.
It is close.

"The Spirit said to Philip,
'Go and catch up with that carriage.'
Philip ran ahead and heard
the man reading the prophet Isaiah.
He said to him,
'Do you really grasp what you are reading?'
'How can I,' the man replied,
'unless someone explains it to me?'
With that, he invited Philip to get in
and sit down beside him."
Acts 8:29-31

The Holy Spirit will send you to people.
You can explain what you know about Jesus to them.
They can learn from you.
Go when the Lord sends you.
Run for the Lord.

(December 13, 2009 Sun 7:55 AM CST)

Have you ever seen the
Jill and Kevin's Wedding Entrance Video ?
Viewed over 33 million times.
Very unique.
Very different.

The Google people said to check out the Google labs .
Some things have "Graduated"
from the labs and are in use today.

My house smells like burnt popcorn this morning.
I wonder how that happened.

"Afterward Jesus went out and
saw a tax collector named Levi
sitting at his customs post.
Jesus said to him,
'Follow me.'
Leaving everything behind,
Levi stood up and became his follower."
Luke 5:27-28

Can you do that?
Can you follow Jesus?
Can you let him lead you to eternal life?
He tells you point-blank:
Follow me.
Will you do it?
Graduate to a new level.

(December 12, 2009 Sat 9:56 AM CST)

Yesterday I applied for jobs at Google and Yahoo.

"By the word of the Lord the heavens were made;
by the breath of his mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as in a flask;
in cellars he confines the deep."
Psalms 33:6-7

The Lord is huge.
He is very big.
He created the universe .
He is very intelligent and very kind.
He created you and me.
Talk to him.
Pray to him.
Speak words of praise.

(December 11, 2009 Fri 8:48 AM CST)

This morning I applied for a job at in Omaha.

Jesus taught,
"Those who have will get more until they grow rich,
while those who have not
will lose even the little they have."
Matthew 25:29

Use what you have.
God has given you talents.
Use it or lose it.
God will bless your efforts.
Jesus, help me to see
what you want me to do with my life.

(December 10, 2009 Thu 8:48 AM CST)

I heard someone lost their job in the last few days
where I worked 9 months ago.
Pray for them and their family.
I need to call them and see how they are doing.
Maybe they can come to our networking meeting on Mondays.

...and they sang the song of the Lamb:
"Mighty and wonderful are your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Righteous and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who would dare refuse your honor,
or the glory due your name, O Lord?
Since you alone are holy,
all nations shall come
and worship in your presence.
Your mighty works are clearly seen."
Revelation 15:3-4

What would you say?
There you are in the presence of God.
Go there in prayer.
Think about it.
Talk to the Lord.
What he has done is clear for all to see.
Give praise to the Lord.

(December 9, 2009 Wed 8:00 AM CST)

I shoveled the snow several times yesterday.
I even had the snow thrower going.
It was fun.
There is more work today with the snow from overnight.

Thanks for the prayers.
One of the people in our networking group
got a job yesterday.
They start on Monday.
Thank the Lord.

I finished chapter 11 of the SCJP book yesterday.

There is a Job Fair in Council Bluffs, Iowa today.

"Do not love money,
but be content with what you have,
for God has said,
'I will never desert you,
nor will I forsake you.'"
Hebrews 13:5

The Lord will provide for you.
He will watch over you.
Be thankful for what you have.
Jesus, thank you for your many gifts.
You are very kind.

(December 8, 2009 Tue 10:23 AM CST)

We are getting a lot of snow this morning.
It might be a foot when it is done tomorrow.

We had another new person yesterday at our
weekly networking meeting.
God bless all of them and their families.
Pray for all of us to find jobs.

"What we are aiming at in this warning
is the love that springs from a pure heart,
a good conscience, and sincere faith."
1 Timothy 1:5

Look up.
Aim for heaven.
Set your sights on eternal life.
Have a pure heart.
Be sincere.

(December 7, 2009 Mon 7:53 AM CST)

This says that Omaha is the number 1 city to live.
Well, it is a nice place.

PayPal had another advertisement in yesterday's newspaper.

"Just as through one man's disobedience all became sinners,
so through one man's obedience all shall become just."
Romans 5:19

Yes, Adam and Eve failed.
They made a huge mistake.
They sinned.
Jesus came to free us from sin.
Jesus, have mercy on my soul.
Forgive my sins.
Save me, Lord.

(December 6, 2009 Sun 8:44 AM CST)

They say the snow is coming this afternoon.

Peter said,
"Therefore, reform your lives!
Turn to God, that your sins may be wiped away!
Thus may a season of refreshment be granted you
by the Lord when he sends you Jesus,
already designated as your Messiah."
Acts 3:19-20

It is a new season.
Come and be refreshed.
Jesus is coming soon.
Reform your life.

(December 5, 2009 Sat 4:15 PM CST)

Today I went to PayPal in LaVista, Nebraska
to apply for a job around 1:30 PM.
There was a lot of people there.
It looked like a very nice place to work.
They put an orange paper band (77478) on my right wrist.
They start at $13 per hour.
Benefits start on day one.
I told them I was interested in an IT (Information Technologies) job.
They said to apply on-line which I have already done.
There was no one to talk about the position at that time.
I just have to be patient and wait for them to call me.

"But they pressed Jesus:
'Stay with us.
It is nearly evening --- the day is practically over.'
So he went in to stay with them."
Luke 24:29

Jesus, come and be with us.
Be near to us.
We need your presence.
Stay with us.

(December 4, 2009 Fri 8:53 AM CST)

Last night at the .NET user group meeting I won
a $25 gift card to the new theatres
at 32 and Farnam Streets in Omaha.
It is a very nice place.
When you look at Farnam Street from
31 to 33 Streets it looks like a different city.
It is something like downtown Denver.
I will have to take some pictures to show you.
You still see construction workers running around.
All the buildings have not been finished yet.
The problem is the parking garage
when everyone is leaving at once.
It took about 20 minutes
to get out of the garage around 5 PM yesterday.
There was a Microsoft seminar there in the afternoon.
They talked about Windows 7.

"They even brought babies to be touched by Jesus.
When the disciples saw this, they scolded them soundly;
but Jesus called for the children, saying:
'Let the little children come to me.
Do not shut them off.
The reign of God belongs to such as these.
Trust me when I tell you that
whoever does not accept the kingdom of God
as a child will not enter into it.'"
Luke 18:15-17

God is your Father.
You are his child.
Talk to your Father in heaven.
May he touch your soul.
Rest in his presence.
You are accepted.

(December 3, 2009 Thu 9:45 AM CST)

This morning at 7:30 AM it was snowing lightly
and you could see the full moon.
Hey cool.

Yesterday I started chapter 11 of the SCJP book.
The topic is Files and Streams.

A friend sent me this story (glurge) today.
Breakfast at McDonalds
It brings a tear to your eyes.

Jesus taught,
"For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink.
I was a stranger and you welcomed me."
Matthew 25:35

Look around you.
See those that are in need.
Help them.
God will smile on you.

(December 2, 2009 Wed 7:47 AM CST)

When I was working yesterday
I talked to someone that I had not seen in many years.
He is the pastor at a church in Omaha.
God bless him and all at his church.

"May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
grant the brothers peace and love and faith.
Grace be with all who love
our Lord Jesus Christ with unfailing love."
Ephesians 6:23-24

Jesus, send your grace and love to all of us.
We need you.
You are our brother in faith.
Thank you for your unfailing love.

(December 1, 2009 Tue 8:05 AM CST)

We had 6 people at our networking meeting yesterday at Clancy's Pub.
I did not think there would be that many.
It was a nice surprise.
There were two new people.
God bless them and their families.

"They have refreshed my spirit as they did yours.
You should recognize the worth of such people."
1 Corinthians 16:18

Be a refreshing soul in your environment.
Be a bright light of hope.
Recognize accomplishments.
Lift the spirit of those near you.
God bless you in your efforts.

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