Wow! It may be time to resurrect this blog!
The Children and Grandchildren of Jesse and Gladys Yoder
Invite you to a celebration of their “Diamond Wedding Anniversary”.
Come join us as we honor their 60 years of commitment to one another and to their family.
Time: 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sadly, I knew the day would come for this post. After several years of Facebook the time has come to bail out. This decision has not come without much thought and consideration.
Let me begin by saying that for the most part, I enjoyed the early Facebook approach of social networking primarily for the purpose of keeping up with family and friends far and wide. I never played “Farmville” or the various other games available on FB. Perhaps if I was retired, I would feel better able to justify spending time in that way. Maybe its just a personal thing but I never liked using FB to share photos. It just felt too sloppy or frivolous compared to the Picasa Web Album approach. Now, since this post is about my personal decision to say goodbye to Facebook, I am REALLY GLAD I stuck with Picasa Web Albums!
You may be wondering what has caused me to come to this decision. Actually, I have been leaning toward leaving FB for quite some time but two recent incidents have pushed me to the point that the time is now. I was looking through a FB friend’s info and saw he liked a few facebook pages. I clicked on one of those to see what it was about. There it was, a full fledged pornographic image. I doubt my FB friend even knew it was there and it might not be anymore since the owner of the page may have removed it by now. The second incident is the recent news report of a major spam attack. Click> FB SPAM If a friend’s FB account gets hijacked by a spammer, keep in mind that you don’t really have to click on anything to see the images. They will show in their normal status update.
To sum this up, I have basically come to the conclusion that the benefits of Facebook no longer outweigh the risk. Personally speaking, the risk factor has become too great.
I plan to close down my FB account possibly as early as tomorrow. For now, I will do my “social networking” on Google+. A number of friends are already there. If you don’t already use Google+ it would be great to see you there too!
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Then I asked myself the question “am I righteous enough to qualify for the promise found in this verse?” The only thing that qualifies me, or anyone else for that matter, is the blood of Christ applied to my sin! I have never regretted saying yes to Jesus Christ knocking at my heart’s door as a teenager. He is Lord of All and His return represents another promise that WILL COME TRUE! Maybe soon.
The cloud revolution continues….
I had been hearing about the new music system by Google called “Music Beta”. I requested an invitation to sign up for it a few weeks ago. A few days ago I received my invitation to join and of course I did! All I can say is wow. At last a great home and solution for all of your music. Never worry about losing music to a crashed hard drive or MP3 player. Never need to re-purchase music due to a scratched or lost CD. Or a CD you loaned to someone and never got it back. The really great thing about the service is that it will play on any device with an internet connection. Just sign in to your Music Beta account on your smartphone or any PC with a broadband connection and all your albums appear and are ready to play. You can even create custom playlists. Once again Google comes through with yet another awesome, technological wonder!
There are two common approaches to economic theory: Keynesian and Austrian. What we are experiencing in our current economic crisis is the failure of the Keynesian approach. The foundation of our economy did not start out using the Keynesian model but was more structured after the Austrian approach. Any debt our country incurred (especially the early to mid 1900’s) was primarily used to become more productive as in building factories which made us a goods producing nation. We made most of the world’s goods and exported vast quantities to other countries and quickly became the world’s largest creditor nation. Unfortunately, we are only an empty shell of what we used to be. We have chased countless businesses out of the country due to excessive regulation and taxation. The past several decades we have gone into debt to keep Wall Street afloat and to blow various economic bubbles in an attempt to keep a failing economy from imploding. Some of these bubbles included the “Dot.com”, “Real estate/ sub-prime”, and finally, the worst bubble of all, the “bail-out/stimulus/quantitative easing” bubble. This bubble is destroying our currency.
In Larry Burkett’s book, “The Coming Economic Earthquake” written in the early to mid 90’s, he expressed a major concern that I believe is unfolding right now. He describes “monetizing the national debt” which has been given the clever name “QE1” and “QE2” I obtained permission by the publisher to post the following excerpt from the book. Click the presentation below to read his prophetic words….
One of the things that is changing in technology is how videos are viewed. The old way involved using DVD’s. Putting footage on a DVD is soon going to be a thing of the past and that includes home created videos. Our niece got married in Alabama a month ago and she wanted the video I captured from the wedding using my Canon HG20 high def. camcorder. I used windows live movie maker to create the video using footage as well as a few snapshots. The final video file size ended up being over 5 gigabytes since I used the high quality widescreen ratio! This will not fit on a standard blank DVD. The other problem was the fact that time was critical. She needed it for a reception they were having while in Ohio. I ended up getting her to download it over the internet using an FTP program. I set up a user ID and password that allowed her to access and download it from my NAS (network attached storage) box here at home to the PC she was using in Ohio. I think it took all night to download! Download speeds depend on my upload speed and her download speed. She did tell me today that the file successfully came through. I considered privately uploading the video to youtube but viewing it that way would require a fast and available internet connection. Someday I predict there will be a nationwide, blazing fast, wireless, broadband connection. This will make uploading, sharing, and viewing, high def. videos much simpler.
In light of a couple facebook posts and comments from some folks I care about, I have posted the following passage from the Word of the Living God. It speaks for itself. Please, please, pay attention to it….
1Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
15Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
17Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.