Monthly Archives: December 2016

2016 reflections/2017 Goals/Prayers 

I thought I would share with all of you what I will be doing today as we come to the end of the year. This has been a tradition of mine for at least the last few years.
   I stay up late doing this. So for that reason chances I will miss church this Sunday New Year’s Day. It won’t be because I am backsliding. It will just be because I am too tired. 

OK now for what I will do to end the year, and bring in the new year. I try to pray in the new year. 

Then I reflect on the old year. I write this all down on my IPad. I think about what happened the last year, good, and bad. Everything from deaths, to births, to new jobs, to leaving old jobs.

   Then I pick out some stuff from the Bible that I want to be part of my life in the new year. Verses I want to get to know. 

           Last of all I make out goals, or prayers. I know the goals will only be completed as God moves. So I also call them prayers. The goals can be anything from excise more, eat better to read through the Bible, go on a missions trip. Pray more for doors to open to witness to others. Be a better witness in my lifestyle, read more books, etc.

I hope this helps. Perhaps you will want to try it this New Year’s Eve 2016, or keep it on the backburner for another day, or another New Year’s Eve.

I pray you have a God filled, Grace filled 2017. 

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Singer resigns from Mormon Tabernacle Choir, says she ‘could never look myself in the mirror again’ if she performed for Trump, would she feel the same way if Clinton was about to become President 

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s acceptance of the invitation to sing at Donald Trump’s inauguration has spawned widespread debate among the faithful and thousands of signatures on a petition demanding the decision’s reversal.
Now the choir’s participation has even more fallout: the resignation of a female singer.
“Since ‘the announcement,’ I have spent several sleepless nights and days in turmoil and agony. I have reflected carefully on both sides of the issue, prayed a lot, talked with family and friends, and searched my soul,” Jan Chamberlin wrote in a resignation letter to the choir president and choir members. “I’ve tried to tell myself that by not going to the inauguration, that I would be able to stay in choir for all the other good reasons. I’ve tried to tell myself that it will be all right and that I can continue in good conscience before God and man.”

But she could not do it, Chamberlin said in the letter, she later posted on Facebook. “I could never look myself in the mirror again with self-respect.”
The choir’s participation in the inauguration would “severely damage” its “image and networking,” she said, adding that many “good people throughout this land and throughout the world already do and will continue to feel betrayed. … I know that I too feel betrayed.”
For the singer, it is a moral issue, she wrote. “I only know I could never ‘throw roses to Hitler.’ And I certainly could never sing for him.”
 ( Billy’s thoughts -My question for this young lady would she have trouble performing if Clinton was about to move into the White House. Clinton supports abortion, and same sex marriage. Two things  which the doctrine of the Mormon church is opossed to. You may not agree with Trump on issues , but to compare him to Hitler is an outrage. Trump is no Hitler, and thank God he is no Clinton. Read the rest of the above story by clicking here. ) 

Use the New Year to improve your life 

is time to start a new year. As we begin a new year, I wanted to pass on some advice. In previous Viewpoints, I have talked about the value of using this time of year to change something in your life. There is nothing magical about using January 1 as a start date, but why not use it to improve yourself?
First, I would recommend you pick just one thing to change. If you try to change too many things at once, you are probably not going to succeed. And I would also recommend that you make it a specific, concrete goal that you write down. The more specific you are, the greater likelihood you will be successful.
Second, aim low. In previous New Year’s commentaries I have quoted from Tristan Taylor who encourages people to “strive for mediocrity.” Don’t pick something that it too big to achieve. Start small. After all, you are where you are right now due to dozens of small changes or compromises you made in the past.

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High school daughters will have to clear snow off driveway after they lose a bet to Coach daddy

In the middle: a T-shirt supporting Omaha Marian. On each side: the shirts pledge their allegiance to Papillion-La Vista. Enough to divide a basketball family? No. But they are having some fun. 
Homemade T-shirtAs for that funny looking shirt – it’s a homemade T that calms the turbulent waters at the confluence of Monarchs and Crusaders.

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Stranger saves sleepwalking 10 year old , family wants to say thanks 

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — A Bellevue boy’s vivid dreaming put him in a dangerous real-life situation: sleepwalking in the cold near a busy street.

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Trump is right on Israel. The Jewish State and those of us who love her can not wait for Jan. 20th, 2017 to come

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United Nations Ambush:
“We cannot continue to let Israel be treated with such total disdain and disrespect… Stay strong Israel, January 20th is fast approaching!”
Those words from President-Elect Trump following an anti-Israel UN resolution which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described as an “ambush.”
Pointing to more than the U.S. abstention on the UN vote, causing it to pass, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, “We have it on absolutely incontestable evidence the U.S. organized, advanced and brought this resolution to the Security Council,”
Netanyahu thanked Trump for his “clear support,” and stated, “Israel looks forward to working with President-elect Trump and with the American Congress…to mitigate the damage this resolution has done and ultimately repeal it,”

 A Festival of Lights: Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends 

The Jewish festival of Hanukkah is now underway, its first night coinciding with Christmas for the first time in many years. This is the “Festival of Lights” commemorating the recapture of the Temple by Jewish forces led by the Maccabees about 160 years before the birth of Christ.( More )

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A go fund page won’t keep Betty White alive 

A guy is so concern that Betty White might join the list of other famous souls who have died in 2016  he has set up a go fund page promising to keep her safe.

   News flash to him. It is not up to him, or Betty White when she leaves this world. Last week a good friend of mine , a guy from my church , who was only one year older than me 51 and in pretty good health died of a heart attack. It is not up to us when our lives end here. That is up to God. That is why it is so important to come to God on his terms. It is not something which you should delay.
( Help 2016 catch these hands if it goes anywhere near Betty White! If she’s okay with it I will fly to where ever Betty White is and keep her safe till Jan 1 , 2017. Now , assuming she doesn’t want a strange Greek standing gaurd outside her door all monies will be donated to the Spartanburg little theater to help craft new stars of stage and screen to carry mantle of the legends that have left is this year.)

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