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What God Can’t Do

Sunday school teacher was asking her students some questions after a series of lessons on God’s omnipotence. She asked, “Is there anything God can’t do?”

All was silent. Finally, one boy held up his hand.

The teacher, on seeing this, was disappointed that they had missed the point of the lesson. She sighed and asked, “Well, what is it you think God can’t do?”

The boy replied, “He can’t please everybody.”

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2014 in General, Inspirational

 

The Window

I found the following at another website.  I just wished I kept the link.

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room.  One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs.  His bed was next to the room’s only window.  The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back.

The men talked for hours on end.  They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation.

Every afternoon, when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.  The man in the other bed began to live for those one hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside.

The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake.Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.  As the man by the window described all this in exquisite details, the man on the other side of the room would close his eyes and imagine this picturesque scene.

One warm afternoon, the man by the window described a parade passing by.  Although the other man could not hear the band – he could see it in his mind’s eye as the gentleman by the window portrayed it with descriptive words.

Days, weeks and months passed.  One morning, the day nurse arrived to bring water for their baths only to find the lifeless body of the man by the window, who had died  peacefully in his sleep.  She was saddened and called the hospital attendants to take the body away.

As soon as it seemed appropriate, the other man asked if he could be moved next to the window.  The nurse was happy to make the switch, and after making sure he was comfortable, she left him alone.

Slowly, painfully, he propped himself up on one elbow to take his first look at the real world outside. He strained to slowly turn to look out the window besides the bed.  It faced a blank wall.   The man asked the nurse what could have compelled his deceased roommate who had described such wonderful things outside this window.

The nurse responded that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.   She said,’Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.’

Epilogue:
There is tremendous happiness in making others happy, despite our own situations.   Shared grief is half the sorrow, but happiness when shared, is doubled.  If you want to feel rich, just count all the things you have that money can’t buy.  ‘Today is a gift, that is why it is called The Present .

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2014 in Inspirational

 

The New Preacher

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service….only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food….NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation……..”We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek”….The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation…..The homeless man sitting in the back stood up…..and started walking down the aisle…..the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him….he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment….then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right,‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’“Then the righteous will answer him,‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply,‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morningmany began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame…. he then said….Today I see a gathering of people…...not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough discipleswhen will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week…….Being a Christian is more than something you claim. I’ts something you live by and share with others.

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2014 in Inspirational

 

Running Linux

Linux is a different operating system with many different distros (styles).  Linux will work just like windows so if you have any common sense the learning curve will be almost non existent. 

If you expect Windows programs to run on Linux, forget it.  Most will not run on Linux without help.  Some will run but must be run through wine or crossroads and to be honest, there can be some major issues.  If you are a gamer, it may be best to stick with windows.  

I run computers using both Linux and windows operating systems and run the exact same programs on both.  I use Open Office suite, which is like Microsoft office, I use Gimp instead of Photoshop, I use Firefox, Chrome and many others that will work on both.  All free.  The only thing I run on my windows computers that I do not run on Linux is anti -viruses and anti-malware utilities. IMO, it is not needed. 

You can run Linux from a USB drive or disc without losing your windows install.  You can also move your install between computers unlike windows which is limited to the computer it is installed on.  

Not too long ago I did a test.  I have two computers that are the same model.  On one I decided to install win7, with all updates, all programs, utilities, and browser add-ons   On the other I installed Linux mint with all updates, all programs, utilities and browser add-ons.  For windows to be completely updated and user ready, it took almost 12 hours.  For Linux to be completely user ready, it took almost 2 hours.   Microsoft needs to take a page out of Linux playbook when it comes to updates, because that was where the backlog was. 

I think Linux is a good operating system to try at least one time.  You might like it.  It is not perfect, but neither is Microsoft Windows.  

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2014 in Technical

 

Run Netflix within Linux Mint

I run Linux on my computers, but for years have had to dual boot with windows since Netflix was not compatible.  It can run with a couple of hacks, but unless you have a good computer with a lot of resources, it is near impossible to get a good stream.    The following is what I found that is acceptable for my use.  It is not perfect but works.  I cannot wait for an official way to do it.

There are two ways to do it.  One is quick and easy and the other takes a bit more work.

The quick and easy way to install Netflix on a Linux computer.  I was able to get it to work on Linux Mint 16.

 

Open the terminal and type the following.
sudoapt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudoapt-get install netflix-desktop
That is all.  Once you start Netflix there will be a bit more that will have to be done so just follow the on screen instructions and you will be good to go.   There should be a icon in the menu that you can click on to run Netflix.
The above did not work for Linux Mint 17 so I found the following instructions and it worked great.

1. Make sure firefox is installed and updated. Fortunately most distros will already have it installed as default.
2. Open terminal and install Wine
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install wine
3. Install pipelight
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pipelight/stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install –install-recommends pipelight-multi
$ sudo pipelight-plugin –update
4. enabled silverlight
$ sudo pipelight-plugin –enable silverlight

5. enabled flash

$ sudo pipelight-plugin –enable flash
6. Go to the firefox addon section. search and install “user agent overrider 0.2.3″ (or latest version) by muzulget. It will place an icon on the tool bar
7. click on the icon in the toolbar and select the user agent overrider Windows-Firefox 29 
Once it is finished installing, you can run Netflix from your browser like you would within Windows.   Again, once you start Netflix there will be a bit more that will have to be done so just follow the on screen instructions and you will be good to go.
Thanks to the Linux Mint forum for the above information.  http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=170386 
 
 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in Technical

 

Smooth Ride

When I moved into my apartment, the driveway might as well been a gravel road. It was rough with deep cracks and sinking in places. It was a rough ride when parking. A couple of weeks ago, my landlord fixed the driveway by having a couple inches of asphalt laid. It is now a very smooth ride.

Also, last fall, my car started having blower problems where nothing blew through the vents. It was driving me crazy because every so often they would work. It would cost almost 500 bucks that I do not have to get it fixed. Then about February, no more problems and I forgot about it, at least, until recently. Last week nothing was blowing again and I still do not have the 500 bucks.

The other day as I was pulling out of the Sandbar grill (an Osceola Restaurant) parking lot, I hit a pot hole and behold, the blower started working again. So it made me wonder. Did all the problems with my driveway keep the blower working? And now the driveway is fixed, I will be having issues again?

What does this have to do with this thread? Well, maybe it has to do with life. Sometimes when life is going too smooth, you lost track of or forget who is helping you along. You need some of the bumps, dips, and cracks as a reminder… It may be a rough ride but in the end it would be worth it..

Just something to think about.

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in General, Inspirational, Local

 

Never Quit

Abraham Lincoln never quits.

Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown.

He could have quit many times – but he didn’t and because he didn’t quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the United States history.

Here is a sketch of Lincoln’s road to the White House:

  1. 1816 His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.
  2. 1818 His mother died.
  3. 1831 Failed in business.
  4. 1832 Ran for state legislature – lost.
  5. 1832 Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but couldn’t get in.
  6. 1833 Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.
  7. 1834 Ran for state legislature again – won.
  8. 1835 Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
  9. 1836 Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
  10. 1838 Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
  11. 1840 Sought to become elector – defeated.
  12. 1843 Ran for Congress – lost.
  13. 1846 Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
  14. 1848 Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
  15. 1849 Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
  16. 1854 Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
  17. 1856 Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – get less than 100 votes.
  18. 1858 Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
  19. 1860 Elected president of the United States.
 
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Posted by on May 19, 2014 in Inspirational