Open Blogging Uncategorized Add comments Oct 262013 It’s all yours today… Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 43 Responses to “Open Blogging” Jim says: October 26, 2013 at 9:31 am http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/25/michelle-obamas-princeton-classmate-is-executive-at-company-that-built-obamacare-website/ Scott says: October 26, 2013 at 9:42 am Going to my first Oregon Duck’s game in like four years. It will be fun because I will be with one of my sons, it’s not supposed to rain and the Ducks will WIN! It’s pretty cool how things seem to be coming full circle after these last four years. A sense of normalcy and routine is coming back after what had been a very trying period in our lives. As I previously noted, I’ve been training and working in an office environment for the past three months. I’m gone during the week and come home on the weekends. We had originally expected for me to become a manager of an office 70 miles away from where we live by the end of the year. Needless to say my wife wasn’t too excited about the prospect of moving. However, my boss informed me a couple of weeks ago that they are setting up an office for me right in my own home town! Full circle in 4 years! A friend said to, “at least it wasn’t 40 years.” I guess God gave me the abbreviated version of around the mountain 😉 Recovering Pastor says: October 26, 2013 at 9:59 am 1. Driscoll and MacArthur deserve each other 2. Don’t have a problem with pastors making good money…but don’t hide it from your people or shelter it under some phony trust or make believe non-profit 3. Yes pastoring is hard (believe me I know) but please quit telling everyone that you have the hardest job in the world 4. When pastors say that their church would be better off if someone else pastored it, it comes across really disingenuous 5. Really happy to be taking a break from pastoring…what’s hard is that no one seems to miss me or care Ricky Bobby says: October 26, 2013 at 10:09 am Recovering Pastor, good words above, very true IMO. You said, “what’s hard is that no one seems to miss me or care” Actually, I think that’s a sign you were actually probably serving. It seems the ones who are missed, in the very public expression sense, are the Celebrities who were more Idols than pastors. Ricky Bobby says: October 26, 2013 at 10:10 am ….except that I do think it’s a contradiction for a pastor to make a lot of money. Scott says: October 26, 2013 at 10:15 am Jim, I read that article last yesterday. What blows my mind is how much the taxpayers paid and will continue to pay to fix that stupid website. Recovering Pastor says: October 26, 2013 at 10:15 am RB – @4 Very interesting thought…I hope you’re right. RB – @5 I understand your point…don’t think it’s right for pastors to be paid peanuts and struggle either. Ricky Bobby says: October 26, 2013 at 10:18 am “don’t think it’s right for pastors to be paid peanuts and struggle either.” Agreed. There’s a balance. PP Vet says: October 26, 2013 at 10:41 am Scott, you are the American dream. You encountered adversity, and you took responsibility, with patience, hard work, perseverance, and faith. Without unduly burdening the taxpayers of the future. Good for you. Nonnie says: October 26, 2013 at 10:51 am Wow, Scott! That is wonderful. Thanking God with you! Captain Kevin says: October 26, 2013 at 10:56 am Scott, such fantastic news! Captain Kevin says: October 26, 2013 at 10:57 am Recovering Pastor, agreeing with you on all 5 points. erunner says: October 26, 2013 at 11:51 am Music is up for the week with all new songs and I posted a beautiful one that Xenia shared yesterday. Feel free to drop by. http://morethancoping.wordpress.com/2013/10/25/praise-worship-october-25th-2013/ erunner says: October 26, 2013 at 11:58 am Scott, You embody everything Rush Limbaugh speaks of!! I’ve read here of your journey, where you’ve been and where you are, and I am genuinely happy for you. Scott says: October 26, 2013 at 12:40 pm Thanks. I’m not that much of a self-made man, really. In the beginning of our situation a few years ago we did receive help with food stamp (card) assistance. I remember how ashamed I felt at the human resource department. Then I recalled how many tens of thousands of dollars I had contributed in taxes over 30 years and didn’t feel nearly as bad 😉 We used them for a few months and once I was drawing a paycheck I cut the cord even though we still qualified for assistance. In addition, I received a generous $5,000 grant which paid for my truck school tuition. For which I’m very thankful. PP Vet says: October 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm Personally, I agree with that approach exactly. Accept what you qualify for, but do not let that deter you from fighting to stand on your own two feet. Derek Thornton says: October 26, 2013 at 2:12 pm MIchael, That book “Fight” by Preston Sprinkle that you recommended is free for a couple of weeks. Here is the link if anyone is interested. http://bookshout.com/co/fight?code=fight-ps Michael says: October 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm Thank you, Derek. I’ll post that in many places. 🙂 Gary says: October 26, 2013 at 6:06 pm I’ve been waiting for open blogging for an opportunity to re-engage with the CCCM pastor(s) here. Michael, I posted a question for Dave Rolph which you held in moderation and it never got posted. Here it is, amended: Dave, Could you address something that is germane to me? In your post #96 to Ricky Bobby, (on another thread of about a week ago) part of what you said was “The often-mentioned two weeks was because I was in Alaska, and nothing could start before I returned. The day I returned, you ran the byline, “Dave Rolph And Chuck Smith Are Liars.” That made it impossible for me to continue to push for resolution. My key witness had gone off the rails. I still wonder what could have happened had you exercised some patience and restraint.” I don’t know the details of that, and I’m most definitely NOT defending Ricky Bobby (in fact I don’t read most of his posts on Michael’s blogs) but how did his going off the rails affect your doing what was right? You see, I don’t know how much patience and /or restraint I have regarding a situation I’ve been trying to deal with since 1990. I accidently posted someone’s e mail address and I’m very sorry for that. I didn’t understand about spam bots and the like. Gary says: October 26, 2013 at 6:07 pm Why is my comment in moderation again? Solomon Rodriguez says: October 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm Arrived in Minneapolis with the kids this afternoon to watch the Viking-Packer game tomorrow. Kids first time flying, its about 40 degrees here during the day but were handling just fine for Cali folk. You might see me on tv tommorow wearing a Pink lucha mask brian says: October 26, 2013 at 9:06 pm Design Robert Frost I found a dimpled spider, fat and white, On a white heal-all, holding up a moth Like a white piece of rigid satin cloth — Assorted characters of death and blight Mixed ready to begin the morning right, Like the ingredients of a witches’ broth — A snow-drop spider, a flower like a froth, And dead wings carried like a paper kite. What had that flower to do with being white, The wayside blue and innocent heal-all? What brought the kindred spider to that height, Then steered the white moth thither in the night? What but design of darkness to appall?– If design govern in a thing so small. Gary says: October 26, 2013 at 9:30 pm and what design doth the writer’s quill happen with ink, small letters to spill? Dave Rolph says: October 26, 2013 at 9:47 pm Hi Gary. “Doing what was right” in that situation was complicated, and to do what was right, in the right way, involved trying to get some people together. The lack of restraint made that virtually impossible. Some other alleged victims declined involvement so I felt like I ran up against a wall. And frankly, the whole thing just wore me out personally. I totally understood Alex’s frustration. I just didn’t see how I could bring healing to the situation. Gary says: October 26, 2013 at 10:02 pm Dave!! Can I talk to you (via e mail) about my situation? Dave Rolph says: October 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm Sure Gary! firstname.lastname@example.org. Might take a couple days, with tomorrow being Sunday. Gary says: October 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm Big day tomorrow. Thanks. brian says: October 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm Hey Gary I’ll take the silver chair and chuckled at “and what design doth the writer’s quill happen with ink, small letters to spill?” Frost your not but that’s ok neither am I. Hope you have a nice evening. Scott says: October 27, 2013 at 9:43 am Might as well keep the Obamacare debacle discussion going. It’s probable that most of you who supported, believe in and possibly voted for Obama because of this one issue alone might not even click on and watch this 8 minute clip, I hope you do though. Scroll to the bottom and watch the clip. http://downtrend.com/brian-carey/one-of-our-favorite-liberals-kirsten-powers-has-her-health-insurance-cancelled-because-of-obamacare/ Jim says: October 27, 2013 at 11:09 am If anyone wants to define what a liberal is, I’m all ears. From what I hear them say, I can only assume that they believe in a big federal govt that has the mandate and ability to improve people’s lives in every way. Only the most honest will admit that the welfare state has hurt those it was supposedly created to help. The ACA is no more than an expansion of a failed ( or successful, depending on your view) strategy. More people have had their current insurance cancelled than have enrolled on the website, and the majority of those enrolled have enrolled in medicaid. Until things get really bad, I have no hope that our nation will wake up. Hillary 2016! Nonnie says: October 27, 2013 at 12:08 pm I read this today and I hope it will encourage someone else here: “Forgiving the Church When we have been wounded by the Church, our temptation is to reject it. But when we reject the Church it becomes very hard for us to keep in touch with the living Christ. When we say, “I love Jesus, but I hate the Church,” we end up losing not only the Church but Jesus too. The challenge is to forgive the Church. This challenge is especially great because the Church seldom asks us for forgiveness, at least not officially. But the Church as an often fallible human organization needs our forgiveness, while the Church as the living Christ among us continues to offer us forgiveness. It is important to think about the Church not as “over there” but as a community of struggling, weak people of whom we are part and in whom we meet our Lord and Redeemer.” Henri Nouwen Ricky Bobby says: October 27, 2013 at 12:28 pm Dave said, ““Doing what was right” in that situation was complicated, and to do what was right, in the right way, involved trying to get some people together. The lack of restraint made that virtually impossible. Some other alleged victims declined involvement so I felt like I ran up against a wall. And frankly, the whole thing just wore me out personally. I totally understood Alex’s frustration. I just didn’t see how I could bring healing to the situation.” It was only complicated if the goal was more political and business-like in nature. If the goal was ‘do the right thing and let the chips fall where they may’ as it seems part of the biblical narrative expresses in many situations…then it wasn’t complicated at all. Ricky Bobby says: October 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm Gary, if you are truly seeking help with a CC matter…working through Rolph and previously CCOF and now CC Association etc is a dead-end…and strategically so. Don’t be fooled. But, if you decide to waste your time and hand over your information etc, knock yourself out, at least you were warned. Gary says: October 27, 2013 at 12:31 pm Nonnie, The problem may be the “Church”. There are many false churches. There are many true believers in those false churches. Is it the people or the doctrine that makes a “Church”? There is a verse that says a liar won’t be believed even when he tells the truth. There are pastors I trust who occasionally say the wrong thing and there are false teachers and pastors who often say something true. Walter Martin said that the best lies contain 94% truth. What I’m trying to say is that the “Church” doesn’t equal the body of Christ. They overlap but they’re not synonymous. I’m not talking about judging or condemning motives of the heart. I’m talking about words. I was going to say words and deeds but not even deeds, just words. I haven’t been hurt by the “Church” or by the body of Christ. It’s just been a believer here and there. So I have to deal with this on a personal level. I have to forgive people. I don’t reject them. Even pastors. They aren’t the “Church”. I have to deal with them personally, and I have. On the other hand I have a brother who was rejected by his church. He was taken advantage of by the pastor and by some other leaders. I tried to get him out before it happened but he wouldn’t hear it. Who is to blame? Gary says: October 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm Ricky Bobby, It’s not exactly a CC matter and you might recall I’ve been alluding to this here and there for a while. It’s a personal matter that indirectly involves CCCM. I’m seeking a CCCM pastor or leader to help because the scope of the problem determines the scope of the resolution. Gary says: October 27, 2013 at 12:40 pm It’s not exactly a CC matter and you might recall I’ve been alluding to this here and there for a while. It’s a personal matter that indirectly involves CCCM. I’m seeking a CCCM pastor or leader to help because the scope of the problem determines the scope of the resolution. ps I think I figured out why some of my posts get moderated. I mention names. They may be real or ficticious names. Gary says: October 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm Mr moderator, you can delete that double post. This one too. Linnea says: October 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm Nonnie @31…thank you for sharing that! It spoke to my heart today… Nonnie says: October 27, 2013 at 3:07 pm Linnea, I’m glad. Blessings to you, my friend. Jim says: October 27, 2013 at 10:16 pm To my Christian liberal friends. Who would have seen this coming? http://www.lifenews.com/2013/10/25/your-tax-dollars-will-fund-abortions-and-planned-parenthood-under-obamacare-heres-how/ Derek Thornton says: October 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm Put in a paper or phone application for Obamacare and….wait for it. That is right, still won’t work right, because they still have to input the data into the healthcare.gov website and they have no magic way of getting entrance any better than the average joe. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/obamacare-glitches-paper-phone-applications-98872.html?fb_action_ids=10200245430853163&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_ref=.UmwiIEFzVAR.like&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=288381481237582 I put this up on FB last night, cause I was sitting there thinking about it. With all the problems in the Obamacare website, it has become glaringly obvious that whoever built it was grossly incompetent. Seeing that they couldn’t even build a website to function, can Americans really trust it to keep their confidential information confidential? This seems to me like a ready made site for identity theft. If anyone could get onto the ACA website, I bet the hackers will find that way. Derek Thornton says: October 29, 2013 at 5:00 pm Where can I apply for that job of prophet? Sort a a guide here of the insecurities already found in the website: http://money.cnn.com/2013/10/29/technology/obamacare-security/index.html?fb_action_ids=10200266274534242&fb_action_types=og.recommends&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map=%7B%2210200266274534242%22%3A1426341834248644%7D&action_type_map=%7B%2210200266274534242%22%3A%22og.recommends%22%7D&action_ref_map=%5B%5D filbertz says: October 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm Michael, were you aware Carlos P is starting another church in my town? Took out a large ad in a local paper announcing it. Distressing news. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> Name (required) E-mail (required) URI Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.