Gratitude Jar

Here’s a fun activity for the Thanksgiving season that your church group, kids, and adults, as well as the whole family can take part in! All you need is some cut-up colored contraction paper, a large clear jar, and colored pens. Or just pens and paper and a basket. 

Dedicate an empty jar to be your “Gratitude Jar” for Thanksgiving. Decorate the jar as you like, or you can even print out this post and use the picture below as your label.

Keep small note sheets and a pen next to your Gratitude Jar. From now until Thanksgiving, have your kids, friends, and family write down what they are grateful for, and keep all their notes in the jar. BTW, this can be a year-long activity too! 

On Thanksgiving Day, you can read the notes together and share your stories.

As always, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to serve you.

Be Blessed! 

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Having Success with a Post-COVID Church

As many of you know, I wear three hats; I pastor, I teach, and I do financial consulting. This does not include raising the cub, being a Boy Scout leader, and wounding if I still have ADD. So, during the pandemic I was crazy busy, keeping churches open in new ways, and helping businesses not go bankrupt while teaching all online for almost two years. This is what I learned:

Pivot!

Besides a hinge or a fulcrum, pivot means to “undergo a fundamental change in strategy.” This involves a change in direction in life, business, or church while still keeping the same vision and mission. Changing the way we do things to adapt our demographics, setting, and environment.

Churches and business that survived and even prospered during COVID, learned to pivot.

Churches and Businesses that learned to pivot changed the way they do business or worship to connect and keep their people. A case in point is two restaurants I worked with, I explained to them how to pivot, that is to create a drive-up takeout service along with online ordering, incorporate the delivery services like Grubhub, and use incentives like coupons and text and email alerts. One did this and bloomed, in fact, they were busier than before the pandemic. They did not like the delivery service’s surcharges, but the drive-up takeout system was a winner and kept them open and even thriving. The other, well, he just did not want to try anything new. He said, “my customers love me; they know where I am…” All he did was throw out his expensive rotting supplies and permanently lay off his people. I tried and tried to help him; he just did not want to make any changes. Now his restaurant is closed. Ironically, his food was far better than the one that stayed open.

The key that made the difference was service over quality. Well, do not sacrifice quality for service. People come for an easier more convenient experience.

And now the post-COVID church is seeing a decline with in-person attendees. They still, the majority that is, 50-75% of them, are at home in their pajamas, holding their coffee watching it all on YouTube or Facebook Live. And, as I write this, it does sound appealing. You do not have to wake up early, get the family ready, sometimes a herculean challenge, hunt for parking, and so forth. Staying at home is so much easier. Even as a pastor, I missed the in-person very much, but I saved money on gas, got some more sleep and I did not have to wear pants.

The key point that churches who are successful are doing something simple; they learned to pivot and adapt to a new paradigm. They found a way to connect and keep people engaged even while they were at home.

The pastors and leaders in these churches that thrived, fought for the community to continue. In so doing, the question was asked, what can we do to connect with the people on Zoom, Facebook, and such who are at home for the greatest fruit and the Gory of God. They had distance in-person gatherings and online special gatherings, and everyone was called and listened to at least once a month. They also kept the discipleship and Bible studies going, online and continuing. And, they did not stop developing leaders or forsake their mission and vision. And they are still doing this even when over half of the people are still at home. Thus, what is the mission of your church is continual, because thus far it does not look like we are going back to the way things were.

What is happening now? Successful churches are encouraging everyone to come at least once a month in person. And have a special time of prayer and worship. It all came down to this idea, fight for community and teach that we all need one another, even us introverts. If you do this along with Biblical preaching, discipleship, surrendered prayer, and devotion to Christ, then we are doing our jobs right!

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The Beauty of Mathematics

1×8+1=9

12×8+2=98

123×8+3=987

1234×8+4=9876

12345×8+5=98765

123456×8+6=987654

1234567×8+7=9876543

12345678×8+8=98765432

123456789×8+9=987654321

1×9+2=11

12×9+3=111

123×9+4=1111

1234×9+5=11111

12345×9+6=111111

123456×9+7=1111111

1234567×9+8=11111111

12345678×9+9=111111111

123456789×9+10=1111111111

9×9+7=88

98×9+6=888

987×9+5=8888

9876×9+4=88888

98765×9+3=888888

987654×9+2=8888888

9876543×9+1=88888888

98765432×9+0=888888888

Brilliant, isn’t it?

And look at this symmetry:

1×1=1

11×11=121

111×111=12321

1111×1111=1234321

11111×11111=123454321

111111×111111=12345654321

1111111×1111111=1234567654321

11111111×11111111=123456787654321

111111111×111111111=12345678987654321

Now, take a look at this…

101%

From a strictly mathematical viewpoint:

What makes 100%?

What does it mean to give more than 100%?

Ever wonder about those people who say they are giving more than 100%?

We have all been in situations where someone wants you to GIVE OVER 100%.

How about ACHIEVING 101%?

What equals 100% in life? 

Here’s a little mathematical formula that might help answer these questions:

IF

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Is represented as…

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26

A  B  C  D  E   F  G  H   I   J    K   L   M    N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X    Y    Z 

1   2  3   4  5   6   7   8  9  10  11 12  13  14  15 16  17  18  19  20 21 22  23  24  25  26

Now work out these words in numbers:

H A R D   W O R K =___________%

K N O W L E D G E = __________%

A T T I T U D E = _____________%

Look how far the love of God will take you:

L O V E  O F  G O D = _________%

Conclusion:

If:   H-A-R-D-W-O-R- K           8+1+18+4+23+15+18+11 = 98%

And:   K-N-O-W-L-E-D-G-E      11+14+15+23+12+5+4+7+5 = 96%

But:   A-T-T-I-T-U-D-E             1+20+20+9+20+21+4+5 = 100%

THEN, look how far the love of God will take you:   

L-O-V-E-O-F-G-O-D           12+15+22+5+15+6+7+15+4 = 101%

Therefore, one can conclude with mathematical certainty that:

While Hard Work and Knowledge will get you close, and Attitude will get you there,

It’s the Love of God that will put you over the top!

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Here are some strategies I use for great health including “gut health”


Fermented foods! Fermentation is basically what happens when micro-organisms like yeast convert carbs or sugars into either alcohol or an acid. Yeast creates alcohol – as with beer, wine and cider. While bacteria creates lactic acid, which creates the medium for the friendly bacterial to thrive. So, they can fight the bad bacteria. 


1. Focus on quality whole foods like broccoli, sweet potatoes, cucumbers (with skin), butternut squash, garbanzo beans. Also, fiber like Brown rice, lentils, and quinoa. Fruit, like Blueberries, avocados, and tomatoes. Good grains like oatmeal, and stay away from processed food.


2. Eat more live cultured food like cultured milk and yogurt (cashew yogurt w/o sugar is best), fresh dill pickles (not canned), and, kimchi / sauerkraut.


3. Probiotic drinks, like Yakult, Kiefer (raw kefir is best), and raw apple cider vinegar. Also, Boza, Sima, and Kombucha (great soda replacement) … Probiotic pills are a waste of $; they are dead and your body can’t process them!


4. Increase your anti-inflammatory fats, such as fresh and raw green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards.


5. Eat good raw nuts like almonds, cashews, and walnuts (stay away from peanuts).


6. Increase your fatty fish intake like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines. Also, especially for vegans, flax and chia seeds.


7. Eliminate the foods that feeds the bad bugs like processed white sugar, corn syrup, any processed high fructose…


8. Stay away from soda, especially diet soda and sugary drinks! Vitamin water is just soda without the carbonation and has no vitamins in it.


9. Exercise regularly.


10. Sleep better; do the above and you will.

(c) Dr. Krejcir (the “Dr” does have a purpose, although it is a Ph.D.)

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Four Questions to Revitalize your Personal Vision and Faith

“Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If you want to get warm you must stand near the fire: if you want to be wet you must get into the water. If you want joy, power, peace, eternal life, you must get close to, or even into the thing that has them… They are a great fountain of energy and beauty spurting up at the very center of reality. If you are close to it, the spray will wet you: if you are not, you will remain dry.”  C.S. Lewis

Live with Vision in the Dash of Life!

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6

On tombstones there is the date the person was born and the date they passed away. In between then there is a dash. That is what they did in their life. What are you doing? How is your dash? Because, the three most important dates in your life are the day you are born, when you are saved, and the day you find out why you were born and saved! When we know that we can live out our dash and build a better “why”. It is never too late to become what you could have done earlier in your life.

Then we can venture into the realms that may cause fear that require discipline, be guided by truth and dreams and requires our fortitude. So, do not be afraid to find your gifts for this life, recognize your opportunities, then develop them, engage them, and give them away! You will find greater happiness when you are learning and growing. You will become greater in your life and faith. If not, you will stagnate; then, you will only find yourself in a rut of despair.

Here are Four Key Questions to Build your Life and Faith:

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”  James 1:22

One: What are you about, what do you stand for?

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8

That is, what is your prime purpose? After to know Christ and enjoy Him? If you do not stand for anything you will fall for anything and everything! Never be comfortable with who and where you are in life! We all must be growing in our faith and our goals. If you want real happiness, get moving in a positive direction. Face your setbacks, learn from them and then move on.

Two: What do you care about?

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

What convictions do you have? Where is your passion? If you do not have conviction and passion, then you will not have anything good coming back to you! If you know you can be better and do better, then do it. Be better!

Three: What will you be working on in your life in this new year?

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

You must have faith, real working confidence in Christ. Then you need to have dreams, then make a personal vision, then create goals; then, implement a plan to carry them out. If you are waiting for a change in your circumstances; stop waiting. Instead, be the change you want to happen. Thinking through how you can stretch and set goals to accomplish your aspirations in faith and life. Solution: Grow your faith and your Mindset!

Four: What do you really want out of your life more than anything else? 

“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Mark 9:23

That is, what is effectual and brings glory to God and helps yourself and family. This is your “why” that builds your vision, that sets your goals and becomes your dash.What do you need and want out of this life? This is your why.

Here are some thoughts to prevent stagnation:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

Consider that nothing in nature is truly stagnant; either it is growing, moving or dying. Such as stars, they are moving through time and space and the same time they are dying by giving off their gasses for nuclear fusion. Then, green plants are growing, giving life and fruit, as is the Fruit of the Spirit in you. The same as with all things in us. You are either growing or dying; stagnation does not exist in nature or in The Kingdom of God. Real happiness is learning, building, growing, and becoming better; it should not be in decay.

So, ask yourself, are you growing or are you stagnant? With your Faith? Vocation? Family? Dreams? Goals?

This is what the Lord says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters,…” Isaiah 43:16, 18-19

Successful Christians are those who are mature, and growing in their faith have character and operate in the Fruit of the Spirit. They are also infused with gratitude and are forgiving. All because they are energized by the precepts from Biblical truths. Then they invest them into all aspects of their life. How is that going-growing for you?

Unsuccessful Christians will operate in gossip, they love to ridicule, and live in the world of drama, anger, bitterness. They are infused with unforgiveness and are critical of others; especially those who do well. They get caught up in their fears and emotions, create problems, are rude, and seek to pull others down with them. Hopefully, you are not here. If so, pray and repent; embrace our Lord who forgives and restores, then rebuild your faith and life!

The mature are grounded in faith and have composure and a growth attitude; because they trust Who is greater than themselves; Christ the LORD. They have the attitude that gives them skills, so they can problem solve without those fears and emotion. Then they can conquer their challenges, one problem at a time. The unsuccessful cannot do that; they will spend their energy to complain and criticize those who are successful.

It is similar with successful people in other areas, like business and relationships. Such as champion athletes, great entrepreneurs, and stage performers engage a growth mindset that helps them conquer a problem with a logical solution or a find a workable approach to attack them. They do not get tangled up in emotions or get driven off the path by fear; rather, they grounded in a routine of effective problem solving and hone a champion mindset.

The last thing that grows on most fruit trees is the fruit. The roots, trunk and branches have to build, develop and be strong and quipped to produce the fruit. The same as it is with faith, life, owning a business, and working stewardship. We have to build a healthy growth mindset, the maturity, and a stewardship plan for life and faith.

Keep in mind; we came from nothing; we have nothing outside what Christ gave us. This is a good perspective to have. As beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is our faith and mindset and what we can do with it. We always have more than we think and can do more than we think we can. We are greater than we think we can become.

Let your faith move you to engage your dash where you need to be! Spend some time in prayer and in Scripture, then make 2021 awesome! The choice is yours as is your attitude.

Rev. Richard Krejcir, Ph.D., is a pastor and a with over thirty years of experience. He also is a licensed and experienced Financial Consultant and has worked for major banks, insurance companies, nonprofits, and families too. He is also an author, Special Ed Teacher, and holds a doctorate in Stewardship.

© Richard .J. Krejcir Ph.D. 2021, Into Thy Word Ministries www.intothyword.org

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The Krejcir’s 2020 Christmas Report…

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

As we have come to the close of 2020, we are in true indebtedness and humbleness to what the Lord has done. Our Lord and Savior has accomplished a seemly impossible work, at a time when all is shut down in the world. No travels, no workshops, no conferences, and our main supporters unable to contribute this year; our little ministry has endured. What we do in the brick-and-mortar world of ministry may have been turned off, without notice or thought; yet, what we have built online has flourished beyond what we could have ever hoped for. Because of your prayers and support, thank-you!

We got through the year! Yes, this awful, weird, upside-down world of a global pandemic; we found ourselves busier than ever. In the center of being the bearer of precious discipleship resources for countless churches that were not available or viable elsewhere. And, they received them for free; because, that is the Way of our Lord.

What I been been doing during the Global Pandemic:

I have been overclocked consulting with scores of churches to help them through these dark times. I have been teaching Exceptional students at IEA and doing Special Ed with other Pasadena area centers. As well as, not to be bored or lazy, conducting pastoral duties, taking care of our precious son, and working the Financial Planning business.

What I have been doing at the ministry:

  • We had over eleven million unique users and millions of more page hits, who came to our websites, not including our bogs in 2020!
  • We had over forty thousand unique visitors to our websites and blogs each day.
  • We have over two million connections in social media through our ‘open’ as well as ‘secret’ Facebook groups and pages! Where we inspire and equip.
  • Our resources are also used by other ministries that we cannot tally.
  • We continue to operate some of the top websites like churchleadership.org with quality content.
  • We have over twenty-six thousand pastors and church leaders on our Ezine Newsletter that we send out! 
  • We provided the essential training materials to over one hundred thousand pastors worldwide through other partnered ministries!
  • Our Director and many of our people have been conducting Facebooklive and Zoom Bible studies.
  • Our online ministry is in the top ten Christian ministries in the world!
  • We continued our partnerships with dozens of ministries, like Bible Gateway, Olive Tree, iDiciple, Trochia and Discipleship Tools, and many others, helping them with devotions, Bible reading guides, research, curriculum, sermons, and discipleship materials.
  • Although, we were not able to publish this year, we continued to research post-doctoral level studies on church trends with the Schaeffer Institute.
  • We equipped, beyond our count, Bible students and pastors with our resources.
  • We are training over 20,000 pastors in over 80 countries and enabled us to help them to plant hundreds of churches.

We are big on a real impacting ministry, small in administration.

Please keep us in prayer as we seek His face and do our best to respond to His call. We are always looking for prayer partners and supporters for ‘Into Thy Word Ministries.’

Please consider a yearend gift for us to continue into 2021:

Or on our website here: http://intothyword.org/

Because of you, we can continue a real impacting ministry. Thus, with your involvement we can continue to do the Lord’s work! So, every life-changing resource we make available to you, and thousands of others, is made possible by your prayers and gifts.

Blessings in His Name!

Rev. Richard J. Krejcir, Ph.D.

Director

http://intothyword.org/

https://biblicalstewardship.net/

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2020 CONSERVATIVE VOTER GUIDE

This is a very polarizing election of two worldviews in conflict. There is also a huge problem with deceptive ads; many that I have seen are outright lies. All you have to do is read the measures and view any ad… Anyway, pray, read the facts, and choose wisely. And as a reminder, this is an opinion, do your own research and remember values.

This is not an endorsement of any company, school or nonprofit that I am a board member of.

Below from a friend in the know:

If you love America and don’t want it to be “fundamentally transformed,” it is time to do three things:


1. Pray like never before that God will spare this great nation from tyranny and oppression of religious liberty.
2. Volunteer to help your candidates.
3. Vote for the candidates who will best uphold your values and convictions.
Also, consider forwarding this letter to your friends, family, and others whom you might influence. May God bless America!

James Dobson Family Institute

I primarily used Craig Huey’s Election Forum as my guide for trust-worthy recommendations from a biblical standpoint. 

As is described on their website: 

Every candidate is considered after thorough research; we also have a questionnaire for candidates to complete

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For Los Angeles county residents, I‘ve copied ALL the district recommendations below. Scroll down until you see the options presented for your own district.

R ALL OTHER COUNTIES BESIDES LOS ANGELES, click on this Election Forum link to find your own county, which will include office and district recommendations:

STATE SENATOR (FOR ALL OF LA COUNTY): 

DISTRICT 21:

Scott Wilk (3 Star)

DISTRICT 23:

Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (4 Star) 

DISTRICT 25:

Kathleen Hazelton (3 Star)

DISTRICT 27:

Houman Salem (3 Star) 

DISTRICT 29:

Ling Ling Chang (3 Star) 

DISTRICT 33:

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 35:

Anthony Perry (2 Star only) 

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STATE ASSEMBLY (FOR ALL OF LA COUNTY): 

DISTRICT 36:  

Tom Lackey (4 Star) 

DISTRICT 38:  

Suzette Martinez Valladares (5 Star!)

Lucie Lapointe Volotzky (5 Star!) 

DISTRICT 39:  

Ricardo Benitez (4 Star) 

DISTRICT 41:

Robin Hvidston (4 Star) 

DISTRICT 43:  

Mike Graves (3 Star) 

DISTRICT 44:

Denise Pedrow (3 Star) 

DISTRICT 45: 

Jeff Girgenti (4 Star) 

DISTRICT 46:  

Lanira Murphy (2 Star only) 

DISTRICT 48:

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 49:

Burton Brink (3 Star) 

DISTRICT 50:

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 51:

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 52:

Toni Holle (4 Star) 

DISTRICT 53:

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 54:

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 55:

Phillip Chen (5 Star!) 

DISTRICT 57: 

Jessica Martinez (5 Star!) 

DISTRICT 58:  

Margaret Villa (2 Star only) 

DISTRICT 59:

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 62:

Robert Steele (4 Star) 

DISTRICT 63:  

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 64:

No recommendation 

DISTRICT 66:

Arthur Schaper (5 Star!) 

DISTRICT 70:

David Thomas (3 Star) 

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UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE (FOR ALL OF LA COUNTY):

23rd DISTRICT: 

Kevin McCarthy (5 Star!) 

25th DISTRICT:

Mike Garcia (5 Star!) 

26th DISTRICT:  

Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy (4 Star)

27th DISTRICT: 

Johnny Nalbandian (3 Star) 

28th DISTRICT:  

Eric Early (4 Star) 

29th DISTRICT: 

No recommendation 

30th DISTRICT:  

Mark Reed (5 Star!) 

32nd DISTRICT:

Joshua Scott (4 Star) 

33rd DISTRICT:  

James P. Bradley (4 Star)

34th DISTRICT: 

No recommendation 

35th DISTRICT:

Mike Cargile (5 Star!) 

37th DISTRICT: 

Errol Webber (4 Star)

38th DISTRICT: 

No recommendation 

39th DISTRICT: 

Young Kim (4 Star) 

DISTRICT 40: 

Antonio Delgado (4 Star) 

43rd DISTRICT:  

Joe Collins (3 Star)

44th DISTRICT:

No recommendation 

47th DISTRICT: 

John Briscoe (3 Star) 

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DISTRICT ATTORNEY: 

Jackie Lacey (2 Star only) 

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JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT:

OFFICE # 72:  

Steve Morgan (5 Stars!) 

OFFICE # 80:

David Berger (5 Stars!) 

OFFICE # 162:

David D. Diamond (5 Stars!) 

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COUNTY MEASURE J:

NO

LOMITA  L – SALES TAX:

NO

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STATE MEASURES:  

14:  NO

15:  NO

16:  NO

17:  NO

18:  NO

19:  NO

20:  YES

21:  NO

22:  YES

23:  NO

24:  NO 

25:  NO

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PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT:  

Donald J. Trump / Michael R. Pence 

This category requires much prayer, and specifically prayers for spiritual warfare. Please join me in lifting up our leaders and our country as we head into November.

Many blessings to you! 

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Are you in a Position to Help Someone?

Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Hebrews 13:16 

What holds you back from doing good and helping others? The Christian principle is to help one another.

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, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ Matthew 25:35-40 

This is also about ethics in action. Do we do as our Lord says? Do we do as we say we will do? Most people, who claim Christ as their Lord, do little to nothing in service to Christ! He is either LORD, Lord or lord! Yet, we will rationalize that we do serve Him, even those we do not. Jesus calls us out on this! We have to realize when we are in Christ, we are called to serve others, too. This does not affect our salvation; rather, demonstrates our sincerity and heart.

Kindness and stewardship happen when we serve the Lord with what He gives us. It shows our love and unveils our possibilities and opportunities. When we ignore His call, we show our contempt and defilement.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 1 John 3:17

Thus, when you are in a position to help someone, do so, period. Do not expect a return; rather, be grateful for the privilege to serve as Christ served you. In fact, when we do help others, we are answering prayers! This is all about God working in and through you!

Here are some Bible passages on helping others:

https://www.openbible.info/topics/helping_others

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Conservative Voter Guide, March 3, 2020

2020-ElectionStickers-

 

It is Election time!

Remember, this guide is NOT an endorsement of any organization I am affiliated with like; LAC, ITW, CMTA, FASICLD, or the school I work at, just me as a private person. So, do your own research (see links below) and remember, even if we do not like anyone, we must do our civic duty and VOTE! Remember to vote character, values and keep in mind faith and reason…

From a friend in the know, “Greetings, California Friends!”

“We are on the heels of the big Presidential Primary election on March 3rd, and to make the process run more smoothly in making your selections, once again I’ve compiled a list of conservative recommendations.”

“For Los Angeles County residents, I‘ve copied ALL the district recommendations below. So, beneath the guide you’ll find a list that I copied off Craig Huey’s “Election Forum” website with all district candidate recommendations. Scroll down until you see the options presented for your own district.”

FOR ALL OTHER COUNTIES, click on this site to find your own office and district recommendations:

https://www.electionforum.org/california-voter-recommendations/

“It’s so important for our people across the nation to pray and make their voices heard at the polls! “

“As for us, our state always goes bright blue but every now and then we DO win a conservative victory. We will never give up the fight!”

“Thanks, Everyone. God’s blessings to you, and may He continue to bless our great nation.”

CONSERVATIVE VOTER GUIDE- California Primary:

(Scroll all the way past the guide for your own district recommendations.)

STATE SENATOR, 25th DISTRICT:

Unfortunately, only a progressive candidate is listed, so leave this category blank.

MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY, 41st DISTRICT:  Robin A. Hvidston (4 Stars)

UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE, 27th DISTRICT:  Beatrice Cardenas (5 Stars)

COUNTY~ SUPERVISOR 5th DISTRICT:  Kathryn Barger

DISTRICT ATTORNEY:  Jackie Lacey

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 17:  Shannon Kathleen Cooley is uncontested.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 42:  Robert “Bob” Villa (5 Stars)

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 72:  Steve Morgan (5 Stars)

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 76:  Emily Cole (4 Stars)

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 80:  Nick C. Rini (5 Stars)

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 97:  Timothy D. Reuben (4 Stars)

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 129:  Mark MacCarley (5 Stars)

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 131:  Michelle Kelley is uncontested.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 141:  Lana Kim is uncontested. She’s a liberal, so don’t cast your vote for her.

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 145:  Troy Slaten (5 Stars)

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 150:  Manuel Alejandro Almada (5 Stars)

JUDGE OF THE SUPERIOR COURT, OFFICE No. 162:  David D. Diamond (5 Stars)

COUNTY MEASURE R:  NO

STATE MEASURE 13:  NO. NO. NO.

The cost to pay off the bonds would be a total of 26 billion—15 billion for the Principal, plus 11 billion for the interest.

NATIONAL ELECTION / PRESIDENTIAL PREFERENCE:  Donald J. Trump 🇺🇸

CITY OF PASADENA MAYOR:  Major Williams

PASADENA AREA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER, TRUSTEE AREA NO. 4: I researched and found out that Tammy Silver is involved with Planned Parenthood. I’m still working on finding out about Hoyt R. Hilsman.

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DISTRICT AND OFFICE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE “ELECTION FORUM” WEBSITE:

HOW WE COME UP WITH A FINAL RATING

We come up with the final rating by taking the average of the candidate’s Judicial Index and Qualifications. For example, if the candidate had a Judicial Index of 8 and Qualifications of 6, their overall rating would be 7.

Superior Court Judges

Office 17

  • Shannon Kathleen Cooley

Office 42

  • Linda L. Sun – Rating 2
  • Robert Villa – Rating 5

Office 72

  • Myanna Dellinger – Rating 3
  • Steve Morgan – Rating 5
  • Robert Jacobs Rating 3

Office 76

  • Emily Cole – Rating 6
  • Judge Mike Cummins – Rating 3

Office 80

  • David A. Berger – Rating 4
  • Klint James – Rating 4
  • Nick C. Rini – Rating 6

Office 97

  • Sherry L. Powell – Rating 3
  • Timothy D. Reuben – Rating 5

Office 129

  • Kenneth M. Fuller – Rating 3
  • Bruce A. Moss – Rating 4
  • Mark MacCarley – Rating 5

Office 131

  • Michelle Kelley

Office 141

  • Lana Kim

Office 145

  • Adan Montalban – Rating 3
  • Troy Slaten – Rating 10

Office 150

  • Manuel Alejandro Almada – Rating 6
  • Sherri “Onica” Valle Cole – Rating 3
  • Tom Parsekian – Rating 3

Office 162

  • Scott Andrew Yang – Rating 3
  • Caree Annette Harper – Rating 3
  • David D. Diamond – Rating 5

U.S. Representative

23rd District

  • Kevin McCarthy (R) (Incumbent)
  • Kim Mangone (D)

25th District

  • Robert Cooper (D)
  • Getro Elize (D)
  • Christopher Smith (D)
  • Christy Smith (D)
  • Cenk Uygur (D)
  • Anibal Valdez-Ortega (D)
  • Mike Garcia (R)
  • Kenneth Jenks (R)
  • Stephen Knight (R)
  • David Lozano (R)
  • Daniel Mercuri (R)
  • George Papadopoulos (R)
  • Otis Lee Cooper (I)

26th District

  • Julia Brownley (D) (Incumbent)
  • Enrique Petris (D)
  • Robert Salas (D)
  • Ronda Baldwin-Kennedy (R)

27th District

  • Judy Chu (D) (Incumbent)
  • Beatrice Cardenas (R)
  • Johnny Nalbandian (R)
  • Christian Daly (I)

28th District

  • Adam Schiff (D) (Incumbent)
  • Chad Anderson (D)
  • Sal Genovese (D)
  • Maebe A. Girl (D)
  • Ara Khachi Manoogian (D)
  • William Bodell (R)
  • Eric Early (R)
  • Jennifer Barbosa (I)

29th District

  • Tony Cardenas (D) (Incumbent)
  • Angelica Duenas (D)
  • Michael Guzik (D)
  • Brian Perras (R)

30th District

  • Brad Sherman (D) (Incumbent)
  • CJ Berina (D)
  • Brian Carroll (D)
  • Raji Rab (D)
  • Mark Reed (R)

32nd District

  • Grace Napolitano (D) (Incumbent)
  • Emanuel Gonzales (D)
  • Meshal Kashifalghita (D)
  • Joshua Scott (R)

33rd District

  • Ted Lieu (D)
  • Liz Barris (D)
  • Albert Maxwell Goldberg (D)
  • James P. Bradley (R)
  • Sarah Sun Liew (R)
  • Kenneth Wright (I)

34th District

  • Jimmy Gomez (D) (Incumbent)
  • David Kim (D)
  • Frances Yasmeen Motiwalla (D)
  • Keanakay Scott (D)
  • Joanne Wright (R)

35th District

  • Norma Torres (D) (Incumbent)
  • Mike Cargile (R)

37th District

  • Karen Bass (D) (Incumbent)
  • Errol Webber (R)
  • Larry Thompson (Independent)

38th District

  • Linda Sánchez (D) (Incumbent)
  • Michael Tolar (D)

39th District

  • Gil Cisneros (D) (Incumbent)
  • Young Kim (R)
  • Steve Cox (Independent)

40th District

  • Lucille Roybal-Allard (D) (Incumbent)
  • Anthony Felix Jr. (D)
  • David Sanchez (D)
  • Antonio Delgado (R)
  • Michael Graham Jr. (American Independent Party)
  • Rodolfo Cortes Barragan (G)

43rd District

  • Maxine Waters (D) (Incumbent)
  • Joe Collins (R)
  • Omar Navarro (R) (incarcerated)

44th District

  • Nanette Barragán (D) (Incumbent)
  • Morris Griffin (D)
  • Analilia Joya (D)
  • Billy Earley (R)

47th District

  • Alan Lowenthal (D) (Incumbent)
  • Peter Mathews (D)
  • Jalen McLeod (D)
  • John Briscoe (R)
  • Sou Moua (R)
  • Amy Phan West (R)

California State Senate

District 21

  • Warren Heaton (D)
  • Steve Hill (D)
  • Dana LaMon (D)
  • Kipp Mueller (D)
  • Scott Wilk (R) (Incumbent)

District 23

  • Kris Goodfellow (D)
  • Abigail Medina (D)
  • Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh (R)
  • Cristina Puraci (R)
  • Lloyd White (R)

District 25

  • Anthony Portantino, Jr. (D) (Incumbent)

District 27

  • Henry Stern (D) (Incumbent)
  • Houman Salem (R)

District 29

  • Joseph Cho (D)
  • Josh Newman (D)
  • Ling Ling Chang (R) (Incumbent)

District 33

  • Lena Gonzalez (D) (Incumbent)

District 35

  • Steven Bradford (D) (Incumbent)

State Assembly

District 36

  • Jonathan Ervin (D)
  • Lourdes Everett (D)
  • Steve Fox (D)
  • Diedra Greeenaway (D)
  • Ollie M. McCaulley (D)
  • Tom Lackey (R) (Incumbent)

District 38

  • Dina Cervantes (D)
  • Annie Cho (D)
  • Kelvin Driscoll (D)
  • Brandii Grace (D)
  • Susan Christopher (D)
  • Suzette Martinez Valladares (R)
  • Lucie Lapointe Volotzky (R)

District 39

  • Luz Maria Rivas (D) (Incumbent)
  • Ricardo Benitez (R)

District 41

  • Chris Holden (D) (Incumbent)
  • Robin Hvidston (R)

District 43

  • Laura Fried man (D) (Incumbent)
  • Mike Graves (R)
  • Robert Sexton (I)

District 44

  • Jacqui Irwin (D) (Incumbent)
  • Denise Pedrow (R)

District 45

  • Jesse Gabriel (D) (Incumbent)
  • Jeff Gabriel (R)

District 46

  • Lanira Murphy (D)
  • Adrin Nazarian (D) (Incumbent)

District 48

  • Blanca Rubio (D) (Incumbent)

District 49

  • Edwin Chau (D) (Incumbent)
  • Bryan Mesinas Pérez (D)
  • Priscilla Silva (D)
  • Burton Brink (R)

District 50

  • Richard Bloom (D) (Incumbent)
  • Will Hess (D)
  • Jim King (D)
  • Boris A. Brink (R)

District 51

  • Wendy Carillo (D) (Incumbent)
  • Victor Jaun Vedin (R)

District 52

  • Freddie Rodriguez (D) (Incumbent)
  • Toni Holle (D)

District 53

  • Godfrey Santos Plata (D)
  • Miguel Santiago (D) (Incumbent)

District 54

  • Clinton Brown (D)
  • Tracy Bernard Jones (D)
  • Sydney Kamlager (D) (Incumbent)
  • Glen Ratcliff (R)

District 55

  • Andrew Rodriguez (D)
  • Phillip Chen (R) (Incumbent)

District 57

  • Josue Alvarado (D)
  • Lisa Calderon (D)
  • Primo Castro (D)
  • Gary Mendez (D)
  • Sylvia Rubio (D)
  • Dora Sandoval (D)
  • Vanessa Tyson (D)
  • Oscar Valladares (D)
  • Jessica Martinez (R)

District 58

  • Cristina Garcia (D) (Incumbent)
  • Margaret Villa  (Green Party)

District 59

  • Reginald Jones-Sawyer (D) (Incumbent)
  • Efren Martinez (D)
  • Marcello Villeda (R)

District 62

  • Autumn Burke (D) (Incumbent)
  • Robert Steele (R)

District 63

  • Maria Estrada (D)
  • Anthony Rendon (D) (Incumbent)

District 64

  • Mike Gipson (D) (Incumbent)
  • Fatima Iqbal-Zubair (D)
  • David Cunningham (D)

District 66

  • Al Muratsuchi (D) (Incumbent)
  • Arthur Schaper (R)

District 70

  • Patrick O’Donnell (D) (Incumbent)
  • David Thomas (R)

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Lead us not into temptation?

Lead us not into temptation

I have received quite a few requests to clarify what the Pope has stated on changing the Lord’s Prayer (Because I lead a ministry based on the Bible?). I am not Catholic and do not speak for or even care what is being stated in the Vatican. But for clarification purposes only, here is what the controversy is about, and it has to do with the average Christian not understanding the original Greek. Likewise, we have a prayer based on a 500-year-old beautiful KJV that used English far different than what is used today. So, we have some misconceptions.

It comes down to the verse that says, “lead us not into temptation,” that appears to state that God is the One Who places us into sin. That is not what is going on in the Text.

Luke 11:1-4, KJV:

“When you pray, say: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Luke 11:1-4, ESV:

“Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

Both follow the Greek; however, English has a very different means of grammar and word order that does not transfer very well here. Thus, a tiny bit of exegesis needs to be done to extract the precise meaning as intended from the original language.

Do not lead us into temptation means help us not sin when we are tested or going through trials and help us through them (Psalm 141:3-4).

This comes down to trusting in God and not in ourselves. God may test us, but He will not allow temptations beyond our ability to resist (Deut. 8:2; Luke 4:1; 1 Cor. 10:13). Trials are a primary means for growth and maturity. It also does not mean to keep us from them altogether. If that were so, we would never grow spiritually.

This is why some paraphrases like the Living Bible state: don’t allow us to be tempted and the updated New Living Translation states, don’t let us yield to temptation. And the Message gives us, Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.

This model of prayer (as all models must be) places the emphasis on God and His glory, not on us! This is called ‘brevity’ (brief and sincere), that we ask that God be glorified before we can seek our request in a clear and concise manner and our trust in Him. This model is one of intimacy, not a ‘business model’ as the pagans and Greeks saw prayer.

Our takeaway? The more time we spend in prayer the more we will grow in your Christian formation. However, be sure you are not praying in circles with vain repetitions (Jesus point here). Rather, cover more ground with requests for others and praise for God.

Reference about the Pope: https://www.christianpost.com/news/pope-francis-approves-change-to-the-lords-prayer-despite-opposition-its-deeply-problematic.html

See the exegetical notes and Bible study and our Theological Note on Our Pattern for Prayer, http://70030.netministry.com/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=34628&columnid=3803

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