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Isn’t God ALREADY Enough?

I don’t “preach” much these days, but I’m going to take a moment and make up for some lost time…

If we have and know the Gospel, why do believers from circles I’ve been acquainted with run around from conference to conference, and revival to revival, begging God for more? What kind of good is it all anyway if they are in a meeting “soaking” all the time?

When you have the Gospel, what else could you possibly need? What’s not “enough” about the Gospel?

I’ve spent many years of my life begging God to give me more, more this more that. Most involving stuff! – Money cometh, supernatural debt cancellation, im going to get my blessing, I’ve come to get my stuff back… take back what the devil stole, etc etc.

When I realized He was already enough and NONE of that had anything to do with the Gospel, and more to do with my character and integrity, I quit worrying about more and became content in who He is and in what I already am so blessed to have.

I had to quit begging God to give me stuff and questioning why i had not earned His favor. I had to quit begging for stuff in the altar and throwing money in the “seed offerings” that were never going to change anything. I had to take responsibility that He’s not going to give me a bunch of money, a new home and a nice car.

That was MY  job! He already gave me what’s better than that – the Gospel and His promise He would never leave me!

Want to know how to get ahead in life? Find out what you need to be better at to get that good job (or promotion), and do it! Yes. Kiss butt at work. Find a reason to like your job and be the best at it! Show up to work early, leave late and give your boss his money’s worth instead of playing on social media and texting your friends all day. You are there to serve and to make that company successful, and someone will take notice when you do – if not in that company, in another!

Live within your means and pay your bills. They don’t make themselves and they won’t pay themselves.

Don’t be a victim. Don’t make excuses. Just move forward! One day you will look behind you and realize how much better it was to have Jesus by your side along the journey than it was to have Him just give you stuff and stay where you are.

I don’t claim to have all the answers. I have a lot more to work on, but one thing I am NOT doing, is being lazy sitting around waiting on some miracle to happen.  I am doing my part and trusting God is by my side as I do.

Giving God your life and taking control of your life are not contradictory concepts.  It’s His design!

I trust if you are reading this, you will be encouraged to take charge and make this the best year you can!

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Galaxy Note 5 S-Pen Sadness

A friend of mine, his name rhymes with Z Day, stuck his S-pen into his brand new Galaxy Note 5 phone backwards.  Yeah. I can’t believe it either!

His wife helped him pull it out and the s-pen was intact,  he was happy at first until he discovered the s-pen wouldn’t activate, write, or function. He’s now a sad, sad guy.

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TIP: DO NOT PUT THE S PEN IN BACKWARDS!

So he got desperate and looked to the interwebs.  He thought “maybe if I put it back in backwards again, and use one of the tips to remove it safely, I can make the switch flip around inside and it will work again”  He thought wrong.  Not only did his plan fail, he broke the clicky thing off inside the phone and now he can’t stow an s-pen in the phone until he gets the phone apart with the help of a neighbor with cellphone repair skills to retrieve it.

There is a lot of information out there on the web that tells you NOT to do this.  They are all correct!   There is also a lot of fear that sets in when Samsung says they won’t fix it and the warranty is void.  There are no parts to date to fix it.  Someone on eBay was selling 3d printed switch arms, but he had to recall them due to quality control issues.  My poor friend.

You’re probably not stumbling across this from a google search because you wonder what would happen if you put the pen in backwards BEFORE you do it.  Most likely you’ve already done it.

You’re probably asking google frantically, Will the S Pen work with a broken detection switch? 

Once you’ve stuck the s-pen into your phone backwards, the damage is done. The detection switch arm (about the size of an ant) is broken. Without replacing this switch arm, screen off memo and automatic activation of air-command is gone.  BUT the S-Pen will work without the detection switch.

If you’re like me, I mean that other guy I know that did this, you’ll have a moment of panic when your S-Pen doesn’t work on the screen.  Here’s how to make it work again sans automatic air-command and screen-off memo:

  1. Accept the loss.  Don’t try to fix it by putting it back in backwards (yeah, who would do that).  You’ll risk breaking off the clicky thing on the end of the s-pen inside the phone.  You’ll HAVE to take it apart to fix it then AND buy a new S-Pen.  There’s something satisfying about the clicky thing when you need to fidgit with something.
  2. Go into Settings>Device>S Pen and turn off/change the following
    1. Under Pen detachment: Change to “None”
    2. S Pen Alerts “Off”
    3. Turn off pen detection “Off”

That’s it.  As long as you don’t have to take the thing apart to get the pen out or the clicky thing out of the phone, you’ll have a 99.997% functioning Galaxy Note 5.

 

 

Cable vs Satellite – Which is the best deal?

You see the deals every day on TV and receive the post cards in the mail: “Switch to satellite and pay only $24.95/month.” But is it true?

The average Cable bill in the US is about $60/month plus tax according to FCC studies. The last cable company and current cable company I work for are about $50 plus taxes and fees for the “Expanded Basic” package.

In Cable, there are two tiers everyone gets when they sign up for cable. Basic – usually channels 2-23 on the dial (which is where your locals, educational, and shopping channels reside), and Expanded Basic. Expanded Basic is the tier where core channels as defined by the various programming providers are grouped. Contrary to popular belief, the programming providers (Discovery, Disney-ESPN, Viacom, Turner) are the ones who dictate what majority of your channels are in your lineup. The local cable provider has little choice in this. Usually Basic + Expanded is about 60 channels plus the HD Simulcasts of those channels, and about 40 digital music channels.

For most cable providers, no additional equipment is required to get this lineup, just a digital cable-ready TV Set.

Now let’s look at satellite providers. Their $24.99 deal they offer is their lowest-priced package and includes 120-190 channels. Look at their lineup, and you’ll see these channels include music channels, HD Simulcasts, West Coast duplicates of the same channels, and “filler” channels that add to the totals. Look closer, and you’ll notice core channels missing that your cable lineup does NOT include. You have to buy a pricier package to get them.

Taking about 10 minutes and going to Dish and DirecTV’s websites can tell you more. I did it, and found out DirecTV’s Entertainment package being offered at $24.95 was not $24.95. Add “Advanced Receiver fees” for 3 sets (even though they claimed the boxes were free) and the price quickly jumps to within a couple bucks of the Expanded Basic package we sell at CCC. After the first year, the bill jumps to over $70, then goes to over $90/month plus tax after the contract is up. Dish’s price jump isn’t as extreme but you’ll still pay over $75 for the “Top 120” after the contract is up. Rest assured, though, you most likely won’t get the channels you want for even that price. You’ll have to upgrade to a higher package and your savings you expected to get by switching to dish are out the window.

It pays to look at all of the details before you accept service from a satellite provider. Doing it online seems to give you a better story in writing, rather than calling. They won’t even talk to you without giving up your social security number anyway. Then they’ll skirt around the truth and not really tell you how much it is going to be. Once you take the service, you are locked into a contract for 2 years even if the “promo deals” expire during that period.

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