Thursday, July 4, 2024

Happy Independence Day! 🇺🇸


God Bless America!

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

I consider myself fortunate and blessed to have grown up during an era when loving your country and striving to meet its founding ideals was normal and patriotic. Understanding our history, founding, and the course our nation charted was incorporated into our schools and daily lives. We loved our country without reserve and strived to achieve a level of perfection no nation in history had ever even dreamed of. Have we been perfect? No, we have been far from it at times, but our nation’s core ideals are committed to pursuing perfection, although we know perfection is allusive. It seems reasonable to me that your probability of achieving or landing near perfection is highly more probable having aimed for it over not.
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Tuesday, July 2, 2024

America the Story of Us: Declaration of Independence


When armed conflict between bands of American colonists and British soldiers began in April 1775, the Americans were ostensibly fighting only for their rights as subjects of the British crown. By the following summer, with the Revolutionary War in full swing, the movement for independence from Britain had grown, and delegates of the Continental Congress were faced with a vote on the issue. In mid-June 1776, a five-man committee including Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin was tasked with drafting a formal statement of the colonies’ intentions. The Congress formally adopted the Declaration of Independence—written largely by Jefferson—in Philadelphia on July 4, a date now celebrated as the birth of American independence.

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Should we celebrate the Fourth of July?

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Saturday, June 8, 2024

Hiking with Pack Goats


My wife and I recently explored the New Cuyama foothills with pack goats. One of our favorite roadside places to eat is Cuyama Buckhorn, which is located along California State Route 166. We travel the 166 often on our way to explore Carrizo Plain National Monument, and when we head south to visit friends in the Inland Empire. When my wife learned that they were offering goat hikes, she signed us up for the beginner ranch land hike. We were not certain what to expect, but it sounded fun.
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Sunday, March 24, 2024

What Is Good Friday?


Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, is the Christian day to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus and His death at Calvary.

Good Friday is good because of what Christ did for mankind. Yes it is gruesome, but it was necessary to reconcile man to God and only His Son could accomplish this for us. Scripture shows us that death is not the end of the road. Resurrection is ahead. Resurrection is promised.

The biblical account of Good Friday can be found in all four Gospels:

Matthew | Mark | Luke | John

Good Friday this year is on Friday, March 29, 2024.

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Friday, March 22, 2024

What Is Palm Sunday?


Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, which concludes on Easter Sunday.

The biblical account of Palm Sunday can be found in all four Gospels:

Matthew 21:1–11 | Mark 11:1–11 | Luke 19:28–44 | John 12:12–19

Palm Sunday this year is on Sunday, March 24, 2024.

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024

SoCal Harvest Crusade 2024


It’s official! The SoCal Harvest Crusade is coming for one night at the Angel Stadium! The date is July 20th of this year. It is going to be a very special night with music from @christomlin @philwickham @brookeligertwood and some surprises as well.
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Friday, March 15, 2024

Make painting and cleaning up afterwards suck a little less


For those that enjoy painting and cleaning up after painting as much as I do, here are a couple of tips to make painting and cleaning up afterwards suck a little less.
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