Saturday, December 14, 2002

I also won Employee of the Month at my new job which is cool. :)

December 20th is pay day. I can hardly wait. :)

Okay, the Trent Lott controversey has been great inspiration to me. I wrote a bland ordinary article, and then also wrote a short story and a poem as well.

Also Don Cyphers failure to respond has upped the ante considerably as the state says that as he refused to respond to my complaint, he now owes me more than $3400. Read more here.

Thursday, December 05, 2002

Listened to Wow Hits 2002. Big letdown after the Dove hits CD. If not for the handy button that allows me to skip tracks, I would have had to listen to Tobi Mac's Somebody's Watching. There were some good songs in this CD but about as many as you'd expect to find in a collection.

Steven Curtis Chapman's CD "Speechless" was okay. It wasn't as good as some prior CDs such as "Greatest Hits" and "Heaven in the Real World. The first track, "Dive" sounded more like it was made for the music videos it spawned rather than with a real Spirit of praise. The title song is a bit of an oxymoron because Chapman sings a five minute song about he's speechless. His song, "Whatever", "The Change", and "Be Still and Know" stood out as exceptionally awesome.

Posted a commentary on Randall Terry to the politics page, will also post a copy on

Friday, November 29, 2002

The reason I haven't posted anything in a while is that I have bought a new e-machines PC and have been working on getting it set up since Friday. It's a cool computer, I'm glad we got it. I haven't had 10% of the Fatal error messages I had with my old Windows 98 PC.

Also bought 4 CDs from Sound-And-Spirit last pay period. Below are my reviews of two of them:

Bob Carlisle "Butterfly Kisses" CD is a great collection but didn't he put one out a few years ago? Particularly cool is a track where he, Bebe Winans, and Clay Crosse sang "I Will Follow Christ", "My Testimony", "Abba, Father" and the song I got the CD for in the first place, "You're Beautiful" was wonderful. The only song I didn't like was "The Truth" which was more of a biographical song for Bob Carlisle but didn't work for me.

I realized what the key element of Bob Carlisle's success is. His music is incredibly honest. He doesn't sing too many songs about the greatness of God as an isolated incident but rather in conjuction with his own weakness and failures. We can relate to what he's singing about because we've felt the same way at our failures, yet he always sings of hope and God's grace.

The Dove Hits 2001 was the CD I actually paid for as I actually got the other three free + shipping. I was pleasantly surprised by the CD. In most collections, I find two or three songs that I like, this one I only had one song I didn't like. Shaun Groves and Sarah Groves made a really positive impression on me.

Both of these CDs were awesome and I heartily reccomend them.

Updated The Judgment is Coming page on the Montana Fraud Association . Because Don Cyphers put the wrong new address in the last edition of the Montana News Association that I obtained judgment has been delayed until December 2.

Also updated The Awards Showcase with a new award. The Awards thing has proven to be little more than a slight boost to my ego. I've gotten 4 awards and no linbacks yet from them.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

Update on The Montana Fraud Association . Judgment Day is Coming for Don Cyphers. The matter is now before the Montana Wage and Hour Board. Cyphers has eight days now to respond to my complaint or else to pay me the money. If he does neither, judgment will be entered against him and he'll have to pay me a penalty of 110% interest.

I personally hope he just pays me, but if he does insist on contesting this, I pray that he gets the penalty, he's put me through so much trouble just to get the money I earned. I just want to see this resolved quickly at this point. I could use the money that I earned for some vitally necessary expenses.

Church went well yesterday. The sermon was well-received on Hebrews 13. (God is good). Wrote two columns for "All For Christ". The Bible on Sex and The Bible on Grace

Also, I found out at work that I got my Pay for Performance at work. :)

Thursday, November 14, 2002


Breaking News

My e-book is out! The title is "Life, Love, and God in Montana". It's available for $2.95 from
Got to go to Northridge Heights Church of God tonight and during the course of the Bible Study I got my sermon for Saturday Morning.

Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Big announcement for tonight coming. Watch this space. BTW, please sign my guestbook. No one has touched it in almost two months.
I added a page explaining how I was never an Independent Contractor for Don Cyphers to the Montana Fraud Association. I've also jazzed up the site with a brand new navigation bar at the bottom of every page (except the front page). Check it out and enjoy my site!
I finally won an award. Guy still hasn't linked me from the winner's list. Is it me or have awards gotten harder to win? My old site was really crummy but I still managed to win 20 awards and this one is a lot better I'm struggling just to get one.
Found one longer serving court: The Marshall Court (1812-1823) was together for 11 years between the appointment of Joseph Story and that of Smith Thompson with no changes at all. I found very few courts that were together for more than five or six years without a death or resignation leading to a new appointment. Depending on how long O'Connor, Stevens, and Rehnquist want to hang on, this court may make break a record. I hope not, but it could happen.
By the way, in that same article, it reads

We're going to see a philosophical revolution in the courts," said Bruce Fein, a Reagan administration lawyer. Though he said the courts will let stand the landmark Roe v. Wade decision because undoing it would be "too wrenching," he said Bush's nominees will impose a variety of new abortion restrictions.

Am I the only one who doesn't see how returning the abortion issue to the states would be wrenching at all? Regardless, federal judges unless they're Supreme Court Justices aren't going to be able to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Another thought occurred to me. Did you know that this Supreme Court has been together longer than the Backstreet Boys or N'Sync? They also survived the brief popularity of Hanson. They were together before Keenan and Kel of Nickelodeon fame got together. I'll have to do some research and find out how many courts have been together this long.

Read a distubring article in the Washington Post Online via the Drudge Report. According to this article, the President is nervous about Senator Lott's pledge that he will pass a Partial Birth Abortion Ban, fearing that it will look like he's been captured by "the party's idealogues". (what the Washington Post calls the men and women who spend their lives getting Republicans into office.

The White House line is that social conservatives must wait until later, while the Bush Administration advances other causes. Might, I ask a simple question. Why must social conservatives always be at the back of the bus? Why must the administration cater to the extreme homosexual lobby and the dying moderate wing of the Republican party while ignoring Christian Conservatives. If it weren't for abortion, where would Jim Talent be? Heck, Norm Coleman wouldn't even be a Republican if it weren't for the abortion issue.

Abortion was a winning issue for the GOP, yet the President is ready to spurn and delay our agenda in order to please the press and party moderates. The only way Christian Conservatives will ever get ahead in this party is if they take a firm stand and demand action on items of moral conscience, not in an unrealistic way but to get politicians to actually do what they're capable of. Until then, we'll constantly be this party's doormat.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

Finally did some updating on the site. Included all my recent columns on the Baseball page. Also added a link exchange , and updated Living Water to include some extra links.

I've also completed most of the work on the e-book, I'll post a link soon but I want to wait until it's perfect which I hope will be soon. :)

Saturday, November 09, 2002

One other thing I noticed in Deceived is that they played with a popular stereotype of Christians. The script author transformed the traditional Hollywood stereotype of the hypocritical Southern Fundamentalist preacher into a hypocritical Southern New Age preacher. i know it's a stereotype that works in the media, I'm very uncertain that it's a good one to perpetuate.

Then again, it could also be taken as a statement of the fact that people of all religions can be just as hypocritical as Christians are accused of being. It could also be trying to make the idea of the Southern preacher regional rather than theological.

Of course, the problem with this is that the stereotypical Southern preacher is also generally "Pentecostal". If you actually listen to ministers, you see there's a great difference in the way that Pentecostal and non-Pentecostal fundamentalists speak. The Pentecostals sound like the stereotypical Southern Preachers. It's a mystery why when Pentecostal preachers get excited they sound like they're from the Deep South even if they were born and raised in Nova Scotia and never been to the South. I find myself curious as to whether Pentecostals in Africa or Asia encounter this issue. :)

Of course, the generally negative portrayal underlies a truth that most minister (pentecostals or not) are doing the best they can serve the Lord despite their faults. That's one reason I really liked Robert Duvall's movie, "The Apostle". Despite it's faults, it portrayed someone who did his best to serve the Lord and his fellow man. Anyway, I'll end this post before this rant gets any longer.

Received the latest Covenant News and the feature link proclaimed "The Problem with Pastorettes-Women as Pastors is Not of God". I'm not technically sure if that title's grammatically correct, but I did read the article.

It was such a red-herring. The author writes, "A lot of dumb stuff is going on with some of these latter-day female clergy coming out of the woodwork." Well duh (or dah as he later spells it in the article), and a lot of dumb stuff is going on with a lot of our male clergy. Every time I read an article about a minister performing a homosexual "marriage", it's generally a man who's doing it.

The author basically gives a couple of examples of some out of whack liberal feminist ministers and Covenant News turns it into a case against women in the clergy. For the reasons above, I think that case is unconvincing. You will find many well-trained, well-schooled and fairly sound women in the pulpit. There is a case that can be made against them but the one presented in Covenant News was just total bologna.

Covenant News on occassion provides links to some interesting articles, but they're a bit on the fringe and at times I worry that some ill-informed souls will read that and think that this page represents the mainstream of the Christian Conservative movement. They are not.

Also watched Cloud Ten Pictures movie, "Deceived". I've got to admit that Cloud Ten is producing some quality films. This is the first one that I saw in which they moved away from the end times genre and I hear they have another one and I'll want to see that. The only criticisms I have of the movie are: 1) I left not knowing what the exact purpose of the film was, and 2) most of the movie was shot underground and the actresses wore flashy nail polish which caused a lot of glare at times. Still, it wasn't like watching, TBN's "The Champion" which left me totally and utterly disappointed. (That movie was supposed to bring people to Christ how?)

I guess the overall message that a choice needed to be made was a lot stronger than the Champion which was basically a remake of Rocky with marginal Christian content. Bottom line is that if it is available, rent (or buy) "Deceived" today. And thus they get free advertising. Not that anyone ever reads this but... :)

Thursday, November 07, 2002

I'm recovering from Sleep Apnia (not spelled right I know). When you have Sleep Apnia, you don't dream much at all. As I've lost weight, I've started to dream more. All I seem to dream about is work. What exactly is the point of dreaming when all you can do is dream about work? *sigh*.

If you've got a few bucks, go and buy "Jesus Freaks" by DC Talk and Voice of the Martyrs. It's awesome (except for using the Message and CEV translations for some passages). I never used to be into Daily Devotionals but I needed something to do at work during the slow periods and found Promise Keepers "Men of Integrity" to be a great resource. After that one ran out and I don't have a subscription, I went ahead and bought this book so I'd have a devotional to read. I'm not sure if I'd consider it a devotional per se, though, more like an updated Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Still, it's easily worth the money.

Website promotion is getting frustrating. I'm not sure that going to every award on is the best tactic to get my site promoted. There's got to be a better way. I haven't won one award. Of course, maybe the awards on are so "good" that I can't win them. It's not so much a scary thought as a slightly depressing one. I know the site's a good one, I just need to find the right way to promote it.

Friday, November 01, 2002

Got a hair cut and too some new photos, including a new one for the main page. Take a peak at the front page with my new photo on it.

BTW, I really believe in those Community Gift Paks. That made them really easy to sell. I bought myself a book this year and I've already already used the book more than I paid for it. Today alone, I used $31 worth. The book cost $40 and I'd had a ton of fun with it before. I've gotten introduced to some great businesses including my barber and I may use this new lube place for my lube jobs. Folks if anyone from American West Community Promotions calls selling Gift Books and you've got $40 lying around. Say, "Yes." You'll get so much use out of them in a year, it's unbelievable.

Thursday, October 31, 2002

Just finished my first month at my new job. (You know the one that pays me.) :) Praise the Lord, I think I may be in for a bonus. Not that that means anything to me. :)

Right now I'm also working on an E-book of poetry. While I'm somewhat reluctant about this whole e-book business, I don't believe there's much chance of selling a book of poetry any other way in this day and age.

Also considering what else to do with the site. I'm thinking of adding some commentaries on either Christian issues or Politics or both. I'm reluctant to do the self-publishing route though in either case. I spent a good 2 years self-publishing political articles and got amazingly few comments for my efforts. Then again, even though I'm on a cool site like, I haven't even gotten a piece of fan mail. I'd settle for hate mail, just to know I was getting some reaction.

If my wife and I had been born six years earlier, we could have jumped on the online bandwagon early like all the established sites (like but my last experience with a start-up was incredibly bad. Me and several writers were publishing on a pay-per-click web-server and a pay-per-click article server. Both went out of business and so ended my brief career in E-zines.

Self-promotion efforts haven't been too successful. I, think that most of the awards I've applied for have been down or something. Regardless, haven't heard a word from anybody.

I'll need to get a new picture for the front page, that one wasn't too great, plus I'm now sporting a beard and mustache (it'll keep my face warm during the Winter.).

I've filed some claims with the Labor Department on Don Cyphers. Haven't heard anything back yet. I'm hopeful though. A lady from there read the site and contacted me by e-mail and I called her. She seemed to think something could be done for me. I pray she's right.

Pray for Saturday's service, I'm not entirely sure what I'm going to preach but I know I'll sing, "I've Been Through the Water". I got it on a discount CD from Christian Book Supply and it's been stuck in my head ever since.

Just completed my tribute to my dad. This is the editted version after Dad gave me his "list of corrections".

Saturday, October 26, 2002

Some updates.

1) Added the final page of my bio page and also a Big Page-o-Links.

Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Be watching Fanstop on Friday, I'm going to have a huge World Series preview (will write it tomorrow).
Added a Tithing Policy to Living Water Christian Fellowship , as well as a page about me and all of my Extraciricular Activities to the Bio Page

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

Sunday, October 13, 2002

Started defragging computer at Midnight, still was just half-done when I left for work at 8:30 in the morning. It better be done by the time I get home at 6 tonight. BTW, I'm now 22.

Friday, October 11, 2002

Added a page on Don Cyphers' near plagarism in the 9/10 issue of the Montana News Association to the Montana Fraud Association

Tuesday, October 08, 2002

Monday, October 07, 2002

Added a cool new graphic to the Living Water Christian Fellowship front page. Picture: Courtesy of Christian Gifs.

Saturday, October 05, 2002

Gave a complete update to the main page . Wife thought I was underselling the site. I agreed with her. Hope you like the new front page! :)
Updated the bio page with the epic story of how my wife and I met and got married. Also added an Open Ministry policy to the Living Water Christian Fellowship page . Made minor updates to The Main Page as well as The Montana Fraud Association .

Wednesday, October 02, 2002

Updated The Montana Fraud Association with a lovely page on Don Cyphers and the Mail . Guy insisted that I send him back the press pass and I foot $8.00 to send it certified priority and he won't even pick it up! Sheesh! Also updated baseball page .

Now it's time to get work on those dishes. But I'd rather spend the whole day writing until its time for lunch with my wife. Oh well, can't everything I guess. On the bright side, it's only 43 years and 10 days until retirement. :)

Thursday, September 26, 2002

Sunday, September 22, 2002

Heigh ho! Heigh ho! Off to work I went.

I survived my first day of work at the new job. Missed church at Northridge Heights COG. Thankful God has given us something else.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

Andrea (my wife) got hired on where I work. The best news is that I won't have to deal with this anymore as Andrea (my trainer) and thus the confusion will end. (Yay).
I graduated today with a 100% score. I hope I'll be ready when I start work on Friday.

I missing my wife terribly.

Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Andrea (my wife), if you're reading this, I have candy for you for the next 10 days. :) We got a hard candy for every right answer. I've got the rootbeer in my mouth right now. The rest are yours. Love you, only 2 1/2 hours until I get to come home. :)
Woo hoo! God is so good. We had an in-class contest/test prep. I ended up tied for first. I can do this!

Wonder what's going on. I'm always one of the most attentive students in class and retain knowledge well, but part of me feels that my trainer and classmates don't care too much for me, at least several of them don't. I do a few things accidentally, like answering Paula's question for her. It was an accident caused by a caffiene low. Then Andrea (not my wife) attempted to dash my hopes that I could get coursework paid for towards my Bachelor of Arts in Government through Yorktown University through a tuition waiver.

I sometimes wonder whether I can really make it, here. Some days I feel like I'll be a Senior Tech in 3 months and others I wonder why I even bother. I don't have any choice but to make it. I just pray that God will give me the strength somehow.

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

Updated my baseball,, Testimony , and Main pages. The major updates is that for the first time, the public is learning the truth about The Montana Fraud Association .

Been spreading the word about Cypher's fraudulent actions to everyone who'll listen. Government's not much help, but then what else is knew? Contacted every Conservative activist, writer, not to mention every friend I know to get the word out. Hopefully, Cyphers will see this and make a decision.

I'm a little sluggish. I made the mistake of drinking my second generic diet cola (yuck) during lunch and not saving it for Afternoon. I should be able to make it. There's only an hour and 45 minutes left to go. I miss Andrea but I also have to get down to business after work in dealing with DJC.
Checked paypal and my regular e-mail with this great tool. No word from Cyphers. He has 3 hours and 45 minutes left. One way or another, this is going to be resolved. I'm sadly doubting that the resolution will be Cyphers paying me.
The Rock Bug sent me some cool Rockies pictures, so the next time I update my baseball page, it'll be complete with graphics. :)

Monday, September 16, 2002

Work was cool today. Found out I might be able to get my MOUS Certification in Word based on prior coursework. I know that everyone at work must think I'm obsessed with benefits. If there's a benefits/bonus question, I ask it. Maybe I am too concerned about "What's in it for me". Then again, very few of us are working out of the goodness of our hearts. I know that to get the best benefits I've got to do the best work and I hope and pray I can.

Cyphers still hasn't come through with my money, not that I'm particularly expecting it. He's got 20 1/2 hours left to pay me before he has to face the consequences.

Saturday, September 14, 2002

What's the big deal about "Casual Friday"? At the place I work, we get to wear blue jeans, t-shirts, and tennis shoes. We see a suspension of the dress code which is not that strict anyway (business casual) . In telemarketing, you don't have a dress code, would we like to be telemarketers? At low-paying, menial jobs we can wear whatever we want.

So why do we gripe about the dress code which makes us look professional, which in turn allows us to be a successful business, which allows us to be paid more? Why do we want to cease looking like professionals on Friday, so we can dress like we work at a car wash. It doesn't make any sense to me. I wore a t-shirt to work. Why? I don't know.
Well, this is my first post on my Blog. It'll serve as an online journal/update/news article for my site. I'll write about articles I read and several random thoughts I have. Enjoy.