It is Christmas time at the McDougalls' Home. Click the picture to see more.
Christmas starts in the McDougalls’ Home the day after Thanksgiving. We love the Christmas season, and celebrate it to the full. What an exciting time of the year as we remember how Jesus humbled himself and came to this earth as a baby. We packaged up all of the Thanksgiving decorations and unloaded our store house of Christmas stuff.
On Saturday, we went out and hunted down our Christmas tree. There wasn’t much snow in the hills. It will seem more like Christmas when we get some. Here are some pictures of us getting our tree and putting it up. The kids are getting old enough to take over some of the decorating tasks, and are excited about getting it all up. They are decking out their rooms too.
We paused, and had a good relaxing day, celebrating Thanksgiving. We are truly thankful to the Lord for all He has given us. As we sat around the table, we all mentioned several things we are thankful for. Some that were mentioned are: For Jesus, our family, our jobs, our church, our country. A thankful person tends to complain less. Are you thankful for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon you?
After a great dinner, some of us went outside and burned some debris that has gathered up during the past year. The evening came quickly, and we were blessed with a beautiful sky at sunset. I managed to grab a photo of the first two stars that shown. Click on a picture to see a larger view. John
Last Sunday, we had the opportunity to visit the new Chi Alpha coffee house called “Crosswalk”. It is a place where college students can gather to study, have fellowship, or some good coffee. Alan Warneke, our Assemblies of God District Superintendent, was there and led a prayer of dedication. Several churches and many volunteers helped make the Crosswalk what it is. Thank you Tim Kern for being obediant to the vision that God gave to you!
The heavy and large (but inexpensive) HP Laserjet 4Si
Up to this point, our main computer printer has been a HP Photosmart D5360 inkjet. It is a very nice printer, but as you probably know, the price of ink is outrageous. I refill my own ink cartridges, which helps; but, that is a pain, and the whole deal is still expensive.
99 percent of what we print, does not need to be done with color. My boss bought an old laser printer from the state surplus, and it works great to print those everyday things that don’t have to be in color. Yesterday, I went to the monthly state surplus garage sale and picked up a huge behemoth old HP Laserjet 4Si laser printer for twenty bucks. It also included a new toner cartridge that was still in the box. I figured, if it happened to work, it was a steal with the extra cartridge included. I found prices for used Laserjet 4Si‘s on the Internet for $400 to $550 dollars refurbished, depending on what accessories were included. This printer has the duplex module, and high speed parallel interface modules included, along with 8 megabytes of RAM.
I got some help putting it into my car. When I got home, I used a hand truck to haul it into the house, and into our “library” where our family compter is located. I dug around my junk box and found a centronics style parallel printer cable (since this computer interfaced with a parallel port), and plugged it in. The printer seemed to power up correctly, and my hope rose.
I do not run the Windows operating system on our home computers. They run on UbuntuLinux. I ran the printer configuration utility on Ubuntu, and it immediately recognized the printer as an HP Laserjet 4Si, and downloaded the proper driver for it. Wow, “it just worked”!
I ran some test pages, and the printer ran perfectly. Other than the paper cost, now my kids can print the stuff they want to print, and we have enough toner to last the life time of the printer.
I found the user manual on the Internet. This printer prints on both sides, has slots for two paper trays. I have two “letter” size trays and a “legal” size tray that will fit in it. It has a slot for hand fed items like envelopes. What a deal! We have a small table with a lamp on it next to our computer operating desk. The printer fit nicely on the floor under the table.
Our HP Laserjet 4Si in our Library
Now, we can print all the stuff we want to, and use the more expensive inkjet printer when we need a nice color report or photo. If you need an inexpensive printer for day to day printing, consider one of those old laser printers you see at that garage sale or auction. If you can get it working, it will be well worth it. John.
Click picture to see more photos of J.J.'s birthday.
We celebrated J.J.’s fifth birthday a couple of days ago. We had a small party for him with his Uncle Dave, Aunt Melodee, a friend named Andrew and Andrews mom Kathy. All he wanted was a screwdriver cake, so Carol made him a cake with screwdrivers on it. He got a tool set that was complete with a drill/screw gun, a tool belt, and a tool box. Click the picture to see more photos of his birthday.
I spent a couple of days on the roads in Eastern Montana. While out there, I spotted this old abandoned house with a tower attached to it. It is just begging to be put to good use once again. And, I would be willing to be the one to put it to good use. I’m not sure how I could find the owner, or how I would get it across the state; but it is something to keep my mind occupied for awhile anyway. Click on the picture to see a larger view. John
Published November 4th, 2008 in Current Issues in the World, Thoughts and Things, Museum Updates
Proverbs 23: 7—For as he thinks in his heart, so is he
As a nation, I think everyone recognizes that America is in big trouble. It is in trouble economically. It is in trouble morally. It is in trouble with its enemies.
When Americans go to the polls today, many will think that the way they vote was determined by their reaction to the problems with the economy, Wall Street, the housing market, the war in Iraq, or numerous other issues. But regardless of who we are as Christians, we will ultimately be voting in accord with Proverbs 23:7: “as he thinks in his heart, so is he.”
The problem with America is not ultimately the economy, the morality, Wall Street, the war or the housing market—the problem with America is that hearts and minds have changed over the decades years. Generations have been brought up in basically a God-less education system. The church has, on the whole, compromised God’s Word, particularly in this era, beginning in Genesis—and such compromise then affects how people view the rest of the Bible.
When people vote today, how they view God’s Word is ultimately how they will vote. If our hearts and minds were as they should be, we would be voting in accord with the principles God has laid out clearly in His Word.
And ultimately, the only way to change America is for hearts and minds of people to change in regard to the Word of God. And that change needs to start in the church—a church that has by and large compromised God’s Word in the same way the Israelites did—by adopting the pagan ideas and religions of the world and compromising with the Word of God. So much of the church has adopted the pagan religion of this age evolution/millions of years—a religion to explain life without God and compromised the Word of God. And the way God judged the Israelites for this sin, He will also be and is judging America.
For all of us, we need to take heed of 2 Chronicles 7:14:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Make sure you are thinking biblically when you vote today.
I encourage you to read the detailed article on AiG’s website today on the Walking With Dinosaurs stage production. I believe it will open your eyes in regard to the evolutionary secular humanist agenda to indoctrinate kids that this startling attraction has been set up to do. You can read the article at: