Aug 27 2014

The 100th Episode of My Podcast is on Friday

The one hundredth episode of my audio-only podcast will be released this Friday, and I have to say it’s an honor and a privilege to get this far. I would like to thank those who listen each week to the podcast, and those who have subscribed to my podcast’s RSS Feed. Your support means a lot to me! I hope to keep on podcasting for a long time to come, and I’m considering looking for a USB microphone, so I can once again record podcasts on my computer, instead of on my phone or tablet and then using Dropbox (a great tool for anyone with multiple devices or computers) to sync the audio file to my computer where I can upload it and post the podcast here.

I’m considering adding podcasting support to The Christian Network, but I would love for that site to grow a bit more before I do something like that. I also have to get a developer to integrate the sermons post type into the theme before I can consider any more changes. I am looking for a good link directory solution for the site, but so far have found nothing appealing to me. I would like to remind you at this time that 10% of my company’s profits (no matter the source) will go to that site, and that I’m hoping to be able to have it on it’s own VPS one day to allow for faster speed and other benefits that having a site solo on it’s own virtual private server can give one.

I haven’t done any writing lately, because I just have not had the inspiration or desire to write. I’m still working on the fifth chapter of “Training the Guardian” and after that’s complete I may start a new story, or work on another one. I may not resume writing until I can finally merge the archive with the main site at Unlimited Fan Fiction, whenever that is. I also want to improve my writing so I may wait until I complete a writing course in a year or two. (I’ll be able to afford it after I pay off my loan and part of my credit card debt.) Though after I’m done that schooling, I’m considering getting my Bachelor of Bible Studies from Sunset International Bible Institute, so that I can expand my knowledge about God’s word. ;) I have always believed that you never stop learning when you graduate, but going back to school seems to be the best way for me to acquire the knowledge and skills I need to succeed.

I should go now, so take care! ;)

Aug 25 2014

I’m Getting Soaked Next Summer for ALS – You can Help!

To help raise money for an ALS charity that does research in adult stem cell research only, I’ve set out this challenge as Swagnilla Ice. For those who want to read about it here, here is how it works and how you can help:

  1. Donate using one of the two donate buttons on the widget at swagnillaice.com through June 21, 2015.
  2. If you raise at least $100 up to $250, I’ll get soaked with one bucket of ice water on June 28th, 2015, and post the video to YouTube.
  3. For every $500 raised above the initial $250, I’ll get an additional bucket of ice water dumped on me that day.
  4. How many buckets can you get dumped on my head?

All of the money donated will go to the charity and you can keep an eye on the widget to see how much money has been raised so far! How many buckets of ice water will I have to endure? Those who donate (or choose not to) will be the ones to decide that!

Gotta go, so take care! ;)

Audio

Podcast Episode 99

In this episode, I explain why I haven’t released any music videos for the last two weeks, why I haven’t made any recent episodes of “My Thoughts”, and announce my own challenge!

Aug 20 2014

Website Priorities Have Changed

You all know I had a list for which order I wanted to complete my websites. Based on a few recent factors that list has changed slightly. Work Board Center is still the next site I will finish by getting it a theme from PremiumPress, but the one after it is now Leet News Network which just needs $225 American to integrate Paid Memberships Pro into the site fully. I still need to upgrade my membership at WPMU DEV so that I can update some plugins across my sites, but that will come after Leet Link, which is now after Leet News Network, as the cost of it has grown by a few hundred dollars. Also Unlimited Fan Fiction has dropped a few places as I still need to hire someone to create a fan fiction archive for that site. (It could come sooner if users donate to the site though.).

Yesterday, I did the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS, and now I am hoping to raise some money for the ALS Society of Northern Alberta. If you want to help me out, you can donate here. This is a disease where nerve cells die and leave voluntary muscles paralyzed. Every day, two or three Canadians die of this disease, and I’d like to help those in need!

I don’t think I’ll be doing much writing on my fan fiction stories for a while, because of all the recent spam ‘reviews’ I’ve been forced to delete at the archive lately. I really want to see either the archive upgraded so that spammers have a tougher time registering, or it integrated into the main site. I’m keeping an eye out on Rebecca Smallwood’s progress at her site, but it appears to have stalled again, however work is proceeding on the newest version of eFiction which powers the archive at the moment. Taking a look at the status report, I can see that it will include Private Messaging and Challenges (besides News which is standard), so it may up replacing the main site. In the long run, it may be the best route to go.

I should get going now, so take care! ;)

Link

http://my.e2rm.com/PersonalPage.aspx?registrationID=2531516&langPref=en-CA

Video

My Ice Bucket Challenge Video

Aug 18 2014

I’m Not Worried

I’m not worried by my current situation. Worrying isn’t something a Christian should do anyways, and I firmly believe that instead of worrying, about a situation, one should do what he or she can to get the situation under control again. That’s exactly what I am doing and have done to take back control over my situation, which isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I can not afford to pay my cable bill this month, and if I don’t pay it by the twentieth, I’ll lose my triple-play (cable, internet, and telephone) package from the local cable company. Sounds bad right? I don’t watch tv, and I have phone service though my phone company anyways (needed it for my all-in-one), so I just added internet service to my phone bill, and it will be installed on Thursday, and I lose the cable stuff Friday (or I may just take it back to them myself Thursday afternoon). I save the $107 a month I was paying for the triple-play package, and my phone bill only will jump by $47 (to around $80) for the next six months, after that it’ll be about a hundred dollars or so a month. I don’t watch TV that much, so that’s no big loss to me in the long run. The twenty dollars I will be saving in my budget can be either saved or put towards another part of my budget. Thus in the long run, I come out ahead, even without any help!

I might have to work on Sunday now more often than not, but that’s a short term thing I have to put up with until I can either find another job where I can have Sundays and Thursday evenings off, or my company makes enough money so that it can afford to pay my salary each month at a big enough rate I can afford to go restricted at Superstore (about a thousand a month after deductions or about $1,400 before). Nothing’s perfect, so I’m confident something good will happen soon in this area of my life.

Going to take off and get some rest, so take care! ;)

Audio

Podcast Episode 98

In this podcast, I talk about my personal finances, life lately, and a few other things.

Aug 13 2014

The Primary Focus of My Life

The primary focus of my life now that I am a Christian is the proclamation of the good news of Jesus Christ, and the advancement of His Kingdom. It is the result of putting God first in my life, above anything else including my own pleasure and happiness. This is a direct result of obeying the Lord’s command in Luke 14:26-32:

“If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple. 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.”

Here the Lord tells about the price of true discipleship of His, and also warns to consider one’s decision before he/she makes it. He also said that he who acknowldges Him before others, He will acknowledge before His Father in heaven and vice versa (Matt. 10:32-33). Most of the Bible isn’t that hard to understand if you read it, plus there is great resources out there – like the local Church of Christ – that can help you if you don’t understand the meaning of a passage. Thus it is quite easy for me to understand what God wants for my life, and where He wants me to focus my life on doing.

It is quite a contrast to before I became a believer, because then I was living for myself, and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had no clear direction, no focus to what I was doing. I was wasting away my time, because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. Thanks be to God, because now my life has a purpose and I have a mission to fulfill for Him!

Take care until the next time I post! ;)

Link

Pro-Life Group Demands Info on IRS Deal With Atheist Group to Monitor Content of Sermons | LifeNews.com.

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