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Improving Your Argument

Ever been on the wrong side of an argument?  Well if you’re like most people, the answer is yes.  Don’t get upset or emotional as it will only make matters worse. Identify the weakness or gap in your argument and figure out how to make it better so you’ll end up on the right side next time!  Losing is tough and is never fun, but when you do lose, try to spin a positive out of it.  If you do that, then you haven’t really lost because you’ve just learned from your mistake.

“Don’t raise your voice.  Improve your argument.”

-Harvey Specter, Suits

 

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Busy Offseason for the Niners

The San Francisco 49ers have had a busy off season.  After finishing 2-14 (with their only 2 wins coming against the LA Rams), the 49ers fired head coach Chip Kelly after only one season.  They also fired General Manager Trent Baalke.  A tumultuous season indeed, especially after watching then-backup QB Colin Kaepernick sit during the national anthem, motivated by alleged oppression against black people and other non-white races.  Because of their terrible record, the 49ers secured themselves the #2 pick in the draft.  It remains to be seen if they will select a QB or not (i.e. Mitch Trubisky*, QB, North Carolina; or Deshaun Watson*, QB, Clemson).  The 49ers also poached the offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, from the Atlanta Falcons and made him the 4th new head coach for the Niners in the last 4 years!  At the same time, they also hired new General Manager, John Lynch.  

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Following are some of the key pickups so far this free agent offseason:

Veteran additions

–QB Brian Hoyer (UFA, Chicago) 2 years/$12M, $4M signing bonus. 2017 cap: $5.5M

–QB Matt Barkley (UFA, Chicago) 2 years, $4M, $500,000 signing bonus. 2017 cap: $1.95M

–FB Kyle Juszczyk (UFA, Baltimore) 4 years, $21M, $5M signing bonus. 2017 cap: $3.4M

–WR Pierre Garçon (UFA, Washington) 5 years/$47.5M, $12M signing bonus. 2017 cap: $6.425M

–WR Marquise Goodwin (UFA, Buffalo) 2 years/$6M, $2.5M signing bonus. 2017 cap: $3.25M

–WR Aldrick Robinson (UFA, Atlanta) 2 years/$4M, $300,000 signing bonus. 2017 cap: $1.7M

–TE Logan Paulsen (UFA, Chicago) 1 year, $1M, $125,000 signing bonus: 2017 cap: $1M

–K Robbie Gould (UFA, N.Y. Giants) 2 years/$4M, $500,000 signing bonus. 2017 cap: $1.75M

–LB Malcolm Smith (UFA, Oakland) 5 years/$26.5M, $11.5M fully guaranteed. 2017 cap: $3.684M

–LB Brock Coyle (non-tendered RFA, Seattle) 2 years

–DB Don Jones (UFA, Houston) 2 years

–DT Earl Mitchell (UFA, cut by Miami): 4 years/$16 million, $5.5 million in first year. 2017 cap: $2.9M

–CB K’Waun Williams (UFA, cut by Cleveland): 1 year/$690,000, $75,000 signing bonus. 2017 cap: $690,000

 

 

A New Beginning

This weekend was the grand opening of Shepherd’s new sanctuary in Porter Ranch and I have to admit that the facility is awesome! Only He could have provided this and it is through Him and his presence that the House of the Lord shines.  Truly we are blessed for his sacrifice and his provision, as well as for the wonderful and beautiful building that He has built.  Today we “lift up Jesus” and pray for not only our friends and family, but for those less fortunate throughout the world.  May those that are sad and depressed, unhappy and lonely, hungry or sad share a feeling of hope today and in 2017 and onward, and that they may have an opportunity to meet and know You.  Only through You can our sins be forgiven and that we may live an eternal life.  Seek and attain the peace you’ve always dreamed of because it is real, and it will never be real unless you give up control.

Shepherd Church Grand Opening
Shepherd Church Grand Opening

The Year Behind Us

As calendar year 2016 comes to an end, I’d like to look back at what happened during the year.  In the following points, I’ll select one important event from each month of the year.  So many things happened, but I’ll only choose one from each month.  What event(s) was the most interesting or significant of the year?

January 28 – The World Health Organization announces an outbreak of the Zika virus.

February 7 – North Korea launches a long-range rocket into space, violating multiple UN treaties and prompting condemnation from around the world.

March 22 – Three coordinated bombings in BrusselsBelgium kill at least 32 and injure at least 250. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant claims responsibility for the attacks.

April 2 – Clashes between Armenian and Azerbaijani military in Nagorno-Karabakh kill at least 193 people, which becomes the heaviest breach of the 1994 ceasefire.

May 19 – EgyptAir Flight 804 crashes with 66 people on board over the Mediterranean en route from Paris to Cairo.

June 23 – The United Kingdom votes in a referendum to leave the European Union.

July 4 – NASA‘s Juno spacecraft enters orbit around Jupiter and begins a 20-month survey of the planet.

August 521 – The 2016 Summer Olympics are held in Rio de JaneiroBrazil.

September 28 – International investigators conclude that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down by a Buk missile that came from an area controlled by pro-Russian rebels.

October 13 – The Maldives announces its decision to withdraw from the Commonwealth of Nations.

November 9 – Donald Trump Is Elected President in Stunning Repudiation of the Establishment

December 19 – Andrei Karlov, the Russian ambassador to Turkey, is assassinated in Ankara.

Well, the choice was easy for me.  What is your choice?

Doing Your Part

The best part of the holidays is the family coming together to create a fantastic meal.  Several members of the immediate family came to town to celebrate Thanksgiving and it is awesome when everybody does their part to contribute to the holiday dinner.  The combination of prepared dishes made from different hands is enjoyment for all and whether one’s contribution is from setting the table, prepping the meat for grilling, chopping veggies for sauteing, baking desserts or washing dishes, there is something for everyone to do.  My contribution this year was the preparation of an autumn cocktail to serve before and during dinner.  The two cocktails were as follows:

Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas

 

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The Smoky Harvest Apple Cider Margaritas were definitely a hit.  It was the perfect seasonal cocktail.  I didn’t use the mezcal tequila but rather silver tequila (patron) that I already had on hand.  Unfortunately, Von’s only had a $45 bottle of mezcal and I didn’t want to spend the money on it since the recipe said that you could still make a fantastic drink without it.  That said, we missed out on some “smokiness” but that didn’t ruin the drink at all.  Everyone asked for “seconds” so I obliged and provided a round 2 to the crew.  I’ve been asked to make this for Christmas as well so I sure will.

 

Cranberry Chai Sangria

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This one took a bit of prep time to cut up all the fruit and infuse the cranberry juice with chai tea.  I also made the mistake of packing too much fruit into my pitcher so it made it difficult to mix the drink.  I was able to improvise a bit and prepared a “shaken not stirred” cocktail.  Although this one required more prep time and labor, it came in 2nd place to the apple cider margaritas.  I think the crowd was a bit full by the time this drink was served.

The secret with these cocktails is the ice cubes.  Using larger ice cubes vs. the standard freezer cubes helps prevent water dilution and maintains the integrity of the cocktail.

What a great holiday dinner it was and I look forward to many more with family and continuing to “do my part”.  Cheers.

 

Purpose

The definition of “purpose” is as follows:  The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.  Have you ever thought about what your purpose is in life?  This is something many people never really think about until they get older.  When I was younger, I didn’t care what my purpose was.  I just wanted to grow up, have fun, respect my parents, love my neighbor, find a hobby and play some sports.  Somewhere along the line, I decided to go to college, get an education and a job, because I realized that I needed to earn a few bucks to pay the bills.  Apparently, I wasn’t going to live at home forever.  I also found a girl, got married, had 2 kids and bought a house.  I went to church and found the Lord, but it was just something of a routine.  It seemed to me that I was just living here on earth, but really wasn’t serving any purpose.   But it wasn’t until recent years when I started thinking that there actually might be a real purpose for me being here.  I still have no idea what that might be or where life may lead me, but there has got to be something else.  There has to be another reason for my existence. It sure feels like God has something in store for me in the near future.  I will let you know what that is once I find it.

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Entrepreneurs

Came across an interesting article in Business Insider geared towards future entrepreneurs.  If you are looking to start your own business and have lofty aspirations, below are some good recommendations of online courses that you should take.   Many of these require some diligence and effort, but you wouldn’t be an entrepreneur if you weren’t willing to put in some time.  Besides, learning and/or mastering these courses could separate you from the crowd, and could be the difference between success and failure.  Good luck!

“QuickBooks Pro 2016 Training: Manage Small Business Finances”

“Mastering Communications for Ultimate Networking Success”

“Startup Business: How To Raise Seed Capital”

“The Essential Guide to Entrepreneurship”

Double Your Productivity By Tomorrow Morning: 12 Step Guide

“The Complete Product Management Course”

“+Acumen Presents: Seth Godin’s Leadership Workshop”

“The Complete SEO Course – Rank Your Website in Google Easily”

“Building a Personal Brand by Gary Vaynerchuk”

Leadership, Management & Entrepreneurship in the 21 Century

More insight on this article as follows:

Cal Lutheran University Hosts the LA Rams

Now that the Rams are moving back to LA, they need a temporary home. That’s where California Lutheran University comes in.

The Rams are planning to build temporary practice facilities on the Thousand Oaks campus in order to hold their year round training. The plan utilizes some undeveloped space that the university was planning to turn into sports facilities anyway so it seems like a good deal all around.