Posts by JAKraig

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  • 8 Serious memes about 9mm vs .45 ACP

    09/19/2017 5:59:29 AM PDT · 26 of 63
    JAKraig to MountainWalker

    The best caliber is the one you have with you when you need it.

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    This is a true statement.

    If you carry, then carry all the time.

    If you carry all the time you will want a gun that is comfortable to carry. For me that means a smaller weapon than a 45, but everybody is different.

  • Norway electronics retailer to sell solar panels in stores

    09/18/2017 2:11:11 PM PDT · 20 of 27
    JAKraig to GOPJ

    To keep a central unit going with whole house generator runs about $10,000. Waaaay too much for something used every few years...

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    I think you aren’t looking very hard. I bought a 16KW Generac system including an automatic transfer switch for just over $3000.00. I had to install it myself but it isn’t rocket science.

    I also have whole house solar. I have 12KW PV on the roof. That means about 60KW per day in sunshine. On a hot day in the summer my usage is higher than 60KW with a/c but the utility company takes my extra on good days and gives it back to me on the bad days.

    I think if I had it to do over again I would have put 15KW on the roof but finding that much south facing roof is a problem.

    When not using a/c or heat pump heating I make a lot more than I use, even on cloudy days except on laundry day with the electric drier, that and a/c at the same time really use it, over 10KW an hour.

    My battery will last about a week, I found out the hard way when I had a setting in the control system set for battery priority instead of utility during a rainy week. Anyway if needed I could run the generator for about 5 hours and get two days out of the battery, much longer out of the battery sans a/c. I really expected the battery to last longer, I could push it a few more days but it is really hard on the battery to do that. The charging system is only about 80% efficient so that even if you make 60KW you will only be able to store about 48KW of that. One thing that helps is that during the day you use it as your making it, of that you are about 98% efficient. Most of my use is in daylight hours.

    It has been fun, it has not been cheap. ROI is several years. I wanted it for security not ROI. Do it yourself solar is not for the weak hearted but it is VERY satisfying.

  • Can We Influence How the Lord will Judge Us?

    09/18/2017 9:14:47 AM PDT · 11 of 31
    JAKraig to Louis Foxwell

    I am not sure exactly the method of judgement but, we are told the books will be opened and we will be judged from them. I am supposing all our acts are recorded somewhere and that we will have to answer for them. Before you flame me please continue reading. . . . .

    We, all of us are sinners. None of us deserve any kind of reward, we have all failed the test so to speak. Because God loves us, He sent His Son into the world to be punished for our sins. Taking advantage of that punishment however is not automatic. This is where it gets controversial.

    Some say that if you confess Jesus as your Lord then all is forgiven, forever. Others say, well not quite. It is easy to say you confess Jesus but if you only talk the talk but don’t walk the walk then you don’t really get the benefits package after all.

    Doctrine according to Joe (that’s me by the way) says that option number two is more correct. Some will say that means you believe that works save you. No, I do not believe works save you. Faith in The Lord Jesus Christ makes you eligible for Grace that He offers to those that FOLLOW Him. The big problem is who follows Him. I think that is what the books are for. When we are kind to our fellow man it is recorded and you can say you are walking the walk. When you are mean, unkind or whatever then you are not walking the walk and that too is recorded. All of us at sometimes do bad things to other people. If we realize our sin and repent and then ask forgiveness of it The Lord will likely scratch that out of the record.

    I suspect that there is nobody that will repent of every bad thing they have done but they may have tried. I am very much hopeful that The Lord will give us an E for effort and forgive us even if we haven’t asked but that it will be a judgement call.

    I am unwilling, after reading many times the New Testament, to believe in the doctrine of once saved always saved or that simply saying “Jesus is Lord” will save me from anything. While we are all sinners, Jesus abhors sin. If we don’t abhor sin we will not be with Jesus in my humble opinion. If we are constantly doing things we shouldn’t then we don’t really abhor sin. Good luck with that lifestyle come judgement day.

    For those who genuinely try The Good Lord will stand with them on judgement day and tell The Father that He has already been punished for those sins and that He will deal now with that person, that person is His. I hope He claims me. I’m trying to be like Jesus, I think that is what it takes.

    Don’t misunderstand me, I’m trying to be simple here, certainly there must be things you must do to show you are His like being baptized, but following Jesus, trying to be like Him brings us to these things.

    We could argue on the points of who can baptize or what method works, but, those things are unimportant until you decide to follow Him, until you feel sorrow for your sin, until you are willing to repent and then ask forgiveness.

    I suspect that doing these things will bring you to Christ in the end.

    Has works got anything to do with it? No. But if you don’t have any good works I doubt you are trying to be like Jesus.

  • Why Does God Permit Natural Disasters?

    09/14/2017 12:56:57 PM PDT · 50 of 72
    JAKraig to Berlin_Freeper

    You have to take the bad to be able to apprehend and appreciate the good.

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    I think he meant to say “comprehend” instead of “apprehend”. Sometimes our fingers get ahead of our mind.

    There is much wisdom in his statement.

    The Lord Jesus Christ says we are commanded to be like Him. If we obey the commandments we will become like Jesus and receive, or inherit with Him all that His Father has.

    This is not a willy nilly idea. We have come here to learn and obey, to prove ourselves able to handle what God so wants to give us. Our afflictions are for us to learn from. All of us are going to die, don’t think you are going to go through life without something bad happening to you. What you do with what things happen to you is a measure of your maturity in The Gospel. The Lord has told us to be prepared. I don’t believe that just means love The Lord, I believe it also means if you live in a Hurricane prone area then build a house that will withstand the hurricane or move. It means getting medical check-ups, it means getting an education of some type so you are not tossed around by every wind of doctrine so to speak.

    If we do those things, if we are prepared by living close to God then when the afflictions come we will try to learn from them or be prepared to not be hurt by them. We will be more prepared to help others when these things happen to them.

    We all need to grow from our afflictions and appreciate them for the learning opportunity they are.

    To me, the people who cry about God allowing them to have to go through pain and suffering are the same people who believe that since they “accepted” Jesus then they are saved and shouldn’t have to go through pain and suffering. Well The Lord Jesus also tells us to endure to the end. To me you endure hard, difficult things. Life is hard and not always rosy. We need to learn to Love the Lord despite the pain and sufferings, we need to understand what others are going through when we have pain and suffering and be more willing since we understand and have experienced suffering.

    Jesus Christ suffered more than you ever will. He understands.

  • 'They were hunting for Jews car by car, I had no choice'

    09/10/2017 4:23:13 PM PDT · 14 of 26
    JAKraig to Hawthorn

    The important point of the story is that if you have a carry permit, then carry. Carry ALL the time. Never go out unarmed.

  • As Irma nears, Florida Governor tells residents to use Gas Buddy, Expedia, Google Maps & more

    09/10/2017 3:45:47 PM PDT · 18 of 19
    JAKraig to The Duke

    As I write this Irma is pounding my neighborhood with the eye only a few miles away. We’ve been taking 60mph winds most of the day. Down to Cat 2 helps. I’ve got some nice furniture I hope I don’t lose to storm surge. I’m not there, I’m in KY but friend is close to the house keeping me informed on status. Not a good day, but I’m still alive. I just hope the house doesn’t blow away. It is much quicker to fix than rebuild.

  • As Irma nears, Florida Governor tells residents to use Gas Buddy, Expedia, Google Maps & more

    09/08/2017 10:50:21 AM PDT · 16 of 19
    JAKraig to sargon

    As a resident of Broward County in South Florida, I can only say that I’m amazed at how smooth things have been going.

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    I have a summer home in Kentucky and a Winter home in Florida. The winter home is right in the predicted path of the storm. Are we prepared?

    Nearly everybody in Florida is prepared as they can be. Most homes are made to withstand Hurricanes, not necessarily because people are into preparedness but because if you want to be able to afford homeowners insurance you must have a home built to not cost a lot of money after a hurricane. Perhaps you will lose a few trees and shingles but the homes are built of cinder block partially filled with cement with re-bar that goes down to the foundation. The roof is attached to the re-bar.

    Our house is inline to take a direct hit. I worry, but don’t expect more than several thousand dollars of damage. I have a five thousand dollar deductible, so $5k is the worst it could be for me.

    It will however be a mess for a long time to get livable again. I am hoping the storm changes course and heads east since I’m on the west coast.

  • Who is the Thief? Exploring One of Jesusí More Provocative Images

    09/05/2017 8:36:34 AM PDT · 4 of 5
    JAKraig to Salvation

    The one thing that is missed in this whole “Come as a thief” thing is that He only comes as a thief to those who are not prepared. Those who are prepared are waiting for Him, they are ready to accept a guest. Indeed they are looking for Him.

  • Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew

    09/03/2017 2:29:24 PM PDT · 95 of 181
    JAKraig to HarleyD

    Luther, Calvin and the rest were only following in the footsteps of what Augustine and the Council of Orange declare-a person is elected into God’s family. Christ said, “You did not choose me but I choose you.” (John 15:16) The whole Old Testament is dedicated to “a chosen people”, a “holy nation”.
    If you miss this concept it baffled me for 30 years.

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    I hate to tell you that you have still missed it.

    God has chosen all of us. All are offered the gift, all have the same opportunities. Only those who accept being chosen receive the gift.

    If at work you are chosen to participate in a new program that offers a raise in salary but you aren’t willing to move to receive the promotion then you don’t get it. You were chosen but you don’t get the extra pay because you didn’t accept it.

  • Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew

    09/03/2017 2:18:16 PM PDT · 93 of 181
    JAKraig to Ruy Dias de Bivar

    ***Believing only is a start. It’s like starting a car to go to a distant city.***

    So, Jesus only gave us a start by dying for the sins of the past, it is up to us to earn the rest? and how far is enough? Not enough? too much? On the wrong road?
    Even Luther told of the fear of “not doing enough” if he had to earn his salvation.

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    Your reply makes no sense.

    Hearing the word only does not save. It is what you do after hearing the word. Putting the keys in the car does nothing it is the driving that gets you somewhere.

    I said nothing of enough, the thief on the cross confessed Christ as Lord, he in effect witnessed before the crowd and the soldiers and of course the other thief. He had heard the word some time ago but accepted it now and even though on the cross had “works”. “Faith without works is dead.”

    What Jesus did had nothing to do with what we do. It is totally up to us. A gift was given to all who would accept it. there are many who are not willing to accept the gift, that has no effect on the giver, the price was paid for all whether we accept it or not.

    Get over this idea that confessing that Christ is Lord saves you, it does not. You must have faith to believe. Again, faith without works is dead. Works don’t get you anything, nobody here is saying they do. Works are simply evidence of faith. Without works there is no faith. Without faith there is no belief and no saving.

  • Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew

    09/03/2017 2:01:44 PM PDT · 92 of 181
    JAKraig to avenir

    If He decides to pay someone the same wage He offered you, and they only show up at the end of the day and work an hour vs. your eight, what is that to you? Are you envious because He’s generous with his money?

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    Hardly, perhaps I’m the one who came late, but I will work while I am there. Nobody that shows up when the work is done gets paid.

  • Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew

    09/02/2017 11:23:23 PM PDT · 52 of 181
    JAKraig to Ruy Dias de Bivar

    And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

    31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

    Much like Cornelious was instantly saved when the Holy Ghost fell on him BEFORE he was baptized.

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    I did not read the word “instantly” in my Bible.

    If you believe in Jesus you can be saved. The Devil too believes but is he saved? I think not. Believing only is a start. It’s like starting a car to go to a distant city.

    I don’t understand where this fiction comes from. I don’t understand why people think that just wanting Eternal Life will give it to you. I don’t understand why people don’t think there are any strings attached.

    Faith comes before believing. Desire to believe comes before faith. Believing comes by testing your faith through works. Soon you begin to realize that it is true and your faith grows and you have works. Your faith becomes stronger and stronger, it becomes belief. Soon you KNOW.

    The person who has lived a sinful life with no remorse but fear on their death bed can cry “Jesus” all they want, it won’t get it done, I don’t think. Jesus will forgive who He will and I hope it is more than less, but if you think it is automatic just because you want it you are wrong. If you believe then you will have it because of what the belief causes you to do. The Apostles didn’t go from town to town getting people to say they believed, they went around trying to get people to exercise their faith because that is what would allow them to have access to the Grace of The Savior.

    It isn’t like we can sign a book somewhere that says “we believe” and then walk away to our sinful lives. There will be a lot of surprises when people realize that they signed the book but didn’t get “the promise”.

    The people that teach this stuff will help people be ignorant of the truth and keep them from being what they could be, perhaps keep them from being able to take advantage of the Grace that He so fully offers us.

    All these scriptures that say believe and be saved don’t say believe and don’t do anything else and be saved. The scriptures don’t say do nothing else but confess the name of Jesus. The scripture don’t say just repent, nothing else is required. They don’t say just stop sinning and you will be saved without doing anything else.

    When Scriptures say repent and be saved they are correct because they know if you repent you did it because you Loved The Lord and decided to follow Him. It is understood that after you feel sorrow for your sins you will repent and then be baptized and follow The Lord to the best of your ability. It is taken for granted that you will make mistakes again and plead to God to be forgiven and He will forgive you, again and again, but, you must ask. You must repent. You must have faith enough to do those things.

    I was 15 years old when I first read the Holy Bible and realized that my minister was preaching information from a source other than The Bible. When you mix scripture with the feel good desires of philosophers, error creeps in. The error does not necessarily come because of evil desire, just the opposite. The error comes from a desire to love all people and wish the best for all people.

    There are people who believe that The Bible teaches that homosexuals should be able to become preachers and be married to their same sex companions.

    When the homosexual goes to church and confesses Christ Jesus as Lord but goes home to his same sex lover he sins and doesn’t repent or desire to repent. At the last day when the Homosexual complains that he knew The Lord, that he went to church and made big donations, that he taught Sunday School, The Lord will still say He never knew him.

    So someone can tell me they went to seminary for as long as they want. To me what they learned were the philosophies of man not of God. That is why every seminary seems to have a different version of the truth, but there can only be one version of the truth. Wanting something to be true doesn’t make it so. The philosophers in the Catholic School in California who recently took down the Statues of Christ and Mary because they didn’t want to offend anyone are perfect examples of what I’m speaking of. The “professors” know well the scriptures but they also know well the centuries of the philosophies of men that they use to interpret the scriptures and come up with these stupid ideas.

    Now, to any homosexuals I have offended. I believe you have every right to live whatever lifestyle you want, I also believe that just because you want to live that way does not make it God’s way. I fortunately don’t have to pay for your sin, Someone else already did that, if you are willing to accept it.

  • Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew

    09/02/2017 9:02:05 PM PDT · 38 of 181
    JAKraig to Albion Wilde

    I am posting from a device with a mousepad, my thumb must have hit it. Thanks.

  • Half of Protestants Agree With Catholics That Good Deeds and Faith Are Needed for Salvation: Pew

    09/02/2017 8:38:30 PM PDT · 32 of 181
    JAKraig to Ken Regis

    The argument in this post is not what most people believe in any way.

    Those who say that faith saves are correct. Those that say that Grace saves are correct. Those that say the Blood of Christ saves are correct. I do not know of anyone who says that works save.

    Now, the above is basic and true but there is so much more. What are works? Works are what follows people of faith. It is works that show faith.

    So many people believe that they can go to Christ with their sins and ask to be saved with no effort on their part and be saved, but they are wrong.

    Works save nobody. Works however are important, how you might ask. If you don’t have works then you don’t have faith. James tells us that faith without works is dead. He also says that if you show him your works he will show you your faith.

    Faith is a requirement to be eligible for the Grace that is freely given to those who ask. Placing your sins on the altar of God is the work of our lives. Before Christ people used to place animals on the altar to remind them that one day Christ would come and place himself on the Altar and pay for our sins like we were paying for them with animal sacrifices. We don’t do animal sacrifice anymore, we put our sins away on the altar, we give them away to receive the gift that The Savior wants so give us. We don’t just stop sinning, we feel sorrow for the sins we have heaped upon the Lords back that He had to pay for. So, does sorrow save? No. Sorrow is evidence however of repentance which is evidence of faith. While none of those save, saving doesn’t happen without them.

    I’m not Catholic but I have to believe that is what they mean when they talk about works.

    Perhaps a good Catholic could school us all on this point.

    I’ll put my flame resistant suit on now and see what others have to say.

  • Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: The Search for Truth

    08/31/2017 3:41:58 PM PDT · 52 of 72
    JAKraig to Bull Snipe

    According to Mr. Jefferson those visits were for very long periods.

  • New: CIA Agent Whistleblower Risks All To Expose The Shadow Government

    08/31/2017 12:06:19 PM PDT · 14 of 19
    JAKraig to redgolum

    It isn’t really worth watching. It isn’t that lies aren’t exposed and that there isn’t some truth presented, it is like most left leaners the conclusions or answers of what to do are sometimes a little crazy.

  • Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: The Search for Truth

    08/31/2017 10:48:45 AM PDT · 40 of 72
    JAKraig to Tennessee Nana

    since Jefferson and sally had an ongoing sexual relationship there is little to prove that he was not the father...

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    This statement is poppy cock, a plain and simple lie. Jefferson never had sex with any of his slaves.

    It is awful how modern day ignorant people can spread a lie and people will think it the truth.

    There is a book published that contains all of Jeffersons letters from his own hand. The letters are interesting and put this shameful accusation to bed. Randolph was diddling with the slaves and Jefferson threw him off the estate because of it. People of the day knew it, it took idiots of 200 years later to perpetuate a lie that was never believed in Jeffersons lifetime althogh it was hinted at by some newspapers during Jeffersons first run for Presidency.

    There are numerous publications who claim that Thomas Jefferson sired Sally Hemmings children because of a DNA report that found that there was a “Y” chromozone in the Hemmings line that came from the Jefferson line. The report however states that it could have come nearly any Jefferson but the reporters all leave that out and conclude it came from Thomas Jefferson. Shameful.

    People of today just don’t understand the strength of a mans reputation 200 years ago. Jefferson was all about his.

  • Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: The Search for Truth

    08/31/2017 10:32:36 AM PDT · 39 of 72
    JAKraig to 11th_VA

    These allegations were addressed by Jefferson during his life time. Unfortunately for Jefferson he had to be away from his beloved Monticello for years at a time in the service of his country. During this time away from his large estate he allowed his brother and uncle to manage his affairs there.

    It was well known by his contemporaries that his brother was having sex with more than one of Thomas Jeffersons slaves. Thomas Jefferson admonished his brother on more than one occasion. Thomas rebuked Randolph in writing for this nastiness.

    It is most unfortunate that today the reputation of perhaps one of the very greatest Americans to have ever lived would have his reputation sullied by irresponsible do gooders.

    Yes, there is DNA from Jefferson’s family in Sally Hemmings but it is not from Thomas, it is from Randolph.

  • The Myth Of Owning Your Home And The American Dream

    08/29/2017 8:09:47 AM PDT · 47 of 57
    JAKraig to Georgia Girl 2

    The taxes we pay generally in this country are enormous. We have to pay those taxes to support the half of our society who refuse to work and pay their way. Those same people who have much more time on their hands get into much more trouble which requires us to have an enlarged police force and prison system. Those same people who won’t feed and clothe their children force us to pay much more for our schools than just teachers and administration.

    Our society has gotten sick because of politicians who tell us that we can’t let the poor chillen suffer.

    Our politicians go to serve for a small salary yet become millionaires. On whose backs do they get this money from?

    Thomas Jefferson must be turning in his grave.

  • So where's this GOP mystery donor who paid for Fusion GPS's Trump 'dossier'?

    08/25/2017 12:08:13 PM PDT · 11 of 21
    JAKraig to hoosiermama

    I don’t think there is anyone in Washing DC, that doesn’t know where this came from. Hillary/Soros! She will be found out, it is hard to hide these things forever, too many people involved. When the truth comes out it will simply be called a prank or one of the little tricks that all campaigns do. and it will be quickly forgotten.