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Adobe abandons another product

adobe takes the protection racket to a new levelAdobe is abandoning Business Catalyst in 2019, leaving many customers locked into a proprietary database of customer records, inventory linked photos, and secure users, with no easy way to transfer to other services. This type of thing has happened way too often with Adobe. They buy something, then fail to put enough resources into it to make it cutting edge, and even less to keep it current. They did this with Macromedia (Dreamweaver/Fireworks/Flash) and now with Business Catalyst. Tech support was choppy, second rate service from India, many of whom didn’t understand the issues, or the company failed to provide the resources to make the product effective. I’ve moved on from Adobe for the most part. Very disappointed in them. Keeping old versions of products until they break and learning new products from other companies that are more focused, like Affinity and Pinegrow. Adobe is becoming the Microsoft of the Web: big, bloated, lacking focus and innovation, and focused only on large corporations that don’t understand what their developers do or need.

For clients I am working on alternative services and looking for the best way to integrate the databases.

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Wimberley Arts Fest 2018

We had over 6,000 attendees at the Arts Fest.   I sold 4 paintings at my first art show, so not a bad start! Here was my booth.

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In Wimberley Arts Fest April 28-29

I will be in booth#1 at the Wimberley Arts Fest April 28th/29th.

Preview some of my work at https://Jefferis.Gallery  or see my Facebook Page

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Art History of Jefferis Kent Peterson

I began drawing in pen and ink in my early teens. My mother is an artist (JeanPeterson.com). In high school, I studied with Mr. Dan Mistrik in Chevy Chase, MD.  He taught the Old Master’s technique of blocking in with darks and building up lights.  I went to be an art major at Connecticut College, N. London Ct. and took art for 1 year, but it was the early 70’s and free expressionism was all the rage, so no actual teaching took place.  I dropped art and became a religion major.  After seminary and a few years in full time ministry, I pioneered online education courses in the early 1990’s and have been heavily involved in graphic arts with web design, photography, and Photoshop.

In 2006, I got back involved in oil painting and have been taking classes with Lillie Pell since Jan of 2015.

Email
2251 Windmill Run
Wimberley, TX 78676
724-301-0783

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#TimesUp and Black Dresses

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Black Dresses? #Timesup?

#timesup black dresses? Actions speak louder than words or symbolic gestures. But that is the Hollywood mindset.  It might be more convincing if you stopped taking off your clothes when you make movies or model. Actresses are partly responsible for the hypersexualized culture that turns women into objects. It isn’t art, it’s just glorified lust. By consenting to sexual scenes, you submit to the male disorder of subjugating all women to the spirit of fantasy and pornography.

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Sex Sells in Hollywood

Want to really make a difference!?  Refuse to disrobe on camera or do sex scenes. You sell a part of your soul for fame and fortune, you degrade yourself and then complain that powerful people treat you as sex objects to be used and manipulated.  Stop selling your soul and your body for fame that satisfies the greed and lust of the powerful. Then maybe your complaints will mean something more than a shallow statement.

And to Men:Stop treating women as objects. Value them as the Lord does… as daughters of God and princesses of the King of Kings.pexels-photo-752803.jpeg

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Feeling Guilty? There is a Remedy

There is no greater or more consistent accuser than a guilt-ridden conscience. The problem with this accuser is that it is your own self. How do you escape the accusations of your own mind, when you realize that not only is the accuser justified in fingering your flaws of character and misdeeds, but also that you are justly condemned?

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Illustrator of Henry Davenport Northrop’s “Treasures of the Bible,” 1894 – High_Priest_Offering_Sacrifice_of_a_Goat

The Hebrews have had for centuries a day of atonement, Yom Kippur, where the sins of the past year were confessed and laid on the head of a goat, called a “scape-goat.” This goat was led away into the wilderness and by some traditions was hurled over a cliff so as not to return the community’s sins. Another goat was slain. That sacrificial system ended about 2000 years ago when the Temple was destroyed by the Romans. However, the sins that were forgiven were only those unintentional sins like covetousness, crimes of passion, anger, etc. (Leviticus 4:2, Hebrews 9:7) For sins done with intent, with a “high-hand,” there was no sacrifice.

Confession, it is said, is good for the soul, and does bring some measure of relief to the mind. It is a good starting point, for it means at least you are honest with yourself. However, it does not by itself relieve the mind of the constant nagging guilt, doubt, and condemnation. Saying your sorry to one you have hurt, may also help, but may not be enough; especially if they do not forgive your sin.

What then is the remedy for a guilty conscience? There is only one I know. That is going to the One who can cleanse both the conscience and the mind by the Spirit of the Living God. That is going to Jesus, who died “for the sins of the whole world.” He is able to remove guilt and condemnation from within your heart and mind, and renew your image of yourself. For when God declares your sins forgiven, it makes a difference in your life.

A sample prayer:
Jesus, I have done this and this____ and I know I am wrong and have sinned against You and others. I hate my thoughts and deeds. But You were put to death for my misdeeds and raised from death by the Father. You paid the price for my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and cleanse me in thought, word, and deed, so that I may be thankful and grateful in life.

Hebrews 10 (ESV)  For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins…

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ  had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
16   “This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”
17 then he adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

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What Donald Trump Should Have Said After Charlottesville

What Donald Trump Should Have Said After Charlottesville.

In 1977, the ACLU defended the right of the Ku Klux Klan to march through Skokie, Illinois, through a neighborhood where many survivors of the Holocaust lived, and even defended the KKK’s right to wear Swastikas! The motive of the KKK was not love, but hate. Yet the ACLU argued that censoring certain speech or forms of expression gave the government too much power that could be used against any particular group of people at any time, if that group fell out of favor. In other words, if the KKK could be censored and not permitted to march, so too could gay pride marches be banned.

The ACLU holds that the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech, also protects the rights of those who express things we hate and find repulsive. The Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of Illinois found that merely expressing reprehensible views is not a legitimate reason to suppress that speech, no matter how offensive it is. The First Amendment is necessary to a democracy and to a free people, lest the government begin to decide who does and who does not have the right to speak. If that right is lost to the people, then whatever majority is in power can then take away our right to speak and protest.

By the same token, freedom of speech does not justify any violence in support of those views. But equally, it does not extend a right to others to use violence to stop, prevent or oppose those views. Unfortunately, we saw violence of both sides of this clash in Charlottesville, and it is symptomatic of our deep divide in our country. Racism is hatred, and it isn’t right; but opposing hate with hatred does not end racism.

The question we face is whether we are willing to abandon the right of free speech and destroy our history and our democracy, simply because some group expresses hateful or offensive ideas? If we do, we are becoming the very thing we say we hate… we become like the Nazi Party or the Communist Party, where any views that do not align with the party line can be oppressed, punished by force and imprisonment. We know where that ends. It ends in a dictatorship or madness like we have witnessed with ISIS.

In the 1960’s, the governments of several states tried to prevent Civil Rights marches with billy clubs and water hoses. They beat the protestors, threw them in jail, and murdered some. Yet the federal government protected their right to speak, to march and to protest. Today, we are required to do the same for all factions of our society; whether they be in the minority or the majority; whether they be right or wrong.

So the question is, how should we respond to those who espouse hatred of any race or class of people?

Martin Luther King, Jr. faced this same problem in the Civil Rights movement. He said that God had called us to love our enemies, but he did not call us to like our enemies, for that would be “impossible.” It is impossible to like those who hate you and want to abuse you, but it is possible to love them. To love them means you might have to suffer in order to change their conscience. His eloquent defense of non-violent protest is recorded in his Letter from the Birmingham Jail. I encourage everyone to read it.

That being said, the actions that led to the death of the innocent, produced by this same hatred that caused the death of many Civil Rights workers, can be punished by force of law. But if we respond to hate with hate, we have become no better than those who oppose us. Hate will not bring reconciliation or cause our nation to come together as one people. And we also need to grow up as a people. We cannot hide ourselves from every offensive thought or remark. We cannot put up safe zones that protect us from every “trigger” or wall ourselves off from everything that makes us uncomfortable. The free flow of ideas in a democracy requires us to listen and hear the ideas of others. It does not require us to agree with those views, but we must be willing to endure them.

That which unites us as a people, is greater than what divides us, if we will focus on love and helping one another. And as a government, we may disagree with what someone says, but we must also defend to the death their right to say it. That is the meaning of free speech.

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The Church Unleashed

The Church Unleashed….

From a conference with Frank R. Tillapaugh   who wrote: Unleashing the Church: Getting People Out of the Fortress and into Ministry

Bear Valley Baptist Church grew from 100 to 10,000 in a decade.

Principle 1:  Everyone on the wall.

Nehemiah 4:7-18 “ But when Sanballat and Tobiah and the Arabs and the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repairing of the walls of Jerusalem was going forward and that the breaches were beginning to be closed, they were very angry. And they all plotted together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause confusion in it. And we prayed to our God and set a guard as a protection against them day and night. In Judah it was said, ‘‘The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.’’ And our enemies said, ‘‘They will not know or see till we come among them and kill them and stop the work.’’… So in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, in open places, I stationed the people by their clans, with their swords, their spears, and their bows. And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, ‘‘Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.’’ When our enemies heard that it was known to us and that God had frustrated their plan, we all returned to the wall, each to his work. From that day on, half of my servants worked on construction, and half held the spears, shields, bows, and coats of mail. And the leaders stood behind the whole house of Judah, who were building on the wall. Those who carried burdens were loaded in such a way that each labored on the work with one hand and held his weapon with the other. And each of the builders had his sword strapped at his side while he built.

Principle 2.  Everyone Has a calling From God and all are called to be ministers of salvation.

Ephesians 4:11-16 “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,  to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”

Principle 3: How to find your calling by asking God and listening to his answers.

Examples:

MOPS Ministry,  Mothers of Preschoolers, started by a high school graduate stay at home mom. http://www.mops.org/about/history/

Sports Speakers Evangelistic Dinner meetings.

Locally:  CEF, Carpenter’s Helpers, Crisis Bread Basket. Nursing Home visitations, etc.

Not everything has to be huge to be God’s Will.

Principle 4:  Guidelines for Para-church Ministries

1. Stay out of Moral Trouble

2. Stay out of doctrinal trouble

3. Run it by the leadership, just for safety’s sake.

4. Don’t ask the pastor to run the ministry (it is Your Ministry that God gave You!)

5. When you bring it to the congregation to ask for volunteers or helpers if you need them, trust God with the outcome. i.e., if you don’t get the help you need, it may not be the right time or possibly  it isn’t the Lord’s will.

Mission vs. Maintenance

NASA, the Early years vs Later Years

What is the Church?   1577 ekklesia ekklesia {ek-klay-see’-ah}

1) a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly

   1a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating

Who is the Church then:  is it buildings? carpet? 

You are the Church

The Great Commission is:

Matthew 28:18-20 And Jesus came and said to them, ‘‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in {Or into} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’’

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