Yes We Can!

Posted in Clayve workouts, Running on July 21, 2016 by claypatten

At the Clayve!  400 lb Tire Flips

Genesis The Flood The Ark

Posted in Spiritual on July 10, 2016 by claypatten

I have always been fascinated with the book of Genesis, the first book in the bible and the story of The Great Flood.  Most non Christians think it to be a fairy tale, just another story in a book of fairy tales.

The bible is the all time best selling book in history.  King James authorized a translation by an assembly of bible scholars that began in 1604 and ended in 1611.  The stories in the bible have lasted through time and were translated into the KJV over 400 years ago.

Recently a life size Ark  was built in Kentucky.  It was built to the same dimensions given to Noah by God.  Answers in Genesis is the ministry of Ken Ham that is responsible for the 800 acre facililty and the Ark.ark-encounter (1)Ark-Encounter-theme-park-3-1580x658

Noah’s Linage

In Genesis we find that Adam and Eve were created by God and had 3 boys that were mentioned in the bible Cain, Abel and Seth plus  other sons and daughters (Gen 5:4).  Chapter 5 tells us that Adam was 130 years old when he had Seth his 3rd son and that he lived another 800 years.

The story of Noah also comes from Genesis.  We find that the life span of men before the Great Flood was many hundreds of years. Methuselah the oldest know human lived 969 years.  His father Enoch  had Methuselah at age 65 and lived to the age of 365 before God took him.  Everyone else in Genesis 5 appears to have died except for Enoch.  Gen 5:22 states that Enoch walked with God 300 years then he was no more.

I suspect that Enoch became the first missing person on earth.  Methuselah was 187 years old when he became the father of Lemech who was Noah’s father.  Lamech had Noah at age 182.

I think it could have been possible that Adam was still alive when Noah was born.   This appears to be a linage that understood God.   Noah’s great grandfather was Enoch.  Noah was 500 years old when he had his 3 sons and started building the Ark.  He was 600 years old when the floods came.  It is figured that Noah took between 55 and 75 years to build the Ark. Noah lived another 350 years after the flood.  He was 950 years old when he died.

Noah and his family were in the Ark for 7 days before the water came.  It rained for 40 days straight.  Rain was described as the springs of the deep and the floodgates of heaven so this was no ordinary rain.  The mountains were covered up to 20 feet deep.  Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out.   The waters flooded the earth for 150 days (Gen 7:24)

After the flood when Noah and his family populated the earth the life span of man took a direct hit with men born after the flood only living 200-400 years and diminishing even more as time went on.  Joseph the last man mentioned in Genesis lived to be 110 years old.

There was some rough living after the flood compared to the “water canopy” surrounding the earth before the flood.  There are some books on Genesis that I have read that said conditions before the flood were much like the Garden of Eden.  The conditions after the flood were much more harsh.   It had never rained before the flood which is why it is reasoned that conditions were much more favorable to life and thus the “water canopy” that surrounded the earth.

Genesis 6 is the chapter where mans condition on earth became worse.  Sin and it’s destructive consequences had infected all of humanity which is why God sent the flood to wash out the wicked.    Noah was mocked building the Ark as he was building it on dry land and it had never rained before the flood.

Christianity starting in the past 30-40 years is being mocked as unscientific.  There is a reason scientists find fossils from fish on mountaintops and it does not have to do with evolution.

The same condition of man’s heart will exist before Christ comes as it was in the day’s of Noah.   Read Matthew 24:36-39  They knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.  That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

It is becoming more evident as time goes by that people are blind to evil.  Blind to the laws of God and wishing to do as they please.  There will come a time when the earth will be destroyed again not by water but by fire just as the city of Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed,  remember Lot’s wife?  yes another fairy tale in the book of fairy tales.

There will come a time when someone will read this post and arrest me for blaspheme.  Once the signs of the end of time have started not one generation will pass before the end will come, read Matt 24 in the best selling book of all time,  The Bible,  The Living Word of God.

 

Charge everything on the new CITI Costco Visa

Posted in Running, Thrifty Frugality on July 8, 2016 by claypatten

It figures I would say this after just posting about debt.  OK just pay it off every month.

The new Costco Citi Visa card has some benefits that are better than the American Express card had. It includes 4% cash back on eligible gas for the first $7,000 per year (and then 1% after), 3% cash back on restaurants and eligible travel purchases, 2% back on non-gas purchases at Costco and on Costco.com and 1% cash back on all other purchases.

American Express’s Costco card offered 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations, for up to $4,000 per year in purchases, 2% cash back on U.S. restaurants and eligible travel and 1% back on everything else. It did not have a separate cash back category for Costco and Costco.com purchases.

There are three tiers of Costco memberships. The top tier, the Executive Membership, costs $110 annually.  The Executive Membership card comes with an annual 2% cash back reward on most Costco purchases;

the 2% cash back that customers will get with the new Costco Visa card will be in addition to their Executive Membership 2% back, if they have it.

HELLO??   WOW!!!  I will do your Costco shopping and deliver it to you for just 2% of total bill.   There now I get 6% back!

Debt: The Unacceptable Burden

Posted in Thrifty Frugality on July 6, 2016 by claypatten

US debt

Living in debt allows you to keep up with the American Dream.  But the American Dream may soon turn into the American Nightmare with US debt levels increasing.  Interest rates are so low what happens when we go to negative interest rates?

Pay off all your debts ASAP!!   Chapter 1  in the book The Simple Path to Wealth is Debt: The Unacceptable Burden.

Lower your payments & BlackWidowII

Posted in Thrifty Frugality on June 28, 2016 by claypatten

What the two have in common is cost.  I have never heard more ads and had more junk mail encouraging me to lower my payments.  Most of them have to do with your mortgage.  You can save $300 a month on your mortgage just refinance now at 3.3% for 30 years.   People must be in trouble if the companies behind these ads are continually sending Ad’s out to get more business.

I take pride in increasing my payments.  Over the last 6 months I have paid off all debt except for my mortgage but I have made a large swipe into it’s hold on me lowering it over 10% in 6 months.  I continue to drive my 2003 Honda Odyssey in fact I am now sharing the vehicle with my daughter Victoria to save more. The next 6 months of mortgage payments will be packed with POWER.   I have resisted the temptation so far to buy her a vehicle, I think we can share for awhile.  I did offer to match her dollar for dollar to buy a decent car that will last her through 6 years of college.

I have finished the series on Netflix WWII in Color and taken an interest in fighter aircraft. I watched You-Tube videos of what the Japanese call Whistling Death, the Corsair and the UK Spitfire fighter jets that helped the Allies win WWII.

The F-22 Raptor beat out the YF-23 BlackWidowII in a head to head competition for America’s state of the art fighter aircraft to take over supremacy of the skies.  This competition started at a time when we had a cold war going on.  The BlackWidowII is probably the best fighter aircraft ever made, it was just too expensive to mass produce so the F-22 won.  They won’t acknowledge how fast the BlackWidowII was capable of going, the jet reminds me a little of the SR71 Blackbird.  Check out the You-Tube Videos.

Rare Facts of the SR-71 

Full Documentary of the SR-71.   2000mph in the top 1% of the earths atmosphere, worlds first stealth aircraft.  No weapons on it.  It was never shot down.  In fact it could out run any missle fired at it.  The pilots wore $120,000 suits and before each flight they ate a meal of steak and eggs.  I just had to put that in here!  But it was true.

Cell phones Posture and Arthritis

Posted in Health on June 27, 2016 by claypatten

The average cell phone user touches their phone 2617 times a day with superusers touching their phone over 5000 times a day.

When I check my family data usage I am always the lowest, my cell phones last longer, battery stays charged longer after charging it.  I am thinking why do I need this little computer in my pocket?  It is a modern convenience, i probably only have 400 touches a day. Yes my kids would call me fuddy daddy.   The Millennial generation likes modern convenience, they do not like working and it is evidenced by Bernie Sanders popularity with the young people, they want to be taken care of starting in their twenties.  Not all kids of course some would like the economy to pick up so they can get jobs.

 

Google Power

Posted in Spiritual on June 22, 2016 by claypatten
Robert Epstein CONTRIBUTOR

Robert Epstein (@DrREpstein) is Senior Research Psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in Vista, California. A long-time professor and researcher, Dr. Epstein has published fifteen books on artificial intelligence and other topics and is the former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today magazine.

I get most of my news from the DrudgeReport.com and find some very interesting things on their site.  The article click below by Robert Epstein is one of them  Most of the information on Drudge is biased conservative, some of the articles point out how liberalism and liberal companies such as Google can manipulate information.  Here is one such article

Google has control over you and you don’t even know it

Oliver Stone comments on large company collaboration with Govt and SNOWDEN preview

You are probably wondering what this has to do with fitness, finance or spirituality?  Open your bible and read The Sermon on the mount in Matthew.  The end of the world as we know it is just down the street and Google has a map and directions to get us there.

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