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2014 Will See The Rise Of The ‘Always On’ Smarthome.


“And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” Revelation 13:16,17

For years now, we have been telling you that the there is coming a One World System which, under the rule of the Antichrist, will be controlled by what the bible calls the Mark Of The Beast. If you refuse this mark, you will be locked out of everything. You won’t be able to buy anything, sell anything, and now it looks like even your own home will be used against you.

The RFID Microchip, in all its various forms and evolutions, is more and more becoming the gateway as well as the gatekeeper to every aspect of our daily lives. The world system that it runs is the world system we now live under.

Prophecy is being fulfilled before our very eyes, the future has arrived. Can you see it?

Telegraph UK: This was the year that tablets and smartphones truly matured; 2014 should be the year when our homes finally start to get as smart as our phones.

The past 12 months have witnessed some remarkable innovations. Samsung introduced eye-tracking technology that — although imperfect — knows when to scroll up on a screen, and Apple crammed eye-watering computing power into its iPad Air. Yet consumers admit to already being impatient for the next big thing. The honeymoon period for a new gadget is four months, with users confessing that boredom sets in beyond that.

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Everything will be controlled digitally through the Internet. A one world system that regulates everything we do in or out of our homes.

But never mind four months, according to mobile operator O2 a quarter of consumers claimed they were bored within just four weeks, eager to upgrade as their friends and colleagues got newer phones.

Indeed, the greatest challenge facing gadget manufacturers is ever-diminishing profit margins, coupled with the need to invest and maintain excitement. Our gadget of the year is the Motorola Moto G — not because it is the most extraordinary phone, but because it is an amazing purchase for £135. As chief executive Dennis Woodside remarked, prior to the launch: “You can buy five for the cost of an iPhone”. The trend, overall, was for amazing smartphones and tablets fighting against the oncoming juggernaut of commoditisation.

But there is very much a next big thing coming. That smartphone or tablet is no longer merely a portable window on the web, it’s increasingly the gateway to an internet of things, whereby your coffee machine, washing machine, heating, even your garden, are all connected to the internet.

What may sound like a futuristic set-up is approaching faster than anyone anticipated. Sky’s Now TV box offers almost all the television available from a satellite dish over the internet. Sonos’s music players give you all the world’s music at your fingertips. Nest offers a web connection for your smoke alarm so you can see where the fire is (and turn the alarm off from your phone when you realise it’s only the toast that you’ve burnt). And your yucca can even inform you, via an app, when it needs watering.

Some of these new ideas may feel gimmicky. Philips’ Hue light bulbs, for example, can be any colour you want, instantly controlled from your phone again. But the question is not who needs red light bulbs in their home, it’s what does the house of the future look like when it has one single remote control for light, heat, television and security?

The HomeMonitor camera, for instance, is now a mainstream object that uses the web and a smartphone screen to show you what’s going on, rather than recording its CCTV footage to tape. Meanwhile, companies such as Honeywell and British Gas are keen to emphasise their smart credentials with connected heating and cooling systems.

All this may not herald a Jetsons-style world of flying cars and jet packs, but there’s no disputing the web will be everywhere in 2014. In the not-too-distant future, Google’s driverless cars will be simply another example of connected objects, whisking you from place to place, with the dashboard located on your phone. source – Telegraph UK.

by NTEB News Desk

Moms Can Feel Inflation Even If Obama Economists Can’t.


The typical American mom must think government economists have rocks in their head.

According to the number crunchers at the Labor Department, over the last year, prices were up only 1.2 percent, and for the month of November, inflation was zero, nada, zilch!

Surely economists don’t eat, or at least shop, where mom does. Sliced bread and hamburger, staples in her family’s diet, were up a lot last month. And she faces higher health insurance costs and co-pays, thanks to Obamacare.

Editor’s Note: Obama’s Budget Takes Aim at Retired Americans 

The government’s Consumer Price Index tries to measure gains in prices across the entire economy, but that stat is only an average. Most Americans simply need some items more than others, and sometimes it is those necessities that rise the most.

For example, average consumer prices were flat in November largely because gasoline prices were down, but most of everything else was up. For the mom in Brooklyn who rides the subway to work, lower driving costs are not much help. Heating oil, which many families must purchase in New England, rose at a nearly four percent annual pace.

Back to the food aisle. The price of steak was down but most moms don’t buy much sirloin these days, and must purchase about the same amount of hamburger each month.

It may be great that restaurants catering to hedge fund managers got a break on bovine protein, but mom can’t mix a porterhouse to fashion a meatloaf to feed her hungry family.

Over the last decade, many Americans have not had much in the way of pay raises, and some who lost their jobs have new ones that pay less or no job at all. Even if inflation had been zero, they would be worse off.

The bite of state and local taxes has increased, even as community services have declined and more children are required to pay for school supplies. All that leaves moms with less to spend on rent and groceries, but the CPI misses all that.

Also, the CPI does not consider new products that have become necessities, unless a mom wants her children to be grossly disadvantaged.

Internet, smart phones and tablets were not in the family budget at the turn of the century. All that technology is great, but kids don’t eat fewer peanut butter and jelly sandwiches now that they have iPads.

Prices of some essentials — or things that should be — never fall, no matter what!

During the financial crisis many Americans put off treating less than urgent medical conditions, and some health care providers were less busy than they would like. When was the last time your dentist sent a flier announcing “inventory clearance on kids’ checkups and crowns — 30 percent off”?

Times have been tough for most Americans, and it is natural to focus on the rising price of hamburger and ignore the falling price of chicken, but in 2013, families were asked to endure more than $200 billion in higher federal taxes.

The bigger tax bite left mom with less to buy what her family needs but the government doesn’t include its take in the Consumer Price Index-even though it could.

You can bet the gang at the White House or on Capitol Hill will never publish data on the skyrocketing cost of government.

Politicians don’t struggle on a budget quite the same way mom does. They can print money, or borrow and never repay, in ways she can’t.

Politicians can simply tax mom, as she strolls down the supermarket aisle and doesn’t adequately appreciate how great it is to live in a nation without inflation.

Editor’s Note: 
Obama’s Budget Takes Aim at Retired Americans 

© 2013 Moneynews. All rights reserved.

By Peter Morici Twitter @pmorici1

Boehner’s Advice: Begin Your Day With Breakfast at a Diner.


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House Speaker John Boehner suggests to Esquire magazine readers that they have breakfast at a diner.

The men’s magazine asked the Ohio Republican for a recommendation for its readers for January. 

Boehner doesn’t name his favorite diner in the article, but it is well known among Washington politicians as Pete’s.

“Most mornings when I’m in Washington, I have breakfast at the same place,” Boehner said. “It’s a diner.

“I get up early and go for a walk, and then stop by the diner on my way back to my apartment to read the news on my iPad and a stack of memos to prepare for the day,” Boehner said Tuesday. “It’s a comforting ritual, particularly in the dead of winter.”

The diner, the speaker said, reminds him of the bar his father owned while he was growing up in Ohio.

“I’ve been going there for years, and the staff all know me,” Boehner said. “They’re mostly immigrants from China and Vietnam. They don’t make a fuss over me — and they never talk to the reporters who come to snoop around every now and again.

“I sit at the counter in jeans and a ball cap,” he continued, adding that his usual meal is “eggs, and sometimes sausage, but never on Fridays.”

He also doesn’t order the bacon.

“My diner makes lousy bacon. I don’t know why,” he said.

“I’m always looking for new diners, and when I find one I like, I stick with it.

“It’s an anchor to my day, a way to feel like I’m home in Ohio no matter where I am,” the speaker said. “That’s why I endorse breakfast at a diner.”

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Newt Gingrich: I Almost Bought ‘Grand Theft Auto V,’ Staff Disadvised.


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By Morgan Chilson

Newt Gingrich is a digital guru, doing all of his reading on an iPad and pushing his tech limits to use Google Glass — but his staff talked him out of buying “Grand Theft Auto V.”

In an interview with AdWeek about his digital lifestyle, Gingrich, the co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire” and former Speaker of the House, shared his devotion to his iPad, admitting that he got rid of his desktop computer and has a laptop at home that he’s probably not going to use.

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“There are enough applications on the iPad that allow me to write and edit about as well as I could on a laptop,” he told AdWeek.

Despite his digital commitment, Gingrich said he doesn’t play computer games, although he toyed with the idea of buying the latest “Grand Theft Auto.”

“I almost bought Grand Theft Auto V, but my staff talked me out of it. I thought, anything that sold a billion dollars’ worth in three days, you should at least have some notion of what it was like,” he said. “But some of the younger staff explained, ‘This is probably not you.’”

He does use Twitter and Facebook, but doesn’t mess with Instagram. His @newtgingrich Twitter account has almost 1.5 million followers.

Gingrich told AdWeek that he and Callista use Google Glass mostly for video purposes because “we’re not that clever yet” to do some of the more out-of-the-ordinary things.

“I’m not sure that it’s going to catch on since it’s a little weird, but one of our theories is that you want to constantly push yourself to try something new and different,” he said.

New and different doesn’t extend to TV, though, where Gingrich said he watches mostly old movies and sports. But he is using Duolingo and Rosetta Stone apps on his iPad to learn Spanish. His wife’s favorite is a McDonald’s app that shows where the nearest Big Mac can be found, he said.

“We’re both McDonald’s fanatics,” he told AdWeek. It’s a love that gets him a lot of attention online.

Editor’s Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

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Online Sales, Thanksgiving Openings Eat Into Black Friday Shopping.


Thanksgiving Day store openings and online sales ate heavily into Black Friday shopping this year.

Shoppers spent $9.74 billion at stores in the U.S. on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that’s typically the busiest shopping day of the year. That’s a 13.2 percent drop from a year ago, according to data released Saturday afternoon by retail research firm ShopperTrak. However, combined spending over Thanksgiving and Black Friday rose 2.3 percent.

A few retailers opened stores on Thanksgiving for the last few years. This year, at least a dozen major retailers did so, with some opening earlier in the day. That led some analysts to question whether the Thanksgiving openings would take away sales on Black Friday.

Online sales on Thanksgiving Day also rose, climbing 19.7 percent compared with a year ago, according to IBM Benchmark data.

And estimates showed that Americans’ online shopping for Black Friday deals soared to $3 billion during a two-day period beginning on Thanksgiving, with tablets and cell phones used for nearly a quarter of sales.

Online purchases reached $1.93 billion on Friday itself, the unofficial start of the retail sector’s holiday season.

That marked a 39 percent increase over 2012, according to software maker Adobe, which analyzed 400 million visits on some 2,000 American shopping websites.

Early Black Friday sales, which began on Thanksgiving, reached $1.06 billion, up 18 percent from last year, according to Adobe.

Technology giant IBM also found similar numbers for overall online sales as it looked at 800 merchant websites.

It said online sales jumped 19.7 percent on Thanksgiving and 19 percent on Black Friday, with orders averaging $135.27, a 2.2 percent increase compared to last year.

Online shoppers may have been wise to avoid stores, with reports of fistfights, a stabbing and a shooting as people elbowed their way through crowded shopping floors to snatch heavily discounted items.

Sales from mobile devices accounted for 24.2 percent of the total, according to Adobe, with purchases from tablets representing 15.6 percent of those sales and purchases from smartphones representing 8.6 percent.

Similarly IBM found that mobile devices accounted for 21.8 percent of sales.

According to Adobe, of the $3 billion in total online sales over the two days, $417 million was done on iPads and $126 million was done on iPhones, while Android phones were used to buy $106 million in purchases and Android tablets accounted for $42 million.

IBM said tablets were used for 14.4 percent of online sales, against 7.2 percent on smartphones. On average, tablet users each spent $132.75 and smartphone users spent $115.63.

The company also found that iPad and iPhone users spent more, shelling out an average of $127.92, compared to $105.20 for users of Google’s Android system.

Adobe agreed that Apple users spent more than people using Android devices.

Purchases made from Apple devices accounted for 18.1 percent of total online sales, against 3.5 percent for Android devices.

IBM and Adobe did not examine purchases made in stores.

An estimate of total Thanksgiving weekend sales — including both online and in stores — is expected Sunday.

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By Newsmax Wires

10 Guest-Preaching Tips So They Will Invite You Back.


Have you ever been invited back as a guest preacher?

Have you ever been invited back as a guest preacher? (Lightstock)

Have you been invited to be a guest preacher?

I have had the opportunity to do a bit of guest preaching lately. I have also dealt with my fair share of good and bad guest preachers.

Here are some tips to help make you a better guest preacher—one they will actually want to invite back.

1. Honor the senior pastor. Most pastors do not get nearly enough appreciation for the extremely hard work they do for their churches. They will never stand up on stage and toot their own horn. So as the guest preacher, you should toot it for them.

Let the people know why you love their pastor. Create an opportunity for everyone to clap for him. Give the man some honor and recognition (1 Tim. 5:17).

2. Respect the time limit. Ask how long you are scheduled to preach—and stick with it! Do not go longer than the time you are given. You are a guest. Don’t overstay your welcome!

Not all churches have a clock visible from stage, so I personally use the Presentation Clock app on my iPhone. I set the time I have to preach, and it counts down for me. The timer turns yellow when I have 10 minutes left, red when I have 5 minutes, and inverts colors and starts counting up every second that I have gone over. It is a simple app but immensely helpful.

3. Arrive early. Be there before you have to be. Get to know the sound guys and other volunteers who arrive early. Talk to people in the audience before the service, and participate in the worship service.

Don’t freak everyone out because the service is about to start and they don’t know where their guest speaker is. I had this happen to me once.

4. Stay late. Don’t preach and run. Again, talk to people. Stick around and hear their stories. Pray with them.

Hanging around until the place clears out benefits everyone. They want to talk to the guest speaker. They will encourage you. They will feel important because you listened to them. And you will always learn something.

5. Know your audience. Tailor your application to who you are speaking to. If you are preaching to teenagers, your application needs to be different than if you are preaching to senior citizens. Preaching to inmates in prison should be different than stay-at-home moms.

Know who you are speaking to and what they are going through. And if you don’t know, ask.

6. Honor the topic, text or series you are given. I don’t care if you don’t like it or would rather preach on something else. Follow instructions. Do your absolute best to honor the direction and intention the church sets for you. It is not about you. Help the church win.

7. Know the stage transitions. Know when you are supposed to walk on stage. Know how it will be handed off to you. Also know how you are supposed to hand it off when you are done. Are you supposed to pray, lead into Communion, introduce a song or close out the service? The transitions are important.

I went to an event once where the guest speaker was always clueless on when his cue was to come on stage. As a result, there were many awkward transitions that distracted from the message.

8. Say thank you. Make sure you say thank you to the pastor who invited you to preach. Thank any of the staff who helped you. Thank the video and sound people. Thank the worship leader. Don’t act like a rock star. Show your gratitude.

9. Learn how to accept a compliment. People will inevitably compliment you. Even if you don’t preach well, some people will still say “Good job” out of sympathy. It’s weird but true.

Do not be arrogant and boast about yourself: “God has given me a tremendous gift!” Also, don’t be so humble that you brush aside their compliment: “It has nothing to do with me, sir. All glory to God.”

Repeat after me: “Thank you.” That is it. That is all you need to say. A sincere thank you.

10. Come prepared. Take your invitation to preach seriously. Be professional. Know your material. Provide notes, slides, Scripture, videos or outlines in advance. Communicate with the person in charge of the service so you know what to expect.

You also need to be prepared for anything. If you have slides or videos on a computer or DVD, always have a backup just in case one fails. If you preach with an iPad, have backup notes.

11. Bonus tip: Ask for feedback. After you preach, send a follow-up email. Thank them for the opportunity to speak. Let them know you enjoyed your time with them. And most importantly, ask for feedback.

You could ask them to take a brief survey or just ask if they have any tips on how you could do better next time. This shows that you care and also that you are eager to learn and get better.

The feedback you get from this will be gold. Don’t get offended. Take it seriously. Never stop learning and working to get better.

In the end, you still have to deliver a great message. Bring your “A game.” But add these tips on top of a great message and you will be the kind of guest preacher people will want to invite back.

Written by Brandon Hilgemann

Brandon Hilgemann has been on a nine-year journey to become the best preacher he can possibly be. During this time, he has worked in churches of all sizes, from a church plant to some of the largest and fastest growing churches in the United States. Brandon blogs his thoughts and ideas from his journey at ProPreacher.com.

For the original article, visit pastors.com.

3 Vital Plans in Multiplying Leaders.


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I love simple, effective strategies. And the strategy Jesus used to multiply leaders before email, texts, iPads and even printed books was incredibly effective! He did it old school.

1. Educate (face to face). Jesus often took the disciples away to solitary places and taught them the mysteries of the kingdom.

We have to give those we lead the right information. They need to know things like job descriptions, goals, expectations, communication routes, vision and direction. As we look to equip leaders, communicating with them face to face lets them know how valuable they are to us.

2. Engage (shoulder to shoulder). Jesus didn’t just teach His followers what they needed to know; He showed them real application of what He taught. Seeing what was taught applied gave greater value to the information they received.

When we engage with those we lead, we invite them to walk with us, to see the required demonstrated firsthand. That means allowing them to see the good, the bad and the ugly. We allow them to walk shoulder to shoulder with us.

3. Empower (back to back). Jesus sent out the 70 and the 12. He educated them, and He engaged with them, demonstrating what and how things needed to be done. But then He empowered them, He gave them an assignment and the authority to accomplish it and let them go.

There is no greater joy or more effective way to multiply leaders than empowering them to go and use the very things they have been taught and shown. We must allow those with us to become one of us and then, back to back, guard one another as we take new ground for the kingdom.

Which one of these steps do you have the most difficulty in seeing happen?.

Written by Artie Davis

Artie Davis is the pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, S.C. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church planting and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at ArtieDavis.com or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.

For the original article, visit artiedavis.com.

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