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Jobs and Opportunity

"Any strategy to reduce intergenerational poverty has to be centered on work, not welfare- not only because work provides independence and income but also because work provides order, structure, dignity, and opportunities for growth in people's lives."
"Still we can assume that with lawful work available for young men now in the drug trade, crime in many communities would drop; that as a consequence more employers would locate businesses in these neighborhoods and a self-sustaining economy would begin to take root... over the course of ten or fifteen years norms would begin to change, young men and women would begin to imagine a future for themselves, marriage rates would rise, and children would have a more stable world in which to grow up."
- Both of these excerpts are taken from The Audacity of Hope by President Barack Obama

Not that I agree with everything President Obama has done as our Nation's Leader, but there is much merit to his statements here.


The Coming Jobs War Completed

I just finished reading The Coming Jobs War by Jim Clifton.

The root of the content is economics, and how the competition for good jobs will determine international power and commerce in the future.

I recommend public and private sector leaders, and aspiring leaders, read this book.

A few key notes from the book that stood out to me:

The combination of cities, educational institutions, and leaders (private and public) fuel job creation.High school dropout and graduation rates are the fate of the nation. Leaders must do whatever is necessary to keep students in school.Engaged and high-energy workplaces result in engaged and high-energy employees that produce superior results. This leads to more customers, more jobs, more startups, and more economic energy.Jobs grow where new customers appear. Businesses need to be customer-friendly and have deep customer insight to grow their enterprises and create jobs.Where there are small and medium-sized businesses, there are jobs and bright futures…

The Studio

I'd like to share exactly what's in my music studio to provide an idea of some of the capabilities packaged in this tiny space and hope it encourages you.

2 computersThe laptop is where the music is created. This is all done in Propellerheads Reason 9.0.The desktop is solely for mixing and post-production work. This is done using a combination ofACID Pro 7.0Adobe Audition 3.0Amazing Slow DownerPropellerheads RecycleSony Sound Forge 10.0WavePad Sound Editor2 Platinum KRK Rokit 5 G3 Sound Monitors- some of the clearest speakers on the planet.AKAI MPD26- just like the classic AKAI MPC's only it's completely MIDI-driven.Focusright Scarlett Solo- the interface that connects hardware instruments to Reason.Korg 03R/W- an analog synth-filled module featuring sounds that are tough to mimic digitally.Kurzweil MicroPiano- one of the best sound modules ever. The piano and string variations sound strikingly authentic and distinct.M-Audio KeyStation 49ES- a lightweight and travel-fri…

Stewardship and Responsibility

"What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel."- 1 Corinthians 9:18

Scripture speaks of responsibility and authority to govern your sphere of influence with integrity. 
Everything God has given you stewardship of: time, mind, body, finances, and relationships, should be handled with responsibility and within His sovereign boundaries clearly depicted in Scripture.
I gather five points here: Use your authority wisely. It matters and it pleases God.Lead people who depend on you to greater understanding and growth. Not to yourself.Don't use authority for your own benefit.Your authority is not for you, but to ultimately show forth God's glory on earth. God-honoring leadership steers people to healing and improvement. Self-driven leadership results in abuse of power, confusion, and hurt. Leaders, do not abuse your authority. Take the domain God has given you to exerc…

Thank You For Your Child

"LORD, we thank you for your child, born in a manger meek and mild. Unto us this day born the King of Israel... 
Hallelujah born is the King, Hallelujah His praises we sing."
The chief reason we celebrate Christmas is Jesus' birth and the incredible gift God gave mankind to make salvation free and available to all who believe.

No, Jesus was not born on Christmas. But, that does not discount how God's Only Son came to earth to save us all. 

Christ is mankind's only hope. Because He later died a brutal death that bore our sins and later resurrected with all power, we celebrate. The salvation story begins with His birth. This song captures the essence of that message. Lord We Thank You For Your Child!

Trump, Pence Take Action for Economic Development

Regardless of where you stood on the most recent Presidential Election, it should be nonetheless interesting that President-Elect Donald Trump's first action, outside of administration picks, is helping keep jobs in the US by talking directly with the CEO of United Technologies Corp.

United Technologies Corp. is the parent company of Carrier, the air conditioner and furnace manufacturer.

Why did Trump talk with the CEO of United Technologies Corp.? United Technologies Corp. was intending to eliminate 2,100 jobs spread across Indiana and move them to Mexico.

Knowing this, Mr. Trump and Vice President-Elect and Indiana Governor Mike Pence held meetings with United Technologies' leadership that, no doubt, influenced the manufacturer's decision.

Like any Governor who wants to (and should) retain jobs in their state, Mr. Pence and Mr. Trump, likely in partnership with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, put together a package that includes $7 million in tax breaks. As…