Sunday, July 30, 2006

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Things That Matter -- A New Recording

My wife, Carol, and I made several recordings of Christian music in the 1970's and 1980's. We used these tools for ministry as we traveled around the country preaching and singing the Gospel. Believe it or not, we hear today from some who still listen and are blessed through those recordings. Remind me to tell you the "yard sale" cassette story some day. Oh, by the way, we still have some plastic albums and 8-track tapes collecting dust. I've even thought about posting them on Ebay to see if they might generate a bid.

I have recently been singing with sound tracks of excellent quality and annointing produced at Benson Sound in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Last year I made inquiry with Benson Sound about recoring with them and set a date for December of 2005. However, I ended up with a herniated disk in my neck which delayed the recording process until this year. Carol and I made the trip to Oklahoma City on June 1 and spent the next day in the studio. The result is a new recording titled, Things That Matter, which includes fourteen songs around the themes of Faith, Family and Freedom.

Here is a listing of the songs on the new project:
  1. We Will Glorify
  2. Hallowed Be Thy Name
  3. We Fall Down
  4. Medley: Heaven’s Jubilee – When We All Get To Heaven – What A Day That Will Be
  5. Medley: Above All / My Jesus I Love Thee
  6. I Never Shall Forget The Day
  7. Medley: Turn Your Eyes / There Is None Like You
  8. Let The Redeemed
  9. Medley: If I Gained The World – Jesus Is The Sweetest Name I Know
  10. Singing With The Saints
  11. He Set Me Free
  12. Strongholds Are Coming Down
  13. America Bless God
  14. Things That Matter

Our prayer is that God will use the recording to touch someone's life with His love and grace.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Immigration Issue

This is circulating the net. If it’s an accurate description of the bill, its kind of funny (in a maddening sort of way).

July 7, 2006

The Honorable Paul S. Sarbanes
309 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510

Dear Senator Sarbanes,

As a native Marylander and excellent customer of the Internal RevenueService, I am writing to ask for your assistance. I have contacted theImmigration and Naturalization Service in an effort to determine theprocess for becoming an illegal alien and they referred me to you.

My reasons for wishing to change my status from U.S. Citizen to illegalalien stem from the bill which was recently passed by the Senate and forwhich you voted. If my understanding of this bill's provisions is accurate,as an illegal alien who has been in the United States for five years, whatI need to do to become a citizen is to pay a $2,000 fine and income taxesfor three of the last five years. I know a good deal when I see one and Iam anxious to get the process started before everyone figures it out.

Simply put, those of us who have been here legally have had to pay taxesevery year, so I'm excited about the prospect of avoiding two years of taxesin return for paying a $2,000 fine. Is there any way that I can apply tobe illegal retroactively? This would yield an excellent result for me andmy family because we paid heavy taxes in 2004 and 2005.

Another benefit in gaining illegal status would be that my daughter would receive preferential treatment relative to her law school applications.

If you would provide me with an outline of the process to become illegal(retroactively if possible) and copies of the necessary forms, I would bemost appreciative. Thank you for your assistance.

Your Loyal Constituent,

Pete McGlaughlin