Microsoft – Brad Smith – Community

 

Bill Gates

Those who have used email prior to 2000 or so, will remember how much Bill Gates used to be vilified.

With his Giving Pledge ( Link ) and work with United Nations it is likely that the angst might be receding a bit.

 

Microsoft

I was effused with the same relieve, enthusiasm, and hope upon reading this blog posting by Microsoft’s General Counsel, Brad Smith.

 

Proposal calls for case-by-case exception process for law-abiding visa holders with pressing needs
Link

In last Friday’s executive order, the President expressly gave to the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security the authority to grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis, consistent with the national interest, to issue visas and other immigration benefits. Today Microsoft is filing a formal request asking these cabinet officers to create a process to grant exceptions that will permit “Responsible Known Travelers with Pressing Needs” to re-enter the country while protecting the nation’s security. The important details for this proposal are included in our formal request and are outlined below.

At the outset, we recognize that this proposal will not and should not end the broader debate and deliberations regarding last week’s executive order. Our company is one among many that has expressed its views, and we will continue to participate energetically and constructively in the public discussions that help define our democratic processes.

But even amidst these debates, there is an opportunity under the executive order to address the pressing needs of real people. There currently are law-abiding visa holders who are parents that were outside the United States last Friday and therefore cannot re-enter the country. These parents are stranded and separated from their children. Other individuals are confronting genuine family emergencies such as the need to visit a critically ill parent.

At Microsoft we have seen these needs first-hand through some of our 76 employees who are impacted by last week’s order and, together with their 41 dependents, have nonimmigrant visas to live in the United States. These needs almost certainly are not unique to our employees and their families. We believe that limited but important steps to help all such individuals can be taken by the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security, consistent with national security and the authority that the President expressly gave to them.

As we explain in our formal request, U.S. immigration authorities already have a wide range of personal information about individuals in the visa categories that we have proposed. This includes individuals’ occupation, place of residence, place of work, family members, state identification/driver’s license information, and the existence of any criminal history. In short, these individuals are “known quantities” in their communities: their character, personalities, conduct, and behavior is understood by their colleagues, employers, friends, and neighbors.

Many of these individuals also fill critical roles in the organizations that employ them, whether they are doctors, scientists, engineers, medical technicians, software developers, or any number of other highly skilled professionals. They are deeply valued contributors to the innovation, research and business acumen of our nation, and they serve critical roles in the successful operations of U.S. companies.

We also believe it is appropriate to consider the needs of impacted foreign students pursuing their studies at our nation’s universities. It would be tragic for a student to be faced with the need to forfeit a dream of completing one’s education in the United States to tend to family needs that are entirely outside of one’s control.

In sum, we believe there is a clear opportunity for limited and important action under last week’s executive order.

We know that we do not have all the answers; in publishing this proposal, we hope that others will improve upon our ideas. Nor does this request attempt to address all the important immigration questions currently before the nation. But we believe there is a need and opportunity, amidst the broader debate, for immediate action under the executive order to help real people address pressing needs.

Bible Quotes

  1. Most Important Commandments
    • One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: “Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?”
      Jesus replied, “What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?”
      The man answered, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.’
      And, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

      “Right!” Jesus told him. “Do this and you will live!
      ( Luke 10:25-28 )
  2. Good Samaritan
    • “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.
      The man replied, “The one who showed him mercy.”
      Then Jesus said, “Yes, now go and do the same.”
      ( Luke 10:36-37 )
  3. Justice
    • The stranger who resides with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.
    • To vindicate the orphan and the oppressed, So that man who is of the earth will no longer cause terror ( Psalm 10:18 )
    • He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing. ( Deuteronomy 10:18 )
  4. Eldership
    • Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the diseased you have not healed, the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. ( Ezekiel 34:4 )
    • But Jesus called them aside and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their superiors exercise authority over them”. ( Matthew 20:25, Mark 10:42, Luke 22:25 )

 

Quotes

  1. Andre Agassi
    • You think to yourself : Am I making him do something special, or am I letting him get away with something ? I think I made him earn it. I made him play the big shot at crucial times, and he came through , so that’s just full credit to him – Andre Agassi – On losing to Mark Philippoussis in the British Open 2003 ( here )
    • First of all, let me say, 1:15 in the morning, for 20,000 people to still be here, I wasn’t the winner, tennis was. That’s awesome. I don’t know if I’ve ever felt so good here before.  ( Link )
    • Sex doesn’t interfere with your tennis; it’s staying out all night trying to find it that affects your tennis.
    • Tennis was always sort of a – a learning. It was a vehicle for me to discover a lot about myself.
      And the things that I sort of discovered at times I not only didn’t want to see it for myself but I certainly didn’t want millions of people to see it
  2. Warren Buffett
    • My wealth has come from a combination of living in America, some lucky genes, and compound interest. Both my children and I won what I call the ovarian lottery. (For starters, the odds against my 1930 birth taking place in the U.S. were at least 30 to 1. My being male and white also removed huge obstacles that a majority of Americans then faced.) My luck was accentuated by my living in a market system that sometimes produces distorted results, though overall it serves our country well. I’ve worked in an economy that rewards someone who saves the lives of others on a battlefield with a medal, rewards a great teacher with thank-you notes from parents, but rewards those who can detect the mispricing of securities with sums reaching into the billions. In short, fate’s distribution of long straws is wildly capricious – Warren Buffett
  3. George B. Kaiser
    • I suppose I arrived at my charitable commitment largely through guilt. I recognized early on, that my good fortune was not due to superior personal character or initiative so much as it was to dumb luck.
      I was blessed to be born in an advanced society with caring parents. So, I had the advantage of both genetics (winning the “ovarian lottery”) and upbringing.
      As I looked around at those who did not have these advantages, it became clear to me that I had a moral obligation to direct my resources to help right that balance.America’s “social contract” is equal opportunity.
      It is the most fundamental principle in our founding documents and it is what originally distinguished us from the old Europe.
      Yet, we have failed in achieving that seminal goal; in fact, we have lost ground in recent years.
      Another distinctly American principle is a shared partnership between the public and private sectors to foster the public good.
      So, if the democratically-directed public sector is shirking, to some degree, its responsibility to level the playing field, more of that role must shift to the private sector – George B. Kaiser

Seeing Things as they were

Brad Smith joined Microsoft 1in 1993.

He worked internally and with outside counsel through what many adversaries judged was anti-competitive.

In its early years, it was a small company that barely had a face in Washington.

I am old enough to sense that people’s opinion and tagging does not always change.

Pride

Personally, today is one of those days that I am proud to have invested in Microsoft tools and products for a while here.

And, even more importantly, to belong to a group that is closely aligned with the stewardess of what is best and the only thing that will last in all of us.

 

Closing

And, in closing “Rejoice in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality” ( Romans 12:12-13 ).

I hope your religion, but more intimately your proximity to God, allows you to enjoin yourself and others to him in love.

One wise man once  said “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Peter wrote to the elders:

Be shepherds of God’s flock that is among you, watching over them not out of compulsion, but because it is God’s will; not out of greed, but out of eagerness; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.…

As that is what is son came and laid on the cross for.

As prophesied in the Psalms:

The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

Sermons – 2016/July

Sermons

  1. Pat Schatzline
    • Saving Private You
      Link
    • Pat Schatzline at Summer Ramp 2013 “The Simeon Cry”
      Link
    • I Am Remnant National Conference – Pat Schatzline
      Link
  2. Damon Thompson
    • Damon Thompson- Finding Focus in the Storm
      Sermon
    • Damon Thompson – Carolina Revival 12/14/14
      Sermon
    • Damon Thompson – Carrier of Revival
      Sermon
      At High Praise Panama City Fl. 2010

  3. John Piper
    • The Baptism of The Spirit ,Pastor John Piper
      Link

 

In-Depth

Pat Schatzline

Saving Private You

  1. Preached @ Trinity Church, Cedar Hill, TX
  2. Published on Sept 26th, 2012
  3. 911 came flashing
  4. Quotes – Bible
    • Psalm 91:1-4
      My Refuge and My FortressHe who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
      I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!”…
      Surely he will save you
      from the fowler’s snare
      and from the deadly pestilence.

      He will cover you with his feathers,
      and under his wings you will find refuge;
      his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

    • Ephesians 3:20
      Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us 
    • Psalm 51:6
      Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb;
      you taught me wisdom in that secret place. 
    • Matthew 5:6
      Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 
    • Malachi 3:16
      The Book of Remembrance
      ‘So now we call the arrogant blessed; not only are the doers of wickedness built up but they also test God and escape.'”
      Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the LORD gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the LORD and who esteem His name.
      “They will be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts, “on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”… 
    • 1st Corinthians 4:1-5
      This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
      Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.
      But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself.
      For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
      Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God. 
    • Joel 2:15-17
      Between Sanctuary entrance and altar,

          let the priests, God’s servants, weep tears of repentance.
      Let them intercede: “Have mercy, God, on your people!
          Don’t abandon your heritage to contempt.
      Don’t let the pagans take over and rule them
          and sneer, ‘And so where is this God of theirs?’” 
    • 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
      The Rescue
      All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too. 
    • Hebrew 4
      When the Promises Are Mixed with Faith
      For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us on to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified. We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with faith. If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting. But not if we don’t have faith 
    • Luke 4:23
      The Rejection at Nazareth
      Jesus said to them, “Surely you will quote this proverb to me: ‘Physician, heal yourself!’ And you will tell me, ‘Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'”
       
    • Psalm 68:9
      You shed abroad a plentiful rain, O God; You confirmed Your inheritance when it was parched.

      Your creatures settled in it; You provided in Your goodness for the poor, O God.… 
  5. Quotes
    • It is easy to be public and not protect your private Life
  6. Quotes – Donald Rumsfeld – Adrift in Life
    • Rumsfeld learned this lesson while in naval flight training.  “If you are lost,” Rumsfeld writes, “climb, conserve and confess.”  This is the lesson as Rumsfeld describes it.“Climb meant that the pilot should gain altitude so that he could see a greater distance, get his bearings, and if necessary, glide without power to a safe landing.”  Conserve meant reducing airspeed and leaning out the fuel and have more time to figure out where he is.  And confess meant getting on the radio promptly and announcing to all who might be listening , ‘I’m lost and I need help.’” ( Link )
  7. Quotes – Smith Wigglesworth
    • If you do not have a secret place, your Life will be full of secrets
  8. Quotes – Malcolm Forbes
    • When you cease to dream, you cease to live
  9. Remarks
    • Looking In
      • In Revelation 3, Laodicea Church, Jesus is standing outside the door, knocking, Looking In
      • How did Jesus get outside the door?
        • May be we love our gifts more than we love him
    • Knowing Him
      • Knowing him is my ability to eat and to go after him
      • What good is it to feed everybody else, if I am thirsting myself
    • Whoever carries the Flag in battle, get shot first
    • My destiny is determined by my desire to know him
    • How many my brothers have been killed in Battle. They should have been great
      • Malachi said that he is still writing the scroll of their lives ( Malachi 3:15-17 )
    • Pray for your elders
      • The priest lay in the doorpost making intercession ( Joel 2:17 )
    • Jesus get me a boat, the people are pushing on me
    • Come to me, and say you need counseling, I will say pray
    • God does not hide, the frailty of his people
    • If you can not separate into his Presence, the hard time will separate you from him
    • At a conference approached by someone
      • The person drew three circles
      • One circle for Mental, the other for Spiritual, and the next for Physical
      • Been told, you are doing good Spiritually, but not so mentally nor physically
      • If you were a car, the car will be on the side of the highway broken down
    • Chick-Fil-a
      • Ticked off, if I fly into Atlanta, Chick-Fil-a will not be opened
      • As it is Sunday
      • And, Chick-Fil-a’s founder thinks people should rest on Sunday
      • Hebrew 4
    • Physician heal thyself