Mary Jo McConahay – “The Tango War”

Preface

Richard Feinberg

Link
During World War II, the United States urged Latin America to join the struggle. Washington aimed to deny Germany and Italy access to vital raw materials from the continent, disrupt fascist spy networks there, and protect transatlantic sea-lanes. The U.S. war machine relied on Mexican oil and Brazilian rubber; Mexicans replaced American farm workers diverted to military service; and a Brazilian expeditionary force fought bravely in the invasion of Italy. These facts have been well recorded elsewhere, but McConahay, a seasoned journalist, enriches her dramatic account of the period with sympathetic interviews of survivors whose lives were scarred by wartime disruptions. She reminds readers that U.S. behavior was not always noble. People of German and Japanese origin living in Latin America were kidnapped, shipped to remote prison camps in the United States, and sometimes bartered for American prisoners of war. And opportunistic U.S. firms seized market shares from their excluded Axis competitors. Distrustful of U.S. power, some Latin American countries leaned toward neutrality or even the Axis, but McConahay reveals the essential truth that, in a time of great peril, the United States and most of Latin America found common cause against a shared enemy.

Videos

  1. C-SPAN
    • Profile
      • Journalist Mary Jo McConahay provided a history of Latin American involvement in World War II, as both the Allied and the Axis powers vied for its support.
    • Video #1
      Published On :- 2018-Sept-18th
      Link

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering” – 2 Timothy 4:6

Background

Life in God, Life with God is the most cherished of all things.

Yes, it is seasonal.

There are those times when God needs us to draw in closer and there are times he releases us into ministry.

 

Scripture

Apostle Paul

Apostle Paul spoke of this intimacy in a couple of places. i.e:

  1. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out like a drink offering …
    ( 2 Timothy 4:5-6 )
  2. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you.
    ( Philippians 2:17 )

Hannah

1st Samuel 1

  1. Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.
  2. As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
  3. “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”

 

Oswald Chambers

Are you ready to be poured out as an offering

Link

An act of will not emotions.

Then accept the consequences as they come, without any complaints, in spite of what God may send your way. God sends you through a crisis in private, where no other person can help you. From the outside your life may appear to be the same, but the difference is taking place in your will. Once you have experienced the crisis in your will, you will take no thought of the cost when it begins to affect you externally. If you don’t deal with God on the level of your will first, the result will be only to arouse sympathy for yourself.

“Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar” (Psalm 118:27). You must be willing to be placed on the altar and go through the fire; willing to experience what the altar represents— burning, purification, and separation for only one purpose— the elimination of every desire and affection not grounded in or directed toward God. But you don’t eliminate it, God does. You “bind the sacrifice…to the horns of the altar” and see to it that you don’t wallow in self-pity once the fire begins. After you have gone through the fire, there will be nothing that will be able to trouble or depress you. When another crisis arises, you will realize that things cannot touch you as they used to do.

Beloved

Beloved, when you are drawing in closer what does it look like to you.  What does it feel like.

When you are hearing him afresh.  When you are discerning his will in and for life.

When clarity counts.

When it is not just for your benefit.

But, for the benefit of those who need to hear from him and be brought into his presence. Into his Being.

Earvin “Magic” Johnson On “I dwell among my own people”

Background

And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold, thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee? wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host? And she answered, I dwell among mine own people.
( 2nd King 4:13 )

 

Videos

  1. Earvin “Magic” Johnson Preaching The Word Of God at West Angeles COGIC 2018!
    Channel :- Jonathan DesVerney Gospel Channel
    Published On :- 2019-Jan-1st
    Video

 

Pastor John Gray & Aventer Gray

Background

As always this a tough one.

But, it shows the dexterity and elasticity of leadership.

Link

 

Transcripts

The South Carolina megachurch pastor who drew criticism when he bought his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini as an anniversary present in December, admitted the couple almost got a divorce.

John Gray, whose Relentless Church is based out of Greenville, said he failed his wife, Aventer, before giving her the expensive car, a video on YouTube shows.

“For the last two years we weren’t even sure if we were going to make it. This is what the people saw,” said Gray, who smiled along with his wife as she stood at his side during a church service. “This is what the people saw, but they didn’t see the tears at night, they didn’t see the times when one of us was sleeping on the couch.”

Gray said he was “failing as a husband,” but he and Aventer continued to smile in public even though “nobody knew that we were getting ready to get a divorce,” the video shows.

In the video, Gray said the couple contemplated divorce because he “started listening to the wrong voices, and let some people get too close. And she found out, and she set it off, just like a good wife should.”

At that point in the service, video shows Aventer taking the microphone and offering her perspective on the marital problems. She said somebody preyed on Gray’s insecurities, whispering to the “16-year-old who couldn’t get a date.”

“The devil is alive. I’m standing with my husband and you can go back to the pits of Hell where you came from,” Aventer exclaimed in the video. “Was I upset? Yes. Was I heartbroken? Yes, but you better learn how to get into there for, what’s the vows? For better and worse. When the worse shows up you don’t run away.”

Aventer then claimed the devil was challenging the Grays in an effort to undermine their congregation, according to the video.

“I see you devil, but you don’t want it with me,” Aventer said in the video before shifting her focus to the person who threatened her marriage. “I put scripture on that strange woman. I put scripture on that strange woman. She don’t want it with me.”

In another service on Dec. 30, Gray said he contemplated ending more than his marriage. He admitting to being suicidal, a video posted to YouTube shows.

“I literally thought about how I could end my life and still get to heaven and somehow my kids would not be scarred, but there was no way I could figure out how to do it,” Gray said in the video, later adding “2018 was the worst year of my life.”

Another YouTube video shows Gray attending a service led by Bishop TD Jakes, who put his hands on Gray’s head and called out “the spirit of suicide (which) hangs around your house.” Gray laid on the ground until Jakes ordered him back on to his feet.

In the Dec. 30 service, Gray told his congregation he was wearing his “funeral outfit” because “2018 tried to kill me.” In that video he goes on to say that he takes responsibility for some of his actions. He also said he was targeted by “a supernatural demonic attack.”

Again, he said one of the things that made 2018 so difficult was the possibility of divorce.

I was “talking to my wife, saying I don’t think it’s going to work out. I think we need to go our separate ways,” Gray said in the video. “For the haters watching online, hoping that it was the end, we’re still together.”

Not only is the couple still married, they are going to host a relationship conference. It is for anyone regardless if they are “single, married, divorced or something in between,” according to an Instagram post.

They will be joined by other speakers, including four couples, during the conference Feb. 7-9.

Gray previously was a pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Texas, WSPA reported. He also is the star of a reality TV show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, according to its website.

In addition to being criticized for giving his wife a Lamborghini, Gray also had to defend himself for attending a White House meeting of black religious leaders where he sat next to President Donald Trump, The State reported.

In another service on Dec. 30, Gray said he contemplated ending more than his marriage. He admitting to being suicidal, a video posted to YouTube shows.

“I literally thought about how I could end my life and still get to heaven and somehow my kids would not be scarred, but there was no way I could figure out how to do it,” Gray said in the video, later adding “2018 was the worst year of my life.”

Another YouTube video shows Gray attending a service led by Bishop TD Jakes, who put his hands on Gray’s head and called out “the spirit of suicide (which) hangs around your house.” Gray laid on the ground until Jakes ordered him back on to his feet.

In the Dec. 30 service, Gray told his congregation he was wearing his “funeral outfit” because “2018 tried to kill me.” In that video he goes on to say that he takes responsibility for some of his actions. He also said he was targeted by “a supernatural demonic attack.”

Again, he said one of the things that made 2018 so difficult was the possibility of divorce.

I was “talking to my wife, saying I don’t think it’s going to work out. I think we need to go our separate ways,” Gray said in the video. “For the haters watching online, hoping that it was the end, we’re still together.”

Not only is the couple still married, they are going to host a relationship conference. It is for anyone regardless if they are “single, married, divorced or something in between,” according to an Instagram post.

They will be joined by other speakers, including four couples, during the conference Feb. 7-9.

Gray previously was a pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Texas, WSPA reported. He also is the star of a reality TV show on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network, according to its website.

In addition to being criticized for giving his wife a Lamborghini, Gray also had to defend himself for attending a White House meeting of black religious leaders where he sat next to President Donald Trump, The State reported.

 

Videos

  1. YouTube
    • Pastor John Gray
      • Pastor John Gray’s Wife on ‘Strange Woman’ Who Almost Wrecked Marriage
        Profile :- This video clip is courtesy of John Gray Ministries – From Sermon on Relentless Grace published June 12, 2018.
        Channel :- Leonardo Blair
        Published on :-20189-Jan-4th
        Link
      • The Reset | Pastor John Gray
        Link
        Channel :- Relentless Church
        Published on Jan 3, 2019
        Relentless Church, “Where Purpose Comes Alive.”
        Led by Pastor John Gray.

 

“Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses” ( 1 Timothy 5:19 )

Title Text

Our title text is from 1 Timothy 5:19.

And, it reads :-

Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.

Background

There is a video I placed on YouTube and someone placed a comment that reads :-

Classic example of someone allegorizing every text that they happen to use in a sermon…. that’s not how the Bible was written. Big problem here

My Quick Take

Personally it hurts me that whenever someone tries to help others, those more learned,  see to jump in and critique that person without doing the following.

Points

  1. Specifics
    • Narrowly pinpointing what they have an offense with
    • Specifically help and say how they can do better
  2. Submit
    • Submit to Leadership
      • We all have to be consecrated
      • And, be under some kind of leadership
  3. Struggle
    • Struggle with things, especially when we feel the Spirit is saying otherwise
      • Be minimal, so to speak, and not be flippant.
        Say what the Spirit Said and say “No more, no Less
  4. Seek
    • Seek each other out
    • And, advice in private
    • Modern era through social media provides various ways to seek each other out.  And in the interest of time, be very specific as to where we think the other person might have erred
  5. Understand we are called to various demographics
    • What appeals to demographics is not always intersected
    • Why will God need me, when the other says everything the way I would have said it
    • It is one thing to speak in error
    • Yet another to appeal to various senses and culture
  6. Work Harder
    • I will say work harder, if you are so offended by what someone is teaching
    • Provide contrasting materials and view points
      • So that others can hear
      • And, the person who is wrong can be convicted

Supporting Verses

  • For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. ( 1 Corinthians 11:19 )

Bible Verses

Old Testament

  1. Leviticus
    • Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neighbour; I am the Lord.
      ( Leviticus 19:16 )
  2. Proverbs
    • There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
      ( Proverbs 6:16-19 )
    • A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter.
      ( Proverbs 11:13 )
    • A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
      ( Proverbs 17:22 )
    • The Selfishness of the Unfriendly
      • Who can survive a broken spirit?
        ( Proverbs 18:14 )
      • The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks it out.…
        ( Proverbs 18:15 )
    • The north wind driveth away rain: so doth an angry countenance a backbiting tongue.
      ( Proverbs 25:23 )
    • Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out: so where there is no talebearer, the strife ceaseth.
      ( Proverbs 26:20 )
  3. Psalm
    • Whoso privily slandereth his neighbour, him will I cut off: him that hath an high look and a proud heart will not I suffer.
      ( Psalm 101:5 )

New Testament

  1. 1 Corinthians
    • Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
      ( 1 Corinthians 13:8 )
  2. 2 Corinthians
    • For I fear, lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I would, and that I shall be found unto you such as ye would not: lest there be debates, envyings, wraths, strifes, backbitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults:
      ( 2 Corinthians 12:20 )
  3. Thessalonians
    • Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
      ( Thessalonians 5:11 )
    • And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;
      And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
      Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.
      See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
      ( Thessalonians 5:12-15 )
  4.  Hebrews
    • Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
      ( Hebrews 12:15 )
    • Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
      ( Hebrews 13:17 )
  5.  James
    •  If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
      ( James 1:26 )
    • My dear brothers and sisters, how can you claim to have faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ if you favor some people over others?
      But if you favor some people over others, you are committing a sin. You are guilty of breaking the law.
      So whatever you say or whatever you do, remember that you will be judged by the law that sets you free.
      There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.
      ( James 2:1-12 )
    • Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the Law and judges it. And if you judge the Law, you are not a practitioner of the Law, but a judge of it.
      ( James 4:1 )
    • Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
      ( James 4:7 )

Jesus

  1. Luke
    • Jesus Sends Out the Disciples
      If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.
      Stay at the same house, eating and drinking whatever you are offered. For the worker is worthy of his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
      ( Luke 10:6-7 )
    • For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
      Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
      ( Luke 12:2-3 )
    • But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
      ( Luke 22:32 )
  2. Matthew
    • The Leaven to Beware
      When they crossed to the other side, the disciples forgot to take bread.
      “Watch out!” Jesus told them. “Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
      They discussed this among themselves and concluded, “It is because we did not bring any bread.”…
      ( Matthew 16:6 )
    • If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
      ( Matthew 18:15-17 )

Transcripts

  1. Deliverance By Grace
    • Josh Buice
      • Private Accusations Against Your Pastor Is a Sin
        Link

Videos

  1. 119 Ministry
    • 119 Ministries – Echad – The Necessity for Unity
      Link
  2. Steve Gregg
    • 08. 1 Timothy 5:19 – 6:19 – Steve Gregg
      Channel :- The Body of Christ
      Published On :- 2016-Feb-03rd
      Link

Conclusion

We claim we are speaking for God here.  And, not for ourselves.

If we want to speak for ourselves, there are plenty of materials and videos to speak on.

AWS – Email – SES – Send Email – Thunderbird Configuration

Background

Now that I have received and responded back to AWS/SES email validation, it is time to go back and validate my Outgoing SMTP Server.

Earlier Notes

Here are some earlier notes :-

  1. AWS – Email – “Error Sending Mail – Message Reject : Email address is not verified. The following identities failed the check in region
    Link

 

Thunderbird

Configuration

Here is how to configure Mozilla’s Thunderbird to use an AWS/SES SMTP Server to send email.

Outline

  1. Review Validation Email for Sender
    • Note exact email address
    • Click on validation link
  2. Access the Account Settings panel
    • Account Settings panel
      • Email Address
        • Please use the exact email address that was verified
        • Remember it is Linux and case-sensitive
    •  Outgoing Server ( SMTP )
      • Server Name
        • Region Specific SMTP Server Name
          • US West 2
            • email-smtp.us-west-2.amazonaws.com
      • Port Number
        • 587
      • Connection Security
        • STARTTLS
      • Authentication Method
        • Normal Password
      • Username
        • Enter the username assigned to you by AWS/SES

Sender Email Address Validation

Sample Emails

Here are sample validation emails :-

Dear Amazon Web Services Customer,

We have received a request to authorize this email address for use with Amazon SES and Amazon Pinpoint in region US West (Oregon). If you requested this verification, please go to the following URL to confirm that you are authorized to use this email address:

https://email-verification.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/?Context=78&X-Amz-Date=20190110T212440Z&
Identity.IdentityName=daniel.adeniji%40mylabdomain.com&X-Amz-Algorithm=AWS4-HMAC-SHA256&Identity.IdentityType=EmailAddress&X-Amz-SignedHeaders=host&X-Amz-Credential=AKI%2Fus-west-2%2Fses%2Faws4_request&Operation=ConfirmVerification&Namespace=Bacon&X-Amz-Signature=189


Explanation

  1. Email’s body
    • Please not Identity.IdentityName
      • This is the name that will be specified as your sender

 

Account Settings

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Outgoing – Mail – Configuration

SMTP Server

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References

  1. Amazon
    • AWS
      • SES
        • AWS Documentation » Amazon SES Documentation » Developer Guide » Sending Email with Amazon SES » Sending Your Email with Amazon SES » Using the Amazon SES SMTP Interface to Send Email » Configuring Email Clients to Send Through Amazon SES
          Configuring Email Clients to Send Through Amazon SES
          Link
        • AWS Documentation » Amazon SES Documentation » Developer Guide » Regions and Amazon SES
          Link

SQL Server – SSMS – Query Plan – Compare

Background

One of my favorite go to tool with SQL Server Query troubleshooting is to simple use SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to compare the query plans generated via running the same SQL across different machines or SQL Server Versions.\

Use

To use, please follow these simple steps :-

  1. Invoke SSMS
    • Query 1
      • Enable “Include Actual Execution Plan”
      • Run Query
      • Save resultant plan
    • Query 2
      • Enable “Include Actual Execution Plan”
      • Run Query
      • Save resultant plan
    • Access Query Plan pane
      • Access either Query’s Plan tab
      • Right click in an empty area of the pane
      • The drop-down menu appears
      • From the drop down menu, please choose “Compare Showplan”
      • From the File Open window,  choose the saved query plan from the opposing query

 

Sample

Sample – 01

Showplan Comparison

Pictorial

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Explanation

  1. Certificates
    • Top Query :- Index Seek
    • Bottom Query :- Index Scan

 

Showplan Analysis

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Explanation

  1. Scenarios
    • Difference :- 15316%
    • Estimated top/left :- 3274
    • Estimated bottom/right :- 504816

 

Requirement

As for client, requires at least SQL Server Management Studio v2017.

Works across various SQL Server Database Engine Versions.

Tested here against Server versions :-

  1. v2005
  2. v2017