Electricity Rates Increase

I’ve been thinking about switching our PG&E Electric Schedule from E-6 to EV1.  After punching some numbers, I was quite shocked at how much the electricity rates have gone up in a 4-year period!

After we have installed solar panels, I built a simple program to keep track of our electricity usage, and how much we spent daily, weekly, and monthly.  Thus, I still have the rates from 2011-12 period.

The two charts below show the electricity rates for E-6 residential customers in 2011-12 and 2016. Off-peak rates have gone up  60.6% increase in Summer months from May – October and  58.6% in Winter months from November – April.  Ever wonder why installing solar panels is a good investment?

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REALLY?! He Died for the Opportunity?

IMG_20150710_120647Entering Good Friday tomorrow, here is another case of a bad bumper sticker that I spotted on my dentist’s parking lot a few months ago.  REALLY Jesus died for the opportunity?!  No, he didn’t die for the opportunity!  He died for his people whom the Father has predestined in everlasting.

On his short article on Limited Atonment, Dr. R. C. Sproul wrote, “The redemption of specific sinners was an eternal plan of God…accomplished by the atoning work of Christ.” (emphasis mine)

The ultimate question is:  Did the Father send his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to make salvation possible for everyone, but with the possibility that he died for no one if no one gave him “no chance”, or did the Father send Jesus Christ to die on the cross to ensure salvation for specific people whom he has predestined?

Click here to read the whole article, TULIP and Reformed Theology: Limited Atonement.

 

Thank you!

At 320,521 miles I bid a farewell to my White VW Jetta today. Bought at around 194,000 miles on June 22, 2010 she had been a very loyal companion on my commute.  She still runs strong, too!

Welcome 2016

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New Year

O LORD,
Length of days does not profit me
      except the days are passed in thy presence,
      in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides,
      sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour,
      that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
      but may rely on thy Spirit to supply every thought,
      speak in every word,
      direct every step,
      prosper every work,
      build up every mote of faith,
      and give me a desire to show forth thy praise;
      testify thy love,
      advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year,
      with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
      thee, O Son, at my helm,
      thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt,
      my lamp burning,
      my ear open to thy calls,
      my heart full of love,
      my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me,
      thy comforts to cheer,
      thy wisdom to teach,
      thy right hand to guide,
      thy counsel to instruct,
      thy law to judge,
      thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear be my awe,
      thy triumphs my joy.

(taken from "The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers")

Let’s Give Thanks

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Thanks be to you, O God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the faith that your Spirit has implanted in our hearts,
for the love that unites us together in the bond of peace,
for the hope laid up for us in heaven.

Thanks be to you, O God,
for the Word of Truth,
the gospel which has come to us,
and for the fruit it is bearing in all the world.
To you we bring our lives,
because all that we are, and all that we have, comes from you.

Thanks be to you, O God,
Almighty, Everlasting, Eternal,
God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

To you be all honor, all dominion, and glory,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

(a Prayer of Thanksgiving at Thanksgiving’s Eve Worship at Covenant URC, Clovis)

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