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By Pastor Calvary Callender

The notion that there are many truths might seem well suited to a diverse society, but when everyone is free to define truth as he or she prefers we are left without a moral compass and no truth.

This past week, I read a true story about a pastor who was conducting a series of meetings on the East coast. And while he was there, he stayed with some friends and traveled from their home to wherever he was speaking that particular evening. And on that night, he was scheduled to speak at a church in Greenville, South Carolina. A member of the church in Greenville came to pick him up and the pastor told his hosts that he would be back no later than midnight. And after teaching at the Greenville church, he stayed for a while to enjoy some fellowship and then rode back to where he was staying, which was in a neighboring town. As he and his ride approached the house where he was staying, he saw the porch light on and assumed that his hosts would be prepared for his arrival. And he told the member from the Greenville church who was taking him there to "go ahead, hurry back, you've got a long drive, and my hosts expect me to be late, so go on". It was in the middle of winter and the pastor made the long walk to the house, which was set a ways off the road. He was already quite cold by the time he reached the front door. And he tried the door and it was locked. So he gently knocked. And there was no answer. He knocked a little harder. There was no answer. He knocked even harder still. No answer. He went around to the kitchen door. Tried that. It was locked. He knocked there. Checked the kitchen window. No success there. So he ended up walking several miles to find a telephone where he could call his friends, whom he figured were sound asleep. And during his walk, he slipped on a wet spot on the grass and fell down an embankment into two feet of water. Freezing wet, he finally came to a motel, where he found a telephone and he finally reached his sleepy hosts. And he told them, "I hate to wake you, but I couldn't get anyone in the house to wake up and let me in. I'm several miles down the road at the motel. Could you come and get me?", to which his friend replied, "Don't you remember, you have a key in your coat pocket. I gave it to you before you left this evening." Well, embarrassed, the pastor reached into his coat and pulled out a key to the front door.

Isn't it interesting that many of us have the key, or know where the key is, but fail to use it. Jesus himself said he is the way, the truth, and the life. We must believe this truth. My hope is that we will all realize that the only way we will open the door is with the key.

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In a rebus puzzle, online the words and their arrangement, cure described literally, tadalafil stand for a common word or phrase. Rebus puzzles are single solution puzzles. For example, the solution to the following rebus is "turn the other cheek":

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Drilling for oil in California dates back to the late 19th Century, allowing it to become the country's top producer by the beginning of the 20th. One hundred years later, California still ranks third, but its aging fields have been in decline for decades.

Yet the state is sitting atop the largest tight oil formation in the United States. The Bakken in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford in Texas may be leading the resurgence in U.S. oil production, but the reserves sitting in California's Monterey Shale dwarf those of its more notable counterparts. The interest in the Monterey Shale is heating up, with the legislature passing a controversial law last year to put in place the state's first regulations over hydraulic fracturing. The Director of the California Department of Conservation claims the "regulations include the strongest and most comprehensive public protections of any oil- and gas- producing state," while still allowing the industry to move forward with drilling.

The Monterey Shale holds an estimated13.7 billion barrels of unproven technically recoverable oil resources – about three times the reserves believed to be in the Bakken formation in North Dakota. Despite these prodigious resources, safely tapping them will be incredibly difficult. Deborah Gordon at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace outlines in an important new report several significant obstacles that may prevent a Bakken-like bonanza in California.

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By Pastor Calvary Callender

Have you ever been held captive by someone?  Have you ever been in a situation so hopeless you knew there was no way you could win?  I know I have shared with some of you about my uncle Artie.  He and I have always been pretty close. My whole life, sales every time I saw Artie, treat I would wrestle with him.  Sometimes we played mercy (where he would crush my fingers), diagnosis sometimes I would sneak up on him and jump on his back (where he would throw me down), and sometimes, when I was brave enough, I would try to take him on mano y mano.  The reason I always thought I could take him was because I played lots of sports and was always lifting weights and getting stronger.  When I got to college, me and some buddies started seriously lifting weights.  Then I joined my college track team and threw shot-put, where I had to work out even more.  On one trip home, I brought a friend with me and we went to visit my Uncle Artie.  I figured we were young, he wasn’t, and we had been lifting weights.  I was lifting well over 300 pounds by now.  To make a long story short, we both jumped Artie and the ensuing battle took all of about 15 seconds.  He tossed my friend to the ground about 10 feet away and quickly grabbed one of my wrists.  When I reached to pry my hand loose he grabbed my other wrist, with the same hand, and I felt like they were in a vice grip.  He pushed them against my chest and me onto the couch and there was no hope.  I couldn’t get away, I was stuck.  When my friend got back over there and jumped in, Artie did the same to him and had us both pinned there helplessly.  That was the last time I ever tried to take my uncle Artie on.
Sometimes life is like this. Things creep up in our life, one at a time, and eventually we become trapped by the weight of it all. This month we will celebrate Independence day. In 1776, some brave men and women became tired of the weight of a tyrannical government and declared their independence. On the Fourth of July, we will celebrate our nations declaration of independence.  
In the book of Romans in the Bible, Paul tells us that we don’t have to be trapped by this sin, these things in our lives, anymore. He says that God’s grace can set us free. All we have to do is declare independence from these things and proclaim a dependency on God. What better time could there be than this to declare our own independence of the things that weight us down? I hope you will join me in doing exactly this as we celebrate Independence Day this year.

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Kern County leads the state in oil and natural gas production. Kern County produces approximately 75% of California's in-state oil and about 58% of the state's total natural gas. Kern County's Elk Hills field is the state's top natural gas producer. Two other fields, South Belridge and Lost Hills, rank in the state's top 5 for gas production. The state's top five oil producing fields: Midway-Sunset, South Belridge, Kern River, Cymric, and Elk Hills are located in Kern County. Three of these fields Midway-Sunset, South Belridge and Kern River are ranked in the top 10 producing oil fields in the nation. If Kern County were a state it would rank fourth in oil production (see chart).

Thermal-enhanced oil recovery, using technology developed here and exported worldwide, accounts for nearly 52% of Kern's oil production.

Refinery operations range from large full-scale processes to smaller, specialty facilities that produce many refined products.

Kern County has 37 high-efficiency co generation facilities, which play a vital role in the area's oil-producing operations. Producing two sources of energy in the form of steam and electricity, these facilities allow heavy oil to flow and be produced efficiently, economically and with reduced air emissions.

The Tehachapi Wind Resources Area generates almost half of the wind energy produced in the state, approximately one percent of the state's overall electricity needs.

With more than 300 days of sunlight each year, Kern County is an ideal location for solar electrical systems. Homeowners and businesses continue to install these types of systems, taking advantage of this abundant natural resource.

A major region of economic growth, Kern County's successful energy industry is committed to sustaining the area's vitality and to enhancing the region's cultural, social and work environments.

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