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Any changes in Donald Trump after January 20th will be of great interest to Americans and the world.

My fascination with him today has to do with one factor – the truth. Trump seems to believe “the truth” is whatever or however he sees something in order to make it work for him.

This has been coined as “post truth,” which we discussed a couple of weeks ago.

The New York Times recently quoted Trump talking about truth and Tony Schwartz who was the ghost writer on his book “the Art of the Deal.”

Trump said, “Schwartz did have one phrase I really loved in my book. He said “I play to people’s fantasies” by using “truthful hyperbole.” What he meant is I make stuff up.”

Trump continues, “Nobody cares. They want to dream. They want a spectacle. They want gold and towers. They want me to get tough. Fact-checkers! Is that even a job?”

Then Trump actually says, “I know what Americans want. They don’t want truth. They want excitement, disruption. They want to be led. They want authority. They want victories. They want parades. They want a wall at the Mexican border — so let them think I really might build one!”

The $64 question becomes can President of the United States Trump get away with not telling the truth in the same manner as TV Star Trump or businessman Trump or candidate Trump or President-Elect Trump?

It would seem to me that being truthful might be an essential for the most powerful man in the world, but thus far Donald Trump hasn’t worried much about “the truth.” Do you think President Trump will be held to higher standard?

If “the truth will set you free,” as many of us have learned the hard way – what is the opposite reaction?

Starting on January 20th Americans, no, the world will see how President Trump handles something as simple as “the truth.” At minimum this will be “Something to Think About!”

I’m Steve Sauder

          Christmas is tomorrow. We all know the story, but one has to wonder what if a reporter from CNN had been in Bethlehem that night.

          It might have sounded like this:

CNN: So Joseph, you are the father of this new born?

Joseph: No, not exactly. Actually, I am Jesus step-father.

CNN: So, who is the father?

Joseph; That would be God.

CNN: Excuse me are you saying God is the father of this chikd? Do mean the God with a capital G?

Joseph: Exactly.

CNN: How did that happen?

Joseph: It’s called divine conception.

CNN: Okay, am I to believe God made arrangements for the birth of his son to be in this stable?

Joseph: I’m not sure, but I am sure we have a healthy baby boy.

CNN: Are you expecting visitors?

Joseph: As a matter of fact, yes we are. Angels are expected and some shepherds and Wise Men and maybe Three Kings.

CNN: How will they know where to come?

Joseph: God created a guidance system. I think it’s a star.

CNN: So Joseph, what are your plans? Will you return straight back to Nazareth?

Joseph: Well I think we may take a detour down by the river and maybe even visit Egypt before going home.

CNN:  Do you think the Son of God will be a normal child?

Joseph: No I don’t. My expectations are he will offer new leadership for the world. Jesus’ life will be sacrificed so all people will have an opportunity for grace and eternal lives.

CNN: That would indeed be incredible.

Joseph: yes, that’s true – the entire story is incredible and that’s why, I think, it’s called Christmas. It is an incredible time marked with food, gifts, singing, love and much celebration!

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King.

This is indeed incredible!

Merry Christmas, I’m Steve Sauder.

Christmas 2015

O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see the lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee to-night.

For Christ is born of Mary,
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
And peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

Where children pure and happy
Pray to the blessed Child,
Where misery cries out to thee,
Son of the mother mild;
Where charity stands watching
And faith holds wide the door,
The dark night wakes, the glory breaks,
And Christmas comes once more.

O holy Child of Bethlehem!
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in,
Be born in us to-day.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Emmanuel!

I am guessing most would claim to have heard and know the Christmas story.

Last week my middle son’s minister sent out a list of Bible versus to read leading up to Christmas. The first one was Matthew 1:18-25

The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20 But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24 When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25 but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son;[b] and he named him Jesus.

So, I read the scripture above and learned that betrothed means engaged. I also learned to my surprise that Joseph had “planned to dismiss” Mary when he found out she was expecting a child, but in a manner so not to disgrace her. But, an angel of the Lord intervened.

Can you imagine trying to live through that situation today?

The Footnotes available with scriptures indicated Joseph staying with and quietly marrying Mary made the baby Jesus the “son of a carpenter” rather than the “son of a harlot!”

That could have been problematic.

Just saying even at my age the Christmas story is still unfolding and acknowledging there is a lot we all still have to learn.

Have a Merry Christmas and the best New Year ever!

I’m Steve Sauder

           I attended an interesting meeting this week at EmporiaState as the Student Government at the University starts the process to make the ESU campus Tobacco-Free.

          Tobacco-Free would be a big step up from the current policy that prohibits smoking “in all University facilities, enclosed areas, public places including but not limited to stadiums and recreational areas, public meetings, places of employment, and access points of all buildings and facilities not exempted by law. Smoking is prohibited by the University within 30 feet of all buildings and facilities.”

          Ft.Hays and PittsburgState have already implemented such a policy with good results. All other Board of Regent’s universities are reportedly considering this change.

          As a starter ASG (ESU’s Student government) circulated a survey about a possible change to Tobacco-Free for EmporiaState. Thirteen hundred surveys were returned with 70% indicating they favor such a change.

          Kansas has been smoke free since July of 2010 with good results. Recent reports indicate fewer smokers in the state and decreases in heart attacks and other smoking related illnesses.

          A Tobacco-Free Campus would prohibit smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco anywhere on the property. E-Cigarettes would likely be banned as well.

          The greatest push back when Ft.Hays and PittState implemented their Tobacco-Free plans came from faculty and staff.

          The silver lining for those people might be resports of such restriction often being a catalyst to help people quit smoking. Along that line there was discussion of help to quit smoking programs along with implementation of this idea at Emporia State.

          The students of ESU are commended for being pro-active in making their environment safer and healthier.

          Let the debate begin.

          I’m Steve Sauder.

A week until Christmas – a time to experience the joy of giving.

In Acts 20:35 Paul quotes Jesus as saying “It is more blessed to give

than receive.”

Some question whether Jesus actually said that, but his teachings

certainly reflected this great truth and it is a wonderful Christmas tradition –

giving gifts to others.

Unfortunately many never experience the joy of giving – Christmas or

anytime. Bah humbug they often say. This is a sad way to exist.

As I Goggled the joy of giving I ran across two things I’ll share.

The first from Steve Maraboli is profound. He said:

Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your

blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can

Wow! Let me repeat that.

A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.

Those are words we can learn from.

The second is a powerful short story entitled the Joy of Giving.

A woman who was traveling alone in the mountains found a precious stone

in a stream.

The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, the woman opened

her bag to share her food.

The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it

to him. She did so without hesitation.

The traveler left, rejoicing in his great fortune. He knew the stone was worth

enough to give him security for a lifetime.

But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman.

“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it

back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give

me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”

The woman smiled, “The joy of giving!” Author: Unknown

Give someone a gift they are not expecting and your joy will be

amazing. That’s a promise!

Merry Christmas, I’m Steve Sauder

          Emporia has a great deal of positive activity going on.

          You start with our University and Technical College. Both are growing, starting new programs and hold much promise for the future.

          Our hospital has weathered the storm and is truly on the road to recovery if you can pardon the pun.

          Main Street and the Chamber are providing leadership to a community that has a strong retail presence and more jobs than can be filled.

          The eight hundred block of Commercial is alive with activity. Candy, coffee, art, entertainment and even a plumbing shop make for an exciting block. And that’s just an example of what’s happening downtown!

          Now let’s really get excited about Emporia with talk about the Dirty Kansa and the Glass Blown Open both set for spring.

          The DK being billed as the “Decade of Dirty” is expecting over 1200 riders! Their growth is amazing. And, they keep adding smaller events throughout the year like their DK Training Camp in March.

          The Glass Blown Open has exploded! Entries were suspended last week with over 900 in the fold for this week long event. The growth of this event and the disc golf business are based solely and completely in Emporia, so the potential here is off the charts.

          Both events seem to possess great leadership and forethought. This is good because nothing will stop their progress quicker than being poorly run.

          Growth is good, but can also present big challenges. In visiting with both groups it appears they understand how to pull off their races and tournaments, but we question if our community will be ready.

          Hotel rooms fill up quickly and for the Glass Blown Open school will still be in session at ESU so dorm rooms aren’t a possibility. Get the picture?

          My thought is Emporia needs to think outside the box for these and other events that bring bunches of people to town. Are there places for tents? Can churches help with places to sleep, shower and change? Private homes? Are there restrictions that could keep people from opening up their homes?

          Maybe these questions are already being answered, but if not – why not?

          What Emporia has are some tremendous opportunities. Let’s not send the overflow to Topeka if we don’t have to!

          I’m Steve Sauder and There’s Something to Think About.”

In the Gospel of Luke you find the parable of the Good Samaritan. A parable told by Jesus. A traveller (who may or may not have been a Jew) is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead along the road. First a priest and then a Levite come by, but both avoid the man. Finally, a Samaritan comes by. Samaritans and Jews generally despised each other, but the Samaritan helps the injured man. Jesus is described as telling the parable in response to a question regarding the identity of the "neighbour", whom Leviticus says should be loved.

          The parable has inspired painting, sculpture, satire, poetry, and film. The phrase "good Samaritan", meaning someone who helps a stranger, derives from this parable, and many hospitals and charitable organizations are named after the Good Samaritan.

          A Post on Facebook inspired me to look up the “Good Samaritan” because there seems to be a connection we might learn from in today’s world. Wikipedia was helpful.

          It makes sense to me that Christians today might be called upon to consider our Muslin brothers as the “neighbour” whom Leviticus said should be loved. Today more than ever we need “Good Samaritans” to step up and defend or simply lend a hand to a brother in need.

          Lord, please give us direction as we navigate our confused world and help us all be “Good Samaritans” to our neighbours in need. Amen.

          I’m Steve Sauder

People sometimes seek my advice on how to be successful in investing. Obviously my family gave me a great start, but even with that advantage it takes some hard work, a good education, smart choices and really good luck to be successful.

So, with that all said let me share some advice for young investors that is as close to fool proof as anything I know.

This story is worth repeating because it is a tried and true plan that while not very sexy, consistently works.

Four young men went to work for the same company after college. It was a fast growing company and they were being paid very well. So well in fact they sought the advice of an older man who obviously had done well in creating wealth.

"Where should we invest” they asked? “Mutual funds, equities, partnerships, bonds, commodities - what is your best advice?"

The sage older gentlemen said "My best advice is first to invest in cash value life insurance."

"Life insurance? Surely you jest" the youngsters ask.

"No," he said, "because cash value life insurance from a top rated company has passed the test of time over and again. It's not a get rich quick deal, but a decent return is pretty much guaranteed plus you have protection from lots of situations you may face later you can't even imagine today. Those other vehicles might make you more money, but the risk is much, much greater. You can take those risks later.”

He suggested each young man buy as much cash value life insurance as they could afford and said "I promise if you do this you will be thankful some day."

On the occasion of the 4 men’s 43rd birthdays they were together and one fellow asked, "Did any of you follow Mr. Successful’s advice about buying life insurance?"

Three said they had not, but one guy said he had. He said he'd agreed to invest $1,000 per month and that once it started coming out of his account he didn't really miss it. It bought him $1.1 million in a coverage called 65 Life.

"So, how has it worked out," they asked?

He had paid $240,000 in premiums and had a cash surrender value over $300,000, plus insurance coverage over $1.5 million. And, if he continued his premiums his projected Annual Income at age 65 would be over $70,000 a year!

"Best investment I've made," he said "for several reasons with the most important being all these years my family has been well protected and my investment paid consistent dividends.

My advice for anyone wanting build a strong financial foundation in these uncertain times is to take a hard look at cash value life insurance from a good company. Company records are easy to check life insurance seldom loses value!

I'm glad I did!

I'm Steve Sauder

My question is this: Why wouldn’t you shop Emporia first?

          Sounds like the same song just another verse, but the reasoning is still very strong to give Emporia merchants the first crack for your shopping needs.

          First, it just makes sense to shop Emporia first. Business done here benefits friends and neighbors and creates taxes and all that stuff.

          Secondly, our local businesses are flourishing with larger inventories thus a better selection making for happier shoppers.

          We here at KVOE know Emporia business is good. Merchants who are not having successful seasons don’t advertise and we are seeing merchants double up their ad schedules to take advantage of eager shoppers.

          IF YOU HAVEN’T GIVEN EMPORIA A LOOK YOU ARE WASTING TIME AND MONEY!

          Big deals or small items Emporia has a great selection.

          We have three outstanding jewelry stores; three auto dealers with newly remodeled digs to serve you better; furniture – you said furniture – well if you haven’t looked we have several well stocked stores offering great deals. Outstanding gifts can be found at Emporia’s excellent selection of hardware, home improvement and carpet stores.

Downtown Emporia is doing back flips to gain your attention and offers a variety of unique shopping opportunities. What do you desire? Shoes, candy, sporting goods or clothing, guns, books, engraved items, bath or home needs, custom logoed shirts or bags, jewelry, office needs, dishes, even cool artsy stuff…… there’s no way to name them all.

Visit Emporia’s “main street” for a great shopping experience!

And, don’t forget the Flint Hills Mall with lots of stores inside and all with specials for Christmas.

Still not convinced? How about all Emporia’s many fine places to eat? Gift Cards make cool gifts.

This might be taking a chance, but our fitness centers offer gift cards too, but be very careful!

Emporia has beauty salons galore – is that an acceptable term? They have deals on everything from facials to massages.

They say tanning is great. What a neat gift!

Gift Certificates are an option. The Chamber, Main Street and the Mall all have them for sale.

Enough said and sorry if I missed someone, but Emporia does have much to offer.

So, why wouldn’t you shop Emporia first?

I’m Steve Sauder

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