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The Millionaire Dream’ Series “Good News” Chapter Three

Those of us that were old enough to watch black and white television between 1955 and 1960 watched ‘The Millionaire.’ CBS had a real winner! Every week, the-never-seen-on-camera, fabulously wealthy, John Beresford Tipton would dispatch his Executive Secretary, Michael Anthony, to give away one million dollars, tax free to someone that he had never met.

In Chapter one of ‘The Millionaire Dream’ Series (published into HOME::Arts-and-Entertainment) section of EzineArticles, I recounted how, in a very strange dream, I was taken to heaven. At the invitation of two who had formerly been the stars of ‘The Millionaire,’ ‘The Master’ allowed Michael Anthony and John Beresford Tipton to discuss many things with me.

(NASB) Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

(NASB) 1 Peter 4:11 Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Dear reader, you might consider reading ‘The Millionaire Dream ‘Introduction’ Chapters One and Two in order to be up to speed, before continuing to read this article, if you have not yet done so. As it is not possible to post a link here, you can search on this article bank site by name of the article and/or by author’s name, Rascal Miles. ‘The Millionaire Dream’ articles are posted on my website also.

After some exciting Chapter Two news for me, including information about the existence of a big brother, Randall, that I didn’t know that I had, John, who had insisted that I call him by his first name, pressed on:

“Well Rascal, Michael and I have been observing you, more recently since you’ve answered ‘The Lord’s Call’ to become ‘An Apostle.’ You are causing quite a stir down on Planet Earth. Your accepting ‘Our Lord’s Provision’ to receive your healing, rather than endure the continued curse of MS (Multiple Sclerosis), was met with mixed feelings by many people with illness, and by other MSers too. You’ve a pretty mature grasp of scripture for a guy who was born deaf by design and has never been through the formal seminaries.”

“I call many of those church cemeteries, Rascal. Thank God you were kept away,” Michael Anthony chuckled. Those teach failed faith and fear religion, as you know.” Both of my ‘Gone-before-guides’ stopped saying anything and looked at me as if expecting me to say something.

“I guess what surprises me most is that so many traditional churches deny the infallibility of God’s Holy word,” I said. Take 3rd John 1:2 for example, ‘(KJV) 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.’ How can teachers misunderstand what this so clearly says?”

John answered. Imagine if my namesake, John the Apostle, had said, “I wish most of all that you to be broke and sick, even as your real-heart gets more poor.”

“The ‘Prosperity Good News’ that you are expounding, Rascal, is what John and I say is, ‘Hard for ordinary people to believe. Realtors, insurance agents, and those who have enjoyed success with MLM get it. Yet those who have suffered a loss, or have a fearful friend who did, are themselves afraid’. ‘Making a fortune selling website domains must be to good to be true,’ or so their lying logical minds assure them.”

“I often had a difficult time convincing our millionaires to be that the money was really for them,” Michael Anthony continued, with a perplexed expression. “But not as much trouble as you have had. It is as though so many of your present day, earth-bound souls can’t remember that Jesus said, ‘(KJV) John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have [it] more abundantly.’

“Perhaps, Michael, the people who most need the prosperity don’t want to pay their taxes in Rascal’s world? We gave our people their million dollars tax free.”

“Only Oprah Winfrey could afford to do that today, John. The taxes now are ‘Sky-High,’ as out of their world as are we. Maybe, the taxes are even higher?”

“Oprah has been doing some fine things to help people with much of her earnings also Rascal. You might consider being a guest on her television show,” John suggested.

I’d love to be one of Oprah’s guests, John. It would take ‘An Act Of God’ to make that happen, however. Her guests are by invitation only.”

Perhaps, Michael Anthony will ask an angel to whisper in the ear of someone who knows Oprah?

“Gosh, that would be great!” Enthused by the idea, I agreed. “That would be really working behind the scenes.”

“Speaking of television, gentleman,” Regis Philbin was doing a quiz show called ‘Who wants To Be a Millionaire.’ The contestants had to be pretty smart to win however. Not at all like ‘The Millionaire’ show million dollar recipients that you two had. Your millionaires only had to have problems.

(To be continued in “The Millionaire Dream’ Series Chapter Four)

A Brief History of Home Entertainment

The concept of home entertainment and indoor recreational activities changed when home electronics invaded our lives. One can say that access to numerous electronic products at home has revolutionized the idea of what constitutes a complete home entertainment. Nowadays, anyone can have immediate access to every kind of electronic entertainment via different media within the comforts of their homes. They can have their choice of entertainment which may range from the latest DVD players, radios to the wireless internet connection which offers them the convenience of mobility. Advancement in technology has gifted us with loads of home entertainment options ranging from radio, television, CD, DVD players, home theatre system, games consoles and so on.Music has always been one of the most preferred leisure activities. It found its way into our home through the long playing discs and the gramophone. Of course with the coming of radio a decade later made music a more widespread home entertainment. Before the advent of the CD or DVD player, the radio was the most popular home entertainment system available. Though there were some juke boxes available in the local pubs or salons where one could listen to a song of their choice at home there was only the radio. With radio, the choice of listening was however quite limited as people had to listen to the songs that the radio channels would play, even though some of the stations would at times play the selected numbers based on listeners’ requests. But there were no complaints as there wasn’t anything better for decades to come.Initially, when television had not yet become an everyday part of our lives, the visual entertainment strictly meant those theatres which had large screens to view a movie. Things changed dramatically with the invention of the television in the initial phase of the 1950s. The television was a complete wonder in the days when it was discovered. People did not have to restrict themselves anymore to music as their only entertainment at home. They could actually watch a full length movie in the comfort of their own home.Not only movies, this small wonder box started entertaining people with more and more new ideas, programs and techniques. Television has been considered as one of the pioneers in the history of home visual entertainment. Of course it provided more than just entertainment. With news and special documentaries, TV soon became the most important source of amusement. The long playing discs were also a part of home entertainment which was an early discovery. While radios, LPs and television made a permanent place in everyone’s home, the quality of sound in those times essentially required tremendous development.Good sound systems and speakers stared to develop in the mid 1970s. Various technologies were discovered to enhance the quality of sound. And with the music genres like rock, pop and discos coming into being, there was a specific and urgent requirement for good quality sound systems. Thus the electronic giants did not stop producing recorders and put more emphasis on amplifying and equalizing the sound to give it a new dimension.Good quality sound systems were specially designed and created for homes which produced outstanding music. Woofers and subwoofers along with various amplifiers equalizers and multi channel audio were being used to produce crisp stereophonic sounds.However, this concept took a back seat when CD and DVD players came into existence. During the end of the ’70s and early ’80s some of the electronic giants worked in collaboration to develop the world’s first Compact Disc system. Experts proved that this CD player was quite compact and lightweight with its unique durability. For music lovers it was truly a boon. At the same time this CD system opened a new window in the audio equipment industry.Compact discs were more durable than any other long playing discs or tapes. Thus the CDs removed all other music disc and tapes from the market and held prominent position. The 80s and early 90s saw a vast improvement in the technology of compact disc systems. It became very popular with people because of the crystal clear sound it produced and was affordable. These CDs not only stored music, it was versatile enough to store movies, data, pictures or even software.Along with CDs a much improved device which actually revolutionized and changed the entire system of home entertainment is the DVD or digital versatile discs. These discs are powerful and large enough to hold two movies in one. It stores data digitally and is more durable. The scratch proof technology of the DVD players also makes the DVDs last a long time. Both music and movie buffs felt delighted when the DVD player came into the market. Recent survey statistics reveal that the DVD player is the most successful product of home entertainment. It was introduced in the year 1997 and has reached great heights of success ever since.Nowadays, people can have the same effect of a movie theatre in their homes. With the latest DVD players, LCD screens and the sound systems with woofers, sub woofers and multi channel audio systems, anyone can have a fantastic home entertainment system with high quality sound and spectacular visual effects. The plasma and LCD screens are high resolution televisions which started to develop in the latter half of the 1990s and these sleek televisions enabled the viewers to experience digital sound and vision with fantastic picture quality and various advanced features.With the invention of DVDs and a major development in the visual media such as Plasma and Liquid Crystal Display or LCD in the late 90s gave home entertainment its latest technical dimension. With it, the meaning of home entertainment changed significantly with more and more people installing the home theatre systems with newest gadgets and technologies.