Sunday, June 23, 2013


Thankfulness,,, the subject that we all know too much about but sometimes we forget. So about two weeks ago I was driving my truck I saw a bumper sticker. On the bumper sticker it said, "thank you God for blessing me much more than I deserve." I thought the person knows where I'm at. I don't deserve this life and I say thank you to God for today. So then Sunday rolls around and it's time to write my senior sermon for June 23, 2013. I log onto my computer hit up Facebook and the first thing that I see on the wall is a picture with the saying "thank you God for blessing me much more than I deserve,,," so I guess that will be what today's sermon is about--being thankful and thankfulness. Every day we wake up and we're given the gift of life. What we do with it becomes a gray area. You see in the Bible it says "be joyful always, pray continually, giving thanks in all circumstances for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ." (Thessalonians 5:16-18) This is rough,,, well because life is rough. We all got problems... the world has many problems--maybe getting divorced and you can pray on that. Maybe your woman who miscarries,,, you can pray on that. Maybe you're someone who gets mistreated daily,,, you can pray on that. Maybe you're a person at a nursing home barely living and if not for the staff you'd be alone,,, you can pray on that. Maybe you're overwhelmed by your finances and have a cloud of depression over you or you're just lonely--all things you can pray for or pray because, but do these things make you feel thankful ??? In most situations, giving thanks for these things would suck, suck hard !!! You wouldn't feel a need for calling... NO just the opposite ,,, shaking your fist with anger upward at the Lord would seem more fitting, making what Paul said fruitless, but you're breathing, you're alive, you're heart and blood is pumping. You see, giving thanks in good times it is easy to get reminded that every gift is good and perfect from above. We can easily appreciate them. Counting our blessings becomes habit and comfort, but in difficult times these come gray. You see, this is where our/your faith comes into play. It's God's plan, his road, or his path and we as human flesh fight because we want control of the road. We want to control our road and where it goes, and what it does and God is supposed to sprinkle us with greatness because we are good or bad, but God is still giving. You see, this is superficial faith !!! So in good or bad times we must give thanks. He wants us to walk by faith and not by sight. The road has bumps, and if we just depend on our senses, life would be one long roller coaster with no exit. No stops, no getting off, and I don't know about you, but after about an hour or so that would get sickening !!! So sit back and relax. If we rely on God everything will become smooth and steady. We will still be riding a roller coaster, but there will be stops and starts, places to get on, places to get off--all in all a giant adventure we call life !!! You see peace can come to us if we stop sweating the small stuff, trust our faith, trust in God, and remember like the passage said, "be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, [and I love the way it says that "all circumstances"] for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ." Start your day off with a thank you, and right before you go to bed say thank you too irregardless of whether it was a good day or a bad day. If tomorrow comes, you are blessed, if it doesn't, you are needed elsewhere. So just remember tomorrow might never come. Today is a gift !!! Thanks. Jeff da Plumber until next time... Peace !!!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Saint Patrick's Day Sermon

Hey everyone !!! This month's sermon fell on St. Paddy's day, so I figured, why not tell the people about the real Saint Patrick. I scoured the internet looking for the story and came across this website (  and this is the story I told them. Enjoy !!! Let me know your St. Paddy's day traditions !!!
The Life of Saint Patrick and the Origin of St. Patrick's Day

Who Was the Real St. Patrick?

There are many legends and traditions associated with St. Patrick's Day. Who was the real St. Patrick?
St. Patrick was not actually Irish. he was born around 373 A.D. in the British Isles near the modern city of Dumbarton in Scotland. His real name was Maewyn Succat. He took the name of Patrick, or Patricius, meaning "well-born" in Latin, after he became a priest.
During Patrick's boyhood, the Roman empire was near collapse and too weak to defend its holdings in distant lands. Britain became easy prey for raiders, including those who crossed the Irish sea from the land known as Hibernia or Ireland. When Patrick was sixteen, he was seized by raiders and carried off to Ireland.
Most of what is known about St. Patrick comes from his own Confession, written in his old age. In his Confession he wrote about his capture:
As a youth, nay, almost as a boy not able to speak, I was taken captive ... I was like a stone lying in the deep mire; and He that is mighty came and in His mercy lifted me up, and raised me aloft ... And therefore I ought to cry out aloud and so also render something to the Lord for His great benefits here and in eternity -- benefits which the mind of men is unable to appraise.
After Patrick was captured and taken to Ireland as a slave by an Irish chieftain named Niall, he was sold to another chieftain in northern Ireland. Much of Patrick's time was spend alone on the slopes of Slemish Mountain, tending his master's flocks of sheep. During the long, lonely hours in the fields and hills of Ireland, Patrick found comfort in praying. In his Confession he wrote: 
... every day I had to tend sheep, and many times a day I prayed -- the love of God and His fear came to me more and more, and my faith was strengthened. And my spirit was moved so that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers and almost as many in the night, and this even when I was staying in the woods and on the mountains; ... and I felt no harm, and there was no sloth in me -- as now I see, because the spirit within me was fervent.
Six years passed slowly by. Then in a dream, Patrick heard a voice saying, "Thy ship is ready for thee." This was God's way, he felt, of telling him to run away.
That night he fled. Assured God was leading him, Patrick plunged through the bogs and scaled the mountains which separated him from the sea. He escaped Ireland by ship, but God would call him back years later. Patrick had escaped his boyhood enslavement in Ireland only to hear the call of God as a man to return. He was being called on, he felt, to convert the Irish to Christianity. In hisConfession Patrick wrote:
I saw a man named Victoricus, coming from Ireland with countless letters. He game me one of them and I read the opening words which were: The voice of the Irish ... I thought at the same moment I heard their voice: 'We beg you, young man, come and walk among us once more.'

And I was quite broken in heart, and could read no further, and so I woke up. Thanks be to God, after many years the Lord gave to them according to their cry.

... they call me most unmistakably with words which I heard but could not understand, except that ... He spoke thus: 'He that has laid down His life for thee, it is He that speaketh in thee;' and so I awoke full of joy.
When Patrick began his mission about 430 A.D., Ireland was gripped by paganism, Idolatry prevailed and the Irish knew nothing of Jesus. Patrick decided to go first to the pagan chieftain or king who had enslaved him as a boy. Rather than be put to shame by a former slave, the king set fire to his house and threw himself into the flames.
Patrick then set out for Tara, the seat of the high king of Ireland. When Patrick arrived, Tara was filled with many local kings and druids who were attending the pagan feast of Beltine which coincided with Easter that year. Patrick encamped in the full view of the castle to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ.
On the eve of the festival it was the custom, upon penalty of death, that the high king should light the first bonfire before any others in the land. Patrick, however, had kindled a great fire which gleamed through the darkness. Patrick was summoned before the king. The confrontation which followed is as amazing as Elijah's victory over the prophets of Baal.
Patrick stood and called, May God arise and His enemies be scattered. Darkness fell on the camp. Confused guards began to attack one another. The ground shook and the next day, Easter, a broken king knelt before God's servant. This confrontation between Patrick's God and demonic forces marked the beginning of a thirty-year mission to Ireland.
Patrick traveled the roads and forded the rivers of Ireland for 30 years to see men and women "reborn in God' and come to know the Christ he loved so much. Patrick wrote in his Confession:
We ought to fish well and diligently, as our Lord exhorts. Hence, we spread our nets so that a great multitude and throng might be caught for God.

We ought to fish well and diligently, as our Lord exhorts. Hence, we spread our nets so that a great multitude and throng might be caught for God.
By the time of his death, Patrick had baptized tens of thousands and established hundreds of churches throughout Ireland. Danger and hardship remained his constant companions. Twice he was imprisoned, but he was not discouraged. He wrote in hisConfession:
Daily I expect murder, fraud, or captivity, but I fear none of these things because of the promises of heaven. I have cast myself into the hands of God Almighty who rules everywhere. 
Daily I expect murder, fraud, or captivity, but I fear none of these things because of the promises of heaven. I have cast myself into the hands of God Almighty who rules everywhere. 
Within a century this once pagan land became predominately Christian, possessing such a vigorous faith that Ireland in turn sent missionaries to Scotland, England, Germany and Belgium.
As an old man, Patrick looked back in awe:
Those who never had knowledge of God but worshipped idols ... have now become ... sons of God.
The old saint died in his beloved Ireland on March 17th, 460 A.D. The land that once enslaved him, had now been set free.

Note: One of the most popular legends attributed to Patrick is that he used the shamrock as a visual aid to teach the principle of the Trinity. This story cannot be verified. However, from his writings it is evident the doctrine of the Trinity was central in his teaching.

Monday, January 7, 2013

12 Month Plan for Your Home

Hey there everyone !!! Jeff da Plumber™ here with another how-to, home tip. Since it is the new year, I thought I would share with you all a home maintenance timeline that I use in my home. If I follow it in my home, it is simple, cost-effective, and safe.

So now, here are the 12 Months of Household Tips:


When you are taking down those lights, be sure to clean the gutters. The rain is coming and you want to have your gutters free and clear of debris.


Trim those pesky trees. This will prevent damage to nearby cars and the house. Those strong winds can come in and you want there to be no way the branches can damage you or your home.


This is a plumbing month. Inspect all of your toilets, sinks, and showers. Make sure there are not any leaks. This saves you money on your bill and saves the planet too. Be sure to inspect your water heater too. Make sure it is not leaking or off temperature from previous months. If you do encounter a problem and need to replace your water heater, read this blog post for more information on Tanked vs. Tankless:


It is Daylight-Savings time and you know what that means right?!?! Time to change the batteries on all detectors: smoke, heat, carbon monoxide, gas, etc. This is the perfect time to do it because this happens twice a year. If you get in the habit of changing them bi-annually, you won’t have to hear the obnoxious batteries low noises, or risk your family’s safety.


Clean the filters in your house and if necessary replace them. This ensures the cleanest air running through your home. Make sure your pool is ready as well. The kids will be coming home from college or the school year will be ending and the pool will be getting a lot of use as the world warms up.


Clean dryer lint. Now I’m not talking about the filter on the dryer, I’m taking about where the dryer meets the wall and outside. The link does not all get collected in the filter and is flammable, so be sure to clean the vent pipes out a few times a month.


Replace the filter in your fridge or water softener. Your water may be getting a funky taste or be staining your glasses. It is important to change these filters to keep clean water coming to your families. With summer in full swing, here are some other tips to help save you money and keep your home operating at its finest:


Repair any cracks outside your home. This could be on the driveway or on the external walls of your house. This protects the foundation and the over safety of your home. Also, clean those shower and sink heads. (Tips for that are described here:


Put away all of your summer stuff. This could be the chairs and tables you have in your backyard, or the grill. If it is something you will be using throughout the year, make sure it is covered. When the rain comes, you do not want everything getting rusted, so take a few minutes to put what you won’t need in a covered storage space.


Daylight-Savings time is over and you know what that means?!?! Of course you do !!! It is time to change those batteries again. Also, inspect and clean your fireplace. You can buy special logs to clean the fireplace from most local stores.


It is time to look at those air filters again. This is also the time to look for any leaks anywhere in your home. The rain is just starting so you may be able to catch a small leak before it becomes a big problem.


Winter is here, and between Thanksgiving and all of the holiday parties, your poor garbage disposal is getting a workout. Give the garbage disposal a good thorough cleaning. Here are some other general tips for winter:

I hope that you find these tips helpful. Again, happy new year from my family to yours. If you have any questions or need help with any of these items, your friendly neighborhood plumber is here to help.

Jeff da Plumber™ (916)481-6593

Sunday, November 18, 2012


So it's upon us once again and here I am before you spout off some words, so here we go,,, Thanksgiving is an Awesome american formed holiday celebrated by most in the states and hopefully world wide now, But what does it mean or stand for ???

I'm not talking about the gathering of friends or family on Thursday November 22nd 2012, Where we eat turkey, potatoes, stuffing, corn and yams. Oh and all that yummy desert. Although a great celebration but not what I'm talking about.

I'm not even talking about that autumn day back in 1621, where the pilgrims sat down with the Wapaqnoag Indians to celebrate there first successful harvest, Even though that wasn't there tru reason, You see the pilgrims were celebrating as a part of there religion,,, Giving thanks to the lord.

EPHESIANS 1;15-23 (this is the part where I hope you get and open your bible)

Thanksgiving a day to be thankful, I'd like to believe this celebration started way back at another meal were 13 brothers sat and had a feast, some called it the last supper. That's right I said it You see JESUS CHRIST performed many miracles, raised a few people from the dead, even walked on water, because he could roll like that.

We believe in him,We follow him, As a father and a teacher, We admire and love him, We are called disciples since we learn from him, And on that day HE (JESUS) chose 12 men, Brothers, Apostles, Washed there feet as they entered the house, Shared in a Passover feast, HE (JESUS) spoke these great words

"Eat this, for this is my body, which is broken for you" "Drink this, for this is my blood, which is shed for you"
When that the meal ended,a feast beyond our earthly Thursday feasts, JESUS told his apostles "I give you a new commandment, That you love one another, even as I loved you, That you also love one another" When all was said and done those 12 men sang psalms and returned back to there worlds,,, This was a true Thanksgiving feast.

We should be this thankful each and every day and every thing we have because it is all a gift, Tomorrow is never guaranteed, I know how most will celebrate this week, in our modern American way, just don't forget the beginnings That our FATHER,,, GOD gives us each breathe and for that we should be THANKFUL

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL and May the LORD bring each of us many many BLESSINGS,,, Until next this is "Jeff da Plumber" saying peace be with you !!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sin,,,Am I,,, Are we sinners ???

This has been a question in and on my mind for some time, as you may know if you have been following me. Last year I spent a lot of time with xxxchurch, disusing porn and what it does to you. I grew up in N.Y.C. and that in itself is not a very GODLY atmosphere, None the less once a month I visit two senior centers on a Sunday and give a little sermon so to speak,,, I hope I do it good enough to get them questioning life, reading there bibles or me just bringing them some entertainment. So this was this week.

I started with the reading Isaiah 64:6

All of us have become like one who is unclean,
and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
This passage grabbed me a few weeks ago, You see I do a fair share of good deeds. Why are they filthy rags ??? Am I not worthy of GRACE; Is my faith not strong; Do I not pray enough and lift up my heart to the lord; OR am I just wasting my time doing these things for nothing ??? [Don't anyone answer aloud]

So I read further in the BIBLE searching for the truth as we all should. This lead me deep in to Ephesians, This book was written by PAUL. I find him to be one of the first Holy terrorists, spreading the word and bringing the hard truth of the word of GOD to the people any way possible.

[I read from Ephesians] *note: you should open your bible and read it some time !!!

Any where I read in this book, there is a deep under lining talk of GRACE. We are humans, made of flesh and blood, created by GOD, And because of one moment in time in the Garden of Eden, ADAM and EVE ate the forbidden fruit causing each and every one of us to be born separate, excluded, with out hope, with out GOD,,, Simply sinners.

This is something I found hard to swallow, Don't you ???

So we must be good to be approved,,, You see we know this from when we are children, pure, untainted yet by life, no experience, no real opinions yet, simple, Right from wrong is so black and white, If we do something good we get rewarded. If we do something bad we get punished. This is the first time on earth that we will know GOOD and EVIL. The line is fine. As adults we learn and hold the gray area as kind of middle ground,,, Like hey I know I did that bad thing to so and so but they are really bad so they deserved it. I didn't hurt anyone, If it felt good I should do it again its not hurting anybody,,, You feel me right smart people.

This is when we let the DEVIL, SATAN get a toe hold in our door, Close that door and lock it tight. Keep doing right, Keep doing GOOD deeds, For this I see as our OBEDIENCE to the HOLY SPIRIT.

My pastor told me the other day that we live by the three G's: Guilt, Grace, Gratitude. You see he said "We are Guilty, We are given Grace, and we live in Gratitude" That about summed it up for me. So we are sinners, that we can not change. Just continue to be the light, Or my new word AMBASSADOR, We can do this to others in the world, spreading the word, being kind, Loving all with the big heart in our chests, Extending GRACE to all UNCONDITIONALLY !!!
Let us PRAY [this is the part you say whatever your heart needs or feels] AMEN
This is "Jeff da Plumber" until next time, Many blessings, Peace out !!!
Side Note* sometimes when I speak I hear music in my head and this time these are the songs I heard: Amazing Grace, Old rugged cross, No not one

Google them and read the words if it pulls at you, The words fit my message so I'm a guy who thinks GOD was humming them as he was listening to me, Just sayin' !!!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Tanked vs. Tankless

With the start of the school year here, or just around the corner for some, the kiddos are leaving the house. That being said, what better time to take a look at your bills? I have kids so I know how pricey the start of the school year can be. Keeping that in mind, and speaking from personal experience, you try to save dollars in any way you can think of. Why not take a look at your hot water ???

I get this question a lot when people run into a problem with their water heater. I always suggest they switch to tankless, and more times than not, they ask my “why” or “what’s the difference?” This post will (hopefully) answer those questions !!!

For the basics, there is the obvious size difference. 

The tanked-water heaters (left) have been around for decades without much change. They keep a storage of hot water by constantly cycling on and off to keep temperature.

Tankless-water heaters (right) on the other hand, is just that, TANK LESS. It mounts to the wall and is only on when hot water is needed. There is a sensor within the heater than activated and turns on the burner or heating element.

Tanked-Water Heaters
  • Low first cost – about $400 – $550 
  • Energy is being used all day, every day to keep the water at temperature. 
  • Larger carbon footprint… the more water you use, the bigger the impact. 
  • Limited hot water supply. Basically you get as much water as the tank can hold. So when your kid takes a 30 minute shower, you get some chilly water to scrub-a-dub with !!! 
Tankless Water heater

  • Energy is not used until a demand is present. 
  • Smaller footprint than tank-type water heater 
  • Saves floor space. 
  • Unlimited hot water supply. So everyone can shower and no one feels like they are swimming in Antarctica. 
  • No risk of a broken or ruptured tank, which could lead to flood damage or worse. 
  • Longer life span with fewer repairs needed. 
  • High first cost – about $1000 – $1200 

Hopefully this can help you make the decision that is right for your and your family. If you do choose to make the move to a new water heater, remember to call you neighborhood plumber, Jeff da Plumber !!! 916-481-6593.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer Tips for a Healthy Home

Life is a Flush, and Jeff da Plumber is here to help !!! Here are some summer tips for the plumbing in your house… some will help you save some dollars on your electric bill, others will prevent future issues, and others will work towards saving the rainforest,,, one flush at a time.

  • Check the temperature setting on the water heater. It should be set no higher than 120° to prevent scalding and reduce energy use. Summer is a good time to turn the temperature down, especially when away on vacation !!!!
  • Replacing an old shower head can save up to 7.5 gallons of water per minute without sacrificing water pressure. To clean mineral deposits from the showerhead, unscrew it, soak it in vinegar overnight and then gently scrub with a toothbrush to remove deposits. (To see step by step directions with pictures, go to
  • Check outdoor faucets/hoses to make sure water flows freely and they aren’t leaking and wasting precious water.
  • Conserve water. Water your lawn before sunup or after sundown to reduce usage.
  • Take a look at your bathroom. Check around the bottom of the toilet for any signs of leaks. If there are stains or if the floor seems spongy, there could be a possible leak. Check for any loose tiles above and around the bathtub or shower because loose tiles could indicate a possible leak.
  • Your kids are outside playing, getting dirty, going swimming, etc. The more they do, the more clothes there are to wash. Be sure to check your washing machine hoses for bulges, leaks or cracks and be sure to remove drier lint regularly. Also, move your machine at least four inches from the wall to prevent hose kinking and damage, and never leave your home while the washer is running. Remember--washing machine hoses should be replaced approximately every three years.
  • Be careful what you put down your kitchen disposal after your BBQs. Most are not equipped to handle cornhusks, celery, banana peels and other fibrous or “stringy” foods. Some other items to stay away from are fats or cooking oils because they form clots in the pipes. Run cold water at full pressure for 15 seconds before and after you put anything down the disposal to flush it through. Never put instant stuffing, potato mixes or similar “just-add-water” foods down the drain—they'll create an instant clog when you add water.
  • Sewer line backups are common this time of year because of rainwater, pipe cracks, etc. New tree root growth from the spring can also cause sewer backup issues as roots are drawn toward the sewer line as a source of nutrition. If you are experiencing clogs in your bathroom or kitchen, have a plumber come and inspect your sewer line pipes for roots.

Keep these plumbing tips on your mind because the summer time can be an awful time to have plumbing issues. Should anything occur, you could be without your shower or toilet facilities which could create one unhappy household, especially if you have company over when it happens. Checking these areas before a problem happens or catching a problem early can save you lots of money in the future. Whether you know a bit about plumbing and can fix these problems yourself before they get complicated, or if you have to call a plumber, it will still be less expensive to fix small problems before they turn into large ones.