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Bible Study Questions – July 29

In Family Training Hour Questions, The Pastor's Blog on July 31, 2009 at 11:35 PM
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Someone just pointed out the fact this week’s questions haven’t been posted yet, so here they are for your perusal and study. Get your thinking caps on and get with it; you will definitely be rewarded for your efforts.

This was an awesome service; the people just didn’t want to leave the sanctuary after our time was up. The youth came over to our class and hung out with us after their class was over. I’ll tell you, that is enjoying being with one another in the bond of Christ, and that’s exactly the way it should be. Are you ready? Let’s go!

  1. Where is the description of a voice crying in the wilderness?
  2. Where do you find a description of someone greater than Jonah and Solomon?
  3. Where do you find seven (or eight, depending on the translation you use) woes pronounced on Scribes and Pharisees?

Don’t forget to give some background information and most certainly give the scripture reference. Now answer away!

This Week’s Featured Blog – An Unlikely Perspective 2

In Featured Blogs, The Pastor's Blog on July 28, 2009 at 2:11 PM

I realize this post is a couple of days late, but there’s a very good reason for it. I’m away at a Pastoral Covenant Group Facilitator’s Retreat somewhere in Florida and have been quite busy. There is some down time this afternoon before the evening sessions, so it’s time to take care of my blog and some other things, too.

This week’s featured blog is from a Christian blogger named Dominique. Her unique blog is called An Unlikely Perspective 2. (AUP 2) You will find a variety of topics on her blog including political commentary, activism, prophecy and Christian issues. Veteran’s issues are also prominently displayed if you care to read more on the subject. She has put together quite a list of resources if you want to do more research.

Another feature of Dominique’s excellent blog is her list of columnists she reads routinely. You have a wealth of information at your finger tips while browsing AUP 2. You won’t be disappointed if you click on these links and begin reading the articles. Thanks for all you’ve done, Dominique.

Do you wish Uncle Sugar would quit spending so much money on port-barrel projects. There is a section called Pork Watch in which the most horrific offenders are displayed on wanted posters.

Please drop by this well-written blog and give it a spin. I would venture a guess: you will be impressed with what you read and the amount of material you have in front of you. Dominique is engaging as she interacts with her readership. You will probably find this is true if you care to leave your thoughts on her blog.

Bible Study Questions – July 22

In Family Training Hour Questions, The Pastor's Blog on July 22, 2009 at 8:41 PM
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Okay, we just got home from Family Training Hour where we discussed our weekly questions. This was a particularly good lesson; the questions were not too hard, but just difficult enough to cause some extra digging. My people love this format because they have to research to find the answers, and we spend time discussing the reason(s) the answers are what they are. This is a good way to learn more about God’s wonderful word. You are welcome to join in the study with us.

  1. Where are we likened to birds escaping out of the fowler’s snares?
  2. What did God do to Judah because of Manasseh’s sins?
  3. How many sons of Saul died with him? Name them.

Don’t forget to give some background information and most certainly give the scripture reference. Now answer away!

This Week’s Featured Blog – Crown of Beauty

In Featured Blogs, The Pastor's Blog on July 20, 2009 at 4:26 PM

Once again it’s time to feature one of my favorite blogs, and once again I’m late getting this post to press. This should have been taken care of last night, but here I am Monday afternoon writing about a site you should thoroughly enjoy.

Lidia’s Crown of Beauty blog features stories of her family and friends written from a Christian’s perspective. She takes you on incredible journeys while describing life with her husband Ernie, children and friends. You are drawn into the life she and Ernie shared together as they loved, worshiped and labored together for the cause of Christ.

You will find music and poetry on this blog, too. You won’t be disappointed in her native land, either. She writes with such conviction, you will certainly love and appreciate her articles about her travels.

Lidia has a passion for writing, teaching and ministering the incredible love of Christ to a lost and dying world. She takes wonderful pictures and creates beautiful stories with them. Some of my favorite are those of her home with all its flowers and colors of life. Absolutely breathtaking.

To see what her blog is really about, though, you need look no further than her About the Author section. Lidia’s life is about her relationship with Jesus Christ, and that is evident throughout the blog. This blog is a reflection of Christ in her, the hope of glory.

Please drop in to see this heart-warming blog. Read her posts and browse through the comments. You would be welcome to leave your thoughts, too. Lidia is another sister in Christ I want to meet one day.

Another Reason I Don’t Like Apple

In Computing, The Pastor's Blog on July 16, 2009 at 12:42 AM

My first and last piece of Apple hardware was purchased a couple of years ago for me at Christmas by my lovely bride. It is a silver iPod Classic 80GB model, and it’s a wonderful gadget. What? How does that sync with the title of your post? I’m glad you asked, and by the time you finish reading this post, you will understand.

Those of you who read my blog regularly know by now my computer operating system of choice is Linux with Simply Mepis being the particular distribution. A quick look through my Computer Category will show you several posts written on the subject. Several of those posts have been published in a various internet computer magazines, for which I’m grateful.

The first time I became upset with Apple was shortly after unwrapping my iPod to populate it with music and videos. I dutifully booted into that vastly inferior OS called Windows XP, fired up iTunes, and loaded music to my heart’s content. I had to register the iPod that way and thought that would be as good a way as any to upload content. What a mistake!

It wasn’t long until I had booted back into the safe confines of Linux. I fired up one of my media applications to continue uploading music, but to my dismay, the music I had spent time uploading didn’t appear on the device. Here we go! Back to Windows again to fix the database, then back to Linux and the same thing happened. Grrrrrr! Come to find out it was the insidious nature of Apple’s proprietary ways that caused all the commotion. They purposely added some code to the database that made sure you could only use iTunes for Apple or Windows; nothing in Linux. It was iTunes or nothing at all.

It wasn’t long until the bright guys from Linux found a solution and began working on getting the fix out to whoever wanted it. I’ll tell you now, my iPod works better now using a couple of Linux apps far better than it ever did with iTunes. Apple refuses to make iTunes available for Linux, which is another reason to steer clear of them.

I would love to have a smart phone and have been looking at several models. Obviously, Apple’s iPhone is out of the question. Apple is not going to get my money; the more I read about them the more I see how much like Microsoft they are, and that’s not a good thing at all. A few phones that appeal to me are the Blackberry 8900 (T-Mobile), Blackberry Tour (Verizon/Sprint) and the Palm Pre (Sprint). Each one has features which are quite appealing.

According to an AP Hi Tech article posted today by Rachel Metz, those good ol’ boys at Apple are up to their old tricks again. Many would say they saw this coming a mile away, and it’s probably true. Apple purposefully broke the Palm Pre’s ability to sync with iTunes. Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr said the update “disables devices falsely pretending to be iPods, including the Palm Pre.” In another article by Jeff Bertolucci of PC World, information is given to help Pre owners work their way around Apple’s kill switch.

To sum it up nicely, I just don’t like Apple’s business model. Come to think of it, I just don’t like Microsoft’s business model, either. Perhaps they make good equipment (many argue there are far superior media players out there), but the way they are so proprietary is troubling to me. Do the words Microsoft, Internet Explorer and monopoly ring a bell with anyone?

Why Would Anyone Buy Windows 7?

In Computing, The Pastor's Blog on July 13, 2009 at 9:38 PM

Many of you know my preference for computer operating systems happens to be Linux and Simply Mepis in particular. I have written several posts about Linux and site real examples of how the OS helps me in my daily work as a pastor of a small church in central Florida.

I made the move to Linux several years ago after a horrible encounter with a virus someone sent me through an e-mail. It was probably my fault for not checking the e-mail for malicious code lurking somewhere, but it was from a friend (at least I think that’s where the virus came from) and I just clicked on the link. About a week later my computer was clean and I was on a search for something better.

Open source software was a big part of my computing needs at the time and OpenOffice was my favorite suite of tools for writing, doing spreadsheets and a host of other things. Firefox was my web browser and Thunderbird was my e-mail client. What more could you need unless you were a professional and just had to own particular software? Some people’s needs go beyond what they perceive Linux offers.

To many, Microsoft Vista was a dismal failure. It didn’t meet the need of scores of people all over the world and was slow to catch on. Unfortunately, it came pre-installed on my laptop, but I quickly installed Simply Mepis on it and have been happy ever since. I like virtually nothing about the Windows OS, no matter which flavor it is. If I had to choose one to keep, though, it would definitely be XP.

A report came out recently from ScriptLogic, which is a software developer specializing in Windows management software. Basically, their summary indicates Windows 7 will not be the success Microsoft wants it to be. Admittedly, there was no analysis provided with the report, but many professionals have already weighed in on the matter.

Microsoft has always had a business model I find irresponsible. That is, offering poorly written software you must keep upgrading to stay current. There’s really no telling how much money people have wasted by purchasing the latest and greatest Microsoft had to offer. I prefer Linux, which costs me nothing and works every bit as good, if not better, than what Microsoft has to offer. Of course, that’s just my take on the matter.

Ed Bott of ZDNet wrote an interesting article about this very subject and includes some common sense evaluation of the new Microsoft offering. He lists several recent articles regarding Windows 7; it is a good read and worth taking a look at. Basically, he concludes lots of people are not going to jump on the Windows 7 bandwagon. Personally, I think that’s a smart move.

What do you think? Will you pay good money for another Microsoft product, or will you take the plunge and switch to a superior OS – Linux? Just wondering.

This Week’s Featured Blog – Onemom

In Featured Blogs, The Pastor's Blog on July 13, 2009 at 3:28 PM

First of all. let me say “sorry” for not posting this last night as I normally would have done. Yours truly has been feeling quite a bit under the weather, and seems to be worse today. I will get better and move on by the grace and power of God.

Kerry at onemom is quite an interesting person who writes on a variety of subjects. She is passionate about her family, politics and just causes. Kerry is a fine Christian woman and does not hide the fact; for that I am grateful. She also writes from a conservative perspective which is most refreshing.

Please check her blog out and see what I mean. You can spend a lot of time looking through the subject matter on her site, and will be touched by her great stories and passion for what is good, right and decent.

Powerful Preaching

In A Christian Life, Sermons, The Pastor's Blog on July 9, 2009 at 10:11 PM

I have just been watching some powerful preaching by a man known all over the world as a prophet, preacher, teacher, college president, author and many other things, too. Dr. Ray H. Hughes has preached the gospel of Jesus Christ with power and conviction for over half a century, and is one of my favorite preachers in all the world. What a powerful anointing is on his life.

For those of you who have not heard him preach, I am pleased to show you one of the greatest messages about Jesus Christ I’ve ever heard. This is Part 1, so you will need to find the other parts if you want to continue the message. Enjoy this video and be blessed by it.

Please let me know what you think.

Climate, Climate – This is Madness

In Family, Politics on July 9, 2009 at 10:32 AM

I don’t know what you think, but I’m tired of hearing about several hot topics and climate change is near the top of the list. Climate change, Al Gore’s baby much of the world has latched onto for various reasons, continues to garner more and more press. Scare tactics aside, the infatuation with “global warming” has reached preposterous levels and threatens to deeply affect all our lives.

Something struck me today for the first time while reading news items on the net this morning. Leaders at the G8 conference seem to act like lemmings * when it comes to the global warming hoax. They get together and follow along with junk science and then offer solutions to what is perceived as a threat to the world. IMHO, they would be better off looking at real problems instead of the earth’s natural warming-cooling cycles.

I am reminded of a story in the book of Genesis regarding people’s ambitious behavior. They thought they could effect a change by working together to build a tower to where God sits on his throne. Haven’t heard that story? The end results were not favorable to those involved.

Genesis 11:1-9 (ESV) 1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. 6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. 7 Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused [1] the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

Did you notice what the people in Genesis said about making a name for themselves? To a great extent, I believe this is partially what all the hype and fear is about. People from Al Gore and his collective band of scientists to the president and much of our government appear to be just like those who want to make themselves a name. They speak of global warming as though it’s a proven fact and that they can do something to change the course of God’s laws. This is pathetic!

Let’s look to God’s word to see what the Lord has to say on the subject:

  1. (Ecclesiastes 1:4, ESV) A generation goes, and a generation comes,but the earth remains forever.
  2. (Psalms 104:5, ESV) He set the earth on its foundations,so that it should never be moved.
  3. (Psalms 119:90, ESV) Your faithfulness endures to all generations;you have established the earth, and it stands fast.

What President Obama and others are proposing regarding energy is just going to put more financial strain on an already perilous situation. It is disgusting to see so many people talk about man-made climate change as thought it’s a fact. Equally disgusting are those who have hopped on the band wagon believing we can do something to reverse global warming. People, haven’t you heard – temperatures have actually decreased lately? An older article from NewsBusters is enlightening on the subject at hand.

So, what do you thing about global warming? Can we change the world by following along with recommendations from people like Al Gore and even our own president? Do you believe the G8 needs to spend their valuable time on this matter?

* I know lemmings really don’t commit mass suicide as many suggest. It’s a metaphor about people who seemingly follow someone mindlessly. It seems many in this world are doing just that.

This Week’s Featured Blog – My Take

In Featured Blogs, The Pastor's Blog on July 5, 2009 at 11:58 PM

Last week a thought struck me about sharing a favorite blog with my few readers. Linda Owens’ Absolute Grace blog was featured, and this week is another one of my favorites. Larry’s My Take is an exceptional blog, and you will find lots of useful information and stimulating discussions on its pages. He covers topics which range from politics to Linux, but mostly politics. Larry is a friend and one who has helped me on numerous occasions. Please drop by to see what Larry has to say.

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