Monthly Archives: August 2012

Light-wise Living

Nothing I say can directly help you stop sinning. Nothing you do can either; no goals you set. Personal determination alone can’t win battles of heart, but a change of heart can.

There’s a reason Jesus comes into our hearts when we become Christians. To help us, to guide us, to be close to us. But mostly to change our hearts, through and through; to ready us to listen to and serve him.

Unlike the Israelites, we have more than just a big book of rules to read, and then be left to hope we can find the will to follow those rules. We have God as our strength and guidance, helping us to do the right things at the right time. Living a radical life starts with realizing the power and potential God has placed in you.

The apostle Paul is possibly the greatest Christian of all time. And, as he said himself, he wasn’t anything special. On the contrary, speaking in 1 Corinthians, Paul describes how he went in “weakness and fear”, something we all feel when faced with a challenge. That’s one of many reasons why I chose and love the following verse.

I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.” 1 Corinthians 2:3-5

I wish that God gave us all step-by-step directions on how to live our lives, but everyone’s life is different–and so is God’s plan for it. That means we have to live ready, waiting, trusting, and the way to do that is in the light and truth of the Spirit. This classic proverb never grows old:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

Olympic God

Around the world, millions of people are watching the Olympics and cheering for their nation. How does God feel, though? I’m sure God loves the Olympics; he probably loves watching them because people are getting together to show their skills in sports. And God gave them those skills. For a reason, too — to spread the Gospel.

The real question is how do they reach out to people? One: they have to be saved, of course. Two: since they are well known, they can speak to a lot of people and tell them about Christ; they have to take the opportunities they’ve been given. Three: they let the people decide what to believe.

Just today, United States sprinters Kellie Wells and Dawn Harper in the 100m repeatedly thanked God, saying he was good to NBC reporter Louis Johnson after the race, giving God the glory in a great example of this.

All Olympians have at least a few fanatics that will listen to the Olympian they love and adore; those fans can see the truth behind that Christian Olympian’s words. It’s important that we use the power that God has given us, like an interview on TV, to the benefit of his kingdom and glory.

We all know that there are people who want to challenge God, and Christian beliefs, it’s kind of pointless when God is all powerful. The Pharisees in the new testament kept challenging Jesus — and they kept losing.

 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”

 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going. But you have no idea where I come from or where I am going.””      John 8: 13-14 

Those verses show that nothing can challenge God–no Olympian or religious leader. Nothing can challenge God’s power.

Also note that God can do any thing, and he gave the idea of any sport to the guy who created it, and the ability to do it as well. Even if a Christian athlete loses in the Olympics, it’s for God’s purposes, and we all know who wins in the end.

iPhone 5, Finally

The date is out that the iPhone 5 will be announced on September 12th. We’re looking at an entirely new phone this time, as we move away from the 4S, we are secretly relieved to not realize the horror of something along the lines of an iPhone 4SX. As usual, Apple isn’t set to disappoint. Surprisingly, it appears as if some reliable leaks have come out showing that the new iPhone (don’t worry, as far as we know, it’s not called that) will have some unforeseen and compelling new features.

The Short

This is the reader-friendly version of what we allegedly know about Apple’s next-gen phone:

  • taller, thinner, crisper screen even more gorgeous than Retina Display
  • new screen will be more efficient to improve battery life
  • new screen is as wide as the 4S screen, but taller so that movies and media can be viewed without black bars
  • front facing camera is now oddly centered
  • less black/white space for the button and camera areas on the front because of the long screen
  • Siri-enhancements
  • No built-in YouTube app

We also expect to see various hardware improvements, as well as LTE, but that’s currently not backed up by any strict evidence.

The Details

I’m not one for rumors, but I’ll give you the quick-take. It appears as if the parts supplier ETradeSupply has leaked photos, and a video, of a portion of the iPhone 5’s body, as well as the front glass panel. Japanese Mac website Macotakara has released detailed videos as well. While it’s not the whole phone, the details seem fully plausible. What we can gather is that the screen will move from the 4S’s 3:2 aspect ratio to a 16:9 ratio, the standard for widescreen movies, televisions, and more. This makes viewing any media in HD easier, especially when the screen’s pixel density is supposed to be far more impressive, as well.

The iPhone 4S has a retina display pixel density of 960 x 640, while the new iPhone will likely have a pixel density of WXGA 1280 x 720. I would be shocked to see it, but it is possible Apple will blow us all away and show us a 1600 x 900 resolution phone . Forbes writer Susan Kalla noted ETrade Supply’s claim that the new screen will allegedly use new LCD technology which allows for better battery life and, of course, a better screen. Anyway, it’s not set in stone yet, but of all the rumors so far, these appear the most believable.The back of the iPhone 5The front of the iPhone 5.

While it’s not backed up by evidence, let alone being confirmed, it’s only logical for Apple’s iPhone 5 to include LTE functionality as well as 1 GB of RAM. Various other hardware improvements are plausible, but these two seem like logical steps for the iDevice to keep up with the pack.

While the some of the above details may be uncertain (as Apple likes it), we are nearly certain that Apple’s iPhone 5 event will be on September 12th, and will most likely be for sale on September 21st.

Via: ZDNet, Forbes, Huffington Post, BGR, 9 to 5 Mac

Source: ETrade Supply Blog, Macotakara (Youtube)

Three Wise Guys

Sometimes life can get hot. Heated, I mean. Heavy, difficult–hard. And sometimes you have to walk through some seriously challenging things. But I don’t suppose you’ve ever walked through a gigantic bonfire.

The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar made a giant gold statue of himself and made people worship it. The punishment for any person not worshiping the statue was being thrown into a huge, blazing furnace. Naturally, God really didn’t like that the king made a huge statue of himself. That, and he kind of had an entire kingdom which he gave himself all the credit for. The Israelites Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego all knew the right person to worship–rather than a giant gold statue–God. So what happened when they told that to Nebuchadnezzar?

 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”” Daniel 3:16-18 

The three men were thrown into the furnace and King Nebuchadnezzar ordered it to be seven times hotter than it originally was. In fact, it was hot enough to kill the soldiers that took them into the furnace, and those soldiers were some of the strongest of Nebuchadnezzar’s army, one of the biggest in the world. There were only three men in the furnace, but those present saw four men in the fire. Nebuchadnezzar said that the fourth man looked like a son of the gods (or the son of God), for he was actually Jesus. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego all walked out of the flames unscathed. Later King Nebuchadnezzar basically lived like an animal until he had humility enough to respect God, upon which he returned to Babylon.

We can all live through the fiery furnace of a sinful life if we turn to God just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did. If they could walk through an actual fire, you can walk through a figurative one, right?

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