September, 2009

God is good
Trust in the Lord

Listen to the Lord

Jesus is on your side

Seek the road to heaven

God bless you

(September 30, 2009 Wed 7:12 AM CDT)

I fixed the "jar" file Code9.jar
so you can run it with the command:
java -jar Code9.jar
It knows how to start the program
with class Code9.class now.

Yesterday I rented a DVD because I was getting bored.
I watched Ratatouille .
Chef Gusteau claims: Anyone can cook.
So there is hope for me.

I updated the entry below for September 20.
There are many more ways in Java to write the "main" line.

I completed chapter 3 of SCJP yesterday.
In the practice test questions
I'm getting most of the answers correct.
I'm learning.

The newspaper says that the ratio
of unemployed workers to job openings is 6-to-1 .

"'How do you know me?' Nathanael asked him.
'Before Philip called you,' Jesus answered,
'I saw you under the fig tree.'"
John 1:48

Jesus sees you.
He knows all about you.
Tell him about your dreams.
Ask him for guidance.
Be confident in your future with him.
Your ratio is 1-to-1 with him.

(September 29, 2009 Tue 6:19 AM CDT)

We had a networking meeting yesterday
and we had a new member join the group.
That is a first.

I continued to study chapter 3 of the SCJP book yesterday.

Jesus said,
"Keep your eyes open!
Be on your guard..."
Mark 8:15

Be aware of what is happening
around you and in the world.
Seek the truth.
Seek justice.
Jesus, point out the truth to us.
Help us to understand.
Give us wisdom.

(September 28, 2009 Mon 6:18 AM CDT)

This morning I'm reading about the
Heartland Developers Conference
on October 15-16 in Omaha.

MIT provides hundreds of video lectures of their classes.
It is just like going to college.
I always dreamt of going to MIT when I was young.
Now I can virtually go to school there.

Please, pray for the many sick people in hospitals.
Some have been there for over a year.
Pray for the doctors, nurses and others that work there.
God bless them all and give them strength for today.

Some people say the world is going to end in 2012 .
The world could end today.
Are you prepared to meet your maker?

Jesus said,
"Be on guard!
Let no one mislead you.
There will be famine and pestilence
and earthquakes in many places.
The man who holds out to the end,
however, is the one who will see salvation.
This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed
throughout the world as a witness to all the nations.
Only after that will the end come."
Matthew 24:4,7,13-14

There will be an end to the world one day.
We don't know when it will happen.
Be prepared for any and every day.
Jesus, I look for your return.
Come in glory and power.

(September 27, 2009 Sun 8:29 AM CDT)

"He will strengthen you to the end,
so that you will be blameless
on the day of the Lord Jesus.
God is faithful, and it was he
who called you to fellowship
with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
1 Corinthians 1:8-9

Call on the Lord.
He is your strength for today.
Be holy.
Be faithful.
Jesus, help me to be like you.
Increase my faith.
I want to follow you.

(September 26, 2009 Sat 9:30 AM CDT)

The other day at the Westroads Mall I overheard a conversation
between two women in the Food Court:
Marriage is a journey and not a destination.
I thought the saying was:
Life is a journey and not a destination.

Yesterday I listened to this presentation
by Theresa Maher of Phoenix and
It is titled:
"Episode XI: Job Search Success Stories"

"You need to recall the words
of the Lord Jesus himself, who said,
'There is more happiness in giving than receiving.'"
Acts 20:35

Be of service.
Help others.
Be thoughtful.
Do acts of kindness.
The Lord will bless you.
Happiness will be yours.
Enjoy the journey.

(September 25, 2009 Fri 8:15 AM CDT)

Yesterday I was back to studying my two ASP.NET 3.5 books.
I have a technical interview later today for a .NET job position.
They will call me.

"It was a cave with a stone laid across it.
'Take away the stone,' Jesus directed.
Martha, the dead man's sister, said to him,
'Lord, it has been four days now;
surely there will be a stench!'
Jesus replied,
'Did I not assure you that if you believed
you would see the glory of God displayed?'"
John 11:38-40

Follow the directions of Jesus.
He is the Lord.
He will show you the glory of God.
Listen to his words of wisdom.
Follow them.

(September 24, 2009 Thu 8:29 AM CDT)

Here are some pictures from yesterday in front of my house.
What is this plant?
Name that plant.

It is getting pretty big.
I ordered some day lily seeds on Ebay,
and planted them in 3 flower pots in my kitchen.
Only one flower pot had anything that started to grow.
Then in the spring this year I planted them outside.
I'm not sure what they are.
They are not day lilies.

Jesus taught,
"What woman, if she has ten silver pieces
and loses one, does not light a lamp
and sweep the house in a diligent search
until she has retrieved what she lost?
And when she finds it, she calls in her
friends and neighbors to say,
'Rejoice with me!
I have found the silver piece I lost.'
I tell you, there will be the same kind of joy
before the angels of God over one repentant sinner."
Luke 15:8-10

Jesus knows who you are.
You are his child.
He is very concerned about you.
He wants you to find what you lost.
He wants you to have joy in your life.
Heaven will rejoice.
Jesus, forgive my sins.
I want to be with you.
Help me to change my life.

(September 23, 2009 Wed 6:35 AM CDT)

I had a job interview yesterday.
It is 8 miles from home.

People tell me I need to watch
Ace of Cakes .
I have never watched it before.
I bake brownies and cakes sometimes.

I'm still in chapter 3 of the SCJP book.
One of the topics is constructors .
Just remember --- you can't use the reserved word "this"
with a local variable.

"The angel went on to say to her:
'Do not fear, Mary.
You have found favor with God.
You shall conceive and bear a son
and give him the name Jesus.
Great will be his dignity and
he will be called Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him
the throne of David his father.
He will rule over the house of Jacob forever
and his reign will be without end.'"
Luke 1:30-33

Jesus was fully God
and he was fully human.
He had a mother.
He understands our hurts and pains.
Go to him.
Talk to him.
Tell him your concerns.
Have no fear.

(September 22, 2009 Tue 8:23 AM CDT)

I finished chapter 2 of SCJP and
started chapter 3 yesterday.
Practice makes perfect.

Jesus taught,
"A good man produces good from his store of goodness;
an evil man produces evil from his evil store.
I assure you, on judgment day
people will be held accountable
for every unguarded word they speak.
By your words you will be acquitted,
and by your words you will be condemned."
Matthew 12:35-37

What is in your store?
Say words of blessing.
Say kind words to others.
Speak the truth in love.
Think before you say something.
Encourage others.

(September 21, 2009 Mon 6:27 AM CDT)

An article in the newspaper yesterday
said to check out this AARP Work web site
to help you find a job.
It is not just for older people seeking work.

I found out yesterday another relative is having surgery soon.
Pray for them also.
God bless them and the doctors, nurses
and others at the hospital.

if God has loved us so,
we must have the same love for one another."
1 John 4:11

We can learn much from the Lord.
He gives and forgives.
He restores and heals.
He is kind and caring.
Love as the Lord has loved you.

(September 20, 2009 Sun 8:26 AM CDT)

Pray for one of my relatives that will have surgery
in the next few weeks.
God be with them and bless their family today.

I read chapter 1 of the SCJP book yesterday.
They test you with questions in the format
that will be on the Java Certification test.
They are multiple-choice with about 5 possible answers.
Sometimes multiple answers are correct
and they tell you the number that is correct.
The test looks something like this .
You definitely want to memorize the "main" line:
public static void main(String args[])
(Updated on 9-30-2009:
OR... these are valid also...
static public void main(String[] arguments)
public static void main(String... args)
static public void main(String... arguments)
It is case-sensitive.
Some questions are tricky, for example
these 3 lines are valid Java syntax
and all do the same thing:
int[][] x;
int[] x[];
int x[][];

The spiders are creating huge webs outside lately
in various places near my house.
I guess it is because of the cooler weather.

I found this story about a spider web that
protected a soldier .
The Lord answered the soldier's prayers for protection.

I found an inch long dark spider in the basement yesterday
in the half-open plastic wrapping of a furnace filter.
It was trapped and very obvious to see.
I took it outside and set it free in the grass.
I normally don't do that.

"All these were but a shadow
of things to come;
the reality is the body of Christ."
Colossians 2:17

You are part of creation.
You are in the body of Christ.
Be linked to him.
He is your protection from harm.
He will set you free.
He is the right answer.

(September 19, 2009 Sat 11:48 AM CDT)

Yesterday I was reading in chapter 10
of the Deitel book on interfaces .
The new book arrived on SCJP,
so I read the introduction in it.

He commissioned us to preach to the people
and bear witness that he is
the one set apart by God
as judge of the living and the dead.
To him all the prophets testify,
saying that everyone who believes in him
has forgiveness of sins through his name."
Acts 10:42-43

Jesus is the one.
He is the only one.
The prophets talked about him.
He is God.
He came to earth to save you from death.
Believe and trust in him.

(September 18, 2009 Fri 6:46 AM CDT)

Yesterday I was reading chapters 9 and 10
in the Deitel book.
One of the topics was polymorphism .
It is interesting to look at the many different
computer language examples in this link above.

There are two job openings at
Xpanxion in Kearney, Nebraska for QA Analysts.
That is about 170 miles west of Omaha.

"Jesus then took the loaves of bread, gave thanks,
and passed them around to those reclining there;
he did the same with the dried fish,
as much as they wanted.
When they had had enough, he told his disciples,
'Gather up the crusts that are left over
so that nothing will go to waste.'
At this, they gathered twelve baskets full of pieces
left over by those who had been fed
with the five barley loaves."
John 6:11-13

Jesus can take ordinary things and make a miracle.
Will you work with him?
Will you trust him to do wonderful works?
Pray to him.
Give thanks with him.
Expect amazing results.

(September 17, 2009 Thu 6:25 AM CDT and 8:18 AM CDT)

Yesterday I was reading chapters 8 and 9
in the Deitel book.

I had the tree service come yesterday and
give me a bid on trimming my 3 silver maple trees.
They were damaged in the 6-27-2008 storm in Omaha.
They will come back in 3 or 4 weeks to do the work.

This was one of the Bible readings at church this morning.

"Jesus said to the woman,
'Your sins are forgiven.'
The others at table said to themselves,
'Who is this who even forgives sins?'
But he said to the woman,
'Your faith has saved you; go in peace.'"
Luke 7:48-50

Believe in Jesus.
This is very important.
Trust in him.
He will forgive your sins.
He will save you from death.
Jesus, increase my faith in you.
I need your peace.

(September 16, 2009 Wed 6:03 AM CDT)

I ordered another book yesterday.
A Programmer's Guide to Java SCJP Certification .
It is to help you prepare for taking the test
to get a Java Certification.
I read some of the reviews and
it definitely helps people to pass the test.

Inquiring minds want to know...
This says that Chuck Barris of The Gong Show
did not work for the CIA.
This line had me laughing:
"Barris married Lyn Levy, niece of one of the founders of CBS,
which caused her family to disinherit her."
Oh my.

"Just then the disciples came up to Jesus with the question,
'Who is of greatest importance in the kingdom of God?'
He called a little child over and
stood him in their midst and said:
'I assure you, unless you change and
become like little children
you will not enter the kingdom of God.
Whoever makes himself lowly,
becoming like this child
is of greatest importance in that heavenly reign.'"
Matthew 18:1-4

Change is important.
You are a child of God.
Stay near to him always.
Pray to your Father in heaven daily.

(September 15, 2009 Tue 6:14 AM CDT)

I applied for two jobs yesterday.
Some people are getting part-time jobs.
I was reading chapter 8 of the Deitel book yesterday.

"Those chosen were leading men of the community,
Judas, known as Barsabbas, and Silas.
They were to deliver this letter..."
Acts 15:22-23

There is a message you have been given.
It is meant to be shared.
Read the Bible.
Pray for direction.
Share what you know about Jesus.

(September 14, 2009 Mon 6:07 AM CDT)

I loaded the anti-virus software on my Dell PC.
I still have one more PC (Sparky) to update.
First you remove the old anti-virus software, reboot,
and then you install the new.
Next you do a full system scan.
I just started it up.
It is installing now.

"After Jesus had left this gathering,
the scribes and Pharisees began to manifest
fierce hostility to him and to make him
speak on a multitude of questions,
setting traps to catch him in his speech."
Luke 11:53-54

Be serious.
Ask Jesus questions to learn more about him.
Ask him about life and what is truly important.
Share your concerns with him.
Talk to him with respect.
He can answer all your questions with great patience.
You are his child.
He wants to help you.

(September 13, 2009 Sun 9:01 AM CDT)

I watched 3 of the Planet Earth BBC programs yesterday.
They are very well done.
The Lord has made some amazing and beautiful things.

I also listened to a talk by Rhonda Sher .
It is titled: "Episode IX:
How to Network Your Way into Your Dream Job."

"I am coming soon.
Hold fast to what you have
lest someone rob you of your crown."
Revelation 3:11

Hold on to your faith.
This is what you need in these trying times.
Stand for that is true and precious.
The Lord is coming soon.

(September 12, 2009 Sat 10:22 AM CDT)

Yesterday I loaded the Anti-Virus software
Trend Micro Security Pro .
I can put it on 3 of my PCs.

Yesterday I watched the 3 BBC programs on
Visions of the Future .
It gives you something to think about,
as we learn more and more about God's creation.
It talked about ubiquitous computing, second life,
digital biology, superconductivity, Meissner effect,
quantum physics, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), fusion,
mapping the human genome, mapping cancers,
supercomputers to speedup research advances,
controlling a single atom, etc.
Many times it mentions the moral issues involved,
like cloning of people and decoding our DNA.
I hope you defend and respect
the life that God has given to us.

"You see, brother,
I want to make you 'useful' to me in the Lord.
Refresh this heart of mine in Christ."
Philemon 1:20

Be useful.
Ask the Lord for guidance.
Learn more about God's world.
Use your knowledge for the glory of the Lord.

(September 11, 2009 Fri 6:14 AM CDT)

Yesterday I applied for a job at Wal-Mart .
It took about an hour to fill everything out.
From what I read they don't pay
very much (maybe $8 per hour on average).
Costco pays maybe an average of $16 per hour.
(I say "maybe" because you can't trust
everything you read on the Internet.)
Wal-Mart employees get 10% off on purchases,
so that would help.
I could work in the bakery at either of these places.
I could make brownies and cakes all day.

"Yet in all this we are more than conquerors
because of him who has loved us."
Romans 8:37

God loves you.
That is for sure.
You have great benefits with him.
He cares for you.
He watches over you and your family.
You have been blessed.

(September 10, 2009 Thu 6:12 AM CDT)

I added "Zoom" to the "Print Preview"
in my Sudoku program yesterday.
You can resize the display of the puzzle.
It is fun to play with it.

"When Apollos arrived, he greatly strengthened
those who through God's favor had become believers."
Acts 18:27

Encourage one another.
Urge them to serve the Lord.
Pray with them.
Share your faith with them.

(September 9, 2009 Wed 6:54 AM CDT)

Welcome to 09-09-09.

Another person from LHH landed a job yesterday.
They were very excited.
God bless them and their family.

"The hour was about noon.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water,
Jesus said to her,
'Give me a drink.'"
John 4:6-7

It is interesting that Jesus would ask for something.
He could do anything.
There is obviously another level involved here.
He wants to teach us something.
Jesus, help us to understand.
We need to learn more about you.
Give us the new refreshing water of life.
We are ready and listening.
Help us to be still and be attentive.

(September 8, 2009 Tue 8:12 AM CDT)

I changed the "Print" and "Print Preview"
yesterday in the Code9 Sudoku program.
More than one company has stolen my name Code9.
That is not very nice of them.
The idea was that Code9 would be unique for search engines,
but that is gone now.

"The next day when they were leaving Bethany Jesus felt hungry.
Observing a fig tree some distance off, covered with foliage,
he went over to see if he could find anything on it.
When he reached it he found nothing but leaves;
it was not the time for figs.
Then addressing it he said,
'Never again shall anyone eat of your fruit!'
His disciples heard all this.
Early next morning, as they were walking along,
they saw the fig tree withered to its roots."
Mark 11:12-14, 20

We have been given many gifts and talents.
God has blessed us.
Are you producing any results?
Is there new fruit?
Grow and thrive in the Lord.

(September 7, 2009 Mon 7:59 AM CDT)

I heard this at two different churches yesterday.

"Thus says the LORD:
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you."
Isaiah 35:4

Trust in the Lord.
He hears your prayer.
Have no fear.
Jesus, we trust in you.
Calm our fears.
Give us hope for the future.

(September 6, 2009 Sun 8:31 AM CDT)

"They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the town,
leaving him there for dead.
His disciples quickly formed a circle about him,
and before long he got up
and went back into the town.
The next day he left with Barnabas for Derbe."
Acts 14:19-20

There is work to be done.
You will get knocked down.
Pray to the Lord for strength to get back up.
Jesus will hear and answer your prayer.

(September 5, 2009 Sat 10:32 AM CDT)

I finished chapter 25 of the Deitel book yesterday.
It was on JDBC .
I had Java connecting to the MySQL database on my PC.

A crossword puzzle the other day
asked what the first letter of the Arabic Alphabet was.
The answer is here ,
but you have to read it right to left.
For example: .left to right it read to have you but

"It was John who said,
'Master, we saw a man using your name to expel demons,
and we tried to stop him because he is not of our company.'
Jesus told him in reply,
'Do not stop him,
for any man who is not against you is on your side.'"
Luke 9:49-50

Which side are you on?
Is it the right or left side?
Are you with Jesus or against him?
Call on the name of Jesus to help you and others.
He is on your side.
Connect with him.

(September 4, 2009 Fri 6:21 AM CDT)

As you saw, I finished the Java version of my
Code9 Sudoku program yesterday.
It gives you a sense of accomplishment.

Yesterday and this morning I'm reading about
Spring Framework .
They were in Omaha on August 13th and I missed it.
How could that happen?

I met someone on Wednesday that got a new job
starting on September 1st.
We compared notes on how to search for a job.
They said to check every day.
Yes, there are a bunch of jobs out there now.
You can spend all day looking at jobs on the Internet.

"We have come to know and to believe
in the love God has for us.
God is love,
and he who abides in love
abides in God,
and God in him."
1 John 4:16

Stay near.
Abide with the Lord.
Love the Lord with all your heart.
Believe in him.

(September 3, 2009 Thu 8:11 AM CDT and 2:27 PM CDT)

I'm getting to the point where I can't change
the Java Code9 Sudoku program anymore.
The "final" version is in a jar file Code9.jar .
First you download Code9.jar and save it.
Right click on this link above and do a
"Save Link As..." or "Save Target As...".
Then to run it you use the command:
java -cp Code9.jar Code9
This will start it up.

It is a dark and rainy morning here in Omaha
with thunder and lightning.

I got the text area of the Code9 Sudoku program
working yesterday.
I had to use Absolute Positioning for the
buttons, check boxes and text fields.
I used GuiGenie to help me with all the coordinates and sizes.
There are lots and lots of numbers.

"May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ
grant the brothers and sisters
peace and love and faith.
Grace be with all who love
our Lord Jesus Christ with unfailing love."
Ephesians 6:23-24

We need peace.
We need grace.
Go to Jesus for all that you need.
Jesus, send us your grace and peace.
We love you.
We need you.
Increase our faith.

(September 2, 2009 Wed 6:21 AM CDT)

I'm still in chapter 11 of the Java Deitel book.

"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, spoke up:
'Leaders of the people! Elders!
If we must answer today for a good deed
done to a cripple and explain how
he was restored to health, then you and
all the people of Israel must realize
that it was done in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified and whom God raised from the dead.
In the power of that name
this man stands before you perfectly sound."
Acts 4:8-10

It is resurrection power.
It is the power of God.
It will move you.
Call on the holy name of Jesus.
Ask him to make you perfectly sound.

(September 1, 2009 Tue 6:16 AM CDT)

Yesterday I studied chapter 11 of the Java Deitel book.

I heard in an email yesterday that someone
got a new job starting today.
God bless them and their family
and everyone they work with today.
First days can be real stressful.

There are some job openings at Northrop Grumman
in Bellevue, Nebraska south of Omaha.

Jesus prayed,
"For these I pray ---
not for the world
but for these you have given me,
for they are really yours."
John 17:9

Jesus is praying for you.
Have faith in him.
He is with you.
He is counting on you.

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