January, 2012

Prepare for the coming of Christ
God bless you

God is love

Jesus is your hope of salvation

Love is all you need

Thank the Lord

(January 31, 2012 Tue 6:55 AM CST)

"Yet preaching the gospel is not
the subject of a boast;
I am under compulsion and have no choice.
I am ruined if I do not preach it!"
1 Corinthians 9:16

If you hear good news you want to tell someone.
You have to share what you know.
You have to say something.
Share the good news of Jesus with those near you.

(January 30, 2012 Mon 6:38 AM CST)

"The treasure we possess in earthen vessels,
to make it clear that its surpassing power
comes from God and not from us.
We are afflicted in every way possible,
but we are not crushed;
full of doubts, we never despair.
We are persecuted but never abandoned;
we are struck down but never destroyed.
Continually we carry about in our bodies
the dying of Jesus, so that in our bodies
the life of Jesus may also be revealed."
2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Eternal life is worth more that all the wealth in the world.
It is offered to you for free by Jesus.
Give up your sins and find joy each morning.
Jesus will preserve you and your family.
Forget about a new car, house, etc..
Think often about Jesus who loves you very much.

(January 29, 2012 Sun 7:13 AM CST)

I loaded version 4.2.1 XCode of the Apple SDK on Friday.
Some screens work different
from what my book says should happen.
I wrote my first app yesterday that actually worked
with the iPhone simulator on my iMac.

"You senseless Galatians!
After beginning in the spirit,
are you now to end in the flesh?"
Galatians 3:1,3

Keep your senses.
Think before you act.
You have the Holy Spirit within you.
Live the life of grace.
Hold on to your faith.

(January 28, 2012 Sat 10:38 AM CST)

"My brothers, count it pure joy
when you are involved in every sort of trial.
Realize that when your faith is tested
this makes for endurance.
Let endurance come to its perfection
so that you may be fully mature
and lacking in nothing."
James 1:2-4

We don't like trials and difficulties.
We don't like tests.
This is for your own good.
This shows you what you believe or not.
Stand up and do your best with God's help.

(January 27, 2012 Fri 6:43 AM CST)

"Beloved, do not imitate what is evil
but what is good.
Whoever does what is good belongs to God;
whoever does what is evil has never seen God."
3 John 1:11

Do what is right and pleasing to God.
Ask for his help.
See the Lord's face.
Stay near to him always.
Imitate him and his goodness.

(January 26, 2012 Thu 6:45 AM CST)

A relative of mine was telling me that they were
at the Newark, New Jersey airport on Tuesday.
The gate assignment for the plane had changed during the day.
They went to the wrong gate and
then had to get a ride
from one end of the airport to the other.
When he got to the gate the people said
that they were not sure if they would let him get on board.
The plane was still sitting there.
They did finally let him on the plane.

Jesus taught,
"None of those who cry out,
'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of God
but only the one who does
the will of my Father in heaven.
When that day comes, many will plead with me,
'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name?
Have we not exorcised demons by its power?
Did we not do many miracles in your name as well?'
Then I will declare to them solemnly,
'I never knew you.
Out of my sight, you evildoers!'"
Matthew 7:21-23

We stand at the gate and ask/plead/beg to enter.
We are all sinners.
Ask the Lord to forgive your sins.
Ask for mercy.
Do the will of God.
Know the Lord.
Walk with him.
The gate will be opened to you.

(January 25, 2012 Wed 6:25 AM CST)

"...he called loudly,
'Lazarus, come out!'
The dead man came out,
bound hand and foot with linen strips,
his face wrapped in a cloth.
'Untie him,' Jesus told them,
'and let him go free.'"
John 11:43-44

The story of Lazarus is amazing.
He was dead in the tomb for four days.
Jesus brought him back to life.
It was a miracle.
He has the power over life and death.
Jesus calls to you.
Will you respond or stay in the tomb?
Will you come back to life?
Will you be set free?

(January 24, 2012 Tue 6:23 AM CST)

Jesus said,
"When the Paraclete comes,
the Spirit of truth
who comes from the Father ---
and whom I myself will send from the Father ---
he will bear witness on my behalf.
You must bear witness as well
for you have been with me from the beginning."
John 15:26-27

Come, Holy Spirit, into our lives.
Help us to witness to the truth.
Show us your wisdom and strength.
We need you.

(January 23, 2012 Mon 6:41 AM CST)

"Many others were paralytics or cripples,
and these were cured.
The rejoicing in that town
rose to fever pitch."
Acts 8:7-8

Philip preached the word.
The people of Samaria listened.
Miracles happened.
Lives were changed.
Proclaim the word of God and
see what happens all around you.

(January 22, 2012 Sun 8:45 AM CST)

I actually wrote some Objective-C code yesterday on my iMac.
I'm trying to learn how to write applications for my iPhone.
I finally got the XCode SDK loaded yesterday.
It took a "miracle" to get it loaded.
It was a historic day for me.

"Five times at the hands of Jews
I received forty lashes less one;
three times I was beaten with rods;
I was stoned once,
shipwrecked three times;
I passed a day and a night at sea."
2 Corinthians 11:24-25

Paul had a hard time.
He suffered much to live his faith.
Pray for the strength to do what is right.
Lord, give us what we need to follow you always.
Help us to be faithful.

(January 21, 2012 Sat 9:16 AM CST)

I called my ISP this morning
because sometimes I could get
to web sites and sometimes not.
I talked to Sue in Boise, Idaho.
She had me do some tests on the network.
The problem has to do with
my cable or my router.
If I bypass the router everything works fine.
I will have to do some research
and figure it out.

"Keep this in mind, dear brothers.
Let every man be quick to hear,
slow to speak, slow to anger;
for a man's anger
does not fulfill God's justice."
James 1:19-20

Yes, think before you speak.
Count to 10 if you are angry.
Ask the Lord to be part of your conversation.
Pray for wisdom on what to say.

(January 19, 2012 Thu 6:29 AM CST)

Jesus instructed Peter,
"...go to the lake, thrown in a line,
and take out the first fish you catch.
Open its mouth and you will discover there
a coin worth twice the temple tax.
Take it and give it to them for you and me."
Matthew 17:27

Jesus is God.
He knows all things.
He sees everything that is happening.
He has huge resources and all knowledge.
Yesterday Wikipedia was blacked out.
Go to Jesus with all your questions.

(January 18, 2012 Wed 6:36 AM CST)

"Jesus finally straightened up and said to her,
'Woman, where did they all disappear to?
Has no one condemned you?'
'No one, sir,' she answered.
Jesus said, "Nor do I condemn you.
You may go.
But from now on, avoid this sin.'"
John 8:10-11

There is sin.
There is forgiveness.
There is grace.
Ask Jesus to forgive your sins.
Receive the new life of grace in your soul.
Avoid sin.

(January 17, 2012 Tue 6:32 AM CST)

"We know that God makes all things work together
for the good of those who love God and
are called according to his decree."
Romans 8:28

We don't see the big picture.
God is in control.
Trust in him.
Believe in him.
It will all work out in God's time.

(January 16, 2012 Mon 7:03 AM CST)

There were many jobs in the newspaper yesterday.
Things are picking up it seems.

"This point must not be overlooked, dear friends.
In the Lord's eyes,
one day is as a thousand years
and a thousand years are as a day."
2 Peter 3:8

Time passes very quickly.
Make every moment count.
There is much to be done.
Build the kingdom of God.

(January 15, 2012 Sun 6:51 AM CST)

I found that there is a version of Unix/Linux
running on the iMac.
It says Darwin Kernel Version 11.2.0.
I am writing this today on the iMac using
Launchpad -> Utilities -> Terminal and then ssh.
It is different --- that is for sure.
The keyboard is different for one thing.
I keep hitting the wrong keys.
It is cultural shock.
I downloaded a 4 GB file yesterday twice (not too smart).
I tried to install the SDK
for Apple iPhone development.
I did not succeed.
The different versions of the software
with names like Lion (new) and Snow Leopard (old)
are driving me crazy.
I can't find Xcode.app after I install the SDK,
but I will figure it out someday.

"Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid;
The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them."
Isaiah 11:6

Someday it will be a different world.
Things will be changed.
It will be a new dawn.
Make the Lord part of each new day.
Welcome to your new world.

(January 14, 2012 Sat 7:52 AM CST)

I did buy a new iMac yesterday.
I just need to learn how to use it now.
I tried to use Control-C to copy some text
and that does not work on Apple PCs.
I just bing-ed the answer.
You use Command-C and Command-V to copy and paste.
Command-X is to cut text.
I will have to try that out.
I am still using my Windows PC to type this.
I can remember reading MacWorld in the 1980's.
I never bought an Apple Lisa or Macintosh PC
because they cost *way* too much ($10K or $2.6K).
Even now they cost too much compared to other PCs.
There is much to learn.

"On the evening of the first day of the week,
even though the disciples had
locked the doors of the place
where they were for fear of the Jews,
Jesus came and stood before them.
'Peace be with you,' he said.
When he had said this,
he showed them his hands and his side."
John 20:19-20

Open the doors to your heart.
Let the love of God come in.
Receive his warm hug.
Sit and chat with him.
There is much to learn
from the one who created you.

(January 13, 2012 Fri 6:34 AM CST)

"You must know that your body
is a temple of the Holy Spirit,
who is within --- the Spirit
you have received from God.
You are not your own.
You have been purchased,
and at a price.
So glorify God in your body."
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

You are special.
You are unique.
You are a very special creation.
You are made by God.
Give glory to God in all that you do
with your body.
You are made to live forever with him.

(January 12, 2012 Thu 6:31 AM CST)

"You have no idea what kind of life
will be yours tomorrow.
You are a vapor
that appears briefly and vanishes."
James 4:14

We are only here on earth for a short time.
Seek the Lord today.
Live for him.
Seek his will for your life.

(January 11, 2012 Wed 6:35 AM CST)

I had to change to a different cube yesterday at work.
The PC there was not working correctly so I had to move.
They put a sign on the computer that said
it needed to be repaired.
I had been sitting there for about a year.
It was stressful to have to move to a new location.
The desktop of the PC did not look the same.
I face 180 degrees in the opposite direction now.
I see many things happening during the day
that I was not aware of before.
I can see a clock on the west wall of the room.
It will take some time to adjust to the new setting.

"From that time on Jesus began to proclaim this theme:
'Reform your lives!
The kingdom of heaven is at hand.'"
Matthew 4:17

Change is hard.
It is not easy.
Jesus wants you to turn around
and head in his direction.
You will see new things you have not noticed before.
He will open your eyes to the truth.

(January 10, 2012 Tue 6:38 AM CST)

On January 5 we set a record high
of 66 F degrees in Omaha.
We have had a very mild winter so far.

As I get time at work, I'm reading chapter 1
of the book on iPhone development.
I just need an Apple computer to do the exercises.
I went to NFM after work to look at some.
I might just need a Mac Mini ,
since I already have a monitor.

"Large crowds of people come to Jesus
bringing with them
cripples, the deformed, the blind,
the mute, and many others besides.
They laid them at his feet
and he cured them."
Matthew 15:30

Bring your friends to Jesus.
He will heal them.
He will cure them.
He will restore their life
and give them renewed faith.

(January 9, 2012 Mon 6:41 AM CST)

Someone yesterday told me to ask Siri:
Who's the boss?
Siri: This might answer your question:
Bruce Springsteen

Jesus taught,
"No servant can serve two masters.
Either he will hate the one and love the other
or be attentive to the one and despise the other.
You cannot give yourself to God and money."
Luke 16:13

Who or what controls your life?
Is money all important to you?
Is status your top concern?
Serve the Lord with all that you are.

(January 8, 2012 Sun 6:44 AM CST)

You know me... yesterday I bought a book.
The book is titled
Head First iPhone & iPad Development .
The book starts out talking about how we learn on page xxvii.
Very interesting.
It is called metacognition .
A presentation on the topic is at prezi.com .
This presentation has an interesting quote:
"Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever."
- Gandhi
I wonder if I should buy a iMac PC and
do development for the iPhone and iPad.
Or... should I do development for the Droid ?
My Droid phone display went bad.
I could only see the top part of the screen,
so I had to get another phone.
I got the iPhone-4S to replace it.

Jesus said,
"Come to me, all you who are weary
and find life burdensome,
and I will refresh you.
Take my yoke upon your shoulders
and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble of heart.
Your souls will find rest,
for my yoke is easy and my burden light."
Matthew 11:28-30

Learn from Jesus.
He is the author of life.
He has all knowledge.
He will teach you many things.
He will refresh your soul.

(January 7, 2012 Sat 9:49 AM CST)

Here is a funny video on questions to ask Siri .
Like... will you marry me...
I just asked it:
What do you look like?
Siri answered:
In the cloud, no one cares what you look like.
I asked it:
Do you believe in God?
Siri answered:
My policy is the separation of spirit and silicon.
I asked it:
Do you believe in Jesus?
Siri answered:
Humans have spiritualism. I have siliconism.

"Jesus --- fully aware that he had come from God
and was going to God, the Father
who had handed everything over to him ---
rose from the meal and took off his cloak.
He picked up a towel and tied it around himself.
Then he poured water into a basin
and began to wash his disciples' feet
and dry them with the towel he had around himself."
John 13:3-5

Jesus is God.
He came to serve and set an example.
We must be like him and serve others.
Let us follow his life of service.

(January 5, 2012 Thu 6:43 AM CST)

Yesterday I got an IPhone .
I just have to go to school to use it now.
I am impressed so far.
Siri is cool.
You ask it questions with your voice
and it gives you answers.
I will have to capture
some of the questions/answers for you.

"For Christ did not send me to baptize,
but to preach the gospel ---
not with wordy 'wisdom' however,
lest the cross of Christ
be rendered void of its meaning!"
1 Corinthians 1:17

Listen to the wisdom of Christ.
He is your answer
to all of your questions.
And you can speak directly to him
and he will answer your prayers.

(January 4, 2012 Wed 6:49 AM CST)

Please, pray for a friend of mine
that will start chemotherapy soon.
God be with them and their family.

"Jesus has obtained a more excellent ministry now,
just as he is mediator of a better covenant,
founded on better promises."
Hebrews 8:6

Learn all about Jesus.
Understand his promises.
Seek his will for your life.
Join in ministry to others.

(January 3, 2012 Tue 6:31 AM CST)

Yesterday at work I kept saying "2011"
instead of "2012" for the current year.
This morning I was trying to practice
saying "01 03 2012" for today's date.

"This, remember, is the message
you heard from the beginning:
we should love one another.
We should not follow the example of Cain
who belonged to the evil one
and killed his brother."
1 John 3:11-12

Love against hate.
Which will win?
Choose love.
As you make resolutions for the new year,
resolve to be a person of love.
Practice being kind and thoughtful.

(January 2, 2012 Mon 6:39 AM CST)

I liked this story
in the newspaper yesterday on gratitude .
They wrote "Thank You" notes
for about a whole year to different people.

"Give thanks to the Lord,
for he is good,
for his kindness endures forever."
1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks each day.
Thank those near you.
Thank the Lord for his kindness.
The Lord has been very good to us.

(January 1, 2012 Sun 8:58 AM CST)

Happy New Year!
May God bless you and your family this year.

"The next day, when John caught sight
of Jesus coming toward him, he exclaimed:
'Look! There is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sin of the world!'"
John 1:29

It is a new day.
It is a new year.
See Jesus coming to you.
He wants to take away your sins.
He wants to give you many blessings this year.

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