New Blog Post (Beta)

Hi All! Really sorry that I haven’t posted in forever, but a new blog post is in the works. Check back in less than a week and I will have it up. In the meantime, check out these links:

Paul Washer is one of the greatest preachers ever. Here is a great sermon of his called, ‘Are You Ready for a Relationship?’. It will really challenge you.

Better Touch Tool is a great free* app that gives you custom multi-touch gestures for your MacBook trackpad, Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad plus gives you a ‘Windows 7-like’ window snapping feature. Here is the developer’s homepage: http://blog.boastr.net/

As I said, check back in about a week and I, hopefully, will have a new post up.

Cody

*Better Touch Tool is called “shareware” which simply means that the app is a free download, but the developer requests donations.

Categories: Spiritual, Technical

Mac OS X Hint (Sorry “Windows” Fans)

November 17, 2010 1 comment

Those of us using Apple Computers probably already know about the utility known as: Expose. It helps you keep your desktop organized. Apple also has two other utilities that I really like. One is: Spaces, a utility which gives you from 2-16 virtual desktops. I love it and use it even more that Expose. The other is Quick Look which is really helpful if you want a preview of something that you are working with (like a picture or a document). Just highlight it (click it once), and press the spacebar to see a close up look at it.

All of these utilities are wonderful by themselves, but what a lot of people don’t realize is that they all work together perfectly. If you activate Spaces, but can’t see what windows are in a particular space, activate Expose. If those windows are a little small to see, hover your pointer over a window and press the spacebar. You will get a full sized view of that window. You can also see what windows in one particular application you have open. While in Expose press the Command-Tab keys to activate the app switcher. Continue pressing Command-Tab to go left to right through your open apps (or Shift-Command-Tab to go right to left) until you highlight the right application. Let go of the Command-Tab keys to see only the open (and minimized) windows in the app that you chose.

Just another way that Apple tries to make our life and work easier.

Categories: Technical

A Holy God

October 4, 2010 4 comments

A child that dies from starvation in a third world country, a 35 year-old man struck with cancer in the prime of his life, an earthquake in Haiti that kills thousands of people and leaves many more without fathers, mothers, relatives and friends.  It is hard to understand why such things happen.  It is even harder when they happen to us.  We tend to think: “Why me?  Why did this happen to me?  I am a good person.  I surely don’t deserve this.  Why me?”  We think, with Naomi, that God has dealt “very bitterly” with us and though we would never say it out loud, I daresay that it has crossed our minds that what God has done to us is unjust and wrong.  How do we resolve this?  How do we say that “God is Love” and then watch him destroy Haiti with an earthquake, and how do we answer the unbelieving world when it asks the same questions?  Let us examine God’s word and see what He says about Himself, his mercy and his justice.  In order to do so we have to start in the Old Testament; in the book of Leviticus.

We read in Leviticus chapter 10: 1-2, “Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them.  And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.” (NASB)  Now if anyone thinks that his or her problems on this earth are hard, I don’t think that any of us could say that fire has come and consumed us so that we die.  This is a different matter all together.  Here are two of God’s ordained priests who were no less than the eldest sons of Aaron, The High Priest.  Aaron was the man that God had chosen before the tabernacle was even made to minister before Him as His High Priest.  And these two young men were mere novices in comparison.  We might expect just a little leeway from God; after all, it’s not like they were sacrificing their children to other gods, they were merely bringing some “strange fire” to the one true God.  But God killed them on the spot.  If we look at Exodus chapter 30 we see why God would do this.  It says: “You shall not offer any strange incense on this altar, or burnt offering or meal offering; and you shall not pour out a drink offering on it.  Aaron shall make atonement on its horns once a year; he shall make atonement on it with the blood of the sin offering of atonement once a year throughout your generations. It is most holy to the LORD.”  (Exodus 30:9-10 NASB)  We can see from this passage that they sinned.    What is hard to see is that this sin was deserving of death.  We, as sinful people, cannot even grasp the idea of perfect holiness and justice.  As human beings, we have a concept of justice that says: “Let the punishment fit the crime.”  This act of God’s justice does not fit in with our concept of justice.  We may think this is going to far, that what Nadab and Abihu did surely did not deserve the death penalty.

Why was God so concerned with what seems to us a minor infraction against His instructions?  God tells us through Moses in verse 3 of chapter 10, “Then Moses said to Aaron, ‘It is what the LORD spoke, saying, “By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored.” ’  So Aaron, therefore, kept silent.”  (Leviticus 10:3 NASB, emphasis added)  The point to this whole narrative is that God is holy and His holiness has been and will be honored.  But was God just in killing Nadab and Abihu?  We will continue to look at this paradox in a future post.

Categories: Spiritual

iTunes 10 Interface

September 28, 2010 2 comments

Hi There. Sorry that I haven’t gotten my blog post up yet, it is still in the works. For now I have a short tech hint that was posted on MacWorld.com. Those of us with apple computers have probably downloaded iTunes 10. If you are like me, you hate the “stop light” vertical buttons that replaced the default horizontal buttons. There is a remedy. Here is how you can revert back to the horizontal buttons again:

1. Quit iTunes 10 if it is open.

2. Open the Terminal application located in: MacintoshHD/Applications/Utilities.

3. Type in the Terminal window: defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -1 and press the return button.

4. Close the Terminal window and open iTunes 10.

5. If you don’t like the change, or if it didn’t work for you; just type in: defaults write com.apple.iTunes full-window -0, press return and it will revert back to the default setting.

I am going to test, later on, another tip at downloadatoz.com on how to revert the gray icons in the sidebar back to their old colors. Hopefully that, along with the blogpost in the works, will come out soon.

Categories: Technical

A Loving God?

August 15, 2010 Leave a comment

It is a question that has been asked by men and women time after time in this generation. Unbelievers and God-fearing Christians alike have puzzled over this question, yet in different ways. As Christians, we believe in the infallibility of the word of God. When God’s word says that God is Love,(1 John 4:16), Christians tend to look at that passage, then look at the world and what they see happening all around them and think that there is some contradiction. The unbeliever looks at the suffering on this earth and uses this to claim that “There is No God.” They think, “These weird Christians claim that their god is a god of love. How could a loving god allow suffering, and sin for that matter, in this world that he supposedly created?” I wish to look at these statements with you and address them (in multiple blog posts, of course). We will look at the supposed contradiction of a loving God and a suffering world; we will see that the very fact that unbelievers acknowledge sin and suffering is proof of the existence of God; and we may even dive into some of the shocking accounts of the Old Testament “God of Wrath” and his most appalling displays of wrath located in the Old New Testament. Once again, thanks for visiting my blog and be looking out for the start of my posts in a day or two.  James 4:13-15

Categories: Spiritual

Hi There!

August 5, 2010 5 comments

Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope that you will find it encouraging and that you will visit again. I have started my blog for many different reasons and I would like to share some of them with you. My first goal with this blog is to Glorify my God in all that I do. I am an unworthy sinner saved by grace and the least that I can do is to try to give Him the glory that he deserves. The second goal that I have is to encourage the body of Christ, especially young men and women, as best I can. I believe that we as a “generation” have a great potential that is being wasted on video games, raunchy TV shows, unwholesome, sensual music and all of the other things that this world wants to offer us. It is time that we as Christian young men and women (for we should expect nothing more of the world) did something about it. I also hope to include posts about what I am reading, watching etc. My third goal? I am an aspiring IT Geek and I have started working with computers. I would like a place where computer questions can be asked and hopefully answered (especially since I have some computer friends that can help me if I get stuck on a problem). I will also share interesting, humorous and hopefully helpful stories about my experiences. I hope that you will enjoy reading. Solo Deo Gloria.

Categories: Uncategorized
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