Friday, December 31, 2010
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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
I've been pouring my evenings after getting the kids in bed into this. I think I've fixed all the broken links on my new site. If you find any please let me know.
I still need to spend a lot more time tweaking the site, adding more worthwhile information, and making it look nicer. Eventually I plan to start an IVR/telecom blog over on AnswerSoft's site.
BTW - If you have a need for a phone system (and what small business doesn't?) check out AnswerSoft. We use ifbyphone technology. AnswerSoft is an official reseller for them. Not only will you save $5/month vs. signing up with ifbyphone directly, but you will also get the personalized service of yours truly customizing your application to fit your needs. I'm also available for more in depth programming work. I use SQL Server 2008 with Visual Studio 2008, C#, .NET.
The "pizza demo" is going to be reworked here in the next week or so to utilize SQL Server technology. I'm excited and I can't wait to help you out with your own particular phone application needs.
Give me a call if I can help you out:
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
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Sunday, October 10, 2010
"I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need."
Wouldn't you know it, this verse has no recording highlighting. Verse 11 gives us an even greater clue to the real meaning of verse 13. "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content." The Holy Spirit, through Paul, is instructing us here on the virtue of contentment. Read these passages again. Paul is not saying that he has never lacked. He is simply saying that the Lord has strengthened him through his times of lack and enabled him to be content in the midst of want.
So the next time you are suffering need or want and you are tempted to reach for this verse, remember what it is that God has promised you here. It's not a magic gift certificate to enable you to "do all things" (walking on water...pulling coins out of the mouths of fish...healing eyes through the smearing of mud). It is rather, an assurance that God will bear you up and strengthen His own in their times of trouble.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
"So that one may with the same assurance affirm, that the Play-House, not only when some very profane play is on the stage, but in its daily common Entertainments, is as certainly the House of the Devil, as the Church is the House of God. For though the Devil be not professedly worshipped by Hymns directed to him, yet most that is there sung is to his service; he is there obeyed and pleased in as certain a manner, as God is worshipped and honoured in the Church." - William Law, The Absolute Unlawfulness of the Stage-Entertainment, 1726
Saturday, September 25, 2010
GracePointe Baptist Church
2209 N. Post Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73141
Justin Peters exposes the heretical "Word of Faith" movement, showing the antics of such TV preaches as Kenneth Copeland, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, and so on. Those who know me know that I came out of this type of church back in 2005. I know the craziness in this type of movement first hand. Justin's website is: http://www.justinpeters.org/
You are all invited. I'd love to see you there! (Sunday 11:00, Monday and Tuesday, 6:30 PM)
Friday, September 24, 2010
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Sometime, most likely after the war, he built a rocking chair for his young niece, Mary Elizabeth Holliman, Elijah's daughter.
The cousin I told you about is the granddaughter of Mary Elizabeth Holliman. The chair was passed down in her family, and now it belonged to her.
This lady graciously gave me this rocking chair. The rockers are missing, and the wicker seat does not look very strong, but this is a priceless treasure fashioned by the hands of my g-g-g-grandfather!
We spent about 2 hours at the Burger King on the Cherokee Turnpike. That was our meeting place as we drove from Guthrie and she drove from Mountain Home, AR.
She showed us a lot of her family tree research that she and I share. We had a great time and it was a pleasure to meet her after years of correspondence.
And I love the chair!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
I didn't want to alter the stored procedure because I don't have permissions for that, and to request it and wait is more trouble than its worth. So I wanted to handle this within Reporting Services itself.
I tried to use the "Count" function. However, the Count function only returns the total number of values returned in the dataset. I wanted to do something like this in the Hidden property of the table row containing my text:
=IIF(Count(Fields!ActionCode.Value=21)>0, False, True)
However, since Count only returns the total about of data it was always returning a false value whether ActionCode equaled 21 or not.
I defined another dataset that queried the same stored procedure as my dataset used to populate my table. However, in this dataset I clicked on the Filters tab. In that field, I filter the data to only return records where the ActionCode = 21 (In the "Value" field, be sure to specify =21, because simply entering 21 treats it as a string value).
Now, back in the hidden property field I can use the "Count," but I specify the new dataset:
=IIF(Count(Fields!ActionCode,"dsCheckForRemoved")>0, False, True)
Now...since 21 represents a "removed" condition I only get back records in this dataset if that condition exists.
This gives me what I need and I can display that message independent of the other rows in the table.
Hope this helps someone.
Friday, July 02, 2010
There are new developments recently announced by Amazon that have caused me to perk up.
First of all, the standard Kindle 2 now includes a native PDF reader on its own. Plus they've lowered the price to $189! What a deal:
Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 6" Display, White, 3G Works Globally - Latest Generation
They also have a new version of the DX out. And that price has been reduced as well! ($379)
Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device, Free 3G, 9.7" Display, White, 3G Works Globally – 2nd Generation
So, it seems like it's getting harder to choose between the two. The main (only?) advantage of the DX over the standard one now is a bigger screen, and more memory. The standard Kindle holds 1500 books. The DX holds 3500.
The other thing I'm really wanting to do is to access my Logos 4 library from it. I've heard that you can get to it through http://library.logos.com
I've got enough money saved to get the standard Kindle today. So, should I take the plunge, or hold out for the DX?
Leave a comment with your opinion. Also...click through the links above to check out the specs at Amazon's site. If you buy through my link I'll get a small commission.
Monday, June 21, 2010
It seems strange that the church does not appreciate the sabbath day that the Lord has given us for our own benefit. Those who bother to celebrate the sabbath at all tend to complain that it is restrictive. Yet the sabbath day is a picture of our rest in Christ. I appreciate the way the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith regards the sabbath day:
Paragraph 8. The sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts, and ordering their common affairs aforehand, do not only observe a holy rest all day, from their own works, words and thoughts, about their worldly employment and recreations,30 but are also taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of his worship, and in the duties of necessity and mercy.31
30 Isa. 58:13; Neh. 13:15-22
31 Matt. 12:1-13
Brothers, this is a blessing! Let us abstain from our worldly employments *and* our recreations on this day and spend the "whole time" in the public and private exercises of his worship.
The sabbath is not a legalistic standard by which we can measure our own holiness. For indeed you do not gain any favour with the Lord by your consistent keeping of the sabbath. Rather, this is a gift that God has given us. One day in seven we are allowed rest and the complete devotion to the worship of our Lord without the normal everyday distractions that continually plague us during the rest of the week.
So then, let us earn our living the other six days. Let us entertain ourselves, if we must, on the other six days. But let us devote the Lord's Day to Christ Jesus, our glorious redeemer and saviour. To Him be all glory, honour, and praise.
Monday, June 07, 2010
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ebates has links to hundreds of other stores besides eBay as well. You can also receive a $5 referral payment for each person you refer to ebates. So you see that I do have a vested interest in recommending this to you. :-) However, I would never recommend it only because it benefits me. I have used ebates for quite some time and I'm very pleased with it. I know you will be pleased with it as well. Additionally, they are currently running a promotion whereby if I recommend 50 people, they will give me an iPad! I've been saving for one of those to use with my Logos bible software. Enroll with my referral link, then refer people from your blog as well.
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010
By Ralph Erskine
SECTION II. - A legal strain of doctrine discovered and discarded.
No wonder Paul the legal spirit curse,
Of fatal errors such a feeding nurse.
He, in Jehovah's great tremendous name,
Condemns perverters of the gospel scheme.
He damn'd the sophist rude, the babbling priest
Would venture to corrupt it in the least;
Yea, curs'd the heavenly angel down to hell
Who, daring, would another gospel tell. (1)
Which crime is charg'd on these that dare dispense
The self-same gospel in another sense.
Christ is not preach'd in truth but in disguise,
If his bright glory half obscured lies.
When gospel soldiers that divide the word,
Scarce brandish any but the legal sword;
While Christ the Author of the law they press,
More than the End of it for righteousness;
Christ as a Seeker of our service trace,
More than a Giver of enabling grace;
The King commanding holiness they show
More than the Prince exalted to bestow:
Yea, more on Christ the sin-revenger dwell,
Than Christ Redeemer both from sin and hell.
With legal spade the gospel-field he delves
Who thus drives sinners in unto themselves;
Halving the truth that should be all reveal'd,
The sweetest part of Christ is oft conceal'd.
We bid men turn from sin, but seldom say,
"Behold the Lamb that takes all sin away!"
Christ, by the gospel rightly understood,
Not only treats a peace, but makes it good.
Those suitors therefore of the bride, who hope
By force to drag her with the legal rope,
Nor use the drawing cord of conqu'ring grace,
Pursue with flaming zeal a fruitless chase;
In vain lame doings urge, with solemn awe,
To bribe the fury of the fiery law:
With equal success to the fool that aims
By paper walls to bound devouring flames.
The law's but mock'd by their most graceful deed,
Who wed not first the law-fulfilling Head;
It values neither how they wrought nor wept
Who slight the ark wherein alone 'tis kept.
Yet legalists "Do, Do," with ardour press,
And with prosperous zeal and warm address
Would seem the greatest friends to holiness;
But vainly, could such opposites accord,
Respect the law, and yet reject the Lord.
They shew not Jesus as the way to bliss,
But Judas like, betray him with a kiss
Of boasted works, or mere profession puft,
Law-boasters, proving but law-breakers oft.
(1) Gal. i. 7. 8.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Here are the lyrics which I found freely on the internet. I think "fair use" should allow me to copy them here for critiquing purposes. My comments are in red.
A thousand times I've failed
Still your mercy remains
And should I stumble again
Still I'm caught in your grace
The author's point here is that God's mercy and grace is everlasting and continues to forgive us of our sins. This is true. However, the danger we must guard ourselves against is an antinomian attitude that our sins do not matter and we may break God's law indiscriminately without any concern of recourse. Consider this passage from Hebrews 6:
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
Is God's "light" the only thing that never fades? What about His Word?
The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise, become my embrace
To love You from the inside out
This was the most troublesome verse to me when I heard this last Lord's Day. First of all, we do not "give" God control of our heart and our soul. He draws us to Himself. To speak of giving Him control is to embrace an Arminian understanding of theology, hardly appropriate for a Reformed Baptist Church. Secondly, what in the world does "consume me from the inside out Lord" mean? Usually something that is consuming you from the inside out is a cancer. It's a bad thing. In trying to give the benefit of the doubt to this author I tried to think of any passage where consuming a person is referenced. The best I could come up with is:
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Your will above all else, my purpose remains
The art of losing myself in bringing you praise
For someone intent on "losing myself" this author sure spends a lot of time singing about "myself."
The rest of the lyrics are simply a repeat of what has already been said, typical of the "7-11" style of today's worship music (seven words sang 11 times).
Certainly not all hymns are praiseworthy either. We must be discerning when we select what we will sing in worship to the Lord. In critiquing a song such as this one, it becomes clear why some churches embrace exclusive Psalmody. When only the Psalms are sung, we can be assured that every word is doctrinally sound.
I do not believe that it is necessary to sing only Psalms. However, if we are singing songs that are outside the infallible Word of God, we must be diligent to make sure that those songs are faithful to the teaching of scripture and consistent with Reformed orthodox doctrine. What we don't want to do is to bring false doctrine into the meeting of the saints. We must constantly be on guard against that. Most of today's music gives us ample "target practice" for critiques such as this one. In my opinion, it is best left out of worship altogether.
Wednesday, May 05, 2010
"It thwarts with both the law and the gospel. It thwarts with the commands of the first table, and so is a greater sin than murder or adultery, nay than sodomy, though these are great, vile and abominable sins. Which may be thought strange,yet it is true. It makes the person guilty of it more vile before God, than a pagan Sodomite; the nature of the sin being more heinous, as being against the first table of the law, in both the first and second commands thereof; it being by faith in God, that we make God our God, and worship God in Christ acceptably. Next, it is not only a sin against the law, but a sin against the gospel, and the prime flower (to speak so) of the gospel."
Friend, repent of your wicked sin of unbelief. Turn your eyes toward Christ and throw yourself on His mercy.
Monday, April 19, 2010
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Friday, March 26, 2010
Ephesians 5:4-17 (English Standard Version)
4Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not become partners with them; 8for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
"Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you."
15Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
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Saw this through Justin Taylor's blog.