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The slate isn’t wiped clean, it’s an all new slate

I was listening to a message by Buzzy Southerlin when he said something about the slate being wiped clean, and perhaps this is where he is going with it in this message, but I had to post this real quick so I paused the message to post this. (Edit to add: I should note that Buzzy had been sarcastic when he said it, and he is one of the ones who clearly know that it would be an all new slate.)
When we talk of salvation, so often we say the slate has been wiped clean, that you have been washed white as snow… This isn’t close to the truth. The truth is there is an all new slate, there is an all new you, there is nothing to wash white as snow. Upon salvation, you a redeemed through Christ. That is if you accept Him, you are in right standing with God via the death, burial and resurrection of of Jesus Christ. You are in a far higher position then Adam was before the fall, because when you accept Jesus, He dwells in you. Adam had the pleasure of being with God and communing with Him, but he didn’t get what we have through redemption, and that is the fullness of the Godhead dwelling bodily within us.

5 steps forward 3 steps back

An update on The Daily Word.
I was coding things to work in such a way that on each day you would have the same thing to read each day. That is, 16 February would have the exact same readings every year. This is fine for 2005, but in a later year, the 16th may not be on a weekday, and this creates a problem with some reading plans where you read from the New Testament only on weekdays (if you want to read the NT in a year, you read one NT chapter a day on weekdays). So, I had to research a new method of doing things. Where I was having things broken down by month, where the program looked at your reading plan, and displayed the reading, it now goes by reading plan and then finds the Julian date (the date of the year, so 16 February would be 47) and then gives the reading. It makes the program a bit less complex. In reality, it would probably be better to look it up in a database or separate files, but I am a bit aways from learning how to use a database, and I would prefer to keep the outside files to a minimum.
All my work on the Help file may go in another direction. I am not sure I want to use the normal Windows HTML Help format, and may just use regular HTML files that load in the default browser. That would take some work on learning how to get a menu item to launch a link, but would allow me greater control of the look of the help documentation.
I made an install using Nullsoft Scriptable Install System. This is a freely available install system that is used by many large projects, including Google, to install software and will give The Daily Word a more professional looking install then the default install system that comes with Visual Studio 6.

The Daily Word – Update It’s Working!

My The Daily Word program is working! I put in a test chapter and it linked to it’s reading at the Bible Gateway. It will take a long time before I finish coding in every day’s reading… tons of coding to be done there, but I am at least on the right track and can provide any translation Bible Gateway uses.
I did spend a long time trying to figure out how to get hyperlinks to work, but it seems that functionality wasn’t really added in VB 6.0 without a separate control, so my thanks to VB Clarity for their Hyperlink Control, which gives me all the control I need over hyperlinks. It is truly a great control.
For now, I am working on the Help file, then I’ll get back to the long coding that lies ahead. Then I’ll enter Beta stage. That is the official testing stage for those who don’t know what the word Beta means.

The Daily Word – Update

The Daily Word program that I am working on is progressing nicely. After many hours of research, I found a way to get the calendar portion of the program to work, and to pass the date the user selected to the program, and to get the current date when the program first starts. I also have an official client to act as a supervisor for the purpose of my school’s externship. I am also studying How to study the Word by Terry Lawson to give me further insight into what I want and need in this program. Perhaps soon I’ll post a screenshot.
Presently, the program is being made in Visual Basic 6.0, which means it will be Windows only. I hope to port a future version to C++, which would make it easier for somebody to port it to Mac or Linux. I would prefer to use Visual Basic .Net, but as I noted before, my computer can’t handle that level of programming tools. 🙁

Good news out of PA?

Seems that some of the state legislators of Pennsylvania will introduce a bill that would remove language from the hate crimes law that was used against 5 Christians in Philadelphia for reading the Bible at an Outfest in that city. What I find amusing about the article that reports this is that when the hate crimes bill was introduced they were warned it would be used against Christians, which supporters of the bill said that opponents had “an active imagination.” The Christians face 47 years in jail for reading the Bible at the event, as reading the Bible is “inciting a riot.” They also are charged with “ethnic intimidation” for saying that homosexuality is a sin, and “possession of instruments of crime” a bullhorn. Having watched the video (available on the AFA Center for Law and Policy page about the Philadelphia 5), which was produced by a non-religious documentary film company, I can’t see how this case has gotten so far. They were compliant with the police all the way until they were trying to force them outside the event, which is protected by the First Amendment, so at worst, I could see them being charged with failure to follow Police instructions. The bill, if it passes will be too late to protect the Philadelphia 5, but hopefully will protect future demonstrators using their First Amendment rights. I would be offended if some gay people were arrested at a Christian event for the same sort of thing, and the news media would be all over it…
Anyhow, let’s hope the state of Pennsylvania will have common sense and pass the bill.

The Daily Word – Introduction

The Daily Word is a new program that I will soon be developing. Presently under initial design stages, The Daily Word, will offer users which chapter(s) of the Bible they are to read from that day, deepening on which read through the Bible in a year plan they have chosen. Hopefully, The Daily Word will also include Help from the Word, where the user will select an issue such as, Healing, Grief Recovery, etc. and offer a randomly selected verse dealing with that issue.
Initially conceived as a project to qualify as my school’s externship project, The Daily Word, has grown in design to a much larger project. I will soon be taking applications for alpha and beta testers, so watch this site for more details.
For a variety of reasons, The Daily Word will be limited Windows. Also, my present computer is not the best platform to develop software on, and some planned features may have to wait until I can get a better computer and can upgrade my development tools to Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003 Professional Special Edition (the sad part about that is that the versions of Visual Studio tools that I have now do not qualify for the Upgrade version so I have to get the far more expensive full version, besides, Visual Studio 2005 will be out sometime later this year and looks, at this point so close to release, to be worth the wait… beyond the fact that neither would work on my current computer anyhow). Anyhow, I should be able to get it to the initial stages on my current computer and current development software.

The Runner Prepares Before He Runs

Welcome to the first installment of “Revelations from the Word,” a new sub-category of Religion here at Brian A. Thomas .com. In it, I’ll share personal insights I gleamed by reading the Word, or insights I got from others and felt I needed to share.

This installment I call, “The Runner Prepares Before He Runs.” Before I get to the story, we’ll start with our Text:

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? run in such a way that you may obtain it. 1 Corinthians 9:24, NKJV

After school let out, I went to my church and attended Healing School. Afterwards, I had time to go get something to eat and was going to go to McDonald’s, but one of my friends said “How about Subway?” So I said yes, and off to Subway we went. (I know, me at Subway, but it was a divine appointment in the end.)While pulling into the gas station at which it was at, we see one of our other friends getting gas, and she joins us. While my one friend and I ate, she gave a wonderful illustration of casting things aside, preparing yourself for God and the race He has set for you to run (I’ll paraphrase the story below):

When a racer is going to race, he gets ready on the sidelines, in the preparation area. He stretches and warms up, he takes off his sweat pants and shirt. Only then does he get in the starting block and gets set for the gun to race. You don’t see a racer running down the race track trying to get out of his sweats. It is important to prepare yourself for the race as much as it is to run the race well.

How incredibly wonderful is that revelation? We need to cast aside the things of this world that are not of God. We need to step into faith in God. As it was noted in Healing School that day, “Faith is our home field advantage.” We all too often become burdened by our cares and concerns in this life, but Christ said:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and My burden is light. Mathew 11:28-30, NKJV

Cast your cares upon Jesus and have faith in God. Then you can run the race and have victory through God and over all the things of this world.

Scripture of the day

Since the plugin was improved, and we need to test it, let’s do a Scripture of the Day.

And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”1 And he was called the friend of God. James 2:23, NKJV

Bible Notes:

1Genesis 15:6

This Scripture is the basis for Israel Houghton’s very moving praise and worship song, “Friend of God” (available on Cover the Earth):

Who am I that You are mindful of me
That You hear me when I call
Is it true that You are thinking of me
How You love me it’s amazing

(Chorus)
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
I am a friend of God
He calls me friend

God Almighty, Lord of Glory
You have called me friend

(Repeat Chorus)

He calls me friend
He calls me friend…

Testing again

The edited the Scripturizer program, so let’s see how it works:

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11, NKJV

Name change

The church I work at/attend has changed its name from Canton Christian Fellowship to Faith Family Church. While it used to be called CCF, it will not use FFC as an abbreviation, just Faith Family. Soon there will be billboards in the area to help people know about the change.
Also, we are finally on local channels that I receive! The full Faith Family Church broadcast schedule now includes broadcasts on PAX 23 (Tuesday 7am and Thursday 11:30am) and WVIN 52 out of Canton (Sundays 10am and 7pm, and Thursday 10am) and some cable channels. Online broadcasts are available as well, which are generally one of the Sunday morning messages.

Joke

Your, not-so-funny-but-for-some-reason-I-laughed, joke of the moment:

On the outskirts of town, there was a big old pecan tree on a little hill in the town cemetery next to fence. One day, two boys went into the cemetery and filled up a bucket with pecans. They sat down by the tree, out of sight of those walking past the cemetery, and began dividing the nuts. “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me,” said one of the boys.
Several of the nuts were dropped and rolled down the hill toward the fence. Another boy, riding his bicycle down the road on the other side of the fence, thought he heard voices in the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard “There’s one for you and one for me. One for you and one for me.”
He knew just what it was. “Oh my,” he shuddered, “It’s Satan and the Lord dividing up souls in the cemetery!” He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the corner, he saw an old man with a cane, hobbling along.
“Come here quick!” said the boy. “You won’t believe what I just heard. Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up souls!”
The man said, “Beat it, kid. Can’t you see it’s hard enough for me to walk?” But the boy insisted, so the man hobbled up to the cemetery, and standing by the fence, they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”
The old man whispered, “Boy, you was telling the truth! Let’s see if we can get a look at the Lord!” Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.
At last they heard, “One for you, one for me, and the last one for you. That’s all – now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done!”
…They say the old man made it back to town 5 minutes before the boy on the bike!

This is a test.

Okay, I am just doing more tests to see that the site is working as it should.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16, KJV

Now, in theory, a plugin on WordPress should automatically link that.

Edit: So it linked it, but for some reason will link to the KJV as it supposed to, I try later to see if other translations work.

Edit (30 January 2004, 1:52 am): Got it to link to the KJV finally, error on my end.