Sunday, December 27, 2009
“I See You” (Theme from Avatar) by Leona Lewis in HD
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Here is the title track to the movie AVATAR, titled I see you (through your eyes).
I see you is also an expression of love and devotion to another. we can all learn by seeing through anothers eyes.
Official Avatar Movie
This has rapidly become my favorite movie.
I went to see this Wednesday afternoon with my best friend at the IMax in 3D. The story is well written, you become very attached to the characters and the story in itself is excellent. I see this becoming the next star wars. I usually don't go and see many movies, but this is one I am going to see again, and if I can, again still. I foresee that I will also be having this in my collection of movies.
I would comment about the religious nay-Sayers and their pious view of the movie, but pharisee-ism pi##'s me off and I am in too good of a mood to let them get me down today. that will be a rant for a different day. Just go see the movie. Science fiction space movies are for enjoyment, so enjoy it.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
It was about 3 years ago.
Maybe it been longer by now, it was winter and it was snowing heavily.
I had just pulled off from the expressway getting ready to do some Christmas shopping at the strip mall around the bend when I noticed a car that had lost control and was sitting on the ice of the retention pond.
There was a nice looking couple inside of the car dialing their cell phones. I assumed they were calling in the tow company or whatever to get help so I didn’t stop to see if assistance was needed.
I got done with my shopping and on the way home glanced over at where I saw the car and it was gone, not even a sign that one was there in the first place, no tire tracks in the snow like there was, it was like nothing had happened at all. I have heard that God will use angels to test us and I wonder if that was why there was a car there.
I think I failed the test because I was too pre-occupied during the Christmas rush of shopping to even check on them to see if they were o.k., I didn’t realize that the car was sitting on a frozen retention pond until recently when the incident was brought back into my memory. I had been like the Pharisee in the good Samaritan story who was too busy to help the man who had been robbed and passed by on the other side of the road.
What I think God was trying to teach me and that I haven’t really grasped until recently is that if that had been an actual event, that I could have possible saved them by helping out rather than going by on the other side of the street. The Samaritan stopped, even at great risk to his own safety, the robbers, in Jesus’ story, that beat the man and left for dead could also have been using the half dead man for bait to rob anyone else who stopped to help. I have heard stories of criminals doing that even today as they will pull off the road and have their flashers going and when someone pulls over to help, they rob them or worse. But the Samaritan stopped and had compassion on the man who was robbed and at a cost to him for his compassion. He took the man and put him up in what today would be considered a hotel and prepaid his stay there and told the hotel owner that if more expenses were incurred to place them on his bill and he would pay them on his return through the area. This is what Jesus was talking about in being a neighbor to the man who was robbed. The incident cost the Samaritan man time, money and safety, but chose to do the right thing rather than ignore the situation and go about his business oblivious to anyone else around him as we so often do even today.
Pastor Scott showed a video in service about someone else who is making a difference to those who need assistance. He works in the projects helping kids learn and do things that are productive and rewarding.
I was always afraid to even drive by there because you always hear about the crime in the projects, but never hear about the good in most of the people who are there. These same good people have to live with the crime that is there, worried about their own safety yet powerless to do anything about it. How far have we lost our understanding of what Jesus told us, that if we try to save our lives, we will lose it, but if we lose our life for His sake, we will gain life, real life. Compassion weekend is coming up soon and I guess my next test will be in how I respond to what God may ask me to do. I hope I have the courage to respond in the way that God wants me to.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Tried something different this past weekend as we started the new series titled “Yesterday”.
We were looking for a way to have a small movie file looping behind the bullet points and scripture references.
This appeared to be quite difficult if not impossible to do in key-note.
So we decided to use Pro-Presenter to present the sermon notes and slides and found it to work just fine.
So How do you do it?
Start with a new presentation and put a couple of blank slides into it.
Put the desired loop background onto a slide, this helps you in deciding what color font to use and where to position the fonts for best readability.
Now start typing in or using copy and paste if you are getting the notes of from a document.
It is good to know also that you can select and change font sizes not only as a whole but individually on words or even just certain letters as well. So I use a size 30 font for scripture references along with verse numbers and used a larger font like 42 for the passage in general. Depending on how busy the background is supposed to be determines how much verbiage is placed on each slide.
You can copy and paste your template slide and keep adding text. If you have a series logo that will be used between points, this can be added as well.
Put a blank slide ( key the + sign) and then using command key drag your picture or .mov file up to the presentation layer of the window and drop it on the blank slide you just added. This puts a background queue directly into the presentation and as you are arrow through the presentation during the sermon, the backgrounds change automatically as you select them in the show.
You can also do the same thing if you have a movie clip, or even an audio clip to play. As you drag it up to the presentation level of the window, a queue gets created for the object so that when selected, whatever the object is begins to play.
Be sure to save your work often as nothing is more discouraging then to get a great deal of the show down and have a malfunction of some sort wipe it out.
You now have a presentation that takes your show to the next level of professionalism. Try to remember to use a fairly subtle moving background behind the text as to not become distracting and actually take away from the point of the text instead of enhancing it.
So have fun with it and remember who we really are working for.
It’s for His glory and honor that we spend so much time in effort putting together the best shows possible to help the teaching pastor or speaker present the message to the audience.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Many of us are so gullable that we don't even look passages up in the Bible that are being shoved down our throats to see if what is being taught is really valid.
My pet peave is just that. people taking Doctrine and making that doctrin scripture.
Should it not be the other way around?
I am so thankfull that I go to a Bible believing, Bible teaching, Read it your self and see if it jives type of church. Religion used to really torque of the master as even in Jesus' day, the religious leaders would do exactly the same thing. they would take the law of moses and use bits and pieces of that to create new laws, new regulations. Jesus used to tell everyone that you need to know the truth, and it is the truth that sets you free.
Here is a link to a video that helps bring the point home. Got it from a friend on facebook and here it is.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
this site called meebo, lets you log into a great many of your instant messangers,,, at the same place. it is kinda cool, for those who like geekomatic sites.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Love never fails...
God is Love...
The greatest of these is Love.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
I was reminded of this as I listened to a podcast from church on the move, and as soon as the speaker said "let's pray", the podcast ended.
Too bad, The message was about boldness in the Lord, having the spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. A part of me just was longing
to be brought into God's presence through prayer.
I started recording the services at my church quite a while ago now, and it was suggested that the recording be stopped just before the prayer, but I always felt deep inside to stop the recordings just after the prayer, because God is always on time. Someone months, maybe even years from now could be listening to the service and it will be the first time that anyone has prayed for them, and God will be there. Right on time, not a minute late, not a minute early, and even if it is just one person whom takes that step closer to God because of something that was said, even in prayer, then recording the whole thing was worth it.
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The nicest thing about blogger is their object oriented code. as a geek myself, this is cool.
Friday, April 3, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I just heard on the radio that the new politically correct word for cheating on an exam is acedemic dishonesty, and the cheater will be allowed to retake the exam.
That’s nuts. If you cheat on an exam you should fail the exam. otherwise we truly are now calling good evil and evil good for those who do not cheat are stuck with the grades they get while the cheaters get to redo the exam and everyone knows that you always do better on an exam the second time around because you know what the questions are now and can cheat more honestly by studying for those questions.
It just sucks that the honest get screwed like that.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I have to admit it, I love taking pictures. I love looking at pictures that I took or that others have taken of friends family and aquaintenances.
I am a sentamentalist and pictures is just another way of expressing oneself poetically. It likes being artisitc but with a camera.
I still use 35mm, and the reason that I do is that digital camera that take good high resolution pictures are still not affordable for me yet.
But I do have a good work around for that. I develop tha film and have it put on a cd at the place I have it developed at. This place is good and
I get high resolution pictures on CD that I then upload into my computer. I have blogged some of these pictures. I should blog more.
Anyway, I just love to look at Gods creation as captured on film which is not as good as being there but still good enough to give you a sense of being there,
or with whoever and whatever was in the photo.
There are many times that I will look through my pictures and laugh out loud at some of the goofy things or people I took pictures of, Its great. It’s a good
way as well to releave stress and keep your memory alive my exercizing your brain, and besides if you don't go overboard with it, photography is a cool hobby to have.
(besides being a computer geek that is).
This picture though was taken with my mac.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Got the following via e-mail…
A blonde is watching the news with her husband when the newscaster says "Two Brazilian men die in a skydiving accident." The blonde starts crying to her husband, sobbing "That's horrible!!! So many men dying that way!" Confused, he says, "Yes dear, it is sad, but they were skydiving, and there is always that risk involved."After a few minutes, the blonde, still sobbing, says, "How many is a Brazilian?"
Friday, February 13, 2009
Sometimes you just have to take training into your own hands. When I first became a programmer, we were and currently are using Cobol, in fact two flavors of Cobol at that. So I went and bought me a book and learned structured programming on my own. transferring many of the structuring ideas into some of the programs I was writing. I have been at it now almost 5 years.
The flavor of program language is changing again and again I find myself lacking in the training department so I have got me another book. ABAP objects. The book comes with 2 cd's as well and 530 pages of useful information on learning to program using ABAP and ABAP objects. I just hope that the ABAP workbench will install on my laptop (MAC osx tiger), If not I will have to install boot camp which means shelling out another $100 bucks to get a full version of windows XP 2nd edition. either way is fine. I have a work bench installed on my vista system, it’s the trial version for learning with that you can download from SDN. It is a 3gb download so be prepared for it to take what seems like forever. The problem with my vista machine is 1. it’s a vista machine (no further explanation needed), 2. it is in the family room where all the noise resides. For some reason sponge bob doesn't spark creativity in me, I more want to just run screaming out of the room.
So I really need to get this installed on my macbook so that I can go anywhere where it is quiet and work on learning. I have written my first training exercise that they have given at work and it went pretty good with the exception of my inner join was referencing a child table first instead of a parent table. I am getting a grasp on the one to many concept where your main referencing table should be the one in one to many and the child tables in the joins should be the line item references that are joined by primary keys in the program. It should go alright now. Rewrote the code and tested it and with the exception of one of the child tables being incomplete (it’s a discovery test system sandbox), so I had to de-link one of the primary reference keys to get the program working again. I kept a copy of the correctly written code for later use in the event that they get the table fixed on the sandbox. So this weekend, I am planning on diving right into geekdom and get a jump start on learning. wish me luck, and may the Schwartz be with you. (as said by yogurt in space balls)
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Got into a discussion with a Baptist friend about innovation in the church, drawing in the lost with technology, upbeat music. Their theology doesn't agree with pulling in the lost that way.
He said what good is it to bring them in if they eventually move on and go somewhere else?
My thought on that is this… So what. We exist to plant seeds in the hearts and live of those needing Christ. If after we plant the seeds they decide to move on to another church and get that seed cultivated there, who's business is that but Gods. It is God who does the work anyway, we are just told to plant the seed and if possible cultivate it. God will bring about the increase in their life. We can't save anyone. It is not our job. It is God's job to take the message and convict unbelieving people of their error. When we start thinking that it is our job to convict people, we become judge mental and ineffective in drawing people to Christ, matter of fact like putting two negative sides of a magnet together, we usually end up repelling people away from Christ that way. We have to approach reaching people the same way Christ reached people. Take your theological bull and set it aside. Christ reached people through relationships. He befriended the friendless, helped the hopeless, was kind to the wretched, The Holy Spirit that was in him convicted people more than anything he said. He forgave them, ate with them, and took the load of baloney they were carrying from them and set them free. Free from religion, free to follow Christ. free from guilt and shame. If Christ has forgiven someone, who do I think I am if I condemn them? They shall know that they are my followers by their LOVE. God is LOVE, LOVE comes from God. so let's just stop. stop being pious about how church services should look, for if we really think about it, even your church service the way it is would be considered heresy 100 years ago-get over it.
"The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." Victor Hugo
"The greatest happiness in life is the conviction that we are loved- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves." Victor Hugo
Wow, aint that the truth.
I do google, rather I do igoogle.
igoogle.com is a customizable homepage that you can put widgets on. one widget i have is called...love quote of the day. this was todays quote.
Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
The website is Here. So anyway, the videos are very interesting in showing just how powerful the SAP system can be. I liked this video HERE as it shows just how much you can use the web dynpro ABAP is building your sites web pages for your customers to use in purchasing online and how you can embed your own advertising videos and announcements right into the page. This may not seem like a new idea to most, but it is cool none less the same. I am looking forward to seeing what we can do with the new system and how much that can increase sales as well. here is the embed video from the site. (I like being able to embed, it makes things so much easier).