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  • The Cost of Compromise

    2 Chronicles 15:2

    And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you.

    Often times we face emotional expereinces that pull us into a particular direction of thought. The above text precedes an expereince of purging out the bad and enforcing a covenant of obediance with God. The land was subdued to the point where King Asa even dealt ruthlessly with his own idolatrous mother, stripping her from being Queen and destroying her idol. By God's pre-warning usually follows a test as it did in the next chapter. Unfortunately a series of events took place, Asa made emotional decisions and hardened his heart when he was corrected and his final state written in the bible for all eternity is:

    2 Chronicles 16:12 And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

    When we know what to do (which the Bible always gives direction) but we make an emotional decision, we can only expect a fleshly outcome. A fleshly choice = a fleshly result whereas a spirit lead choice = a Spirit lead result. Compromise is like a tasty treat on the table of life, and the unwaery wanderer assumes it to come for a free price because there is no price tag attached. Indeed the price is great and the consequences follow. May the Lord Jesus grant us the Grace to follow the same direction as Moses:

    Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

    May we resist sin unto blood striving against it and follow the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Every Tree is known by his own fruit

    These words spoken by Jesus:

    Luke 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

    Have been sinking deeply into my heart. I spend a lot of time observing life around me as I work. One can see many types of fruit, some profitable, some selfish, some harmful and yet all of these reveal the tree from which they have their origin. Recently I shared on a sunday afternoon a message regarding the standard of Christianity. Today admitedly many hate the Christian faith because many associate to it the hurt, killing and sin of those who call themselves Christians yet produce fruits of another kind. The forerunner of Jesus Christ was John the baptist who said:

    Matthew 3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

    The problem with non-christians is they don't properly attribute that the same people who display hypocrasy and fruits other than that of Christ are not Christs. Every tree is known by his fruit. The problem with Christians is they do not evaluate their own personal fruit to see whether it is the fruit of Christ or if they are even a Christian at all!

    2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

    Now this comes to the point, if Jesus Christ is in you, you cannot help but live a life producing the fruits of Christ himself.

    Galatians 5:22-25 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ

  • A Blameless Life

    Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

    Often I consider what it means to be a Christian. There are so many ideas and interpretations in the world, that one can easily get spoiled into the wrong one. Jesus calls His followers to a blameless life, without rebuke, even though we live in the midst of corruption. This is an important aspect of the Faith.

    Most people having a backgound in North America have heard of the story of Daniel and the lions den. Consider:

    Daniel 6:22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

    God will use a person that is innocent and blameless as his tool for good. He daily seeks for such a person so that He can bring heaven down to earth in the lives of those around that person.

    2 Chronicles 16:9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…

    Therefore may those who associate their lives with Christ Jesus, avail themselves of the power of God instead of only having the form of such power but denying its essence. Let us be delivered from many lions to come.

  • What has Mark been up to?

    I've completed a long process of upgrading my development platform and network. I bought my new hardware from www.ncix.com which is the place I have gone to for over 6 years. Great prices and excellent service. What did I learn this upgrade (I ususally update my system every 5 years)?

    – Don't rely on built in testing in the BIOS (like memtest86). I had bad RAM (OCZ RAM) and had to RMA to get a good set. It was found via the freeware program prime95 using the torture test.

    – WATCH OUT if you think you can easily update your KVM switch (keyboard mouse video switch for multiple computers). I updated my keyboard and mouse which now days seems like they only sell USB. This forced me to buy a new KVM switch because NO kvm switch seems to work with USB keyboards. YEs with a USB mouse… no with a USB keyboard. I got an IOGEAR GCS632U KVM and had problems initially because my new motherboard (from DFI) didn't provide enough voltage for stable operation. The only way to solve that was to purchase a PCI USB card and use a USB port from the card with the KVM. I tried a setting on the motherboard to up the voltage but had no change at all, thus I had to either ditcvh the motherboard or get the USB card.

    – Experienced lots of DNS errors using the built in network connectors in the dfi motherboard and ultimately found out the retailer had installed ipv6 on the NIC's. Removing IPv6 solved that issue.

    Ok now the REAL cheesy part. I moved my AOpen 56-SM software modem into the new system and suddenly callerid doesn't work. WHAT!!! I'm the author of a caller id application and now I can't even use my own app???? Well looks like the drivers from AOpen are so cheesy that there is no solution yet to the problem. CallerID info get to the modem but the driver flakes out and doesn't pass it through to windows. My windows modem log looks like:

    01-16-2006 10:01:05.812 – Interpreted response: Ring
    01-16-2006 10:01:05.828 – TSP(0000): LINEEVENT: LINE_NEWCALL
    01-16-2006 10:01:05.828 – TSP(0000): LINEEVENT: LINECALLSTATE_OFFERING
    01-16-2006 10:01:05.828 – TSP(0000): LINEEVENT: LINEDEVSTATE_RINGING(0x1)
    01-16-2006 10:01:05.906 – TSP(0000): Enable Digit Monitoring
    01-16-2006 10:01:07.125 – Recv:
    01-16-2006 10:01:07.125 – Unknown Response
    01-16-2006 10:01:07.125 – Recv: DATE = 0116TIME = 1000NMBR = 2507639079NAME = TOTL CARE SFTWR
    01-16-2006 10:01:07.125 – Unknown Response
    01-16-2006 10:01:11.625 – Recv: RING
    01-16-2006 10:01:11.625 – Interpreted response: Ring

    Notice the Unknown response from the modem driver!!!

    NOW THATS CHEESY!!! Somehow the old driver worked FINE in win2k but that old driver DOES NOT INSTALL for XP. Until AOpen gets their act together (I posted in their support forums) I've added support for Soft-has CallerID to detect this scenario and snag the callerid info right out of the logfile… any it works.

    THAT MY FRIENDS IS CHEESY!!! I feel disgusting having to write code to do such a thing, but hey… it works. So next release of CallerID will support bad TAPI drivers 🙂

    And last but not least… In Canada we are one week away from a new government to be elected. I thought I'd let everyone know who I voted for. I voted many years ago… and it was my last vote… ever! I had placed my X on the name: Jesus Christ.

    1Jo 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

    Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

    1Jo 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
    1Jo 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
    2Jo 1:7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

    Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

    Thats all for now.

  • What is Truth?

    Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

    Often times we are faced with decisions. What is true and what is false? When i buy something, am I really getting what I ask for? When I get my car fixed are they really fixing the problem. When I share concerns with others, do they really care or will they completely ignore hwat I have shared? In this above passage clearly Pilot has identified with the way that this world has worked since the fall of man in to sin. The truth has been hidden or rejected and a false reality has come in. So much so that Pilot made the statement "What is Truth?". I can share with uttermost certainty that the truth has not gone far. The truth has always been there and is available for all who want it. Unless you are satisfied with Pilots comments and would stick your head into the sand, than come to the truth, the man Jesus Christ. I assure you, that just like Pilot said "I find in him no fault at all" that you too will find this to be true. And His plan for you, His vision for your life will bring your life from darkness into light.

    Look, stop living in an alternate reality where everyone around you feeds more and more delusion and start living truthfully with Integrity. It starts somewhere and its about time it started with you and me.