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June 3, 2010

Bible Study: Isaac’s Faith

Filed under: Bible Study — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 7:07 am

In Sunday School, we are studying how Jacob tricked his brother Isaac for the blessing.  In attempting to let Bible interpret Bible, I was searching for any New Testament references to the story, and I found this verse in Hebrews 11:20:

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

The amazing thing here is that God attributes that blessing to faith.  The natural question is how is it faith when Isaac tried to give the blessing to the oldest son even though God prophesied that the youngest son would get it?  You can see that prophesy in Genesis 25:23:

And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.

I agree the Gill’s commentary in that it was his faith in giving the blessing:

but yet notwithstanding this, Isaac might do it in faith, believing that the person he blessed would be blessed, though he was mistaken in him; and which he confirmed when he did know him,

God had promised Abraham that he would make a nation out him, and remember that God is very vocal about Abraham’s faith in believing this promise.  If you look at Isaac’s blessing, he is passing along this promise of creating a nation along.  Here is Isaac’s blessing to Jacob from Genesis 27:28-29:

Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother’s sons bow down to thee: cursed be every one that curseth thee, and blessed be he that blesseth thee.

You can find that blessing that Isaac was passing along in Genesis 12:1-3 where God was promising the blessing to Abraham if he would follow God to that promise land:

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

I noticed two points of similarity.  First, both blessings speak of nations.  Second, both blessing speak of God’s treating others the way they treat Abraham or Jacob or Israel: blessing for blessing and cursing for cursing.  God was crediting Isaac with this faith that God would keep his word in building a mighty nation out their decedents even though Isaac would never see it in his life time.

The most encouraging part of Hebrews 11 is that God never mentions the part that Isaac was about to give the blessing to the wrong son.  Instead, it is all about the faith to pass along such a blessing means that Isaac believed God would keep his promise.  This fact encourages us because it reminds us that God will put our sins as far as the east is from the west.  Now, Isaac and Rebekah did suffer the consequences for the mix up between Jacob and Esau, but as far as God is concerned, that is past and forgotten.  The same is true for our sin.  Once we put our faith in Jesus, our sins are past and forgotten.  God is concerned about our faith in Him.

April 1, 2010

April Fool’s 2010

Filed under: April Fools,Great Links — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 6:49 pm

Each year, it is always fun to see all of the creative jokes on the Internet.  This year was fun as always.  My day started off with doing searches on the Topeka search engine!

Here are some of my favorite from the past and present:

Google TiSP

Spaghetti tree hoax

Spaghetti trees: The BBC television programme Panorama ran a famous hoax in 1957, showing Italians harvesting spaghetti from trees. They had claimed that the despised pest, the spaghetti weevil, had been eradicated. A large number of people contacted the BBC wanting to know how to cultivate their own spaghetti trees. It was, in fact, filmed in St AlbansHertfordshireEngland.

Taco Liberty Bell

Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased theLiberty Bell to “reduce the country’s debt” and renamed it the “Taco Liberty Bell.” When asked about the sale, White House press secretaryMike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Lincoln Mercury Memorial.

from Engadget — the time traveller

A time-traveling mystery man has this morning been arrested by Swiss police. Early reports indicate he had returned from the future in order to sabotage the Large Hadron Collider, prevent the discovery of the Higgs boson particle, and avert a future world he describes as “a communist chocolate hellhole.”

from Engadget — iPhone converter

An iPhone-to-iPad converter has been unveiled, with a touchscreen magnifying glass allowing you to enjoy a bona fide jumbo iPhone experience without shelling out unnecessary cash.

from Engadget — TubTop laptop

CTRL-ALT … PUMP!

The TubeTop features instant inflation both quickly and safely with just a few key strokes. Simply press and hold the CTRL and ALT keys and then type in P-U-M-P. The integrated inner tube quickly fills with air and you’ll be surfing in no time. The best part? You won’t even need an actual pump!

Here are some links about some of the other ones that I came across:

March 3, 2010

Fun Fact: Happiness Can Be Tracked

Filed under: Fun Fact,Technology — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 1:15 am

While reading through the Oracle Blogs, I came across this link to statistics on happiness on Facebook.  My takeaway is that your attitude shows everywhere.  I think your Christian testimony can shine or fade on Facebook.  This ability to measure happiness from your comments is just one proof.

Another thing I notice is the strong tie between happiness and events.  You can chart the holidays by the happiness levels.  When we have true Joy that exists regardless of the events around us, we truly standout and our light shines.

I had seen the Google Flu Trends before, which charts the Flu outbreaks from Google Searches.  The information age is just starting.  The amazing part is not necessarily the new information that we will see but the availability of the information and the way in which it can be analyzed and brought together.

March 2, 2010

Receipts

Filed under: Technology — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 12:39 am

After just taking a business trip myself, this idea of digital receipts sounds appealing.  Having to keep up with a million paper receipts and try to turn them in is never fun!

I ran across this link about Digital Receipts that caught my attention.  This sounds great to me, but I am not convinced that it is feasible.  First of all, the digital receipts will have to be transferred to the consumer in an open format that various applications can use.  Otherwise, I will be left out because proprietary solutions and Linux don’t usually mix well.  Secondly, many places that I go seem to do good getting a credit card machine to work much less a point-of-sale system that delivers digital receipts!

I think the more realistic solution is a phone application like “Expense Manager” that digitizes the receipt on site.  This way the receipt is tracked digitally but it doesn’t require anything of the vendor.  I am still working to get it perfected.  I didn’t use it this past trip for some reason.  I am not sure exactly why.

Fun Fact: Any Gator that Eats a Deer Is Big!

Filed under: Fun Fact — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 12:00 am

Mom sent me an email about this Alligator today.  It seemed a little bit too big to be true, but according to snopes.com, it is true.  Although, the more I read, some of the facts are a bit distorted.  Apparently, the location is not Alabama but Georgia.  Also, the picture of the hanging Aligator is a different Alligator from Texas.   While the email says the Alligator is 25ft long, it is actually 13ft long.  According to Wikipedia, the largest Alligator was 17ft 5in.  Anyway, the story is still pretty amazing ranking up with the story of the Python and Alligator.

February 12, 2010

Next Chronicles of Narnia Movie

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 2:00 am

We are sitting here watching Prince Caspian, and I looked up the Wikipedia page for the next movie.  It looks to me like they have choosen a date for its release:

Wikipedia: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

From what it says, we have to wait a year to be able to see it:

Filming is now complete, post-production has begun and the film will be released on December 10, 2010 in the United States and United Kingdom.

Official Site

February 11, 2010

Bible Study: MIT for Jonah

Filed under: Bible Study — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 11:16 pm

The time has come for me to decide on an MIT (most important thing) for the story of Jonah.  I chose the fact that “God loves everyone; even the unlovely.”

VeggieTales is major competition here in that a good deal of the kids in our classes have already seen their movie, Jonah.  I really liked the movie, and I thought it did a great job at teaching the story and helping kids understand it.  I believe their MIT was “God is a God of second changes.”  VeggieTales focused on the fact that God gave Ninevah a second chance just as he gave Jonah a second chance to deliver the message.  The movie did a great job teaching how Jonah was a messenger, how the Ninevites were evil, and how the Jews hated them.

I wanted to be different though.  The story of Ninevah is a direct attack on Racism.  Jonah hated all of the Ninevites.  As God pointed out, not all of the Ninevites were wicked.  Some of them weren’t even old enough to know right from wrong, yet Jonah wanted the whole city destroyed.  Doesn’t that describe Racism?

While kids may not be able to understand Racism, they can understand dislike.  Kids can definitely be cruel to their peers in deeds and words.  They need to learn that God loves everyone, good and bad (not their bad deeds, but their person), pretty and ugly.

Picture the person you get mad at the most, the person you dislike the most, or the person you might even admit to hating.  Would you be willing to give them the gospel, or even deliver a message to them?  Would you be as guilty as Jonah?

January 27, 2010

Jesus Loves Me

Filed under: Great Links — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 1:05 am

A co-worker sent me an email with new words to the song Jesus Loves Me.  When I looked them up online, I had no idea so many variations existed.  I like this verse:

Jesus loves me, this I know,

Though my hair is white as snow.

Though my sight is growing dim,

Still He bids me trust in him.

You can read more here:

DLTK’s Growing Together: Lyrics to Jesus Loves Me

January 22, 2010

I guess duct tape can fix a plane!

Filed under: Fun Fact,Great Links — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 6:37 pm

This article caught my attention, particularly because one of my co-workers had flown a plane like this in Alaska.  He didn’t have this kind of trouble though!

Times Live: Grizzly bear eats aeroplane in Alaska

Neatorama: Bear Tore Into Your Airplane? Duct Tape to the Rescue!

Comanchemarketing: Duct tage save the day

Electric Vehicles

Filed under: Great Links,Technology — Stephen aka DigitalEagle @ 6:11 pm

Today, I saw a couple of articles on electric vehicles.  These have always fascinated me; maybe one day, it will make sense for me to own one!

Engadget: Mavizen’s electric bike hits 130 MPH, ships with Linux and WiFi

The idea of any vehicle with Linux sound cool to me!  I wonder if it starts automatically as I saw on this other car?  The $41,000 price tag kind of limits my interest too much.  I don’t see that in my driveway any time soon.

Engadget: Tesla pulls in $465 million government loan to build Model S electric sedan

The Tesla vehicles have been interesting for a long time.  This Model S looks like it is closer to reality.  Even if I can’t afford it, I wonder if it will shake up the market and bring new innovative features to other vehicles trying to compete.

Oh well.  Maybe one day, but now, it is time to hop in my environment unfriendly vehicle and head home!

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