Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Visiting the Past


I stopped using this blog as God worked in my heart and drew me from a time of Spiritual Starvation to a time of Spiritual renewal through service.  Since these times I submitted to God's call on my life and am church planting in Rockford, Illinois.

While I would have deleted these posts I decided to leave them up for now as they no longer define me or my walk with Christ yet I feel perhaps there are others that are spiritually starving as well.  I am hopeful to use this in ministry to others that like me have experienced spiritual hunger.

It doesn't matter if you are a pastor or a sunday school teacher, someone ever faithful to fill the pew, or a person who only comes to church once a year, we all long for more.  Finding a personal relationship with Christ and falling into submission to His will can be a painful time.  The sovereign Lord is at work and His time schedule is not ours.

In this time of spiritual starvation: 

Please know you are not alone.
Please know that scripture must become critical to your walk.
Please know that prayer is the starting point, and ending point.
Please know that this is but a season.

I will try and update this blog more often as I am lead.  May God be glorified in your life.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Getting a Kindle

I was recently asked by my father about buying a Kindle. Here is my quick outline I gave to him maybe some more insight will be added by other's in the comments.

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#1 I wouldn't buy 3G, stick with WiFi
Here is my thought, 90% of the places you are at have Wifi (home and motels) etc. and most of the time you are NOT the general consumer flipping through a magazine etc or jumping from book to book. You are a planner and have a reading list well in advance, if you want to change it, find a WiFi hotspot.

#2 I wouldn't buy the larger size.
Again experience, the 6" has the same font size as the larger one, good battery life, and if you ARE like me (or I AM like you) I fall asleep reading at least a few nights a week. the 6" one hits me in the nose with enough force to wake me up :) I can read mine without glasses w/o a problem as long as there is some light.

#3 I would buy the AD FREE version
It is tempting to save $20 but hey it is only $15 more and you don't have to get frustrated having an ad on the screen saver and the home page taking up space (they don't warn you about that) I agree it is nice to get special offers but that is what I use my email. Don't be a cheapskate and know you can hack your screen savers anyhow.

#4 I would signup under one of your family accounts.
The best point is that you can share multiple devices under one account, I realize I can loan you a book for 14 days on your Kindle but in reality it is good thing to consolidate your accounts. Share ;)

#5 Get the extended warranty and buy local
Buy from Target (or radioshack?), you can take it back there, and you can buy THEIR extended warranty and they honor them in the store (good to confirm)

#6 Get a leather case
You don't HAVE to have it, but it is nice. $9 on ebay gets a made in china leather case. don't spend $30+ in the store on a case you will scratch and probably replace down the road. I shopped and got one for $4 with free shipping and I LOVE it, I would consider getting it a little bigger to put a book light in the same case next time, but I toss that in my laptop bag anyhow (see #7)

#7 Buy a book light
Dollar Store. Don't waste lots of $ on it because your kids will steal them when they visit this summer. Get one with a replaceable battery, one of those little 2 LED lights are enough light in most situation to read the book. in bed use a reading light like normal. DON'T buy one built in, you will have a broken one soon enough.

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Here are some links to Kindle with WiFi for $139.00

Saturday, June 25, 2011

My Life Song

"I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. "Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation."

I keep getting drawn back to this verse. God is my Salvation because there is NOTHING I can do that will allow me to stand face to face with Christ. My trust, faith, hope and boldness HAS to come from my Salvation, Christ Alone. As a result this becomes my life song (thank you Casting Crowns) and the melody of my life.

What has you singing today? Is your life filled with the melody of Christ? Are you singing songs to yourself or of ourself and NOT of God? Time to check our tunes with the Word of God and make sure that we are clear in the message of our life. Salvation is of the Lord.

The Gospel must be preached.
-- Jeremiah

Monday, May 09, 2011

Systemax SYX-4025 VLS Intel Server

I am putting this out there because it took me almost a week to get to the solution.

CentOS 5.6 wouldn't install to my brand new Systemax SYX-4025

Download proper Bios (last updated April 2011), flash and install.

Using the DVD Boot CD for CentOS 5.6 the DVD would load and then hang when trying to mount the hard drive. After a long period of time the install would continue very slowly and was unable to complete installation.

A quick Google search and I turned off the RAID controller in the BIOS and tried running the install again with "linux acpi=off" and it continued to plague me.

I installed Ubuntu 10.LTS and have NO ISSUES with the hardware at all, worked very well (almost to the point of converting me from CentOS to Ubuntu but the software and goal of this install was to transition to better hardware for the company not to replace the OS.

Detailed Solution:
After hours of searching the internet and I gave in and called tech support. They had no solution. They did however offer me the details on the SYX-4025 mainboard and RAID controller. This RAID is recognized in Windows but is not in Linux variants. Even Ubuntu used the drives in AHCI or IDE mode rather than inline with the RAID controller.

The motherboard is an INTEL DQ57TM with a Q57 Express Chipset and PCH. A Google search revealed a great INTEL website dedicated to the motherboard.

The bios was updated 04/20/2011 and is the solution that you are looking for.

To flash the Bios, I used a USB drive created a WIN98 boot disk with the HP Flash Drive Utility. Added a Directory called SYXMAX and placed the upgraded bios files in there. *Note change the BIOS settings to allow boot to USB. (Use this site to create a Bootable USB drive. I used Google Translate in Chrome)

Monday, May 04, 2009

Great Commission

"The gospel must also guide and saturate our local churches and denominational ministries. Too many of our pulpits have jettisoned the pure proclamation of the gospel, which has resulted in many of our people losing the full meaning and wonder of the gospel. Too often our denominational programs and agendas have been crafted without a close tethering to the gospel. If we assume the gospel, we will lose the gospel. We must get the gospel right and proclaim it with clarity and boldness if we are to experience a Great Commission Resurgence"

Read it.