A Brief Update March 17, 2014Posted by regan222 in Uncategorized.
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Got the Greenfoot textbook evaluation copy in today and I will start working through the lessons this week. It appears to be game based and so I hope provides a lot of engagement for the students. The only problem is that it is a tiny book and they want over $100 for it. That is ridiculous. My college texts didn’t cost what this does and it probably doesn’t have 100 pages. Any suggests on other texts that teach java to non-programmers would be appreaciated
The Purpose of Jesus Christ March 13, 2014Posted by regan222 in Religion.
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The second in a series of sermons on the Person and Purpose of Jesus Christ. This sermon was delivered at the Central Baptist Church at Legacy Point in Whitesboro, TX.\
Our author lists three points for this section of the manuscript; the death, the resurrection, and the ascension of Christ. While these are the seminal events in the life of Jesus, they are just singular points in the ongoing work of Christ; a work that continues today
John 6:38 – For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
We don’t know as much as we would like about the work of Christ prior to his coming to Earth. As we learned last week, the Father is the architect and Jesus, as the pre-incarnate Word, was the executive or creative force. The Father spoke and the Word brought creation into existence. While supremely important to us, surely this was not all that Jesus ever did.
In hermeneutics there is a thing called the “Full Mention Principle”. God gives us full details on events or subjects that are vital to our understanding and does not go into detail on things that do not bear so much importance to us. The Bible gives us little detail about the pre-incarnate or pre-human era in the life of Christ, The only reference I could find is in…
Luke 10:18 – And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven
Being given so little information about the pre-incarnate Son, we must assume that those events are not the most important elements of Jesus’ work and may safely confine our musings to the events we are privy to. In any case, it is understandable that our author would limit his scope. There is just too much material, even in our limited exposure to His life, to truly cover the works of Jesus Christ.
John 21:25 – And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.
The Death of Jesus Christ
It is odd to start a story at what seems like the end. The disciples are crushed and scattered. Christ is captive of the Roman empire. Satan appears to be winning. Looks are, in this case, completely deceiving. Christ is on the verge of His ultimate victory and our great hope. The death of Christ was about to accomplish its purpose.
Isaiah 53:5 - But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
He died in our place. What makes Christianity unique among the religions of the Earth is the doctrine of atonement. All men recognize the great universal truth. There ain’t no free ride. Buddhists practice good works in order to escape the wheel of Karma – a continual cycle of birth and death and rebirth until one’s life is good enough to merit their ascension to oneness with the Buddha. The fundamental idea behind Islam is to appease Allah by the performance of a rigorous daily routine and so achieve paradise by one’s work. The Hindu are focused on the four paths or yogas to reach enlightenment. Christianity is unique in all the religions of Earth as a system of beliefs based solely on the work of another. Christ did the work and we are allowed to benefit from it.
The death of Christ is tightly tied to the his life. Without that perfect life, his death would have done us no good. Jesus Christ lived a perfect and sinless life and did not deserve his fate. He went willingly to it, however, in exchange for you and I, who did deserve it.
Sin is, apparently, a communicable disease. It passes from one generation to the next. It infects every descendent of Adam’s line. We are all equally guilty under the law of God and deserve death for our sins. The punishment for sin is always death. The law has no room for mercy, and yet, God’s purpose for us is to exist in His presence. .
This is the choice we face. In order to live forever and be able to exist in God’s presence, someone had to pay the price for our sins. The scales must balance. We can either choose to pay that price ourselves or we must accept the sacrifice and the atonement of Jesus by faith. Merely believing that he was is not enough. We must purpose in our hearts to depend on his sacrifice as our only hope. This is the nature of faith.
Romans 10:9 – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
It is important to realize that the death of Christ was real in every respect. He allowed himself to suffer the pain and anguish of his mortality and ultimately allowed himself to succumb to his injuries. He allowed his soul and spirit to leave his body and follow the path of all men who die. The flesh died, and no doubt, began the process of decay. The soul and spirit traveled to hell where, no doubt, Satan assumed that he would be able to gloat that Jesus had been unable to set up his kingdom. Satan assumed that with Christ’s death, the kingdom of God was defeated. Silly Satan. The Bible tells us that Christ triumphed over hell and death and the grave and led the righteous souls held there to the presence of God the Father.
Colossians 2:15 - And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
I wonder sometimes, if the Devil, who is NOT all knowing, but whom is reputed to be very smart, was surprised at what happened next. It must be assumed that he thought Christ’s triumph would come in some more direct fashion like setting up a political kingdom and overthrowing the Romans. I cannot imagine him allowing the cross to take place if he knew what would happen next.
The Resurrection of Christ
Without the resurrection, the death of Christ is meaningless. It has no power. If he did not return then he was nothing but an insane and deluded man and there is not hope for humanity but to strive and eternally fail at perfection.
The Bible is careful to list many evidences of the return of Christ. Once again we follow the hermeneutic principles. A thing that is most often mentioned and most fully described will be a thing of importance. The most majestic and powerful of all the verses of the Bible deals with the return of Christ and his triumph over the grave.
John 20:15 – 16 – Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.
John 21:1 – After these things Jesus shewed himself again to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias; and on this wise shewed he himself.
Matthew 28: 1 – 10 – In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher.
2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.
3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:
4 And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
5 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.
8 And they departed quickly from the sepulcher with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.
9 And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.
1 Corinthians 15:5 – After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
Why is the resurrection important? In order to pay our debt, Christ must die for our sins. As we are now identified with Christ in his death, we, in sinful flesh, will die. We may only rise if he does. His triumph over death is our triumph. The resurrection establishes Christ as God just as his death established him as man. Now we must establish his resurrection in the eyes of humanity in order to make our witness efforts legitimate.
The Ascension of Christ into Heaven
The final act in the eternal drama is Christ’s triumphant return to the Father. The question raised most often is “Why did Christ return to heaven at all? Why not set up his kingdom?” In short, because the father wanted more for us than just an Earthly existence. He wanted fellowship with us for all time. That can only happen in His presence. This is what Satan missed. God never intended for this world to be our permanent home. He always had in mind that we should be in His presence.
As Christ, now a human forever, can stand in the presence of the Father, we, in Christ by his death for our sins, are also allowed access to the Father.
Christ’s return to the Father signified the end of his earthly works until his return as king. But it by no means marks the end of his work. Christ’s efforts on our part continue until his final return.
What is he doing now? The Bible tells of two tasks that he has set for himself:
He is gone to prepare for our arrival:
John 14:2 – In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
He stands before the Father as a mediator to plead humanity’s case:
1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
He has a place prepared for each of us. All we have to do is accept it.
One in Every Crowd March 10, 2014Posted by regan222 in General Ranting, Religion.
Tags: believe, Christ, faith, God, Jesus, salvation, sheep, shepherd
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Matthew 18:12 - How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
How great the Father’s love for us that He would send His only son to die. This verse gives us a hint, or as much of one as our limited minds can conceive, of how much God loves each of us individually. Had there been only one sheep gone astray, still the Shepherd would still have come to Earth seeking to save it. A wise man wrote, “If I had been the only reason…he still would have died for only me.” No Christian should ever become discouraged or think that God does not care. God is actively interested in each of His servants, individually as well as collectively. Do not become jealous of someone who seems to be constantly involved in serving God and winning battle after battle while you feel like you are sitting on the sidelines doing nothing of value. This is far from the truth. Each of God’s servants, if they are doing God’s will, is exactly where the Father expects them to be and each has the Father’s complete attention. Anytime we feel separated from God or beneath His notice, it is only a short coming on our part. Pray without ceasing. Stay in the Word and seek the Will of God. Separation from God is all one-sided. He does not withdraw from us, we withdraw from Him. If you cry out to Him he will find you, as a shepherd seeking a single sheep. The wise Christian, however, will stay close to the shepherd and not be the one in every crowd that wanders astray.
The Person and Purpose of Jesus Christ February 23, 2014Posted by regan222 in Religion.
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The Person and Purpose of Jesus Christ
I. The Person of Christ
A. Just as much God as though never Man.
1. Prior to the Virgin Birth: Jesus existed from infinity before the present.
I choose to establish the deity of Christ first. His humanity is not questioned. Jesus, as a historical figure, existed. We know this from accounts outside scripture. Josephus and others mention him in their writings and those writings still exist today. However, his divinity is constantly under scrutiny. The world is more than ready to declare Jesus a good man, a great teacher, a saint, a martyr, a wonderful example. All this platitude and praise eliminates the necessity of worshiping him as God and relieves the responsibility of making a choice.
To establish the divinity of Christ, there is no better place to start than the beginning:
John 1:1a – In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God…
John tells us that Christ, as the word of God, was with God, and so, must be separate and that Christ is the creative force of God.
John 1:3 – All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
If we look at this in concert with Genesis we can see that Christ, as the Word of God, played an important part in creation.
Genesis 1:1 – In the Beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.
God the Father is the architect of all that is. Jesus Christ, as His word, is the creative force that brought God’s plan to fruition. This has always been his purpose.
Genesis 1:3 – And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Genesis 1:6 – And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
Genesis 1:9 – And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
We have established that Jesus was a separate entity from the father, and yet he was as much God as the father was.
John 1:1b -…and the Word WAS God.
Finally, John also tells us that Christ is acknowledged as God. Separate but equal, apart and yet the same.
The Deity of Christ is constantly challenged both within the Church and without. Yet the Bible declares his nature and position directly.
Philippians 2:6 – Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Christ as a personality, existed prior to the Virgin Birth. Also prior to his birth, Christ’s form was the same as that of God. Christ was a spirit being even as God the Father is declared a spirit.
John 4:24 – God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
So Christ was in the form of God, and God is established as a spirit. At this point in the existence of Christ, he is NOT as we are. He is as God is. This is a very important point. It helps to establish that Christ and God are unique in and apart from all of creation as personalities without origin.
Christ, himself, declared his divinity as well as his equality with the Father on more than one occasion.
John 8:58 – Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
John 8:24 – I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins
Who is it that can offer salvation? That is the domain of God alone. Only He can offer us mercy.
Psalms 68:20 – He that is our God is the God of salvation
If we look at the original Greek we find that the word “he” is implied but not present. The original text uses the words “ego eimi” that are often translated “I am”. This statement is most often considered by scholars to be the same declaration of identity that God gave to Moses in Exodus.
Exodus 3:14 – And God said unto Moses: I AM that I AM…
Though each statement was recorded in a different language, their meanings are taken as the same declaration.
John chronicles Christ’s declaration on 7 separate occasions. John 4:26, 6:20, 8:24, 8:28, 8:58, 13:19, 18:5. These are often grouped as John’s “I am” statements and are a major part of the divinity of Christ doctrine.
In the book of Hebrews, God, Himself, settles the issue of the divinity of Christ.
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
In verse 1 we establish that God has spoken and continues to speak to us. In verse 8, God is speaking to the Son, Jesus, and calls him God, with a capitol “G”.
Even the enemies of Christ knew exactly what he meant when he spoke of his position…
John 10: 29 – 33 – My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
30 I and my Father are one.
31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.
32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?
33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
On multiple occasions the Sanhedrin accused Jesus of declaring himself equal to God. In this instance their accusations were correct. Jesus was, however, justified in doing so.
Given the preponderance of evidence, any honest reader will come to the same conclusion. If the scripture is true then Christ is divine. Separate and apart from, and yet equal to in every respect, God.
B. Just as much Man as though never God.
1. The whole of salvation hinges upon Jesus being as we are.
In the Garden of Eden mankind was eternally separated from God. Prior to the fall, man, the innocent, walked in fellowship with God. In his rebellion, man made it impossible for human flesh to exist in the presence of God. Innocence and righteousness can walk with God. Sin is destroyed by merely being in His presence.
Exodus 15: 18 – 20 18 And he (Moses) said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory.
19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy.
20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.
Because all men are sinful we cannot go into the presence of God and yet He loves us. Our destiny is to be in fellowship with Him. In order for God’s plan to be carried out, Jesus, as the creative force, needed to act again to bring the plan to fruition.
The Law of God is perfect in its righteousness because its author, God, is equally perfect. His nature demands that things around Him be perfect as well. The law declares us guilty. Because we are genetically tied to Adam, we were, in a real sense, present with him when he sinned and fell. Because of this, we are all, equally unfit to stand in God’s presence. Add to this the fact that each day, in every one of our lives, we experience, over and over again, our own little garden moments and each day, we fail.
While it may seem unfair to lump us all into Adam’s sin, it is not only fair but necessary for us.
Romans 5:19 – For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
One man’s disobedience led us to our sorry state and so it can be one man’s obedience that will lead us out. Provided that one man pays the price for our sin. The existing debt must still be paid and it must be paid by a MAN. A God would not satisfy the law. An angel or a spirit being of some kind is not subject to the same challenges as a man, and so, would not satisfy justice. By man the wound was opened and only by a man can healing and reconciliation take place and yet a sinful man could not satisfy the law.
There are some unique challenges accompanying this requirement. A man of the world would be unable to fulfil the requirements because no one of Adam’s line is capable of fulfilling the law. A new line had to be formed with absolutely no genetic connection to Adam’s race and yet the line must be human. Jesus is called the second Adam because he was the beginning of a new line. There is no sharing of genetic material between Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. The Bible tells us that God prepared a body specifically for the purpose and placed it within Mary’s womb. Her sinful genes were never involved. The parental relationship, while legal, between Mary and Joseph, and their son was strictly one of adoption.
Hebrews 10: 3- 5 -But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
God built a body for His son to use with its very own genetic code, never tainted by Adam’s sin. Mary was essentially an incubator for a being already formed. God took the spirit being of his son and permanently and forever merged it with a human body. This made Christ a part of us forever. He remains human for all time.
John tells us this in his gospel.
John 1:14 – And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
Not only among us with respect to location but also positionally. He became us. Jesus fulfilled all the requirements for humanity. He was born.
Luke 2:11 – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
He grew to manhood acquiring wisdom and strength along the way.
Luke 2:49 – And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
He had physical needs like food and rest.
John 4:6 – Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
Finally, Jesus displayed that most common of all mortal characteristics…He died.
John 19:30 – When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
The preincarnate Christ could not have been sacrificed for our sins. He could not have been nailed to the cross because, as we have established, he was a spirit being like God. Only when the word was made flesh was it suitable as a sacrifice. As God he could not die because he was immortal and eternal and so to fulfill the law and satisfy justice he had to be made mortal. He perfectly fulfilled God’s plan of salvation just as he perfectly fulfilled God’s plan for creation. He was adopted into Adam’s line so that we might be adopted into his.
1 Timothy 2:5 – For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Christ stands ready as our defense attorney. He knows what it means to be human and as a man, he can speak for us to the Father. He will speak for you if you will let him.
How Smart Can A Board Really Be February 4, 2014Posted by regan222 in Uncategorized.
Tags: content, education, smart board, technology
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Smart boad content creation is the subject today. Hopefully it will be as useful as yesteday’s offering. I really feel that this technology will make education much easier if I can just get the kids to use it.
Robots and Education February 3, 2014Posted by regan222 in build, Computer and Technology, Computers and Internet, DIY, Educational Ranting.
Tags: Arduino, Basic, EV3, Lego, Netduino, Parallax, Stamp
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It has been a long and tiring first day. The TCEA 2014 conference is well and truly underway. I take here a moment to organize thoughts and ideas sparked by what I saw.
First, we need to promote the robot class within the community. We have a good start with winning third place in the Region X contest but we need to promote the course and its students to the school board as well as the younger classes. We need people to continue. We need to generate interest. We especially need to promote the technology aspects to girls. They stabilize and moderate the class. Plus, they travel in pairs. Like going to the Ladies’ Room; if you can get one girl you will get two.
Next, we need to secure all the funding sources we can find, especially in the community. We need tech. industry contacts to help with grants and sponsorships.
We need to expand out from Lego, particularly in the direction of DIY (Arduino, Parallax, STAMP,or whatever). I need to find out what is most useful in industry and what offers the best chance for employment success for my kids and emphasize that. We need to be relevant.
Finally I need supper and a nap. I am pooped and over stimulated. It’s like going to Vegas; fun for a while but soon you get that headachy muzzy feeling that comes from too many people and too many conversations going on at once. Tomorrow we do Smart Board Content Creation. See you then.
You Don’t Build Robots You Give Birth February 3, 2014Posted by regan222 in Uncategorized.
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Robotics and the people who work there are a special breed. It is easy to start responding to a robot as if it were alive. If we follow the classic definition of life, who’s to say it’s not. I just noticed that everything in this place is sponsored by someone. Every projector, chair, drink cup, and bathroom fixture is brought to you by google, Microsoft, or Cisco. Now THAT was random. Ops, time for class.
Anticipation February 3, 2014Posted by regan222 in Uncategorized.
Tags: TCEA, technology
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In an hour these halls will be filled with thousands of educators all seeking the same unatainable objective…an open bathroom and coffee. Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Texas Computor Educators Association here at the convention center in beautiful (but weird) Austin, TX. I am here today for the robotics workshop and will try to faithfully record experiences and observations for the benefit of…well..me.
Technology Addiction and how to deal with it… December 11, 2013Posted by regan222 in Computer and Technology, Computers and Internet, General Ranting.
Tags: Google, Microsoft, OneNote, organization, Word
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I have just spent the evening, after grading papers for what seemed like hours, connecting every single piece of software I have to every other piece. I can now see google email, calendars, and contacts, school exchange server, email, calendar, and contacts, Hotmail calendar, email, and contacts, as well as my school website share point server in Outlook. I have also connected Microsoft Word to my blog site in order to use it to edit and post blogs entries (if I ever get to write another real one). Having spent a good deal of time and effort tying all these loose ends together I have come to a conclusion. There is NO magic cure for organization. It can’t be done. I use MS OneNote to document my daily activities in class. I faithfully post assignments, notes, and lessons to the school web site. I do everything I can to keep up with myself and I am coming to the sad realization that it is all futile. I will never be organized. I STILL forget things. All my calendars are tied to my phone, Kindle, and iPad as well as my home PC, school, PC and laptop and I STILL let things slip. This is really starting to bug me. Just needed to vent. Also I am going insane from being in the house for 4 days straight. I feel much better now. Good night all.
A Splash of Gratitude December 2, 2013Posted by regan222 in Books, General Ranting, Religion.
Tags: Central Baptist Church, Christian, Christianity, faith, gratitude, Jesus, peace, Thanks
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A sermon on Gratitude loosely following a chapter from Max Lucado’s book, “You’ll Get Through It”. The sermon was delivered on 12/1/2013 at Central Baptist Church. We need to remember that whatever it is, we don’t own it. We are just borrowing it.