too much freedom

…freedom is complicated…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been listening to Dr. Tim Keller (pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC) for the first time. This guy is really pretty amazing. Glad I finally decided to check him out! Right now I’m going through his “The Reason for God” sermon series (correllates with his book I’m sure). I’m listening to his sermon titled “Absolutism: Dont we all have to find truth for ourselves?

In today’s society, absolute truth is thought of to be the enemy of freedom. But truth is more important than you think, freedom is a lot more complex than you think, and Jesus is a lot more liberating than you think. Surrendering to God’s absolute truth gives you a deeper, richer freedom in every area, without oppression.

Give it a listen for free by clicking the link above! I would recommend this whole sermon to anyone (especially believers, no wait… especially everyone… especially you! Go, listen to them now!!)

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Check out this post by John Piper about the rapper Shai Linne’s controversial song “Fal$E Teacher$

Here’s the song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl4WevY-GPU

He condemns a long list of popular preachers by name for their false teaching:

Turn off TBN, that channel is overrated
The pastors speak bogus statements, financially motivated
It’s kind of like a pyramid scheme
Visualize Heretics christianizing the American dream
It’s foul and deceitful, they’re lying to people
Teaching that camels squeeze through the eye of a needle!
Ungodly and wicked, ask yourself how can they not be convicted
Treating Jesus like a lottery ticket
And you’re thinking they’re not the dangerous type
Because some of their statements are right
That only proves that Satan comes as an angel of light
This teaching can’t be believed without a cost
The lie is you can achieve a crown without a cross

What do you thiink? Comment below…

Calling all office-dwellers! Here’s a chance for you to have a great mountain view without even the hassle of moving all the crap on your desk!

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Great way to check out the weather any place in the state! Sure, you could look at a radar map, but what fun is that??

Here’s another one I use to gauge whether traveling on the roads is worth it, even just in the city:

http://www.cotrip.org/device.htm

You can also get a map overlay of the condition of the roads in case it’s dark and the webcams aren’t very helpful.

Well, we’ve certainly done some interesting work on our home server since we got it setup. I finally got an ESXi OS installed and we ended up with 2 linux servers, 1 xp machine, and I just setup a temporary Windows 2012 Server.

Here’s all the fun SysAdmin things I’ve gotten working on it:

  • Subversion repository – for development purposes.
  • OpenVPN server – so we can connect from anywhere to our servers.
  • SparkleShare – Open source type of dropbox file sharing server. Unlimited storage 😀 😀
  • Web server – hosting just one site for now.
  • Internal DNS server.
  • Development SQL database.

Things we’re working on now:

  • Intranet site.
  • Development of an android app.

Looks like we’ve got plenty more to try out and get working. I would like to get some better backup stuff going on for our servers and personal machines. I also need to get a new network share location that will be easy for everyone on our network to access.

Any fun projects you might suggest we try on our infrastructure?

Found this game after reading an article about it on Wired.com. It’s a game where you Spelunk and get gold! I thought it was particularly funny how they introduce it in the review:

“Too many of today’s videogames are roller-coaster rides, designed to create a sense of thrilling danger while in reality keeping you perfectly safe. Spelunky is designed to destroy you. It tells you all of its rules, does everything to make sure that you understand what can kill you, and then it beats you down until you get good enough to get one step further.”

Spelunky Screenshot

I’m at work, so I’ll have to try this game out more later, but you should download it (it’s free!), try it out, and let me know what you think. I like the fun retro sounds and controls.

Have a good one!

– Billy

I’ve been reading a book my friend Susan lent to me for probably almost a year now or so. It’s a really thoughtful book while still being a very easy read. I can’t really think of many other books like it in my life. It’s called “Walking With God” by John Eldridge. Here’s something I thought was really important for any Christian to think about. In the chapter in this book called “On Things God Withholds” he says basically that we shouldn’t ever feel like we’ve arrived apart from God, arrived at happiness, contentment, stability… He says everyone has some thing or things (probably more likely) that God has asked you to live without. It could be a spouse, some possesion(s), financial success, or even some other kind of success. Maybe it’s even some kind of character attribute or health issue! In my humble opinion, those sound like the hardest (or maybe they would be easier to accept because there would be less you could do about it, I don’t know).

In Luke 12:16-21 the story about the rich man who wants to build bigger barns is told by Jesus after a man yells out that he wants Jesus to tell his brother to divide the inheritance with him. Jesus is telling this story as a warning against greed. Now, most of us would say, “oh, I’m not greedy.” and then a few minutes later or before we might have said “I deserve this, don’t I?” Maybe you feel that you do because you are faithful to God and his will, or for other reasons based on good things you’ve done. No question about it, I’m sure those things are wonderful. But, (and you knew this was coming) are you imagining that just having this one thing will make your life so wonderful. Maybe in the back of your mind the thought crouches behind a dozen others in hiding, even, that it will satisfy you. Maybe, even satisfy you completely. Will life be perfect after that? What would our attitude towards God be then?

Luke 12:20-21

New International Version (NIV)

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.

“…but is not rich toward God.” Eldridge brings up a very good perspective I doubt if many of us have considered. He likes to call these things that happen in our minds which are the root of sins that we begin to commit in our hearts “agreements”. In this case, it is an agreement that “I need this.” He ends this chapter with this:

“I know that I face a choice. I can feel it down inside, and I watchi it take place in my heart. I can let my disappointments define my life. Or I can let them take me back to God, to find my life in him in ways I have not yet learned. The rest remains a mystery. But this is enough to know.

And so I break the agreement that I’ve made, that I need this. I give this place in my heart back to you, God. Fill me with your love and your life, in this very place.”

I hope this has been encouraging to you. If you read this book (and I really recommend it. It’s not one you’ll regret) please let me know what you think!

– Billy

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