Why Not to Drink

Posted in Bible Study, Minutia, Observations, Prayer with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2010/05/27 by NY4JB

The Bible does not say specifically that we should not drink alcohol but it does address the subject in other ways as well as explicitly saying not to be drunk. I don’t believe it is necessarily a bad thing to have a drink with friends when relaxing together but care must be taken. One of the reasons people enjoy the effect of alcohol is it allows us to relax and take our guard down for a while. During a study of Colossians one verse that spoke to me about this subject is, Colossians 4:2 (English Standard Version) “Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” Now here’s where the problem is; how can we be steadfast and watchful when our guard is down? When looking back on his life, Ozzy Osbourne once said, that every time he did something stupid he had been drinking.

How much easier it is to slip into sin after drinking alcohol, so while having a drink is not a sin in itself, one must be very careful and guarded before we take our guard down.

Lord, please guide us and protect us in our every endeavor. May our desires be in line with your will and may our actions glorify your name, for Jesus sake we pray.
Amen

NY4JB

Posted in Bible Study, faith, Minutia, Observations, Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/03/24 by NY4JB

After 16 years of being KE4JUH, I have applied for and received a vanity call-sign, to get a shorter call-sign and something with some personal relevance.  I grew up in NY, live in 4-land and my initials are JB so NY4JB.  It may seem funny but it’s a little weird to change one’s on-air name, it is giving me some first hand experience with the Biblical idea of ‘name’ which is a recurring theme…

Genesis 4:26
To Seth also a son was born, and he called his name Enosh. At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD.

Genesis 12:2 (English Standard Version)
And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.

I notice that it doesn’t say they called upon the Lord or I will make you great, it says “…call upon the name of the LORD.” and “I will bless you and make your name great”

 In any event I’m slightly freaked out about having a new call sign and thankful for the new understanding.

BTW started a new blog to go with the new call http://ny4jb.wordpress.com/

My Grace is Sufficient

Posted in Bible Study, faith, Observations, Prayer with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/03/22 by NY4JB

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (English Standard Version)
7 So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I am troubled by those who think that prayer heals anything and everything. While it’s true that prayer is extremely powerful, when we ask for something that is not in God’s will, the answer will be no. It is clear from the above scripture that even the Apostle Paul struggled with matters of the flesh and was denied. God clearly does not view our physical pains in the same way that we do and will at times allow us to suffer, just as a parent must allow a child to experience disappointment, in order that we might grow in the spirit.

In fact, from God’s perspective even physical death is just a calling home of one of his children (assuming the child is ‘saved’) yet from a human point of view it is a sad loss even when the person has lived a long, full life. I believe the following scripture is often misinterpreted as meaning that Jesus was mourning the death of his friend Lazarus but I believe “Jesus wept “ and was “greatly troubled” because of the lack of faith of his friends and followers. Jesus would not be troubled in the human sense because a saved man had died, knowing that they would soon be together again in Heaven.

John 11:32-35 (English Standard Version)
32 Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. 34 And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept.

Caution must be exercised here not to confuse human mourning with the spiritual truth, for as humans we will grieve the loss of a friend or family member from our earthly life.  It is a very real loss and as long as we live in this world we will feel grief for those who go on ahead of us. We will even feel sorrow at the loss of friends or times that are no longer at hand as a parent is both excited to see a child grow up and head out on their own, while missing the child’s presence in their own home.

So, we should pray for those who have needs but we should understand that we have no knowledge of God’s plan and he may answer a prayer with “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

WAS update

Posted in faith, Minutia, Observations, Radio with tags , , , , , on 2010/03/13 by NY4JB

Update: Total of 44 States worked so far in 2010. I still need AK, AZ, HI, ID, NV and UT for a general WAS but my goal is really to work all States on each band (160, 80, 40 and 20 Meters) so here’s the breakdown of States worked so far by band:
160 Meters 35 States
80 Meters 29 States
40 Meters 25 States
20 Meters 17 States
I hope to make a major dent in this during the upcoming WPX contest and if I get all fifty on 20 meters before summer I might just add 15 meters to my goal and go for the Five-Band WAS

Contest? What’s a Contest?

Posted in Minutia, Observations, Radio on 2010/02/28 by NY4JB

I get asked by non-HAMs every once in a while what a HAM Radio Contest is and how it works. I think I’ve finally come up with a way to describe it without using any radio references. So we are now talking about a party game, sometimes called an ice breaker and here’s how it works.

The goal is to talk to as many people as you can and write down their name and what State they are from. You get one point for each person on your list at the end of the party but that’s not your final score. You then count how many different States are on your list and multiply your score by the number of States. For example, if you talked to 20 different people and they were from 10 different States your final score would be 20 times 10 or 200. So, to maximize your score you want to try to get all 50 States on your list.

The ideal setup would be a long, dimly lit hall with chairs along one wall but any large, dimly lit room with chairs along the walls will do. The room is open before the game starts but the game starts/ends at specific times; like from 8 PM until 11 PM. Only contacts made during that time count.

You can either initiate contacts or answer but you can’t do both at the same time. To initiate a contact you must be sitting in a chair; then you yell your name and ‘contest.’ Anyone who is standing can answer by yelling their name, you then answer by repeating their name and saying what State you are from. They then tell you what State they are from and the contact is complete. Keep in mind that the people who are sitting can only initiate and the people who are standing can only answer, but you can switch anytime you want. The catch is that you don’t want to be sitting right next to anybody since that will make it very hard to hear people answering and to tell who they are answering. So once you have a chair you probably want to hold on to it.

For example, if I was sitting I would say ‘Jim Contest!’ and somebody might say ‘Jennifer!’ I would then say ‘Jennifer, New York!’ They would answer ‘Thanks for New York, Florida!’ You both write down the names and States and you’re ready for the next contact. The catch is there are a lot of people all trying to do this at once; the room is crowded with several hundred people. At first, the more aggressive people scramble to find a good chair, and then every time somebody yells their name/contest a lot of people answer them, so they have to pick a name out of the crowd which doesn’t sound hard until you realize that a few feet away there’s another guy in a chair with another crowd yelling their names.

You are also allowed to use tools to make it easier so many people will have a cardboard megaphone they can yell into and hold up to their ear to make it easier to hear a specific person. Others might bring a bullhorn which will make them easy to hear but won’t help them hear the answers, and won’t make it easy for others to be heard.

So, there’s a lot of confusion, excitement and mayhem. The person who finds the best strategy, mixing sitting with roaming the room and is loud, as well as skilled at listening and good at timing their yells will win. Now do this via radio and that’s what a contest is…

Phases…

Posted in faith, Observations, Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 2010/02/12 by NY4JB

I seem to be going through one of my HAM radio phases at the moment (besides work being really busy). I’m going to try to regulate my time a little better than in the past when I would go radio crazy for 6 months and then stop totally for a couple of years. I know God is in control and there is a reason for these phases so I pray that God is glorified in my seemingly earthly pursuit of working all States in 2010…

Bikers for Christ…

Posted in faith, Observations with tags , , , on 2009/10/29 by NY4JB

We saw some of these guys
http://www.bikersforchrist.org
at a Cracker Barrel restaurant last weekend so I decided to get some more info. An interesting bunch. I rather enjoyed the song Shake the Ground, I guess the band (Goofygooted) is no more but that took me to
http://www.allnewcreation.com
which is a little more commercial sounding but still good although a little light for my tastes.