Monthly Archives: February 2012

For something completely nerdy

I finished an engineering degree at UNSW in 1996.  One of my big regrets over the past 15 years is not keeping up with my fascination with electronics – funnily enough it was one of my majors (such a waste of a uni education!)

Maybe it is pre-mid-life-crisis jitters, but that is all changing because over the past few years I have started tinkering with microcontrollers again (I still have flashback nightmares to our transputer labs in 2nd year uni.)  But anyway, the one’s I’ve been playing with are the arduino variety.  Can I just say that electronics have sure come a long way since the old Dick Smith Funway kits of my youth and my kids will definitely be playing with stuff way cooler than I did as a kid!

Any my first real life project is to create a solar powered GPS datalogger.

Components are:

  • Seeduino Stalker v2.1
  • 2A Li-po battery
  • 0.5W solar cell
  • GPS Bee with enhance ucl antennae
  • Water proof enclosure (but it won’t really be if I drill holes in it to mount it to the bike)
  • 2gb MicroSD Card

I’m starting to ride with some guys from church next week.  I’ll tell you how it goes!!!

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Afraid of fear?

Today’s REAP reading included Psalm 90.  It got me thinking because it spoke of fearing God in ways that often make us uncomfortable.  We are used to a sterile and safe understanding of fearing God – almost akin only to awe and honour and reverence.  However, in Psalm 90, fear had to do with God in the sense that we ought to be terrified at his wrath and anger.

 7 For we are consumed by Your anger; we are terrified by Your wrath. 8 You have set our unjust ways before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence. 9For all our days ebb away under Your wrath; we end our years like a sigh. 10 Our lives last

seventy years or, if we are strong, eighty years. Even the best of them are struggle and sorrow; indeed, they pass quickly and we fly away. 11 Who understands the power of Your anger? Your wrath matches the fear that is due You. 12 Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts.

Fearing God has to do with having the right perspective of who God is. According to Hebrews 12:28, God is a consuming fire. True that He is loving and merciful, compassionate and kind, but God is still God. He is the most powerful being in the whole universe who will not tolerate evil. Anything that is impure cannot come near him, otherwise it will be immediately consumed.

God has spoken to us and he sent his Son to us. Are we going to believe him, trust him at his word and fear him? Or are we going to trust and fear other things or people that are nothing in comparison? Moses’ example in Hebrews 11:23-29 and the whole of Hebrews 12 helps us to adjust our perspective and encourages us to fear God, and only God.

Something about soul-stirring songs

I don’t want to keep covering old ground about debates about the place of music in church. But the church I’m a minister in just recently started singing “10 000 Reasons”. It’s not since “Jesus Paid it all” have I seen all congregations get so into and seem so encouraged by a song! Anyway, just a thought to continue praying for our musos and song writers.