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I have been intrigued for a few days now by an ad that has been circulating the interwebs. This ad has been very effective. Customers and non customers have been trying to guess what will happen. It seems that for now we do know that Cellular South, my beloved wireless provider, will be changing it’s name to C Spire Wireless. I took a picture a couple days ago of the sign in front of the local store. As you can see they certainly have them shrouded in some material as to protect the identity of a new logo design. There is more to the story..

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Among other things it apparently will be adding “customization” and customer specific recommendations for applications as well as for other things. They seem to be adapting to their customer instead of the customer adapting to them. Another feature called converged services is also mentioned in this quote:

C Spire is not just a wireless service company. It is a multi-media technology provider that is seamlessly connecting all of our customers’ devices for an optimum, converged experience.

http://www.personalizedwireless.com is the new website that promises to be state-of-the-art. This is very exciting news. Something tells me there will be more to this than what we know. Could they be expanding to other areas of the nation? We will find out September 26th!

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003 Bible Resolutions: Repentance

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What is Repentance?

We have a strange illusion that mere time cancels sin. But mere time does nothing either to the fact or to the guilt of a sin. –CS Lewis

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Repentance is a decision to turn away from sin.

Acts 26 18-20

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: But showed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

God’s question for the sinner in Ezekiel 18:23- Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

Very often our emotions are involved in repentance, but it is not just an emotional event it is a decision that is made deep within.

In the book of Acts we find a commandment to repent.
Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

Once we have repented and our minds are changed, life changes. We often find that the things we once thought of as good and pleasant become our enemy. Old friends, habits and thoughts make us feel dirty. The prodigal son is a great example of repentance! I imagine him as a very independent young man who thought his Father was old-school and no longer relevant. He decided to leave his Father’s house, because he just had to go see what he had been missing in a distant land.  He had only known the safety of the boundaries that were set for him. Now he was finally free. He took his inheritance and broke free from what he thought of as bondage.

It was him, an inheritance and the open road. He left the entrance of his Fathers gates and fastened his eyes on the horizon. The animals could tell that this journey was not normal. They were not being moved to the next pasture of taller grass. This would be their final walk through. He glanced over his shoulder to see his Father standing with his shoulders squared and chin up as to say, “I believe in you.”

He was far enough away now that his thoughts were focused on what his plan. The next town was sure to have attractions and places that could satisfy his urge to experience the things that boundaries prevented him from tasting. Days became months. One thing led to another. He was selling parts of his inheritance on a daily basis to maintain his high standard of living. He now had friends that thought he was cool. They hung around to enjoy the benefits until they ran out. Soon he found himself with only one set of clothes and even they were torn and filthy. The places he once visited and ate so lavishly refused to allow  him in their establishment.. his appearance changed. He no longer had the inheritance to exchange for the services he so desired. He couldn’t even buy food to eat so he made his way to a hog farm. He thought.. I will kill and eat. Upon his arrival he was so tired and hungry that he didn’t have the strength to slaughter them so he began to eat with them. At first the smell was a challenge to say the least, but he found a spot that wasn’t covered in pig waste yet.. That was short lived and his hunger for food seemed to dull the filth that he was surrounded by.

The next day as the sun was rising in the east he noticed something. Green pastures were filled with cattle. There was a heard of sheep on one hill. While his eyes followed along the hillside his sense of smell seemed to awaken to the mess he was in. He began to think about the times at his Father’s house that there was food for everyone. The smells, the music and warmth of a family members embrace and in an instant he said: I will arise and go to my Father’s house.

What a wonderful account of repentance and restoration!

Repentance is important because God insists that we realize that when sin entered into our life it severed our relationship with Him. Repentance is the where we begin the restoration process.

Repentance crumbles the barrier that separates man from God!

The Altar represents: Death; Blood; and Covenant. 

The altar of repentance can be traced back to Israel’s brazen altar where sacrifices were offered to God. The blood of sacrificial animals provided a covering that hid their sins from a Holy God. On the other hand the blood of Jesus doesn’t just cover sin, but it cleanses us from sin. In fact you appear in the eyes of God as though you have never sinned.  Your life is then turned over to a new Master. We die out to sin at the altar.

Paul said it like this in Romans 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

In Galations 5:24 we read: And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.

Genesis 4:26 And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD.

On the Day of Pentecost visiting Jews inquired about a strange phenomena in an upper room. Peter replied by quoting Joel’s writing: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. -Acts 2:21 And now, why do you delay? Rise and be baptized, and by calling upon His name, wash away your sins. Acts 22:16 AMP

Things change when you call on the name of the Lord in FAITH! We must confess our sins to God. Confess means to put thoughts into words.With a determined mind tell God that you are sorry for your sins. Every single one of them. You can name them. Just be honest with God and say: I AM A SINNER!

1 John 1:9- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus associated His shed blood with the New Covenant.

Matthew 26:28- For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. When Abraham believed what God had promised, the two entered into a Blood-Covenant relationship. By Faith Abraham was declared righteous or in right standing with God. Circumcision of the flesh was a sign of this relationship. Faith is an essential part of our Covenant relationship.

Galatians 3:9- So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
Galatians 3:29- And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
John 12:26-If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

Restitution- You should do your best to make things right with others.

Luke 19:8- And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
Acts 24:16- And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.

Next is Baptism!

Baptism proclaims that we have entered into a covenant with Him. Peter told Cornelius’ household…

Acts 10:48- And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.

Once you have killed the old man at the altar you need to bury him in the waters of baptism.
Mark 16:16- He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

It is my prayer that you will find repentance in your life.

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002: Bible Resolutions

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The book of Proverbs is an outstanding read. The plan is to read through the book of Proverbs with you and then I thought
I would share a few thoughts with you. So here is the first chapter of Proverbs and a few thoughts along with it.

Slowly but surely things will improve. No need to wait for perfection. Practice does certainly at the very least improve and pushes
us towards at the very least excellence.

In some of the thoughts that follow, the Bible is very direct in the best way to raise children.
The reference is to Psalm 78:2-8. If you are intentional about how you lead your family your results will surely vary some, but theultimate goal should be to make known to your children the ways of God. Spend time with them in prayer.You don’t have time you say?

How much time do you spend in social networking, TV or hobbies?

Do you take time to read the Bible to your family in a family devotion? You might be saying, “that’s easy for you to say you don’t have a family”

I can remember at the age of probably 2 or 3 my Daddy sitting me on a tailgate of a GMC truck that was nicely heated by the noonday sun.He sat me there and taught me to say Yes Mam, No Mam and thank you. It is a thing called manners and respect here in the South.I may not have many memories of my Daddy at that age, but that is one that is indelibly scorched into my backside… I mean my brain. Then I remember precisely what happened that evening. He took me home to Momma and we showed off my “new” mad skillz.

A very fond memory of mine that I will take to my grave or with me when I meet Him in the air.

Remember it all matters. Yes it ALL matters. Every minute, every word and action. Make it count every time because you don’t know when it’s your last.

Psalm 78: 7 and 8 sum up this well..

That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:
And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their
heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God.

What could you do today for your family that would create a memory for a lifetime?

Will they remember how much time you put into something other than them?

 

 

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001: Bible Resolutions

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Bible Resolutions Podcast

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Welcome to my first Bible Resolutions show. It is my hope that you will be encouraged and blessed by each show. You can expect a variety of topics here that all relate to the Bible.  This is all new to me. I work behind the scenes as the producer of a national morning radio show. My time is not behind the mic, but behind the board that controls the mics. It is a blessing to be part of such a wonderful opportunity. Each day the guys I work with encourage, inspire and entertain the listeners. Maybe I will share more about that later.

For sometime now I have had the desire to start a podcast. The original plan was to start one on personal finance. That is on the way, but I wanted, the very first show to be related to scripture. It plays such an integral part of my life. I want to share with you the Word of God and all it has to offer.  I pray that God blesses you and yours.

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New Bible Resolutions Podcast coming soon!

Time to ship! I have been working towards starting a podcast for too long now. I actually have some things on the back-end setup for podcasts. I decided to go with libsyn. It seems like it might be a bit

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more expensive, but it seems that it will be worth it.

The name Bible Resolutions came to me today as I was working on setup of the Libsyn account.
The decision to stick to the “resolutions” theme just seems natural. I like the idea and definition of
resolution.

  1. : the act of analyzing a complex notion into simpler ones
  2. : the act of answering : solving
  3. : the act of determining
A scripture that puts it better is 2 Timothy 2:15- Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Rightly dividing the word of truth is the intention of the podcast. Of course along with that is the hope that it will bring encouragement and hope to the listener.On a technical note, I decided to buy a new microphone today. I have a $20 lapel mic that I am just totally unhappy with. Today I found a Heil Handi Mic Pro Plus that seems
to do the job much better. I did a test earlier and the quality is excellent. So now to start recording this “non-radio” voice. I have a face for radio and a voice for a closet of prayer!
No need in that stopping the process though. Time to push forward and make it happen. If it helps one person, it will be worth it all.

The Money Resolutions podcast is coming next…

 

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I just happened to be looking through Facebook and ran across a post from Cellularsouth announcing that they would be releasing Android 2.2 for their Samsung Galaxy S phone. I almostThe Samsung Update not too late fainted. They have been very hush hush about this. Search after search wouldn’t reveal any information. Phones that are well… not as strong as the Galaxy S have been updated well in advance of this model. My geek brain was formulating the idea that they would release the 2.3 version and skip ahead altogether. It is not happening that way..

Here is the quote from their facebook post:

We have approved Android 2.2 for the Samsung Galaxy S and anticipate it being available to you by the end of next week. While 2.2 offers new features including flash capabilities, it will not fix some of the native client email problems on 2.1. We’re happy to announce that Android 2.3 will be in our labs for testing by 7/11 and should fix these issues. We will provide weekly progress updates when 2.3 testing begins.

As a Samsung Galaxy S owner and a geek that likes to keep it all updated, I’m thrilled. Well with the exception of the “update” by Microsoft called “Windows 7 Service Pack 1” Watch your bits before you update to that bitiful thing.

So I suppose I can relax now knowing that the update awaits. They are communicating with their customers. Imagine that…  novel idea.

It will be exciting to follow their progress. By the way I am a very satisfied customer, even before the news of the update. It would be nice if the coverage here was just a bit stronger, or if there was a way to allow the connection to only connect to a tower that was considered “roaming”. I know that’s asking too much.

Cellularsouth, Rock on!

 

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QBQ! Review

Personal Accountability

Yes personal accountability. That’s 22 letters  not four, so don’t read it like that. Read it

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The Question Behind the Question

again and relax those face muscles. The book QBQ! was written by John G. Miller.  What is QBQ!? Here is a quote from John’s website: “QBQ! provides the “how to” of personal accountability by helping people ask The Question Behind the Question.”

I have personally grown as a result of this book. I hope that you will purchase a copy and apply it to your life. Personal Accountability could change the world. I know you think that is a large mission and it is. Start with your own personal accountability mission and you will at the least change the world you live in.

Thanks for stopping by and come back for more on the QBQ! book.

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Welcome to the brand new travishaley.net

Thanks for stopping by!

This is spankin new!

If there were a scratch and sniff for the Internet you would smell the “new smell”.

More changes to come.. as we “do the work”.

 

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