BibleStick Unboxing

January 5, 2010

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The BibleStick from Faith Comes By Hearing I recently won (on Twitter of all places) showed up on my door step today so I thought I’d take a minute or two to show it off.

First things: The BibleStick is a dedicated digital audio player that comes pre-loaded with the entire New Testament in audio. I received the ESV audio version but apparently it also comes in an NIV, KJV, and Kids flavor as well.

Set up out of the box, as expected, was simple and the whole process was much more enjoyable because I didn’t have to fumble around the house trying to find the single AAA battery needed to fire it up. Battery is included. The sound quality of the supplied earbuds is surprisingly good. Paradoxically, the most complex part of the set up was associated with the L and R markings on the earbuds – are they designed for left or right handed people? It must make a difference otherwise they would not have been labeled. If I mistakenly put them in backwards would the audio play backwards? Finally I through caution to the wind and popped one in each ear  (which, incidentally, is much more comfortable than sticking both of them in one ear—not recommended) and powered the player on.

The player is small, only slightly larger than a thumb drive or a pack of gum but it has a solid feel. Time will tell, but my initial reaction is that it will endure my innate clumsiness and likely last longer than some of the cell phones, two laptops, and one very small kitten that had the misfortune of falling into (I should say out of) my hands. The volume up/down and next/previous track controls as well as the on/off button are well designed and have a pleasant tactile feel.

As I mentioned earlier the sound quality is good but really the most important part of the entire shabang is the fidelity of the audio to the Bible. In this respect, the BibleStick is excellent. The background sounds, great voice talent, and first class production quality is as good as any available commercial product in my opinion.  Given this and the mission of the Faith Comes By Hearing ministry, I will definitely pick up more BibleSticks in the future as gifts and giveaways and have no hesitation recommending it to others as well.

By the way, turns out that reversing the earbuds doesn’t cause the audio to run backwards after all.

Enjoy!

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What Man Means For Evil II

October 18, 2009

Big Brother is Watching

Back in January I posted this article about “China’s 50 Cent Army”. Now, according to some reports, the U.S. Justice Department is up to much the same thing.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is we now have more opportunity than ever before to share the Gospel…

Quote:

…“Let’s say you live in China the U.S. Your every move is monitored. Big Brother is watching and you know it. You work for the Chinese U.S. government and your job is to infiltrate chat rooms, message boards, and comment areas on the Internet in order to spread propaganda.” (Read the Rest)


A Contrast In Values

January 13, 2009

At the same time that the atheistic government of what may well be the world’s most Christian nation has launched a campaign against digital pornography to help protect its citizens, the U.K. company Eidos will soon start targeting digital porn at children (with, no doubt, government protection) to help stave off financial failure.

Meanwhile, so called ‘free speech’ advocates (especially in the U.S.) will probably decry the actions of the Chinese government while snapping up the pornographic version of Tomb Raider in record numbers. Talk about a contrast in values.


What Man Means for Evil

January 8, 2009

Let’s say you live in China. Your every move is monitored. Big Brother is watching and you know it. You work for the Chinese government and your job is to infiltrate chat rooms, message boards, and comment areas on the Internet in order to spread propaganda.  According to the article cited below, as many as 300,000 people (known as “China’s 50 Cent Party”) are doing this every day.

Imagine, you have never heard the Gospel and then one day you access a message board to ply your nefarious trade when you read a message like this:

There is a Creator who created all there is and ever will be, who has revealed Himself in what He has created, and who has established His laws to govern this universe. One day He will judge everyone according to their deeds. What will happen when you stand before Him on that day of judgment? There is a way to find out: Have you ever said something that wasn’t true or taken something that wasn’t yours? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? If you have done these things, you have broken three of the Creator’s laws. That same Creator has declared that all liars, thieves, and adulterers will suffer eternal torment in Hell.

The Good News is that the Creator, God, doesn’t desire this for you. Instead, “God demonstrated His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Jesus, God’s only begotten Son, came to take upon Himself the wrath and judgment you deserve for breaking God’s Law and sinning against Him. The Bible tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life”. He did this when He shed His innocent blood for the remission of sins as He died on the cross. Three days later, He rose from and forever defeated death. He did this for you, He did this because of Love, He did this as a free gift. To receive this free gift, you must repent (that means to confess and forsake your sins) and put your trust in Jesus. If you do this you will not have to suffer God’s justice in Hell when you stand before Him on the day of judgment. Please carefully consider this; there is nothing more important.

Now imagine the joy in heaven when one sinner repents (Luke 15:7).

The 50 Cent Army is likely up to no good. This seems like an excellent opportunity though to share the Law and the Gospel with a potential audience equal to the population of 47 countries. The next time you are on a message board or in a chat room think about planting this kind of seed, God will allow it to take root and grow in exactly the right way at exactly the right time. After all, sometimes what man means for evil, God intends for good (Gen 50:20).

Imagine.

 

Eyes on You

Via The Raw Feed:

The CCP has hired thousands of freelance Internet propagandists whose job is to infiltrate chat rooms, message boards and comment areas on the Internet posing as ordinary users to voice support for the agenda and interest of the CCP. The BBC calls these freelance propagandists China’s 50 Cent Party. The Guardian newspaper calls it the 50 Cent Army. (50 Cent isn’t a rapper in this case, but a reference to the pay: 50 Chinese "cents" per post, which is equivalent to about 7 US cents). Some estimates claim that the 50 Cent Army includes a whopping 300,000 people. If that’s accurate, China’s freelance propagandists exceed in number the total populations of 47 countries.


Troll Survivor 2008

January 3, 2009

troll Speaking of trolls, I have a policy of deleting troll comments (and banning the worst troll offenders) although from time to time I allow a few to remain for various reasons. The October 2008 comments of troll bobxxxx has the dubious distinction of surviving this editorial policy and earning the Benison Troll Survivor award for 2008.

…Ladies and Gentlemen,  Troll Bob:

 

  1. bobxxxx Says:
    October 31, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    The average American atheist is a capitalist, not an insane communist dictator.

  2. bobxxxx Says:
    October 31, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Also, even if every single atheist in the world was an ax murderer who eats babies for fun, that would not be evidence for the childish idiotic idea that there’s a magic fairy hiding in the clouds, also known as Mr. God.

  3. jerryk Says:
    October 31, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Bobxxxx,

    Thank you for visiting.

    You wrote: “The average American atheist is a capitalist, not an insane communist dictator.”

    I’d take that as axiomatic. Even in Soviet Russia the average atheist was not a communist dictator. They only had one at a time.

    Please remember you referred to atheists as insane, not me.

    You also wrote: “Also, even if every single atheist in the world was an ax murderer who eats babies for fun, that would not be evidence for the childish idiotic idea that there’s a magic fairy hiding in the clouds, also known as Mr. God.”

    I’d also take that as axiomatic. Out of curiosity, how many ax murdering baby eating atheists are there anyway?


Trolls in Biblical Times

January 3, 2009

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We all know about internet trolls. The Christian Scribbler has an interesting article about similar Trolls in Biblical Times

HT: The Country Shrink