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2 Timothy 2 Published

Friday, August 29th, 2008


2 Timothy 2 has finally been published!

I have spent the last two days updating the program that converts the export from my Bible software into web pages. I wrote the program in Visual Basic 6 years ago, and have made improvements almost every time I have published a new chapter. This time required a lot more work because I had redesigned the web site in the interim, and I needed to incorporate those changes into the software.

I had run the conversion program from my laptop in the past, but my new laptop has Vista on it, which is incompatible with VB6. I installed Visual Basic 2008 on Vista, but when I converted the program, there were a lot of errors resulting from many fundamental incompatibilities between VB6 and VB2008. Oh well. I doubt I will want to take the time to reprogram this for an upgrade. For now, I have Windows XP on my desktop, and will run the conversions from there.

I look forward to working on the next chapter: 2 Timothy 3!

Enjoy, and God bless,

Re: Marijuana and Alcohol Questions

Sunday, September 5th, 2004

Question from an anonymous e-mail:

I was just wondering.. what does the Lord think of people who use Marijuana? Does he shun it? What about alcohol?

My reply:


Thanks for writing me. I hope to help you with your questions.

The Bible does speak about alcohol use. People in the Bible, including Jesus, drank alcoholic beverages. Wine was a very common drink both at celebrations and in everyday life – especially when potable water was unavailable. Jesus turned water into a fine wine at a wedding celebration at the beginning of His ministry and shared wine with His disciples at the Last Supper. So God does not shun people for drinking alcohol. What He prohibits is becoming inebriated. God made us to be reasonable and intelligent beings, but when we are intoxicated, our judgment becomes impaired, our inhibitions to do bad things is lowered, and we are more likely to harm others and ourselves. In the United States, many churches take a strong stand against alcohol because in our culture drinking is practically equated with getting drunk. This is generally reinforced by the apostle Paul’s admonition not to do something that might hinder others from seeking God. In short, consuming alcohol is fine before God as long as one does not become impaired. Under some circumstances, however, it is wise to refrain from drinking altogether if it will help someone else.

Marijuana and other drugs are not explicitly dealt with in the Bible, but it is reasonable to apply the same reasoning process to it. If a substance is going to impair your thinking abilities, then do not do it. There is another aspect of this issue, though. Marijuana and several other drugs are generally illegal to own or use. Christians are expected to follow the laws of the land, and should not participate in illegal activities of any sort, including drug abuse.

However, the overarching principle of salvation has little to do with alcohol and drug use. There are many people who have not consumed either of these substances, but that does not mean that they will go to heaven. There are also people who have abused both, but will be with God forever. This is because we do not earn heaven by our behavior. Heaven is a gift we receive from God when we trust in Jesus Christ. He died on the cross for all our sins, whether they include substance abuse, sexual misconduct, robbery, or any number of other things. When a person admits he has sinned (that is, he has done things that God does not approve of) and asks Jesus to forgive him, the guilt and eternal consequences of our sins are taken away. God then begins to live inside the believer in the form of the Holy Spirit. The Spirit works with our conscious to improve our behavior and overcome our addictions. Our focus turns away from pleasing ourselves all the time and toward pleasing God and loving people. No one will ever be perfect in this life, but Jesus already paid the penalty for the believer’s sins. The believer establishes an ongoing and growing relationship with God through Bible study, prayer, and fellowship with other believers.

I am not sure what your particular situation is, but if you would like to know more about becoming a Christian (I am assuming from your note that you are not – please pardon me if I am mistaken) there are probably many local resources for you to look into. If you want to talk with a minister, you could call a local church and make an appointment (I am partial to the Baptist denomination). If you are in high school or college, there are probably some Christian groups on campus in which you could find someone to talk with. Of course, you can ask me more questions, but I feel that personal contact is more effective. Also, remember that people you might talk to are going to be imperfect. Some may try to pressure you or "scare" you into accepting Jesus. If that is the case, see if you can find someone else who will be able to reason with you and love you where you are. I hope that you will know that God loves you very much and wants you to be with Him forever.

Take care, and God bless,


P.S. I do have Bible verses that relate to these things, but I did not want to confuse you with references to it if you are not familiar with it. I can provide them for you if you like.


Prov 20:1; Prov 21:17; Prov 23:20-21; Prov 23:29-35; Prov 31:4-7; Isa 5:11-12; Isa 5:22; Isa 28:7-8; Hos 4:11; Luke 21:34; Rom 13:13; Gal 5:19-21; Eph 5:18; 1 Thess 5:6-7; John 2:1-11; Luke 22:17-20; Rom 13:1; 1 Cor 8

Important Things

Thursday, June 6th, 2002

The most important time:


The most important person:

The one you’re with

The most important thing to do:


Rules of E-mail

Thursday, June 6th, 2002

I have these taped to my monitor at work. These were helpful when I was doing computer support.

  1. Does your e-mail indicate that you really care about the person and solving their problem?
  2. Have you researched the problem? Have you checked the available resources before bothering other people or implying that others might be at fault — which you should not do anyway?
  3. Do you have permission from the proper authorities to do what you have promised?
  4. Does everyone need to be CC:ed? Has anyone been left off that should be included?
  5. Can anything you have said be misconstrued as an insult? If you are

    feeling hostile, have you prayed about this? Perhaps you had better send it later. Do not say anything about anyone that you would not say to their face.

  6. Check your pride in at the door. There is no need to build yourself up — just do a good job. If you need to apologize, then do it. Even if you don’t think so, pretend that the person knows what they are saying. Perhaps they do!
  7. Remember that God is watching. Is what you are doing pleasing to Him? Is what you are doing helping others to see that God is good?

A Promise to Reflect

Thursday, June 6th, 2002

I promise to take time each day to think about my thoughts and actions and judge them
in the light of God’s Word. If I have done something right I will attempt to keep doing it
and give thanks to God. If more info

I have done something wrong, I will ask for forgiveness, make
restitution, and take steps to prevent future errors I will seek God’s help in these
matters through His speaking to my spirit, through His Word, and through the counsel of
godly people.