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2 Timothy 2 Published

Friday, August 29th, 2008

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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,
John

The Prince and the Beggars

Thursday, June 6th, 2002

Soon it would be night, and a beggar sat by the fire to warm himself. A fellow beggar joined him.

"The strangest thing happened to me today," the second beggar began. "I was sitting by the gate as I always do. A carriage stopped and the Prince came out to me. I was hoping he would take pity on me and give me a coin. Instead he held out his hand and asked, ‘What will you give to the King?’

"This made me angry. ‘You are the Prince and I am a poor beggar,’ I said. ‘I have been sitting here all day and barely have enough to feed myself. I have nothing to give to the King.’

"Then he said to me, ‘Then I can give you nothing.’ Then he turned and left. I was glad to see him leave."

Just then, a third beggar joined them.

"The strangest thing happened to me today," the third beggar began. "I was sitting by the road as I always do. A carriage stopped and the Prince came out to me. I was hoping he would take pity on me and give me a coin. Instead he held out his hand and asked, ‘What will you give to the King?’

"This made me afraid. ‘You are the Prince and I am a poor beggar,’ I said. ‘I have been sitting here all day and barely have enough to feed myself. However, you are the Prince, so I will give you what I have.’ So I gave him the smallest coin I had. I was surprised when he gave me a small gold coin in return.

"Then he said to me, ‘If you had given more then I would have given more.’ Then he turned and left. I was sad to see him go because I could not offer him the rest of my coins."

They then asked the first beggar, "And what about you?"

"The strangest thing happened to me today," the first beggar began. "I was sitting in the market as I always do. A carriage stopped and the Prince came out to me. I was hoping he would take pity on me and give me a coin. Instead he held out his hand and asked, ‘What will you give to the King?’

"I fell down on my knees. ‘You are the Prince and I am a poor beggar,’ I said. ‘I have been sitting here all day and barely have enough to feed myself. Please take me into your service and I will do whatever you ask of me.’

"Then he said to me, ‘Wait then. I will send the carriage back to take you to the castle. Do not take anything with you because I will provide everything you need.’ Then he turned and left. I have been eagerly waiting ever since."

Just then, the Prince’s carriage stopped in front of the three beggars. The coachman motioned to the first beggar, and he went to the carriage, leaving his few possessions by the fire for the two remaining beggars. From that day on, the first beggar became the doorkeeper for the King. He ate in the King’s court and no one entered the King’s presence without the first beggar’s permission.

"Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it." – Mat 16:25