Thursday, August 12, 2010

More Very Hard Won Truisms

Even the best of employers have their struggles: Heaven had a third of their employees walk out.

For every finger you point at someone, three are pointing back at you.

"Judge not, lest you will be judged" wasn't meant to be a license to sin.

Holiness is in the eye of the accuser.

God blessed us with the ability to choose and made it easy to choose wisely.

There are no bad seats at the Judgement Seat of Christ. There isn't a good row at the Great White Throne of Judgement.

Devil means slanderer and Satan means adversary, neither name I want in my corner.

Necessary pain is more than enough, so why volunteer for more?

Life is a trip better made with your excess baggage left behind. I prefer a carry-on myself.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Very Hard Won Truisms

Humility is the best form of servitude.

The best possible product of an argument is understanding.

If you cannot meet in the middle of an argument, it is best to step to the side.

Human ambition should never exceed human ability.

Godliness is next to godliness.

Think of the Bible as a life preserver, not as a billy club.

The best act of love is to tell the truth.

The best way to prevent an argument is to ask before you put your foot in your mouth.

Getting into an argument is like getting stuck in a fence, easier to get in than to get out of it.

It doesn't take talent to be mean to others.

Berries aren't the only things that get in a jam.

I once complained about my shoes, until I met a man with no legs.

I once complained about my job, until I had none.

Those who don't take risks don't drink champagne, I prefer a nice cold glass of water after I take mine.

The best blessings are the simplest.

Jesus is the perfect judge, so judge by His standard. Maranatha!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Bible Mythbusters: Truly the Light is Sweet...

There are some things which are so basic that even a child could understand and interpret them correctly. However, there are those with a darker nature who wish to try and discredit the Bible for being antiquated, out of touch with today, or just plain incorrect. I agree the Bible is old, but not antiquated because our nature to sin and our need to accept and serve Jesus has not changed over the millenia. On this premise, the Bible is very much in touch with reality today and as Hal Lindsey once said "the Bible is more accurate than tomorrow's newspaper."

The verse I'm going to interpret today is Ecclesiastes 11:7 "Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun."

This verse looks innocuous enough, but those who wish the Word harm say it is stupid to look into the sun because you could go blind.

Does this mean that Dido Armstrong is wrong for her lyrics "See the sun" or any other contemporary writer? What "seeing the sun" is is called vernacular. It is one of the basics of the English language and it means using another word or meaning for something else. Seeing the sun is simply seeing another day. This is what Dido wrote about in her song and it's what King Solomon also indicated in Ecclesiastes 11:7. The Lord is not mocked, his word is perfect and will not return void. Rejoice in the validity of the Bible, it is 100% correct. Maranatha!

Converting Your Kenmore Range to Propane

WARNING! UPDATE! The information on this was accurate to the best of my knowledge in 2010, in 2014 significant changes have happened with Kenmore appliances including their ranges. They're no longer made by only Whirlpool, but are also made by Frigidaire, LG, General Electric and other manufacturers. This article is for information purposes only. Consult the Sears page concerning these ranges or call a qualified technician. Appliances in general have undergone significant changes due to regulations, imports and materials cost. Most problems with an appliance require a trained technician to work on them. This info is outdated!

ANOTHER UPDATE!!! A good resource for do it yourself people is to look up these parts on and type in your model number. You'll get an exploded view of your appliance and be able to find the correct parts. I can't tell you enough to be careful with the gas. You can burn a lot more than your supper if you aren't careful. When in doubt, call a pro and stick with the local firms. Shop around for a good rate and ask your friends and neighbors. You'll be glad you did.

If you do choose to do this yourself, you need to do some research on your appliance especially if you don't do this everyday. It can be done, but manufacturers change features a lot more readily than they did 20 or 30 years ago. Some of these changes are significant. So much more important to read about YOUR APPLIANCE.

As a service technician (and handyman), I see a few things that are out of the ordinary. Along with fixing heating and cooling equipment, I've worked on dryers, washers and the occasional gas range. Tomorrow, I get to gas pipe a generator, so that one will be fun and if worthy of being written about I'll get to it. This isn't a step-by-step tutorial on how to convert a gas range to burn propane, but to illustrate something that even a few home service professionals aren't aware of. If you choose to use this info, remember that propane, or LP gas is extremely dangerous. It's heavier than air and will explode when concentrated enough and an ignition source is present. Injury, death and/or property damage could result. When in doubt, call a professional or technical support. As an added bonus Sears will not warrant installation damage because they have no control over your work. I don't either. Use this info at your own risk. Call backs are a pain in the rumpus especially when they interrupt one's anniversary night. Friday was the night and a range that I installed and converted for a long time client of mine brought to light the importance of clear and complete instructions. The week prior, I had installed a Kenmore range and converted it to use propane. It involved changing orifices on the cook top and turning the pin on the regulator around. Because propane is heavier than natural gas, the orifices are smaller and the spring pressure on the regulator is different. Leaving natural gas settings in place and using propane will cause the appliance to over fire. This can be unsettling at best and dangerous at worst. Of course using natural gas on a propane set appliance will cause it to under fire , which is annoying. When my client called because her oven had flames a foot over the burner, it was unsettling, and perplexing. After all, I flipped the pin on the regulator, swapped out the orifices for the cook top, etc. I did everything the instructions said to do. This should have been the end of it and my client could be cooking her garlic paste in her brand-new oven. I want to say that my family has used Kenmore products for nearly 40 years and we will continue to do so. I will say that they need to more complete and clear on their instructions with something as potentially dangerous as a gas range. The instructions for setting the burners on the oven AND broiler were supposed to be in a leaflet in the use and care guide. Because this range was a display model, this leaflet was probably gone with the wind. The result was there was no instructions for converting the oven, only the cook top and regulator. Neither I nor the homeowners checked the oven the first time (my bad). This doesn't excuse Sears from their directions, which seem to be in a foreign language with parts missing, but it does bear mention to check everything. Well, here is the "trick" to converting the oven AND broiler, without emailing Sears or trying to call Frigidaire. Remove the door to the oven (read the instructions) and the floor to the oven(there are two screws). Pull out the drawer and set this stuff away from the work area. You'll need a 1/2 inch wrench and a pair of gripping pliers for this. There is a spud (nozzle) that feeds gas to the burner and this is adjustable. It lives under the oven. Tighten this down all the way, at least 2 1/2 to 3 turns with a 1/2 open end or flare nut wrench (do not use a crescent wrench or you'll round off the brass spud). The same story goes for the spud feeding the broiler, but use the gripping pliers (or groove joint pliers) to hold the stationary part of the nozzle steady while you tighten the spud. As per the directions, the oven burner flames need to be about 1 inch high and the broiler flames shouldn't exceed the burner shield. Put the floor, drawer and door back on in that order and turn the oven on for a half hour to burn off the cosmoline. As long as you do everything right, you can roast garlic to your heart's content. Don't forget to invite me for some yummy garlic bread. Maranatha!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Thy Will Be Done, or How to Pray.

Today, while I was on the way to my service call to fix a leak in a hothouse (greenhouse) listening to the radio, it occurred to me the reason and practice of prayer. This is something Jesus said most succinctly in Matthew 6:9-13. "After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

Today, popular culture defines prayer as asking the Lord for a favor as if He owed us anything. While He can and does bless us abundantly, this is NOT the focus of prayer. Christians have a responsibility to reach the lost and spread God's word, not to ask for intervention in the lottery or in manipulating someone else to do something in your favor. It's also not to further the "name it and claim it" or "prosperity" gospel. I've said this and will until Kingdom come: the Lord is NOT your genie.

The Lord's Prayer is probably one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible, save for those concerning the rapture. It seems like some neatly packaged script that anyone can memorize and use ceremoniously in a funeral or church service. I've been to a church were "canned" prayer is part of tradition, but worshipping the Lord involves more than tradition. Of course the prayer is Biblical, but the meaning is the most important. We all have relationships with others and we treat each person in a different fashion and respect. Obviously, with the Creator of the universe as well as someone whose Word is all powerful, the respect is or should be the utmost. Because I'm a Christian, (and I pray you are too) there is the relationship factor as well.

We wouldn't approach every friend with the same words and sentences every time we talk to him or her, why do that with our Father in Heaven? It is the meaning, not the "canned" prayer, that we must adhere to. We're supposed to love Him and loving Him means to speak from our being. God keeps the pies in the bottom shelf of the refrigerator, and I'll simplify this as well.

Our Father, which art in heaven = self explanatory.

Hallowed be thy name = His name is above all other names. (See my post about blasphemy)

Thy kingdom come = we look forward to his kingdom on earth and earn a crown of righteousness in the process.

Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven = pray for God's will to be done, since his is perfect and yours (and mine) isn't.

Give us this day our daily bread = acknowledging the Lord provides for our needs.

Forgive us our debts (or trespasses) as we forgive our debtors (those who trespass against us). Obviously, if we expect the Lord to forgive us, we need to forgive everyone else.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. = Avoid any appearance of evil; put on the armor of God.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. = We're His creation, so He makes the rules, has the power and deserves the glory. We bless this with an 'Amen.'

As we can see, the Lord is all about us and when we pray it needs to be all about Him. Praying for others' salvation or giving you the strength and resolve to do His will are examples of His will being done. Praying to win the lottery isn't. His name is above all other names. We need to be willing to forgive if we expect the Lord to forgive us. We need to look forward to His kingdom and submit our will to His. This is a prayer, but it's also a code of conduct when we pray. Blessings in Christ Jesus.