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Samsung 'Galaxy Glass' Patent Filing Shows Augmented Reality Keyboard That Gets Projected Onto Your Fingers -
Just because a company files a patent for something, it doesn’t mean that idea will eventually see the light of day. In this case, the patent filing in question doesn’t just concern an unannounced but rumored product, it deals with a particular aspect. As it turns out, Samsung may one day want us to walk around interacting with our not-yet-confirmed-but-totally-expected Galaxy Glasses while typing on our palms.
The glasses presumably use a camera to project an augmented reality keyboard onto your fingers.
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The Church That Is The “Right” Fit, Might Not Seem Like A “Good” Fit -
Doctrine is important, many agree, but amenities (particularly social ones) can be the biggest draw. You’d be astounded how many folks knowingly disagree with their church’s doctrines, yet stay on, because of the music, the fellowship, the programs etc. People willingly subjugate truth to other things, because the other things convince them that the church… Continue Reading via The Aquila Report
The 3 Tenses of the Gospel -
We never get past the gospel. What saved us in the past, when we were still in our sins—fallen sons of Adam by nature—was the grace of God in the gospel. Nowhere is that put more succinctly than in Ephesians: “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Eph. 2:8–9).
But the New Testament can also speak about our salvation in the present tense—we are “being saved” (1 Cor. 1:18; 2 Cor. 2:15)—as well as in the future tense—we “shall … be saved” (Rom. 5:9).
There is only one salvation and one way of salvation. What occurred in our past, works itself out in the present, and comes to consummation in the future is all of a piece. Justification now leads to glorification then (Rom. 8:29–30).
We never get past the gospel.
True, some talk unadvisedly about being “saved again,” as though salvation could be lost one day and regained the next. In truth, some who speak this way were never saved in the first place. They had made a decision, but it was just that—a human decision and not a sovereign, life-renewing work of the Holy Spirit “from above” (cf. John 3:3, 5). Others who speak this way may have been converted but never acquired the fullness of assurance that should accompany it; when they did, it felt like a new birth all over again.
Why, then, does the New Testament speak of salvation in three tenses? The answer lies in considering what happens in salvation. Initially, at the point of regeneration, our sins are forgiven— entirely and completely. We have been delivered from sin’s penalty. Through faith, we are reckoned to be righteous—as righteous as Christ is. Then, there is sanctification—a process whereby we are being delivered from sin’s power. Ultimately, in heaven, we will be delivered from sin’s presence. John Stott has argued that when Paul reasoned with Governor Felix about “righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment” (Acts 24:25), he was pointing out the three tenses of salvation.
The moment we drift away from the gospel, we perish.
At every stage—justification, sanctification, glorification— we come with empty hands, seeking mercy from our heavenly Father. Even at the point of our obedience as Christians—we are to “work out [our] salvation with fear and trembling” (Phil. 2:12)—we do so only because God works “in [us], both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (v. 13). And when we enter the Pearly Gates of heaven, wisdom will dictate that we show our empty hands and say with Edward Mote:
On Christ the solid Rock I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
The moment we drift away from the gospel, we perish. But if we remain on the narrow gospel way, it brings us all the way home.
This excerpt is adapted from Derek Thomas’ How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home. Download the digital edition free through March 31, 2014.
3 Tips for Responding to Criticism -
Criticism is inevitable. At certain times we will all face another person’s analysis or rebuke of our behavior. The best kind of criticism comes from friends, from those who know us and love us best. “Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy” (Proverbs 27:5-6). In his little book True Friendship, Vaughan Roberts offers three tips for responding to criticism, and especially this kind of criticism—the kind that comes in the context of friendship, of iron sharpening iron.
We should expect criticism. We should expect criticism because we are sinful, so far from the holiness God requires and so far from the holiness we desire. If anything we ought to be surprised that we receive so little criticism. We should also expect criticism because friendships—especially close friendships—invite it. Criticism may arise from a negative spirit, but it can also arise from love. Our best friends must have an open invitation to offer criticism of our lives. Is there no one in your life who offers you critical feedback? Then it may be that you have chased off your friends by responding poorly and pridefully in the past. Expect to be criticized from time to time, and give your friends an open invitation to do so.
When we receive criticism, and especially when that criticism stings or seems outrageous, we need to examine it to see if it is true. It may be that our friends have a faulty perspective, but it may be that they have a better perspective that we do. George Orwell was right when he said, “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” Humility admits that others may see what we cannot or will not see ourselves. Roberts says, “We should resist the instinctive temptation to defend ourselves or attack the critic, but rather consider whether there is truth in what is being said.” Prayerfully examine that criticism to see if it is true and fair.
There will be times the criticism will be painful but true. In such times, we will need to endure that criticism as we respond to it by making changes to our lives. There are times the criticism will sting because we come to believe the criticism is unfair. In either case, we need to keep ourselves from responding in kind or lashing out at the one who criticized us. We must resist the temptation to gossip about that person or to sever the friendship. Far better, we must endure criticism just as Christ Jesus patiently endured all the criticism that was heaped upon him. As always, as ever, he is our model.
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Staring at a Screen Won't Permanently Damage Your Eyes -
Remember when your mom said that you’d damage your eyes if you sat too close to the TV? Well, that’s not entirely true. D News debunks a few vision myths that have persisted over the years.
10 Reasons to Choose Paper Books Over eBooks [Infographic] -
Maybe it is the classic wrestling match between old technology versus new technology. Maybe it is the stereotypical old guy shouting from his front porch, “Get off my lawn!” But maybe, just maybe, choosing a paper book is better than an ebook? Let’s look closer: [Click for Larger] I like paper books. I get it, […]
Baby eating breakfast while on a toy phone becomes the internet’s favorite CEO [13 pics] -
A couple weeks ago, a dad posted a cute picture to Facebook of his son eating breakfast while also having a conversation on his red, plastic phone. Not that unusual…except that he captioned it, “Look, tell Clyde he’s a dumbass…and then fire him.” A friend of the dad’s posted the pic and caption to Reddit. […] via 22 Words
Stupid things people say to adopted kids and their parents [11 pictures] -
After adopting two girls from China, Kim Kelley-Wagner found herself frequently having to explain people’s hurtful comments to her daughters. In an effort to show people how incredibly ridiculous and painful their words were, she took a series of photographs with her daughters holding a whiteboard showing the insensitive questions and comments they’ve received… (via Neatorama) You […] via 22 Words
Snake fights crocodile in 5-hour battle to the death…then eats it [5 pics] -
Residents near Mount Isa in Queensland, Australia, frequently visit nearby Lake Moondarra for a leisurely day in the sun. A quiet morning at the lake turned into an unforgettable experience on Sunday when a fight broke out between a 10-foot snake (presumably a python) and a crocodile in the water. Tiffany Corlis was one of […] via 22 Words
Retro Nintendo on iOS: The Morality of Video Game Piracy -
In case your new to the Internet, Nintendo, iOS and all things cool, I’m going to share with you one of the greatest tragedies of iOS gaming: Nintendo continues to refuse to port old (read “classic”) NES and GB/GBA games over to iOS. This has been a personal frustration for years! My first video game […]
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The 2nd Commandment and the ‘Son of God’ Movie -
It is wise for spiritual discernment and heart-searching to be put to use in order to avoid being led into breaking the second commandment. The more lifelike the depiction of Jesus, the more likely it is that images could become impressed on our minds during worship, which could result in violating God’s command by replacing… Continue Reading via The Aquila Report