The kinds of things that we put into our minds are important. What we read and hear and see influence our thoughts. It influences how we see the world, and how we react to it. Paul listed the kinds of things that we should be thinking about in his letter to [...]
Fri, May 18, 2018
Source Power, Love and Self-Control
Self-control is something I have written about many times before. In fact, I have a post category for that with 11 other posts in it already! But since it is the last of the fruit of the Spirit, lets look at it anew. The Greek word used here is ἐγκράτεια (egkrateia), [...]
Thu, May 10, 2018
Source Power, Love and Self-Control
I will confess that when I started searching for gentleness in the Bible today, I did not have any expectation of what I would find. With many of the other fruit I can immediately come up with a scripture containing the word. Love? John 3:16. Peace? John 14:27. And gentleness? [...]
Thu, May 03, 2018
Source Power, Love and Self-Control
Matthew 17:20b (WEBBE): For most certainly I tell you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will tell this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
One day, a man came to Jesus begging Him to help his son that was possessed by a demon. The man had brought his son to Jesus’ disciples, but they couldn’t help him. Jesus cast out the demon and the son was free from that hour. Later on, Jesus’ disciples [...]
Sat, Apr 21, 2018
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Goodness looks at first glance like one of the most obvious ones in the list of fruit of the Spirit. It is obvious that Christians should be good, right? So lets look at the original Greek word according to Thayer’s Greek Definitions:ἀγαθωσύνη (agathōsunē): 1) uprightness of heart and life, goodness, [...]
Fri, Apr 13, 2018
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The Chicago Air and Water Show was the main reason why we were in Chicago, specifically that week in August 2017. When we were planning our trip to the USA, I read online that the Blue Angels would be there. I had only ever seen them on television, and I [...]
Thu, Jan 11, 2018
Source Illumination
Six years ago when we visited Amsterdam, one of the highlights of our trip was eating poffertjes. Poffertjes are Dutch Pancakes, baked using a special cast iron pan. Typically they are served with powdered sugar and butter. But anything sweet will go well with them, including fruit and cream and [...]
Thu, Oct 27, 2016
Source Illumination
Connection Properties
I have only ever used Apache Derby (or Java DB as the version distributed with the JDK is called) in its embedded mode. But then a friend recently told me that he is running it not only in client/server mode but also as a Windows service! This post is about [...]
Thu, Sep 15, 2016
Source NetBeans Ruminations
I have travelled to many places around the world. I have had some wonderful meals – fantastic curry dishes in India, amazing pasta in Italy, and great tapas in Spain. It is very much a part of the experience of travelling to eat the local food! It does require finding out [...]
Thu, Aug 25, 2016
Source Illumination
Window with basic menu
The Swing-based window system in the NetBeans Platform has the concept of a window that is loaded at runtime. These windows derive from the class TopComponent and are registered using annotations, and are created using a handy wizard in the NetBeans IDE. Today I am going to show you how [...]
Tue, Aug 09, 2016
Source NetBeans Ruminations
Simple application to transform
I was asked some very good questions in response my post about the JavaFX makeover for the NetBeans Platform! Questions with long and interesting answers, questions that sparked more questions in my mind. So here is the first post in response to those questions. Is it possible to reuse normal [...]
Tue, Jul 26, 2016
Source NetBeans Ruminations
Creating the Sample CRUD Application
I was honoured to present last weekend at the Java 9 and Women in Tech Unconference in Sandton, South Africa. The topic of the presentation was a JavaFX makeover for the NetBeans Platform – get the slides here. Today I want to share the details of the process of transforming the [...]
Fri, Jun 10, 2016
Source NetBeans Ruminations
CRUD Application
I recently decided to use the Sample CRUD Application that is available in the NetBeans IDE as the basis for a demonstration that I did at a conference. (More about that in a future post.) It is a very useful sample that illustrates how to get up and running with [...]
Fri, Jun 10, 2016
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Sat, Aug 16, 2014
Source Dominique Blog
Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) at the Kennedy Space Center
As far back as I can remember, I have been facinated by everything about space. I have a whole shelf full of astronomy books, some of which I have had since primary school. And to this very day, my dream job is being an astronaut! So it was just natural [...]
Fri, Aug 01, 2014
Source Illumination
Grand Palace
Thailand is a country with a wonderful culture and stunning beaches. And it is a remarkably affordable destination. Small wonder that many South Africans choose to visit Thailand. Two groups of friends recently independently asked me what is worthwhile seeing while you are there, so I decided to share what [...]
Wed, Jun 11, 2014
Source Illumination
René reports heavy snow in Leverett. It looks like Shadow is enjoying it though. [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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