27 July 2012

15 December 2011


To be quite honest. I'm posting this so that I can remember it. But if you find it beneficial - that's great too. :) If you attend Grace then you probably heard the message.

This past Sunday we had a visiting pastor, Dr. James G. Samra. He spoke about the Scriptures.
How they are:
God breathed

You can find the sermon here if you want to watch or read it.

It was very refreshing as I often forget and become complacent with my life and take His Word for granted. I don't spend enough time reading my bible as I should. During the sermon he showed a video portraying the Kimyal tribe and their reaction to finally getting the New Testament. They were so joyful and thankful.

Pastor Samra shared in his sermon about a theologian Karl Barth and how he was asked "You have a lot of stuff you have written. You are an expert in all of these things. Could you boil it all down for us? If you were going to tell us what is the essence of the Christian message in just one sentence, all this stuff you have written, what is it all about? So this very, very bright man thought for a moment and said: It is easy. This is what I would say. Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so."

He loves me. He loves you too.
Merry Christmas!

20 November 2011

First Semester at ACC

Well my first semester at ACC is coming to an end. It has been a weird one. From the get go I jumped in over my head into Pre-Calculus without having a math class in over 15 years (really..that long?). That professor was bad news from the get go. His withdrawl rate on Myedu.com was over 60%. Only gives about 10% of his remaining students A's so he is rather difficult to take.

The Into to C++ class has been fairly easy up to this point, but last week I waited until the last minute to get the homework and lab done and was up to 2am on Friday and had a 4 hour class at 8:30am on Saturday. It's been a long time since I done a late night of homework.

So far the plan is this (all plans subject to change of course), continue to take classes at ACC until I can get my associates degree in computer programming (13 classes, 7 of which count towards the computer science certificate at Texas State), then complete the remaining requirements (9 classes) at Texas State for the Computer Science Certificate (to qualify to grad school), then if I still have any drive, motivation, time,  or money left I'll try to take the 12 remaining classes for a Master's Degree in Computer Science. For now I am hoping just to learn new things and hopefully help me in my current career at work.

Next semester I am supposed to take Intro to Computing, but I am really surprised my previous class at Tech didn't qualify for this. I have the opportunity to test out of this class in a few weeks. I really hope I can do it. I purchased the book and have read the first 5 chapters so far and it is really easy, but I know things can be made to be more difficult than what it actually is.

I am also supposed to take C++ programming and Fundamentals of Networking. If cannot test out of Intro to Computing I will have to drop the Networking class. I think that 9 hours is a bit much while working full time. I was kicking it around, but I think I really shouldn't do it.

The other non-shocker was my out of district tuition. We knew that would happen, but neither of us knew it would be as much as it was. It quadrupled the price of tuition. That is really sad. I am thinking of starting the Pflugerville to join ACC Fan page on Facebook.  9 hours in district is $575. 9 hours out of district is $2100. All I can say is ouch!

Weekly verse

John 15:16-17 New International Version (NIV)

16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.