Read Daniel 5: 1-6, 17-27 to start.
A week and a
half ago I spoke at Awana. There’s only I believe at most two people here this
morning who were there that night, so for them this might sound a little bit
familiar. The topic that evening was straight lines. I asked a few of the kids
to come up and draw a straight line on the whiteboard, in order to demonstrate
that without a guideline, it is almost impossible to do so. The lesson proved a
few things, yes, it’s not easy to draw a straight line freehand, none of them
could do it. And I also discovered that kids will go really slowly when they
are trying to draw this straight line, like really slowly, I think an ant
moving along the whiteboard would be quicker. If you’re wondering, going slowly
didn’t help much at all.
figure out a way to do a pretty good job, though. He drew his line at the very
bottom of the board, and thereby used the frame itself as a guide. That worked
better, at least until he reached the point where the marker and brush holder
caused his line to bump up.
Continue reading Measuring Up
Read Exodus 32:1-8 to start.
I’d like to
start this morning with a question. Actually, there are two questions, one
leads to the other. The first one is who here still eats toast? Between those
who are on low carb, keto, or gluten free diets, probably lots of people don’t
eat toast much anymore. I don’t eat toast all that often, it’s not my breakfast
go-to, but my wife and a couple of my kids opt for toast fairly often. If you
eat toast, or for that matter if you eat popcorn, or corn on the cob, or baked
potatoes, or steamed carrots, odds are pretty good that you use butter on at
least some of those foods. Maybe all of those foods. Maybe you use a little
butter, maybe you use a lot.
Continue reading Substitutes, Poor and Otherwise
This morning I’d like to talk about binary states. No, we are not going to have a lesson in technology, although you would be entirely within reason to think that. Computers use binary code in order to store information. That’s how computer storage works, it’s all ones and zeroes. Every piece of data on your computer, on your phone, on the entire internet, in fact, it is all stored as ones and zeroes. A bit is a one or a zero, and from that single piece of information, from millions and billions of ones and zeros, we store information.
But that’s not what I want to talk about. A binary state is something that is an either/or condition. Ones are zeroes are hardly the only examples. Look at the lights above you. Those are all LED bulbs, they are either on or off. These bulbs don’t dim, but even if they did, they are still on or off, because on-but-dim is still one. The windows on either wall, those are either open or closed. They’re closed right now, but if it was summer the windows would probably be open. A window might be open a little or a lot, but it’s still either open or closed.
Continue reading Binary States