Transformetrics, a hot new Drupal/Ubercart site

Aside from getting messages <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/forum/general_discussion/4425/awesome_ecommerce_... these</a> from a very supportive community, one of the coolest things about working with Drupal and Ubercart is seeing the end result of someone else's job well done. He hasn't been tooting his own horn, but I can't let his work pass by unnoticed. As such, I'll happily advise you to check out the <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/site/4410">latest beauty</a> from JaceRider and give him some <a href="http://www.ubercart.org/forum/live_sites/4411/transformetricscom_launch"... or a pat on the back.

<img src="http://www.bywombats.com/files/transformetrics.jpg" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); padding: 4px;" alt="Transformetrics" />

The site is called <a href="http://www.transformetrics.com">Transformetrics</a> and includes quite a bit of solid content, a sharp looking store/custom catalog (powered by <a href="http://www.ubercart.org">Ubercart</a> but much prettier than anything I could ever come up with), and a nice little SMF integration. This is all packaged up in a very sharp theme with plenty of polish and pizazz. It's quite a testament to the developer's ingenuity and the flexibility of <a href="http://drupal.org">Drupal</a> in making it all possible. So, my hat's off to folks like JaceRider who can take all the pieces floating around drupal.org, add some personal flair, and churn out such incredible sites. :)

The Fear of the Lord

My pastor preached a sermon this morning on the fear of the Lord. More specifically, it was a word from Joshua 24 on ways Joshua endeavors to cultivate the fear of the Lord among the Israelites and how he doesn't shy away from challenging their response. I won't go into much more detail, but his message did remind me to put together a few pieces of the Scriptures I've seen to grow in my understanding of the Lord.

It can be dangerous blogging about a topic like this, read by people from various faiths or understandings of Christianity, without providing a robust definition of what it means to fear God. However, for the sake of this post, I'm going to point out one of the most easily understood definitions I use. Proverbs 8:13 says, "The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil."

That's simple enough... no caveats required. To fear God means to hate what is evil, specifically what God has declared is evil. This includes things ranging from pride and arrogance to immorality, hatred, and murder. When the concept of fearing God becomes a little heady or non-practical, this definition gives it feet. It's immediately applicable... if I want to discern whether I'm living in fear of the LORD (as we're called to do, for example 1 Pt. 1:17), I can look at my life and ask whether or not I'm hating what is evil or partaking in it.

Another boiled down definition I like is one I keep in mind for spiritual maturity. What does it mean to grow as a Christian? In Hebrews 5:14 God says, "But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." From this I see that spiritual maturity involves consistently choosing to do what is good instead of what is evil (see also Rom. 12:9). This results in a conscience that is readily able to discern right from wrong and, putting these two definitions together, grow in fear of the Lord.

So, in summary, we ought to fear the Lord, and if we see in ourselves a deficiency in this, we should devote ourselves through prayer and belief in the gospel to consistently doing what is good instead of what is evil. We should do this in all things, and we should do it through the grace that has been given to us through the cross of Christ.

The Bible teaches that Jesus died a death for us, so those who have faith in him for the forgiveness of their sins no longer have to fear death. Instead, we can fear the Lord and trust that through His salvation we are empowered to choose to do what is good instead of what is evil.

Freeconomics

Just a quick plug for an article I read entitled How Free is "free"? by a fellow Drupaller. Some of the points and ideas she discusses are a passing concern of mine... unfortunately just a passing concern, as I'm generally too busy to boil it all down and decide on a course of action.

The basic premise is that the free services we enjoy and find useful don't require payment in money but do require payment in time, attention, and personal information (advertisements!). I won't say we shouldn't use these services, but I will say we should view our time and personal information as actual resources that should be managed at least as closely as we manage our bank accounts.

Give the article a read and let me know if you have any thoughts. Smile

Faith Without Works

James 2:15-16, "If a brother or sister is without clothes and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,' but you don't give them what the body needs, what good is it?" James is making the point that faith without works is dead by showing how good intentions aren't enough to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Our desires must be backed up by actions if we ever want to convince anyone that we really do desire these things. Similarly, the mere recitation of a creed or doctrinal belief won't be enough to prove that you really believe it... at least not to God. Saving faith invariably produces change and motivates obedience in a Christian.

And so I speak to husbands, because I am one. Smile "If your wife is tired or stressed from the pressures of work, keeping the home, or life in general, and one of you says to them, 'Just relax, babe. Remember, what matters is your attitude and not a day's agenda,' but you don't do your part to pitch in and take care of some of the things weighing on her mind, what good is it?"

Can you convince someone by your actions that you want your wife to have rest and be free from anxiety? Can I? Surely we can do better with the command as our guide: "Husbands, love your wives, just as also Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, to make her holy..." Jesus' good intentions were backed up by the ultimate self-sacrifice, and He is the standard of love we should always strive for as we serve our lovely wives.

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