Amateur radio devotionals, page 3

This series of ham radio devotional thoughts was first published in the Transmitter,, a publication of the Nazarene Amateur Radio Fellowship (NARF).

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QTH: Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Mouse-eaten communications link

     I punched in the code to activate my auto-patch. Nothing. It was doubly frustrating since I was trying to demonstrate to a friend all the advantages of amateur radio.
     A couple of days later I found the problem. A mouse had eaten through the telephone line. We had seen that mouse sometime before. However, for one reason or another we hadn't gotten around to setting a trap or putting out poison. The result? A severed communications link.
     That can also happen spiritually. Small problems ignored or pushed aside can cut communications links with our Lord and with fellow Christians. Resolved: the next time I see a small intruder scampering around -- be it a furry mouse or a spiritual problem -- I'm going to take care of it immediately in order to keep my communications links intact.

    -- Howard Culbertson, HH2HC

6

QTH: Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Down with hepatitis

     Word had gotten out that I was out of commission with hepatitis. On the next Nazarene Amateur Radio Fellowship net people were asking how I was, telling me they had been praying for me. This was partly because we were fellow amateur radio operators. But when they said they had been praying for me, they highlighted a stronger bond between us, that of our mutual citizenship in God's Kingdom. The NARF net does not create ties between us. It simply gives expression to bonds that are already there because of the Holy Spirit's work in our lives.
     As I fellowship on the NARF nets I am not making new friends. I am getting better acquainted with brothers and sisters in Christ. "All the brothers here send you greetings . . . The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus" (I Corinthians 16:20, 23-24, NIV).

    -- Howard Culbertson, HH2HC

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QTH: Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Wrong picture!

     The day after I installed an auto-patch I startled a fellow missionary. I used the 2-meter rig in my jeep to call him on his telephone. When he answered, I tried to explain that I was using a radio in my car to call him. He sounded quite puzzled. Later I found out why. He was picturing me talking to him through the speaker of my AM-FM car radio.
     What a communications breakdown! It happens in trying to explain amateur radio. It can also happen when we try to communicate the most important news of all: the Gospel. The images we sometimes elicit in the minds of non-Christians may not always correspond to reality. I pray that my testimony of my faith and of God's workings in my life will become clearer with each passing day.

    -- Howard Culbertson, HH2HC

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