Amateur radio devotionals, page 5

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


My visibility

     Our third furlough as Nazarene missionaries has begun. As we began traveling in deputation across the country, I have been reminded of the visibility which amateur radio gives to a person. I've seen those tell-tale antennas sprouting in yards all across America. Whenever I do see an amateur antenna, I immediately sense a certain comradeship with the occupants of that particular house. We share the same hobby. And I often wonder if I've talked with that "ham" or if I'll have the opportunity in the near future.
     What about my commitment to Christ? Is it as visible as my amateur radio hobby? Is the Lordship of Jesus Christ clearly evident in my speech and actions? I hope that the fact of my being a Christian is even more obvious to those around me than is my interest in amateur radio!

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL


Global support net

     A few months ago deputation travel took me to California. While there, I spent a Sunday evening in Oakdale with Art More, KE6TU. Art's father was spending a few days with him. Although not a licensed operator, Mr. Moore enjoys monitoring the amateur bands. He said that he had discovered globe-spanning networks of ham operators. During visits to Art's "shack" he had listened to amateurs from 90 different countries.
     We believers form another network the Church of Jesus Christ. That came home to me recently. I heard that someone I haven't seen in years often prays for Barbara and me by name in a men's prayer breakfast. I believe his prayers make a difference in our lives and ministries. Like ham operators, the church forms a global support net. I'm glad I'm a part of that net!

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL


Grounded properly

     My car mobile unit was working erratically. I had "jerry-rigged" the power connection at the fuse block. I figured that was my problem. So the other day I re-routed the power wire through the firewall, properly connecting it directly to the battery.
     Then I flipped the "on" switch. Nothing. I checked the in-line fuse. It was good. Oh, no. Had something gone wrong inside the radio?
     After sitting and staring at it for awhile, I decided to re-check the ground. It was faulty. My trouble had not been with the power connection after all. I thought of the King James Version translation of Ephesians 3:17 where Paul urges us to be "grounded in love."
     It reminded me that having good connections to all kinds of spiritual high voltage is not enough. We must be grounded as well.

    -- Howard Culbertson, N0FOL

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