Psalm 18:30 ESV

This God—his way is perfect;
    the word of the Lord proves true;
    he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

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Massdrop’s CTRL Mechanical Keyboard: Initial impressions on my quest for the perfect keyboard

I ordered the group-buy from Massdrop back in February. It’s now August 30, and it’s finally here—the CTRL Mechanical Keyboard.

My initial impressions: I like it.

But it’s making me mad.

I love the TKL. I should have started with this size back in January when I jumped into this world of mechs.

I love the under-RGB. It’s bright. It’s obnoxious.

I love the RGB backlighting. It’s also bright. It’s also obnoxious.

I love the PBT. The keys feel rough—grippy—and solid.

But the Kailh BOX Whites just aren’t doing it for me. I need to switch them out to BOX Navies like I have on my KBD75. I will say the Whites are a step up from the Blues but without a satisfying THOC sound.

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My real complaints are with the back plate being silver instead of black or space gray as I was led to believe along with pretty much everyone else on Earth with any interest in this mech, and the firmware flashing customization process is horrid. See the above picture regarding the back plate. Enough said as a picture is worth a thousand words.

Because the chip is not DFU, it requires some different firmware loaders than the way I configured the KBD75. Now, the KBD75 was not easy to figure out, but I did figure it out. It’s not QMK’s fault here. It’s Massdrops’. They custom created a “mdloader” but failed to put together clear instructions at all. I’ve tried multiple iterations and guesses but just can’t piece it together enough to flash my updated firmware.

So, in the mean time, I’m stuck with some standard RGB colors that are a bit uninspiring, Command key in the wrong location, and no macros to my liking. But I will endure.

Here’s to hoping I can get the CTRL sorted out this weekend and be full force next week.

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Psalms 17:8-9 ESV

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings,
from the wicked who do me violence,
    my deadly enemies who surround me.

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On Inland Hills’ Pastor suicide and hateful comments from distant onlookers

It’s sad to report on the suicide of Pastor Andrew Stoecklein from Inland Hills.

My condolences to his boys, his wife, and his congregation.

What they need is love. What they don’t need are comments that suicide are the unpardonable sin and he is therefore in hell. Don’t barrage them with hateful, discouraging comments. Don’t do it from afar, and don’t do it near. Period.

You could be wrong. Suicide is not mentioned in the Bible. Not even once. You know the Greek word for suicide? Great! It’s αὐτοκτονία. It’s not in the New Testament. You know the Hebrew word for suicide? Awesome! It’s הִתאַבְּדוֹת. It’s not in the Old Testament either. Don’t be quick to link suicide to the Bible. It’s just not there.

Oh, wait! There’s more!

People often associate the unpardonable sin with suicide. If not unpardonable, then unforgivable; if not unforgivable, then eternal. Read Mark 3:22-30, Matthew 12:22-32, Luke 12:10. It has nothing to do with suicide. It has everything to do with denying the witness of the Spirit and refusing to believe in Jesus.

But wait, there’s still more!

Someone might make the following logical conclusion: suicide is murder; murderers have no place in the kingdom; therefore, anyone who commits suicide cannot go to heaven. Well, dwell on this: King David was a murderer.

Besides, whether the victim is in heaven or not is not our decision. It’s God’s. So, instead of presumptuously speaking on God’s behalf and condemning and spreading hate from a distance, why not come alongside of those who are mourning, drawing near to help comfort them? Jesus said, “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.”

If you are depressed and thinking about suicide, talk to someone. Talk to a friend. Talk to a family member. Talk with a professional. Call a hotline. Talk.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Psalm 16:11 ESV

You make known to me the path of life;
    in your presence there is fullness of joy;
    at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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Psalm 15:5 ESV

… who does not put out his money at interest
    and does not take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.

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Psalms 13:5-6 ESV

But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

 

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