Monthly Archives: February 2007

Ted Armstrong

I’ve lost a cousin and a dear friend.

Please see the entries of Feb 18th, Feb 22nd, and Feb 24th at the Orrell Family Association blog.

Ted Armstrong

I’ve lost a cousin and a dear friend.

Please see the entries of Feb 18th, Feb 22nd, and Feb 24th at the Orrell Family Association blog.

E-mails Of Concerns

Over the past several days I have received several emails from friends and frequent visitors of this blog asking if I was OK.

Many people visit this blog on a regular basis to see what I was writting about, especially in the area of political and social events.

To give you an idea, one month last year I had over 1.2 million hits to this website.

I’m sure many people are disappointed to see that my usual style of hard hitting attacks against liberals has vanished from this site. Many are disappointed that I am no longer posting my ‘doctored up’ photos of liberals.

I want to assure everyone that I am fine. I have just made a decision to leave the political and social entries and writing to someone else.

My ‘free’ time has certainly shrunk over the last few months; replaced by more interaction with family.

My political and social views have not changed; I’m just not going to spend what little free time I have engaged in that activity any longer.

The little free time that I have will be spent on genealogy and bible study. I can’t continue to do that along with keeping up the previous type blog. There’s no time for writing the pieces I used to write. There’s no time to come up with the ideas and entries that I used to do.

While the previous blogging style drew a few laughs, a few hate emails, and tons of supportive emails; my previous writtings were quickly forgotten after a few days.

However, my bible study will help me forever; my genealogy research and writtings will be around for centuries and will help others interest in those family lines which I have researched.

In the long run, the bible study and genealogy research are positive activities; I really can’t say the same thing of my old style of writing.

Since I have less free time then before, I’m only going to concentrate on a very few areas.

I’m fine. I’m thinking much more clearly than I have over the last several months.

Over the next several weeks you will notice this blog change from a strictly bible and bible study blog to a more general type of blog. Bible and religion will be a category on this blog; but not the entire focus.

I’ll continue to make postings of a personal and family nature along with other type entries. From time to time I might even comment on political and social events; however, unlike the previous blog it will not be the sole purpose of the blog.

I’m doing well. I spent much of yesterday working on this blog to get it the way I wanted it. I also was able to get quite a bit of genealogy research done. It was a good day which ended in a very nice bull and oyster roast.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday – a meaningless day to me. It’s a day I can concentrate on getting some things done around the house. I’ll do a little bible study, but spend most of the day doing genealogy research.

I’m not a fan of football any longer. The new ‘thug’ type league is horrible. I can’t stand all of the grandstanding and endzone stupidity. Basketball is even worse. Few gentlemen remain in these two sports.

Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible

This is a followup to this previous posting.

I just heard back from the Scripture Truth Book Company. They advise that it is the King James Version that is being offered at that price.

This is the lowest price by far, that I have seen advertised for the Preacher’s Outline & Sermon Bible.

eSword Bibles

eSwordBible.jpgI like eSword the more and more I use it. It has quite a few nice features. As seen from the graphic to the left, there are a tremendous number of bible translations available. However, I’ve found that showing all of them on the screen can be a bit confusing. You only really see one translation at a time (unless you set up a parallel view in which you can see 4 translation on the screen).

Still, just seeing this many tabs can be confusing.

eSwordBiblle2.jpgTherefore, I’ve changed my configuration to only show 2 translations, the King James Version (red letter edition) and the English Standard Version (Ted’s favorite). You’ll also see two other tabs. The one ‘parallel’ will show up to 4 translations. I only use two for this mode, as mentioned above.

The other tab is ‘compare’. When that is clicked, it will show all of the translations installed on the computer.

Currently, the NIV and New King James versions are not available for eSword. At times, I also use the RSV (Revised Standard Version). It would be nice to have the NIV and the NKJV, but it really isn’t necessary.

eSword MicroSoft Word Macro – Search

I’ve found eSword to be the bible software program that I use the most. While I have Quick Verse 8 (Expanded Edition), eSword works just as well, and from my experience, is easier to use. Plus, you can’t beat the price as it is free.

One nice feature I’ve found, is a macro that works inside MicroSoft Word. This macro quickly and easily installs and is very easy to use.

Below is a diagram showing the upper left section of a Word document. On the bottom toolbar, on the left, you’ll notice the links for the eSword macro.

The feature I’m describing today is the ‘Search’ feature within eSword. In the example cited, I’ve searched on the word ‘prayer’ in the entire bible. eSword quickly finds all references to the word. I could have also put in ‘pray’ and have searched.

107 verses are located with ‘prayer’, while 306 are located with ‘pray’. From the diagram below, I can paste directly into the Word document, using various formats. More on that in tomorrow’s entry.


eSword Commentaries & Bibles

eSwordCommenteryBible2.jpg While the above graphic still might be a little small to see, it does show part of the screen from eSword.

The left bottom section is for the commentaries and the right bottom section is for the dictionaries.

Look closely at the various tabs for the commentaries and dictionaries. You’ll see some of them are a little different. This indicates these tabs have comments available for the specific commentary.

I’ve made the ‘Gill’ commentary active. On the right side, I’ve clicked on the word ‘spiritual’ and you’ll see what the active tab has on it.

Unlike the upper bible section, which I like to keep rather clean, I like to have the option seeing as many commentaries as possible.

In the ‘commentaries’ section, you’ll see a tab called STUDY NOTES and another called TOPIC NOTES.

The topic notes is another vast resource, as many ‘topics’ may be downloaded. Actually, they are much more that just ‘topics’. They are complete books.

Smart Dog

Jim Orrell, member of the Depraved Brain President’s administration has sent the following. Original source unknown.

I’ve heard that at times some dogs are more intelligent than some humans.

This would appear to be positive proof.


eSword Commentaries

The following bible commentaries are available from the eSword website for download.

  • Albert Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

  • Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible
  • John Darby’s Synopsis of the Bible
  • Commentary of the NT from the Talmud & Hebraica (Lightfoot)
  • Geneva Bible Translation Notes
  • John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible
  • Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary
  • Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament
  • Key Word Commentary
  • Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible
  • Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
  • McGarvey & Pendleton Commentary
  • NET Bible Notes
  • Robertson’s Word Pictures in the New Testament
  • Scofield’s Reference Notes
  • The People’s New Testament (B. W. Johnson)
  • The Testamony of Jesus Christ
  • The Treasury of David (C. H. Spurgeon)
  • Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
  • Vincent’s Word Studies
  • John Wesley’s Notes on the Bible

  • Jackson Reverdy Orrell – Second Genealogy Lesson

    On Saturday, my Mom, Nora, and I travelled to Pennsylvania to see Reb, Sara, and Jackson.

    It had been a little over 3 weeks since our last visit. He has really grown, now being about a week under 2 months old.

    Naturally Grandpop had to give him another genealogy lesson. I told him about my troubles in finding his great great grandparents, Reverdy Lewin Orrell, Sr. and Mary (Martinek) Orrell in the 1930 Maryland census.

    I must say, he listened well and was very interested in learning about how to search census records on line. I also told him about the ‘old’ days when you’ll have to go to a library or archives, check everything out by hand, locate the reel containing the enumeration distrcits, load onto the micro-film reader-printer, search for the image, and then waste money (generally 25 cents at a time) trying to print off a census image.

    He laughed at that. “Boy, Grandpop, things have changed. Now all you do is log onto, plug in the name, click the hyperlink to the image and pull it up on the monitor. Then you can print out the entire page, save the entire page to your computer. You can even crop the page to just the section you want. You don’t even have to leave the sofa.”

    Finally he wanted to know some more about the research trips Uncle Bob and I have taken over the years. Here is one of the photos I took while telling him a few things that happened on one of those trips.