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Rock Your World with the Gospel

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Ray Comfort, the founder of Living Waters Publications and The Way of the Master (both of these ministries are all about equipping and encouraging Christians to share their faith) wrote earlier this week about the earthquake that rocked  his native New Zealand (click here for stunning photos of this catastrophe). In his post he referred to a surfer friend from his pre-conversion teenage years. This friend got his girlfriend pregnant when they were both just 16. They gave the girl up for adoption. When this girl turned 16, she sought out her biological parents. Her motivation to do so was due to her own pregnancy. Ray's surfer friend became a grandfather at age 32!

In 1992, Ray returned to his hometown for a visit. He purposely looked up his friend in order to share the gospel with him. However, it did not work out well as too many people kept coming into his friend's shop, making a conversation difficult. This past Sunday, Ray thought of his friend and decided to contact him. …

Thursday A La Carte

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Again ... from cyberworld - here are some other sites that I believe are of some worth. Enjoy!

1. What is technology doing to us? On April 1st, Tim Challies is coming out with a new book titled, The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion. Here is a video commercial from Zondervan promoting the book. I for one plan to read it!

2. Speaking of technology ... check out this comic dealing with the use of a common metaphor.

3. If you have 6 minutes ... here is a testimony that is really worth watching!

4. Here is a Christian blogger's take on a recent Ted Haggard interview (Ted was the mega-church pastor and President of the National Association of Evangelicals who got caught involved in homosexuality and drug abuse in November 2006). Be sure to read the comments that are below the video.

5. One of the couples killed by Somali pirates this week wanted to make a difference in the world. Here is a Fox News video that talks about what they were doing to make that differen…

Moving on to Solid Food

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This past Friday I heard the familiar tone from my iPhone that told me I had just received a text. When I checked, sure enough - my youngest daughter had just texted me. She included this photo of Jack. He was enjoying (I guess) his first experience eating solid food. When I talked with my daughter later, I asked how Jack did. She told me for much of the time, she would insert the food into his mouth and he would proceed to blow raspberries with his lips. This, of course, sent the cereal my daughter was feeding him flying all over the place. But all-in-all, she said it went OK for the first time.

As followers of Jesus, we need to feed our souls. And the food God gives us to do so is His Word. Now from my observation of many Christians today (and although my observations are limited, I do believe they are broad enough to make some legitimate conclusions), far too many Christians are still feeding themselves the milk of the Word when they should have moved on to its meat (Hebrews 5:12-1…

Grammy, a Nookie and a Blankie

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Recently our almost 2 granddaughter, Ella was taking her afternoon nap at our house. She woke up crying. I pulled her out of her crib and began to console her. But no matter what I did ... she was not to be consoled! When I carried her to the living room, she saw her Grammy and reached for her. As she continued to cry, my wife asked me to retrieve her little nook (pacifier) and blankie from her crib. As soon as I handed them over to Ella - she calmed down.  It took her Grammy, her nookie and her blankie to finally bring her the comfort and security she was craving.

As you well know, life can be harsh. Stuff happens that brings pain and heartache. In those moments we long to be comforted. For Ella ... she found her comfort in her Grammy, nookie and blankie. How about YOU? What brings you comfort?  I am afraid far too many of us seek comfort in wrong places and wrong things. As a result the comfort we might find is short lived. So where can we find comfort that lasts?  The Heidelberg Ca…

Thursday A La Carte

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Here are some more sites for you to check out ...

1. If you are anything like me, there are times you find yourself in a quandry as to whether or not you should correct someone. Check out Justin Taylor's blog (The Gospel Coalition) for some helpful guidance on this issue!

2. How does the gospel conquer the sin of pornography? Here is a video (4:55) featuring prolific authors John Piper, Tim Keller and D.A. Carson discussing this powerful topic.

3. What is the most amazing verse in the Bible? C.S. Storms, founder of Enjoying God Ministries, gives his answer to this question. It's a good read!

4. Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan talks about how to pray better in public, and in private too. Another good read!

5. The Gospel ... here is a good video reminder (2:56) from Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill in the Seattle are concerning the true meaning of the gospel. 

Thanks for stopping by . . .

pj

Lucky? Or Blessed?

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According to Australian authorities, Andrew Wilson, 25, is a "lucky" man. Wilson was cruising off the coast of Australia in his small fishing boat when a rogue wave rose up and knocked him off the deck of his boat and into the sea. His boat, engine running, continue on its way. Wilson found himself all alone, wearing no life vest, doing his best to stay above water. Being determined that he was not going to allow the sea to take his life, he struck out to swim the five miles to shore. Approximately six hours later, exhausted and bloodied by the coastal rocks he had to cross in order to get to land, he crawled on to shore. Remarkably he was seen and rushed to a hospital, where he was treated and released. Considering the distance he had to swim ... and the fact that those waters were infested with sharks . it is truly amazing that Wilson survived!  But was it due to "luck?"

Given my worldview, I would prefer to say that Wilson was "blessed." I  happen to b…

A Golden Nugget

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I like to read. I always have. From my days of Dick and Jane and Dr. Seuess to this present day of reading digital books on my Kindle and iPad, books and I have always been on very friendly terms. Whenever I read, I am always looking for what I call "a golden nugget." I found one while reading an excellent devotional book by John Piper titled, Taste and See. In this particular reading, Piper was writing about ten lessons he had learned from his father. Here is lesson #6: "A Christian is a great doer, not a great don'ter."  Piper went on to comment on this lesson: "We were fundamentalists - without the attitude. We had our lists of things. But that wasn't the main thing. God was the main thing. And God was worth everything."

I wish every follower of Jesus Christ would have the opportunity to read those words. Far too many of us live out our faith with an emphasis on the "don'ts" and give little thought to the "do's." Al…

Thursday A La Carte

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It's time for some more offerings, "a la carte."  Enjoy!

1. In Psalm 8:3-4, King David worships God as he considers the creative work of God in the heavens. This site (click here)left me astonished at the vast size of our universe (and how small we are in comparison!).

2. For those of you with an iPhone or iPad ... check out the following Bible Memory app from Desiring God Ministries (I downloaded it this week and plan on using it). It's called, Fighter Verses.

3. Here's an interesting article on the current state of the evangelical church that was published last week in the Wall Street Journal. The writer even mentions catechisms!

4. Al  Mohler posted some thought provoking thoughts on his blog yesterday under the title, What the Bible Really Says about Sex . . . Really?   In this sex saturated age in which we live (and one when at times it is difficult to see any difference between the sexuality of the church and that of our world) - we all would benefit from …

A Prayer for Your Wednesday (and everyday for that matter!)

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I have been quite busy since getting back from my vacation last week and therefore have been slow to get back to posting on my blog. Today I hope to do some writing for the rest of the week. Until then, here is a prayer from John Piper's devotional book, Life as a Vapor. I invite you to make his prayer your prayer today:


O Lord, this is our heart's desire: Make us meek, and make us mighty. Give us confidence in the finished work of Christ, and give us humility because we are so far from perfection. Open our eyes to the wonder of what You have already done. And forbid that we would claim more now than is true. We are weak, we are sinful, and we need Your help. Thank You for our permanent acceptance in Christ. Thank You for laying hold on us. Now complete the work You have begun. In Jesus' name, we pray, Amen. 

Thanks for stopping by . . .

pj

It's Hard to Believe Sometimes . . .

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As I look at the digital thermometer that sits on my home office desk, it is currently reading 11.5 degrees. That's downright cold! It's hard for me to believe that less than 48 hours ago, my wife and I were eating breakfast OUTSIDE, enjoying the Bahamian sun at our hotel in Nassau (and the word "enjoying" might be understating it a bit!).

As I reflected on this ... it hit me that there are a number of realities in my life that I find hard to believe. Here's a few:

1. It's hard for me to believe that in just over a month I will be turning 55. My kids are all grown up ... married and having kids of their own (which means I am now married to a grandmother!). The old adage that "time flies when you are having fun" doesn't quite get it right. Better said, "Time flies." So ... we had best make the most of our time as we seek to live our lives for Christ (see Ephesians 5:15; James 4:14).

2. It's hard for me to believe that I have the pr…