Friday Coffee with PJ
1. Recently I said to someone, "Doesn't it seem like time moves so much faster during the summer months than it does during the winter?" I don't know how you would answer that question . . . but it sure seems so to me. I am still trying to figure out where the month of June went and here we are over halfway through July! Now we know that time moves at the same constant rate whether it's August or January. However, our perspective might be that summer time passes by much more rapidly than winter time. Perhaps that is due to a greater fondness for summer (over winter) or maybe because vacations tend to fall in the summer season more often than winter (and of course we ALL know that vacation time moves faster than any other time on the planet!). All this to say that our view of the speed of time comes down to a matter of perspective. And when it comes to the matter of time, the most important perspective that a follower of Jesus Christ can cultivate is that of an ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE. It is vital that we live this life against the backdrop of eternity! In spite of the great importance of doing so, most of us fall woefully short in doing so! I encourage you to check out Randy Alcorn's website, Eternal Perspective Ministries. There you will find some helpful resources that will help you to keep focused on eternity (which is God's desire for us: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18; Colossians 3:1-2). You might also want to view this 6 minute video clip of Francis Chan.
2. With the push by the homosexual community to continue to see more and more states legitimize gay "marriage," I keep thinking of how Jesus himself defined marriage. The text is found in Matthew chapter nineteen and reads as follows: "And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one's wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” In his words, Jesus makes it clear that from the very dawn of human history, marriage has been one man .... one woman ... one flesh .... for life! Any other arrangement (whether it be gay "marriage" or divorce and remarriage of heterosexual couples) falls short of his plan for the marriage relationship. And any attempts to redefine marriage is terribly wrong. I realize this view is not a popular one to hold to these days . . . but that's OK. I would rather side with Jesus any day . . . on any issue!
By the way ... for a compelling article written by a former atheistic lesbian now disciple of Jesus Christ .... click here!
Thanks for stopping by . . .
PS --- PLEASE continue to pray for the many students who are attending the Momentum youth conference on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University. The conference ends tomorrow (Saturday) night. Thanks!
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