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Friday Coffee with PJ

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Grab your coffee ... and spend a few minutes with me as I share a few random thoughts with you.

1. In the past couple of weeks, I have heard news about people that has reminded me over and over again that we live in a broken world. Whether it be someone losing their job or their life . . . these reports about people, many of whom I know, make me long for heaven. Oh for that day when pain, heart ache, grief, hurt, disease, death are all "a thing of the past!" And that day is coming! Take a moment and open a Bible and read the last four chapters of Revelation, the Bible's final book. As you contemplate earth's final days, ask yourself . . . AM I PREPARED TO MEET MY CREATOR? If you have any doubts, I encourage you to check out Two Ways to Live: The Choice We All Face. 

2. This week the Christian cyberspace lit up with all kinds of opinions about World Vision's decision to hire openly "married" gay partners. The controversy continued when, two days later W…

Two Mysteries!

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During my twenty hours or so of driving last week, I listened to a lot of Fox News on SirrusXM radio. And of that time, I am sure that 75% was spent on a discussion of the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. I must admit, I found the various possible scenarios of the plane's disappearance rather fascinating. It seems a bit odd in this age of technology that a Boeing 777 with over 200 passengers and crew on board could simply disappear ... and disappear in the strange way that it did! Now since last week, Malaysian authorities have determined that the plane crashed in a remote area in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean - apparently after running out of fuel - a conclusion that not everyone is buying. If the Malaysians are correct, the area where the plane is alleged to have gone down is so large and the ocean there is so deep, the airliner may never be found. Therefore, the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 may remain just that, a mystery laying deep in the wate…

An Unusual Occurrence

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Last week I logged over 1200 miles of highway driving. During those 20 hours or so I experienced many "usual" things ... like pulling into roadside rest stops, filling up my gas tank, and, of course, keeping an eye out for any upcoming Starbucks (and if a Starbucks was not available, I settled for a McDonald's). But there was one "usual" that I did not experience (and believe me, I am NOT complaining!). I did not experience one traffic slow-down. No construction slow-downs, no accident or disabled vehicle slow-downs and no "what was that slow-down about?" slow-downs. I can't recall a road trip that I recently have taken on which that  has happened! Oh, if they could all be like that!

You see, in our "let's get where we are going ASAP" society, none of us like slow-downs, no matter what form they may take. We are always in such a hurry to get from here to there or from there to here! And I am guessing that I am probably guilty of th…

A Future Wedding Celebration that Will Be Out of This World!

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Recently over breakfast, I shared a bit with my friend about how I felt when I returned my final of three tuxedo rentals following my oldest daughter's wedding (who was the last of my three children to be married). It was, for me a bitter sweet experience. Sweet to know that all my children were now moving on in their lives with wonderful partners at their sides. Bitter, though, to think that I would never again enjoy being the father of the bride or groom at a wedding - which I found to be most fulfilling and fun . . . until, that is, I had to reach for the checkbook! :)
As much joy and pleasure that was mine at the wedding receptions of my three children, there is coming another wedding banquet that will far surpass those experiences! I am speaking of what the Bible refers to as the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb.”  This "wedding reception" is by invitation only! But don't worry. If you have made a faith commitment to Jesus Christ, you ARE on the invitation list. Bu…

Friday Coffee with PJ

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Grab your coffee and take a few minutes to join me for some thoughts that have been rumbling through my mind of late ...

1. Browsing through a Christian bookstore these days can be quite the scary activity. I am amazed at some of the books that are on the best seller lists of Christian books. The content of many of these books are far removed from the content that the Bible actually teaches. If you have a little bit of time, you might want to listen to the Bully Pulpit: Browsing the Christian Bookstore. Quite sobering indeed!

2. Spring is now less than one week away. Yet as I write these words, the temperature is only in the mid twenties (but it feels like the single digits!) and it is 1:45 in the afternoon! This may be the year we have no spring. The weather will remain winter like and then, one day, summer will break through. Ahh ... that word "summer" sure is sounding better and better to my ears! And speaking of words ... there are no better words than those spoken by G…

A Twenty Two Pound Cat Acts Like the Devil!

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What would you do if your 22 pound cat (that's right ... 22 pounds!!!) attacked your baby and then starting coming after you? You'd probably react just as an Oregon couple did earlier this week. They grabbed the baby, ran into their bedroom, slammed the door behind them, and called 911 and then waited for the police to arrive (the 911 dispatcher said she could hear the cat growling and screeching in the background!).

You might be thinking I am making this up ... but I am not (click here for confirmation). According to the owners, the cat has a history of violent behavior. But they are not going to give up on their cat. They plan to get it the medical attention and therapy that it needs to become a quieter and gentler feline! Hmm. That's not quite what I would be doing if the cat were mine. But I don't really have to spend a lot of time thinking about what I would do in that situation as I would never have a cat to begin with. No offense to all you cat lovers out there…

Friday Coffee with PJ

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Pour yourself a cup of your favorite morning brew and join me for a couple of random thoughts.

1. If you think Americans drink a lot of coffee ... you are both right and wrong. The United States ranks 25th in the number of cups of coffee consumed per person. The average American drinks 1.6 cups of coffee each day. Now when you consider that a number of Americans don't touch the stuff, that means that some Americans are drinking quite a bit of java! And if you are wondering what country leads the world in per capita (per person) coffee consumption, you don't need to wonder any more. I am going to tell  you. It is FINLAND! The Finns drink a whopping 4.7 cups of coffee for every person in the country. Coming in at a distant second is NORWAY at 3.9 cups per person. Now this should not surprise us. If you think our winters are long and cold ... plan a trip to Finland or Norway next winter! In order to stay warm, these Scandinavians drink a lot of coffee! I don't drink coffee to…

Procrastination is My Sin; I Will Confess it to God – Tomorrow!

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Mark Twain once said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow.”  There’s a word to describe that attitude.  It is the word procrastination. The dictionary defines procrastination as the act of putting off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness.OK. If we were all honest for a moment (sometimes it’s tough to do so – why is this the case?  That’s a topic for a future blog!) we would all admit to procrastinating.  Yes, some of us are better at it than others.  But all of us are guilty of it from time to time.  For me I tend to be an expert at procrastinating when it comes to the tough stuff of life. Things like a major project that needs started; the heavy letter that must be written; or the confrontation that must be done. I find it easy to put these things off until tomorrow (or the day after tomorrow!).

Even though procrastination is relatively acceptable in our culture (and therefore easy to ignore), I believe it …

At the Heart of Being a Follower of Jesus Christ

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Did you ever stop and think about what is at the very heart of being a follower of Jesus? Is it giving to the poor? Standing up for justice? Bible reading and prayer? Personal and corporate worship? Tithing to one's church? Sharing the faith with those outside the faith? Now, it is true that all of these things will be done by a true disciple of Christ. But none of these, taken alone, is the very heart of following Jesus. So ... if not these, then what?

We don't have to guess about the answer or google to find it. Jesus already gave it to us. The answer is found in his final instructions to the Church. In what is known as his Great Commission, he tells us that our mission must be to "make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you" (See Matthew 28:18-20 for the entire text). You see, at the very heart of following Jesus is not just KNOWING the command…