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Did God Really Say . . .?

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Several years ago, a pastor in the West Africa nation of Gabon, drowned as he attempted to walk on water.  Franck Kabele, 35, told his congregation that God had revealed to him that if he had enough faith, God would enable him to walk on water just as Jesus had done.  Pastor Kabele gathered his congregation on the beach indicating to them that he would walk across the Komo estuary, which takes 20 minutes by boat. “He walked into the water, which soon passed over his head and he never came back," one eye-witness claimed. 
What was this man thinking?  Why didn’t he turn back when it became apparent that he was not walking on top of the water? Perhaps he could not swim, or maybe he got a cramp. Whatever the case, I just don’t know.  But I do know one thing: the revelation he claimed was from God was not.  Over the years, God gets “blamed” for a lot of things.  Many have claimed to have received revelations from God in which God has allegedly told them to do some wild and crazy (and …

Friday Coffee with PJ

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This morning I am off to Glen Mills, PA (toward Philadelphia) to attend a book launch being sponsored by Westminster Bookstore. The featured new book is written by Kevin DeYoung, a pastor from Michigan (and I don't hold that against him!). It's title is, Taking God at His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. So Kevin and three other men will be sharing about the sufficiency of God's Word. 

Last month, when I received an email about this event, I immediately registered for it and invited several others to join me (three did take up the invite!). I believe one reason (of many) that so many Christians do not spend time in God's Word is because they do not really believe the Bible is sufficient to help us navigate through this thing we call "life." The sufficiency of the Word is under attack today . . . if not so much directly, indirectly. All that said, I am very much looking forward to spending time IN THE …

ONE THING!

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This past Sunday ... which happened to be Easter ... my kids and their kids gathered at "Grammy and Papa's
house" for lunch. Following lunch came the event that all the little ones were waiting for (and I am guessing all of us adults, too!)... the Easter Egg Hunt! Our five year old granddaughter informed us that she and her little sister practiced the day before for the hunt. Sooo at approximately 1:55 pm the hunt began! One by one, from the youngest (2 years old) to the oldest (5 years old) ... the children were released to begin the hunt! And that is just what they did! Even two year old Mollie was all about finding eggs! It was a boatload of fun watching them run all over the yard and laughing and giggling when they found their treasures!

I wish we would all pursue God with such fervor and joy. After all, there is no greater treasure than knowing and enjoying God! The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism reads, "What is the chief end of man?  The…

Friday Coffee with PJ

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Welcome to a Good Friday edition of Friday Coffee with PJ! 
I really hope today you get a real sense of just how much God loves you! All you have to do is spend some time reflecting on the cross of Christ and you will see just how deep God's love is for us. You see, in spite of who we are . . . rebels with a cause (to do life OUR WAY vs GOD'S WAY) . . . God sent His Son to die for us! Wow! There has NEVER been an act of love that great!  Here are a few quotes on God's love for  us as manifested in the cross. Take some time to think on these ... and then worship the God who loves you so! 
“God, who needs nothing, loves into existence wholly superfluous creatures in order that He may love and perfect them. He creates the universe, already foreseeing - or should we say "seeing"? there are no tenses in God - the buzzing cloud of flies about the cross, the flayed back pressed against the uneven stake, the nails driven through the mesial nerves, the repeated incipient …

When is Free not Really Free?

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This morning, as I do most Thursday mornings, I ate breakfast at a nearby restaurant with a group of guys who gather early to pray. And as usual, we all order the "Two Eggs Breakfast Special." The special includes eggs, toast, homefries and coffee ... all for the bargain price of $2.99 ($3.17 with tax). When the server dropped our individual checks on the table ... since they are all the same price wise, we just take one and pass the rest until everyone has a check. I often don't even look at the check because I know what it is going to be. But this morning I took a quick glance ... and then a longer glance. All I saw was zeros!  Wow! I hit the jackpot! Perhaps I had been selected to receive a free breakfast? Nope. Just a mistake by the server when she rang up this check. Of course, I paid the $3.17 on my way out.

As I thought about that ... I thought about the cost of our salvation. God offers us eternal life as a free gift (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8-9). We don't …

A Perfect Game in the Making?

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The other night, the men's ministry at our church sponsored a bowling night at the local bowling alley. Even though I did not bowl (I have a chronic lower back issue that does not agree with bowling ... and I had mulching to do the next day!) ... I went just to hang out with the guys. The vast majority of the men are average bowlers at best. But one really stood out. He began his first game with seven straight strikes. "Wow!" I thought to myself, "Maybe I am about to see a perfect 300" (which would be a game of 12 consecutive strikes). And the way this guy was throwing the ball, it certainly seemed possible! As his eighth ball rolled toward the pins ... it again had "strike" all over it. But ... as the dust settled ... one lone pin remained standing! Ouch! A perfect game was not to be!  He went on to roll a 247 which, by any standards is an outstanding game!

Perfection. Whether it be bowling or some other life endeavor, we would all love to attain it…

Friday Coffee with PJ

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Here are today's thoughts to ponder with your favorite beverage. Enjoy! 

1. In 1773, Americans revolted against King George's Tea Tax and the Continental Congress declared coffee the official national beverage. I don't know about you, but I am so thankful for that act of Congress! I sure cannot imagine starting my day with a cup of tea instead of a hot mug of coffee! (As the Folgers ad says so well, "The best part to waking up is Folgers in your cup!" - but in my cup just about any brand of coffee will do!) And I am sure that many other Americans share my sentiments. Consider the following facts: The United States is the world's largest consumer of coffee, importing 16 to 20 million bags annually (2.5 million pounds), representing one-third of all coffee exported. More than half of the United States population consumes coffee. The typical coffee drinker has 3.4 cups of coffee per day. That translates into more than 450,000,000 cups of coffee daily. Now that…

Friday Coffee with PJ

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Coffee. Friday. Morning. Now that's a great combination! So if you agree ... grab a cup and join me for some random Friday morning thoughts (and even if you don't enjoy coffee, I still invite you to join me!).

1. I just read that last month (March) was some 6+ degrees below normal. That makes March of 2014 the coldest March in Lancaster since March of 1960! Wow! That is COLD! I wonder what the global warming proponents are saying (I would guess they are saying this extreme cold is the result of the climate change being brought about by global warming! Oh ... I don't have to guess ... check out this article that points out that the White House had done just that!) In my mind, belief in global warming ranks right up there with belief in naturalistic evolution to explain the origin and development of life. Both are driven more by personal agendas rather than the evidence!

2. From the writings of J.I. Packer, one of my favorite theologians, comes these insights concerning sin…

Please Continue to Pray for the Central African Republic!

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Although somewhat improved, the situation in the Central African Republic is still in a desperate way. Here is a brief note from two missionaries previously supported by Grace Church. Eddie and Linda Mensinger served in the C.A.R. for many years, Eddie teaching in various Bible institutes and seminaries and Linda involved in discipling women. They recently "retired" from their full time missionary work ... but they still travel occasionally to Africa for ministry. 
Continue to pray for CAR. People continue to be killed and places continue to be pillaged. Pray for our Bible Institutes at Bata and Mbaiki. The Seminary is trying to have classes at the Mission compound in Bangui. Pray for safety for our professors and students along with the many pastors and true Christians in the country who need and want peace to come again to their country. Pray too for the Military and the government leaders to have wisdom to do the right thing and be instruments in returning peace to CAR.
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