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Friday Coffee with PJ

It's Friday again ... so grab that cup of your favorite Joe (and if you don't drink coffee ... why not give it a try?) ... and join me for a few random thoughts.

1. Compassion in a pill. That's right. According to a Time article, researchers at the University of California Berkley and the University of San Fransisco are suggesting that their research suggests that by "manipulating a brain chemical, people can become more compassionate." Hmm. I have enough pills to take and certainly don't need one more. I think walking with God's Spirit will do far more to increase our compassion level than swallowing a pill. Yet, it's where are society is at ... yes? Medication is increasingly seen as the cure all for whatever ails us. And that just isn't so! Make it your prayer to walk in step with God's Spirit today!

2. I am still trying to process the latest news from France concerning the airplane crash of yesterday (Wednesday). It just blows me away tha…

Today is the First Day of the Rest of Your Life!

The title of this post are words that I am sure most of you have heard before. There's a good reason for that. It is true that our past has played a huge role in shaping us into the people we are today, whether for better or for worse. However, we do not have to be chained to our past. No matter what might be cluttering the closet of your regrets, you can move on. Tomorrow can be a much better day! Knowing and following the teachings of Jesus Christ is the key to doing so. He himself put it this way:

“If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples,and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32; see also John 8:34-36). 
How well do you know the truth? What are you doing to know it better? And what are you doing with what you know? Jesus makes it clear that we must not just here his word . . . we must also put it into practice (Matthew 7:24-27)! Only then will we find the freedom from a past that can at times haunt us! 
Thanks for stopping by . . .  pj

Friday Coffee with PJ

Thanks for joining me on this first official day of spring (which actually begins at 6:45 pm tonight - maybe the snow will be done by then!). So with the frightful weather outside, now would be a good time to pour yourself a delightful cup of hot coffee and join me for a few random thoughts.

1. Yesterday morning I awoke to see that the National Weather Service had posted a Winter Weather Advisory for today. Ouch. A WINTER weather advisory for the first day of spring? That's just not right! I am more than ready to see daffodils in bloom and to soak in some sun (and I am guessing most of you are, too!). But the seasons don't always follow the script. And life doesn't either. Well, at least that partially true. Better said, "Life doesn't always follow OUR script." But life ALWAYS follows God's script. He is sovereign (Ephesians 1:11). And as a sovereign, He rules. He rules over the affairs of large nations and little people (like you and me). In HIS provide…

The Ever Changing ... the Never Changing!

I have been recently thinking about change and how fast and how often it happens. My 59th birthday last year was a reminder of how quickly time passes. And with the passing of time comes a boatload of change! Just ten years ago:

-No one ever heard of an iPhone.
- Android? What's that?
- Face Time was what you did each morning as you stared in the bathroom mirror.
- ISIS was something your sister would say.
- Willow Valley Family Restaurant was my favorite breakfast place (now gone!).
- I had no grandchildren (now have 6).

The list could go on and on and on. My point? Life is ALWAYS changing. If you don't like it (and I don't always like it!), you just need to "grin and bear it" - because it is part of the package we call "life."

But there is something that NEVER changes - the gospel of Jesus Christ. What Jesus accomplished on the cross of Calvary some 2000 years ago is just as sufficient today as it was then. The gospel continues to bring hope and heal…

Friday Coffee with PJ

It's Friday and that means it's COFFEE TIME (of course for me ... any day of the week is COFFEE TIME!)!!!  And for all you people out there who don't drink coffee ... here's an interesting read on coffee and maybe some reasons you should start (providing you meet the guidelines!).

As I write these words, I'm celebrating my 59th birthday, wondering where the first 58 years! But as I sit here and reflect on my life, and more particularly, how I can improve on my life, the following "more–thans" came to mind:

I need to listen more than I talk.
I need to think more about the interests and needs of others than my own.
I need to seek to give more than I get.
I need to be in the Bible more than I currently am.
I need to pray morethan I do now.
I need to be more intentional about sharing the gospel than I have been.
I need to love my wife more than I have been loving her of late.
And the list could go on and on. How about you? If you were to make a "more – than&qu…

59 and Counting!

Today I turn 59. That's right! Fifty years ago I recall going every Sunday afternoon to my grandmother's and grandfather's house. Today, I live with grandmother ... and the kinds come to MY house to see their grandfather!!!!  Where has the time gone????

Since life is short and time passes quickly (James 4:14), it is important that we get intentional about making the most of our time (Ephesians 5:15-16). To help you do so, I recommend you work your way through the following list of ten questions compiled by Don Whitney (check out his website here). 
 1. What’s one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God? 2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year? 3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year? 4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it? 5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and …

Friday Coffee with PJ - Special Weekend Edition

Words are great! You can use them to put a positive spin on just about anything. For example, I just didn't get to my weekly Friday blog this week… For a number of reasons. So I'll post something this morning but make it seem "special" by tagging it with the words "special weekend edition." Well whether it's special or not I will allow you to decide, but since you're with me why don't you pour your favorite cup of coffee and join me for a random thought or two.

1. This morning I was reading a prayer for one of my favorite devotional books, The Valley of Vision. It's a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions. A richer book would be hard to find in my opinion. Here is an excerpt from my morning prayer. I would encourage you to take a moment to make it your own.

Most men seem to live for themselves, without much or any regard for your glory, or for the good of others; they earnestly desire and eagerly pursue the riches, honors, pleasures of thi…