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 that someone would deliberately fly a plane into the ground. Authorities (at the time of this writing) are saying the co-pilot who did so had no terrorism connections. So ... why did he do it? We may never know the answer to that question. But there is one who does know. God! He knows the end from the beginning and the beginning from the end. Before a word rolls off our tongue, he knows exactly what we are going to say (Psalm 139:4). Knowing that God knows all about us is a real comfort. So no matter where we might be and what needs we might have .... God knows! And since God knows, he can follow through on this promise to care for us (Philippians 4:19). But the reality that he knows us can be discomforting as well. Ever since the fall of our first parents, we have been trying to hide ... from God and from one another. Why?  Because all of us have some sort of skeleton in our closet. Something we regret ... something(s) that brings us shame. And we have a tendency to keep adding stuff to the closet. But ... we must always remember that there is a simple way to clean out our closets ... it's called confession. And as we practice it, God promises forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9). Do you think it's time to do some spring "house" cleaning? And to spur you on, take a moment and reflect on both 1 John 1:9 and the quote below.

"Forgiveness of sin is such a central, familiar part of the gospel message; its amazing wonder and relief is often lost on us over time. As you consider today the width and depth of this undeserved blessing, let His cleansing wash over you again. Give Him new thanks for the grace of forgiven sin."
(John MacArthur  Daily Readings From the Life of Christ, Volume 2)

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