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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Coffee with PJ

Friday morning .... Friday coffee ... and a few random thoughts about life and faith. Thanks for joining me!

1. Tuesday was Groundhog Day. It amazed me to hear that many of these Groundhog "meteorologists," including the most famous Groundhog of all, Punxsutawney Phil, were unable to see their shadow despite the clear skies and the sun shining brightly to welcome the day. All that said, I sure hope Phil is right about this. After the 2 1/2 feet of snow that recently fell, I am all in for an early spring! But, I am not going to get over excited about the prospect of "spring being right around the corner." According to Stormfax Almanac, Phil only gets it right about 39% of the time for his home town of Punxsutawney. As I thought of that ... I thought of God's Word. I am so thankful whenever I read the Bible, I don't have to wonder if what God saying is accurate. Since the Bible contains the "God-breathed" words of God (2 Timothy 3:16), we can be assured the accuracy of the Bible is 100%! No need to second guess if what God says will happen will happen. If God says it ... you can count on it!

2. In 1 Thessalonians 5:8, Paul makes references to the need Christians have for the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of salvation. Just as a soldier does not even think about going into battle without his body armor and weapons, we can ill afford to do so as we do battle with the spiritual forces around us (Ephesians 6:10-18). Now how can we put on this breastplate (to protect our heart) and helmet (to protect our mind)? We can do so by believing what God says by faith, doing what God commands out of love, and embracing what God promises because of hope. If we do this, we will be prepared to meet the enemy on the field of battle (for more on this, click here for the audio and PPT of my message of this past Sunday).

3. Finally, yesterday was the five month mark of the journey my wife (and I) have been on. It was on September 4th that she underwent her total knee replacement of her right knee. Then on November 10th, she underwent a manipulation of that knee while under a general anesthesia (in order to break up the large amount of scar tissue that had built up and was preventing her from getting the bend in the knee that she needed. Unfortunately, during that procedure, her femur was broken. So after discovering this, she underwent another surgery on November 18th to repair the break. Tuesday of
this week, we had another follow up with the surgeon. The x-rays taken revealed that all looked good. He told her she could continue to increase the weight she was placing on the leg (she had the initial go ahead to do this back on January 20th). We are hoping that by the end of March/beginning of April, she will be able to get back to watching grandkids ... which she loves to do!  Thanks for  your ongoing prayers. God has taught us a lot about serving and waiting. He has also shown us that we are in a wonderful community of believers. Thanks, Grace Church, for all your loving support during these difficult days.

Thanks for stopping by . . .
pj

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Coffee with PJ

Friday morning .... Friday coffee ... and a few random thoughts about life and faith. Thanks for joining me!

1. Tuesday was Groundhog Day. It amazed me to hear that many of these Groundhog "meteorologists," including the most famous Groundhog of all, Punxsutawney Phil, were unable to see their shadow despite the clear skies and the sun shining brightly to welcome the day. All that said, I sure hope Phil is right about this. After the 2 1/2 feet of snow that recently fell, I am all in for an early spring! But, I am not going to get over excited about the prospect of "spring being right around the corner." According to Stormfax Almanac, Phil only gets it right about 39% of the time for his home town of Punxsutawney. As I thought of that ... I thought of God's Word. I am so thankful whenever I read the Bible, I don't have to wonder if what God saying is accurate. Since the Bible contains the "God-breathed" words of God (2 Timothy 3:16), we can be assured the accuracy of the Bible is 100%! No need to second guess if what God says will happen will happen. If God says it ... you can count on it!

2. In 1 Thessalonians 5:8, Paul makes references to the need Christians have for the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of salvation. Just as a soldier does not even think about going into battle without his body armor and weapons, we can ill afford to do so as we do battle with the spiritual forces around us (Ephesians 6:10-18). Now how can we put on this breastplate (to protect our heart) and helmet (to protect our mind)? We can do so by believing what God says by faith, doing what God commands out of love, and embracing what God promises because of hope. If we do this, we will be prepared to meet the enemy on the field of battle (for more on this, click here for the audio and PPT of my message of this past Sunday).

3. Finally, yesterday was the five month mark of the journey my wife (and I) have been on. It was on September 4th that she underwent her total knee replacement of her right knee. Then on November 10th, she underwent a manipulation of that knee while under a general anesthesia (in order to break up the large amount of scar tissue that had built up and was preventing her from getting the bend in the knee that she needed. Unfortunately, during that procedure, her femur was broken. So after discovering this, she underwent another surgery on November 18th to repair the break. Tuesday of
this week, we had another follow up with the surgeon. The x-rays taken revealed that all looked good. He told her she could continue to increase the weight she was placing on the leg (she had the initial go ahead to do this back on January 20th). We are hoping that by the end of March/beginning of April, she will be able to get back to watching grandkids ... which she loves to do!  Thanks for  your ongoing prayers. God has taught us a lot about serving and waiting. He has also shown us that we are in a wonderful community of believers. Thanks, Grace Church, for all your loving support during these difficult days.

Thanks for stopping by . . .
pj

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