Friday Coffee with PJ

It's Friday ... so it's coffee time! Pour yourself a cup of your favorite blend and join me for a couple of random thoughts.

1. It seems like the variouss groundhogs got it right back on Groundhog Day. Most of them predicted an early spring (although how they failed to see their shadows on a bright sunny day is beyond me!). And the weather this week has been downright springish ... if not pushing summerish!  But, it is only mid March. More cold may be on the way. Consider the tweet yesterday of one of my favorite meteorologists, Henry Margusity of Accuweather. He tweeted, "Enjoy the warmth...cold shot coming 18th-23rd which may bring late season snow storm with it in the East!"  Now ... I love Henry. And he is often right on the mark. But not always. And here is one time I hope he is downright WRONG! SO Henry (not to mention every other meteorologist) does not have a 100% accuracy rating. But God does! His Word is something that we can always count on! That's right. Or to put it another way ... I believe that the Scripture, being God’s own Word, written by men carried along by God’s Spirit as they wrote, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms, obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. I say I believe this! I just hope that I can live it out! 

2. I saw on my twitter feed yesterday morning a link to an article describing how a woman tried to conceal a 3 year old child in her carry on luggage on an Air France flight from Istanbul to Paris. Her plans were foiled when fellow passengers saw her pull the child out of her carry on. They quickly notified the crew. Upon arriving in Paris, she was arrested by police. Now the why behind this act is not relevant to the point I want to make ... which is this: All of us are like this woman in that we all have baggage. And in that baggage are secrets that we are trying to hide. Now we may, unlike this woman, be successful in hiding "stuff" from others .... even those closest to us. But there is someone from whom we will never be able to hide anything. And that someone is God. This thought should both sober us up and cheer us up. Really? For starters, knowing we cannot hide one little thing from God should sober us up. His never tiring eye is upon us 24/7 ... and it can see where no other eye can see ... and that is the inner recesses of our hearts. So whenever we sin, God knows. And one day every single human being will have to give an account for what we have done with our lives. For those who have never embraced the gospel and made the choice to trust Jesus as Savior and follow him as Lord, this judgement will take place before a great white throne (which is why it is often called the Great White Throne Judgment - Revelation 20:11-15). If you fear you might be judged before this throne, take a moment and check out two ways to live: the choice we all face. If, however, you have made the choice that leads to eternal life, you will still face judgment before the judgment (bema) seat of Christ. The Apostle Paul writes about this judgment in 2 Corinthians 5:10. So knowing we can hide NOTHING from God should be a sobering reality for us all. But it should also bring comfort. Obviously, this is not true for those who have rejected the gospel. But for those of us who have received the good news about Jesus, we are no longer God's enemies, but now we are God's children (Romans 5:10; John 1:12). And as any good parent does, our heavenly Father is keeping an eye on his kids. And that should cheer us up indeed! 

3. It's been a while since I offered an update on my wife, so here is a quick one. On Monday of this week, she had a CAT scan done on her leg (the x-rays of last Friday were inconclusive as to whether the fracture of her femur was fully healing as it should). Wednesday we returned for the results which were mixed. Much of the femur does appear to be healing well. But there is a portion that is not. So .. the next step will be to use a bone stimulator to help promote healing. Jesus put it well when he told us not to worry about tomorrow ... but rather to focus on today (Matthew 6:34). We are more than willing to leave our future in the hands of  God for there is no better hands than his! Thanks for your ongoing prayers! 

Thanks for stopping by . . .
pj
 



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