Friday Coffee with PJ

I apologize if you came looking for a morning post today ... it's been a busy week. But, since I am up for coffee at anytime of day (although as I write this I am just finishing up a cup of decaff!), I invite you to join me for a couple of random (and brief) thoughts.

1. If you want to get a better feel for what presidential candidate Donald Trump really believes, here is an interesting and insightful article by Michael Horton as published in Christianity Today (Horton wrote one of the better books I have read of late titled, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World. Well worth the read!

2. I recall reading a story a few years ago about a Tokyo woman who called in the police after a hit man she paid to kill her lover’s wife failed to carry out the job (this is so bizarre, you may want to read that first sentence again!). Apparently this woman had contacted a private detective via the Internet and paid him several thousand dollars to kill her love rival. When he failed to deliver on his end of the agreement, she called the cops! She and the detective are now in jail. The alleged target is safe, but a bit rattled to say the least! This is crazy stuff! But, then again, our world is crazy! This is what happens when men and women walk away from God and insist on living life their own way. When I hear of mixed up, weird situations like this, I will often turn to my wife and say, “Sin sure does complicate lives!” That is one good reason to stay as far away from sin as possible. We all need to hear and heed the following New Testament commands to flee: “Flee from sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18);  Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry” (1 Corinthians 10:14); “Flee the evil desires of youth” (2 Timothy 2:22). So the next time sin raises its ugly (even though it might not look ugly – it is!) – put your feet in gear and RUN!

3. I just checked the weather forecast for Sunday (which is the first day of spring). Ugh! Every weather outlet I checked is calling for snow in our area! SNOW! Wait a minute. It's spring. It's time for flowers and lawn mowing and birds singing and warm breezes blowing. It is NOT the season for SNOW. Nonetheless, we can expect to see snow flakes falling. Now, I don't anticipate revving up my snow blower. If snow does accumulate, it will most likely be on my lawn and not my driveway (and I don't usually snow blow my lawn!)  And a blanket of snow on my front lawn would be just fine with me (although the poor robins might find pulling worms out of a snow covered lawn a bit problematic!). SO ... "Old Man Winter" gets to huff and puff one final time. But don't worry, April is just around the corner! And what's true of winter's last hurrah ... is also true of evil's last hurrah. This world is pretty messed up today ... but Someone is just around the corner. And when he comes, he will eventually clean up the mess we have made of things and make everything brand new (Revelation 21:4-5). Are you ready to meet him? 

Thanks for stopping by . . . 
pj

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