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"But God ..."

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I spent some time recently reading on the doctrines of divine election and human responsibility. I did so because I find great encouragement and comfort in them. A number of years ago, as I worked my way through these doctrines, I came to the conclusion that if my salvation is by grace alone… then the reason God chose me had nothing to do with me ... but it had everything to do with Him. Was it a random choice? Did God play a game of darts in eternity past, and every human being that was to be born who was hit with a dart he chose for himself? Hardly! God never does anything arbitrary. Rather he does everything according to his good pleasure. So why he chose me… I will never know. But I do know this: it had nothing to do with me!

So, if I came to faith because God elected (chose) me before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4), what about those who ultimately don't believe. Will they be able to blame God for failing to choose them when they stand before him at the final jud…

Friday Coffee with PJ

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It's Friday ... and I am really going to enjoy my morning coffee this morning! I have been ill this week ... and have not had a cup of coffee since Sunday morning. For those of you genuine coffee lovers, you know I must have been feeling poorly to have no desire for a cup of java! All that said, this week's edition will be somewhat shorter than normal. Still, I hope you find something to stir your heart and strengthen your faith.

1. My wife returned from a shopping trip the other day and informed me that the vehicle registration on our van had been expired for a month! Ouch! Renewing vehicle registrations is something I have never forgotten to do ... not in all the years I have been a car owner (I bought my first car, a 1965 Chevy Bel Air when I was 17. My twin brother and I shared it for two years and then sold it when we went off to college in Philadelphia - we bought it for $350 and sold it for the same!). So I at once took care of renewing the registration online. But thi…

Friday Coffee with PJ

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Friday morning .... Friday coffee .... And for most of you ... a sigh of relief that the weekend is almost here!

1. My friend Augustin Hibaile is being used of God in a great way in the heart of Africa. Encompass World Partners sent out yesterday the following prayer update concerning Hibaile and his ministry. Please read it and take a moment to pray for this dear brother. His heart's desire is to bring the light of Christ into the darkness of the human suffering of the Central African Republic's peoples (and you can stay updated by visiting the Friends of CIDEL website).


UPDATE:  In April, Dr. HibailĂ© was invited by the European military contingent of the UN to lead training on military ethics to the national senior officers. He has also had contact with C.A.R.’s new President and Minister of Foreign Affairs. God continues to give opportunities for teaching and witness among officials and educators. Pray for continued open doors and for personnel needed for the ministry.
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Friday Coffee with PJ

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It's that time again to pour yourself of your favorite coffee and join me for a few random thoughts.

1. I must admit I am surprised at the number of non-coffee drinkers that I know. I feel somewhat sad for them. Not only do they miss out of the joy of savoring a variety of coffees, but they also miss out on all the health benefits of drinking coffee ... and I am thinking of far more than just waking a person up in the morning (and there's no better way to wake up than coffee in one's cup!). Here are 19 good health reasons to drink coffee. 

2. The expression "lightening never strikes the same place twice" is actually a myth. Lightening can, and does occasionally strike the same place twice. It happened this week in New York State, in the small town of West Babylon. Bruce Magistro, an every day construction worker, won a million dollars this week in the New York State lottery. And this was not his first million dollar lottery ticket! Four years ago he bought a tic…

Friday Coffee with PJ

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It's Friday morning  ... so it's coffee time (well actually as I write this it's Thursday afternoon and it's still coffee time as I am enjoying a delicious cup of Maxwell House's House Blend!). So pour yourself a cup of Joe (or not, whatever your pleasure be) ... and join me for a couple of random thoughts.

1. The dictionary defines "overwhelmed"as "the feeling or state of mind that results from being buried or drowned under a huge mass." I am going to be very transparent with you (which is what I should be, yes?) ... I am feeling a bit overwhelmed as I write these words. For starters, we are in the last few weeks of an incredibly busy season at church that has included several big events/projects (eg: student ministries' auction, Easter week activities, our annual missions conference, budget and annual membership meeting planning, our Celebrate Grace Sunday, and ... in just a little over a week, our annual Police Officers Appreciation and M…