Friday Coffee with PJ

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 ticket at the same gas station which also brought him a million dollar prize! The odds he beat to win two million dollar lottery prizes? A paltry 1 in 7,745,600! Now compare the odds he beat to win these two million dollar payouts to the odds we must all beat in order to avoid death. The statistics are clear. One out of every one dies! And there is no way of avoiding our date with death! And what awaits on the other side of the grave? The Bible tells us "just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment" (Hebrews 9:27). So ... given the inevitablity of death, I need to ask you, "Are YOU ready?" Jesus Christ has made a way for all of us to "be ready" to meet the God who made us. You can find out about this way and the choice we all face RIGHT HERE! 

3. Please continue to pray for the people of the Central African Republic. The conditions there remain desperate, especially outside the capital city of Bangui. Nearly half the population of 5 million people need aid (if that were true of the United States, that would mean 160 million people would be in need! Ouch!). The country recently elected a new president, but he has a steep up hill battle to fight to bring stability and peace back to this impoverished, war weary country (read this Guardian article for the latest). So ... please pray for the country and the many believers who live there. Also please pray for my friend, Augustin Hibaile and his family. You can read about his ministry on the Friends of CIDEL webiste (CIDEL stands for the Center International for the Development of Ethical Leadership). Thanks!

4. Finally, we will be conducting our annual police officers appreciation and memorial service this Sunday. We do this to let our law enforcement community who put their lives on the line every day know just how much we appreciate what they do for us. If you are in town on Sunday morning, I invite you to join us. The service begins at 10:30.

Thanks for stopping by . . .
pj

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