Starbucks? I don't even go to Starbucks, mainly because I don't drink coffee. Also, because I am stingy and I want to pay cheaper prices on my hot drinks.
Anyway, a lady in my office named Roberta came in Tuesday morning with her coffee and muffin from Starbucks. She exclaimed, "I just got this free because someone in a car ahead of me paid for mine." Here's the whole story. Another woman driving through Starbucks was listening to a Christian radio station, and the announcer challenged each Christian listening to do a kind deed for someone they did not know (the "pay it forward" concept). This anonymous lady told the cashier that she wished to pay for her own personal order and the order of the next two cars behind her. Roberta was the second car behind. The cashier told Roberta the story when he wouldn't take her money to pay. Guess what Roberta did? Yep. She paid for the person's order in the car behind her! It was a great start to a morning in our office, as we talked of the goodness of God and his people.
Wednesday night, our Truth Project continued at church. The topic was Theology: The Study of God. We looked at the study of the existence, nature and attributes of God. Further, we looked at the topic of "eternal life," which in Scripture says that eternal life is found in Jesus. Jesus, in John 17, prayed that all "may know you (God the Father)" through personal communion and relationship. It is by knowing God fully through experience and love, not through clinical understanding or intellectual pursuit, that we find grace and redemption.
The great apostle Paul and the great preacher of old named Charles Haddon Spurgeon both proclaimed that by saying, "I want to know Christ..."
Sadly, there have been many who have called Christians foolish and said that the Bible a fairy tale book. In 1776, Voltaire said, "One hundred years from my day there will not be a Bible in the earth, except one that is looked upon by an antiquarian curiosity seeker." Basically, he was saying there would only be copies of Bibles in the museums of the world. Ingersoll, the famed atheist, was quoted: "In 15 years I will have this book (the Bible) in the morgue." Fifteen years later, Ingersoll was in the morgue and still later, his desk was used by a preacher to write sermons! "It took 12 men to start Christianity; one will destroy it." What do you think of that?
The Bible is clear. In 1 Peter 1:24-25, we find that "the Word of the Lord stands forever." It was an interesting Wednesday evening discussion at church.
Yesterday, we took care of grand-daughter Bailey again for the afternoon. She is so sweet (most of the time) as she approaches her first birthday. Her birthday is April 4, and this year it falls on Easter Sunday. How appropriate, when the theme for that day will be specifically about life!