Coffee Break – 11.30.2015

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1782, the United States and Britain signed preliminary peace articles in Paris, ending the Revolutionary War. In 1897, Thomas Edison’s own motion picture projector had its first commercial exhibition. And in 1954, a meteorite strikes a woman in Alabama, the first modern instance of such an occurrence.

Coffee Break

Swedish Egg Coffee – Touted as the smoothest coffee you’ll ever drink, this doesn’t sound all that appealing. But they say it’s pretty incredible. I may just have to try this one out.

Unlimited Airline Tickets? – American Airlines once offered a lifetime pass to their customers. This is absolutely incredible! Think of the possibilities available if you could fly for free for the rest of your life!

5 Bookish Facts About American Reading Habits – Reading has fallen out of favor, generally speaking, it seems over the past few years. Some of these facts are pretty sad, and will be hard to address if we don’t teach the next generation to love reading. My kids are developing a love for books and reading. It’s great to see them bring a book with them almost everywhere they go.

How Many Trees Are There? – Just in case you ever wondered this… Here is the answer.

Memorize Scripture: Philippians 3:12

Growth and progress in Christ are pulsing through this passage, as Paul describes how he is continuing to strive for the goal of Christlikeness.

Take at look at this week’s passage in Philippians 3:12:

Philippians 3:12

What Paul states in this verse begins one of the most familiar paragraphs in his letter to the Philippians. In this passage, he begins to describe what it looks like to press on to the prize.

It is unclear what it is that Paul is referring to as he begins this passage. Just what is it that he has not yet obtained? He has just finished speaking about the resurrection of the dead, and becoming like Christ in his sufferings. That could be what he is talking about here, but it leaves something to be desired.

He has already been accounted righteousness, because of Christ’s actions on the cross, so that is probably not what he is talking about here either.

Most likely, he is speaking of continued growth in Christ. He realizes that he has not reached perfection. He knows that continued growth is required. And his use of the term “press on” shows that he will continue to work toward this goal, for as long as he is able.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. This is a day where we pause to celebrate the blessings we have received and express our gratitude and thankfulness to God for those blessings. You can read about the history of Thanksgiving in the US here.

It’s a day full of food, family and friends. It’s a day of relaxing and enjoying those around us. And it’s a day to express our thanks.

I hope that you will take the time to express your gratitude to God and to your loved ones today. Enjoy the holiday!

Book Review – The Surprising Imagination Of C. S. Lewis

The Surprising Imagination Of C. S. LewisOne of my favorite authors has always been C. S. Lewis. I might offend some by saying this, but of all his books, the Narnia Chronicles are my least favorite. Many of his other works were much more meaningful to me when I read them, and continue to be so.

However, with that said, his imaginative work in all of his writings is extraordinary. In fact, his imagination was extraordinary. From his poetic writings, before he became a Christian, to his deepest theological efforts, the power of his imagination shines through all of them.

That is the focus of The Surprising Imagination Of C. S. Lewis, by Jerry Root and Mark Neal. In this book, the authors take a thorough look at all of Lewis’ writings, and examine the different forms of imagination used in each of them.

C. S. Lewis found that there are many facets to the imagination, and he made use of almost all of them in his writings. From the baptized imagination he used in Surprised by Joy, to the shared imagination found in Mere Christianity, to the penetrating imagination and the material imagination found in the Narnia stories, and more, Lewis took these different aspects of the imagination and utilized them to a tremendous extent.

Coffee Break – 11.23.2015

Your Monday Dose Of Inspiration

On this day in history: In 1835, Henry Burden patented the horseshoe manufacturing machine. In 1889, the first jukebox made its debut in San Francisco, at the Palais Royale Saloon. The first issue of Life was published in 1936. And in 1946, Mound Metalcraft changed its name to Tonka Toys Incorporated.

Coffee Break

Understanding The Information On A Bag Of Coffee – What do the symbols you see on a bag of fresh coffee mean? And how can you make sure you are getting the best coffee for your money? Here are a few things to consider.

The Jewel Caterpillar – This little creature is beautiful and fascinating, and displays the hand of God in its design.

Rats In The Toilet – I have never experienced a rat in my toilet, but it is a fairly common occurrence. National Geographic has put together an interesting video displaying how these creatures accomplish this feat. It is really nothing short of amazing.

Once In A Blue Moon – This is some incredible footage of a blue moon rising in Australia. It is simply stunning to watch this time lapse video.

Memorize Scripture: Philippians 3:10-11

After Paul’s pointed statements to the Philippians about his own achievements, he moves directly to that which is worth more than all of our own efforts.

See what he says for yourself in Philippians 3:10-11:

Philippians 3:10-11

When all is said and done, nothing compares to what we have in Christ. Our own achievements and accomplishments are to be considered as rubbish and worthless in comparison with being found in Christ. With that in mind, Paul makes yet another forceful statement, this time viewing the benefits of knowing Christ instead of the worthlessness of our own attempts.

Paul longs to have the reality of Christ in his life beyond anything else. When we truly long for such things, it affects our entire lifestyle, and everything about us.

In this passage, Paul expresses two things that he wants to know, and that we can know, and two things that he longs to experience, as should we.