It’s that time again, boys and girls!
That’s right. It’s time for more Deep Thoughts, formerly known as Espresso Shots,from Dr. Jay Christianson, the famous (or infamous) Truth Barista Radio Show and Podcast host.
For the uninitiated, the Deep Thoughts/Espresso Shots blog series was inspired by an old Saturday Night Live segment that served as a segue between the live sketches during the 1991-1998 season. These segments presented a brief thought from American Humorist Jack Handey (Deep Thoughts With Jack Handey). They were some of the weirdest, most off-the-wall observations I’ve heard or read, similar to the bizarre and humorous observations by comedian Steven Wright.
Where does such musing come from? I’m not really sure.
Some of them come to me in the shower, which is why some call such sprayer-ful inspirations Shower Thoughts.
Some of them come to me during Bible studies, while cruising the internet news of the day, or when I’m in a mood, if you know what I mean (and I think you do).
Sometimes, they just pop out of my brain at odd times for seemingly no apparent reason—random thoughts, so to speak. Some of these thoughts and insights are spiritual. They might be political or accidental observations. They can be reflective, passionate, or funny (depending on whom you ask, and that usually includes only me).
By the way, people often look at me strangely when I laugh hysterically in my car. That’s why I like to keep an earbud attached to my noggin’. I point to it when someone in the car next to me busts me laughing or talking to myself. It’s a good cover.
Anyway, here’s the third installment of Espresso Shots. Enjoy! Warning: There is no rhyme or reason to the following. Yes, they’re as random as when they hit me.
· The problem with selfies is they’re about self. We should be living “otheries.”
· On 8/2/23, Minnesota recognized same-sex marriage. God still doesn’t.
· Here in Florida, we’re finally getting some good rain. The percussion section of the atmospheric orchestra is hitting hard. Not the dull thud or the rolling drum, no sir. The immediate staccato flash/crack shakes the house, rattles the windows, thumps my body, and crushes all other sounds. Delightfully scary. I hope it lasts.
· I love Florida with all of its quirks. Most of them come from other states for the Season.
· Why should a pastor ALWAYS write their own sermon? Because it’s the pastor’s interaction with the Holy Spirit that brings God’s Word alive for the congregation at that moment. When a pastor “borrows” a sermon from someone else, online, or via AI, there is no Holy Spirit interaction unless the Holy Spirit led the pastor to another’s sermon and uses the pastor to adapt it under His inspiration with full credit to the original writer. Pastor, don’t be lazy. You were called to speak God’s word after the text had worked you over, and you’ve worked over the text. Otherwise, you’re just throwing wood on a cold campfire and expecting it to warm and comfort your people. You must be ignited first.
· Why doesn’t the Left like our national motto, “In God We Trust”? They don’t like competition.
· Our first moment in heaven must be like suddenly seeing and hearing when you’ve been blind and deaf our whole life.
· Mammals have hair and produce milk, right? Therefore, a coconut is a mammal. TIL (Today I Learned).
· Transhumanism is religion and not science. It takes an act of faith to believe you can change your God-given gender.
· Ask yourself, “What motivates a man to dress in skimpy women’s clothing to dance provocatively in front of small children?” That’s all you need to know whether this is right or wrong.
· Objective truth: Gender ideology is gender idiotology.
· “Gender reassignment” surgery is biological cross-dressing. Just as cross-dressing in garments doesn’t change one’s biological sex/gender (same thing), the person remains the same inside regardless of how they alter their outside. Feelings don’t nullify truth.
· Transgenderism is the new blackface. Fake women (trans men) in women’s sports are as bad as the reviled minstrel shows.
· (Yes, I was on a rant about transgenderism that day.)
· Has anyone else realized that it’s the Marxists in Washington D.C. who are picking a fight with the Marxists in Russia and the Marxists in China over world domination? Maybe the problem is Marxism?
· As I was reading today, I came across these words, and they rang in me: “You stiff-necked people with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are always resisting the Holy Spirit. As your ancestors did, you do also.” (Acts 7:51) What was the response from those Stephen rebuked? “They yelled at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him.” (Acts 7:57) Cancel culture! Today, anti-God forces try to cancel everything that resonates or reflects Judeo-Christian values. Tomorrow, they will try to cancel Christians themselves. I know it’s coming. But God will prevail.
· Eden was a sacred space in which a person could live with God. Salvation creates a sacred space where God could live in a person. If you’re born again, you’re Eden restored.
· Why do people react strongly when they encounter genuine Christians? Because salt stings an open wound.
· Forgiveness is refusing to punish the other person.
· The proof of a wounded soul’s divine healing is remembering without pain.
· Wisdom is knowledge forged in the fires of experience.
· With the turmoil in the world today, many wonder if we’re in the Last Days. If you die today, it IS your last day. Are you sure you want to wait to talk to Jesus about your future with Him? Because when you meet Jesus the sound of His voice and the words He speaks to you will be vastly different based on your decision now.
· Ezekiel 4:12 – the worst Iron Chef idea ever. (For the clueless, Iron Chef was a television cooking competition based on a theme food or cooking process. It wrecks the joke if you have to explain it, right?)
And with that, I will leave you to your own musings.
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