The downfall of the Philanthropist – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, Part 4

I recently listened to a podcast about Walt Disney (episode 204), and it was fascinating to hear the story of how he grew his company from a few cartoon drawings into what is today one of the top ten companies in the world.  After Disney died, however, there was a massive court battled that ragedContinue reading “The downfall of the Philanthropist – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, Part 4”

How work and wisdom fail to bring ultimate meaning to life – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, Part 3

This week we’ve been following the Teacher in the biblical book of Ecclesiastes try out seven roles or personalities, all in an attempt to find the meaning of life. It’s a kind of ancient personality test. So far the Teacher has introduced us to the Philosopher, the Student, the Party Animal and the Addict, butContinue reading “How work and wisdom fail to bring ultimate meaning to life – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, Part 3”

How an ancient personality test can help us discover the meaning of life – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, Part 1

Ed Ames a provocative song in 1968 and it just might resonate with you today. Take a look: In case you didn’t catch it clearly, here is the chorus: If the soul is darkened by a fear it cannot nameIf the mind is baffled when the rules don’t fit the gameWho will answer?Who will answer?WhoContinue reading “How an ancient personality test can help us discover the meaning of life – Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26, Part 1”

False Ideas Christians Believe About…God’s Will

Do you know God’s will for your life? How do you find out? A lot people wonder. In this post we are fact-checking Christian ideas about God’s will.  There are a lot of thoughts out there about God’s will.  And unfortunately there is much confusion too.  Here are the ideas that we are going toContinue reading “False Ideas Christians Believe About…God’s Will”

God works in mysterious ways? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s involvement in our lives. Part 5]

Does God seem mysterious to you? Confusing? Distant? In this fifth and final post in our series fact-checking phrases about God’s involvement in our lives, we’re seeking to evaluate the phrase: “God works in mysterious ways.” This is related to “everything happens for a reason”.  When we say “everything happens for a reason” we areContinue reading “God works in mysterious ways? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s involvement in our lives. Part 5]”

How to find wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

In our sermon series on 1st Corinthians, we’re in the middle of a long section in which Paul has been talking with the Christians in the city of Corinth about wisdom.  Wisdom can be so difficult to come by, as I mentioned in the sermon intro post last week. We had a great conversation aboutContinue reading “How to find wisdom – 1 Corinthians 2:6-16”

The difficulty of finding wisdom

Have you found wisdom?  Have you asked for it? Lucille Ball thought it was hard to come by. 2 Kings 3 tells the story, in the days after Solomon ascended to the throne of his father David, of the Lord coming to Solomon in dream telling Solomon he would give Solomon whatever he wished.  HeContinue reading “The difficulty of finding wisdom”