Archive for April, 2011

The Meaning to Life: The Answer! Pt. 5 of 5

Posted by    |    April 5th, 2011 at 3:15 pm

So what is the meaning to life? After several weeks of anticipation, the answer is in. But, first, let’s look at a unique verse in Matthew 22. We pick up the story with the Pharisees (a religious sect) coming up with a plan to test Jesus. Their goal was to get Jesus to discredit their Law by ranking or eliminating some or most of the 613 commandments. Yes, there are more than 10!

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replies in verse 37,

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The ENTIRE Old Testament hangs on these two commandments.

Now back to Solomon. He has tried everything in his quest for meaning; Education, Party, Sex, Alcohol, Stuff. But, all prove to be only a “chasing after the wind.” He is now at the end of his life when we read his last words in Ecclesiastes,

“Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.”

That’s it! The meaning to life is to fear God and keep his commandments. But, wait, Jesus makes it even easier to understand. Remember his response above. “All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Here is the meaning of life:
1. Fear God
2. Love God with all your heart, soul and mind
3. Love your neighbor as yourself

If you can do these three things, you’ve accomplished your purpose in life!

10 Myths About Attending Church Tomorrow

Posted by    |    April 3rd, 2011 at 5:40 am

I just want to give a quick shout out to my Childress friends. If you’ve ever considered going to church, but haven’t had the courage, how about making tomorrow the day you become brave enough. Just in case you don’t know what to expect or if you’ve heard some untrue things about coming to church with me,  I’m going to set you straight. SO here are 10 myths you might have heard about going to church that are NOT TRUE… (more…)

Green-Grassing Around Gets You… Absolutely Nowhere

Posted by    |    April 1st, 2011 at 11:21 am

I constantly find myself dwelling on the what ifs? What if I had that job? What if I had handled something differently, where would I be right now? What if I hadn’t done that ONE tiny thing that landed me in this place called life, but it’s a place I’m not wanting for me? How often do I look at someone else and think, I wish that’s what was going on in my life? I develop some SERIOUS cases of “the grass is always greener” syndrome and so severe, that I’ll do one of two things. One, revert back to freshman year behavior, going out all of the time, acting generally ridiculous, dancing around bars, making spectacles, trying to numb it all away. OR I’ll withdraw from the world completely. I let my bitterness for what’s happening (or not happening) in my own life overtake me, as I covet (ok, a little dramatic) and long for a life that’s not my own. (more…)