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Is Knowledge Meaningless?

I have been spending much of my time studying diligently in chemistry, physics, and the likes. It’s like dusting cobwebs off old parts of my brain that have been left unused for some time. I cannot complain because overall I like chemistry and physics. Tutoring is rewarding I many ways and puts food on the table. Definitely a bonus! But as I have diligently studied I find myself very much identifying with King Solomon

“I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I applied my mind to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under the heavens. What a heavy burden God has laid on mankind! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. I said to myself, “Look, I have increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind. For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 NIV

Is knowledge meaningless? Knowledge has allowed for so many wonderful things in this world. Advances in medical care, quality of living, and more come from knowledge. Knowledge in itself is a wonderful gift when used to do things that benefit this world. But I would agree with King Solomon, pursuit of knowledge is indeed meaningless.

When we stand before God the creator of the universe we are not going to be given a Bible quiz, physics test or asked to explain quantum mechanics. Jesus is going to ask, “do I know this person.” We should be seeking first Gods kingdom and to know Jesus Christ our savior. If the lord grants you the gift of knowledge in the process then great, by all means use it for Gods kingdom and glory.

What are you pursuing?

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My Basil Plant!!!

I once had a very large thriving basil plant. It had two main branches then several branches coming from those. Through the course of some harsh moves and having to bring the plant indoor for the winter it died down to the point I thought it was a goner. Given the set up of my apartment the indoor plants did not get much sun light. I have 4 thriving house plants and an almost dead basil plant. But I now see the evidence of spring because the basil plant is back outdoors and the one remaining live branch is peeking up. I even noted some small new buds. The plant is not dead after all. Plus I now have 4 new little plants growing

One of my favorite parables in the Bible is the parable of the sower.

“As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.” Matthew 13:23

There are so many factors that influence a plants growth. Just like there are so many factors that influence our spiritual growth. We often think or are taught that we in ourselves can produce and bear good fruit. But the truth is we can only bear an abundant crop through living the lives God has called us to live. It is through Christ we bear good fruit. We need good soil so that a seed can grow. We need water and sunlight so that it can stay alive. Jesus is the living water. Jesus is the light of the world. Apart from the light and water of Jesus we all are like my basil plant in the winter. We loss our branches. We stop bearing fruit.

Are you getting enough sunlight and water from Jesus to thrive and produce good fruits? Are you hearing God’s words, understanding and then obeying them? Is your soil good soil? If you answer is no then ask Jesus to supply what you need. Ask him to lead you to a place that will help you connect to the source of life Jesus Christ. In Jesus name. Amen

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Jesus is Not About Legalism

What is legalism exactly? One definition of legalism is excessive adherence to the law. Another definition is dependence on moral law rather on personal faith in Jesus. When we fall into legalism we uphold “rules” or what we perceive as God’s law over acting with love and mercy.

I like to think about the purpose of God’s law. Is Gods law meant to be oppressive causing harm? Absolutely no. God law is meant to be love and protection. Just like you set rules for your children not to be oppressive but to keep them safe. Therefore if upholding a very strict, legalistic law is not showing the love and mercy that Jesus stood for, you have to question whether this is the true heart of the God who loves us.

“At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.” He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.” Matthew 12:1-8

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Thank You For Your Love and Support!

I went to an outdoor market in my hometown this past weekend. It was a gorgeous day. Just beautiful and located in a beautiful garden. Typically when I go to market as a vendor I spend much time talking with potential customers explaining what I do in terms of art but also ministry. My purpose for being there is ultimately ministry. The sales are necessary but secondary. For whatever reason I was not in the mood to talk. So for the entire time from 8:30 am when I set up shop to 4 pm when I packed up I did rather little talking. Rather lots of smiling and handing out goodie bags.

So many people stopped by to admire my art work. Many said kind words and such. It always feels good to be praised for one’s work. I was thankful for the encouragement. It would be easy for me to see these art pieces which I labored over as the jewel or prize. I enjoy doing art and although I do not enjoy the sales portion it is necessary. Yet the true jewel and prize was what was given to those people in the goodie bag. The true treasure was information about Jesus and becoming his child.

How often in life do we set our eyes on something beautiful while missing the real treasure of Christ in our lives? I went to the market in a funky mood. I did not feel like talking to people or really interacting. I was a bit tired and overwhelmed to be honest. But I did manage to hand out something that should point people to the only gift that matters for eternity. Jesus

Those that praised my work and supported me through purchases showed me a Christ like love. They offered me support. Without that support I would not have been able to even be at the market handing out the goodie bags with the real gift. So a special thank you to all those who came out Saturday to offer me love and support. It was a day I needed your love and support!

What do you treasure? What do you set your eyes upon? What are send praise and honor towards? Is it Jesus? And if it is not Jesus is your endeavor loving others with a Christ like love?

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Why Do We Lie?

The other day I came home from work to find numerous piles of dog vomit containing shreds of red plastic. I then found the red plastic lid to the container holding the dog food. Let’s just say it was in pieces. That plastic did not sit well in my puppies stomach so he had vomited it all up. Gross! As much as I love my dogs I do not enjoy the mess they occasionally make. Yucky. My frustration was rising as I got ready to scrum my floors. Now I have two dogs. Itsy was curled up in a ball asleep. Coco had his tail between his legs, head coward. It was not hard to figure out who the culprit was.

I imagine if my dogs where human children and I asked who did it they probably would have been pointing figures at each other saying not me. In the above example, Coco was trying to get to something he wanted and we’ll need for life. He wanted the dog food. And well he likes to chew on things. All normal for a dog. The problem is he was trying to get the things he wanted outside of how he should. The desires he had were not wrong it was the method. And if he was human and decided to lie about it well why would he do such a thing? Fear, anxiety and worry over the consequences.

A common reason we humans lie is to either get something we want/need or to avoid something we do not want. But at the heart of lying is mistrust in God and his kingdom. It is the belief that lying will solve your problems verse living honestly and trusting God to work and move in a way that all problems will be solved.

I have never meet a person who has never told a lie. Myself included. What lies do you tend to tell and how is this maybe reflecting a mistrust in God and his kingdom? But also remember even though I was frustrated at my little Coco, I still loved him dearly. Jesus never stops loving us even when we sin or fall short. But he is also the answer to us cleaning up and starting anew.

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