What Happens When We Die?
Who am I? Where did I come from? What is my purpose for existence and where am I headed? These are the ultimate questions mankind has pondered for our entire history on this planet. Deep in our souls these questions reverberate into the night. Poets and pundits, sages and songwriters, gurus and grandmas all ponder these at some point.
But how do we know what we know? Who or what is your final authority in answering these queries? What should you believe and how should you behave? Or is there even a standard?
Where Did We Come From?
Have you seen those commercials for Ancestry.com? For $99, you send these folks some of your saliva, they run your DNA and promise to send you back a breakdown of your ethnic mix! Analyzing more than 700,000 genetic markers, they can even find some distant cousins, if they too have joined their service. Their web site shows a guy who came back 52% Ireland, Wales, Scotland; 28% Scandinavia; 10% Italy, Greece and 10% Other. One lady on the TV commercial was somewhat overwhelmed to find out she was 24% Native American. She had no idea and apparently this completely changed her life. The ad shows her standing among Native American artifacts celebrating this new found knowledge.
Why Do We Exist?
Why are you alive or what is your reason for being? Do you ever consider this? It’s important you do lest you waste your life.
As we look around, there are no shortage of answers. Yet often the answer is more lived out than written down, more demonstrated than articulated. Four flawed answers seem to exist.
Who Am I?
What tumultuous times we travel. Otherwise normal, law-abiding citizens become friends with fundamental Islamists and somehow become “radicalized” to the point they are willing to take lives of innocents and lose their own for the cause. The question is where and when, not if there will be another massacre. The threat of global terrorism is raising many hard-to- answer questions.
I confess, I’m a sports junkie. It’s really my dad’s fault. I’m also good at blameshifting, but that’s for another blog. Growing up outside Nashville, TN, I became hooked on playing and watching some form of baseball, basketball and football year round. I loved them all. I lived for competition at every turn. As kids, we played something outside almost every day. We always kept score. I remember clearing the basketball court of snow in February and trying to play basketball with gloves on because we were tired of killing each other in football by that point. Other than when my cruel parents made me go to school, most of my growing up I was either playing or watching sports. At least we had sports at school!
Several years ago a mom was leaving our church service with her seven year old son. Out of the blue, he looked at his mom and said he might like to be a pastor someday. The mom was so excited to hear that God was moving in his heart. Treading very carefully on such sacred ground, she asked, “Why do you think you might want to be a pastor?” To which he replied, “It looks pretty easy. They only have to work one hour a week.
Spiritual Warfare and Church Leadership
… and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that we will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil (I Timothy 3:6-7).
Are You Free From the Love of Money?
“Teleo” is a common Greek New Testament verb that means, “I complete, I accomplish, I finish, I carry out a task.” It’s often used in reference to a religious obligation. “Tetelestai” shares the same root word, is a verb in the perfect tense and passive voice. Perfect tense means the action is completed and has continuing results into the future. Passive voice indicates the subject of the verb has been acted upon.
Unless otherwise noted, all posts are written by Pastor Chris McKnight