Archive for November, 2011

Philosophy and Religious Faith

November 22, 2011

I was asked by a student the other day whether or not I had problems being both a pastor and a philosophy instructor.  I told the student that, actually, for me, they work together very well.  They both address similar questions.  When studying philosophy we examine alternative approaches and answers to questions.  This enhances the understanding of the complexity and range of the issues that are addressed.  As a pastor I propose answers to those questions.  This can provide a solid foundation from which to deal with the complex questions of life.  A solid foundation, with a breadth of understanding, is a good thing.  I have greatly enjoyed being both a pastor and a philosophy instructor and believe that I will continue to expand my knowledge and understanding in the years to come.

Give Thanks in Everything

November 21, 2011

I have been on a break from blogging.  It started back when I was doing a roofing project that consumed my time and energy.  It continued as I simply got out of the habit.  I have plenty to do, and unless I am intentional about maintaining the blog, it is easy to leave out of my schedule.

Today, I am sharing the sermon notes from yesterday.  Please look up the scriptures.  They contain the primary material.

I.  I Thessalonians 5:18  We give thanks for salvation, for friends and family,  for the many blessings that God has given us, but do we really give thanks “in everything”?

II.  Matthew 16:21-23  Peter was thinking in human standards.  Jesus was thinking of God’s plan.  Often human standards are in the way of God’s plans.

Verses 24-27  We need to be willing to let go of our plans to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

III.  Matthew 6:19-21  Where is our treasure?  Are we building our own kingdom, or are we working for the kingdom of God?

IV.  Matthew 9:35-38  We should be praying for God to send out laborers, but we should also be laboring ourselves for the kingdom of God.

V.  Matthew 6: 24  Are we serving God, or seeking financial gain?

VI.  Matthew 6:25-33  Seek first the kingdom of God.

Conclusion:  We are richly blessed in many ways.  It is appropriate to be thankful for the blessings.   We need to be careful that we do not seek simply the blessings that God gives to us.  Sometimes, fulfilling the call of God for our lives means discomfort.  We are to “take up our cross” and follow Him.  We are to give thanks “in all things”.  Our desire should be, not for the material blessings of this world, but to one day hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”.