What is the purpose of life?

The Purpose of Life - 2 What is the purpose of life? This was the question I raised in last week's eNote. This week, I thought we'd consider this Q again - this time, listening to the words of someone considered the wisest person to ever live on earth. Near the end of his life, King Solomon wrote these words in the book of Ecclesiastes. "I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind." - Ecclesiastes 1:14 Solomon goes on to explain how (in the course of his life) he pursued everything under the sun. He pursued knowledge and understanding. He built great monuments and accumulated great wealth. He pursued pleasure and

The Purpose of Life

What is the purpose of your life? Is it to be successful? to be satisfied? to be loved? Is it to accumulate wealth? to pursue success? to simply enjoy life? As we enter this new fall season, I remind us that there is a divine purpose for your life. God (our Creator) has a clear purpose for you, for me. At one point in the Gospel of Mark, following a series of debates, one of the teachers of the law asks Jesus a question. He noticed that Jesus had already answered all the other questions very well. So, I imagine that he asked his question with honesty and humility, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" In other words, which of God's 600+ law

Prayers for our City

"He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." - Friends, this week's note comes from Bishop Sally Dyck, who asks all of us to pray for Chicago. "I am asking all United Methodist churches in Northern Illinois to pray for the city of Chicago! In October 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African American, was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke as the officer arrived on the scene. Police dash cam video caught the shooting, showing McDonald with a knife in hand walking away from Officer Van Dyke. The video was withheld from the public for about a year during the election campa

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