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As I said on Sunday, knowledge is important.
It is important to know things about the things in our lives.
How things operate.
What things are dangerous.
What things can help save our lives.
What steps to take when in certain situations.
What things are helpful in our relationships.
What things are damaging to a healthy community.
But knowledge can create problems.
Especially when it is flaunted in the face of others.
I gave an example of a junior high boy who got nicknamed “Know It All.”
Not a good look.
It is the same thing for adults.
Our knowledge shouldn’t be an annoyance to others.
Our come across as pedantic.
Paul says “Knowledge puffs up but love builds up.”
And he also points out that knowledge requires humility,
Because when we say we know,
We clearly do not know that we don’t know.
(meaning we are not “all knowing,”
and thus like those who we claim to know more than).
Anyhow, knowledge is an important thing.
I am thankful for the many knowledgeable people in my life.
The many doctors who learned in school to take care of you and me.
The people that know about cars and fix them when they are being cranky.
My sound equipment guy that I order from in Texas
when I have a need to purchase something but am not quite sure what I need.
I am most thankful in my life for those who taught me about the Faith.
Who walked with me to show me the Way.
When I first started on this Jesus journey,
I had a dad of a friend meet with me during the summers of my college days
to help me learn about the Bible.
He would teach me about the structure of it.
What books went with other books.
What was the purpose of each of the books.
And which passages would be good to memorize.
So, I read.
And this process, for me, has never stopped.
Nor do I think it ever will.
There is so much to know about this life of faith.
And every year I look back and marvel at what I have learned about life,
And about others.
And I am thankful.
For those who took the time to impart their knowledge about this Jesus journey.
People like Dan Hale. Who taught me about the Bible.
Ken Sheets. Who taught me about ministry.
Ed Neuenschwander. Who taught me about pastoring.
Scott Gallagher. Who taught me about relationships.
Dan Griffith. Who taught me about caring for the “lest of these.”
Marianne Freilich. Who taught me about the joy in the journey.
And Christopher Seal. Who taught me about seeing the good in others.
Without these people and many others,
I am not sure what my faith would look like.
Or where I would be.
Or what I would have become.
I am thankful.
And I know that many of you are too.
For the lives of those who have invested in your faith.
Seeing that your journey is guided with knowledge.
And you know that you would not be where you are at today
without the mentoring relationships that you have had.
So, let us all be thankful.
And be filled with the joy of knowing that God has gone before us.
To provide us with the knowledge of this faith that we walk in.
Both in good times and bad.
To help navigate through the ups and downs.
And what do we do if we desire this mentoring?
Ask those who you admire to meet with you and talk about their faith.
And talk about how they got to where they are.
And put yourself in places that will promote your growth.
Jesus said in the Gospels,
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Make learning about this faith your treasure.
Let it infest your soul so that you immerse yourself in it.
So that you might be a joy to another.
And live life fully as God has designed us to live.
In healthy community.
Where we share freely of our gifts.
And seek to love all persons as Jesus has loved us.
Amen and Amen.