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Ecclesiastes 11 - NIV

Invest in Many Ventures


Ship your grain across the sea;
after many days you may receive a return.

2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight;
you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.


If clouds are full of water,
they pour rain on the earth.
Whether a tree falls to the south or to the north,
in the place where it falls, there it will lie.

4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.


As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed[a] in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.


Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.

Remember Your Creator While Young


Light is sweet,
and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

8 However many years anyone may live,
let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
for there will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.


You who are young, be happy while you are young,
and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
God will bring you into judgment.

10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
and cast off the troubles of your body,
for youth and vigor are meaningless.


a. Ecclesiastes 11:5 Or know how life (or the spirit) / enters the body being formed

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Ed Vasicek avatar
Blights to Be Reckoned With
Shared by: Ed Vasicek on Oct, 2016
Summary: Our personal struggles and weaknesses have great bearing upon our relationships. We all have blights that plague us, and today we are going to look at three of them.
Richard Tow avatar
Balanced Watchfulness
Shared by: Richard Tow on Feb, 2016
Summary: Does the word of God tell us how to handle the changing times? Yes, through principles set forth in the Bible. This message examines two directives that may at first appear to contradict one another. In reality they provide a balance.
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 232
Paul Basehore avatar
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Aug, 2014
Summary: You are not the future of the church. You are the present! Don’t wait until you’re adults to make a difference for the Kingdom of God. Do it now!
Series: Challenges
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 3,068
Damian Phillips avatar
Now's the Time to Serve
Shared by: Damian Phillips on Mar, 2014
Summary: There are too many believers waiting for the perfect scenario to come along before they will serve the Lord. They use the excuse of being unable to serve God because life is too hard right now, or that it’s not an ideal time or situation.
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,465
Davon Huss avatar
In the Days of Your Youth
Shared by: Davon Huss on Feb, 2014
Summary: A sermon on Ecclesiastes 11:9- 12:7 on the importance of reaching youth and young adults
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Life Begins and God's Work
Shared by: Davon Huss on Jan, 2014
Summary: A sermon for the Sanctity of Human Life Sunday (after reading and meditating on this sermon from Sermon Central's Ed Wood at: http://www.sermoncentral.com/sermons/gods-hand-in-creating-life-ed-wood-sermon-on-abortion-98204.asp I had enough for a sermon)
John McCormack avatar
Shared by: John McCormack on Dec, 2013
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:3
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 305
Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid avatar
Shared by: Dr. Gale A. Ragan-Reid on Jul, 2013
Summary: A time of reflection, in sowing and reaping, not knowing what value will sow and what value will reap, for vanity rules to counter-produce, as observed and experienced by preachers as they toil in the work of Christ Jesus, planting the seed of faith.
Series: Trying Times
William R. Nabaza avatar
Bread upon the waters
Shared by: William R. Nabaza on May, 2013
Summary: I. EXORDIUM: The LORD is Our Portion II. AUDIENCE PROFILE: Believers III. OBJECTIVES: To prove and show that the LORD is our portion. IV. TEXT: Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 (Amplified Bible) CAST YOUR bread upon the waters, for you will fin
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-2
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Views: 592
Jeff van Wyk avatar
Cast your bread
Shared by: Jeff van Wyk on Apr, 2013
Summary: When God speaks about bread, He is talking about those things that you have which you can commit to Him such as your talents, finances, ministry, and your gifting. The Bible teaches us that this is the way of the Kingdom. I do not know why it works this w
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 1,312
Rudolph Taylor avatar
Beyond Our Dreams
Shared by: Rudolph Taylor on Mar, 2013
Summary: Sermon was designed to allow God to direct our life.
Terry Blankenship avatar
Living in the Land of the Dying
Shared by: Terry Blankenship on Mar, 2013
Summary: When John Owen, the great Puritan, lay on his deathbed his secretary wrote (in his name) to a friend, "I am still in the land of the living." "Stop," said Owen. "Change that and say, I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be in the land of
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 2 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,430
Jeff van Wyk avatar
Kingdom Returns
Shared by: Jeff van Wyk on Mar, 2013
Summary: “Cast Your Bread On The Waters” Secrets from Ecclesiastes 11
Denomination: Charismatic
Views: 603
Maurice McCarthy avatar
Sowing in Hard Places
Shared by: Maurice McCarthy on Aug, 2012
Summary: SOWING BY ITS VERY NATURE IS ABOUT GETTING WHAT YOU WANT TO HAVE, NOT WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE. You sow into dirt because you want strawberries. Three principles that show how hard sowing can be: The principle of death; delay; and the principle of deceit.
based on 15 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:6
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 6,130
Daren Mitchell avatar
Life is Never Perfect
Shared by: Daren Mitchell on Jul, 2012
Summary: I wonder how many of those walking on the broader, wider, more traveled highway to hell are those who claim to be Christians. I hope and pray that you will weigh these words of Jesus and make the transforming change this morning if you need to Seek Him f
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Views: 617
Donald McCulley avatar
The Stewardship of Life
Shared by: Donald McCulley on Dec, 2011
Summary: What all is involved in being a faithful steward of life?
based on 1 rating
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,101
Christopher Lanham avatar
Hard Work and Providence
Shared by: Christopher Lanham on Jun, 2011
Summary: It is funny how we think God should work. For some reason we seem to think that since God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present Creator of the universe – and anything else in existence – that he should do everything on a grand scale.
Thomas Swope avatar
Spectator Or Participant
Shared by: Thomas Swope on May, 2011
Summary: A study of chapter 11 verses 1 through 10
Series: Ecclesiastes
Freddy Fritz avatar
Remember Your Creator
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Dec, 2010
Summary: In today's lesson we are urged to remember our Creator before it is too late in order that we may truly enjoy life.
based on 18 ratings
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 7,644
Jonathan McLeod avatar
Remember Your Creator
Shared by: Jonathan McLeod on Dec, 2010
Summary: Remember your Creator--the sooner the better, but better late than never.
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 7 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,961
Freddy Fritz avatar
Cast Your Bread upon the Waters
Shared by: Freddy Fritz on Nov, 2010
Summary: In today's lesson we are urged not to be paralyzed by our lack of knowledge but to use every opportunity to work boldly but wisely for the glory of God.
based on 22 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Denomination: Presbyterian/Reformed
Views: 20,265
Jonathan McLeod avatar
Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained
Shared by: Jonathan McLeod on Nov, 2010
Summary: Accept the risks; reap the benefits.
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 2 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,269
Jerry Flury avatar
Biblical Boomerangs
Shared by: Jerry Flury on Aug, 2009
Summary: the Bible tells us about some boomerangs of which we need to be aware. Each has the amazing skill of returning to the hurler. Consider these four boomerangs – the boomerangs of sin, generosity or liberality, proclamation and witnessing, and of service.
based on 25 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 4,004
Pat Damiani avatar
A Few Life Lessons
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Jul, 2009
Summary: 19th in a series from Ecclesiastes. A few life lessons for us to apply in the face of the certainty of death.
based on 3 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,705
Pat Damiani avatar
How to Live in the Face of Uncertainty
Shared by: Pat Damiani on Jun, 2009
Summary: 19th in a series from Ecclesiastes. How Christians are to respond to uncertainty in the world.
based on 14 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 8,029
Michael Luke avatar
Living Life to the Fullest
Shared by: Michael Luke on Jun, 2009
Summary: When we risk according to God’s purpose, we are greatly rewarded.
Series: Be Satisfied
based on 2 ratings
Views: 3,939
Michael McCartney avatar
"Planting is wise" Ecc pt 12
Shared by: Michael McCartney on Feb, 2008
Summary: Solomon tells us to plant seeds of wisdom even when we are young because then we will reap a great eternal harvest with our life. Invest now with your life and reap eternal dividends – squander your life now reap anxiety and physical trouble later.
Series: Ecclesiastes
based on 3 ratings
Views: 1,070
Edward Hardee avatar
Releasing the Blessing
Shared by: Edward Hardee on Nov, 2007
Summary: Shows how to release the blessing in ones life.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,061
David Johnston avatar
Cast thy bread upon the water
Shared by: David Johnston on Apr, 2007
Summary: The very reason that many Churches are spiritually bankrupt is because they have drained the spiritual resources without putting anything BACK INTO THE WORK OF GOD!!!
based on 14 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 2,922
David Johnston avatar
The Benefits of Casting your bread upon the water
Shared by: David Johnston on Apr, 2007
Summary: There are great benefits to being faithful to what God calls us to do. This sermon explores several of them.
based on 24 ratings
Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Denomination: Pentecostal
Views: 7,471