Contributed on Dec 29, 2021
Much of life is temporary, perishable, unsatisfying, and mundane. What we will dig into in these weeks as we focus on the Book of Ecclesiastes is how to live wisely when life is pretty much unsatisfying.
WISE LIVING: NO REAL PROGRESS Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 1 [person from congregation] INTRODUCTION… Hollywood remakes (insider.com/most-remade-movies-of-all-time) If you watch movies, you will notice that most stories or movies are remakes of previous stories ...read more
Contributed on Jan 5, 2022
In chapter 2, he describes his quest for fulfillment in laughter, wine, self, wealth, and people. He dove headfirst into those things and found only an empty pool.
WISE LIVING: DELIGHTING THE SENSES Ecclesiastes 2:1-26 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 2 [person from congregation] INTRODUCTION… Little Bit About Solomon As we get started this morning, I have two introductions. The first is about the author of the Book of Ecclesiastes because it is ...read more
Contributed on Jan 17, 2022
In the midst of a world that cannot be controlled by us, we must seek God and find in Him answers and control.
WISE LIVING: JUSTICE IS BROKEN Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 3:1-22 [Person from the Congregation] INTRODUCTION… Roller Coasters (p) I was trying to think back this week to the first roller coaster I ever went on. Strange thought, I know. I remember going to Six ...read more
Contributed on Jan 26, 2022
I challenge each of us today with this: Worship God in a worthy manner.
WISE LIVING: WORTHY WORSHIP Ecclesiastes 5:1-20 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 5:1-20 [person from the congregation] As we begin this morning, I would like to dig into a few stories in the Bible that share some important truths with us before we get into Ecclesiastes 5. It is ...read more
Contributed on Jan 26, 2022
Wise living according to Solomon is not isolation, but rather connections and family and friends and fellowship… all of which we might summarize with the word: community.
WISE LIVING: THE SECURITY OF COMMUNITY Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 4:1-16 [Jennifer Holmes] STORY 1 Beaker looked out over the lip of the nest and decided it was a long way down to the ground. Why did nests have to be built so high up? He got dizzy looking from ...read more
Contributed on Feb 3, 2022
May we commit ourselves to our relationship with God in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit because anything we do for God lasts and satisfies all hunger.
WISE LIVING: HUNGER Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 6:1-12 [person in the congregation] INTRODUCTION… My Week (p) I am not going to lie. This sermon was extremely difficult. I only began to write my sermon on Wednesday morning which is two full days after I ...read more
Contributed on Feb 9, 2022
Dallas Willard: "Faith in God is not just believing that He exists. Faith in God is believing that He is right."
WISE LIVING: CROOKED THINGS Ecclesiastes 7:1-29 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 7:1-29 [person from congregation] INTRODUCTION… Crooked Tree Story, english-for-students.com/The-Crooked-Tree.html [ADAPTED] I read an old English story this week that I thought was interesting. It seems a ...read more
Contributed on Feb 16, 2022
We can follow the thoughts in Ecclesiastes 1-12 and we be fearful of death or unsettled by it and unnaturally hold onto this physical life or we can realize there is a better way… a wiser way… that takes into account fearing God and our relationship with Him.
WISE LIVING: DEATH Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 8:1-17 [somone from the congregation] INTRODUCTION… Movie Quotes… moviequotes.eu/life/death Some people like movies and TV and can quote their favorite characters at the drop of a hat. I can do that sometimes. I do ...read more
Contributed on Mar 3, 2022
Foolishness is in our blind spot. I think we all have a ‘foolish blind spot’ when it comes to ourselves and because we don’t see it, we think we are not foolish.
WISE LIVING: THE FOOLISH BLIND SPOT Ecclesiastes 10:1-20 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 10:1-20 [person from the congregation] INTRODUCTION…Donkey in Lion’s Skin (fablesofaesop.com/the-ass-in-the-lions-skin.html) There is an old story about how a donkey found a lion’s skin left in the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 9, 2022
The human heart is in full view in the Book of Ecclesiastes and the human heart takes a final bow at the end of chapter 11. Solomon is not wrong to focus on the human heart. Our hearts are an important part of our identity and how we view the world.
WISE LIVING: WARNINGS OF THE HEART Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 #wiseliving2022 READ ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 11:1-10 [Person from the Congregation] INTRODUCTION… ‘The Heart Ramon’ (retelling of Final Duel from ‘A Fist Full of Dollars’) In the best western movie scene ever written and acted in the history of ...read more