Vanity of vanities, all is vanity. That is the way the writer of Ecclesiastes describes life under the sun. This harsh statement about life in this world might lead us to expect nothing but bitterness and sadness from life. To the contrary, Ecclesiastes calls us to live joyful all of our days.
There are no guarantees in life and this can make decision making difficult. Will our decision work out? Will it be successful? If there are no guarantees then may it would be best not to act. Ecclesiastes urges us to act. Live boldly, take risks, and leave the results in the Lord's hands.
We live in a dangerous world that requires wisdom. Yet wisdom will not solve all of our problems or answer all of our questions. This is apparent when we wrestle with the problem of evil and suffering in the world. We always ask questions like, why? Why now? Why doesn't God do something? Wisdom is needed but wisdom has it's limitations. At the end of the day we are called to trust the Lord.
What kind of advice would you give to someone with a short time to live? Ecclesiastes 7 is full of good advice but here is the twist. We all have a short time to live (Eccl. 6:12) and so this wise advice is for us all.
Will money buy you happiness? In this week's sermon we see how the pursuit of money as one's life ambition is an empty pursuit. Instead of using our time and energy to pursue wealth the writer of Ecclesiastes encourages us to pursue joy in the daily gifts that God provides.
The only way sinful humans can have joyful access to the true and living God is through the sacrifice of Jesus. Our access to God came at a very high price and because of this our joy in the Lord is mingled with a soberness. Find out how this changes the way we worship the Lord in this week's sermon from Ecclesiastes 5:1-7.
We spend a lot of time working and toiling in life. Some of us have careers. Many of us have families and children that require a lot of time and attention. There are even ministry opportunities and community involvement and because all of these things occupy such a large part of our life we want to get as much joy and meaning out of them. In this week's sermon we look at four wrong motivations for work that ultimately steal joy from you and how Jesus' work is your ultimate hope.
In this week's sermon we look at the topic of oppression. The uncomfortable truth is that we are all guilty of oppressing others and we have all experienced oppression. We see how oppression robs us of joy and comfort and how Jesus is the good news for both the oppressor and the oppressed.
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." (Ecclesiastes 3:1) There is something beautiful about those words but as we study Ecclesiastes 3 we discover how cruel time can be. In this week's sermon we look at the cruelty of time and how we should live in light of it.