Author: Rick Hanna

Know and Live God’s Word in Community with God’s People

Introduction The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is an ancient proverb that has timeless truth for our walk with God. There is an intrinsic tendency of all men and women to live by comparisons. We see some who are better off than us, and we feel bad.  On the contrary, when our glance finds someone worse off than us, our self-image increases. But what if life was not meant to be lived in comparison with each other but rather in a simple journey of growth and development, a journey that certainly has more...

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Swerving From A Shipwrecked Faith

Recently, my wife and I bought a gazebo to put outside our house. Unfortunately, it came in one of those boxes that says, “Some assembly required.” Knowing my limitations with being handy, I had hoped it would come just as it looked set up in the store! I have yet to open the box, but when I do, I hope to find instructions there that will be clear enough for this dense assemblyman, that I can pass it off to my two sons to put together! The book of 1 Timothy is a spiritual father talking to a spiritual...

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Fear God, Keep His Commandments

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 What do you want on your tombstone? It was the catchphrase of a commercial a few years back for Tombstone Pizza.  It is also a phrase that we relate to what is the way someone wants to be remembered. It signifies a message that is to be communicated long after the person is gone, a message of great importance, or in some cases, of great humor. At the end of the fascinating book of Ecclesiastes, there is an epitaph of sorts written that brings the words of the Preacher, the Qoheleth to a close. The text indicates...

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The Futility of Life This Side of the Sun

Ecclesiastes 1:3-11 When I was younger, my mom used to tell my sisters and me that the kitchen was closed. This grand announcement would be made from time to time, but always in connection with a fully cleaned kitchen. All the dishes were washed and put away, and the kitchen looked nice, and mom was making it clear that she hoped it would stay that way. I used to think my mom was crazy for making these grand announcements. That is until I lived with my wife and six kids in a house that had no dishwasher. It was...

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The Goal of Ecclesiastes: An Introduction

Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 It is a strange joy to have the privilege of opening this joint study of the book of Ecclesiastes for Servants of Grace. It is a joy because this is the Word of God. It is a book of great wisdom, a wisdom born out of experiences most of the world will never have. As such, it is an invitation to learn at the feet of the wisest man who ever lived, learning lessons that due to our fruitless pursuits, we would never learn. We would be tempted to pursue things that we think would bring us...

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