Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

Enjoyment East of Eden

Ecclesiastes 2:12–26 Ecclesiastes 2:24-26, “24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment[a] in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, 25 for apart from him[b] who can eat or who can have enjoyment? 26 For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given the business of gathering and collecting, only to give to one who pleases God. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.” In Genesis 2:15-17 we read, “15 The Lord God...

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Satisfaction in God Alone

“I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity” (Ecc. 2:1). The writer takes many roads to find happiness, yet there was nothing worthwhile in any of the avenues he chose. He remained just as unfulfilled, as before. Much effort was utilized, but he still was unsatisfied. He found unsatisfaction with one thing, moved onto the next and found the same thing. Nowhere under the sun is there any remote avenue of satisfaction. The Reformation Study Bible describes what writer shared about his activity: he set out...

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The Sovereignty of God: An Anchor in the Midst of the Storms of Life

When the storms of life wreak havoc on all you know and love, what theological truths anchor your soul? What doctrines do you turn to when the world around you seems to give way under your feet? What truths about God bring you the most comfort when life is uncertain, and nothing makes any sense? Though all of God’s word is essential for us to read, learn, memorize, and study, and though all of God’s word teaches us all that we need to know to weather the storms of life, there is one theological truth that stands out in...

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The Vanity of Wisdom

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18  “The Vanity of Wisdom” Intro: “I, the Preacher” (v.12) big shift This week Rick started us off in the book of Ecclesiastes by introducing us to Qohelet, the Preacher and King whose words make up this book and we were told he has one thing that he says over and over again. Vanity of Vanities! All is vanity! He asks the question, “What does man gain by all the toil that which he toils under the sun?” And we’re told the rest of the book are his words to that. Today we actually get to see that....

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Exposition of Ruth 3:6-9

In this post, we will work our way through Ruth 3:6-9. We will be utilizing the Complete Jewish Bible translation unless otherwise noted. Ruth 3:6-9, “6 She went down to the threshing-floor and did everything as her mother-in-law had instructed her. 7 After Bo’az was through eating and drinking and was feeling good, he went to lie down at the end of the pile of grain. She stole in, uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 In the middle of the night the man was startled and turned over, and – there was a woman lying at his feet!...

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