Category: Ecclesiastes

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 Need for Character in Leadership

“Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness! Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks. Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything. Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich, for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some...

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The Sovereign Handiwork of the Lord

“But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked. . .” (Ecc. 9:1-2, ESV). “This, too, I carefully explored—that godly and wise men are in God’s will; no one knows whether he will favor them or not. All is chance!” (vv. 1, TLB) Everything around us in our lives is not by...

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Reconciliation from Hurtful Words

“Wisdom gives strength to the wise man more than ten rulers who are in a city. Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. Do not take to heart all the things that people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you. Your heart knows that many times you yourself have cursed others (Ecc. 7:19-22).” We live in a world, where it is tempting to care more about what others think or say concerning us. It affects us in our varying roles, whether it is our community of faithful friends, parenting, our...

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A CROOK IN THE LOT (Eccles. 6:10-7:14)

A CROOK IN THE LOT (Eccles. 6:10-7:14) 9/11 was a defining moment in the history of America. The terrorist attacks changed the way we view national security and air travel, forever. The attacks have even made some people think twice before entering a skyscraper. But the events of September 11 have also prompted questions about God and his purposes. The eighteenth-century Scottish writer, Thomas Boston asked similar questions when he penned his book, The Crook in the Lot. The crook in the lot seems to be common for most people – for none are immune from pain, trials, or...

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