Category: The Gospel and the Christian Life

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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Grievous Evils, Great Joys

Ecclesiastes 5:8–6:9 Ecclesiastes 5:18-19, “18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment[a] in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot. 19 Everyone also to whom God has given wealth and possessions and power to enjoy them, and to accept his lot and rejoice in his toil—this is the gift of God.” Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 introduces us to the dark and dangerous side of riches. It tells the tragic tale that those who...

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Exposition of Ruth 4:1-15

In this post, we will work our way through Ruth 4:1-15. We will be utilizing the Complete Jewish Bible translation unless otherwise noted. Ruth 4:1-15, “1 Meanwhile, Bo’az had gone up to the gate and had sat down there, when the redeemer of whom Bo’az had spoken passed by. “Such-and-such,” he said, “come over, and sit down”; so he came over and sat down. 2 He took ten of the city’s leaders and said, “Sit down here”; and they sat down. 3 Then he said to the redeeming kinsman, “The parcel of land which used to belong to our...

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When Making a Vow

“When you vow a vow to God, do not delay paying it, for he has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you vow. It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?For when dreams increase and words grow many, there is vanity; but God is the one you must fear.” – Ecc. 5:4-7 Making a vow before...

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Taking Comfort in God’s Character

Lamentations relates the confessions and prayers of people in the middle of suffering for their sins. These people are the very one’s Jeremiah warned. Having suffered the loss of their land, temple, and capital, they now ask God for forgiveness and restoration. Since their actions caused their pain, how can they hope for such outrageous grace? The speaker in Lamentations 3 invites his people and us to know that we can do so only because of God’s character. God’s character gives us hope. God punished the speaker so thoroughly that he lost hope (Lamentations 3:1-20). Then he recalled that...

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