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Everything’s Meaning(less)ful!

“The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 ESV) Everything’s Meaning(less)ful! What does he say? Here is the sum. Here is the…

Ecclesiastes: Remember Your Creator…

“Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, in the day…

How Important is Baptism, the Supper, & Church Membership?

Baptism – Identify with Jesus Let’s look at a few key texts on baptism (my emphasis added).  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19) “And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one…

Ecclesiastes’ Guide to Joy

“Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head. Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given…

The One Second That Determines Everything

“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…

Seven Realities of (Un)Righteousness in Our Absurd World

Self-righteousness is No Better Than Unrighteousness “Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should you die before your time?” (Ecclesiastes 7:16-17 ESV) Reading this superficially, these could be your favorite verses in the Bible. Don’t try to…