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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…

Hope for the Disillusioned Life

“Whatever has come to be has already been named, and it is known what man is, and that he is not able to dispute with one stronger than he. The more words, the more vanity, and what is the advantage to man? For who knows what is good for man while he lives the few…

Fear and Futility

How to Love God Instead of Money 18“Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment 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…