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Ecclesiastes: The Vanity of Self-indulgence

Solomon’s Conclusion about Pleasure as Meaning “So I became great and surpassed all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. And whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I kept my heart from no pleasure, for my heart found pleasure in all my toil, and this was…

Ecclesiastes: The Futility of Man’s Wisdom

“I said in my heart, ‘I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before me, and my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.’ And I applied my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is but a striving after wind. For in much wisdom is much…

Ecclesiastes: The Futility of Life

“A generation goes, a generation comes, but the earth remains forever.” (Ecclesiastes 1:4) He says that backwards. We normally say, “A generation comes, a generation goes.” He starts with the departing generation and then the one replacing it. The unending, unstoppable passing of time as seen in the constant going of the older generation and…

Stretchy Love

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards…

Serving Jesus by Serving His Church

“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards…

Gender, Sexuality, and Gospel Ministry in 2015

Today I am addressing a subject that is dominating the cultural, political, and spiritual conversations of our nation. Human sexuality, gender, and the nature of marriage have been front and center with the recent Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all fifty states. This decision changes the cultural landscape of our nation. If there…

Baptism

“Baptism, which corresponds to this, now saves you, not as a removal of dirt from the body but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to…