Ecclesiastes 9

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might, for there is no work or thought or knowledge or wisdom in Sheol, to which you are going. (Ecclesiastes 9:10) Work is a privilege, and we should cheerfully give it our best effort. One day the opportunities we have...

Ecclesiastes 8

Then I saw all the work of God, that man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun.  However much man may toil in seeking, he will not find it out. Even though a wise man claims to know, he cannot find it out. (Ecclesiastes 8:17) Our...

Ecclesiastes 7

Better is the end of a thing than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. (Ecclesiastes 7:8) It can be hard to get started on a project when I fear that I will not succeed in doing it well. What if I fail?...

Ecclesiastes 6

There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind: a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing at all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger...

Ecclesiastes 5

As he came from his mother’s womb he shall go again, naked as he came, and shall take nothing for his toil that he may carry away in his hand. (Ecclesiastes 5:15) A local Christian man was donating a great sum of money to help needy people in the local...

Ecclesiastes 4

Again, I saw vanity under the sun: one person who has no other, either son or brother, yet there is no end to all his toil, and his eyes are never satisfied with riches, so that he never asks, “For whom am I toiling and depriving myself of pleasure?” This...

Ecclesiastes 3

What gain has the worker from his toil?...I perceive that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.  (Ecclesiastes 3:9,12-13)...

Ecclesiastes 2

I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. (Ecclesiastes 2:1)  People spend a lot of time discerning the purpose for their lives. We admire people who succeed in entertainment and sports. They amass wealth and social influence,...

Ecclesiastes 1

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? (Ecclesiastes 1:2,3)  It has been a very unsettling 16 months (2020-21) for our nation and the world. There are many questions, and few...

Ephesians 6

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.  For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:11-12) As Christians,...