Teaching

I Hope You’re Happy Now (Eccl 9:1-12)

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 (ESV) 9 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. 2 It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to …

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Where’s the Justice? (Eccl 8)

Ecclesiastes 8 (ESV) 8 Who is like the wise? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed. 2 I say: Keep the king’s command, because of God’s oath to him. 3 Be not hasty to go from his presence. Do not take your stand in an evil cause, …

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Too Smart For Your Own Good (Eccl 7:15-29)

Ecclesiastes 7:15–29 (ESV) 15 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. 16 Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? 17 Be not overly wicked, neither be a fool. Why should …

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The Ministry of Reconciliation

2 Corinthians 5:11-21 (ESV) 11 Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade others. But what we are is known to God, and I hope it is known also to your conscience. 12 We are not commending ourselves to you again but giving you cause to boast about us, so that you may be able to answer those who boast about …

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Eternal Weight of Glory (2 Cor 4:16-5:10)

2 Corinthians 4:16–5:21 (ESV) 16 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. 17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. …

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Unity through Humility (Phil 2:1-11)

Philippians 2:1–11 (ESV) Christ’s Example of Humility 2 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count …

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Unifited by the word of God (Eph 4:11-16)

Ephesians 4:11-16 (ESV) 11 And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature …

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Some Grave Concerns (Eccl 7:1-13)

Ecclesiastes 7:1–13 (ESV) The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly 7 A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of birth. 2  It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it …

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Well, I Hope You’re Satisfied (Eccl 5:8=6:12)

Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:12 (ESV) 8 If you see in a province the oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness, do not be amazed at the matter, for the high official is watched by a higher, and there are yet higher ones over them. 9 But this is gain for a land in every way: a king committed to cultivated …

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Worship (Eccl 5:1-7)

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (ESV) 5  Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. 2  Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God …

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