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The Now and the Then

Ecclesiastes 11 - 12 • July 7, 2019 • John Anderson

In his conclusion to the book of Ecclesiastes, wise Solomon instructs us to pay attention to the decisions we make today for they will make or break our tomorrows. He affirms the seriousness of life by reminding us that we all have an appointment one day with God Almighty. Live life in such a way that you will be ready for that appointment!

Careful or Careless

Ecclesiastes 10 • June 23, 2019 • John Anderson

Solomon in his wisdom reminds us that the wise man is the careful man and the fool is careless. A little bit of foolishness can ruin the testimony and reputation of an otherwise respectable person. Here are the things we need to be careful about.

Preparing For ONE Event

Ecclesiastes 9 • June 16, 2019 • John Anderson

Death is "the great equalizer" for all of mankind. No one can escape their appointment with death. But the way we live has a lot to do with how we will die. Here is a good perspective from Solomon on how to prepare for that inevitable day.

ARE YOU HUMBLE ENOUGH TO BE HAPPY?

Ecclesiastes 8 • June 9, 2019 • John Anderson

Does God really want us to be happy as we go through life? The answer is YES! But it starts with true humility. Here are some thoughts from Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, about what he discovered concerning truly being happy in life.

Life-Giving Wisdom

Ecclesiastes 7:11-29 • May 19, 2019 • John Anderson

The wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, gives us some insight into the kind of wisdom that God gives. It's ours for the asking, according to James the Apostle (James 1:5) and will help us navigate the road of life successfully.

Wisdom is Better

Ecclesiastes 7:1-10 • May 5, 2019 • John Anderson

Solomon stated in Proverbs 4:7 that "wisdom is the principal thing" and acquiring it is a life long occupation for the child of God. But often we go about that in a very different manner than is prescribed in God's Word. In today's text we learn from several paradoxes just how wisdom is manifested in our lives.

Focus

Ecclesiastes 6 • April 28, 2019 • John Anderson

Much of life is spent focusing on the "what" of everyday circumstances and happenings. Today's text admonishes us to focus on the "Who", the One who is behind all of life's events. God is sovereign over our past, present and future. Put Him first and let Him set the direction and agenda for life!

Reversing Roles with God

Ecclesiastes 5 • April 7, 2019 • John Anderson

Sometimes in life we become our own god, seeking to rule our lives from the earthly and physical side instead of submitting to the God who created us. What happens when we reverse roles with God?

Living Better

Ecclesiastes 4:4-16 • March 24, 2019 • John Anderson

In today's society and even in the life of the church, many people go from one thing to the other to try and escape to a different life. Solomon tried it all and realized that man should live with a spiritual mind, prioritizing that which will last for eternity. There is a way to "live better."

When Life's Not Fair

Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3 • March 17, 2019 • John Anderson

Never in the Scripture does it say that "God is fair." It claims only that He is just. We do not live in a fair world, because we live in a sinful world. We need to examine the Bible and the promises of God to develop the proper world view.

Enjoying Life!

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 • March 3, 2019 • John Anderson

Many people today are just trying to endure, or even escape everyday life. How then do we enjoy it? Does God really have a purpose for my life?

I Hate My Life!

Ecclesiastes 2:10-26 • February 24, 2019 • John Anderson

What made Solomon full of regret when he came to the end of his life? Here are some ways to just about guarantee that you will hate your life!

Five Lies We Tell Ourselves

Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:11 • February 17, 2019 • John Anderson

King Solomon had the resources, the wisdom and good health to try and satisfy every desire he could imagine with the things this world has to offer. At the end of it all, he had to admit that it was all vanity, emptiness. Only Jesus can give meaning and purpose to this life and pleasures forevermore!

The Emptiness of Life

#2 - Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 • February 10, 2019 • John Anderson

The human heart is always searching for more - never satisfied. Solomon had the resources, time, the mind and the opportunities to search out all that life had to offer. His amazing conclusion was that life is "vanity" - empty without God and His purposes for our lives.

There Has Got To Be More Than This!

#1 - Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 Mark 8:34 • January 20, 2019 • John Anderson

There are so many lessons to learn from the life of King Solomon of Israel. The man who had it all and experienced it all said, "There has got to be more to life than this!" How do we really define a successful life?