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Chasing After Wind

Ecclesiastes 1:1-12:14

The End of the Matter, Ecclesiastes 12: 8-14

June 14, 2020 • Josh Lindstrom

The Preacher wraps up his book by reminding us of the careful attention he gave to his words and, consequently, the careful attention we should give them in response. The end of the matter is that it is only in a reverence for God and obedience to his commands that we will find a truly satisfied life. Far from being discouraging, we can be confident that all we do in pursuit of Christ will be recognized and rewarded on that final day. 1. Back to where we started (sort of) (v. 8) 2. Well chosen words (vs. 9-10) 3. An inspired voice (vs. 11-12) 4. The duty of all mankind (v. 13) 5. Everything matters (v. 14) Songs: Do It Again #7067555 by C Brown, M Brock, M Redman & S Furtick © Music by Elevation Worship Publishing Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone) #7111981 by L Taylor, J Sherman, S Musso & The Emerging Sound 2018 Tent Peg Music, The Emerging Sound Publishing, and Touched By A Fire Music Glorious Day #7081388 by J Ingram, J Smith, K Stanfil & S Curran © Fellow Ships Music, Hickory Bill Doc, So Essential Tunes -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest

The Reality of Death, Ecclesiastes 9:1-18

June 7, 2020 • Kurt Birky

Until Christ returns, each one of us at some point will die and the reality of death casts a long dark shadow over all our pursuits. However, for the redeemed in Christ, we cry out, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:55). For the child of God, while death is not the end, its presence here and now should drive us to cherish and enjoy life while we can. 1. Death is unavoidable (vs. 1-3) 2. Life can be enjoyable (vs. 4-10) 3. Life can be unpredictable (vs. 11-18) Songs: Graves Into Gardens #7138219 by B Lake, C Brown, S Furtick & T Hammer 2019 Maverick City Publishing Worldwide, Bethel Music Publishing What A Beautiful Name #7068424 by B Fielding & B Ligertwood 2016 Hillsong Music Publishing Resurrecting #7051507 by C Brown, M Brock, M Ntele, S Furtick & W Joye 2015 © Be Essential Songs -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest

The Better Way, Ecclesiastes 7:1-14

May 31, 2020 • Kurt Birky

Even from our limited human perspective, we understand there is good advice that is worthwhile to follow and that making wise choices is to be preferred to making foolish ones. However, human wisdom is not a safeguard against all the perils and injustice of this world, and so our hope rests not in our wisdom but in the person and work of Christ who stands sovereign over all. 1. Leaving a lasting legacy (v. 1) 2. Live with the end in mind (vs. 2-4) 3. Practical tips for the better life (vs. 5-12) a. Be receptive (vs. 5-6) b. Be honest (v. 7) c. Be humble (v. 8) d. Be slow to anger (v. 9) e. Be present (v. 10) f. Seek wisdom over wealth (vs. 11-12) 4. Ultimately, God is in control (vs. 13-14) Songs: God I Look To You #5858163 by J Johnson 2010 Bethel Music Way Maker #7115744 by Osinachi Kalu Okoro Egbu 2016 Sinach Exalted Over All #7065022 by A Rozier, J Ingram & J Cates 2016 © All Essential Music -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest

The Pursuit of Wealth, Ecclesiastes 5:10-6:12 (4:7-12)

May 24, 2020 • Josh Lindstrom

The pursuit of material wealth does not deliver on the promises it makes but ultimately frustrates the one in search of it. Contrary to our world’s understanding, contentment in life is found in meaningful relationships with others and, through Christ, in relationship with God our creator who is the only one worthy of our ultimate pursuit. Ironically, through Christ, we can find joy in the temporary pleasures of this world when we receive them as good gifts coming from his hand. 1. An empty pursuit. Ecclesiates 5:10-12 2. A risky proposition. Ecclesiates 5:13-17 3. Life with others. Ecclesiates 4:7-12 4. Life with God. Ecclesiates 5:18-20 Songs: So Will I (100 Billion X) #7084123 by B Hastings, J Houston & M Fatkin 2017 © Hillsong Music Publishing Praise The King #7032344 by C Voss, D Smith, M Bryce Jr. ? & M Farren 2014 © Farren Love And War Publishing, Integrity's Alleluia! Music, Integrity's Praise! Music Graves Into Gardens #7138219 by B Lake, C Brown, S Furtick & T Hammer 2019 Maverick City Publishing Worldwide, Bethel Music Publishing -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest

The Need for Faith, Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

May 17, 2020 • Josh Lindstrom

Every Sunday millions of people will stream into churches. They will do similar things in similar ways and from the outside appear uniform in their behaviors. In Ecclesiastes 5:1-7, the Preacher warns of the danger in approaching God flippantly and highlights the need for reverence and faith to saturate our practices. Thankfully, through Christ we can “with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). 1. We should worship God carefully (v. 1) 2. We should speak to God humbly (vs. 2-3) 3. We should commit to God cautiously (vs. 4-5) 4. We should live our lives honestly (vs. 6-7) Songs: Here For You #5925649 by M Maher, M Redman, J Reeves & T Wanstall 2011 worshiptogether.com songs, sixsteps Music, Said And Done Music, Thankyou Music, Valley Of Songs Music, and Chrysalis One Songs Revelation Song #4447960 by J Riddle 2004 Gateway Create Publishing Holy Holy Holy #4729190 by L Wagley & R Herber 2006 Liz Wagley No Other Name #7019979 by J Houston & J Myrin 2014 © Hillsong Music Publishing -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest

The Reality of Life, Ecclesiastes 3:16-22, 4:1

May 10, 2020 • Josh Lindstrom

When the toddler is sent to bed earlier than her older siblings she may well exclaim “It’s not fair!” Even from our youth, we have a sense of justice, a sense of the way things are supposed to be. As we grow older, we recognize that justice is not always served. The Preacher wrestles with this question, and while he hopes for justice in the end, he resigns himself to this fallen world and its need for a righteous judge. 1. This world is a brutal & callous place (Ecc. 3:16 & 4:1) 2. God will judge everbody (v. 17) 3. We should be ready (vs. 18-21) 4. Live confidently (v. 22) Songs: He Lives #7133098 by A Skinner, C McClarney & J Smith Capitol CMG Genesis, Tiny Hits, Be Essential Songs, Cashagamble Jet Music Overcome #7067561 by C Brown, M Brock & S Furtick © Music by Elevation Worship Publishing Jesus Paid It All #4689508 by J T Grape, E M Hall & A Nifong 2006 worshiptogether.com songs and sixsteps Music -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest

The March of Time, Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

May 3, 2020 • Josh Lindstrom

There is a tedious and repetitive meaningless to the world in which we live; for all that we could look forward to is often mitigated by the curse of sin in this fallen world. We celebrate the birth of a child but acknowledge at some point that new life will itself come to an end. While we realize there is a time for everything, God has put eternity into our hearts so that we can recognize that something is not right. This recognition should drive us to God, who stands outside of time and holds all things together. 1. Acknowledge our reality (vs. 1-9) 2. Consider our response (vs. 10-13) 3. Take comfort in His control (vs. 14-15) Songs: Glorious Day #7081388 by J Ingram, J Smith, K Stanfill, and S Curran © Fellow Ships Music, Hickory Bill Doc, So Essential Tunes Who You Say I Am #7102401 by B Fielding & R Morgan 2017 Hillsong Music Publishing No Longer Slaves #7030123 by J D Helser & M Helser 2014 © Bethel Music Publishing Living Hope #7106807 by B Johnson & P Wickham 2017 Bethel Music Publishing Over All I Know #7105439 by A Rozier, J Ingram & J Cates © All Essential Music, Fellow Ships Music, HBC Worship Music, Jingram Music Publishing, So Essential Tunes -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest

The American Nightmare, Ecclesiastes 2:1-26

April 26, 2020 • Josh Lindstrom

God has given us good gifts, but in our sin, we have made those gifts ends in and of themselves. We obtain what we desire, only to desire what we do not have. All of our pursuits, be it pleasure, wisdom or work will fall decidedly short apart from one finding their joy and contentment in God’s simple gifts. Our culture pursues a dream that will ultimately turn into a nightmare. We have opportunity to live differently and, through Christ, model what true contentment looks like. 1. Self-indulgence will not satisfy (vs. 1-11) 2. Wisdom cannot solve every problem (vs. 12-17) 3. Hard work is often wasted (vs. 18-23) 4. Slow down and enjoy the gifts God has given (vs. 24-26) Songs: The Lion And The Lamb #7038281 by B Brown, B Johnson & L Mooring 2015 © Meaux Mercy, Bethel Music Publishing Christ Be Magnified #7139866 by C Carnes, C Asbury & E Hulse Capitol CMG Paragon, Writer's Roof Publishing Great Are You Lord #6460220 by J Ingram, L Jordan & D Leonard 2012 Open Hands Music, Sony/ATV Timber Publishing, Integrity's Praise! Music & Integrity's Alleluia! Music None But Jesus #4726186 by B Fraser 2005 Hillsong Publishing Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus #15960 by H Lemmel Public Domain -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest

The Relentless Pursuit, Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

April 19, 2020 • Josh Lindstrom

This earth is not as it should be, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:20-21). The Preacher wrestles with this reality and its implications for our daily life. In the end, our only hope is to find our satisfaction and joy in the person and work of Jesus and look forward to the day when we are set free from the monotony of this life and the effects of sin. 1. We live on a treadmill (vs. 1-11) 2. We tell ourselves to "run faster" (vs. 12-18) 3. Through Christ, we cans step off (John 14:6) Songs: Good Grace #7122177 by J Houston 2018 Hillsong Music Publishing All Creatures Of Our God And King #3608102 by D Crowder, W H Draper, B Milligan & St. Francis of Assisi 2002 worshiptogether.com songs, sixsteps Music & Moon & Musky Music Forever [Bethel] #7001228 by C B Gifford, K Jobe, B Johnson, J Johnson, J Taylor & G Wilson © 2013 Bethel Music & worshiptogether.com songs The Blessing #7147007 by C Brown, C Carnes, K Jobe & S Furtick 2020 Music by Elevation Worship Publishing -------------------------------------------- Love Well Change Lives Through Christ It’s the vision of Woodmen, led by Pastor Josh Lindstrom, in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado Find more at https://woodmenvalley.org or download the Woodmen app at https://subsplash.com/woodmenvalleychapel/app — Connect with Us Website: https://woodmenvalley.org Woodmen Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/woodmen_valley_chapel/ Woodmen Twitter: https://twitter.com/Welcome2Woodmen Woodmen Facebook Pages: Central https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenValleyChapel Heights https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenHeights  Monument https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenMoument   Rockrimmon https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenRockrimmon Southwest https://www.facebook.com/WoodmenSouthwest