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As we bring our time with the Preacher to an end, we find ourselves where we began with the words, “Vanity, vanity. All is vanity!” Pastor Jon Palmer teaches from Ecclesiastes 12 which teaches where hope can be found in the midst of the vanity.
Aging and death are not fun things to think about, but the truth is that we all are going to die. Pastor Chris wraps up this message series by looking at the last chapter of Ecclesiastes, asking the question, “Can we think about death, without ruining our whole life waiting for it?”
It’s possible, as Winston Churchill once said to have “a lot of trouble in life, most of which never happened.” Worry and anxiety cause so much trouble, but don’t need to. Today Pastor Jon Palmer teaches from Ecclesiastes 11 which urges us to live lives of faith.
Live life! Have you ever heard that before? Jesus' s desire was for His children to experience it ("I have come that you might have life … to the full"). Easier said then done, right? So many things, so many regrets, fears, worries, situations, people, tend to get in the way of living the life. The preacher (Solomon), no doubt, experienced all of these obstacles and more. And yet, his encouragement (and command!) is to live -- truly live, even with uncertainties.
Let's state the obvious: Our country is in desperate need of gifted, called, passionate, integrity-filled, character-filled leadership. As we are moving through the book of Ecclesiastes we discover that the preacher (Solomon) looks at life "under the sun", giving us a glance of some qualities of foolish leaders. In the context of leadership, please don't think you can exclude yourself saying, "But I'm not a leader". Everyone is leading something or someone (even you!)
What brings you joy? How you answer that question says a lot about why you do what you do and what you are pursuing in life. Today Pastor Jon Palmer teaches from Ecclesiastes 9 which challenges us to see the joys of this life as something different than we often think.
There are many sources of joy in this world, and we should enjoy them for what they are worth… don’t under-value them or over-value them. The key here is to know their relative worth... their relative worth when compared to the joy of the Gospel.
We all have power… and power is not bad depending on how it is used. So how do you use the power you have? Are you using it to serve yourself or are you using it to serve others? In this message Pastor Chris contrasts worldly power with the Power of God.
We continue our journey through the book of Ecclesiastes. The Preacher (a reference to the author of the book) confronts a philosophy we are bombarded with even today. Whether its living with a sense of Karma (cause and effect) or Yin/Yang (positive and negative energy), it's the religious way of attempting to live life to be "right" or to look right by your own effort (for God, a higher power, to experience "positive" energy). Today, let's allow the message of God's grace to break through to bring light and life into our lives through Jesus.