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To Be Virtuous

July 16th, 2016 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 7:29 (New Living Translation) But I did find this: God created people to be virtuous, but they have each turned to follow their own downward path. We were created to be virtuous. virtue: noun –  behavior showing high moral standards. Well, that is a pretty simple one. It is also an unpopular one these […]

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If I Say It, They will Hear It

October 12th, 2014 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 10:20  (New Living Translation) Never make light of the king, even in your thoughts. And don’t make fun of the powerful, even in your own bedroom. For a little bird might deliver your message and tell them what you said. When I say something, people will hear it; especially those people whom I never […]

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Nothing Ahead but Death(?)

June 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 9:3 (New Living Translation) It seems so tragic that everyone under the sun suffers the same fate. That is why people are not more careful to be good. Instead, they choose their own mad course, for they have no hope. There is nothing ahead but death anyway. The Teacher explains the path chosen by […]

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Enjoy What God Gives

December 22nd, 2012 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 5:19 (New Living Translation) And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. I slowly read the book of Ecclesiastes recently. This is the theme I found (reading it […]

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Living with God

December 9th, 2012 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 11:9 (New Living Translation) Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. We live with God; we all live with God, even though of us who deny […]

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Read the Entire Piece

December 8th, 2012 · No Comments

This post is a little different from the norm. Read the following: “Everything is meaningless,” says the writer, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again.  The wind […]

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Predictable Government Woes

October 6th, 2012 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 5:8-9 (New Living Translation) 8 Don’t be surprised if you see a poor person being oppressed by the powerful and if justice is being miscarried throughout the land. For every official is under orders from higher up, and matters of justice get lost in red tape and bureaucracy. 9 Even the king milks the land […]

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Considering Eternity

June 3rd, 2012 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (New Living Translation) He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. The writer of Ecclesiastes notes things that puzzle man, puzzle man all his life and never make sense. Here […]

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Loss of Appetite

June 18th, 2011 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 12:5 (New Century Version) You will fear high places and will be afraid to go for a walk. Your hair will become white like the flowers on an almond tree. You will limp along like a grasshopper when you walk. Your appetite will be gone. Then you will go to your everlasting home, and […]

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There is No Work in the Grave

November 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Ecclesiastes 9:10 (New International Version) Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. This is a great encouragement to do the best I can now. When I die, there will be no more […]

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