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LIFE UNDER THE SUN: THE WISDOM OF ECCLESIASTES

ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes as Eugene Peterson says is a “book of questions to sweep our souls clean of all ‘lifestyle’ spiritualities so that we can be ready for God’s visitation revealed in Jesus Christ. Ecclesiastes functions not as a meal but as a bath.  It is not nourishment; it is a cleansing.  It is repentance.  It is purging.  We read Ecclesiastes to get scrubbed clean from illusion and sentiment, from ideas that are idolatrous… promising everything and delivering nothing… Ecclesiastes clears the air.” Ecclesiastes “clears the air” by asking hard questions forcing us to make a decision to either aim our hearts at heaven or at earth.  C. S. Lewis says in Mere Christianity “Aim at heaven you get earth thrown in, aim at earth you get nothing.”  What do you live for?  Ecclesiastes helps us ‘clear the air’ to see our hope for Jesus!


July 30 - Fear God and Enjoy Life

August 6 - Give Me Justice

August 13 - What's in Your Words?

August 20 - Life's Final Exam

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