The quest for wisdom is a call to faith. It leads us to Jesus, every time. Solomon tells us at the end of Ecclesiastes, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” There’s no need to complicate things: Fear God. Do what He commands. Receive forgiveness when we sin. Rest and enjoy the good He gives. Our message on Ecclesiastes 12:9-14.
A lot of times when looking at the difference between generations, it’s young versus old, adversarial. God calls us to grow together. Young and old we can help each other to remember God’s great promises. Our message on Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8.
God tells us through Solomon and throughout the Bible, “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” The standard is perfection. It has been, it is, and it always will be. These are words to us and they are also words to Jesus for us. Jesus gives us the perfection we could never earn for ourselves. Our message on Ecclesiastes 7:15-29.
When we look around our world, and everything which happens in it, we might find ourselves asking the question “Where is God?” He’s not hiding. God is exactly where He says He would be: in His Temple, His Word and His Sacraments. He is the Good King, who holds us together, delivers us, and gives us His peace. Our message on Ecclesiastes 4:13-5:9.
How do we handle evil? We see it in the world. We see it in other people. Do we see it in ourselves? When we struggle against life and death, how do we handle the brokenness around us? Our message on Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:12, and how to live in love received from God and shared with all.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter. If you’ve ever done something at just the right time, or just the wrong time, you know timing is everything. We wrestle with God being in control of everything in our lives and with His timing. We rejoice that He reserved one time for himself. Our message on Ecclesiastes 3:1-15.
We can overcomplicate things in our lives. We take things which should be relatively simple and add a bunch of complexity. Solomon encourages us to keep it simple, and focus on that which matters most. Our message on Ecclesiastes 2:24-26.
How are we using what we’re given to make an impact on someone’s eternity? God’s generosity with us begins with Jesus, he takes our sin and gives us his life. Then, His love overflows into every aspect of our lives. Our message on Ecclesiastes 2:18-23.
In the end, the wiseman and the fool end up in the same place, so what good is there in being wise? Our message on our Quest for Wisdom and the path God has given us. Sometimes, life is going to be unbearably hard, and it may even be our fault. In Jesus, we can say to ourselves and those in despair: Life has hope & joy.
Do you remember the emergency alerts that would take over the TV when you were younger? It was on every channel. There was nothing you could do to get away from it. They were unwelcome interruptions. But we don’t like when the real warnings interrupt us either. Solomon tests all of the world’s pleasures and gives us a real warning in Ecclesiastes 2. Our message.