Wisdom in Life for Death

The leaves have already fallen off the trees at my house and thanksgiving is a week away. These two events have told me that the Summer is over. I’m a little slow on the uptake, by the way. We started the Ecclesiastes Study at the end of Summer as school was kicking off. I don’t know about you, but the Lord has been doing a great work in my heart over these last few months. The book of Ecclesiastes has really taken me to task Continue reading →

You Are Not Your Job Title

“I have seen slaves on horseback, while princes go on foot like slaves.” – Eccl. 10:7 At what point do you think that you have “made it” in life? Is there some title or position that you aspire to which would signal the point of success for you? In Ecclesiastes 9-10, Solomon spends time discussing the nature of authority in connection to wisdom and folly. What does it mean to be noble? What is wisdom in rule? What makes a good ruler? What is the Continue reading →

Madness, I Tell You

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World out there. Can you explain what drives people to do the things they do? A few years back I remember driving down I-10 in Houston with my dad, going fast enough to be fast, only to be passed by a lady driving close to 100 mph with one foot out the window and a cigarette in one hand while talking on the cell phone. It was a crazy sight that cannot be explained, only laughed at. However, that Continue reading →

Lessons From Back To The Future

I swear that I did not plan this. When I put together the Ecclesiastes Study, I did not line up Ecclesiastes 8:7 with Back to the Future II day. It did not even cross my mind that the topic of our knowledge of the future  would intersect so closely with Marty McFly’s jouney to Oct. 21, 2015. But it happened. And because it happened, you better be sure that I am going to take advantage of it. Pastors have to leverage pop culture as much Continue reading →

Wisdom is Tethered to Reality

San Francisco, Tokyo, and Istanbul all share a fundamental reality – the likelihood of an earthquake happening in the near future. Each of these cities has had to experience the tragedy of the earth shuddering underneath it. On April 18, 1906 at 5:13am, San Francisco experienced a 7.8 magnitude quake that forever changed the nature of the city. Considered to be one of the most horrific natural disasters in the history of the U.S., the earthquake caused the death of about 3,000 people total. To Continue reading →

Jack, Keep Your Hands Off My Stack

Money, get away Get a good job with more pay and you’re O.K. Money, it’s a gas Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash New car, caviar, four star daydream, Think I’ll buy me a football team Money, it’s a crime Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie Money, so they say Is the root of all evil today But if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re giving none away Pink Floyd’s “Money” touches Continue reading →

The House Made of People

The temple of the Lord is not a building. The Church is not a building. So, how do we apply Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 to our lives today? How do you “guard your steps” in the house of God when the house of God is not a place? We learn from 1 Peter 2:4-6 and Ephesians 2:19-22 that the Church is not a building, but the people who reside in the buildings of Christianity. So, when we are cautious while in the House of the Lord we Continue reading →

Contentment is not the American Dream

Do you want to make more money than you do now? Do you want to achieve something great? Do you want more vacation time, less stress, or a more comfortable living situation? If so, why? Ecclesiastes 4:4 has some interesting thoughts on the place of envy within humankind. It claims that the hard work and the pursuit of achievements finds its roots in envy. Envy: a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions, qualities, or luck. – Google Dictionary What causes you Continue reading →

Good in Every Season

Growing up, I listened to classical music with my dad everywhere we went. The song, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds came up every so often, but it was not until I was in High School that I realized that they simply were singing Scripture. In my mind, that is the best kind of music because we know that it pleases God when we allow His words to permeate our thoughts. The Byrds rightly recognize that Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 speaks to the good purposes found in every season Continue reading →

Do You Remember?

Memory is a funny thing. Some people, like my grandmother, can remember details from decades ago like they were yesterday. If you ask my grandma, Pat Pat, about her childhood she can recall what people wore on certain days of Elementary School. While one would hope that this gift was genetic, I have trouble remembering what I wore yesterday. God knows our tendency to forget. Even if we can recall facts of events, that does not mean we allow the right events to shape our lives Continue reading →